Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Direction


On the kayak in Old Florida

I spent my last day in Florida paddling the Chassahowitzka River with my brother Jacob. The weather has been less than ideal, but today was perfect. The wind was blowing 10-20 mph all day, but wasn't a factor in the spring creeks that feed the main river channel. The water is crystal clear. It wells up through limestone caves carved by natural springs. The scenery is jungle like and primitive. It is nice to see this side of Florida.

Wildlife is everywhere. We ran into a manatee cow and calf 20 yards from the slip. They were so used to people that they stuck their noses right against the sides of our kayaks. There were the usual wading birds, ducks, otters, raccoons, etc. I took several photos with my new camera. I also shot some video that I will post via youtube and here. It was so much fun paddling upstream to the head springs and then slowly cruising with the current back down. Today felt like honest vacation. It makes me miss living here. Link to photos

Monday, December 25, 2006

Xmas Goods

It is Christmas and another day of eating too much. We are under a tornado watch. The news says five homes have been demolished this morning in Central Florida. That blows no matter what day it is, but it is ironic to happen Christmas morning to say the least.

We had traditional pancakes with cream of chicken gravy (I'll elaborate on that after the break). There is pumpkin pie, and other treats. We exchanged some gifts and things are winding down. I just noticed that the TV is back in the usual on state. Except for the wrapping paper and some Here's a picture of my dog maggie. She turned six today. Wish her boxes, it could be any other day. a happy one.
Anyway, it has been fun to be with family. I wish I lived close enough to have friends and family in the same place. I miss some of them a bunch esp D who is all by her lonesome in big 0l' LA. I hope your today is as good as mine or better. Cheers!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Festivus Day Two

Festivus did not end for me last night. Traditionally, Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled to the floor and pinned (feats of strength). I didn't see it happen. I also didn't see the Festivus Pole, or any Festivus Miracles. So what does that mean for the rest of us? Maybe I'll end it tonight. I'm feeling strong...but we need a miracle or two.

Twas the day before Xmas - a post from the turnpike

I've been here since Wednesday now. I've been on the water twice. Once in the flats boat, once in the kayak. It has been windy and overcast...not the greatest weather. I shot a roll of 35mm film with my old Nikon SLR. I had plenty of willing wildlife posing, but something is up with the camera and I only ended up with one shot worth keeping. Of all things, it was the Great Blue Herron - nothing exciting about that. I have two shots of an otter that was looking back at me, but it is not quite focused. I think I'm done with film. I hope to get one more sunny day before I have to leave. If that goes well, hopefully I'll get some better shot.

I am currently posting from the Florida Turnpike thanks to EVDO. I went to the traditional Christmas dinner with all the aunts uncles and cousins. I think there were 45 people this time. The food was too good, and it was nice to see family that I haven't in years. There were feats of strength, airing of grievances, turkey, ham, etc. I missed an opportunity to Christmas shop for my family at a huge adult store that was across the street from my hotel room. Sorry D, nothing for you either. Maybe next year... In a couple hours I'll be back on the left coast where I will wait for Santa to bring me everything I ever wanted. If he doesn't, I'm going to jack his sleigh and fly it across the country.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

This animation illustrates the concepts presented in chapter one of the book "Imagining the Tenth Dimension" by Rob Bryanton. Link

One more cool video for Monday -Balancing Point

5 Minutes of Stop Motion Zen - Tony vs. Paul

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Friday, December 15, 2006

Trey Anastasio busted

Via The Smoking Gun: "Former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio was arrested in December 2006 by upstate New York cops for driving while intoxicated and illegal possession of a variety of medications (Xanax, Percocet, and Hydrocodone) prescribed in someone else's name." Link

Remote Control Sharks with Laser Beams

...well, sort of. "...implanted sharks with electrical stimulators that trick their brains into smelling food. Using the stimulators, he was able to "steer" the sharks around a tank." The obvious question is, are they ill tempered? Link

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Your change is worth more melted - Time for change?

Your nickels/pennies are worth more melted than their mint value, really. It reminds me of this post on Simple Bits.

"The U.S. Mint has implemented a law against melting down pennies and nickels which, at current metal prices, could be worth more as metal than as currency."
Link to CNN article

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Thom Yorke - Splitting Feathers EP Import

When I posted the news about the Thom Yorke remixes I didn't even know about the Splitting Feathers EP. It includes 5 B-Sides and 2 Videos.

Homer Simpson appears on medical marijuana label

Boing Boing has a scan of the bag. Bag label reads: "TRAINWRECK. For medical use only. Do not operate heavy machi... or drive. Contingent to California H&S Code 11362.5 For medical use only." Link

North Carolina's Main Street - A Dead End

Update! As you can see in the photo to the left, they solved the problem (click the photo for larger view).

While it was under construction during the transition from pedestrian mall to 'NC's Main St.' I joked that our 'Main St.' was a dirt road. It is finished now, but it still leads to nowhere. The look on driver's faces is comical when they get to the end which doesn't really even have a turn around circle. Link

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Eraser - Remixes

Excited to find news of remixes from Thom Yorke's solo album. Here's a snippet from the RSS:

"For anyone who has heard The Eraser, there are some remixes coming.


I got excited. I've been listening through. I mean. There's some freaky shit.

They may start appearing soon. Gradually. Briefly.
Just a taste. And then gone.



