2011 Train Trip — Union Station

I recently had one of my best vacations ever, travelling by Amtrak from Los Angeles to Chicago and back (with some side trips by car thrown in). It was lovely, though of course it chewed up a couple of extra travel days. Totally worth it! I rode out on the Amtrak Southwest Chief, from Los […]

Sean Meets the Face-Blindness Live and In-Person

I’ve written before, many times, about my horrible face-blindness. My son Sean recounts a recent misadventure: Our first La Mirada Disc Golf Saturday trip this year began with Dad and I making our ritual trip to McDonald’s for sweet, sweet Egg McMuffin action. The drive-through line was packed, and time was running out, so we […]

Gin, Television, and Social Surplus

Clay Shirky has a wonderful short post on the Cognitive Surplus, and which, as a bonus, may nudge you to do something else, anything else, rather than passively consume more entertainment: Did you ever see that episode of Gilligan’s Island where they almost get off the island and then Gilligan messes up and then they […]

Insecurity – World Leader Edition

I saw this posted somewhere a few weeks ago. Still makes me laugh, because… Dude. Really. It’s OK.

Tilted Twister: A LEGO Rubik’s Cube Solver

I had been thinking of getting a LEGO Mindstorms set, but wasn’t sure how much they could do. Then I saw on the web that a fellow named Hans Andersson had designed a Rubik’s Cube solver that uses only the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Retail Kit. Watch the video! My LEGO Mindstorms NXT set is now […]

Ok, Made Me Laugh

…and like all of you, I could probably use a laugh about now. “DOW drops 1000+ in last 3 sessions. The Bailout Goggles! They do nothing!” –seen on a reddit.com headline mid-week. “This is worse than a divorce. I’ve lost half my net worth and I still have a wife.” –seen on The Times of […]

Irrational Numbers: Threat or Menace?

It’s short, and is filled with good cautionary advice: Converting Pi to binary: Don’t do it! Who knew about the, e.g., child pornography risk?

livesystems.com, Mark 2

A previously-unknown Swiss guy, Yves Kilchenmann, contacted me out of the blue about buying my old domain, livesystems.com, and eventually we agreed upon a price, which is enough to put me into, for instance, a nice LEGO robotics set (actually a Danish product, but very possibly what I’m going to spend the money on). Their […]

DRM Worst-Case Scenario

Microsoft is [obviously] not going out of business any time soon, but it’s gotten to be just too much of a hassle for them to continue to support their PlaysForSure Digital Rights Management scheme that they pushed on device manufacturers and customers for years, before deciding that it wasn’t good enough for their own Zune. […]

Good Movie: Ponette

It’s in French! Ponette, a young girl, has recently lost her mother in an auto accident, but still sees her, sometimes. Ponette (to the Dead Mom): Will you stay with me? Dead Mom: No, I’m dead. Ponette: Not anymore. Dead Mom: I’m still a little dead. The young actress, Victoire Thivisol, who plays Ponette, was […]