I had lunch Sunday at the Volunteer Park Cafe, and would highly recommend it. The food was great, and it was a really pleasant place to spend time reading the New Yorker and watching people.

I updated the robot arm page with progress of late. The PCB is nearly ready to be fabricated, and then it’s time for software.

posted April 30, 2007 – 9:07 am

I really don’t like mayonnaise at all, although I can tolerate it on certain occassions in small amounts. However, I have spots reserved in hell for each and every restaurant that puts mayonnaise on sandwiches/burgers/etc. without listing it on the menu. And there are extra-special spots for those who list mayo only on some menu items but then include it on others.

I was having a crabby day to begin with, then Specialty’s put mayo on my BBQ chicken sandwich and it went downhill from there.

I’m really craving a salad for dinner tonight, and now I’m starting to wonder if that’s not somehow related to my crabbiness. Does iron deficiency cause irritability?

posted April 24, 2007 – 4:32 pm

For the first time in over a month, I didn’t have frisbee games both days this weekend. The first round of Shazam tryouts ended on Saturday with a mini-tournament (cuts happen tomorrow), but our Sunday spring league game got postponed, so I had a free day. After picking up a new toy, I made some shelves for my closet:


posted April 23, 2007 – 11:35 am

It’s too bad they can’t extend their run, ’cause Tuesday was excellent. It really was so much more than $10, down-the-street theater, but it was still $10 and down the street from my apartment. Go Annex!

posted April 18, 2007 – 9:08 am

I meant to post this last week…

Recently, I got to play with one of these and see one of these. Both fun toys that I likely won’t ever own, but both confirm that we’re still making technological progress.

Last Tuesday night I saw My Name is Rachel Corrie, which confirms we’re really not making much progress in other domains. It’s a well-done show – technically outstanding with great acting – and if you’re in Seattle before May 6, you should really go. It tells the story (in first person) of a young woman from Olympia who ends up as a human shield in Palestine, and ultimately is killed by an Israeli bulldozer. Without getting into the politics, I’ll say it does a fine job of opening up quite a few difficult subjects for discussion.

Unfortunately, I think there are a lot of folks out there who aren’t interested in letting those discussions happen, and that’s a shame. Very few people will take what they see in the theater at face value (it might be different if it were a TV show), and sparking interest and encouraging people to ask questions or learn more is rarely a bad idea.

posted April 16, 2007 – 8:05 pm

I’m back from California, rested and tan. I had a lovely time visiting folks in the Bay Area on Friday, Sunday & Monday, and the frisbee tournament was good times as well. For the first time in a while, I left my laptop (and any other device that could be used to check email) at home for the trip, which made it much easier to relax and enjoy whatever I was doing. I still don’t think I’m gonna make the frisbee team, but I’ll up my chances from less than 1% to around 5%. Even so, it was great to play some more competitive disc.

posted April 10, 2007 – 9:16 am

If you’re in the Seattle area this Thursday, be sure to check out Ignite Seattle – a growing gathering of science (and other) nerds. The last one was plenty entertaining; I’d expect no less of tomorrow’s event.

posted April 4, 2007 – 1:39 pm

I’ve been doing a bit of work on the robot arm. Lately, I’ve been trying to finish the schematic, after which I’ll start board layout. It’s still a ways off, but I’m starting to get excited about having a functioning robot arm.

It’s been a frisbee-ful spring so far – I’m playing the Spring Team League and Vern’s Hat League, plus trying out for Shazam, an elite co-ed team. They’re having open tryouts and encouraged anyone interested to come, so I’m taking them at their word. I won’t make the team, but it’s fun playing a much more competitive game. I’m also headed down to Davis (CA) this weekend to play in a tourney.

Also on my list for the spring is a weekend trip to Vancouver, some hiking, and possibly making a movie (for work).

posted April 3, 2007 – 9:58 pm
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