Monthly Archives: June 2009

Cover Boy!

Very exciting news!

The Association of Washington Business and Cherbo Publishing Group have just published a custom hardcover book called Washington: The Nature of Innovation.

The cover photo of the Seattle Public Library is my very own.

Here’s the book, the photo credit and my original photo.

(book photo courtesy of the Association of Washington Business website)

You can click here to learn more about the book.

Or for more of my photos from Seattle, you can check out my Seattle gallery on imagekind.

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In memory of Roy.

Rest in peace, Roy. You lived the fullest, most exciting life a goldfish could ever hope to live.

I hope you and Belinda are swimming around together and enjoying an unlimited supply of freeze dried shrimp and goldfish flakes in that giant fishtank in the sky.

You’ll be missed little buddy.

Old Bay and the perils of social media

Old Bay Seasoning just posted this question on their facebook page:

I’m guessing they were hoping to get some inspiring stories of sustainability and green living.

Instead, they got this:

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Pitango Gelato – even better than Italy?

(Photo courtesy of )

Great article on Fells Point’s Pitango Gelato by Jane Black in this week’s Washington Post.  Read it here.

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Bing: When Banner Ads Go Bad

I saw this banner ad for Microsoft’s Bing on

It asked for my zodiac sign. So I entered “Cancer” and hit the little magnifying glass.

It popped up a window with the search results in Bing.

But it gave me cancer cancer. Not horoscope cancer.

Google 1, Bing 0.

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Pete Yorn's new album is out today!

Pete Yorn (Syracuse class of 1996) put out his new album, Back and Fourth, today. Check it out!

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The most beautiful girl I have ever seen with a kebab

There’s a new kabob place called Jasa Kabob opening in the former Py space on Canton Square.

You heard it here first.

I've had it up to here, Canada.

“A flying micro-robot has been developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. The micro-robot has pincers which can be opened by heating them with a laser. When the laser is turned off, the pincers cool and close.” –

Ok you better listen up Canada and you better listen good. I am not ok with this. If there’s one thing the world does NOT need right now, it’s tiny flying robots with pincers and lasers.

I’ve had it. As if we don’t already have enough to worry about.

I mean, Jesus H. Christ. I thought the pirates were bad. With everything else going on, it was like, hey. What could possibly make things worse? Oh, of course. Pirates.

But now, no? Now we have to worry about paperclip-sized robots flying around, pinching us and shooting us with lasers?

Do you hear me Canada? I can not handle this crap from you right now. This is really bad timing.

We’ve got the recession thing. We’ve got the Swine Flu. We’ve got the Middle East. We’ve got Kim Jong friggin’ Il over there acting like a heavily armed Tom Cruise. And now you? With the robots and the flying and the lasers? What’s next? Invisible lions? Toilet sharks? Insult-comic ninjas that beat you up and put you down simultaneously?

You were supposed to be the polite one, Canada. The one with the bacon and the syrup and the leaves. But, yeah. I guess it makes sense now. It’s always the quiet ones who end up inventing the flying robots.

And what’s the deal with those pincers? Huh, Ontario? What kind of crazy sonofabitch decided that the lasers weren’t good enough? That the tiny flying robots also needed the ability to pinch people and maybe give them purple nurples.

I thought we were friends, Canada. But friends don’t secretly build tiny laser-shooting robots behind friends’ backs.

And Washington: WTF? How did this slip through the cracks? That’s right. I’m looking at you, CIA. How did we not catch this? Did you not notice the booming international black market for tiny pincers and Lilliputian lasers? The shipment-upon-shipment of itty-bitty Fedex boxes crossing the Canadian border?

And speaking of the border: Sarah Palin, turn around. You’ve been keeping an eye on the wrong neighbor.

Maybe our government missed it because we’ve been so worried about Cuba. We’ve been patrolling the waters because the Cubans might sneak into Florida and apply for a job. But as far as I know, none of those jobs involve shooting us with lasers!

Meanwhile, Canada’s up there cackling and perfecting the teeny wings.

This is bad. This is really bad. Has anyone called the Pentagon? Are we even vaguely prepared for flying robots? Last I checked, we’ve got a whole bunch of really expensive weapons that are all really really really big. I don’t think the stealth bomber is going to be a whole lot of help in fighting an enemy the size of a sugar packet.

Dammit Canada. I am so angry at you right now.

Ok, listen up Washington DC. Here’s what we’re gonna do. Forget the economy. Forget the Swine Flu. Forget the pirates. And forget the pistachios. I want the Canadian border closed, I want 4 million square miles of giant mosquito netting stretched from Michigan to Mexico and I want all that leftover stimulus money redirected to arm our citizens with laser-proof flyswatters.


This is getting ridiculous already.

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