Monthly Archives: November 2007

Internet Memes in Wider Culture

A few days ago, Anil Dash talked about whether or not Internet memes would really impact broader pulp culture. Such a move from Internet to e.g. TV or movies have typically been in the form of passing nods in geek-oriented media, such as Andrew referring to Trogdor in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, […]

A Couple of Comic Book Links

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I read a fair number of comics thanks to my brother. He’s introduced me to a lot of great comics, like James Robinson’s fabulous Starman and (more recently) Bill Willingham’s Fables.

Not all of the comics I’ve read are good, sadly, though I won’t blame those on Andrew. In […]

Thanksgiving 2007 Photos

This photo totally cracks me up. What are they looking at?

Click through for more wacky shots of our time at the beach.

Will Write for 4¢

We here at the Granade Casa enjoy our TV watching. We used to watch a fair bit but since the coming of the next generation we’ve turned down the tap a wee bit. I’m lucky if I can make it through an entire episode of something without falling asleep on the couch after Eli and […]

Stephen vs. Guitar Hero

If you don’t subscribe to our comment feed, you’ve probably missed the saga involving my comparison of a Guitar Hero controller to a Kidz Beatz toy guitar from last year. The picture that accompanied the post shows up a lot on Google Image searches, so we’ve gotten a trickle of commentators who take me far […]

Mind Reading Makes You Stupid

It’s clear that, whatever other benefits you gain from being able to read minds, you also become thick as a giant slab of concrete. If Sherlock Holmes had been able to read minds, he might have solved some of his cases faster, but he’d also have been more like Inspector Clouseau.

For proof, I only need […]

I Can Has New Captions?

We’re back from a Thanksgiving trip to see my family and spend time at the beach and watch Eli run into the surf, then back out, then back in, then back out again. We’ll have pictures and whatnot up eventually.

In the meantime, life is overwhelming, in that “hey, weren’t you gone for a while?” kind […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, all of our US friends and readers and whatnot. And if you’re not in the US, a happy Thanksgiving to you anyway. The college semester that I spent studying in the UK, when Thanksgiving came around, our friends took me and my three other compatriots out to that most traditional of US Thanksgiving […]

One Cool Physics Program

Those crazy MIT faculty. What will they think of next? In this case, it’s a computer program that lets you sketch simple shapes and then run a kinematic simulation using those shapes.

This would have been fabulous to play with when I was teaching physics.

Jonathan Coulton and the Zendrum

When I saw Jonathan Coulton perform, at one point he pulled out this weird triangular MIDI controller called a Zendrum. It reminded me of the Synthaxe Drumitar that Future Man used to use when playing with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and indeed, looking at the web page for the company, I found out that […]