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2009: 61 posts.

  • $year++

    Happy New Year from El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de la Porciúncula, Alta California, Los Estados Unidos, La Planeta Tierra!

  • Renaming

    I have this concept of a post where in an Andy Rooney-esqe manner I complain about things that get renamed. But really I’m not complaining so much as I think of things with their original name. Some examples of this are: The Del Mar Fair has been renamed “The San Diego Fair” and calling it…

  • Leah’s camera est non mortuus

    Leah’s camera, a Canon 30D has been dead for two months, about which she’s been very sad. The error was “Err99” – a mysterious error message others have had with other Canon cameras. She had looked at some forums and tried some things but had no luck fixing. We’d talked about having to take it…

  • Lego Penrose Triangle (via B3ta)

    I want this kit! source: b3ta board What’s a Penrose Triangle?

  • Sinfest Comic from 28 Dec 2008

    I really liked this Sinfest comic, turning Buddha into the little drummer boy, drumming a Japanese style Taiko drum. I keep re-reading it and figured I should post a link:

  • Belated Fun Holiday Animation

    Seasonal Short from Trevor Van Meter on Vimeo. via Drawn!

  • Trains, Wicked

    I remember taking the train, trolley, and buses in San Diego, and 10 years ago I used to take a bus from Cheviot Hills to downtown L.A., but for the past few years I’ve been doing a driving commute. I took Metrolink Ventura Line to work this morning. I got off at Union Station and…

  • Charming 1956 Disneyland Home Movie

    And it turns out there’s an instant of young Steve Martin in the film. Also watch or download it at Found via the always wonderful

  • We Got a Black Quarterback

    So step back. lyrics source: She watch Channel Zero

  • Who Watches the Watchmen?

    In 1986 and 1987 the comics series Watchmen came out. I was 16 years old at the time and the work was mindblowing. I had been looking forward to it since I had read it was coming in DC Spotlight #1, a freebie I’d acquired at Comic Con the year before. It looked like it…

  • Three From Moorpark

    I like these three shots of Moorpark, taken with my cellular telephone’s camera.

  • Beetlejuice & The Joker

    I’m sorry to report I forget where I found this last week. But I love this image of two of my favorite tricksters: What’s a trickster? In mythology, and in the study of folklore and religion, a trickster is a god, goddess, spirit, man, woman, or anthropomorphic animal who plays tricks or otherwise disobeys normal…

  • Lego Yamato; USS Texas

    From JapanProbe we have this wonderful find: In the twilight months between living in the Philippines and moving to New Orleans, Channel 6 in San Diego showed Star Blazers. I found the notion of reviving a dead battleship for the purposes of traveling to space and defending Earth to be inspiring. I thought little that…

  • Because, you know, the Silver Age

    Sentence of the day, from Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog: Romance Special: The Time-Travel Heartbreak of Lois Lane. Anyway, Lois makes the connection that a device designed to stop planets from exploding might be useful in keeping the planet Krypton from exploding, so she gets a copy of the plans and grabs a time machine, a process…

  • Sometimes I Feel Like This

    I think it’s pretty awesome. The wave is big and terrifying, but the surfer’s doing his best. I wonder how it turned out. I wonder how it will turn out.

  • Word of The Day


  • Seen and listened to

    Seen on my way to work today On back of a horse carrier: CAUTION SHOW HORSES Why the need to say “show” about the horses. Am I less likely to be cautious for regular horses? Messily spraypainted on a sign on an overpass: Ron Paul – The Next Thomas Jefferson” Listened to on my way…

  • James Ellroy

    Source: Salon Interview: James Ellroy, 1996: Well, I write in a cultural vacuum, so I don’t understand what’s out there in the culture too much. You don’t watch TV? I watch boxing on TV and I listen to classical music. I talk with my wife a lot and exercise. Culture to me is just shit…

  • Whitney Brothers; Processing, Jbum

    At BarCampLA, Jim Bumgardner was inspirational for many things. One small thing was for pointing out these two films: “Lapis,” a short film by James Whitney: “Catalog,” a short film by John Whitney, 1961 Over on Coverpop, Bumgardner shows off work inspired by John Whitney: Whitney Music Box which is beautiful and hypnotic and surprisingly…

  • Sharing; this one time…

    In keeping with the “all I’m going to do is post videos indefinitely” theme that seems to be occuring, here are two of my favorites, they’re really phenomenal, which were posted on Cartoon Brew: Sharing from kris anka on Vimeo. This one time… from nelson boles on Vimeo.

