Saturday, May 28, 2011


At Trev's suggestion, I stopped by Georgetown on the way to the airport. I picked up a surreal comic book at Fantagraphics and a deeelicious coffee at All City Coffee. I also went to a music shop, where they let me noodle on a resonator, a banjo uke, an archtop, and a 60's guitar made out of doors and leather:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Local Music

Easy Street Records had Pearl Jam and Nirvana in the "Local" section, which made me guffaw. I didn't think that kind of band should count. But then I meandered into the film festival and saw the drummer from Hole introduce the documentary about her journey from celebrity drummer to crack whore to sober, married dog-walker:
The hostess asked the crowd: "How many of you have played in a band with Patty?" and 5 or 10 people raised their hands, and people cheered when the film mentioned her high school punk bands. So I guess Hole counts as local.



Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sights and Sounds

Today was your standard conference-mix of meandering in search of strange foods and interesting places:
And poster viewing:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Unlikely coincidence

I was glancing around while eating at a food court, and I saw a sign that I was pretty sure I couldn't have read correctly:
It turns out some metalsmiths got tasked with making some steampunk artifacts, and they came up with some neat designs. Iridescent personal nuclear reactor neclaces:And copper crayfish:
Among them

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Because it was pretty?

Advice for poster design: Don't add a chart that you will realize, when you tack your poster to the board, that you forget what the chart means, how you made it, and whether it has anything at all to do with the rest of the poster.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Seattle Seafood

I wound up at a seafood restaurant on the Sound with a bunch of engineering students, which would be fine if I got paid like one. Still, good view, and good company.


When you design anything - anything at all - please, for your own sake, show it to a 12-year old boy before you show it to the general public.

Friday, May 20, 2011


I figured I'd take a picture of this sign when I suddenly remembered that it wasn't normal.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Looking Good, Feeling Good

We waited until the day I left, but we did finally make it to the Lotus Tea House. It got pricier, lunchwise.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Solomon Douglas Swingtet

The Lindy Hop scene in Waterloo looked pretty solid, though it may just have been the live music.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Makeing Blinkybugs

We finally put together the blinkybugs I got for my birthday! Like, my last birthday. They blink!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Time... is marching on. And time.... is still marching on.

Chau and Jason's friends all happened to be coming from out of town at the same time. Hence Billingsworth. Jason appears unmoved, but it's a front.

Freeman Frigging Dyson

Freemon Friggin Dyson! I've whined wistfully a little about Waterloo changing, but bringing Freeman Dyson and Stephen Hawking to my little hometown are the kinds of change I am ALL FOR.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Brothel

I took Mii on my latest pilgrimage to the brothel. It looks like some student housing company owns it now, so I guess the Koops won't have to keep fixing the bathtub, and the deathtrap attic staircase has probably been altered. Oh well.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Air and Space

"The" Smithsonian is actually more than a dozen museums. Dad's pointing to the one we're in here:
We chose Air and Space, for obvious reasons. That is: you get to TOUCH THE FUCKING MOON LIKE YOU WERE A FUCKING GOD:
Plus you can see a bunch of firsts up close, and stare into the cockpit of a couple of Apollo Command Modules:
And they keep a couple of ICBMs there, in the lobby:
And if you happen to get there on space day, you get to watch a bunch of schoolchildren call the International Space Station:

Friday, May 6, 2011


Why take photos of things that everybody's seen zillions of pictures of anyway? How do you make yourself care? The easy way is to stick your face in them.The slightly less easy way is to wait for them to be so ugly that no-one's taking pictures of them:
The best way is to forget about them and take pictures of other things. Like the shoe trend I hope will be sweeping the nation OR MY CLOSET:
And parents! And the meeting of parents. And the parents' meeting of parents. Eek.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

1 out of 3 is real

I wondered for a while if NIST would have The Foot or The Metre or something, but they don't. They have a Kilogram, but it's a replica, and it's in their museum. It's near the first ever commercially displayed neon light:
And The Bat, the first ever guided missile:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's official

I knew the nation's capitol hadn't forgotten why the nation was founded, but I didn't know it was on the official license plates.


I'm at NIST for a conference, and the conference includes a tour. They showed us $19 000 lightbulbs:
3000°K Russian blackbody sun-simulators:
2°K optical-power-testing laser chambers:
Futuristic consumer lamps:
And research-purpose disco ceilings:


This courtyard at NIST has scalloped-roof architecture and a sundial from 1948, which makes it the easiest place I've been so far to pretend I work near Richard Feynman. Also, it has geese.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pho & Grill

I was sleeping or driving instead of taking pictures on the often-charming drive to D.C., so this is all I've got: Pho comes with jalapeno peppers in Maryland.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Realigning Election

This is what it looked like at the last moment that I thought I understood what was about to happen.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Angie's Brunch

I'd like to get everyone who has a favourite post onto the blog, so I was sad that this was the only usable picture of my new favourite Kryptonian.
She was air-singing 80's songs, too, when I had forgotten my camera. Gah. Anyway, Jason and Chau came for brunch too. But Jason only eats babies.