Date posted: June 30, 2009 | Filed under family | Comments Off on Grandma’s In Town!

I’m currently listening to Metric, Fantasies (iTunes link). I’m a sucker for indie electro-pop with female vocals (no, not Britney; think Ladytron) and this fills the bill perfectly.

Date posted: June 30, 2009 | Filed under earworm, shortlinks | Comments Off on Metric, Fantasies

Giving up my iPod for a Walkman.
“It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape.”

Date posted: June 29, 2009 | Filed under humor, shortlinks | Comments Off on Giving up my iPod for a Walkman

Jen and I joke that every year we make a list to do a certain number of specific things to make ready for the parade, and every year we wind up doing something completely unrelated to that list, and then scramble at the last minute to complete everything we originally intended to do. (Sometimes this is entirely my doing, but sometimes we are co-conspirators), This year, we decided to re-arrange the office around a new shelving unit, which meant moving a heavy three-drawer file cabinet and two bulky flat files to the other side of the office.

Preceding any completion of housework, I filled up the Scout Saturday morning with a final load of yard waste and construction debris and narrowly skirted self-immolation courtesy of a leaky gas tank (more on that here). Once that drama was over, we continued cleaning around the house until the girl awoke from her nap, and then it was time to run to the IKEA in White Marsh to purchase a shelving unit. Finn was content to bounce around in the backpack for one half of the trip, and then she rode in the cart through the Marketplace, flirting with the other customers and making friends while we browsed the as-is section and wrestled 150 lbs. of shelf onto a dolly.

Once home, we put her to bed and grilled some kabobs before doing battle with the allen wrench. We (well, I) failed to properly read the assembly directions for the shelves and made an hour’s worth of work into three. Sorry, Jen.

new office setup

Sunday morning, after making some adjustments and leveling off the unit, we filled the shelves with three tons of printed material previously stored in various areas around the house, thus consolidating 90% of our design resources in one place.

Shelving, with daughter

I then cut a leftover piece of sanded birch plywood down and made a custom tabletop for the flat files with a beveled edge.

New production station

Sunday afternoon we were invited to a family crab feast (thanks, guys!), and Finn played happily on the floor while we got elbow-deep in Old Bay and Harpoon Summer Ale. I would share pictures here, but they came out all blurry.

Date posted: June 29, 2009 | Filed under house, photo, porch | Comments Off on Noble Intentions.

Hey my peeps!

Just chillin’ in my jumper. What’s up y’all?

Date posted: June 29, 2009 | Filed under finn, photo | Comments Off on Hey My Peeps!

HOLY SHIT. Michael Jackson is DEAD?

Date posted: June 25, 2009 | Filed under history | Comments Off on WTF?

This morning I screwed up my courage and drove the Scout into work because the forecast is 90° and sunny. I haven’t had time to change the fluids or replace plugs and wires, so she still runs rich and stinky, but she runs and that’s good enough for me. I had a brief moment of fear when I drove up to the “maximum height” sign at the entrance to the garage and realized I could touch it with my fingers, but the windshield cleared it with about six inches to spare.


→ This is a syndicated post from my Scout weblog. More info here.

Date posted: June 25, 2009 | Filed under Scout | 2 Comments »

Somehow I’d forgotten all about this: CHDK is open-source add-on firmware for Canon cameras which extends the capabilities of most point-and-shoot models. The website is somewhat cryptic, but here are several howto links. It looks like I will need a larger SD card and a USB card reader.

Date posted: June 22, 2009 | Filed under photo, shortlinks | Comments Off on CHDK

Nonprofit reverses plan to give injured veteran a home. Friends of ours spearheaded the effort to build and donate a house to an amputee veteran. But it turns out he and his family own two other houses and had a third built for them by volunteers in Georgia. What a sad, demoralizing story.

Date posted: June 22, 2009 | Filed under life, shortlinks | Comments Off on Veteran Loses Donated Home.

Here’s a handy chart from Apple detailing what iPhone 3.0 software features work with which phone.

Date posted: June 22, 2009 | Filed under apple, shortlinks | Comments Off on iPhone 3.0 phone comparison