Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Taipei

I borrowed one of the actual hats the street sweepers use here. Its like a squashed traffic cone. I wish it could be a bike helmet.


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Oddly specific

I've started seeing these signs in NYC subway cars:
The thing I don't understand about it is the use of "over". Had it said "over 1,400" that would make sense -- it's a round number. But "over 1,438" -- are there 1,439? According to two Google results [1] [2], New York State has exactly 1,438 family vineyards. Or at least, had in 2013. Perhaps NY State's Marketing Legal Team figured that there has been at least one additional family-owned vineyard founded since 2013, but didn't know precisely how many, so they went with "over".

Sunday, November 02, 2014

China and Mass MOCA

I'm off to China for three weeks to do some Loud Bicycle Horn work. But before I go, here is a picture I took at Mass MOCA that I really like.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Birefringence

Just a little preview of whats to come in a future blog post!



Materials:

  • Cup of reese's pieces
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Computer monitor

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Illustrated Guide to Cutlery Nomenclature

This is a fork:

This is also a fork:

Courtesy of IKEA, this is a threek:

Similarly, this is a twook:

This is also a twook:

Which makes this a pile of wunks:

I know I am not the first to note this, but I wanted to provide an illustrated guide.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Good baby names

Should you name a baby Hannibal?
According to data from ourbabynamer.com, Hannibal used to be a fairly popular name until something happened in the mid 1980s followed something that nailed it in 1991.

That would be these two popular movies with horrible people named Hannibal.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091474/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102926/

Update: Thanks to alert reader Dad Lansey, the silence of the lambs book appeared in 1988

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Told You So

A week from Today I will have lived in California for a full year.  I moved out to California for work.  Due to the nature of my job I am unable to take pictures of most things.  I know there have been a number of pictures taken of me, however to the best of my knowledge none of them have been posted online.  So I proudly announce that finally after almost a year of working for the Navy I finally have a publicly posted picture.  It seems that many peoples antivirus software has a problem with that site, and since I don't know how long it will be up here is the picture.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Canoeing Algonquin National Park

I went canoe-camping in Algonquin Provincial Park during the recent supermoon event.

The moon.

The sun.

Canoe over my car.

Dirt road!

Canoe under me.

Canoe over me.

Grand lake.

The barren river canyon.


I wasn't the only one on vacation. It was really strange to see these Canada geese outside of a city park.