Archives for the month of: January, 2007

i can tell when i’m hitting a coding brain-block, because all of my comments become less semantic and more completely useless.

so what was once:


becomes more like:



please please someone get this for me. maybe you can go in on it with some of my other friends. i will make you delicious cupcakes and bring them to you IN THIS VERY DEVICE if you get me this. pleeeeaaaase!

alert: rant ahead! close browser window if you are offended by my political beliefs, which really – you should be familiar with by now anyway.

off the AP wire:

“The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow convicted terrorists to be imprisoned or put to death using hearsay evidence and coerced testimony.”

WHAT? am i…am i having a fucking nightmare over here? wake up america – can’t you see what is happening? what has happened? it’s like we’re living a twilight zone episode where we realize we’re becoming the very thing we hate. except – surprise! – minus the whole realization part.

i don’t know why i’m surprised by any of this. no – actually, i’m not surprised at all. i was horrified about 7 years ago and completely at a loss about 3 years ago and it’s been a steady slide into incredulous apathy ever since. i guess i pretty much gave up a long time ago, but i’m still holding on to this naive hope that things will get better – that this is only the united states’ teenage-rebellion phase and it’ll work itself out. emphasis here on the ‘naive’, since apparently a great deal of americans can’t even grasp the basics: nearly 40% of americans think evolution is fake. look at the countries above the united states on that list! latvia? estonia? SERIOUSLY? i know nothing about these places, but i can tell you this – i certainly don’t hear ‘estonia’ and think, ‘the people of estonia have more common sense and are better educated than the people of the united states’ but i’m having a hard time thinking anything else when i look at that graphic. also, clearly this has nothing to do with religion since some of the most catholic countries EVER are on there. ok, now i give up. i’m moving to northern europe or japan. seeya suckers.

going for a ride!

my grandpa died on tuesday morning and i drove home that afternoon. today was the visitation, tomorrow is the funeral. i’m doing ok, considering how fast it happened, the manner in which i found out and that the last time i saw him he was getting better, not worse, and was smiling because i had just told him i loved him.

i hate feeling this way and i feel so awful for my mom and my grandma. my grandparents would’ve been married 65 years next month. what is it like to spend 65 years with someone and then be alone?

something good from this – it’s amazing to see how many people loved my grandpa and how highly they thought of him. at the visitation today there were at least 400 people; the line was all the way around the room and out the lobby to the front doors for over three hours. everyone who knew him liked him and respected him – he was hardworking, loving, gentle, intelligent, curious, patient.

i’d say the men in my family have set the bar pretty high.


if you know me you know i’m a nerd. you probably also know that i really like charts and diagrams and floorplans and the like. ‘le grand content’ is a fun animation created by clemens kogler and karo szmit consisting entirely of charts and graphs. it is greatly influenced by one of my new favorite blogs, indexed. read the artists’ statement here and see the full video here. i’ve downloaded and posted the video here in case the address on the source website changes. too awesome to lose the link!

  1. it’s damn near impossible to brush your teeth while crying.
  2. if you manage it and have to blow your nose right after, your snot is totally minty.

bus to nowhere

most likely a #49

katie: yay. saturday will be fun! you can wear my mini dress.

kara: woo!

kara: well we’ll see

kara: i might wear my usual uniform of tshirt and jeans

kara: you know – like, this is me. as i usually am. take it or leave it

katie: thats sweet… or you could skank it up!! jk (don’t do that)

Momofuku Ando, Instant Ramen Inventor, Dead at 96

…After seeing people standing in line at a black-market food stall, he formed a strong conviction that “a life without enough food to eat is no life at all.” He believed an instant noodle product would help feed people after World War II. Chicken Ramen was the first flavor produced by his company Nissin Food Products Co., but other flavors and products quickly followed, including the ever-ubiquitous Cup Noodle.


i will think of mr. ando every time i enjoy some ramen, and doubly so during the holy month of ramenadan.

via chicagoist

opened up my giant javascript reference book to refresh my memory about objects, when out fell my old business card from my last job. weird.