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Eli Evans | 67 posts

Not Entirely Whole Sep 13, 2011

I wrote this in an email today, explaining why I edited another designer’s sentence “Hide entire words” to “Hide whole words”:

The words “entire” and “whole” are almost entirely/wholly interchangeable, but I understand “entire” to mean “complete, with no parts left out,” and “whole” to mean “all of something.” I ate a whole pie, and an entire bag of cookies. (Burp!) I’d use “whole” here since what is emphasized is not the completion of a collection of parts, but the completeness of a single thing-in-itself. That’s why I say “Entire Library” (a collection of parts) not “Whole Library” and “whole word” (a fully integrated holistic entity) not “entire word”. I may be the only person in the whole/entire world who observes this distinction. :D

Read more ... random, linguistics


I thoroughly enjoyed “Temple Grandin”, which I Netflixed this weekend. Wikipedia says it’s about “a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.” Yes: It’s a strange concept for a movie, but it works. It isn’t about animal husbandry or even autism so much as it is a character study of a profoundly different woman adapting to a sometimes hostile and always confusing world with courage, perseverance, and uncompromising her-ness. Temple Grandin isn’t like other people, and that’s a very good thing.

Read more ... movies, design


  • “a user-centered approach to development in which users and their goals are the driving force behind a project’s design.” — Bruce Tognazzini
  • “the art of effectively creating interesting and compelling experiences for others.” — Nathan Shedroff

Read more ... design


I’ve heard that it’s good for company managers and employees to “think entrepreneurially”. I’ve also heard that entrepreneurs think differently.

This video is one of the better summaries of “entrepreneurial thinking” I’ve seen. (Not that I’ve seen that many.)

Read more ... science, culture, philosophy


This is an old joke, so bear with me:

A conservative, a liberal, and a libertarian come across two people having sex on the steps of a public library. The conservative is shocked, shocked! at the carnal display, but admits that it would be cricket so long as the couple were married — and hetero! — but for goodness sakes at home, in the bedroom, with the shades drawn and the lights off!

Read more ... books, culture, politics


... so take your vitamins.

As I was walking into the office this cold, gray morning, a coworker and I were discussing how sleepy the Pacific Northwest winter has been making us — and how our caffeine intake has increased in response. Not that either of us has Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but the dim, drizzly days do start to get to you after a while. It’s beautiful here in north-of-Seattle-land, but from October to April it can be a very dark and gloomy place.

Read more ... random, science


Content Libre! Nov 17, 2010

Rachel Lovinger of Razorfish reports:

Content isn’t free. Not in the gratis (i.e., ‘free beer!’) sense. And it never will be free, because it still costs money to create it....

Read more ... books, design, culture


Pandora and Netflix plan to take over the world:

An informal survey of my home’s device inventory reveals that Pandora is omnipresent. The music service is accessible through my various computers, an iPad, two iPods, an Android phone, and a Blu-ray player.

Read more ... design, technology, web


Toy Story was fun. Toy Story 2 was poignant. Toy Story 3 is a subtle and beautiful existentialist masterpiece wrapped in brightly colored molded plastic. It doesn’t compute: The geniuses at Pixar are somehow able to wring more genuine human emotion from CGI renderings of rubber squeak toys than many studios can do with actual humans. Worth it for the incinerator scene alone: Simultaneously breathtaking and heartbreaking. You’ll know what I mean after you watch it, which you should do at your earliest convenience.

Read more ... movies, art


My favorite blog on interaction design is Lukas Mathis’ ”Ignore the Code“. Interesting, thorough, probative, relevant, and [thesaurus sounds] fun.

Recently, he interviewed designer Jon Bell.

Read more ... design, blogroll


IE Jumps the Shark Apr 30, 2010

... repeatedly.

I recently bought a new computer from Dell. This is how Internet Explorer looked, out of the box:

Read more ... nuts, design, web


A Four-way Dialogue Apr 30, 2010

This got me ruminating:

Typography and typeface design are essentially founded on a four-way dialogue between the desire for identity and originality within each brief (“I want mine to be different, better, more beautiful”), the constraints of the type-making and type-setting technology, the characteristics of the rendering process (printing or illuminating), and the responses to similar conditions given by countless designers already, from centuries ago to this day.

