Archive for July, 2008

Friday Funday CCIX

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

Font Conference [del.icio.us]

I’m a big font-loving dork, and some of the jokes in here are pretty funny, but seriously? Comic Sans is the hero?

Shming Swimming [del.icio.us]

Supposedly, this is a video of Shming the hedgehog swimming, but it looks more like Shming the hedgehog trying not to drown. Still, it’s pretty cute.

Pencil Rebel [del.icio.us]

Here’s a fast-n-easy point-n-click adventure with some neat graphics and an odd ending.

The Periodic Table of Videos [del.icio.us]

Continuing the huge dork theme, here’s a channel on YouTube from the University of Nottingham featuring videos about each of the different periodic elements.

Le Ballon [del.icio.us]

Un vidéo très belle de un ballon rouge. I wouldn’t be a huge dork without pointing out that helium, while normally less dense than “air,” becomes more dense than “air” when it gets cold enough (have you ever taken a balloon outside in the winter? It’s kind of sad). So there’s no way the balloon would have made even halfway as far as it did.

Friday Funday CCVIII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

Handwritten Typographers [del.icio.us]

Whether we realize it or not, fonts are an integral part of our lives. This article examines the handwriting of the people who make the fonts we see and use everyday.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century [del.icio.us]

This 1935 short about the adventures of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century shows just how far we’ve come in all aspects of cinema – especially scriptwriting.

Jedi Gym [del.icio.us]

Phoenix sent in this little gem.

This is How We Roll in India [del.icio.us]

And lawmakers thought they had to worry about drivers here texting and driving.

Totem Destroyer [del.icio.us]

Although fairly easy overall, this game will make you use your brain from time to time.

2008 Mid-Year Resolutions Update

This post is 2 weeks late, and given how infrequently I’ve been posting lately, it should be pretty clear that I’m constantly busy. That said, I’m going to try keep these updates pretty short, since I have other things I also need to do (and should probably be doing instead of this).

For reference, here’s what I said at the beginning of the year.

Eat right – I haven’t started counting calories, and it seems like every time I think about it, I manage to find some excuse that allows me not to start. The latest excuse is that Morah and I are trying to eat less meat, with the eventual goal of not buying meat at home (if we’re at someone’s house, or out at dinner, or having a holiday meal, then we’ll gladly make exceptions). I had been trying to figure out how to become a vegetarian, when it suddenly dawned on me that the best way to stop eating meat was to simply stop buying it in the first place. There’s some poultry in our freezer, and once it’s gone, we won’t be buying more meat anytime soon. Our hope is that eating more (and fresher) fruit and vegetables will help us in our health-related goals.

Work out more frequently – This one has been hit-or-miss. Lately, I’ve been working out 5 or 6 days a week, doing both weight lifting and cardio. I just wish I had more than 45 minutes to exercise. As I said at the beginning of the year, I’m determined to lose weight. I’m confident that I can continue to do this.

Floss my teeth – Back in January, I said that a routine would help me learn to floss all the time. We had a routine for a little while – we even printed it out and posted it on the fridge. Unfortunately, the paper got stuffed in a drawer a while back and was never taken out again. I’ll have to find it and get back in the habit.

Do my traction – Pretty much the same thing happened here as with the flossing. Although I will say that the chair I have at work, while not terribly comfortable, helps my posture. My chiropractor even mentioned that I was looking much better. Still, I should probably do it.

Get caught up & stay caught upA month of not watching television worked out so well for us, that we’ve continued this practice. Now, when I hear people talk about the T.V. shows they love to watch, I smirk a little and am glad that I’m no longer a slave to the idiot box. I also added reading to my regular schedule (every day on the bus to and from work) and so far, I’ve made it through 3 books (I’ll be writing about one of them here very soon). I’m still way behind on a lot of things, but at least I’m taking advantage of my time as best I can.

Build my business – I have completed 2 sites since January and have a couple of promising leads. I set a goal for myself that I’m not sure I’ll reach, but my name is getting out there and people are starting to contact me instead of the other way around.

