Orange Twin Community

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:30 am

How’d you like to live in the country’s only Conservation Community with its own record label?

Green Zebra tomatoes

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:05 am

A short record of the creation of the Green Zebra tomato, one of the most popular we’ve grown this year.


Time flies

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:14 am

I just noticed six days have gone by since I last wrote here. I don’t know why it’s been so long, and thinking back, I don’t know if anything’s really happened during the last week.

I went to market on Saturday and sold out of everything. People even bought my samples. That’s never happened before.

I started rehearsals for Larry Shue’s The Foreigner last week. I’m directing, and my pay will allow me to buy a greenhouse this fall. After a week of rehearsals, I promptly lost my lead actor, but I was able to find a more than capable replacement.

Though it wasn’t due to your constant urges, I went and saw a professional for my back last week. A Kinesiologist who has done some wonderful work with others I know. He’s helped me isolate my pain to a single muscle, and I have stretching excercises to help me heal it. No drugs needed.

But other than that, nothing’s really happened.


Battle of Cattanooga

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:46 am

November 25th, 1997, marked the 134th anniversary of the battles for Chattanooga. On that day, Dave Buckhout and T.C. Moore retraced the route along which these battles flowed. They had cameras, a road map, and an ‘86 Buick. The resulting website is an example of what’s wonderful about the internet.


10 Years since Ruby Ridge

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:43 am

“A new generation of young people who have never heard of Ruby Ridge are now emerging from the public-school system and are heading off to college and will thereafter begin their careers in business, education, journalism, government, and other fields. This generation will find it hard to fathom that the federal government could have killed a boy and an unarmed woman and then tried to deceive everyone about what had actually occurred and, in some instances, rationalize what did occur. That is why it is important to remember Ruby Ridge.

I remember when this happened, and thought “there goes another bunch of racist separatists”. That’s what was being reported at the time. When the truth came out though, I knew that depite the fact I wouldn’t have been friends of the Weavers had I known them, I couldn’t in any way support what happened to them that day.


Shop at KMart, go to jail

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:06 pm

Lesson learned in Houston, Texas yesterday: shop at a 24-hour KMart in the middle of the night, go directly to jail. If you’re a 10-year-old girl having a late dinner with your father at the next door Sonic, well, it’s off to jail with you, too.



Filed under:General — eric @ 4:13 am

How about a car that goes 100mph, runs on hydrogen, has no conventional engine, steering wheel, or foot padals? That’s GM’s new Hy-Wire. Very pretty, inside and out. Seats five. I want one, but I’ll have to wait a few more years.

Three years now

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:34 am

In late 1998 and early 1999, I began finding a new type of webpage here and there. These pages were not what I was used to seeing with online personal spaces, which was dry contact info, shrines to hobbies, recipes, and so forth. These new pages were updated regularly (sometimes several times a day!) and contained links to interesting or amusing sites and/or journally bits about the author’s day. One of my regular reads, Jorn Barger’s Robot Wisdom, called itself a weblog and that term made sense to me.

I decided I wanted to keep a page like that. My ISP, though, had other ideas. A lack of basic FTP functionality stymied my efforts. Meanwhile, a fellow named Andrew (who maintained a whimsical weblog called “BeNiceToBears”) released a tool called Pitas that allowed you to updated a website from the browser for free. He even hosted the data on his own servers. I played around with it for a little bit, but having my words stored on someone else’s computers made me nervous, so I didn’t keep with it.

Finally, three years ago this week, I decided to force the issue with my ISP. I created an ugly brown webpage, named it Kestrel’s Nest, and uploaded my first entry. My ISP still didn’t want to cooperate, but just a few days later a company named Pyra released a tool called Blogger that did the same thing Pitas did, but uploaded the data to my own webspace. I jumped at it and was one of their first ten general public users. Kestrel’s Nest was up and moving!