  • ACID vs. Key-Value Object Stores

    Drop ACID and think about data by Bob Ippolito of Mochi Media, Inc. from PyCon 2009. The Video: The Slides: Glossary: ACID CAP Theorem BASE BigTable by Google Dynamo by Amazon Cassandra, an Apache Incubator Project, formerly of Facebook Python dict Immutable vs mutable (computer science) Tokyo Cabinet Tokyo Tyrant Redis Document database CouchDB MongoDB…

  • Revealed: God, Pop Songs

    White Man by The Michael Gungor Band via alliefab Four Chords by Axis of Awesome [note: some salty language] via kill ugly radio

  • I did not post.

    I did not post for a whole month in June of 2009. I include this post here retroactively as of October, 2009 to state that.

  • Things I Spend Time With

    #1: The early morning: #2: My desk at work: #3: Lunchtime at the park: Nearly always with my iPod. Two weeks ago I thought I had lost my iPod for a night and it absolutely terrified me to think that I would not have it and would need to spend valuable cash to get a…

  • Mastering the Art of Combat!

    I find Nobody Scores! inscrutable, which is often good, and sometims the flashes of brilliance crack me up!

  • Hate Driven Development

    Quote of the day, via rc3: I’ve used the term a few times, and now it’s time to officially coin it: Hate Driven Development. It’s when you come to hate working on something so much that it inspires a surge of productivity that leads to completion. Most projects that involve this methodology include a procrastination…

  • Commute Photos

    A few photos from my commute, in no particular order:

  • Badly Drawn Roy

    I enjoyed this: via Cartoon Brew

  • Density of Memory

    This past weekend I went down to San Diego to catch up with family. San Diego is chock-full of people I care about, and it’s unfortunately impossible to catch up with everyone. This was tightly focused on family. It’s always dislocating to return to a place where you have not been in a while. My…

  • Sometimes a tetherball is just a tetherball.

    One of my favorite things as a kid was playing tetherball in the back yard of my Grandparents house. The tetherball itself has been changed out a number of times over the years, and it looks like it’s about due. I enjoyed playing though when I was shorter it pained me to get beaten. Once…

  • Yahoo! Updates (migration from Yahoo! 360)

    Moderately interesting. Another piece of data in the migration of everything on the web towards a Facebook-style or twitter-style update stream. Dear Yahoo! 360° and Flickr User, We’re contacting you because you shared your public Flickr photostream on Yahoo! by configuring photo-sharing in Yahoo! 360°. On July 23rd, as part of the closure of Yahoo!…

  • My Sister and Brother-in-law could not possibly be cuter.

    From last weekend, after having gone to the beach. They live on the East Coast in the D.C. area. However, every Summer they visit and become San Diegans for a while.

  • Gordon Parks. Alabama, 1956.

