Monday, February 11, 2008

Kitchen Confidential

So it's Monday which means I'm at home at the kitchen table hunched over my laptop typing away to make your health insurance website that much better. Noah and his friend Alex came in to make themselves some lunch. Alex decided to mix honey and mayonnaise on his sandwich, to which Noah declared, "You can't do that! It's against the sandwich laws!"

We all had a good laugh at this, and because I am rapidly becoming a cheesy old man, I had to add: "That's right, you do that and the sandwich police will come and get you."

This was met with patronizing chuckles, which I interpreted as great encouragement, and so I pressed on: "You know what the sandwich police say when they arrest you? 'Spread 'em!'"

I had a good laugh while my son and his friend began planning their quick escape from the kitchen and the feeble ancient inhabiting it.

Monday, February 4, 2008


This guy is doing some amazing work with an open-source program called Processing. I know nothing about it, but damn, his stuff is gorgeous. Visual music. Check out his latest:

Solar, with lyrics. from flight404 on Vimeo.

From his explanation, it seems that he got the program to respond to the music and lyrics. Smart people doing smart things. Click the "Solar, with lyrics" link right below the player for the HD version, which is really spectacular.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Blue in the tooth

So I'm one of those people now, the ones who stalk the earth seemingly talking to themselves in the aisles of supermarkets and other public spaces. I've been inducted into their ranks, passed the initiation rites, which were as sexually humiliating as we've heard about, and it only cost 99 bucks (after mail-in rebate).

I suppose I can rationalize it by saying the logistics of my work demand it, which wouldn't be a lie. However, I seem to have been functioning perfectly well without it. So anyway, I bought a Bluetooth device for my cell phone. It's pretty fucking sweet, actually.