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Monday, December 24, 2007

Binary Clock

Today I made my first "useful" object with an Arduino board. It's a binary clock. OK, you can't read binary clocks and it only can count up to 4 minutes and 15 seconds. You can't even time John Cage's song 4'33" with it but it's one small step towards understanding electronics. The real point of all of this was to figure out how to use an 8 bit shift register. Mission completion.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Lameness of Free Treo Software

I've been trying to download some free software for the Treo to see if the thing can be used for anything other than e-mail and a phone. All the free software out there is crap. At least I got Dope Wars and Space Trader but I really haven't even found anything that is even close to interesting. I downloaded some drawing program and crashed the Treo (of course). I downloaded this one program called "M Drink's". This is supposed to be like a Mr. Boston type guide to making drinks. The interface stinks at best and really doesn't actually work. The drinks are even bad.

Some examples...

A Baby Eskimo.... Kahlua and ice cream. Big Deal.

Atlantic Dolphin Shit : "Dump the shit in a glass with ice cubes and swill it down!" Elegant.

Such crap. It even comes with a lame warning page about drinking and driving.

I don't think you can add your own entries so you're stuck with their crap. Here are two entries that I would add..

The Absolut Zero
1 Part Absolut Vodka
3 Parts Coke Zero

The Friggid Virgin
1 Part Absolut Vodka
3 Parts Coke Zero Cherry
1 Cherry garnish.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

ill fitting hat bear pancake

Combining the "pancake art" and "bears in ill fitting hats" groups.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

God, that Tastes Good.

While sitting and having a Dosa at the Hampton Chutney Company on the upper west side, I see a prominently displayed sign on a shelf.

"The cooks prepare and cook the food with a pure heart, remaining silent and chanting the name of God. While the food is served, everyone chants God's name."

When I got my Dosa, I didn't hear any chanting of God's name. I think I got short changed some essential karmic ingredients. In my next life, I'll come back as a roach and get even.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Theodore Will See You in the Drawing Room

I haven't done any drawings for a while but got inspired by the "bears in ill-fitting hats group" on

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Now Sound

Normally I really don't post links to other sites, but this was pretty interesting and I wanted to remember it for myself. Do you know that sound of the 60's that was everywhere except in popular music? That was apparently called the "Now" sound. This is a link to some of it from an interesting site that does a weekly post of music they find on old 45's.

This is reason for the internet. No one would have ever heard of this music if those who control copyrights had total control. Don't believe me? Try to find this music on CD.