if you didn’t know already…

Monday, 15 May 2006

i am a total geek


50th post!

Tuesday, 2 May 2006


My weblog owns 31.25 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?

About a month ago, I took this quiz and discovered that my weblog owned 18.75% of me. Today, the day of my 50th post, I scored… Well, a bit higher. Should I be worried?

One question on the quiz: If you see something interesting or unusual on your way to work/school, you'll immediately think of blogging it (YES/NO). I had to answer yes to that one.

Well, if you saw this, wouldn't YOU want to blog it?!



barber drive thru?

tiny door

I made Jeff pull over when I saw this. That's right ladies & gents, a barbershop hauler. Need I say more.

Would YOU get your hair cut here? Leave me a comment (YES/NO and WHY). Or, the very brave could call 206 579 ROGG.

Rogg it!


divertissements #2

Thursday, 20 April 2006

Definitely time for some divertissements… Fun stuff from the 'net.

Ron MueckArtist Ron Mueck makes really, really big sculptures of people. They look real too! As they call it in the art world, "Hyper-realist."

This guy, zeFrank, makes a daily videocast called Knowledge, "thinking so you don't have to." Lots of silliness, cynicism and sarcasm, interspersed with his opinions on news items. Now that's an alternative news source. Also, all you singles out there check out his pre-date confidence builder.

Can't believe how cool this Manmade Notebook is! I find some of their links simply hilarious… like Microsoft repackaging the iPod. Some links are educational, fascinating… like Gapminder's Human Development Trends. And then there's just cool stuff you didn't really need to know, but hey! Why not… like Aaron Koblin's visual of flight patterns across the U.S.

And last but not least, cat humor, check out these two cat videos. Ok, maybe cat humor is the least form of humor, especially when your're working on a couple hours sleep because your cat Jasmine's boyfriend-kitty was yeowling through the window all night. Come out and play!
Talking cats

Herding cats
Oh, zeFrank has cat humor too.


Sunday, 9 April 2006

Divertissements, distractions or fun things. Here are some links:

1. Where the Hell is Matt? This guy traveled around the world and made video of himself dancing in each place. To add to the humor, he's not even a good dancer! Brave soul.

2. Word project. There are no words to describe it.

3. Make your own snowflakes. Here are a couple I made!

snowflake 2 snowflake 1

4. Cats in sinks. Just what it says. (Thanks, mrk.)
Here's our Cooper in our sink, and another of his favorite places:

Cooper in sink Cooper on pot?

Memes, middle school, and music

Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Memes are like middle school question books. Remember those? You’d staple together about 30 lined pages, write a question at the top of each page, and number each line. Friends wrote their answers to the questions on the same line of each page. I'd write my responses on, say, line 21 of every page.  Questions ranged from Who is your favorite actor? to What is your favorite memory? to Who is your best friend?

Question books were pretty interesting, at least for my junior high friends and me — a way to glimpse inside someone else’s brain. They were silly, sure, but also culturally fascinating, particularly for a 12-year-old like me who was already starting to suffer the hyper-self-and-other-consciousness of clinical depression.

Maybe that’s why I’m interested to see memes propagate in the blogosphere. Same mentality, same fascinating interest in trying to figure out how others respond to the world. If you look up memes on wikipedia, you’ll find a long discussion of memes in anthropology and biology… and links to chain letters, jingles, and viral marketing. But I think they are more like the middle school question book than anything else.

Here’s a meme from Jenn at knit 'n lit. It combines the question book thing with music and random chance, making it even catchier.

Put your iPod on shuffle and ask it the following questions. NO CHEATING.

(Links are to artist’s websites.)

1. How does the world see you?
Vuka jona sithandaze by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Interesting that it’s in a foreign language, what does that mean?! But it has a nice, mellow, rolling rhythm to it. And I love their harmonies. So I’ll take it.

2. Will I have a happy life?
Pacific Coast Party by Smash Mouth
Seems pretty positive! "If you’ve got to work today, get yourself a new vocation!” I already quit my job!

3. What do my friends really think of me?
Rumba: Extranjero by Matt Messina (from Pottery Barn: Let’s Dance CD)
Extranjero means foreigner, foreign, abroad… Hm…

4. What do people secretly think of me?
Greensleeves by Mozart
Per Wikipedia, this is a traditional English folk song associated with Anne Boleyn.
“Alas, my love, you do me wrong,
To cast me off discourteously.
For I have loved you well and long,
Delighting in your company.”

5. How can I be happy?
Bad by U2
“If I could through myself
Set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to the day
To let it go
And so to fade away”

6. What should I do with my life?
Cool Blue Reason by Cake.
Confusing. No wonder I can never figure out the answer to this question. Thirty-three years old and still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up! Does this mean something about writing?
“Cool blue reason empties on the page […]
Cool blue reason I'm just rearranging hell”

7. What is some good advice for me?
Blue Orchid by White Stripes: “I guess there's just no pleasing you." Unfortunately, this is true. Perfectionism. A blog entry about perfectionism has been forming in my mind lately. Watch for it soon.

8. How will I be remembered?
We Want a Rock by They Might Be Giants

9. What is my signature dancing song?
Comfort Eagle by Cake

10. What do I think my current theme song is?
La Llorona by Lila Downs (From Frida soundtrack)
Witch, siren, harlot, virgin… hm… Check out this interesting website about the myth of la llarona here.

11. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Sahara by Moxy Früvous

12. What song will play at my funeral?
Cluck Old Hen(reprise) by Bill Frisell
At least this seems to indicate I'll live to a ripe, old age!

13. What type of men do you like?
I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet) by the White Stripes

14. What is my day going to be like?
Ghost by the Indigo Girls

gnarly knitters?

Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Check out the recent Seattle Times article on “Gnarly knitters” which includes photos of a knitted digestive track and some zombies!

gold juggler

Thursday, 9 March 2006

My mom forwarded me this link – check out this movie of a wayyyyy cooollll juggler! Requires Flash plugin. Keep watching, it gets better and better.