first cousins, once removed

me and emma tonight i visited cousin chris, his wife fran, and their brand new baby, emma. we talked about wikipedia, we ate tasty japanese takeout, we held the baby. but you don’t want to read about it, do you?…

social smiles

emma and justin chris and fran said that was one of emma’s first smiles.

on human computer interaction

i worry that, contrary to popular belief, the computer actually inhibits flow. maybe it’s not the computer per se, but its capacity to offer almost limitless distraction, exacerbated by my desire for the greatest amount of stimulation with the least…

favorite books

i’m very picky about the books i read, probably because each book requires so much time and mental investment. i like the books i read to be connected with my current interests or life. reading books is not entertainment or…

2005 ncaa champions!

photo credit: erik landfried jane on my shoulders on franklin street after the tar heels win the 2005 ncaa championships (april 4, 2005)

from measure to o’reilly

5 years ago this month, i answered an email that came across a listserv i was on as a part of my residential computing consultant job. i wish i still had it. a project at the carolina population center was…

Monthchunks plugin for WordPress

Inspiration I got the following comment on a previous post: I love your blog design a lot. I especially *LOVE* your MONTHCHUNKS archives. (It’s tiny, clean and stylish!) Is it possible to post a tutorial on how to achieve that…

let the eatin’ begin

arrived in new orleans tonight around 7pm or so. this has got to be one of my favorite places on earth. how i landed a job that sent me here more times than i can remember i don’t know. and…

ooo, my stomach hurts

but not in a bad way. in a full way. lunch today was at lemongrass, a restaurant jane and i went to last may where everything (it seemed) that she ordered beat what i ordered. welcome to the high stakes…

just in time for apple chill

flew back from new orleans early this morning, getting into chapel hill around noon—just in time for the annual springtime apple chill street festival. a truly strange concoction of fair food, crafts, and motorcycles (predominantly of the crotch rocket variety)…

personal paparazzi

what i find interesting about blogging is how readily people put their personal lives out for anyone to read. not only is it a terrific end-run around the orwellian panopticon, but it also makes me wonder what effect on people…

hello from sunny sebastopol!

just a quick note, i’m in sebastopol, got internet access at o’reilly because the “free wifi in all rooms” at the holiday inn is currently down. *grumble* i’m told a new router was supposed to be arriving this morning. (update:…

mountain vista

walking around behind analy high school i caught one of the less obstructed views of the mountains

update from out west

so the important news is, on thursday morning i signed a lease for the apartment in santa rosa. it’s on the second floor, in the middle, 1 bedroom, kitchen with all the appliances, dining area, living room, closet with washer/dryer.…

bay area trip in pictures

the mountains from sebastopol after some rain one of many metal sculptures along florence avenue in sebastopol o’reilly media’s many-windowed headquarters an art deco barnes and noble in downtown santa rosa burgers from the in and out at rohnert park…

pure google

so people have been talking about greasemonkey for the last several weeks. it gives a person the ability to install a small bit of javascript in firefox that modifies the behavior of a specific webpage. what’s cool is that people…

last day

the sun is setting in front of me. i’ve taken down the blinds i had put up to soften the light in my office. i’ve boxed up the pottery and travel doo dads that found their way here. i’ve sorted…

moving things over to dreamhost

the impetus being my impeding move across the country and my desire to be posting from the road (when able). for those who forget, i’ve been hosting justinsomnia.org at home since last july, which would be impossible once my stuff…