Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shack Assassin

Sniper targets a dangerous... building. Shot as a proof-of-concept video.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


photo of a tunnel in Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Downtown LA Skyline

City Skyline photo
A skyline in downtown Los Angeles.

First Writing

photo of part of a letter of agreement
Just found the letter of agreement I had for the first time I was paid to write. It's been a while, and I think I may want to write more. And soon.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spanish Soap

photo of a wrapped hotel soap from Spain
Randomly found this hotel soap from a trip to Europe many years ago. Amazing what you come across while organizing.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

To Use a CDN for JavaScript or Not

If we use Google’s JavaScript Library CDN, we are asking the majority of our website visitors (who don’t have jQuery already cached) to take a 1/3 of a second penalty (the time to connection to Google’s CDN) to potentially save a minority of our website visitors (those who do have a cached copy of jQuery) 1/3 of a second (the length of time to download jQuery 1.3.2 over a 768kps connection). That does not make sense

(from Should You Use JavaScript Library CDNs?).

Panorama Above the Hollywood Sign

360 degree panorama
Easter view in 360 degrees (click it for larger view).

Saturday, April 23, 2011

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lyrids Meteor Shower

Lyrid Meteor Shower in 2007
It peaks tonight (April 21 into April 22). They rise in the East and have about 5 to 20 meteors an hour, if it is not too cloudy. The best viewing is probably the hour before dawn (6:14am dawn in Los Angeles). When the moon rises at tonight it may make seeing falling stars harder once it is up (the moon rises at 11:53pm in LA tonight).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Funnest Drink Prep Evar

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The OK Plateau

Came across this post while trying to find out who authored this quote (which seems to be unknown):

Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary. Persistence is necessary for excellence. And persistence is a decision.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Mountain by Terje Sorgjerd

Beautiful photography. Landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd (previously) scaled Pico del Teide, Spain's highest elevation, to capture footage of the Milky Way atop "one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars."

Friday, April 15, 2011

White Flower

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


John Nolan's animatronics show reel.

SF to Paris in Two Minutes

Nate Bolt's airplane time-lapse from San Francisco to Paris and the during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times when the FAA prohibits them.


Sometimes a dreary existence needs Signs.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lions with Kevin Richardson

Animal behaviorist and the animals he's befriended.

Bird of Prey

Saturday, April 9, 2011


photo of my TI-85 calculator
I wrote many programs on this old calculator. I wrote a chess program, and a race-car game. I wrote a maze game that used data compression to fit many levels in the small memory, and another that made infinite random but still solvable mazes. For chemistry class, I wrote a program that could "roll" virtual dice, instead of the real ones, for an experiment on nuclear decay. After seeing a tv show about the enigma code the Germans used in World War Two, I wrote an encryption program that was based on it, but more powerful (many decades of technology made it much easier for me to do than it would have been for them).

On my way to visit my then girlfriend in Europe, I wrote a game program for her that had a hidden, and encrypted, love note built into it. I put the program on her calculator and later, an ocean away, I surprised her with how to get it to ask her for the secret code and to read it. A few of my math grades may have reflected the attention I gave this device, instead of my school work. But I had a lot of fun, and still use much of what it taught me.

My First Cell Phone

image of Ericsson T28 World phone
It was small, this is it with the battery installed and all, but it was mighty. Had a small keyboard that could plug into the bottom, got great reception and could email, txt and make phone calls. Kind of miss using it.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

nom nom


There once was a man from Nantucket


Who kept all his gold in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

(Princeton Tiger, 1902)

Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

1930 newsreel footage showing how Helen Keller, unable to see or hear, learned to talk.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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