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Saturday, October 20, 2007


I am pleased to announce the launch of, the professional website of Olya Milenkaya, graduate student at Virginia Tech.

I've been working on this simple, one-page site for Olya off and on over the past few months while she's been traveling around Eastern Europe. I worked out the last few kinks this week and put it up.

I registered the domain for Olya years ago, at the same time I registered, but we'd never done anything with until now.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thursday top 5

A beautiful film about a very pedestrian thing: The most common typeface of all. (I liked the film so much, I pre-ordered the DVD.)

Leaving Home...
A very eloquent, moving, eye-opening story from a surprising source.

"All Songs Considered"
NPR's online music show features recordings of many, many artists featured over the years.
One my faves — Calexico, Iron and Wine, and Salvador Duran:

"So You Want To Be a Movie Intern"
Apple and the makers of the movie "The Seeker: The Dark is Rising" did some sort of promotion that filmed the experiences of nine interns on this movie. There are some short episodes available on the ITMS and they're kinda interesting.
[This link will launch iTunes Music Store to view the videos]

Donate blood
I'm not sure when the next CNET Networks donation day is scheduled for, but you can always make an appointment at the Blood Centers of the Pacific's downtown location, which is only about three blocks away. I went last week.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thursday top 5 + bonus 5

I didn't have time to post a Top 5 last week, so here's a double dose.

Because games should be educayshonal.

The Black Sabbath Show
I think every 1970s metal act should've had a cartoon.

Desktops for true web dev geeks
If you don't know what a div tag is, you're not going to get these at all.

Fart in the duck
Oh, those wacky Dutch.

Robots playing Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy"
"LEV the thereminbot and his newly-built pal thumpbot play "Crazy" with help from a 20-year-old MT32 synthesizer. OK, Lev's a bit out of tune, but hey, ROBOTS..."

New funny stuff from the Duncan Bros.

"BBS: The Documentary"
Anybody remember dialing up to BBSes before the Web? I guess everybody needs a hobby: Some guy spent four years filming a documentary about BBSes.

"Planet Earth"
This is a spectacular series from the BBC. I will second my friend Olya's recommendation too: Get the BBC version featuring David Atetnborough as narrator, not the Discovery Channel version featuring Sigourney Weaver. I mean, I like Sigourney and all, but she ain't no Attenborough. It's available in HD btw.

A flickr group for Robert Heinlein fans
Okay, so I'm a dork, but I started a group on flickr.

The Green
I wish I had cable so I could watch programming like this. In a poll ten years ago, almost 80% of Americans said they'd call themselves environmentalists. Yet most people do very little to make the environment better or raise awareness. Programming like this makes me optimistic.

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What I've been up to the past couple weeks

It's been kind of a crazy-busy couple of weeks.

There are a lot of hectic deadlines at work, and too little time to do it all.

Also, last Friday was the start of the annual meeting for the board of councilors of Save-the-Redwoods League, which Velma spends several months organizing each year. It's a big undertaking, with almost 200 people involved, and it's always at some far-flung location. This year it was Crescent City, on the CA coast, near the Oregon border.

I usually go along as the official photographer. But this year that meant taking a couple days off work, and leaving at 6:30 am on Friday. Ugh.

It was a nice trip, but not terribly restful. Got some good pictures to post starting next week, though.

Yesterday and today have been mostly spent at An Event Apart, a web design conference taking place in downtown SF. I've been walking back and forth between work and the hotel where the conference takes pace, trying to cover all bases. Oh yeah, and there was the blood donation appointment yesterday.

This weekend is our first anniversary, and I am taking Velma away for a couple nights to a surprise location. I hope I can get some sleep this weekend, since I've been yawning like crazy for the past three days.


Monday, October 01, 2007

Massive earthquake hits San Francisco?

Or, maybe Google Maps is a little wonky? This view of Market Street in San Francisco apparently shows the images from two separate satellite passes, stitched together.

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