This year I've tried for a somewhat more accessible array of items that are best
Girl Genius Comics
Set in an alternate world of mad science, Zeppelins, and mechanical servants
There are strong female characters throughout, the writing is clever and quick,
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The boss of your boss.
It was annoying to have to submit a TPS report to my boss and my grandboss. It's enough to make a dude blazy.
This is a word that should be used by as many people as possible. A lot easier than saying my boss's boss.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
All the stories about attempts to disenfranchise American citizens, making sure their votes don't fairly count, has me down. A lot of tricks designed to prevent people from voting used to be limited to Black or poor communities. Now, the-group-that-shall-not-be-named, are bold enough to block people from voting everywhere.
Mashable, one of the people I follow on Twitter (he usually Tweets techy stuff) send out a great link about leveling the presidential election playing field a bit. He, or one of his minions, sent out a great link to The Ultimate Election Day 2008 Toolkit. In addition to the Twitter Vote Report I mention above, it has YouTube and other social networking sites that are tuned into the United States of America Presidential Election on November 4th. Definitely worth a bookmark. I'll try to blog the post so there may be more information above this one.
My favorite links to track what's going on with the election:
- Twitter Election 2008
- The Huffington Post
- Kivans for Obama on Kiva.org and on my.barackobama.com.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Ways to Use VoteReport
- Twitter: include #votereport and other tags to describe the scene on the ground
- For individuals with serious legal issues or someone you know is being prevented from voting
- #wait:time - use this tag to signal a long wait. Add a colon and the wait time in minutes - e.g. #wait:30 for half an hour, #wait:120 for two hours.
- SMS: Send text messages to 66937 starting with the keyword #votereport plus other hash tags (above)
- iPhone: We expect to have an iPhoneApp in the App Store by election day
- Phone: Call our automated system to report about conditions, using any touch-tone phone
- Talk to a human to report bad conditions you've observed, please call our partner 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
On November 4th 2008, millions of Americans will go to over 200,000 distinct voting locations and using different systems and machinery to vote. Some voters will have a terrific experiences, and others will experience the same problems we have been hearing about for years - long lines, broken machines, inaccurate voting rolls, and others will experience problems that we haven't heard about before. Using either Twitter.com, iPhone, direct SMS, or our telephone hotlines, voters will have a new way to share these experiences with one another and ensure that the media and watchdog groups are aware of any problems.
As news outlets and blogs will report on Election Day stories, we are building an invaluable resource for thousands of voters to get immediate help. From questions like "where do I vote" or "how do I make sure that my rights are being upheld," Twitter Voter Report augments these efforts by providing a new way for voters to send text messages (aka tweets) via cellphones or computers which will be aggregated and mapped so that everyone can see the Nation's voting problems in real-time.
Imagine a nationwide web map with pins identifying every zip code where Americans are waiting over 30 minutes to vote or indicating those election districts where the voting machines are not working. Collectively we will inform each other when when the lines too long and ensure that media and watchdog groups know where problems exist.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig? What would you be named if you were born to Sarah Palin? Find out here: http://tinyurl.com/5kscfhI'm thinking there is some kind of filter on the service. Putting in Governor Palin's kids' names somehow triggers it. Anyway, I thought the post was pretty neutral. It wasn't like I called Governor Palin's children her props or something like that.
I just wanted to point out the fun Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator. Where else could I find out "if you were born to Sarah Palin, your name would be:
Who knows, Flex Gunship Palin you just might be president one day!" I'm kind of scared of my own name. Aggressive but powerful. Sounds like the name of a comic book anti-hero.
What is your Sarah Palin name?
Monday, October 06, 2008
A design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary. For example, the click sound of a shutter in an analog camera that is now reproduced in a digital camera by playing a sound clip.
A skeuomorph can be employed for various purposes. Since people are used to the click sound of a camera as feedback that the picture has been taken, it is now artificially-produced in digital cameras. Other examples are copper cladding on a zinc penny (for familiarity) and wood finish on a plastic product (for a more expensive look).
From Greek skeuos (vessel, implement) + -morph (form)
A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg
An ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques, as an imitation metal rivet mark found on handles of prehistoric pottery.
A derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to structure that was necessary in the original. Skeuomorphs may be deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar, such as copper cladding on zinc pennies or computer printed postage with circular town name and cancellation lines. The word derives from Greek, skeuos for 'vessel' or 'tool' and morphe for 'shape'.
Skeumorphs are Material Metaphors
Efforts to make the new look comfortably old and familiar, or simply habits too deeply engrained to wash away.
Archaeologists, who make an academic practice of studying material culture change, while not the first to notice that yesterday’s functional features become today’s stylistic decorations, were at least the first to name the phenomenon:
Skeuomorphs are material metaphors. They are informational attributes of artifacts which help us find a path through unfamiliar territory. They help us map the new onto an existing cognitive structure, and in so doing, give us a starting point from which we may evolve additional alternative solutions. They provide us with "a path" instead of "no path" at all.