Work on my personal websites – I managed to completely screw this one up. Not only have I continued to neglect my existing sites, I have since added new ones (which I also neglect)! One of these days I’ll get it all straightened out. In the meantime, this site still gets the most attention.

Get outside – In January, with regard to living in the Northwest, I posited the question, “what more can we ask for?” Well, it turns out that the answer is time. In an attempt to catch up and stay caught up, as well as develop my business, getting away from the computer and out of the apartment has taken a backseat. Perhaps I should get an iPhone; then I’ll be able to read my Google Reader feeds while we go for a walk. On the up-side, I work downtown, which has a plethora of interesting places for me to walk to. Every once in a while, I’ll go down to Riverfront Park and take an afternoon constitutional.

Buy a house – Progress is slow, but we’re definitely ready. I’m sure I’ll post more details as they become available.

Do more urban exploration – I have thoroughly explored the building in which I work, and have my sights set on a couple of other downtown locations. I also know someone who might be able to get me into the steam tunnels at EWU, which would be awesome.

7 Years in the Blogosphere

Not only is today Bastille Day, but it’s also the day my blog turns 7 years old. Hooray for another blogiversary!

I know I’ve gotten way behind on updates (that masthead has been there way too long), but in light of this glorious event, I promise a flurry of activity. Or at least a couple of extra posts this week. And maybe a new masthead. Maybe. If I have time. And if I can think of a good idea. Anyone have any good masthead ideas?

Friday Funday CCVII

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

Grocery Store Wars [del.icio.us]

Morah and I are going to the farmer’s market tomorrow morning, and in honor of our first trip of the year, here’s a goofy video about organic food.

It’s Called epMotion [del.icio.us]

Are you a huge science dork that uses Eppendorf Pipettes at work (like my wife)? Then you’re sure to love this video. And if you do love this video, you’ll probably also love The PCR Song (if you have to Google PCR, you aren’t a big enough dork).

The State of the Web – Summer 2008 [del.icio.us]

Science Dorks don’t get to have all the fun in this post.

Yay! Fireworks! [del.icio.us]

The 4th of July may be behind us, but here are a few more fireworks for you. As the post says, “some make it pretty clear exactly what the Chinese designer thinks America is like.”

Malric Kittens [del.icio.us]

This is officially the cutest video I have ever seen.

Will Obama Really Change Things?

Now that Obama has the nomination form the Left, he can pretty much as Right as he wants, as long as he’s not quite as far Right as McCain.

I read this blog post yesterday, and I think it sums things up nicely. Also, I just read that Obama voted in favor of a wiretapping bill.

Change, or more of the same? This is exactly why I’m not inspired to vote.

Comments, Anyone?

In my never ending battle against spam comments, I recently installed an Akismet-based plugin. It has done a wonderful job so far — only 1 spam comment out of hundreds has made it through. Interestingly, no legitimate comments have been posted since I installed the filter, which has me wondering if those are also getting caught by the filter.

If you’re reading this, please leave me a comment to help me find out whether or not it’s working. If your comment doesn’t appear, if you get a message saying that your comment needs to be moderated, or if you have previously left a comment and it isn’t on the site, e-mail me to let me know (if you don’t know my e-mail address, you can use the contact form by clicking on “Contact Me” in the navigation menu).

Thanks in advance!

Friday Funday CCVI

Friday Funday brings you some fun and interesting links from my travels around the internet. Funday links will open in a new window.

Trickshot: Artistic Pool Trick Shots Pt 2 [del.icio.us]

Thanks to Mike for this one.

Spore: Overview Video [del.icio.us]

I am so pumped about this game. I can’t wait for it to come out!

Magnetic Ink, Process video [del.icio.us]

Check out other videos by this person; they’re amazing!

Inanimate Alice [del.icio.us]

“Inanimate Alice tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad.”

Hedgehog Launch [del.icio.us]

Even more awesome than it sounds!