Read more ... type, design, code


Dear Editor,

I see that you changed “[this] may help you to see where each evangelist is coming from” to “[this] may help you to perceive where each writer is coming from”. The change from “evangelist” to “writer” makes good sense, but the change from “see” to “perceive” frightens and annoys me. “I see where you’re coming from” is a common English idiom, but if someone says, “I perceive where you’re coming from,” you should be instantly suspicious of what they’re up to. That’s just the sort of thing people say to distract from the fact that they don’t know what they’re talking about. Worse, “perceive” is a word that is weighed down by its (over)use in postmodern flimflam, mystic hipsterism and, let’s face it, sixties drug culture. In that sense it’s not a word I use, except pejoratively.

Read more ... random, writing, nuts


... or at the very least, annoying.

“It has become increasingly difficult to avoid choices in our daily lives, to an extent which many of us find intrusive and counterproductive.” — Software developer Matt Legend Gemmel on “Engineer Thinking

Read more ... design, code, web


For the last three years or so, I’ve been working on my employer’s flagship product, Logos Bible Software. It’s the 4.0 release of a mature product with a large, established customer base. The 3.0 version of the product has been out there for several years, and it works just fine, but it was built on an underlying technology1 that was better suited to 1999 than 2009. It’s starting to show its age.

(For those of you who don’t know, Logos Bible Software is a desktop application for reading, searching, annotating, analyzing, and generally playing around with Bibles and biblical reference works — dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries, maps, and so on. Think of it as Photoshop for pastors and seminarians: Required equipment for professionals, but very nice to have if you’re a hobbyist.)

Read more ... design, code, linguistics, iphone


Julie and Julia Nov 4, 2009

I don’t have much to say about this little trifle except: Watch it. It’s a little late to catch it in the theater, I understand, but if you see it come to your local discount theater or drive-in, or video store, go for it. It’s charming, lovely, surprising, warm, cheerful, witty, and endearing. In a word, winsome — as I suspect Julia Child was in real life. At least, this movie made me suspect so. That, and Meryl Streep simply inhabits the role of Julia Child.

Amy Whatsername was pretty good, too.

Read more ... movies


No, this isn’t one of those apologies for not blogging more frequently. I never promised you people anything. However, I have been working on a couple of long term projects that have just come to fruition: One personal, one professional. I suppose I could write about those now that they aren’t top secret any more ...

Read more ... notes


I watched District 9 Thursday night, and I’m still not sure what to think. Graphically violent and laced with profanity, it’s not alien invasion movie so much as a monster horror flick. By the time the film gets going, it’s just one shocking scene after another.

It seems to ask the question: What makes a person hideous? Or if you like, Who are the real monsters here?

Read more ... movies


Beautiful Smoke Aug 23, 2009

This is one of the more lovely things I’ve seen (or heard) in a while. It’s like a living painting. The artist, Esteban Diácono, has created plenty of other beautiful dancing abstract things.


Read more ... art, design, technology


I’m sorry, but this is just cool:

Read more ... iphone, art, technology


“Entridge”?! Aug 15, 2009

My dad can’t spell for beans, but we love him anyway. Sometimes he chats me up for help. They’re like random little word puzzles that pop up from time to time.

This one stumped me for a minute:

Read more ... random, design, code


... may God have mercy on my soul.

Read more ... notes


Health Care Aug 10, 2009

... is not a right, to be upheld by the state.

... is not a privilege, to be withheld by the state.

Read more ... culture, politics


I ? software Aug 10, 2009

Jeff Atwood writes at Coding Horror: Nobody Hates Software More Than Software Developers. Key grafs:

One of the (many) unfortunate side effects of choosing a career in software development is that, over time, you learn to hate software. I mean really hate it. With a passion. Take the angriest user you’ve ever met, multiply that by a thousand, and you still haven’t come close to how we programmers feel about software. Nobody hates software more than software developers. Even now, writing about the stuff is making me physically angry.

Read more ... code, design


Khoi Vinh of Subtraction.com writes about “last gasps for a dying medium” — large, paid funny pages.

Will these sorts of ploys work to save the newspaper? Probably not. My prediction: The newspaper is dead and will not be revived until electronic paper arrives in full force, which will be at least a decade yet, due to the usual supply-chain friction.