Send a message from Alec Baldwin

Have Alec Baldwin call your friends and leave creepy messages. Link Via Pop Candy.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bill Callahan - Rock Bottom Riser

I just stumbled across this video, and thought I'd share it.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Watch Bob Dylan's new video - win a signed guitar

Slate is premiering Bob Dylan's Thunder on the Mountain video. Watch it and you could win an autographed guitar.

"Now, Slate is running a contest that will allow all you "Bobcats" to put your unhealthy Dylan fandom to good use. One winner will walk away with a grand prize that's sure to impress pals at your next "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" campfire singalong: Columbia Records has donated a guitar that's been autographed by Bob Dylan himself."

Link found via Pop Candy.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

MC Ali - Rapping with Muhammad Ali

Is Ali the original MC? Ali Rap, airs Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Tune in and decide for yourself. Word to the greatest!

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Raleigh NC

I don't really watch the show, but it's being filmed locally right now. Here's a cool time-lapse video of the project.

ALA's: Avoiding Edge Cases

I work in information design. My current gig has been an interesting ride. I have put two front ends on our portal and it's all done with XHTML and CSS for presentation. That's great except for the amount of markup it takes to code the design you see. The problem isn't so much the design as the lack of consistency otherwise known as edge cases (how to avoid them). Almost every page is an edge case, which flushes the benefits of designing with web standards down the drain. What causes this? Often, it is not putting in or having the time to plan in the beginning. It only costs more in the end in the form of bloated CSS, which is hard to maintain and a difficult foundation for growth. My biggest pet peeve is when a complex website starts as graphic composites rather than simple information architecture, such as wire frame documents.

There's a great article on A List Apart right now on the subject titled: Avoid Edge Cases that should be required reading for all web producers. The photo (above) is a joke, but it's often more documentation than existed when designers started comping a project around here. Hopefully that time has passed.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Stoned Owl Hides Out In Christmas Tree

"A bird with a buzz found in a Florida family's Christmas tree is getting ready to go back into the wild."

To complete the trifecta: Yes, it was in Florida. Link

Scary Poppins Re-cut

I've been a fan of this ever growing genre ever since I saw Shining.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Jack is back?

Oh youtube goodness...and your 24 season 6 prequel!

Don't forget Jack Bauer Facts.

Stanley Cup making the rounds

On my way to grab lunch today, they had the Stanley Cup outside my building (downtown Raleigh) with a line of people waiting to have their snapshot taken with the trophy. Excuse the crappy phone camera quality...

Monday, December 04, 2006

The 50 Greatest Commercials of the ’80s

Hey man! Is that freedom rock man? - Yeah! - Well, turn it up man! Yep, GIANT Magazine has a list of the 50 greatest commercials of the 80's (every one has video). Go waste some time, to the max. I learned it from watching YOU!

Live Action Hamster Video Game

Sunday, December 03, 2006

When iPods Rule the Earth

Forgot this was on The Simpsons last week. Great stuff.

Friday, December 01, 2006

I Heart Florida

Yesterday I found this article and today a friend sent me this image:

Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Simpsons - Ali G parody

I laughed out loud when I saw this last Sunday. Here it is in youtube goodness.

The Mii Lebowski

The Big Lebowski redone with the Nintendo Mii maker - Link

Monday, November 27, 2006

Hawk eats kids mouse (Video)

While playing with his pet mouse in the backyard, a hawk swoops down to snatch it for dinner. Video

Time-Lapse of Cicada Moulting

I love this kind of stuff.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Line Rider

I still find myself addicted to this Game over a month after discovering it. It's the best thing to do when you're at work in one of those meetings that you don't really need to be part of (and no one can see your screen). There are some video captures of some very elaborate creations. My suggestion to the author is to create an exporter so users could export their ride (with a link back of course) to use on other web sites. This is have been warned.

Borat & AliG before they were famous Pt. 2

Part two of before he was a bad-ass ghetto pimp. If you haven't yet, start with part 1.

Borat & Ali G before they were famous Pt. 1

Before he was a bad-ass ghetto pimp:

Link to part 2.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Jellyfish Invasion

Jellyfish invasion is far more interesting than my humble Asian Beetle Invastion Perhaps I should create a music video. I love the use of the Jaws footage.

Eight fantastic old-school hip hop videos

One of my dailies Music Thing posted Eight fantastic old-school hip hop videos.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Skateboarding Girls

Just watch it. I have nothing else to say, but watch it!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Asian Beetle Invasion

I've lived in North Carolina for seven years now. This is the first time I've experienced the Asian Ladybug or beetle invasion. They turn up all over the house. It seems that they prefer to winter indoors rather than under tree bark like most self respecting America lady beetles. They were introduced to this country to control aphids. I think I'd rather have them than pesticide in my house. I'd also rather have them than roaches.

Some Canoe/Dog Photos from Saturday

Here are a few photos from a canoe trip on Jordan Lake (NC) last Saturday. I was a kayak paddle short for my friend so we decided to take the canoe. There's room for a dog in the canoe, so Maggie came along too. The weather was warm for November with a high in the upper 70's. I photoshopped one of these for

The best/weirdest part of the trip was when we ran into two hunters who had just finished butchering a deer on the bank. I think we surprised them. It was a weird Deliverance kind of vibe. Maggie barked and growled, no doubt sensing that something was wrong with the scene. Maybe it was the guy carrying the deer head by the antlers...maybe it was the guy throwing the rest of the evidence in the water! Cue banjo music...