Archive for the 'Thing' Category


Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Tea-drinkers running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) should head to the Android Market and download the free version of Cuppa for Android, aCuppa. It’s a straight port from the iOS version, so looks and acts exactly like iCuppa on iPhone/iPod Touch. I intend to create a native Android app at some point but I figured this ported […]


Friday, December 4th, 2009

From the App Store description: Cuppa for iPhone is finally here! iCuppa is a small application for iPhone and iPod touch to time your cup of tea as it steeps. Tired of leaving your tea too long, to become bitter and cold, or drinking it too soon and not appreciating its full potential? Then this […]

A Life Well Wasted

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Sometimes my nerdiness takes over and I end up doing the darnedest things. Today I finished a project, the results of which are pictured above. Yes, I painstakingly (and rather expensively) constructed this pixel art tribute to my favorite retro arcade game, Snow Bros, out of 285 LEGO bricks in nine colors. It stands 10″ […]

Best Albums of 2008

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Sigur Rós – Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust I adore this album. Its soaring lightness combines with simple earthbound beats, and the result is certainly their happiest and most perfect work yet. Seeing Sigur Rós live for the first time — finally — at Benaroya Hall earlier this year cemented my opinion that […]

Overheard in Seattle

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

An SUV with a very loud stereo drives by outside the store. Radio Shack employee: Oh, SHIT! Customer: My eyeballs are rattling. Radio Shack employee: That must’ve been at least 100 amps. Customer: If you sell anything that does that, I’ll buy it right now.

Best Albums of 2007

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone Six more tracks of epic instrumental post-rock from these highly consistent Texans. • One great track: “Welcome, Ghosts” Arcade Fire – Neon Bible Their sophomore effort wasn’t nearly as disappointing as I feared it would be. • One great track: “Keep the Car Running” Blue […]

Death of a Murderer

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Rupert Thomson’s eighth novel, Death of a Murderer, is something of a departure from his earlier work. Previously Thomson has preferred to set his stories in blurred, dreamlike alternate realities such as Moon Beach, the pseudo-Los Angeles of The Five Gates of Hell whose economy is based on funerals, or the nameless European city where […]

Marshmallow Burger Dad

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

This weekend I had the pleasure of viewing Hamburger Dad — a movie that answers the question, “Is it better to wake up in the morning to find you’ve turned into a hamburger, or a lobster?” Along the way we gain much insight into the life of a newly transformed hamburger. For example, the hamburger […]

Things I’ve Bought That I Love

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Say you got together a dozen scientists and told them to come up with the perfect beer. This beer would be light and refreshing but also flavorful. Scientists are a practical folk, though, too, so they will want to add some healthful ingredients to this concoction. Of course the trick is to find something that […]

Sun Whitebox

Friday, April 6th, 2007

My coworker and I toured Sun’s experimental Blackbox when it stopped by UW earlier this week, just for giggles (we run a fairly small shop, so we’ll never need one of these things). Ars Technica did a nice job on their writeup of the tour, but here are my own observations about this product. Project […]