    Photo taken in Alabama, 1956 by Gordon Parks: Gordon Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. (via)

  • YMMV

    Estimated travel data provided by Google Maps. Actual result data provided by Joe and Leah. Going… Glendale (91203) to Clairemont (92117) Estimated Travel Data: Distance: 122 miles Estimated transit time: 2 hours 2 mins Assumed average speed: 60 mph Estimated transit time (in traffic): 3 hours 40 mins in traffic Assumed average speed (in traffic):…

  • shutting down

    depressing. I liked This makes me think of starting my own so it’s permanent. Web pages should live forever, you know. is now in the process of discontinuing service, effective immediately. Statistics can no longer be considered reliable, or reliably available going forward. However, all links will continue to redirect, and will…

  • John Waters: No Smoking

    When I was in my teens in San Diego, I loved movies. I didn’t like all movies, I was more discriminating, or snobbish, depending on how you looked at it. I loved seeing movies at The Ken in Kensington, and The Cove in La Jolla. The Cove is no longer there. There was one in…

  • Goodness Knows Why

    Quote of the Day, from Film Director Peter Jackson I mean, personally I think that’s one of the most depressing things about the film industry generally today. The writers and directors should be blamed just as much as the studios because really everything seems to be a remake or adapting a 1970s TV show that…

  • why the lucky stiff appears to be a person.

    ART && CODE Symposium: Hackety Hack, why the lucky stiff from STUDIO for Creative Inquiry on Vimeo. why the lucky stiff (or _why) is a computer programmer. His best known work may be Why’s (poignant) Guide to Ruby, a book which teaches the Ruby programming language with stories; its eclectic style has been compared…

  • “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”

    One of the funniest and most referenced lines by Leah and I from Mean Girls. I think we reference it to avoid the practice. It reminds me of one of my favorite Confucian dictums: “If I am walking with two other men, each of them I will serve as my teacher. I will pick out…

  • Joseph James Crawford

    My grandfather turned 91 last week. Born 4 September, 1918. He was quite an interesting fellow. He joined the Navy in the 1930s and saw the world. He was a Chief in the Navy and as a navigator helped guide ships including the USS Intrepid during World War II. He had a long career in…

  • About Her. Her.Her Her.

    joe & leah Originally uploaded by avocadoh see also

  • they captured me chewing here

    IMG_0451 Originally uploaded by leahpeah leah looks wonderful. see also

  • Joe of Artlung and Leah of LeahPeah

    Joe of Artlung and Leah of LeahPeah Originally uploaded by suebobdavis i have no idea what my expression is here. see also

  • Reboot!

    Reboot! i have been a poor system administrator. sorry. Originally uploaded by Joe Crawford (artlung) i have been a poor system administrator. sorry. Like a an Windows machine, if I don’t get system updates and regular reboots I get infested with viruses and malware and all manner of bad behavior. This hardware is flaky. In…

  • Obituary: Joseph James Crawford

    My Grandfather always read the paper. He kept up on the news. I don’t think he ever set down to read anything on the web in his life, but he was a man who would get the paper. When I was a teenager and into my twenties I also had this tradition. As a teen…

  • Happy Birthday Ty

    He combines the attributes of serious-minded and jocular in a most unique and awesome way. And as of today he is 17 years old. He is my stepson. Happy Birthday Tyler!

  • Quotes of the Day

    via Eden Kennedy : “Holding onto anger is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die” (quoth Felice Dunas). and another: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found…

  • “Things are difficult”

    Things are difficult in my life right now. I had no idea that I could feel so much as though I had lost my identity. I felt this somewhat when I moved out to Los Angeles from Virginia, but that went away rapidly as I threw myself into work and learning. It happened again when…

  • Rest In Peace JJC

    Part of Joseph James Crawford, Ft Rosecrans Memorial. Previously. And previously. Thank you Leah for taking these photos.

  • It’s Readers That Matter

    From Exclusive Interview With Ashok Banker! Where can we find more info about you and your work? From me directly. I follow a one-on-one approach to marketing. That means I wait for a reader or prospective reader to contact me, whether through Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, my blog, etc, and then I interact directly. It’s not…

  • Thank You All

    Thank you to all who have offered condolences and warm thoughts in the past weeks. This photo is from the “Celebration of Life” event we had at Mt. Soledad, the last formal event as part of my Grandfather’s funeral services. Other posts about this are here: Previously, previously, and previously. I semi-dropped off the grid,…

  • I did not blog in November, 2009.

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  • I did not blog in December, 2009.

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