For some reason, I find Skeuomorph a fascinating word. It's fun trying to think of other examples other than those above.
- A horse on a Mustang car
- A carriage on the side of an RV
- A pocket watch pocket in jeans
- Molded plastic with fake looking screw heads
- Digital knobs, buttons, switches and sliders that duplicate the ones that existed on the original physical device being emulated
- Stone or metal decorative features that simulate wooden or timber structures like studs or crossed corners
- QWERTY keyboard. Originally laid out to prevent physical keys from getting stuck when popular letters were together in the original typing machines.
- Plastic sandals that look like fabric or leather
- Spoke patterns on hubcaps and rims to copy the old carriage wheels
- Molded trigger on plastic guns
- Molded furniture that looks like wicker or woven cane
- Gesture that people use to get someone to to roll down a car window. Miming a circular hand crank
- Canopy bed simulating a private cave
- The concept of pages in word processing software and web pages on the internet.
- Bookmarks is as archaic as web pages.
- Wood grain on cheaply made products
- Lights shaped like candles
- Shopping cart icons on ecommerce web sites
- Reel-to-reel tape icon used to represent a tape such as a voice mail message
- Old fashioned key or lock to represent security
- Concrete outdoor furniture that looks like wood or metal
- Manila folder icons on computer
- Video gambling machines that simulate one-arm slot machines
- Floppy disk icon button which stands for "Save" in computer applications
- Taj Mahal architecture that simulates traditional Mongolian tents (gers or yurts)
- Calling the strings of instruments like guitar, harp, violin, cello or bass gut even though they may be made of steel or nylon
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Finally, after over a month past the original opening date, it's open. Friday, 10-3-8, was the first time I could make it. So I went to the side of the mall with Max's Opera Cafe and Schaub's Meat, Fish, & Poultry, where Long Life Noodle Company & Jook Joint used to be. (I used to like their lemon chicken with pickled water chestnuts and ginger drink but I'd rather have the Sprinkles.) I thought all of the Grand Opening hoopla would have died down by now but nope, there's a line out front. Reaching from the Sprinkles Cupcakes front door to Bang & Olufsen next door. I should count myself lucky. The Bang & Olufsen sales guy said that on weekends, the line reaches to Oilily, next to Brooks Brothers.
After all the build up and waiting in line, I was seriously hoping the cupcakes would live up to the hype. I'm relieved to say that as far as I'm concerned, the cupcakes are as wonderful as advertised. No plasticy, chemically tasting Safeway cupcakes here. In fact, the cakes tasted lightly of cornbread to me. This is a good thing.
The flavors are distinct. The coconut lemon tastes of both coconut and lemon. Usually a sign of high quality ingredients. The flat square chocolate sprinkles on the chocolate cupcakes actually melt when they land on your hand. I'm guessing high chocolate liquor content. When I got home, the cupcakes were divine. Even the next day, the cakes were still yummy.
All in all, I'm glad I got to try Sprinkles Cupcakes. I will probably go back soon if a holiday party or some other special occasion comes up. Or if I want to try another flavor. Unfortunately, I didn't find out about the flavor schedule (a guide to what flavors are available on which days) until afterwards. Now I can time my future trips better.
Watching people getting served and eating at the counter while waiting in line about 30 minutes.
First look at THE Cupcakes when you finally get into the door.
Unfortunately, the store is too dim and writing is too small to read the menus. So you have to read the pegs on the cupcake boards or ask the workers what's what.
Inside the countertop by the front window are these little cupcake pillows. Cute part of the Sprinkles Cupcake ambiance.
More miscellaneous stuff to buy. So you can take home part of the Sprinkles Cupcake experience.
Funny looking wooden sporks to eat cupcakes. Ah, sporks, the universally inappropriate eating utensil, aka, foon. Neither adequate as a spoon or fork.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thank you to AccuWeather.com for all the weather images.
To see him doing this stuff before he can score political points shows that this is the real him. Not a put on. The fact that he's called on to do these events shows how much people respect him and think he can help. Here's a link to the blog post on the BarckObama.com site, asking for help, "Hurricane Gustav: How You Can Help".
Barack Obama, not only talking the talk, but WALKING THE WALK- UPDATE: McCain jokes about Katrina
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Some pictures I took at the event. I wished I had my real camera, but my iPhone didn't do too too bad. I did network and socialize after taking the pictures.
Stairway that goes behind Rotunda to a walkway to the Towers.
View of the stairs and catwalks up to the top of Rotunda. I wish I could have gone up.
Modernistic concrete and metal restroom. Everyone else was on the other twin side while I was in there.
Looking up Rotunda towards towers next door.
Looking straight up at the top of the Rotunda from the inside.
Fountain on East Santa Clara Street & North 5th Street
Yum, my favorite booth. Fruit on a stick! I had a flower shaped pineapple and chocolate dipped granny smith apple. Yes, it was as good as it sounds.