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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 Data.gov, 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...


A History Lesson (Because I feel like it)

Rome was once one of the largest empires ever to have existed. (Title of the largest goes to the mongols) This was brought about by the legions, and upheld by the Civil Service system...


Ferrari 458

The new Ferrari is coming soon. It is called the 458 Italia it is the replacement of the 430. It looks like the 430 combined somewhat with the Enzo. Top Gear has recorded the...


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...