May 25, 2010

The Evil Cul-De-Sac

Good article on potential effects of cul-de-sacs on safety and vitality:

Some of the comments are just as interesting.

May 24, 2010

IF - Early

My IF this week requires a little explanation. It is based on a Doug Burr song about a Chief of police informing a young mother that her child tested positive for a gene only found in killers. The song throws a lot of questions out on the table centered around genetic moral determinism. It is actually a pretty sad but thankfully with the rest of the album, specifically “You’ve Been a Suspect All Your Life”, Burr ultimately refutes this genetic determinism as a diagnosis that is way too early in coming.

Go here to hear the song and read the lyrics.

May 21, 2010

House Updates

Been busy building shelves. Just got the books up today.

And some of Laura's garden.
When we first planted:
Growth so far:

May 14, 2010

IF - Equipment

A look at spider-man’s essential but unappreciated equipment – his web shooter.

Moby Dick – Opera Style

Laura and I went to our first opera last night to see Moby Dick. It was a stellar production with a great cast and a fantastic set. Opera singing isn’t my medium of choice but I enjoyed every other aspect of the show, from the literary adaptation to the video projection. I couldn’t take any pictures during the show ( you can go here to see some photos and here as well) so you will have to settle with pictures of the building:

May 11, 2010

Hark, A Vagrant

A funny webcomic Laura found for me last week:

Anything that uses 19th century science fiction writers and the word "dirigible" will probably elicit a chuckle from me:

May 6, 2010

Sometimes Breaking the Rules – Dove Message 1

I am not a word person as most of you know but every now and then I can be irritated into verbally inclined creative outlets. Today I ate a Dove chocolate at work. On the inside of the foil wrapper there is written “promise messages” – usually just annoying, trite sayings – but the one today was so particularly ironic I had to do something with it. The message was “Sometimes breaking the rules is more fun”. What rules did Dove or Dove eaters ever break? So I just replaced “rules” and “fun” until I got four messages that I liked:

Like I said, unusually verbal of me but I liked the exercise so I plan on doing it again when I get another Dove message.