Archive for May, 2009

Clearly not awake yet

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

A prime example of why I should never be taxed with anything too complicated before noon:

I had a couple things I needed to do before I could take a shower this morning, some of which involved seeing other people, so I got dressed rather than lounging around in my jammies.

Finally got the chance to hit the shower. As the water started hitting me, I realized something felt a little off. Looked down. Still wearing my bra.

Whoops. Think I need some more coffee.

So pretty

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

This video is fairly short, but absolutely beautiful. It’s a time-lapse sequence of the galactic center of the Milky Way rising over a stargazing party in Texas.

And if you’re curious about his camera rig, filters, and other shoot info, check the comments. Between the poster and the commenters, specifics are pretty well covered. (So the link makes with the pretty and the education.)

(via Notcot)

We’re number 1! Err…um… #15!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Hey, I’m just thrilled we’re listed at all in Prevention Magazine’s 25 Best Walking Cities. Way to go, Milwaukee!

Don’t know if I’d necessarily have named the Riverwalk as a main reason, but it’s a contributing factor. Having incredibly walkable neighborhoods like the East Side and Downtown are a big help, as is the lakefront and our fabulous park system. No shortage of good places to walk in this city, many of them with wonderful views. (And if it weren’t raining right now, I think I’d feel a walk coming on.)

Option 4

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Remember Sean Tevis, who ran for state rep in Kansas and used the XKCD-style comic for his campaign?

Well, he’s got a bit of a sequel in the works: Running for Office: Option 4. It’s a bit longer than the first comic, but it’s well worth reading through. (Bonus points for those of you who catch all the nerdy references.) (Double bonus points for those of you who are nerdy enough to read the source code and find the lockbox codes.) (Don’t worry. Digg already outed those. I’m not hurting anything.) (I’ll stop using parentheticals now.)

Want to help Sean with his plan for open government? Pass the link on to others. Spread the word. Want to help a little more? Throw a few dollars Sean’s way. He’ll put them to good use. Want to find a Sean Tevis to run for representative in your state? Good luck. If you find another one, let me know. I’d like one, too.

A follow-up to the Buy Indie Day post

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 | Screed!, Shameless Consumerism | 5 Comments

I found out about this from several online acquaintances today. It’s called the 350 Project and it seems like a pretty good idea to me. The idea is that you spend $50 each month at a local business.

It’s pretty easy to drop $50/month at a grocery store. And think how many times a year you’re going to get your hair done and your oil changed. Now how about that coffee you pick up every day? It wouldn’t really change much in your life if you spent that at a locally owned business rather than a chain. And while 3/50 is easy to remember, feel free to increase either of those two numbers (especially the last one). Every little bit helps.

I’ll hop off my soapbox now, but please do think about supporting your local businesses and helping keep brick and mortar stores in business. Keeping the money and jobs in your neighborhood is good for everyone. (Ok. It’s not quite as good for Amazon, but I think they’ll manage.)

Buy Indie Day

Friday, May 1st, 2009 | Shameless Consumerism | 4 Comments

May 1 is Buy Indie Day, which makes it an excellent opportunity to visit your local independent bookstore.

Yes, I know you can get things cheaper at Amazon or buy your books, music, movies and coffee at your nearest chain store. But indies offer things neither of those places do. They host author visits and local events, their profits stay within the local community, they’re far more likely to work with other local businesses to support local events and causes. And really, I’ve never found the service at any chain store to come anywhere close to the kind of service I can get at my local bookstore. The people who work there are serious readers and they’re eager to share their love of books with their customers.

One of my fondest memories of Schwartz Books involves a bookseller stashing away a book for me. I had purchased a book on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and he and I chatted briefly about Mack’s work. A couple months later, I stopped in the bookstore on a day that seller was working. A book of Mackintosh’s architectural papers had come into the store and he put the last copy aside for me in case I was interested. My visits to the store didn’t coincide with his schedule for several weeks, but he held onto the book. I’m glad he did. It was a fun surprise and a really interesting read.

So go visit your local indie today. Say hi to the booksellers. Ask them to recommend a book they love. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of interesting suggestions and you’ll go home with a book you’ll really enjoy.

Milwaukee area folks, check out Boswell Books, Next Chapter, The Little Read Book, Woodland Pattern or Mystery One (if I’ve missed anyone, feel free to leave a comment). For those of you in other areas, Indie Now’s got a list of local sellers near you.