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I go gas

On: May 31st, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Number of Comments » 0

After extolling the virtues of charcoal grills for decades, I have, today, finally succumbed to gas. It’s like when I held out for vinyl over CDs for years, and then CDs over iPods for a year. Two reasons for the paradigm shift: First, a bag of charcoal costs about 30% more this year over last, […]

Long walk on a short pier

On: May 23rd, 2009 at 2:07 am | Number of Comments » 0

Safa and I went to the Seal Beach Pier (California) today during the trip to grandma’s. I decided to have fun with my Lensbaby Composer and Lomo effects as she walked down the pier. After being landlocked for a couple years it was nice to see the ocean. 70 degrees, breezy, salty air and faint […]

My “piece of junk”

On: May 22nd, 2009 at 12:37 am | Number of Comments » 0

There has been a good deal of press lately on the issue of netbooks and why Apple hasn’t come out with one. Steve Jobs said it was because Apple didn’t know how to make a $500 computer that “wasn’t a piece of junk.” I guess it depends on the definition of “junk.” And that depends […]

Form and Function

On: May 19th, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I think I’ve alluded to the addition we are having built now, a two-story study. Our architect, John TeSelle has designed an extraordinary modern structure unrelated to the original house—we love it. But with extraordinary forms one encounters extraordinary challenges in execution. There have been several bumps in the road along the way to getting […]

The Sandman

On: May 17th, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Number of Comments » 0

One nice thing about summer break — and in my case, sabbatical leave for the whole year — is that I have more time (not really) for pleasure reading. I’m still reading The Baroque Cycle aloud at night to Sara (we’re about 200 pages into the last volume) and have started Neil Gaiman’s 75-issue comic […]


On: May 16th, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Sara and I have become so intrigued by this keitai shôsetsu phenomenon in Japan that we decided to launch a blog for our own amateur efforts. I’m simply calling it “Cellfic.” The idea is that we will alternate daily posts, if we can keep that pace up. I initiated things with something I composed mostly […]

Cellphone fiction

On: May 14th, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Maybe — but probably not, at least not in the U.S. — there is a literary role for Twitter. That’s the premise behind an interesting Salon report on the latest cellphone-based fad in Japan (of course, Japan): keitai shôsetsu, or “cellphone fiction.” In short, it’s short short fiction, maybe 500 words or less, that was […]

Lose Some, Win Some

On: May 13th, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Number of Comments » 0

After ordering a new 32SSD for Sara’s MacBookMini (see previous post), I couldn’t stand not to try to fix the other install. So, I spent the rest of the night and much of today trying various methods for a fresh install of Leopard and after several hours finally did it. A fresh clean install AND […]