Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

November 10, 2009

Happy Birthday to Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite writers.

I finished The Graveyard Book back in October, and it was fantastic.

To celebrate both, here’s some an awesome rendition of Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, courtesy basspig:



October 19, 2009

I must say I love this free utility from here:  http://windirstat.info/

WinDirStat takes a snapshot of how your hard disk is being used, and gives you a graphical interface for deleting chunks of data you don’t need anymore.  It’s great, it’s free, it’s easy to use, and it’s even got eye-candy.  I managed to find all sorts of files that were tucked away that no longer needed to sit on the laptop, for instance.  Get a copy today and get yer hdd cleaned up before winter hibernation kicks in.

Interface of WinDirStat

Interface of WinDirStat


October 17, 2009

I love my Havana Joe boots.

They’re slip on, with that nifty elastic insert that I think Blundstone invented originally, but the HJ’s are made in Spain instead of India.  I don’t know how much of a difference that makes, but after trying both of the brands out at Altman’s in Chicago, the Joe’s were definitely a better fit for my foots, the soles are more robust and simply feel more comfortable.

They were a tad pricier than the Blunnies, but this was an emergency, as my ten dollar walmart specials literally exploded on the Magnificent Mile.  I figgered “Well, this experience is unlikely to shoe up again, and the HJ’s do feel realllllllly good so….” Yeah, I blew the rest of my travel money on a new pair of boots.  And I will add this:  The Joe’s prolly saved my Chicago walking experience.

I’ve never owned a pair of shoes before that make my feet smile.  It’s…bizarre.  And I like it.  I like it a lot.

Tensegrity T-prism Numero Uno: Turnbuckles Rule

September 19, 2008

Hey, howsbout a post with nothing about politics or current affairs. Yeehaw. Built my first tensegrity model that I don’t consider totally home-spun. A 3 T-prism, it’s composed of dowel rods, wire weave, screw eyes, and turnbuckles! I especially like the turnbuckles. Makes for getting the tension just so, something that I’d been having trouble with in the past with smaller models, which, sadly, are no longer with us. Bonus feature: turnbuckles allow for taking the sucker apart easy for storage.

Tensegrity T-prism
Tensegrity T-prism 2
Tensegrity T-prism 3
Tensegrity Turnbuckle