Archive for July, 2003

nothing like a hearty government…

on Thursday, July 17th, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

Nothing like a hearty government publication to brighten a day! Between the magnetic charts I ordered last year and the two eclipse reference publications I received today, I’m thus far impressed. At the time of this August 11, 1999 total eclipse I was located just below Lake Balaton in Hungary ( map ) at the first solipse festival. It was the 21st eclipse of the Saros series, not to return until Aug 21, 2017 as the first total eclipse viewable from the continental united states since February 26, 1979 — 36 days before my birth in California. Needless to say, I look forward to pursuing its shadow as a (spiritual) third total eclipse, hopefully more. All cosmic coincidences aside, viewing the eclipse is hands down one of the most powerful experiences of my lifetime. Do make the effort to find one if ever the chance arises.

you can now comment on…

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

You can now comment on posts! dotcomments from is now mostly functional. it’s not working with the archives yet, but at least the archives are updated! ;) My attempt at installing gallery as an image presentation tool is stalled due to an outdated php installation at my host. This should be fixed soon… (right guys?).

An ungodly amount of ikea boxes are sitting in front of my desk at the moment. I’m not at all sure what to make of the whole phenomenon. Although I would like to get a few more of the major changes I’m planning for the site done by the weekend, it looks as if I may be occupied with a minor degree in furniture construction.

This past Saturday I worked as a ‘plant’ for the go game which took place in Fremont. It was a great way to spend an afternoon and see a few new faces while running around pursuing scavenger-hunt-ish activities. These guys give you a GPS, a digital camera, and a text messaging device to help guide and document whatever trouble teams manage to find. You can check out the seattle photos and videos to get a feel for it. The whole event ends up at a bar where teams vote by text message on each other’s achievements. Watch for them near you, and get in as a plant if you can swing it ;).

As amusement till next time, check out the patterns and animations on the many pages devoted to conway’s game of life. Take a good long moment to sit back and consider the complexity achieved through the use of such simple rules. If you want to play yourself, try this interactive applet and use the options to slow down the speed and zoom in a bit in order to see what’s going on.

here we go …

on Tuesday, July 15th, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

… here we go …

the weekend was wonderful …

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

The weekend was wonderful.. able not only to spend some quality time with friends new and old but also my entire family for a relaxed evening. My brother Jeff just returned from months in new zealand, which sounds to be quite worth the visit.

My pyro urges on the fourth were fully satisfied by dressing up in nice fire retardant materials and trading fire with another like minded individual using roman candles. The sensation having the lights fly by (and even hit my glasses!) was impressive to say the least. Thanks to the friendly folks at bluehouse for the equip.

I’d like to get down to a good toy store in the next few days to find a basic chess set and hopefully check out some of the hype surrounding zendo, which looks to be quite entertaining. The theme of the game appears to be quite adaptable and will probably be easily played using nearly any standard set of objects.

a slowly growing list of…

on Friday, July 4th, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

A slowly growing list of carleton college alumni bloggers on over at el goose. Oddly enough I’m a full 10 classes younger than any of these folks. I know there are plenty of younger alums up the same deal, head on over and let goose know.

Happy pyro day fourth of july!

we have turntables…

on Thursday, July 3rd, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

We have turntables!

in the process of digital…

on Tuesday, July 1st, 2003 ... ob: pre 2005

In the process of digital cleaning I’m running across much old material — here’s a few

favorite word of the day entries:

ambisinister (am-bi-SIN-uh-stuhr) adjective : Clumsy with both hands. (Literally, with two left hands.) : [Latin ambi- both, + sinister, on the left side.]

estivate (ES-tuh-vayt) verb, also aestivate : To pass the summer in a dormant state. : [From Latin aestivatus, past participle of aestivare, to reside during the summer.]

thegosis (THE-go-sis) noun : Grinding of teeth as a means of sharpening them. : [From Greek thegos, to sharpen.] : (Bruxism is the word for night-time grinding of teeth.)

trilemma (tri-LEM-uh) noun : A situation offering three undesirable options. : [Blend of tri- + dilemma.]

The library of congress has digitized a number of old journals and records which caught my eye last year but never made it up. Macklay’s Journal speaks casually of our founding fathers as friends and foes like on a peer can convey. Also amusing are the early days of the senate and house journals during which it appears to have been quite difficult to get everyone to show up.

Again in government documents, the U.S. Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries are always entertaining for some reason. Of particular interest is the gemstone survey noting that Canada will be producing 15-20% of the world’s diamonds by the year 2005 independant of De Beers. I’ve yet to hear an educated opinion on what effect the introduction of rapidly improving synthetic diamonds will have on the market.

In media, provides what looks to be a comprehensive news footage archive search. It is unclear how difficult retrieving the results might be.

This visual representation of the coke/pop/soda controversy is one of the nicest USA data maps I’ve seen.