30 seconds on the monorail

The Seattle Monorail sta­tion has a set of tele­vi­sions dis­play­ing a “fun facts” video loop of ani­mated info­graph­ics. It’s an inter­est­ing fact-dump of the sorts of things you’d expect: when it was built, who built it, how much it cost to build, how much it cost to ride then-and-now, top speed, how many pas­sen­gers it holds, and so … Continue read­ing 30 sec­onds on the mono­rail

Music on the ground

I lis­ten to a good amount of my music “in the cloud.” At first, that meant Pandora. I’ve since dropped that in favor of Rdio, which does the Pandora radio sta­tion shuf­fle thing, but also lets you pick what you want to lis­ten to, on demand. (As an aside, I have no real opin­ion on Spotify vs … Continue read­ing Music on the ground

College Quidditch

It is the month of March — the month that brings mad­ness to the world of college-level bas­ket­ball. But I’m not going to speak of that because I know very lit­tle of bas­ket­ball matches and teams. I’m going to talk about quid­ditch. You know that quid­ditch is real, right? Through the magic of the inter­net and … Continue read­ing College Quidditch

The Tragedy Series, in hardcover

I have men­tioned The Tragedy Series here on the blog sev­eral times over the last cou­ple of years and linked to a few spe­cific install­ments on Facebook. I thought I would give you, dear reader, another whis­tle regard­ing the series and its web­site, con­sid­er­ing sev­eral related loose threads are con­verg­ing. All good things must come to an end and, alas, the series has … Continue read­ing The Tragedy Series, in hard­cover

Simulating electric car ownership

I would love to have an elec­tric car. The vehi­cles that Tesla makes are slick machines with a lot of power and nice ameni­ties, with a well-thought-out user expe­ri­ence. If and when I get a new car, it will def­i­nitely be elec­tric, though I might lean toward some­thing more prac­ti­cal like the Chevy Volt. It has a small gas engine, but it’s … Continue read­ing Simulating elec­tric car own­er­ship

Passwords are like underpants

I saw this tweet­storm fly by on Twitter this morn­ing, mainly from my friend @mink_ette. I wanted to retweet all of them, but refrained from echo­ing them into my own tweet­storm. Instead, I’ve col­lated tweets below into a sin­gle blog post. It appar­ently started with a bad sim­ile from Intel. “Passwords are like under­pants. Change them often, keep them … Continue read­ing Passwords are like under­pants

My quantified fitness

I’ve been exer­cis­ing and watch­ing what I eat for years. But the quan­tifi­ca­tion all started a cou­ple of years ago with a Fitbit. Everyone at work got one as a bonus for mak­ing sales num­bers. I dili­gently tracked step counts and flights of stairs tra­versed. I even went a lit­tle out of my way — get­ting off the bus a stop early or a stop … Continue read­ing My quan­ti­fied fit­ness

On equality, with a digression into toys

I am going to get seri­ous for a few para­graphs, but don’t worry. It will lighten up and there will be cats. Today, in the United States, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a fed­eral hol­i­day cel­e­brat­ing the life and work of MLK Jr. The world has changed sig­nif­i­cantly since the 60s — and I don’t … Continue read­ing On equal­ity, with a digres­sion into toys

RIP Distraction Mouse

  Distraction Mouse started life under my pil­low. Okay, I think tech­ni­cally he started life in a Chinese fac­tory. He has a plas­tic core with some­thing inside that rat­tles. He’s cov­ered in rab­bit fur (rab­bits that were used for culi­nary pur­poses). But in our house, he started life under my pil­low. We have a kit­ten that, dur­ing the warm … Continue read­ing RIP Distraction Mouse

Switch pinout

In the same “note to future self” vein as my recent hexa­gon math blog post, I’m writ­ing this today more as a note to myself than an infor­ma­tive or fun blog post for the reg­u­lar reader. With increas­ing fre­quency, I have started work­ing with these lit­tle through-hole micro switches: As you can see, there are four pins, two pair. … Continue read­ing Switch pinout