Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

I'll be migrating my archive of posts over to Vox within the next few days and they may or may not be visible to you (depending on if you have a Vox account with me in your neighborhood or not). Thanks for reading this incarnation of Chapter 1. I think it's about done. Chapters come to an end. New years begin. Now it's time for Chapter 3 (Chapter 2 was the name of my Xanga).

This new blog will focus on what I learn about design, the web, and other things relevant to my world.

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy end of 2006

I made a valiant attempt at migrating my Blogger blog to my Vox, but alas, I got more errors than I could handle. Oh well. Try again next year? You bet I will.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


How much time do you spend reading blogs vs. your personal finances?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ah, duplicity

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Steve 'n' Mary back together at last

R.I.P. Steve Irwin '62-'06. He died doing what he loved doing which is another best way to go, except that his passing was obviously quite painful (i.e. being stung to death by a p.o.'ed sea creature). Crikey! Maybe in your sleep is the best way to go, like he said. See his obit, on

Sunday, August 20, 2006

my new favorite webcomic

xkcd comics

Monday, August 07, 2006


It's no Trogdor (who is a dragon and not a dinosaur), but that link made me laugh a little. I only mention this because yesterday I came across a theme of dinosaurs. I don't know what happened. I just noticed them everywhere I went. Now, today, I still have dinos on the brain. All I want to do is go to my freezer and eat some Fossil Fuel ice cream. Hey, that has dinosaurs in it too!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

I have a fun family

That's really an awesome thing if you think about it because what are the odds, you know?

Today was 'Let's Consume All Our July 4th Leftovers for Dinner, Along with a Feast for Today's Dinner, Day' at my mom's place with relatives I'd never actually met before yesterday, and a few more I have. I feel like I'll be full for the next two days.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

That was fast

I'm talking about the end of the month. It's June already, wow. I got all mentally prepared to write about my birthday activities and boom, it's June.

A few words to create some mental birthday imagery.
Inflicted reflection (Thanks to Romi).
The Stinking Rose (my sister's the bestest).
Too much good food.
Ice cream.
Gifts (thanks mom).
Birthday cards.
Phone calls.
White clothing (this is important to note for the following)...
Glow in the dark mini-golfing.
Air hockey.
Lots of laughing.
Crepes and waffles for dinner!
Good conversation.

Yes, it appears that I had the birthday celebration of a 9 year old (and actually including a 9 year old and a 7 year old) and I loved every minute of it.

I feel like I've driven more during the last 8 days than I have the entire last month. Gotta love jury duty.

Monday, May 29, 2006

As time goes by

I don't know why three-day weekends always seem to go by so quickly, but this one went quicker than most. I took a step back in time and spent a half-day at my old high school on Friday, which was amazing. I was invited to be a judge for the senior interdisciplinary project: an actual business convention. I walked into the huge room where everything was set up and was blown away by the projects presented by obviously sleep-deprived students. Before we got started we had the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the class of 2006. When it was my turn I told them I was a Bruin and an alum and that I'd been in their place, back in '98. Just like that. Very old fogey like. I did notice a few smiles so maybe I was less old fogey and more kindred spirit.

I was flooded by warm memories as I walked around my old stomping grounds on the way back to the administrative building, being a mini-tour guide to some of the other judges who had never before been to CAMS. I found myself wanting to point out things like the three bungalows that used to house the entire school in the years I attended, before the multi-million dollar facility was built just 250 feet to the south. Most of the time I stopped myself, except when we walked passed the old physics room. I remember that being my first class of the day as a senior. Mr. Duncan would always be there at the crack of dawn to welcome early arrivers into his room while he ate his breakfast, which was oatmeal or toast, and got ready for the later arrivers... The best part was before class we got to use the internet on his two computers. Keep in mind this was 1997-98 so computers in the classroom was a big hairy deal and so being able to check my hotmail was the coolest thing ever. He's also the one who came up with the idea for the business convention.

I'd previously thought it was Mr. Fisher, vegetarian, master of b-ball hoops, teacher of Economics and U.S. Government (the notorious stock market game, supply vs. demand exercises, political cartoons discussion, oligarchy, former federal chairman Alan Greenspan, and the phrases, "TINSTAAFL: There is no such thing as a free lunch," and "choosing is refusing" come to mind).

I almost can't get over how distinctly similar the current students were to my former classmates as I talked with them. I wonder if there is a student there now who would have reminded me of myself back then and would I have immediately recognized that if I met her?

I loved that I got to spend some time with the principal and the aforementioned top two favorite former teachers and my only regret is that I did not bring a camera. Hopefully these thousand (hah) words will suffice.