Archives – July, 2008

Uncle Karl

I’ve finally gotten somewhat settled into my new house. Here’s another doodle, also from the fridge, that was once accompanied by a somewhat passive-aggressive note that read “If you eat food that isn’t yours, you are a communist.” It makes me laugh, and my milk was thereafter safe.

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Leave a Comment July 31, 2008

Kinetic Typography

I can’t recall when it was that I first ran across these typographic representations of film clips. Recently though, I discovered a few more videos, non film related, that really grab me with the way the type is used to express moods and ideas. Here’s a playlist:

Bonus: Also, I don’t know if there is a video of this, but I found this via StumbleUpon a while back. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

Leave a Comment July 19, 2008

Post-It

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As I prepare to move to my new apartment I’m trying gather all my little doodles and drawings which seem to have skattered throughout the house over the past year. I’ll try to post more as I prepare for the move.

Leave a Comment July 17, 2008

Six Web Games I Love

The past few days here have been wet and gray, so here’s a short list of some of my favorite web games (-10 to productivity). I was feeling nostalgic after spending an hour playing Line Rider, which is as far as I can tell, endless fun. So, I decided to revisit a few of my favorites. Each is relatively simple, some taking less than five minutes to complete, some, with no actual objective could be played for hours. Enjoy.

flOw

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This game is beautiful. You control a small aquatic creature through the ocean as it eats other creatures and evolves to become more complex.

Cursor* 10

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This is a sort of puzzle where the secret to unlocking the 16th level is to “cooperate with yourself”. It can be a little frustrating at first.

Fly Guy

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I’m convinced that this is one of the coolest and most relaxing games on the web. The art and the sound effects are great.

Untangle

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In this flash-based game the goal is to untangle each puzzle. I’m still working on this one.

Line Rider Beta

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The original Line Rider game was perfect. If you haven’t played it yet, beware, it will suck you in.

Powder Game

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This java-based phyiscs toy could keep me entertained for hours. Its simple interface invites you build a volcano or a vacum cleaner.

Leave a Comment July 9, 2008

Muxtape Monday: At Your Convenience

At Your Convenience. This muxtape is the second in an ongoing series of posts, the eight songs I chose are ones that I feel represent a sort of slowed and relaxed state that I tend to find myself in. Otherwise, it’s a relatively unorganized collection of good music. Enjoy.

Radiohead – Like Spinning
PlatesPortishead – Silence
Beirut – Scenic World
Bowerbirds – Hooves
Menomena – The Pelican
Gotye – Hearts A Mess
Beasts and Superbeasts – If I Was A House
Moby – Now I Can Let It Go

Muxtape Monday is a bi-monthly feature in which I provide a musical playlist containing a selection of music that has to do with various themes, ideas, etc. The framework established by the creators of Muxtape allows only twelve songs to be uploaded at any one time, therefore, each playlist will only be available for 2 weeks.

Leave a Comment July 7, 2008

There Can Be Only One!

I have been remiss about posting any of my drawings online.

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Here’s a little something from my sketchbook. I’ve been wanting to post this for some time now, it’s an illustration I did last year one morning at work. This friendly looking lady was drawn on a spare sheet of white paper with a pen and a few markers. Check back soon for more drawings.

Leave a Comment July 5, 2008

Tagged

Retta tagged me so I have no choice:

What I was doing ten years ago

I was 12 years old, so probably not a whole lot aside from consuming mass quantities of Kool-aid and running around outside.

Five snacks I enjoy:
  1. Salami
  2. Chocolate covered raisins
  3. Swedish fish
  4. Bananas
  5. Fresh bread
Five things on my to-do list today:
  1. Work for a few hours.
  2. Pack for a few days of camping.
  3. Head to Red River Gorge and spend the rest of the day hiking/relaxing.
  4. Cook hot dogs and s’mores.
  5. Not get attacked by a bear.
Five favorite recipes:
  1. Oma Spaghetti (secret family recipe)
  2. Philly cheese steak pizza (to be posted soon)
  3. White asparagus with hollandaise sauce
  4. Kartoffel Klöse mit Schweinebraten und Blaukraut (potato dumplings with porkroast and red cabbage)
  5. Sweet potatoes with marshmallows
Five jobs I have had:
  1. Peon at Movie Gallery
  2. Loader at Lowe’s
  3. Night Desk Clerk on UK campus
  4. Staff cartoonist for the Kentucky Kernel
  5. Part time baker at Magee’s Bakery
Five of my bad habits:
  1. Procrastination.
  2. Obsessing over minor details when I doodle.
  3. Reading too slow.
  4. Getting distracted.
  5. Being too quiet.
All the places I have lived:
  1. Lichtenfels, Germany
  2. Hemmendorf, Germany
  3. Ft. Benning, GA
  4. Schweinfurt, Germany
  5. Würzburg, Germany
  6. Vine Grove, KY
  7. Elizabethtown, KY
  8. Lexington, KY
Five random things:
  1. I have a twin brother, he’s American, I’m not.
  2. I always park in the farthest part of a parking lot if I can get away with it.
  3. I once ran a mile in 4 minutes and 47 seconds.
  4. I am always hungry, I will eat as long as I see food I like.
  5. I enjoy taking things apart even if I don’t know how to put them back together.
Five people I would like to know better:
  1. Lindsay
  2. Chris
  3. Pam
  4. Jim
  5. Story Pixel

Apologies for tagging everyone twice, but if you think I’m going to sit here and let the blogging gods strike me down for web-heresy you are mistaken!

