Author: Mike Garrity


Ed Thigpen

Ed Thigpen died yesterday. He was the drummer on so many of those great Oscar Peterson records. Together with Ray Brown, they defined what the Jazz trio should sound like. Tonight at dinner, I...


Gatz & Holden

We went to see Gatz at the ART the other night. Gatz is a play by the Elevator Repair Service which is based on the novel The Great Gatsby. It’s a very interesting production....

Jonathan Haidt Interview 0

Jonathan Haidt Interview

The Utne Reader has an interesting interview with Jonathan Haidt about politics. If you’re not familiar with Jonathan Haidt, he’s a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Virginia. He’s done a lot...

Blogging In Class 0

Blogging In Class

Tim Bray wrote a great post about being invited to visit his fifth grade son’s class and “teach the internet”. He created a blog and let them all start posting. Go check it out.

Warp 0


Here’s another SPDE sketch. It’s a simple image warping demo that shows how to use the texture mapping feature of Processing. Click and drag over the image to distort it. Try different mouse buttons....



There’s been a lot of talk recently about Murdoch spreading the craziness from the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal into the reality based sections. This is what a lot of people feared...


Arduino in The Atlantic

William Gurstelle has a nice short article about Arduino in the latest issue of The Atlantic. He’s trying to give their audience an idea of what maker culture is all about.

Maybe 1


One of the more hideous quirks of the family of programming languages derived from C is the fact that values of pointer based types may be NULL. This means that a simple code fragment...

Fifty Dangerous Things 0

Fifty Dangerous Things

Do you remember our earlier post about Gever Tulley? Well he has a book out now on the same subject. I haven’t read it yet, but the table of contents includes good projects like:...

The 5 Stages of a Dismal Scientific Revolution 0

The 5 Stages of a Dismal Scientific Revolution

In most people’s minds, the recent financial crisis has been the last nail in the coffin of the Chicago School of Economics’ philosophies. That’s certainly what members of the saltwater school think, and I...