Author: Mike Garrity


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.

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Synchronous Objects

Go check out this interesting dance piece. It’s a performance of William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced  with visual annotations added using a graphics package called Field. It was done by Norah Zuniga Shaw.

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Mauna Kea

When we were in Hawai’i two years ago, we went up to the top of Mauna Kea. It’s an amazing place. Standing on the barren cinder cone while breathing the thin air at more...


Spore Internals

This is the sort of thing that usually goes in my work blog, but the kids are both big fans of Spore, so I’m going to post it here instead. Chris Hecker has written...