Unexpected circumstances found me at the Fairmont talking to Ira Glass of This American Life. “I really wanted to come see you talk tonight,” I told him. “I was just too cheap to buy a ticket. But my friend here” — I pointed to David — “broke up with his girlfriend last night, so he [...]
Archive for February, 2005
A few weeks ago our electrician friend, Mike Kaplan, spent an evening examining some of the fucked-up old wiring in our house. He’s going to be back to do some work in March, but in the meantime he advised me that the our fire hazard electric heater probably just needed a new switch. I tracked [...]
The LA Times has an interesting interview with Julia Sweeney of SNL fame about her one-woman show, “Letting Go of God.”
Elliott (a prof here at the university) asked me if I know of a group called “Defend New Orleans.” Actually he wasn’t sure if they’re a group or just a slogan. Someone handed him some stickers on Mardi Gras, because he moved some pylons onto Frenchmen to stop cars from coming through the block party. [...]
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on an interactive Flash movie for BibleDudes. It simulates an archaeological dig, and you can explore 29 different stratagraphical layers, with artifacts and descriptions of the period. The time-consuming part of this has been producing the 58 necessary illustrations, two for each level, each based on [...]
People who take the elevator to go up one floor when stairs are available. Using the elevator to go up two flights of stairs is almost as annoying. For some it’s a matter of physical laziness, but for many it’s more mental laziness. They just don’t think about taking the stairs. They take the elevator [...]
This information is about seven years old. I put it here just to experiment with the new WordPress “pages” feature. I hope to update it soon! The (Short) Story of My Life I was born just before the Summer of Love, the son of a pure-blooded German-American farm girl and a poor boy from the [...]
I met Joe Lambert of the Center for Digital Storytelling. Joe was here in New Orleans to advise the development of the Plessy Park Project, which aims to build a civil rights memorial park on the site where Homer Plessy got arrested in 1892. (I’m onboard as the editor for an instructional DVD that’s being [...]
It may seem ridiculous, but I gave up alcohol for Lent. Even though I’m not Christian, I find something ever-so-slightly appealing in the idea. I like to break my habits. It’s not just for the sake of my innate perversity; breaking habits is refreshing. Plus not drinking for forty days might even be healthy. Yesterday [...]
Our cinematic journey through the alphabet continues. There sure were a lot of H films on my list. 26 to be exact. (Compared to only three films that started with the letter G.) Great: Hearts and Minds — Amazing documentary about the US war on Vietnam. The Hidden Fortress — B&W Kurosawa samauri adventure from [...]
Just in case anyone was still in doubt, a new study indicates humans are definitely to blame for global warming.
I just discovered the Technorati Tags page, and I was tickled to see that a picture I just posted on Flickr was displayed at the top of the Food page (but not for long). It is, however, the sole content listed for the RedBeansAndRice tag. Oh, and in case this picture makes you hungry, here’s [...]
Reading the promotional text on the back of my Sunsweet Gold Label Cherry Essence Dried Plums led me to the Nutrition Density Index. Basically it’s just a big image which looks a lot like the back of the fruit package which led me there in the first place. No new information. It’s one of the [...]
The right handlebar of my bicycle broke off as I was riding across D’Hemecourt on the way home from work yesterday. It broke off right in my hand. I couldn’t believe it. I almost wiped out. I discovered that it’s damned hard to ride with one hand. Riding is so deeply intuitive it feels instinctive, [...]
Today I discovered that WordPress version 1.5 had been released upon the world, and I upgraded the b.rox blog with nary a glitch. (Well, maybe one or two. Minor things.) But, damn, so many improvements it makes my head spin. The default template looks so good I hardly felt the need to customize it at [...]
The Kyoto Protocol goes into effect today. It’s the most biggest environmental accord ever, but the biggest polluter isn’t on board.
When I was a wee lad in elementary school, I was fascinated to read about the origin of the modern “heart” shape, which looks nothing like the anatomical human heart. It all goes back to Saint Valentine, the Xian martyr, who was locked up in prison, and sent notes of love (presumably agapeic love, not [...]
According to the Death Clock I’m going to die on Sunday, October 28, 2040. And according to Dante’s Inferno Test, I’ll be going to Limbo.
We went to see a musical duo called One Ring Zero at my favorite bookstore. It seemed like everyone we knew was there, including Ben Hearst — turns out his brother Michael is one of the guys in the band. The music was awesome. They perform quirky pop ditties with lyrics written expressly for them [...]
For the last few years I’ve actually kind of enjoyed going in to work on Ash Wednesday. The sudden transition back to so-called normality after the craziness of Carnival was bracing. Plus, school was not in session, so it was very quiet on campus. It was a good time just to putter around the office, [...]