Category: Cool Stuff



Kim and I saw one of our most-anticipated movies on Friday: Serenity, the big-screen version (or BDM – Big Damn Movie, for those familiar with it) of Joss Whedon’s television show Firefly. Honestly, I loved it. It puts the last three Star Wars movies to shame, because it dares to have a good script with ...


CD Baby’s Excellent Copywriting

I’m a writer, so it pleases me to no end when someone’s words bring a smile to my face. I ordered a CD from CD Baby and received the following email informing me that the CD has shipped: Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed ...


The Digital Student at NYTimes

Here’s an interesting special feature at the New York Times: The Digital Student. All sorts of information about equipping your college student. “When I went off to school, what you went off with was your clothes and a car,” said Myle Walsh, an importer in Midway, Utah, whose son, Makena, will be entering the University ...


Powering Through the Tour

Mark McClusky at Wired has an interesting article about how pro cyclist Floyd Landis measured his power output during the just-concluded Tour de France (where he placed ninth overall): Powering Through the Tour. On his way to a ninth-place finish, Landis spent nearly four hours of the Tour at a power output level of more ...


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 ...