Quilt Runnings

  Table Runner As I found furniture and started to get all the basics together, I decided that my big wooden table needed a runner. I liked the raw wood, and didn’t want to cover it all up. I wanted something colorful and geometric to go with the raw planks. When you have something very…

How Many Babies?

This is one of those questions that gets under a programer’s skin: Supposed a society where people prefer boys. They will keep having children until they get a boy and then stop. What¬†will be the percentage of boys to girls in this society? Programers Like to Complicate Things: I immediately started drawing out trees with…

Hooded Cape

I am working through some sort of hoodie obsession. I wanted a cape for an event. I started out as Very Easy Vogue V8959. I liked the style, but the sizes would need to be adjusted. (hint: I am not in the misses size range). The first thing was adjusting the pattern up a couple…

Hoodie Vest

  I bought some green jersey a while ago with the idea of making something “Robin Hoodie.” I wanted something that was snuggly for keeping my hands and neck warm when it wasn’t chilly enough for a jacket, but colder than just t-shirt weather. In other words, I was looking for an excuse to make…

Good Bye Matt Smith

  Fine, I will say what everyone is really thinking; the big Matt Smith send off was a really lame Doctor Who episode. It didn’t help that BBCAmerica ran a 2 day marathon previous Doctor Who episodes prior. After a parade of highlights, the Christmas special came off as a real stinker. Steven Moffat, I…

Fibbing Feinstein

Honorable Senator Feinstein, After the the Snowden revelations about the NSA came to light, I wrote you as the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence¬†to you to urge you to put a stop to NSA’s PRISM program. I argued that these systems violated the constitution, American ideals, and human rights. From a practical…

Ideas evolve

A recent Smithsonian Magazine article, What Defines a Meme, gave a quick history of the concept of a Meme. The Information-Generation might like to think that they were invented along with the Internet as a way to procreate punchlines that cannot survive without context, but not so. The idea of a Meme is older, dating…

Take One for the Team

I don’t know where to even begin: disgust, glee, or gratitude? In another no-longer shocking and totally par-for-the-course “revelation”, another evangelical luminary of the party of family values has decided to resign from congress after admitting to having an extra-marital affair. *YAWN* This Man is an Idiot In case you don’t recognize the face, this…

Tragic

I have to admit watching the news about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with a certain mix of terror and schadenfreude. This is obviously going to be bad. The Christian Science monitor figures that by the sixth day, the oil slick was already 1/50th the size of the Alaska Exxon Valdez spill. They project…

Why Does Everyone Hate Java?

Recently someone posted to Reddit, “Why does everyone hate Java?” It got a lot of very passionate responses and it made me wonder. It really did seem like everyone hated Java. I worry about this because I do a lot of work in Java. I like the language, it does well by me. But, like…

Warrenty expired…

Wow, once again proving that big government isn’t the answer, the Internet rushes to action! Redditors have found the REAL phone number behind the car warranty scammers, cracked their vmail system, and have a long thread full of interesting tidbits. Looks like this place is in Irvine CA. Figures that this type of “capitalism” would…