June 27, 2005

June 24, 2005

Moose on the loose

We've been perusing the types of photos folks are uploading with Blogger Images and it's pretty exciting. A personal favorite thus far is this photo series of a moose running amok in Maine somewheres.

June 23, 2005

Bonedog atop his perch

We released Blogger Images today! Sadly, I wasn't fast enough on the draw to snap a pick of the Humvee I saw with the Support Our Troops magnetic ribbon.

June 19, 2005

Treetoe at 60

Treetoe reached level 60 this weekend - the current level cap in WoW.

Joining a guild turned out to be incredibly important in the last few levels. You need folks who can help you through some of the game's better challenges.

Also, it's the only way you can see some of the end-game content. Below, 30 of us are getting ready to battle the devil. You need that many folks just to reach this point and the devil still handed us our pixel shaded asses. Next time, Luciferon!


June 17, 2005


In a post on his blog, my brother reminds me that I once plugged the madrigal Allen-a-Dale into our MacSE's midi software. Good times.

I really enjoyed high school choir and especially looked forward to All-District Choir when all the kids would get together to belt out tunes like Allen-a-Dale and a SATB medley of Phantom of the Opera (a particular crowd pleaser).

I remember one year, the big finishing number was this song "Love in any Language." The lyrics are pretty incredible and include such sentiments as:

From Leningrad to Lexington
The farmer loves his land
The rhetoric of government
May keep us worlds apart
There's no misinterpreting
The language of the heart

That last bit is the bridge and we'd key shift on "heart" to, you know, really sell it. And just to make sure there really could be no misinterpreting, the entire all-district choir would sing the last chorus while simulateously signing it in ASL. I guess in case some deaf folks had decided to take in a choral performance that evening.

I remember being fairly affected by all of this - so much so that I'd completely repressed the memory until reminiscing over choir days with Mr. Wetherdeal.

June 16, 2005

Well balanced

Last night I road bicycles with my friend Bonedog. We went to see Batman Begins in IMAX (which rocked) and I had the following for dinner:

  • popcorn
  • reece's pieces
  • pretzel bites with pump cheese
  • cheery icee
  • red vines through which I drank the icee
I am living a 12 year-old's fantasy life.

June 15, 2005

Jobs at Stanford

Solid: "Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

June 14, 2005

Magneto was a jew afterall

In the past 3 weeks, I've had 3 BART cards demagnetized. I've got 35 bucks worth of blank magno-tape in my wallet. Turns out you can't do much with that.

In theory you can get your cards refunded at select BART stations, and in theory the ticket refund location at Civc Center is open from 7a to 7p.

But in theory bubble tea is a delightful drink but, in fact, it's just sucking slime globules through a goofy straw. And so, the ticket exchange station is actually only open 10 to 6 - therefore, not useful to commuters at all.

The bigger question in my mind is what's going on in my pants? What heretofore unknown gaussian power has manifested itself in my upper thigh?

June 11, 2005

Treetoe and Tree

Best friends forever.

June 08, 2005

Users First

It's important to test your products, not just cross-browser, but also cross-species. (photo credit: photable)

June 07, 2005

June 05, 2005


Salon's got a piece on the "Universe Within," the conclusion of which is:

So it may turn out I was complicit in the handiwork of body-trafficking hucksters, ponying up $15 and shuffling around the gallery with my jaw dropped, exclaiming over how marvelous it all was. And I can't say I don't feel pretty filthy about that.
Do I get ethical bonus points for not having been delighted by the corpse show even before finding out about all the (other) icky parts?

I'm guessing not.

June 01, 2005


In addition to my dorkular pursuits, I also went to go see the Universe Within. That is, I saw a bunch of human remains that have been jauntily displayed. Here are a few of the things that are questionable about this:

  • There's seriously a lot of jaunty with the display of these remains. For example, the flayed body that is holding its own skin on a wooden hanger. Or the man in a running position who's had all of his major muscle groups dissected and flown out to his sides like meaty wings.

  • The process used to preserve the bodies is known as plastination. And there's some question as to whether it was properly applied. That is to say, the SF Dept. of Public Health is investigating whether or not the fluid that's been seen on the surfaces of some remains represents a health risk or is just incredibly disgusting (I refrained from sampling the seepage in any case).

  • The organizer of the exhibit, Gerhard Perner, claims to have worked with the Beijing Medical University. The university says they have no relationship with the Austrian TV producer and are considering suing him.

  • There's outcry from various other folks because of:
    1. bodies
    2. involvement with China
    3. involvement of bodies from China (and associated taboos concerning the display of the dead ... however, I'm not sure where this particular display would be considered, you know, normal).
So yeah. If you're looking for an ethically questionable, possibly hazardous and certainly creepy day out ... head on down to the Nob Hill Masonic Center!