Monthly Archives: July 2008

It’s That Time Again

I’m obsessing about Project Runway again. Misty thinks Suede knows Suede is over the top. Someone told me Tim Gunn had a podcast. Anybody know anything about that?

Information or Conversation?

Some blogs you read for the information they contain, whether that’s technical tips or the latest goings-on in a friend’s life. Some you read for the conversation among the blog’s regulars and its author. I’m curious to know which style, if either, you prefer.

I go in cycles. I’m fond of blogs that have good conversations […]

Boom Monkey Update

Since I was asked: why, yes, I can make an instrumental version of Boom Monkey available.

Information Wants to be Non-Informative

From the July 21, 2008 issue of Space News:

“Election Could Usher in Big Changes for NASA … or Not”

I believe that covers the waterfront.

Boom Monkey

For Christmas, Misty’s mom got me a set of boomwhackers. They’re pitched plastic tubes — think handbells for people too nerdy to play handbells. After I got them, I had fun playing various simple songs for Eli. Then I started wondering: could I do something more complex with them?

The result, through a chain of reasoning […]

It’s What’s for Dinner (Sometime Last Week)

We have around 900 pictures from Japan. I’m not kidding, after the first cull, we still have 900 photographs. Needless to say, it’s going to take me a few days to get back in the swing of things, process all these photos, love on my children, catch up on my mail and projects and remember […]

Can You Improve Gas Mileage By Filling Your Tank Half-Way?

Here’s a question for you: can you improve your car’s gas mileage by only filling its tank half-way? Or should you fill your tank completely each time?

Since I’m a physicist, I might as well make some back-of-the-envelope calculations and use them as the basis for sweeping generalizations. If you’re smart you’ll check my work.

On the […]

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig

We’ve returned from the wilds of Japan, land of automatic everything and teeny tiny electronics. We’ll have so much more to talk about later, but for now, sleeeep.

Secret Bird Project

I was making Liza’s butterfly when I found this bird pattern on one of my craft blogs. I knew I wanted to make it and combine it with this quote:

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.
–Henry Van Dyke

I’ve been working on them […]

In Death!

Of late, Misty’s been reading a lot of J.D. “Surely No One Will Guess I’m Nora Roberts” Robb books. I didn’t realize until I saw the third or fourth that all of their titles end “…in Death.” No, really. There’s even an Excel spreadsheet listing all of them.

This seems a lot more restrictive to me […]