Sunday, December 14, 2003

PowerPoint Makes You Dumb: "Perhaps PowerPoint is uniquely suited to our modern age of obfuscation -- where manipulating facts is as important as presenting them clearly. If you have nothing to say, maybe you need just the right tool to help you not say it." Edward Tufte would agree.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

The Chadcam is back up and running! Probably pointing to the backyard, unless there is a party...

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Art and control systems are one: Art projects by Daniel Rozin. Be sure to check out some of the quicktime films of the art in action. Exceedingly cool!

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Some amazing LEGO stuff: ASL's LEGO Page has M.C. Escher recreations...

Eric Harshbarger has forged a career of Lego art/sculpture...

Jennifer Clark has the most detailed and documented creations I think I've ever seen...

And for good measure: the LEGO user's group.

I may just have to go buy some bricks...

Sunday, September 28, 2003

It seems like refreshing our familiarity with the Constitution, and the principles upon which it was written, is in keeping with the times. The Founders' Constitution is a massive reference work, formerly available only as a multi-volume printed set, but now accessible electronically. It's going to take me a while to get through it, but I'm going to try, with the hope that I will emerge with more than a passing familiarity with this important work.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Loads of new photos in the photo gallery -- check 'em out!

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

I think smart wireless sensors are going to revolutionize many aspects of our lives... Some key enabling elements are an event-driven operating system that fits in 200 bytes, and the various projects that it makes possible.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

"...there's definitely an important faction in the Bush administration ... that really wants us to go back to a situation where, if you are unlucky, and you don't have enough to eat, or you can't afford medical care, well, that's just showing that you weren't sufficiently provident. And then, for these people, there would be no social safety net whatsoever."
"It's this funny thing: I lived this very comfortable life in a very placid college town, with nice people all around. And life is good. But some of us -– not just me, but a fair number of people, including my friends -- we've looked at the news, and we sort of extrapolate the lines forward. And there's this feeling of creeping dread."

Buzzflash interviews Princeton University economics professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.
Phil Knight had a dream. He'd sell shoes. He'd sell dreams. He'd get rich. He'd use sweatshops if he had to.

Then along came a new shoe. Plain. Simple. Cheap. Fair.
Designed for only one thing: kicking Phil's ass.

From Adbusters: The Black Spot sneaker. Rethink the cool.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Stupid Security
What happens when the misinformed and incompetent become the arbiters of the security measures that impact our daily lives? Read some of the interesting exposes at!

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Two good BMW R100RS sites:
3... 2... 1... and we have pumpkin liftoff! Remember those water-air rockets you played with as a kid? Well, these folks are blasting water-cooler jugs off into the wild blue yonder.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

An interesting point of view from Tim Bray: "...if you want to develop software, you can build for the Web and/or Unix and/or OSS platforms; or alternatively, you can be a sharecropper." Given that we're now using web-hosted apps at work for numerous things, the popularity of Blogger, Tax Act and the like, plus the increasing presence of high-speed internet, I think he may have a point.
The American Helicopter Society finally updated their website... it almost looks good now! I may be forced to do something more with the local site.
A Better Way to post...
Aha -- I found BlogApp and BlogScript, which make publishing stuff from either of my OS-X machines much quicker.
Here are a couple of web-finds:
  • The Creatures in my Head -- doodles from the head of Andrew Bell.
  • Some pretty good random commentary at Defective Yeti... I particularly like this one urging the adoption of the Lego brick as the standard unit of US currency.
  • The Propaganda Remix project co-opted a bunch of the WW2 posters and re-purposed them for the current war... be sure to read the drooling vitriol of the far right in response to this guy's work!
Today was the first serious mountain stage in the Tour de France, and I was worried that I'd miss it entirely -- I only get broadcast TV, and after being spoiled by Mom's satellite TV coverage last weekend, I searched all week for a friend with cable and an Outdoor Life Network (OLN) channel subscription! CBS isn't even providing weekend coverage this year, as far as I can tell.
But eureka -- Lance Armstrong's website has links to both real-time text updates at and a live webcast from Danish TV! So I was able to see the finish on Mont Ventoux, even if it was in low-res...
Well, I've been horribly negligent in keeping this up to date. I think that's mostly because I've been maintaining the weblog as pure HTML, so posting has been less spontaneous than I would like. I kept thinking that I would build a web-based content manager, but that kept getting pushed down the ever-growing stack of "wanna-do's".
So, I've finally given in -- as long as blogger is free and does what I want, I'm going to join the unwashed masses and use it. The key for me was discovering that blogger supports secure transfer to my server.
With any luck and a modicum of diligence on my part, you'll see more regular posts here!