Archives for the month of: April, 2007

at work, every day for lunch we make a smoothie. some days it’s just blueberry or pineapple (which was awesome last week) but there is always a smoothie. today katie came up with something new, inspired by a smoothie she had at soul veg. basically, it tastes like a liquified peanut butter cookie. it is awesome. it contains: soymilk, ice, protein powder, peanut butter, packets of instant maple oatmeal. yum!

tube station

see my photo of the clapham common tube station on last rounds.

via xkcd

matt took me out to a different part of the forest preserve and we did some stuff in the parking lot then went out on the forest trail. i got a decent distance on my own before the ground got real bumpy (damn horses), i freaked out and fell over. i did manage to avoid the big piles of manure though (damn horses).

man, EVERYONE wants to help out when they see me. but most of the advice is really…uh…not helpful. like, ‘it just takes time!’ or ‘don’t give up!’ the most irritating comment i got was from a man who was in his late 60s. i’m not good at estimating ages. he looked way older than my dad so probably more like 70s? but i guess my uncle is in his 70s but this guy looked older than my uncle…but my uncle is in real good shape i think? i don’t know.

ANYWAY the point is, he said something like ‘i know it’s hard’. do you? DO YOU, guy who said he learned to ride a bike at age 4? do you actually remember how hard it is? I DOUBT IT.

pumpkin time!

age 3, carving pumpkins with grandma

in grandpa's hat

18-24 mos, wearing grandpa’s hat

i haven’t worked up the nerve to post the embarassing photos of me with giant sally jessy raphael glasses and The Perm. maybe later this week.

i bought maggie mason’s book, and i am going to try to do an idea from it at least once a week. this is #36 (?), or will be once i post the embarrassing photos.

an excerpt from where have all the leaders gone?

while most of the people i know are mourning kurt vonnegut, i’m getting ready to celebrate the birth of leonhard euler, one of the greatest mathematicians that ever lived. the washington post has a good article about him. he was extremely prolific and sounds like a pretty fun dude. i’m totally serious.

as long as i’m thinking about math, a tip of the hat to mr. shaffer and mr. docherty, the two best math teachers ever. have you ever tried to make calculus and logarithms interesting? fun? engaging? these men could.

  1. do you smoke? not like, every so often you’ll have a smoke at a bar or at a concert, i mean do you smoke. yes? sorry. unless you have some pretty overwhelming qualities to make up for this, it’s not going to happen. overwhelming qualities might include: …uh…jeez. basically you would have to awesome in every other way to make up for this. and you’d have to agree to never smoke around me.
  2. corollary (sort of) to #1: do you have chronic bad breath? i guess it’s kind of shallow, but i can not be getting up close and personal with someone who always has dragon breath.
  3. i like guys with skills. guys who know how to use tools and fix things around the house or know stuff about cars or hardware or, you know, physics. if you have to check the internet when you want to hang a picture or don’t understand what an alternator is, we’ve got a problem here.
  4. are you religious? guess what? i don’t believe in god and even if i did, i think organized religion is an outdated scam. are your hackles up? in that case, be satisfied that i’ll burn in hell and we can go our separate ways.
  5. do you bathe regularly? at least every other day? no? buy some soap, hippie.
  6. there are these things called video games. are you aware of them? have you played any? can you name a title besides ‘tetris’ and ‘zelda’ and ‘super mario bros.’? if the answer to any of these is ‘no’ – sorry.
  7. there are these things called movies. do you go see a lot of them? if not, are you prepared to see a lot of them? no? i neither understand nor am willing to spend time with your kind.
  8. i eat a lot. and often. if you’re at all put off by the idea of going out and having a girl half your size put away twice as much as you, you can fuck all the way off. but before you go, i’m gonna eat the rest of your fries. kthxbye.
  9. sci-fi. are you contemptuous of it? will you make a snide remark when i get excited about something that happened on ‘battlestar galactica’ or when you see that i have all of ‘star trek: deep space nine’ on dvd? we will never get along.

i bought maggie mason’s book, and i am going to try to do an idea from it at least once a week. this is #32.

…WAS FUCKING AMAZING!!!! go see this! do it! do it!! i haven’t had such a good time at a movie since ‘the prestige’!

there is something bizarre and awesome about how cecile and my “girls’ night out” means pulled pork bbq sandwiches and ‘grindhouse’.

i feel like i’m real late to this train, but check out 5ives, a blog whose posts are in the form of lists of 5. of note:

  1. 5 snapshots from the day pot ‘took’
  2. 5 hip-hop pseudonyms i’ve considered for myself
  3. 5 groups apart from ‘women & children’ who should get to leave a sinking ship first
  4. 5 things you did while myspace was down
  5. 5 things it’s probably better not to do when you’re kind of drunk

flight404_magnetosphere.jpg

check out magnetosphere, one of robert hodgin’s processing-produced motion graphics pieces.

via josh spear

mom: i think i’ll go over to grandma’s – put a little more dirt in the plant that i repotted for her then bring her home

kara: i have little plants i need to repot

kara: i will bring them home next weekend

mom: ok – i have the violets to repot too

mom: we’ll have a pot party!!

kara: L

kara: O

kara: L

best. show. ever. connecting to the internet with my mind drew me in. the rainicorn made me laugh out loud. petting penguins in mid-air sold me. i hope nickelodeon picks this up! algebraic!

secondary link in case it gets pulled from youtube (again).

via tomorrowland via eric

matt took me to harms woods for my first bike-riding lesson. i managed not to break anything, but as expected i have a long way to go…what with having very little balance to begin with and all. the wind was blowing really hard and then it started raining so we kind of had to cut things short. we went to hackney’s afterwards, completely soaked. i feel sort of ill now from being cold and eating too many fried onions, and my calves are all bruised up, but i feel like i actually accomplished something today. or at least, you know, got on the road to eventually accomplishing something someday.