Archive for December, 2009

Open Source Vector Graphics Editor

There has long been an open source alternative to Adobe Photoshop.  That alternative is known as the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP.  Now, there is an open source alternative to vector graphics editors like Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW.  This alternative is Inkscape and it can be downloaded here.  Photoshop and GIMP are bitmap editors, […]

Calorie Restriction Society

I came across this interesting quote on the website this morning. “There are many pesticides and other toxins in our food supply that are fat soluble. Human bodies store these toxins relatively harmlessly in body fat. If you lose that fat too quickly, however, all these toxins are flushed into your bloodstream, and your detoxification […]

What is Flannel?

There are a lot of contradictory definitions on the internet … this site seems authoritative: Flannel – A medium-weight, plain or twill weave fabric that is typically made from cotton, a cotton blend, or wool. The fabric has a very soft hand, brushed on both sides to lift the fiber ends out of the […]

Ex-Basketball Player

by John Updike Pearl Avenue runs past the high-school lot, Bends with the trolley tracks, and stops, cut off Before it has a chance to go two blocks, At Colonel McComsky Plaza. Berth’s Garage Is on the corner facing west, and there, Most days, you’ll find Flick Webb, who helps Berth out. Flick stands tall […]


from: The main symptoms of senioritis include chronic procrastination, lack of motivation, a drop in academic performance, and “coasting” through classes with very little concentration or application of intent. This usually happens in the last year of middle school, high school, college or graduate school. One of the most notable symptoms of senioritis is that all […]

What Color Is Your Parachute?

I received a package today containing a “card sorting” exercise designed to help a person learn what kinds of things he likes to do.  The card sorting exercise grouped tasks into four categories:  ideas, things, people and data.  I played one game of solitaire, with the following results:  My interests are focused 70% on ideas, […]

Loop Pedals

DigiTech DL-8 $159.95  loop up to 20 seconds Hold down the foot pedal until the LED indicator turns red and play your loop. Release the foot pedal when done. LED indicator turns green, loop automatically plays. To add more layers, repeat step 3. Boss RC-2 $178.95  loop up to 16 minutes Records, layers, loops, and provides a […]

Beware of DHMO

I recently read Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut, which featured a dangerous form of solid dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) known as “ice-nine.”  I thought ice-nine was a fictional substance (and Vonnegut’s ice-nine is), but I was surprised yesterday to read this article that talks about “ice-seven.”  According to Wikipedia, there is also a substance known as “ice IX,” although the chemical […]

Gravity-Powered Aerobatics

My brother sent me this cool video of Aaron Swepston doing aerobatic hang gliding at Dog Mountain in Washington State. Wow.  It looks like there was no wind up top.  That was strictly a downhill ride; no soaring. I asked my brother if still conditions are required for aerobatics.  Here is his response: “Aerobatics are […]

Animator versus Animation