Archive for September 2006

Silicon School

30 September 2006 | 0

Jeff Bezos.

Sergey Brin.

Larry Page.

Jimmy Wales.

If you don’t know these names, you should. They’ve probably changed your life. Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon. Sergey Brin and Larry Page are the founders of Google. Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia. So, other than all being founders of highly successful and life-altering internet presences, what else do they have in common? Yesterday I learned they were all Montessori students.

I think Tanya and I made the right choice of where to enroll Ali for her first school experience. Hopefully that will be the right cornerstone to help instill in her a love of learning and a desire to look outside of the normal to find solutions which can help everyone.

The Internet is Terrific!

28 September 2006 | 0

Store this under: Ideas for when I have nothing else to do

I would love to do a series of 15-30 second cartoons in the style of 70’s children’s public service announcements. But they would all be about the internet.

Brains… The Other White Meat

28 September 2006 | 0

Zombie Rights March

Ojibwe and Ice Cream

27 September 2006 | 0

Last night I learned that there is an Ojibwe language group that meets at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The Ojibwe Learning Table meets 5:30 – 7:00 on Tuesday nights, and I think Tanya said something about Monday and… some other day. When I find those out I’ll post them.

I also learned that Ojibwe is an endangered language. I’ve wanted to learn Ojibwe, and given that fact and that it’s a part of my heritage, what better excuse do I need.

Also, I learned that the fudge brownie sundaes at Pizza Luce are more than one adult and one small child can handle… particularly after consuming half of a mashed potato pizza.

From the Smaller Screen to the Small Screen

27 September 2006 | 0

Chasing Windmills was on WCCO last night! Yay! We’re news-worthy! (Look for Local Bloggers ‘Chasing Windmills’ on Web TV Show)

Flying and Fonts

25 September 2006 | 0

After listening to The Legion of Doom‘s mash-up Icarus Underwater about 20+ times today, I can only be forced to conclude that I have an unnatural and unhealthy obsession with mythological figures who follow their pride to their downfall. Lucifer, I’m talking to you.

Speaking of Icarus, I learned that I encounter a lot of “that can’t possibly be a coincidence”-kind of events in my world. For example, today Michael emailed me a link to some free fonts for use in Etoile. I found one I really liked, called Lacuna (which, appropriately enough, is also a word I find stuck in my head a lot). And what is shown as a display of the Lacuna letterforms? This.

Einstein was a genius

25 September 2006 | 0

on so many levels.

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Things I’ve Learned

24 September 2006 | 0

I’m starting a new format for my blog. I’m notorious for not posting, and I figured out why tonight. The issue is, I have a) not much time, and b) too much going on that writing about all of it feels like a daunting task, so I just avoid it. As a remedy for that, I’ve decided on a new system.

The idea is this: every two to three days, I will post a couple of things that I’ve learned over the last few days. These may be life lessons. They may be technical things. They may be little self-revelations. They may be things I actually always knew, but have just never written down. This gives me a mission statement, a focus, and a reason to write regularly.

With that out of the way, here’s what I learned today:

Having an audience is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have people’s attention. On the other hand, you’re expected to say something interesting.

Deciding to be in Chasing Windmills will be one of the things I will look back and say was a pivotal event in my life.

After 6 Red Bulls in the span of two hours, shooting pains run up and down my right arm. It’s three hours since I’ve had my last one, and my insides still feel weird and I’m kind of twitchy.

Updates

21 September 2006 | 2

Tanya is trying to get me to stick to my commitment of posting once a week. Damn, I’m so far behind already. Lots of fun new stuff… here we go:

Classes started up again. I teach, for those just tuning in. I am teaching Intro to Interactive Media at the College of Visual Arts. You can unwatch the course unfold on the class blog. So far, the class is looking good. We’ll see if I can whip them into shape ;)

In more school related news, Ali started her first year of Montessori this year. She’s doing great so far, and I’m constantly impressed at the level of trust the teachers put in the students, and how much responsibility the kids learn because of that. This can only be a great experience for her.

In other news, I’m trying to get back into the Etoile and GNUstep communities after a summer haitus. Have been making both new friends and new icons. I’m thinking we might have some really cool stuff to show at FOSDEM next year.

Also, I’m working on my Internet fame. You should hopefully be seeing me pop up in a little video blog series I’m now a part of called Chasing Windmills. The folks who started it, Cristina Cordova and Juan Antonio del Rosario, are simply amazing. If you’ve got an evening or two on your hands, check out their first season… certainly some of the best video stuff being done on the web right now.

I think that’s about it… let’s see if I can’t be a bit more consistent about these updates, huh?

PopSci: Minneapolis Top Tech City

12 September 2006 | 0

I have to agree with Garrick. Damn straight, indeed.