Read more ... press, culture, web


Sauce. In a large pot, combine 1 pound dried blueberries, 1 pound fresh blueberries, 1 bottle of tawny port, 1/2 bottle cream sherry, 1/2 cup honey, 4 ounces of black currant jelly, 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses, 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses, 1/4 cup rose water, 10 threads saffron, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, a few drops of food-grade lemon essence oil, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to low. Simmer for 1-2 hours, or until reduced in half. Remove from heat, strain through a wire mesh strainer, and chill.

Cream. In a large mixing bowl, wisk together 16 ounces honey-flavored Greek yoghurt, 3 8-ounce bars of Neufchâtel cheese, 4 ounces (a small jar) lemon curd, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. Chill.

Read more ... food


Because I Can Jul 14, 2009

So I finally joined the legions of Apple fanboys (and girls) and bought an iPhone. And just to prove that I can, I’m writing this post on it. I wouldn’t want to write a novel this way, but I’m finding it amazingly easy to do. I imagine my one-finger typing speed is around 25 WPM or so. (I wonder if “there’s an app for that”?) The first night I had it, I spent several hours using Beejive, an IM client for the iPhone, again, just to see if I could. It worked beautifully, and my usual 80+ WPM was ramped down enough that I didn’t dominate the conversation the way I can sometimes do.

Update: There is an app for that. Several, in fact. I scored 20 WPM exactly.

Read more ... iphone, design, technology


Wolfram, Schmolfram Jul 11, 2009

Mencius Moldbug (either that’s a pseudonym or that dude has some seriously cruel parents) doesn’t like the natural language query part of Wolfram Alpha. Go watch the fireworks, it’s fun!

Key grafs:

Read more ... design, code, linguistics, web, science


Sample page from Why Daddy is a Democrat from Little Democrats. Now, I figure that in a free society parents should be allowed indoctrinate their children with whatever ideology they please, so long as it’s not actively destructive to others.

Read more ... books, culture, environment, politics


Following up on my last post.

Yes, introverts like to just get away from the crowd, the hustle and the bustle, the rat race. The noise! That’s always been true; as I’m fond of saying: Human nature has no history. People are people, no matter where or when you go.

Read more ... random, culture, web


My friend Jacob alerted me to an article by Jonathan Rauch in The Atlantic, “Caring for Your Introvert.” A key graph:

Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially “on,” we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.”

Read more ... random, culture


New Trek May 14, 2009

Here’s the review of Star Trek I just posted to Fandango.com:

Incredible! Cast: Pitch-perfect. Pacing: Never drags, too swift in spots. Effects: Plot-driven, stunning. Plot: Holey, but forgivable. Design: Simultaneously like everything that came before and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Faithfulness: Yes, but. It all seems REAL in an un-Trek way. I mean: Since TNG, Trek has been so sterile. Homogenized, both in design and outlook. Technology. Social structures. Ethos. Pathos. It’s always there. What’s been missing is humanity — ironic since “what it means to be human” is a perennial theme. Until now, Trek has been telling us “what it means to be human — in theory.” So! Didactic! New Trek is the polar opposite, recapturing the verve and (yes) raw humanity of the 60’s TV show. This franchise gets just what it needed: an IV full of New Blood. Here’s a vision of a future I can suspend disbelief in, peopled by complex characters I would love to meet. REAL (ish) people who RELISH their work. And why not? They have the best job in the galaxy.

Read more ... movies


Postmodern Bop May 5, 2009

If you’re wondering whether or not we’re living in different times, we are. Now, I’m one of those who firmly believes that human nature has no history; that is, that no matter how far back you go, people are people. The human condition is what it is, no matter when it is.

And one of the most humany of human qualities is the need to express, through whatever modes are available. Say, music. First there was that fellow jamming on the wall at Lascaux, then Mozart, Beethoven, the Beatles, blah blah blah, then the carrot ocarina guy, and now this. Thru-you is musician Kutiman’s take on bop for our post-post-post-everything times. He takes snips and snaps from YouTube videos, and tosses them into an incredibly yummy salad.

