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“Spring Rolls” is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify!

My new album Spring Rolls is available now on CD Baby at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alephnaughtandthenullset4 You can find it on iTunes at: h...

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My album Parallel Lines is now available on CD Baby and iTunes!

My latest album is out, “Parallel Lines.” My music is influenced by various genres. I recorded this album at home. You can find ...

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Download “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty” now!

Finally had time to finish my new album, “Countably Infinite and Completely Empty.” You can download a zip of the MP3 files and ...

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How @purplehayz tweets

Introduction This post was started because I get asked regularly if I ever sleep. I do, typically from 10P Pacific time til about 4:30A each...

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We bought a house

We finally bought a house in SoCal – its not as close to Los Angeles as we wanted (its in Woodland Hills), but its big and its ours; 5...

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ComicCon 2009, Thursday: Pictures

My son Nathan and I attended the Thursday opening of ComicCon 2009; we had a great time, we walked the whole exhibit hall floor. I got a cou...

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A bunch of pictures taken on my Blackberry phone

Just a bunch of pictures I took with my Blackberry over the last month or so; no one category deserved a separate post, so here’s a ga...

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Visit to Palm Springs, Wayne Thiebaud retrospective

We visited the Palm Springs Art Museum to see the retrospective of Wayne Thiebaud titled “70 Years of Painting.”  Thiebaud be...

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Make your very own IC earring

My geekiest fashion accessory is my IC earring; I’ve made several because friends have asked (sometimes demanded!) them.  I’v...

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Paper model of Chartres Cathedral – IT’S DONE!

I bought a model to assemble of the famous Chartres Cathedral in the Cathedral gift shop, and this entry will track how I put it together. T...

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Uzumaki, Volume 3

Title: Uzumaki, Volume 3 Author: Junji Ito Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (February 12, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1421513919 ISBN-13: 978-1421513911 This is the last volume of the Uzumaki graphic novel trilogy.  This book is not as good as the others, chiefly because I don’t like the ending at all. The stories are […]

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The Shape of the Book: From Roll to Codex

Title: The Shape of the Book: From Roll to Codex Author: Franka Arduini (ed.), Guglielmo Cavallo (essay) Publisher: Mandragora, 2008 ISBN-13: 978-88-7461-116-4 I bought this book in the Duomo Museum in Siena.  As the title indicates, its a book about books, or more accurately a catalog of some of the history of the written word.  […]

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Why I use Twitter Tools to backup my tweets on my blog (and future plans)

I’ve been retweeting (RT) with the #brilliant hashtag so I could keep a record of things I want to remember.  Twitter only keeps tweets for between one and three months.  That means I’ll loose the things I want to remember if I don’t back the tweets up myself. Twitter Tools is a WordPress plugin that […]

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures

Title: The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures Author: Phoebe Gloeckner Paperback: 312 pages Publisher: Frog Books (November 14, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 1583940634 ISBN-13: 978-1583940631 I love the mix of graphics and story.  This is a hard book to read from a content perspective.  Its part graphic novel and […]

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What I look like when I don’t shave

We took a 10 day trip to Italy, which actually means 12 days including the travel time.  I didn’t bring a razor along.  I thought it would be fun to show the daily effects of not shaving; I used the built-in iSight camera and Photobooth software to take the images, then used Morpheus Photo Morpher […]

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I like to make things – my Toastmasters speech

Our local Toastmasters club selected me to compete in this year’s International Speech Competition.  So, I got up early one Saturday and competed.  My speech was entitled, “I Like to Make Things,” and I hope it captured how important creativity is to me; I talk about building a theatre organ from a kit when I […]

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For Toastmasters: Table Topics

Toastmasters is a structured program to learn how to give good speeches.  One section of a meeting is called “Table Topics,” which is an opportunity for people to speak extemporaneously.  It can be hard to develop good Table Topics questions, so I’d like to suggest two that worked (very well, I got a lot of […]

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Blackberry App World quick review and pointer to a more detailed one

As I was reading the Engadget RSS feed, I saw an entry on Blackberry App World, so I grabbed a copy (you need to go to the Blackberry web site to download this application). And it seems to work.  I’ve downloaded a free application already (a calorie counter) and will be downloading a few more.  […]

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Many Italian tourist attractions are getting more savvy

We’ve been traveling to Italy for years (my first trip was 9 years ago).  We’ve noticed that tourist attractions are getting more savvy. For example, most churches and museums no longer allow photography inside, but they have nice full-color books available for purchase (when they don’t have a book they should allow photography – pet […]

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Bologna

We got up a bit late; we’re finally road weary, sore and tired – we’re getting a little old for schlepping our stuff from city to city for ten days. Breakfast at the hotel was good, we got cleaned up and headed out. We took a hotel car to the Museo delle Cere Anatomiche, which […]