My Woot Bag of Crap!

So, after a couple years of trying really hard to get a mythical Woot Bag of Crap, and cursing every time the stupid server of theirs would go down the instant the bag of crap came up for purchase, I’d given up hope.  But, a few weeks back there was a Woot off, and I was sitting in my office, and I saw that the current item ( a wireless mouse ) was sold out, so I hit refresh to see what the next item was, and HOLY SHIT IT’S THE BAG OF CRAP. ORDER! ORDER! ORDER! Except I was pretty sure I’d missed it again, since I did manage to enter in my CVC code for my credit card, and hit the confirmation button, but then the page timed out, so I was dejected. Except about 15 minutes later I saw that a bag of crap had appeared in my “Order...

My Peggy 2 clock idea

I’m a bit of a clock guy, and I’ve got a bunch in my house and in my office.  I’ve got bunches of regular analog clocks.  I’ve got my grandparent’s mantle clock that they were given for their wedding in the early 1930s, which we wind with a key and which chimes on the hour in my living room.  In my office I have one of those “rolling ball” clocks as well as a ping-pong clock from Adafruit. One thing that some clocks show better than others is the passage of time — and sometimes it’s the passage of time that is most interesting to display instead of the exact digital instant that is now. Here’s the idea:  The front of the peggy is treated like a “pie”, except it’s square.  It shows the...

I rode 25 miles and didn’t die!

  As some of you know, because I emailed you and asked you to donate to the American Diabetes Association for my ride in the Napa Tour de Cure.  My friend, Mark, had organized a team, and because I had the same kind of bike as he has he asked me if I’d like to join in.  He promised the ride would be pretty and flat. My friends totally came thru and donate a bunch more money than I even expected, and I’m both proud and extremely humbled by the generosity of people I know. The bike ride itself was up in Yountville, CA, just north of Napa, on the morning of May 5th.  Loretta’s sister Maureen went up with me and also did the ride.  We went up the night before because we needed to be at the start between 9am and 10am, and...

So, we went and saw Jonathan Coulton last weekend…

up in San Francisco, at the Great American Music Hall.  It’s probably been a number of years since I last went to a concert — heck, maybe the last real one was Voice Farm, which would have been in the mid 1990s.  Jonathan was great ( and, the two opening acts were also good — a music/comedy team called Paul and Storm and a dude named Kid Beyond, who was musical in a way that I can’t describe. ) I taped a couple bits of the concert on my Flip Video HD camera, because apparently it’s cool to do so with Jonathan and the openers.  This is the first song of his that I can recall hearing, and I rather like it since (at times) it seems to pretty adequately describe my life.  I suspect you can vaguely hear me singing...

My fitbit review

I ordered a fitbit a long time ago, and they finally shipped a few weeks back to their first customers, including me. My capsule thoughts on the pros and cons of this thing Pro: Keeps track of actual times I exercised and walked around, with more info than a “steps this day” thing Uploaded data to their website wirelessly so I didn’t have to remember to check and record each day how much I did Pretty graphs on the website Cons: Tiny and easy to lose about 10 days after you pay $99 for it. Sigh. Don’t know if it’s worth spending another $99 to get a second one. -Keith

Time to update the list of my many domains

Proposition 8, and what to do

Although it’s two months since the November 2008 election that passed Proposition 8 in California, it’s still rather big news, or at least it still makes the news with fair regularity. It’s roiled a couple mailing lists I’m on, still has public protests, sparked complains about the influence of the Mormon church ( and out of state residents contributions to a California initiative ), and has led to the creation of a number of websites which display and track the donations to the pro Proposition 8 folks. For example, yesterday I heard about www.eightmaps.com, which shows the amounts and addresses on a Google map of everyone who donated to the Yes on 8 campaign. So, when I found the site, I was of course curious which, if any, of my...