Thursday, December 30, 2010
While you're at it, check out Andy's hilarious book, "Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story" available on Amazon.com.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Stars - This group is an alternative version of the band, Broken Social Scene. Plus, they're Canadians! Which is always a plus...
St Vincent - The 4AD label continues to impress. Here's a great song from talented solo artist St Vincent (aka Annie Erin Clark, formerly of Polyphonic Spree)
Deerhunter - These guys are an enigmatic mystery for my middle-aged mind, but I like their music. They're so earnest!
Beach House - Yet another great band on the SubPop label, and yet another great find from KEXP's legendary DJ, John in the Morning. These guys opened for Vampire Weekend's latest tour.
Death Cab for Cutie - Here's a little alt-Christmas Carol to end this post. Merry Christmas all!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Huge shoutout to Jenica Villamor, a talented local reporter on CBS affiliate KTVL (and a grad of the awesome school of journalism at U of O). She did a news story on our efforts which resulted in a lot of exposure for the cause and some key donations. Here's Jenica's piece on the Mo Panther team at South. Well done. I must say, fellow teacher and hoop brother Russ Miller did a great job representing our team! I'll update this post with our final total as we wind down.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Rose Garden Arena was impressive - it's an amazing facility with a great vibe. I had not been to the site since the old Memorial Coliseum days of the Rip City Blazers. It's well designed and it had the same feeling of intimacy with the court, even though it's much larger. Hank got a pic with The Duck (made his day!). Oregon had just beat Arizona in football the previous night, so props to The Duck for making the trip less than twelve hours post game. Apparently, school spirit takes no naps. Overall a very fun weekend of hotels, shopping, food and sports!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Fellow teacher, Steve Jensen hooked me up with this clip from Sir Ken Robinson on the paradigm shift that is needed in education. Essentially, that our current educational models are based on outdated influences from The Age of Elightenment, and production line efficiency of The Industrial Revolution. I have never heard such a succinct and clear summarization of the problem. I also love the RSA's style in this video - these whiteboard illustrations are a captivating way to deepen our understanding of a complex topic. Side note; RSA stands for "Royal society for the encouragement of arts, manufactures, and commerce". The RSA is a 250 year old organization dedicated to enlightened thinking, and social progress with a focus on ideas in action. Check them out at http://www.thersa.org/. Their dialogue is fascinating and important.
One caveat, this video accurately describes the problem, but it falls short of the massive solution that is required to fix the problem. We need a sea change in education, a foundational shift in the way we do business. Regardless, this is wonderfully thought-provoking and I encourage you to share Ken's wisdom with other people in your community.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
guys at my school are doing the same thing. We're formally participating in Movember, an international fundraising effort that supports Lance Armstrong's Livestrong, and the Prostrate Cancer Foundation. I'll let their web site do the talking...
"Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement."
You, YES YOU, can support my stash and the South Medford High School "Mo Panther" mustache team by donating to our efforts. You can easily donate electronically by clicking on the following link (you'll even get an electronic tax receipt):
As a special bonus, I promise to send pictures of my stash to anyone who donates! I need your support!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Luke went on to play for several other NBA teams and eventually became an assistant coach for the Blazers, under coach Nate McMillan. Although he was feared on the hard wood, off the court he was a gentle soul. Bill Walton was so affected by him, that he named his own son Luke. From what I've read he was a great role model to young NBA players throughout his career.
Thanks for the memories, Luke. You lifted the spirits of a rainy city and made all of us feel proud! Here's a clip of the final moments of the 76-77 Trailblazer NBA Championship...
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Now, anyone who knows me, knows that math is not my forte - but I've always loved these images because they show that math can be artistic and beautiful. I think that showing stuff like this to young students sparks more curiousity in math. Benoit Mandelbrot applied his vast knowledge to nature, financial markets, and even cosmology. I appreciate the fact that he tried to apply math to solve real problems and to describe the inner-workings of complex phenomena.
Ok, tripsters... prepare to go whoa when you look at this video and remember that Benoit is the architect behind this awesome experience.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
So I know this is old blog news, but i haven't been posting in a awhile, remember!?! Some hipsters took the Bieb's U-Smile and slowed it down to epic proportions. The result is straight out of This Mortal Coil! It sounds like something from the Cocteau Twins Elizabeth Fraser. Glorious, slow, moody, and ethereal. Maybe the Bieb is on to something here.
The original U-Smile....
The same song slowed down by 800%...
