What I learned this week, July 11, 2014

Well-done drone video of the city I live in. It’s crazy how few people are visible in these shots – I only saw one guy on a bicycle going by the Perot Museum. Yes, I’ve ridden my bike on that same sidewalk – but it can’t be me, the place was crowded when I went by.


Farming the apocalypse

When my life came crashing down I took shelter on my farm, surviving with 11th-century tools like the sickle and scythe

This is a very interesting article – sort of a postmodern Walden vibe.

I’ve been to Rocky Mount and I used to read Omni – so I feel a very tenuous connection. Oh, and from my experiences – I concur with his opinion on the versatility and usefullness of a good mattock.


Stylish bike rider, French Quarter, New Orleans

Stylish bike rider, French Quarter, New Orleans

Take back the streets, ladies — two wheels at a time

This one had been defaced by someone that used white paint to add crude breasts. I photoshopped that out.  You are welcome.

This one had been defaced by someone that used white paint to add crude breasts. I photoshopped that out.
You are welcome.


Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

I’m sorry to say that I’ve only been to one of these.

The Ultimate Travel Destination Bucket List

When I was a little kid I loved a book about archaeology called Gods Graves and Scholars. I was always fascinated by this photo from Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza - from the book Gods, Graves, and Scholars

Chichen Itza – from the book Gods, Graves, and Scholars

A decade or so ago, I found myself in the exact same spot – sort of cool. It turns out that photo was taken from the top of the great pyramid.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza


New York Times article from sixteen years ago – long before anyone ever thought of the word “blog.” The best I could tell at the time I started (July 1996), I had the somewhere around the thirteenth “Online Diary” in existence – now there are an estimated (by Wikipedia) 156 Million Blogs in.

Dear Digital Diary: Oops!

Lee and I from the first few years of my online journal.

Lee and I from the first few years of my online journal.


How a Password Changed My Life


The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus


How to Build Leonardo Da Vinci’s Catapult

From fifteen years ago or so - Lee and a trebuchet made of Knex

From fifteen years ago or so – Lee and a trebuchet made of Knex


The stuff ready to go - sauce, sundried tomatoes, herbs, cheese.

The stuff ready to go – sauce, sundried tomatoes, herbs, cheese.

13 Cooking Hacks every Cook Should Know

The pizza and stone, grilling away.

The pizza and stone, grilling away.

NOLA Cherry Bombs

O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!
—-Shakespeare, The Tempest

Nola Cherry Bombs Dance Troupe

performing with
Daria & The Hip Drops
Bayou Boogaloo Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana

NOLA Cherry Bombs

NOLA Cherry Bombs

NOLA Cherry Bombs

NOLA Cherry Bombs