Category: Cool Stuff


I’m an Uncle!

Please welcome Emma Victoria Johnson to the world, as of 11:40 this morning. 9 pounds, 1 ounce, everyone healthy.


eSCENE Temporary Home

[Update: I was mistaken. wasn’t working due to a configuration glitch, not because Glenn turned off the server. The site works now as it did. But the following rambling memories still apply.] Several years ago, just as the Web was starting up, I started an online literary magazine (ezine) called eSCENE, which served as ...


Great Cause, Great Customer Service

This month I’m going to pay off two credit cards (yay!!!), so I’m making sure that any recurring charges to those cards are being moved off to my one remaining card. One of those charges is a monthly donation to a great local charity: Feed Washington provides food for hungry children in Washington state. As ...


Take Control of Recording with GarageBand

I mentioned that I was editing three Take Control ebooks, and now the third has just hit: Jeff Tolbert’s Take Control of Recording with GarageBand. I’m not a musician (though I’ve recently started to take up the guitar), but I can see how someone with desire and $10 can make professional-sounding recordings using GarageBand and ...


Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera

A couple weeks ago, I praised caffeine because I was consuming so much espresso while simultaneously editing three Take Control ebooks. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to get some sleep this last week (which is a change — at one point I slept 8 hours, not consecutively, over a 72 hour period). ...


Lunar Eclipse Video

Tonight was a total lunar eclipse, which won’t happen again until 2007. Uncharacteristically, the Seattle sky was completely clear, so I was able to point my video camera out the window and tape the eclipse. I used iStopMotion to take a snapshot every 15 seconds. As you’ll be able to see, I had to move ...


Mount St. Helens Eruption Movies

We Seattleites have been keeping an eye on our sister Mount St. Helens as she lets off some steam. I’m not worried about a massive eruption, but it’s still pretty cool to see nature at work on a large scale. Now, you can see the volcano cam images as movies! (The enormous fly that appears ...



A nice little pick-me-up today: I went to buy some new clothes and had to go down a size in jeans to a 32. Last year I lost 30 pounds thanks to diet (Weight Watchers Online, i.e., “Forget Atkins, Just East Sensibly and Control Your Portions”) and exercise (riding my bike to work), and went ...


Benjamin Warner Fleishman

My friend and officemate Glenn Fleishman is now a dad! Please welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman to the world. (Click for larger images.)    Updated: Glenn has posted more pictures, including one of yours truly demonstrating the proper Boppie technique to the new parents.


Working at Seattle Public Library

<img src="" width="125" height="94" border="0" hspace="3" alt=" Seattle Public Library” align=”right”>I’m spending the morning in downtown Seattle, so I’ve claimed a desk at the new Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas. It’s a great structure, even if it’s a little out of place downtown – but that makes it more appealing to me, frankly. ...