J. BIEBZ - U SMILE 800% SLOWER by Shamantis
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
My Wife's Book Signings! - Throughout the summer we attended several events to promote my wife's latest book, "Prophecy of Days". This included stints in Seattle, Portland, Ashland, and San Francisco. I'm soooo proud of Christy, in addition to her talents as a writer she's an all around awesome mom, wife, and purveyor of all things sweet and miniaturized. Ahem... if you'd like to support her work, hop on over to Amazon.com to grab a copy of the book (it's also available on the Kindle). It's very reasonably priced. Here's a pic of the book and Christy doing a reading at Kepler's in Palo Alto.
SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City - My main man Marshall put in another awesome showing in the Advertising Design competition at SkillsUSA Nationals this year. He's a senior now, so I'm really excited to see a threepeat at state. I chaperoned four young men during the week and they were very well behaved. We had a great time. During a break, Marshall and I toured through the Deco-styled Kansas City Memorial Hall. If you were ever a fan of the videogame Bioshock - this building is right down your alley. Memorial hall is an amazing architectural example of Deco style. Every nook and cranny has a cool little feature. One sad part of its history is the fact that Patsy Cline performed her last concert in this building before her tragic plane crash.
Maker's Faire - I was lucky enough to be in the San Fran area on the same weekend as Make Magazine's, Maker's Faire. A strange techno carnival, part burning man, part geek fest. I had to really sit on my hands not to buy every Arduino-related kit that they had on sale. We also had a bird's eye view of Waterboy, and the Mentos & Diet Coke dudes - who are now sponsored by Coke. Overall, a very odd but inspiring experience.
Backpacking in the Trinity Alps - I rediscovered backpacking with my kids this summer via a nice trip to the Trinity Alps National Wilderness Area. Located outside Scott's Valley in Northern California, this beautiful and rugged mountain range is one of the many stops along the Pacific Crest Trail. The kids were awesome hikers (even when Dad missed the trailhead and made them walk an extra 2 vertical miles on day one). We made camp next to a beautiful alpine lake, cooked all of our meals on a tiny SnowPeak stove, filtered all of our water, and left everything as we found it. A great time, although I think the kids are still scarred from going #2 in the woods.
New Family Member: H.R. Flufnstuf - Over a year ago our beloved 17 year old Stimpy passed away, so we vowed to get a new kitty at the beginning of the summer. Hence, H.R. Flufnstuf, dead ringer for Stimpy but with a very different personality. Loves to take baths! Let's the kids carry her around like a baby. Likes to sleep on my face at night! Not so excited about that last part... She's a great cat.
Yours in tech,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Before I talk about the game. Here's a clip he did based on Jonathan Blow's (of Braid fame) controversial talk on irresponsible video game development. There's a lot of bigger messages behind these simple pixels. I agree with a lot of what Blow has to say on the topic. I think young people get a false sense of accomplishment from these virtual worlds, when in reality they are just sitting still. This is a hard problem to solve... If the reality of your world is poverty, sketchy parents, and a cruddy life inside of a trailer park - you will always choose the virtual rewards of fighting dragons in the mountains! I'm uneasy about this, because I play video games and I can see the appeal.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) which provides nearly 20 percent of the power to more than 15 million people in Southern California. Excuse the pre-pubescent humor, but it is also known as, "the big rack", "maternal power", and several other nastier metaphors. Nice design!
- Camp Pendleton Marine Core Base (and bombing range) - Just across I-5 is a huge tract of land used for military training and bombing runs. You can hear jets doing low flyovers and the distant sound of percussive bombing throughout the day.
- Killer Waves - I grew up in Oregon, and went to college in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Culturally we lived in the shadow of the iconic California surfer lifestyle. Although we had access to lots of beaches, the weather didn't support surfing. Spring break was a chance for 3 pasty white guys from rain-soaked Seattle to try their hand at riding the waves. Yea, we sucked at it and our boogie boards were cheap styrofoam department store junk, but there was nothing better than paddling like a mad man, feeling the lift of a wave, and riding it all the way to the shore!
This slow motion video from the BBC reminded me of the awesome power and beauty of waves (I'm stunned by the little tornadoes that show up just behind the break). Pete and Matt, I will always cherish our annual pilgrimage to San Onofre... just remember to wait for the 7th wave, and never ever expect anything great to happen at the "Big Lute Shindig"!
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Monday, January 18, 2010
This infographic finally sets the record straight. Sleep now little children...