Congratulations Jane & David! Last Saturday I played a song with a couple of her friends during the ceremony (Korean-family-central), and it was awesome to see them so relaxed and ready to take a break after such hectic planning (and Jane's fantastic letter-pressing) leading up to the big day. All smiles, good times, great fun, cool.
Happy birthday, Clio (it's not today, it was on Sunday)! May your 2009 be filled with blue lines, tweens, ink, digital and natural color, bristles, paper and film.
This ad has been showing up on buses, and it's how I feel most of the time. Word is it's an atheist campaign, but the message seems agnostic, and I approve. I don't like pushing ideas on people no matter what their belief (if they aren't hurting anyone), but it seems that throughout history, mass, organized religion has caused as much trouble as politics, science, or anything else. If there is a God, then fine, there is. If there isn't, fine, there isn't. I can't imagine a God that wouldn't save someone if they were a good person yet neglected to go to a special building on a special day.
For the science portion of this post, here's an article about a clever girl who invented a solar-powered fridge that is helping people in third-world countries store some perishables for a little while. We need more people like this in the world.
If you have 45 minutes to spare, this video is incredible. Usually people with these forms of number/arithmetic autism have social disabilities, but Daniel has remarkable super-brain-powers with no social side effects. Scientists are going crazy because he's able to describe exactly what he's thinking and what he visualizes. A little spoiler: he can do ridiculous arithmetic with no effort, sees numbers as scenery instead of values, and recited pi to 22,000 decimal places. Check it out.
I bought an iPhone development book (a bunch are available now that the NDA is over with), and so far it's fun learning about the SDK, view controllers, .xib files, screen rotation and such. The great thing is that building apps for the iPhone follows the model-view-controller approach (like Ruby on Rails), so that's very familiar territory for me.
I usually really enjoy any repetitive task as long as I can see the results as I'm doing it (like stamping tons of envelopes or folding tons of shirts), so I had a feeling I'd take to knitting - that and I think it will be fun to make some retro 8-bit patterns (I like to refer to the number of stitches as the resolution, and each stitch as a pixel). I had a lesson with Mandy and Maurene, and here's the first, sorry little thing I knat:
See those two holes in the middle? Yeah I don't know either.