Not Yet Within Range

For some reason, I am now craving a Leica M8 digital rangefinder camera, with the 16-18-21mm, the 28-35-50mm, and the 90mm lenses. This is absurd, since that would be about $15,000 in camera equipment, well outside not only my budget, but also my socio-economic caste.

Compare and Contrast

Today in links: A $1,000 brownie Brûlee’s “Brownie Extradordinaire with Saint Louis” is a chocolate brownie made with Italian hazelnuts, dusted with edible gold powder and served with a very rare port. After each bite, the dessert captain squirts a mist of the vintage port on your tongue with a $750 atomizer, which incidentally is […]

We Have The Power To Create Our Own Happiness

This I Believe: I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves. —Wayne Coyne

The Joy of Developing

The great Mac RSS newsreader, NetNewsWire, has a new beta out, version 3.0. It’s really good, with a ton of performance improvements and nicer layouts. But, they say it crashes some, and they want bug reports. In fact, it did crash on me once in the past couple of weeks ago, so I sent a […]

Food Security

When I say that “the food supply is far more fragile than people realize,” this is what I have in mind. It looks like fruit/almonds/etc. might get pretty expensive soon. Big commercial bee keepers, that provide pollination services worth $14 billion a year, have been experiencing die-offs of 50-90% of their colonies over the last […]

Stop Buying This Crap

Rant, defined.

Rapid Serial Visual Presentation

Reading this interview with Cory Doctorow (by RU Sirius, nonetheless), I discovered Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (of text). The speed-read shows you one word at a time, and it shows them at a speed that’s determined by a little slider. And it pauses a little after a comma, and longer after a period, and longer […]

Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie #7 by Claudio Arrau

Yesterday morning, waking up at 5:00 but then drifting off to sleep again from 6:00 to 7:30, heard the most amazing piano concerto. Tracked it down via the VPR playlist (thank you!!), and finally tracked down the CD on Amazon. Welcome to my wishlist, oh Claudio Arrau.

Panasonic Lumix FX-01 Digital Camera

I took the Panasonic Lumix LX-1 to Europe last year and loved it. But it was too big for my front pocket and I wanted to downsize to a consumer-grade point ‘n shoot. So I bought the FX-01 and loved it even more. Since then I’ve recommended it to several people (Chris, Jeff, Marc, Graham, […]

Notes on Arial

If anyone ever recommends to you Arial for a primary typeface, these links will turn out handy. LifeClever: There are two types of people in the world: those who can tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial, and those who can’t. The Scourge of Arial: Despite its pervasiveness, a professional designer would rarely—at least for […]

Web 2.0 In Just Under 5 Minutes

Tour de force video explaining how Web 2.0 is changing the nature of online interaction.

[Local] Good Thai Food In Concord NH

Siam Orchid served us well last night. Flavorful, aromatic, and fresh ingredients. 158 North Main Street. 603-228-3633. It’s on the same street as the courthouse. If you take the Louden Road exit on 93, turn left to head downtown, then turn left at the first traffic light – it’s on the left. I think if […]