Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Superlatives of The Big Lebowski

  • Best California Accent in a Movie: John Goodman
  • Funniest One-Car Wreck: Involving The Dude and a dumpster
  • Best depiction of rubbing a pad of paper with a pencil to reveal what the last person wrote on it: You have to watch the movie for that one.

List-Related: Springpad

Remember when words were separate things?

Anyway, Springpad is a list organizer I'm trying out for keeping lists on my phone and my computer. I call it ListPhoneComputer.

I'm pretty sure it's going to be a keeper. I like the interface, so far it is easy to use, and it will be a better place to keep stuff to be accessible from my phone, home computer and work computer, than as draft emails.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

5 Things for Introverts to Do in Memphis This Weekend

  1. Friday Night: Stay in and catch up on your DVR'd shows while recovering from a week of talking to people.
  2. Saturday Morning: Drink a leisurely cup of coffee as you read the week's magazines.
  3. Saturday Afternoon: Visit 1 friend.
  4. Saturday Night: Watch a movie with your sweetie in your own house, with some take-out.
  5. Sunday: Do some things around the house. Take a walk around the block.
  6. Monday: Memorial Day - Bonus! You've had 2 days of limited outside interaction, and are feeling social again. Have a barbecue with friends!

Friday, May 27, 2011

List-Related: Listgeeks

Two people sent me information about this. One more and I'd have a list!

Listgeeks is "a socially-oriented platform for creating, sharing and comparing lists of things."

It's cute. Wish I'd thought of it


Summer Syllabus by Richard Alley

My brother made this great list of things to do this summer in his column, Because I Said So, in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

  1. First, take your school pants, the ones with the knees that are frayed and worn thin, and rip the legs off there at those knees. This is your summer uniform.
  2. Next, go outside and stay there until called in. And then complain that the day is over.
  3. Catch fireflies.
  4. Explore the woods.
  5. Build a fort.
  6. Tear it down and build another.
  7. Spend an entire day reading comic books.
  8. Have your fill of snow cones.
  9. Learn the names of the birds in your backyard.
  10. Drink from a hose.
  11. Track down kids in your neighborhood and get to know them.
  12. Read “Tarzan, the Ape Man” beneath your largest tree.
  13. Spread wildflower seeds around your neighborhood.
  14. Build a sand castle.
  15. Laugh at the tide the next day when that castle is gone.
  16. Build a kite.
  17. Fly a kite.
  18. Use chalk to make a sidewalk mural an entire block long.
  19. Go barefoot. Everywhere.
  20. Learn new songs and sing them.
  21. Draw a picture of your house every day and color it a different color each time.
  22. Camp in your backyard.
  23. Write a story.
  24. Write a poem.
  25. Plant a garden.
  26. Wash your neighbor’s car.
  27. Go whole days without putting a shirt on.
  28. Play in the rain.
  29. Shoot 20 baskets in a row.
  30. Eat new foods on a blanket on the lawn.
  31. Drink lots of lemonade.
  32. Make your own popsicles.
  33. Eat a popsicle for breakfast.
  34. Read your parents’ old encyclopedias; they were the first Google.
  35. Conduct a census of the squirrels.
  36. Climb trees.
  37. Oil a baseball mitt.
  38. Dig a hole.
  39. Read the funny papers.
  40. Watch a Marx Brothers film.
  41. Forget where you put your video game.
  42. Roast marshmallows.
  43. Count the stars.
  44. Lie in the grass and listen to the cicadas; you’ll be adults the next time they sound like that.
  45. Make mud pies.
  46. Operate a lemonade stand.
  47. Nap in a hammock.
  48. Run through a sprinkler.
  49. Visit the zoo.
  50. Stay up all night and watch the sunrise.
  51. Tell ghost stories.
  52. Build a birdhouse.
  53. Ride your bike farther than you ever have before.
  54. Swing on a rope.
  55. Find some shade.

5 Reasons I Should Not Have Been Awake at 5:40 AM

  1. It was 5:40 AM.
  2. I woke up at 5:40 AM yesterday, so I already knew it was ridiculous.
  3. It wasn't 7:00 AM.
  4. Didn't go to sleep until midnight.
  5. Sleeping is my favorite.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

What I Saw in Sacramento, Part 2

1. Tiny drawings by Don Moyer

2. This crazy awesome sculpture by Luis Jimenez

3. Thiebaud!

4. Sacramento River

5. Yellow bridge

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What I Saw in Sacramento, Part 1

1. Myself, wearing a GIANT name tag, courtesy of the conference I went to

2. A giant suspended sculpture by Alice Aycock in the Sacramento Convention Center

3. Orange trees. Those are oranges. Just growing in the trees.

4. My own sketch of the capitol building

5. The state capitol, from my hotel room. Hi, Governor Moonbeam!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Southern Comfort, or A Few Reasons I Love the South

  1. biscuits
  2. grits
  3. old ladies call you "puddin'"
  4. people say "y'all"
  5. dogwoods
  6. azaleas
  7. crepe myrtles
  8. the Mississippi River
  9. the Tennessee River
  10. talking to strangers just to be friendly
  11. people open doors for you, and you open doors for them
  12. fried chicken
  13. catfish
  14. thunderstorms

Monday, May 23, 2011

Art Words Used at a Technical Writing Conference

  1. curate: I hear this one all the time everywhere. Not sure how I feel about it.
  2. foundry: as a place where fonts are made?
  3. medium: not like a size, but as a choice of material such as oil paint, watercolor, etc., or in this case: video, audio, tutorial-based, flash, simple text, forum, or screen capture

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm Singing! I'm on a Blog! And I'm Singing!

If I could sing,
  • I would want to sound like Mavis Staples.
  • I would probably sound like Catherine Ireton from the God Help the Girl album.
  • that would be awesome, but I actually sound like 2 cats fighting in a garbage can.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Inspiration from the Internet

Because I really just look at the pictures.

1. This tiny orange clock from How About Orange

2. The way this Urban Sketcher divided a sketchbook page into panels

3. This sentence from Lost in Cheeseland: "I moved to France with a wardrobe that was black, brown, blue and grey, with the accent color of mustard yellow."

4. Ze French Cuff from Garance Dore

5. The bedside table/lamp combo (top image) from sfgirlbybay