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.

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