Category: Cool Stuff


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. ...


Cool Lightning Photo

Marc Laidlaw has a photo from the same lightning storm that I watched, only his is better than my video: he snapped his picture just as a bolt of lightning struck a tree in his yard! Great picture.


Late-Night Lightshow

I was about to go to bed late last night when the living room briefly filled with white light. Although the weather has been incredible, a thunderstorm rolled in and treated us to a late-night lightning storm. This is fairly rare in Seattle, so I grabbed my video camera and sat outside on the deck ...


Ballistic Nylon

One of the joys of working for TidBITS is that we learn more about the words we use. In last week’s issue, I wrote an article about what to look for when buying a laptop bag. So tonight I received an email from one of our translators asking, “I see the term ‘ballistic nylon’ everywhere, ...


William Gibson Quote

Good interview with William Gibson as he does a book tour to promote the paperback version of Pattern Recognition, one of my favorite books last year. I love this quote: “The dire thing that multinational globalization seems to be doing is reducing the amount of genuine stuff in the world and replacing it with imitation ...


Excercising with Arnold

I was scanning the list of new songs added to the iTunes Music Store and came across this gem (URL takes you directly to the song track in iTunes, if it’s installed). My question is: why is it just a partial album? How can I do the Total Body Workout with just two songs?



I love October and Halloween. The changing leaves, the crisp air, hot spiced cider, the works. First, go check out the folks there redesign their site in honor of their favorite holiday, and also create custom icon sets (I’m fond of World of Aqua: After Dark). Also, driving near work, I saw the following ...