Leave a Comment July 4, 2008

Which Firefox Extensions Can’t You Live Without?

One of the biggest selling points that makes Firefox the browser of choice for me are the extensions. I’ve been using Firefox for roughly 4 years now and during that time I’ve gone through my fair share of third-party extensions/plugins. The most important ones, to me, make my browsing happier and easier by streamlining my surfing or making it more safe.

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I would like to publicly profess my love for the following plugins:

  • Greasmonkey – This is an especially useful extension for me. If you haven’t given it a shot before install it and head over to the userscript repository. There you can find plenty of scripts to enhance your browsing such as Textarea Backup, or this script, which disables custom myspace layouts.
  • Del.icio.us – As a del.icio.us user I find it hard to post bookmarks unless I’ve got this extension, or one of its relatives active.
  • McAfee Site Advisor – This is a really important extension for me. Behind this add-on is a system of automated testing originally developed at MIT that helps me avoid sites that may lead to pop-ups/spam/malware. It also places a handy icon next to links on your search results that work like the color-coded Homeland Security rainbow sans the fear mongering.
  • Adblock Plus and Adblock Filterset.G Updater – These two extensions work in conjunction to eliminate most advertisements you’re liable to run across.
  • Google Preview – I really just like seeing thumbnails of my Google searches in a way that won’t obscure whatever else I’ve got on the screen (yes, that means you Snap.com). This add-on also works with Yahoo! searches.
  • Ctrl-Tab – Adding Ctrl-Tab support to Firefox isn’t really a necessity, but another usefull feature of this extension is that it adds a useful grid/thumbnail function via the F4 key.
  • FaviconizeTab – This extension removes the title and close button from selected (or all, in my case) tabs leaving only the favicon. At this point I’ve got 24 30 tabs open in my browser. Yes, when I browse I tend to open a lot of tabs. With this extension enabled I can easily and efficiently reduce clutter, without it I may as well be using IE 6.
  • Better Gmail 2 – Out of all the extensions created/compiled by Lifehacker editor Gina Trapani this one is the absolute best. It is essentially a compilation of a the best Gmail related Greasemonkey scripts which makes keeping them updated much easier and gives Gmail many additional features that make my life easier.

That said, if I’ve left out any extensions which you find especially useful, leave a comment and share your experiences with other extensions.

Leave a Comment July 3, 2008

Seven Songs

I ran across the idea for this post at Warren Ellis’ blog early last month and I thought I’d get my own list together and see what came of it.

“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”

In no particular order:

  1. No Regrets” – Aesop Rock
  2. A fairly humble song, laden with simple things, yet so well balanced/sequenced that I can’t help but put it on repeat and just listen listen listen. This one hails from the second Aesop Rock album I ever owned, Labor Days. I can’t describe how much I love this song, it makes me think in ways most songs can’t. There’s something incredibly thought provoking about the lyrics in this song.

  3. “Thou Shalt Always Kill” – Scroobius Pip vs Dan le Sac
  4. I ran across this song last summer on YouTube, and it’s just amazing. Its pure, unadulterated, think-for-yourself message is something I wish we had more of in hip-hop today.

  5. Painkillas” – Busdriver
  6. This is a relatively new to me interest. I don’t have much to say about this song, there’s just something about the jumble of piano and lyrics that makes me relax.

  7. “One” – Eyedea & Abilities
  8. Again, another recent discovery of Hip-Hop goodness, found one late night at a friend’s house. I don’t know what it is about this song that does it for me. Maybe it’s the very primal sound of the drums, or maybe even the lyrics that dance tauntingly over the stale corpse of major record labels’ idea of Hip-Hop. “It’s time to clean MTV outta your ears”

  9. “The Pot” – Tool
  10. I don’t consider myself a TOOL fan, but the introduction to this song is simply mesmerizing.

  11. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” – Johnny Cash
  12. Another YouTube find, this one from late 2006 and by far my favorite Johnny Cash song.

    I now have no problem imagining Kris Kristofferson bludgeoning me to death with a crowbar.

  13. “If I Was Santa Claus” – Atmosphere
  14. This song is available on Atmosphere’s Lucy Ford album. Aided by the quieting instrumentals, I can play this song a few times in a row and it never fails to move me. I was introduced to both Aesop Rock and Atmosphere by my brother-in-law around the same time and have been returning to this song year in and year out. In the true spirit of hip-hop evangelicalism, this is one of those songs that I habitually, no, fanatically, push on people who are unfamiliar with Atmosphere.

My musical interests shift fairly often so I plan on revisiting this post sometime later this year. Though, for now, I suppose that I should pass the buck on to seven other people.

Tag you’re it…

Lindsay
Chris

Jim

Pam

BT
Dave
Story Pixel

Update: I retro-tag Retta because this is my blog and I make the rules, dammit!

Leave a Comment July 2, 2008


 

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