Read more ... music, web, art, culture


A controversial fertility doctor claims to have cloned human embryos and implanted them into four women’s wombs. And while none of 11 embryos he claims to have cloned resulted in a viable pregnancy, Dr. Panayiotis Zavos said he’ll continue trying to clone a human embryo. — ABC News

This ain’t some Raelian crackpot, folks. This is a real fertility doctor, and apparently he made this claim in a documentary which aired last night (April 22, 2009) on the Euro-Discovery Channel.

Read more ... science, culture


Bah, Humbug? Apr 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Read more ... random, environment, science, culture


Make it Pretty Apr 21, 2009

We want those things we find pleasing to succeed. We’re more tolerant of problems with things that we find attractive.

So says Stephen P. Anderson in “In Defense of Eye Candy” at A List Apart. Do read the whole article.

Read more ... design, code


Jacek Utko asks, Can design save the newspaper?. Watch it. Now. I’ll still be here when you get back.

It’s a perfect presentation, well-delivered, short and to the point. And the point? That if you want to get readers for a newspaper in a world where such things are becoming increasingly quaint, you need to pay extraordinary attention to the experience of reading, which means design, design, design. He did it, it worked, and he has the evidence to back it up.

Read more ... design, press, art


Gumbo, Eli-Style Apr 1, 2009

Chicken Stock

Can be done ahead. Friends don’t let friends eat store-bought chicken stock.

Read more ... food


Or, “What you can learn about a person by checking out the words that they’ve added to their custom dictionary.”

Here are just the ones that I’ve added on account of this blog (and Stranger Pilgrim) so far:

Read more ... random, stooopid


My Favorite Animes Mar 17, 2009

I’m not a huge fan of anime. Or manga. Or comic books. Or “pulp” in general. Most of it is ... well, pulp. So, when I enjoy a “Japanimation” feature, it’s in spite of the genre, not because of it. The following are just good movies, period.

1) Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki. If you can get past the “prehistoric Japanese meet pagan forest deities” premise, you’ll find a complex, character-driven plot and some of the most beautiful (and weirdest) film sequences I’ve ever seen. Every moment is a new surprise. I’d call it PG-13: Lots of action violence (and blood), but otherwise family friendly.

Read more ... movies, art


Part I : Introduction

Barack Obama was sometimes depicted using the same visual vocabulary as Prometheus, the Greek Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind. Prometheus’ theft angered the gods, but brought humankind out of an age of darkness.

Read more ... obamaganda, art, politics, culture


Candidate Obama (and his followers) used art as the means to further his political aims more often and more effectively than any American political candidate I have ever seen. The symbolism used is both mythic and archetypal, fraught with symbolism and pregnant with meanings both overt and hidden, striking deeply at the “mystic chords of memory,” to borrow a phrase from Abraham Lincoln. As propaganda, Obama-themed art is strident, grasping, blatant, brilliant.

Propaganda? The word may seem unfair. I only mean this: The use of artistic modes of expression not only to communicate an aesthetic message or intent, but also to forward the aims of a political movement or agenda. By this definition, Picasso’s Guernica is propaganda, and so is every political poster. The films of Michael Moore are propaganda, as was Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. To the extent that a political movement uses artistic means to accomplish its ends, it is employing propaganda. There is nothing inherently wrong with that; it is just another way to communicate in a mass media setting.

Read more ... obamaganda, art, politics, culture


Science Uber Alles Mar 12, 2009

More from Obama’s remarks on the 9th:

Now, this order [expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research] is an important step in advancing the cause of science in America. But let’s be clear: Promoting science isn’t just about providing resources — it’s also about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about letting scientists like those who are here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it’s inconvenient — especially when it’s inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda — and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.

Read more ... science, politics, culture


Bass Ackwards Mar 11, 2009

The human cloning debate has historically broken cloning into two broad categories: Reproductive cloning, and therapeutic cloning. In both the process is the same: A new human being would be created from existing DNA. I say “would be” because as far as we know, this hasn’t happened yet. What differs is the purpose to which the cloned person is put.

Reproductive cloning takes a newly created embryonic person and implants it into a womb to gestate and become a child. If you know any identical twins, you already know some “reproductive clones”; it’s just that Mother Nature (I would say “Providence”) did the work inside the womb instead of a scientist doing it in the lab.