The release of Blogger unleashed a flood of weblogs from people who had been waiting for an easy tool. Now, there are tens of thousands. Most aren’t worth reading by anyone but the author’s closest friends and family, but you know, despite what the scorners say (”99% of all online content is crrrrap!”) there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve always thought that even if nobody reads your writings, even if you delete or throw away your words right after you’ve written them, that act of writing makes you a better person. It organizes your brain connections in such a way that helps you think critically and clearly. It turns the random impulses and emotions running around your head into something that is more organized and tangible, and that is always good.

Quite a lot has changed for me since I’ve started this weblog. I’m right where I wanted to be three years ago, but then I never thought I’d get there so fast. Looking back at my entries here, when I look at my beautiful wife and my beautiful house, I don’t have to ask myself “How did you get here?” I know exactly how I got here, and I know exactly where I’m going.

If you’re interested, you can know too. Here are thirty six entries from the last thirty six months that are representative of my journey from there to here:


Grabbing a bite

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:09 am

GrabbingABite.com: for those who want to fully enjoy the time they invest in the recreation of eating out


Filed under:General — eric @ 2:55 am

I’ve heard the term “microexpressions” used in passing before, referring to the subtle and often-missed facial expressions that can confirm or contradict your words. Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, has a new article out: The Naked Face, where he talks in-depth about microexpressions. This is a facinating read.



Filed under:General — eric @ 5:12 am

John and John: together for twenty years.

Here’s a story that sounds impressive, but really isn’t. Once, at a TMBG concert in Albuquerque, John let me play his guitar during a song. Then, later in that same song, John let me play his accordian.


Phil de Cube

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:48 pm

Perhaps Scott Adams has met one of my oldest friends from college, Phil de Cat.


Elipogue’s Travelogue

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:54 am

Randy drove a Ryder truck from San Diego to north of Seattle and took pictures along the way. They’re assembled in one of the most elegant and beautiful photo logs that I’ve ever seen. Careful — all images load at once, so if you’re on a dial-up, it’ll take a while.

Headphone-less headphones?

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:00 am

Imagine this: a sound system “speaker” that instead of blasting out soundwaves in the audible range sends out a highly-focused direction beam of ultrasound, completely inaudible to the human ear. But when your head is placed inside the beam, your skull transforms these waves into something that only you can hear. Headphone-less headphones. That’s exactly what Elwood Norris has built and is demonstrating to industry. The article points out some of the neat-o uses for such a technology as well as showing how it can be used for evil.

Nimoy & Bilbo

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:34 am

I imagine everyone reading this has heard Leonard Nimoy’s Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, but did you know he did a music video for it? I didn’t, until Mr. Pants told me.


Russian Nuke in Washington, D.C.

Filed under:General — eric @ 10:55 am

You might think that Kennedy revealing an A-bomb a few blocks from the White House would be highly newsworthy, but you’d be wrong.


Bye bye, Saturn

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:06 am

It was a kinda sad day yesterday. After 39 months, a timespan that has seen incredible change in my life, I had to part ways with my beloved Saturn. It was a 1999 Green SL2. I leased it, mostly because there wasn’t any other way to get a dependable car then. Apart from a horrendous hassle from the dealer (who was a typical car dealership, and not a typical Saturn dealer), it was a wonderful car. I didn’t have a single problem with it. Not so much as a flat tire or a traffic ticket.

I never got around to giving it a name, because I was waiting for some sort of personality trait to base the name on. Some quirk or something, you know? But it was ruthlessly efficient in getting me where I wanted to go in comfort. It carried my many things without complaint. It was too machine-like for a name, I guess.

Anyway, the lease was up yesterday. With the farm now, we really needed a pickup and Saturn doesn’t make one of those. So I took it back to there I got it, gave back the keys, and walked away. (Well, rode away actually. Chris met me there.)


Wireless Cloud

Filed under:General — eric @ 9:48 am

Athens and our “wireless cloud” make the news.