Category: Cool Stuff


My Photo Is in a Gallery!

Glory Hole, Lake Berryessa Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. A couple of months ago, my pro photographer friend Laurence Chen encouraged me to submit this photo to the Environmental Photography Invitational, a photo contest open to residents of the Pacific Northwest. To my great surprise and delight, it was selected as a winning photo! It ...


My Officemate Kim in the NYTimes

My officemate Kim Ricketts is featured in a big New York Times article today: Authors Meet Fans Far From Bookstores, at Company Events. Kim puts together author events, public and private, where writers on book tours give readings and talks. I’ve been to a few, and it’s a great way to touch base with your ...


Original Unaltered SW Trilogy on DVD

You know you’re going to buy this. Or rather, I know I will, because I’m of a certain age that grew up on the original Star Wars trilogy: This September: Original Unaltered Trilogy on DVD : In response to overwhelming demand, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release attractively priced individual two-disc ...


Seattle 911 Events Map

This is cool: Seattle emergency events map, a live Google map of Seattle that shows locations of emergency calls in Seattle. The creator wrote it in February “after watching a building burn across the water from my office today.”


Apple Just Saved Me $1000

The public beta of Boot Camp has been out for a day now, and for the most part I’ve viewed it as an interesting development, but nothing that impacts me directly. I’m still using an aluminum PowerBook G4/1.25 GHz as my main machine, so I don’t even have an Intel-powered Mac to test Boot Camp ...


Because It Makes Me Smile

Bob Ross Cult, celebrating artist Bob Ross, whose relentlessly positive television show not only amazed me with his painting ability, but often relaxed me with his soothing voice. He passed away in 1995, but you can still watch The Joy of Painting on dozens of public television stations.


Plastic over Bits

I’ve fallen hard for the instant-gratification of buying music from the iTunes Music Store. A few days ago I noticed that José González was in the catalog; his song “Heartbeats” is featured in the Sony Bravia commercial that I blogged about in October on my iMovie Visual QuickStart Guide blog. I decided to buy the ...


Bah Hummer

A number of indie bands are turning down money from Hummer, which wants to license their songs in commercials: Bah Hummer. “My standard line is you guys will play a hundred million gigs before you see this amount of money,” Hysen said. “Usually they come back with, ‘We’ll do anything BUT Hummer.'” Right on. Though ...


Which Sci-Fi Crew?

Via Karen, I learned that I would fit right in with the crew of Serenity (though I admit to slightly handicapping my answers to see if I could get on board): You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don’t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you ...


Happy Valentine’s Day

Kim picks a flower Originally uploaded by Jeff Carlson. I’d like to say that I try not to get into this commercial Hallmark holiday, but I’m too much of a sappy romantic. I’d spend a lot of time as a kid in grade school working on my valentine’s day box, and get all hopeful when ...