Archives for the month of: January, 2012

To preface:

In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdan Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdan — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated).

Read the whole letter here.

by bbyrd

I thought maybe the arc in the floor was for a big safety barrier to shield students from hem experiments. Nope. This blew my mind, but not as much as the guy sitting next to me.

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis by Billy Idle

Over at McSweeney’s: In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero.

[The warrior] accepted the quest and strode bravely across the beige shag carpet of the living room.

Deep, deep behind the recliner did the warrior crawl, over great mountains of National Geographic magazines and deep chasms of TV Guides. At last he reached a gnarled thicket of cords, a terrifying knot of gray and white and black and blue threatening to ensnare all who ventured further. The warrior charged ahead. Weaker men would have lost their minds in the madness: telephone cords plugged into Ethernet jacks, AC adapters plugged into phone jacks, a lone VGA cable wrapped in a firm knot around an Ethernet cord. But the warrior bested the thicket, ripping away the vestigial cords and swiftly untangling the deadly trap.

via Eric

In more Psychic Bunny/Lead Balloon news – the super-secret 360° shoot I worked on a few years ago has also been posted (probably awhile ago – apologies for not being more on top of this!). Social Animal‘s camera rig…was amazing. The SA9 has nine HD cameras pointed straight up at a mirrored rig, all connected to nine MacBookPros. It made for some pretty intense equipment moves/hides and cable wrangling, not to mention the challenges of directing actors in360°. It was a really awesome shoot and I’m glad I can finally talk about it!

You can watch the demo we shot, and a behind the scenes featurette at the Qualia site. Be on the lookout for me! I’m wearing a teal hoodie.

So remember that ‘Dr. Bonesaw’ shoot I worked on way back when (photos here)? Psychic Bunny/Lead Balloon took that footage and rolled it into a short about…well…aftermath, is the best way I can put it – starring the delightfulLaurel Vail! Scroll down the Lead Balloon projects page to ‘Still Beating’.

laurel, dead

(Also I am way way late in posting this. Apologies!)

Ahhh, like a breath of fresh air…

Italy - Lake Como: Wisteria Blues

by John & Tina Reid

via New York Public Library Digital Gallery via Retronaut via io9 via Tiffany

Neal McCullough

Clay Sisk

via GeekTyrant via Angie

So many amazing things in this io9 post. Highlights below:

via The Happy Ottoman

Worf and Data with Spot the cat – custom-painted Little Fatty figures from

My Little Worf Pony by Kipperfrog

Eric directed me to this post over at Brain Pickings about the 11 best illustrated children’s books of 2011. They’re all pretty cool (check out the Edward Gorey and the Brothers Grimm!) but these illustrations of Hindu deities by Pixar animator Sanjay Patel really caught my eye:

Today’s Google doodle commemorates Nicolas Steno‘s 374th birthday. Steno pioneered the concept of superposition, which is one of the fundamental principles of geology.

eric: jack* forwarded me some email from a guy rambling about [our awesome iPhone/iPad app] last week, as i guess it is my job to follow up with all potential biz-dev contacts even if they are kind of insane

kara: oh great

eric: anyway, this guy’s name was patrick stewart

kara: !

eric: so i just wrote back to jack and said “make it so”


eric: but i don’t think he got it

kara: I just cackled so loud my neighbors are probably scared

kara: still laughing

eric: anyway i guess i’ll have to write back to this guy

eric: maybe i can work some more star trek talk in there

kara: oh my god

kara: yes

kara: please bcc me

eric: “you must have set your email on stun because i am speechless!”


*not his real name