Archives for the month of: September, 2010

beautiful! amazing! probably the coolest dad ever.

found this article on angie’s site, and found it interesting.

The three apology types or components are: compensation (e.g. I’m sorry I broke your window, I’ll pay to have it repaired); empathy (e.g. I’m sorry I slept with your best friend, you must feel like you can’t trust either of us ever again); and acknowledgement of violated rules/norms (e.g. I’m sorry I advised the CIA how to torture people, I’ve broken our profession’s pledge to do no harm).

I don’t feel I am strongly aligned with any of the personality types that the article indicates as most likely to appreciate each kind of apology, but I definitely respond best to the ‘rule violation’ type of apology, and find all other apologies to be cheap cop-outs. the ‘empathy’ kind of apology – that seems like a given to me, and the ‘compensation’ apology feels like the apologizer is trying to buy their way out of guilt. if I don’t get a ‘rule violation’ apology I feel the apology is not sincere, because the apologizer has not acknowledged any actual wrongdoing. what do you think?

my friend angie has set up a webcam of her delightful bunnies in their two-story bunny condo. watch, enjoy, squee.

great video on douglas trumbull’s website about the making of ‘blade runner’s opening sequence. brass miniatures, forced perspective, smoke, fiber optics, gasoline explosions, the works!

move videos about ‘blade runner’ fx: bradbury building, spinner vehicles

be sure to rollover ‘notes’ to see photo captions!

Started our day in Melbourne with the Healesville Sanctuary, where we saw more kangaroos, ibises, koalas and trout. I fed a kangaroo and almost fainted from delight when it reached up with its incredibly sharp, nimble little claws and held my hand closer to its mouth. Bought some souvenirs then went on to the Rochford Winery. Drank some pinot noir and had a really delicious lunch. I had the pumpkin lasagna with pine nuts and tried some of Uncle Denny’s kangaroo ragout (which I felt extremely guilty about tasting, but when else would I get a chance to eat a kangaroo? It was yummy.).

We had a few minutes to enjoy the sunshine, then drove back into the city by way of Nellie Melba’s property. We boarded our boat and took a sight-seeing cruise down the Yarra River. Saw a lot of public art, bridges, and people out on break from work.

We headed back to port and saw our sister ship, the Dawn Princess, pulled abreast of the Diamond Princess. On board, we went to Uncle Denny and Aunt Pat’s for pre-dinner snacks, then went to dinner (had a dessert called the ménage à trois). Afterwards, so the ‘Words & Music’ music show.

The next day we spent at sea, getting ready for the end of the cruise and the beginning of our side tour to Cairns. We had a Cairns meeting in the morning, then hit the breakfast buffet. Uncle Denny and I did ‘On Deck for the Cure’, the breast cancer walk/run. They had a huge dessert buffet set out for lunch, which I throughly enjoyed.

I spent the afternoon by the pool, and played a few games (our side of the ship won!). Got some ice cream, packed, then had our last dinner together as a big family. We said our goodbyes to Aunt Linnea, then took a last look at the shops and official photos.

oatmeal cookie and root beer ice cream @coolhaus

and it only happened yesterday.

…at the abbot kinney festival. she was with her family, and is tiny and beautiful and was very tender with her son.

robyn sent me this. he says he’s unlucky in love! I’M RIGHT HERE.

I don’t know about you guys, but the ends of the new arms of my aloe plant look like little green paws. tiny and rounded with a few teeny soft spines at the end like little claws. when I water my aloe or turn it, I shake each one and say ‘helloooo!’ in a kind of sing-song british-y way.

I’m serious.

I saw hugh laurie’s delightful appearance on ‘ellen’ today, and thought I’d try to find a video of it to show you guys, but instead I found this gem from a couple years ago. first of all, he looks crazy hot. second of all, the look on his face when he hears ‘ba-donka-donk’ is priceless.

from the folks at aardman, delightful microscopic stop-motion animation shot with a modified nokia N8. needless to say, I want one and I want to make a movie RIGHT NOW.

via cecile

not for the faint of heart. see it here, more info here.