This morning as I rode to work, just as I approached the overpass, I saw a man who was pushing a wheelchair near the bike path. He wasn’t sitting in the wheelchair, he was pushing it along, with a pile of some clothes or other stuff on the seat. But as I passed near him […]Read More → Inexplicable Benediction
A photo I took in 2005 was recently used to spur a collaborative writing assignment. I have no idea where the class was even located. I only found this through Flickr’s referrer logs. The students used EtherPad to collaborate, allowing me to see the final product. Here are their instructions. As a group pick one […]Read More → Collaborative Story Assignment
Plenty of people are getting back to work and asking each other, “So how was your break?” One of Xy’s fellow teachers answered thusly: He was taking a shower in his house in Algiers when the police kicked in his door and sent in a K-9 unit. The dog rampaged through the house, somehow got […]Read More → So How Was Your Break?
Here’s an excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for July 20, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Type: Theft Location: Dumaine and North Rocheblave Gist: The victim stated that at 6:15pm, she received a response to an ad that she had in the newspaper for a puppy. The victim met an unknown […]Read More → Puppy Theft
Here is some random audio mess I mixed up lately. Voskhod [26:15] Proton [25:53] Cosmos [26:35] Soyuz [27:58] All files are in MP3 format; each clocks in at just under half an hour and just around 50 MB. Actually it’s not entirely random. There is a method at work here. How best to describe this […]Read More → The Voskhod Experiment
Two and a half years after I took it, my picture of tiny orange fungi has finally been identified. It is Dacryopinax spathularia, also known as sweet osmanthus ear in Chinese. It’s a jelly fungus. This stuff still sprouts up on our deck from time to time. Apparently it’s edible, but I don’t think I’ll […]Read More → Dacryopinax Spathularia
Since all the cool kids are doing mashups these days, I couldn’t help but try my hand, however inept. A month or two ago when I had some spare time I threw these two together. But It Seemed So Real [mp3, 6.8MB] House of Grunt [mp3, 9MB] I apologize in advance for inflicting these upon […]Read More → Mashups
So, I was listening to Kenny G’s Intelligent Design show on WFMU yesterday, and he starts playing a piece by Steve McLaughlin called “Run for Your Life.” The piece consists of all of the Beatles albums, from Please Please Me to Let It Be, played at eight times normal speed. The whole thing is just […]Read More → Information Loss Creates Illusion of Slowness
Yesterday morning, between the hours of 9:00 AM and noon, someone came into our backyard and took a crap. Yup. The mysterious intruder moved a plank of wood and a cat dish into strategic position and took a big old dump. Then, apparently, he or she wiped his or her ass with some torn up […]Read More → Someone Crapped in Our Yard!
Last night I had one of those intricate, mind-blowing dreams that seems to go on forever in vivid detail, complete with dreams within the dream. I couldn’t begin to recount the whole thing, which has faded from my memory anyhow, but there’s one compact vignette that was particularly striking. I was lying on our couch […]Read More → Mirror
Just when I thought I’d seen it all in this crazy post-Apocalyptic city of ours, I discovered the bizarre mystery that is… The House of Crocs. Enter… if you dare. Update: As noted in the comments, the shoes in this house are not Crocs but Orthotebbs. They were actually invented by a New Orleanian. The […]Read More → House of Crocs
A few days ago I posted a picture of Milo and me, and noted that we had the same color eyes. My friend Sean went a little crazy with this picture and swapped my eyes with Milo’s. The results are funny and a little disturbing. According to Sean, “Milo’s eyes fit perfectly inside the iris […]Read More → Eyeswapping
A few days ago, as I was riding home from work, a strange feeling came over me, like déjà vu. After a moment, I realized what I was feeling was a sense of normalcy. The debris had just been cleared from that block of Jeff Davis, and there were no blue tarps in evidence, and […]Read More → Normal Never Felt So Strange
We went to see the Edgeweed High School production of Rebel Without a Cause. Xy’s godmother, Sally, is the drama coach there. A weird thing about that theater is how high the stage is. Or maybe the seats are low. You can’t quite see over the lip of the stage, so the actors’ feet are […]Read More → Saved by the Bra
I had a strange dream last night. I don’t remember too many details, but an artificial intelligence figured prominently. In form it appeared as a great, golden, glassy globe, encompassed by a hollow disk, so that it loooked something like a ringed planet. It may have been extraterrestial in origin. I spoke to it at […]Read More → AI Rail
For some mysterious reason that I can’t explain, I felt compelled to do a Web search on the word “trinary” this morning, and discovered this recent research which indicates that the human brain computes in trinary, not binary. The story appears to have been published a mere twenty days ago. What are the chances?Read More → Trinary Synchronicity