So it seems to be time for new weblogging software around these parts. It would be nice to be able to re-enable commenting, and I never really bothered to customize Moveable Type all that much. So, we’re giving WordPress a try. This is going to be an entirely half-assed trial-by-error effort, because that’s the type of weblog this is so – nobody get their hopes up and we’ll all be fine!

Wooden Adder

If I knew any woodworking, I would absolutely make myself one of these beautiful binary marble adding machines. It’s a six-bit binary adder, implemented with marbles and wooden toggles that allow for carrying. The page describes in a good bit of detail how it works, but if you just want the high-level overview, scroll to the bottom and watch the video demonstration. It’s really pretty amazing.

My most recently completed knitting project is this beaded mohair shawl, my first attempt at knitting with beads. I followed the “Patagonian Night Sky Shawl” pattern from Knit and Crochet with Beads by Lily Chen, though I included more repeats than the book called for since I wanted a slightly larger shawl. the yarn was a remaindered machine knitting cone that I got cheap a few years ago and had been looking for a purpose for; the beads are iridescent black glass beads – see the detail photo below. It turns out that knitting with beads is fairly easy, though … Continue reading

Code Monkey!

If you have ever enjoyed anything I have linked to, you will go listen to the song Code Monkey (just click on the “Code Monkey” link under the blurb). It is birlliant and true and funny and I am geeking out to this song in my office, to the dismay of the student who just came by to ask a question. I actually acquired a code monkey of my own last summer (he is purple and plush and from Seattle, as many good code monkeys are), and perhaps I’ll finally bring him in to the office with me tomorrow.

Homemade, Semi-Fabulous

I was IMing with a friend last night and we decided that I am the anti-Sandra Lee. Sandra Lee is the frightening person behind the Semi-Homemade trademark, and host of the self-titled Food Network show in which she illustrates how to live the Semi-Homemade life. Every meal in Semi-Homemade world is garnished just so, served at a color-coordinated “tablescape” that usually seems to involve using one’s extensive collection of cake plates as pedestals for the dinner plates, and is accompanied by an also color-coordinated cocktail (but don’t worry – Sandra always shows how to serve out virgin portions for the … Continue reading Homemade, Semi-Fabulous

Scary WW Food

Because everyone’s a fan of Lilek’s Gallery of Regrettable Food, spin-off sites can’t hurt and this collection of Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974 over at Poundy are a great addition to the genre. The food is horrifying and she’s got some nice snark going too. Just in time for your Friday websurf…