Author: Mike Garrity

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Obama’s Big Startup

TechDirt and Anil Dash each have interesting articles (link, link) about Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra. Those are the guys that the new administration put in charge of overhauling the federal government’s IT infrastructure...


Meteorite on Mars

The Opportunity rover is still chugging along after more than five years on Mars. Look what it recently discovered on its way to Endeavor crater. Yes, that’s a meteorite. It’s about 2 feet across...

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Illusion of Accomplishment

Infinite Summer (which I mentioned earlier) is sort of an online book club which is reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest this summer. I don’t want to spoil the book if you haven’t read...


Balloon Fishing

Every evening outside the house we’re renting, there are a number of people standing on the reef blowing up party balloons and throwing them into the water. It turns out they’re fishing. Malmok reef...


Perseids and Baby Beach

Last night and tonight, we all sat out on the beach and watched for meteors. It’s time for the Perseids. It’s really nice and dark here on Aruba, but we weren’t very successful. We...


Gone Fishin’

There’s not going to be a lot of posts for a while, because we’re here: View Larger Map We’ll tell you all about it when we get back. Until then, there’s not going to...



SIGGRAPH is next week. I’m not going to make it this year. We’re going to be on vacation. It’s in New Orleans this year too, which is one of the nicer venues. Here’s the...

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Congress Speaks

Since the presidential election, there’s been a lot of action on making it easier for the public to get information about what the government is doing. For examples, check out, Sunlight Labs, and...


Little Boxes

I just finished reading The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton. It’s an interesting exploration of what makes good architecture work, and why so much architecture doesn’t work. The last chapter is really...


Band Concert, July 28

Another band concert last night. It was a beautiful night for it, and the band sounded great … … but Tom and Pete spent most of the concert way in the back, whittling.