Sunday, August 30, 2009

Digital Media

Years ago a friend got an iPod, ripped all of his songs to mp3,
then wanted to get rid of his large collection of compact discs he had amassed over the years, because they were just taking up space.

I understand what he means, but not having the actual cover
with the images and liner notes just isn't the same. I hear people
talk about book reading devices like the Kindle, and how they have
piles of books they don't need any longer. The same has been said
about keeping photographs and movies on their computer.

The idea of keeping such a spartan home would be nice when

you are cleaning, or if you move a lot, but I like to hold these
things in my hands. Besides, old books smell nice.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Information Age

In the book Jurassic Park Michael Crichton wrote "...We live in a world
of frightful givens. It is given that you will behave like this, given that
you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it
amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected
to banish paper, but we actually banished thought."

That line seemed to sum up everything we

were experiencing in the early nineties.

The Visitor

My regular blog is on livejournal...


For some reason, the Navy calls any kind of
snack Geedunk, I don't know why. Even so, it seemed
like a good idea give a candy bar the same name.

Talking Rings

In The Time Machine, H. G. Wells describes shiny discs that
spoke while they spun around. There was a movie version in
1960 that showed shiny bracelets being twirled sideways on a
table top. When compact discs came out in the eighties, I wondered
if this was closer to what the writer described so long ago.

Filipino Martial Arts

This school has been training students since 1993. Arnis Karate


Radio station proposal from the eighties.
Never got used.

Max Liddle Toys

An idea for a comic book has been in my head for a number
of years, but has never moved past the planning stage. It
seemed like it would be fun to add elements like made up
stores and products. Max Liddle was a name my daughter
gave to one of her stuffed animals, so I used it as well.

Friday, August 28, 2009


When I was in college I met a guy from Taiwan. I don't know how
he spelled his name, but it was pronounced Hi Ho. Since then I've
wondered how my name would translate into Cantonese or Mandarin,
and if the people around would be amused if they heard it.

A few years ago there was a woman at an International Folk
Festival painting people's names in Chinese. She didn't laugh
when she wrote it, but maybe she was just being polite.

Birthday Card

A friend of mine likes Star Trek, and is always pulling
practical jokes, so here is a birthday card I gave him.