Read more ... science, politics, culture



I’ve added another piece to my “album” Carnivaux, a rhythmic/minimalist string orchestra piece that is in part inspired by the alien contours of several visions recounted in the Bible: Genesis 28:10-22; Exodus 24:9-11; Daniel 7:1ff; Ezekiel 1:1ff, 10:1ff; Zechariah 6:1ff; Revelation 4:1ff. The first sketches of the melody and chord pattern (there are only two) was banged out when I was studying Revelation 4:1ff in order to do a sermon on it.

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. (Rev 4:1-6, ESV)

Read more ... music


Eli, no! Feb 15, 2009


A children’s book by Katie Kirk of Eight Hour Day, a “multi-disciplinary, multi-talented design boutique”. I couldn’t find it for sale on Amazon, or else I might have bought a copy. I just like the fact that someone named their dog Eli.

Read more ... random, books, design


The US Congress just passed the largest appropriations bill ever, one-thousand pages plus, which you can read in two parts: here, and here, complete with handwritten conference committee notes. I think you should read it,1 because a) you’re paying for it, and b) most of the people who voted for it didn’t.

Absurd, no?

Read more ... politics, money, nuts, culture


Andy Rutledge of Design View says it better than most:

The business of doom and gloom is booming these days and there are a lot of doomsayers peddling their wares. If you are paying attention to them you’re doing yourself and your family a grave disservice. If you are going so far as to seek out the doomsayers in their pessimistic publications, you are inviting your own failure and you’re an embarrassment to your generation. In that case you clearly deserve every bit of misfortune that will inevitably befall you; it is only fair. That is how nature works and nature is always fair. The future and viability of your design practice is not determined by where you take it in good times. It is determined by where you take it or where, by giving up, you let it go. Period.

Read more ... money, bible, philosophy, culture


Gran Torino Jan 28, 2009

I saw Gran Torino this Sunday, and here’s (pretty much) the review that I posted to Fandango afterwards:

Gran Torino is a character-driven story, with a small scope and high stakes. It’s realistic but not gritty, sentimental but not maudlin, carefully crafted but not artificial. It is at once a miniature — taking place in one neighborhood, most of it on one block — and an epic, a mythic story of Real Men, one just crossing the threshold into manhood and one just about to leave it. Director Eastwood shows what the world is like without real men, and shows the difference between men as men, men as women, and men as monsters. He shows us a world like our own: Tribalistic, permeated by intolerance and hatred, filled with hopelessness and regret. Then he gives us two cures to what ails us: One man with courage and compassion, and a new generation of such men. Refreshingly, the cure for intolerance and brutality presented here is not political correctness (!), but manliness and strength of character — expressed in deeds, not empty words. Loved it.

Read more ... movies, culture


I Pledge ... Jan 24, 2009

Watch this video, all the way to the end (certified safe for work). It’s a bunch of celebrities pledging to do random acts of kindness. Innocent enough. But it ends with the group swearing oaths of fealty to the personage of Barack Obama. Um, whiskey tango foxtrot? What planet are these people living on? Do they not know how much this looks like a fascist propaganda film?

At the end of the video, Demi Moore pledges to be a “servant of our president”. A servant?! Implied in all of this is that we, the audience, ought to adopt a similar stance. Sorry Ms. Moore: I am a citizen of the United States, not its chattel. The only person I am a servant of is the living God; I won’t bow down to this idol.

Read more ... politics, culture, nuts


Going Zero Jan 11, 2009

In my stumblings across the wide world of the web, I found the Conservation Fund’s Go Zero® service, where you can ease your guilty conscience over your carbon footprint. For a small fee.

Climate change has become the most pressing environmental issue of this century. But while many of us agree that we must do something, the challenge sometimes seems great. What small action can you take to make a difference? Go Zero®.

Read more ... environment, culture, nuts


I’ve started a second blog, devoted primarily to issues of biblical theology: The Stranger Pilgrim. It aims to be “Light commentary on weighty subjects.” Subscriptions are FREE to the first ever how many people want to sign up!

This forum is grand and all, and I do intend to speak about biblical things from time to time here as well, but this can’t properly be called a “biblioblog” — not when I’m posting random poems and thoughts about web design. Anyway, enjoy!

Read more ... pilgrim, bible


Nip it in the Bud Jan 10, 2009

This news story from the BBC gave me chills, and not the good kind.

Your family has a history of a particular kind of breast cancer that is caused by a genetic “abnormality”. If you have the gene, you have an 80% chance of developing the cancer. If the disease is caught early you can survive, but it’s still a fairly nasty cancer.

Read more ... science, culture, politics


I am an Architect Jan 10, 2009

I am an architect
I am a builder, and words are my stone
I’ll build me a tower

Read more ... poetry, babel


I enjoy reading John F. Hobbins’ blog Ancient Hebrew Poetry, and I think you would as well. John blogs regularly, extensively, and passionately about the Hebrew language, the Bible, the church, biblical interpretation and application, and the culture at large. His translations of the poetic sections of the Hebrew scriptures are simultaneously erudite and moving. And always thought-provoking. If we can judge the man by his words, then here we have a gentleman and a scholar.

I can’t wait each morning to see which thicket he’s going to venture into next. I read my newsfeeds in reverse alphabetical order, just so I can save the best for last. A favorite quote:

Read more ... blogroll, hebrew, bible, linguistics, culture


I drive, I think. Today I was thinking about how literature and music are similar:

  • They are both narrative arts, by which I mean they can only be appreciated

Read more ... music, linguistics


I enjoy reading Andy Rutledge’s blog Design View, and I bet you would, too. Here are a few reasons why I think so:

Read more ... design, culture, blogroll


  • I recently bought a digital camera for taking snapshots. I bought the one with the fewest levers and knobs: Fujifilm FinePix J10. No! Mode! Dial! I learned to use it in the store. (Any camera that asked me what day it is before I could take a picture with it, I put down in disgust.) I leave it on auto and it works fine. One less thing for me to worry about.
  • I went looking for text editors. I wanted one without too many bells and whistles. (This is a basic text editor?!) There are a few glimmers out there, but for the most part, “minimal text editor” means “looks and behaves like a typewriter”. I still like TextPad.

Read more ... design, code, type


Less is More Jan 4, 2009

As I get older, I find that the world is too full. There’s too much, and little of value. Maybe it’s just me?

So I took a critical look at my old website. Too many notes and too many features. So I treated it as if I were trimming a bonsai tree: It isn’t finished until there is nothing more to take away.

Read more ... design, philosophy, web


Beware the maven’s pen my son,
Which dangles from his hip;
Waiting for the Philistine

Read more ... poetry, babel


Hello, World! Dec 31, 2008

I hereby inaugurate the web presence of one Eli T. Evans. Whatever I have to say to the world will get said here for now. Roger wilco. Over and out.

Read more ... notes


Part A / Part B

I realized that I hadn’t taken any pictures of my setup, so I went ahead this evening and set it all back up the way I had it the other night.

Read more ... writing, art, bible, books, culture


Read Part A of this post first.

Method : Materials

Read more ... writing, art, bible, books, culture


My colleague Rick Brannan has been running a manuscript transmission experiment for the past few weeks. The task is to copy out the Westcott-Hort text of 2 Timothy, sans accents and punctuation, by hand. You can read about his own attempts here. He also has a few others participating in the program, including Suzanne McCarthy of abecedaria and Better Bibles fame.

The other day, Rick received Suzanne’s manuscript submission (which you can read about here). He got the pages at work, which means that I saw them, too. Lovely!

Read more ... writing, art, bible, books, culture


One of the things I like to do on Sunday is eat out with my family after church. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Our church tends to be over around 11:30 AM, primarily because the pastor keeps his sermons to a lean 20 to 30 minutes. Again, I doubt that this is unusual.

So after church today, we decided to go to the Boss Tweed restaurant in Bellingham. Both my kids love clam chowder, and I was in the mood for a salad bar. (Trust me, when I eat at a salad bar, it ain’t health food.) So we drove downtown and walked into the restaurant at about 11:40 AM.

Read more ... food, culture, nuts


The Machinist Jul 12, 2005

The other day I watched The Machinist on DVD. This isn’t quite a review, but if it were, I would say something like, “This movie is painfully difficult to watch, but in a good way.” I would recommend it, despite the R-rating (for violence, language, and sexuality), and despite some unsettling ethical questions about Christian Bale’s destruction of his own body for entertainment value.

The Plot

Read more ... movies, culture, bible

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