Saturday, December 03, 2005

Thursday, December 01, 2005

goodbye, elwin! see you in dc.

here's a shout out to my man Elwin You had the funniest stories, and the best sense of humor! I will never forget your speech about the Gilmore girls, nor the passion of that last parting with your umbrella. you should really submit that story somewhere, it will have romantics, like me, swooning! So long, my friend, EZ E, and see you again sometime soon! At least we have your beautiful blog to stay in touch. We'll miss you and your hop-skip bounce sashay sashay Daily Dancer!

Monday, November 21, 2005

C'est la barbe!

Happy Birthday Ian!

c'est la barbe! Jim's friend Sailor Bob expresses himself beautifully. Arrrgggh!

Virginia's birthday Bash

Happy Birthday Virginia! We had a terrific time dining at Sauce, with Virginia. In attendance was her sister, Carol, who was visiting from Florida. The next day we went to celebrate with a yummy dim sum trip and also saw Harry Potter.

Dinner with Nick

Nick now has a nice car and lives in NY. Nick happened to be around Cambridge Cambridge Cambridge, so we ended up going to Gandhi to celebrate. Gandhi's in central square is one of the best places to go for an Indian dinner. I like their "complete dinner" because I always love the coconut soup, popadum, and galub jamun. Big thumbs up on the dinner. The leftovers didn't last!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Urban Oasis... soak it up

Take me to the Urban oasis! :)
Urban Oasis offers both Massage Therapy and HotTubs in a Feng Shui designed wellness center that provides the ultimate in relaxation. It seems that Boston finally has a real HotTub spa.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

And Sometimes, the Island Is Marooned on You

It seems that there are nice floating islands out there, and a few folks like to keep them that way. Marvel at how surprising mother nature is, and how wild and large changes can occur through simple phenomena, such as plants dying. Floating islands in Massachusetts sure make you want to visit one, no?

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Wollemia - the pinosaur

Wollemi from Michael Quinion's World Wide Words newsletter "MOST ANCIENT OF TREES Last Sunday, examples of that extraordinary
tree the Wollemi pine were auctioned in Sydney. The Wollemi is an
incredible rarity, a survivor of ancient times, the coelacanth of
the botanical world. It was found in 1994 in the Wollemi National
Park outside Sydney. Newspapers call it the "pinosaur" because it
has survived from the time of the dinosaurs 250 million years ago."

Happy Birthday Jim!

My most special person in the world! Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Yangtze River Restaurant

Because of the rainy weather, we decided to settle for a trip to the Yangtze River Restaurant in Lexington. I got up too late to go bowling, but it was nice to join everyone for lunch.
This is the second time I've visited, and I still think the food is only okay. Their lunch buffett was not good, and I am pretty happy they had a dimsum option. The had a dim-sum cart, but the dim sum was between good and mediocre. The experience was weird in that they had all the different dimsum food on ONE cart, instead of different carts. The taro cake was nice and soft, and the stuffed pepper was tasty. However, the cha-shiu-bao was a little hard on the outside (so I had to peel the skin), and the rice noodle was also hard (maybe it was too late in the day).
It was also nice because of the traditional foods (congee and fried dough), and Liwei, Mandy, Etty, and Dennis were great company. The desserts were really good, and I had my fill of coconut sticky rice, taro-coconut soup, tofu flower, tofu milk. The decor was nice, and the waitstaff spoke correct cantonese (which was NOT the case the first time I went there during the lunch crowd). I was suitably relaxed to because the waitstaff was very attentive, polite, and they seemed very professional. My preferred Dim Sum place is still Emperor's Garden in Boston Chinatown.

Monday, September 19, 2005

There's diamonds in dem hills!

Last weekend we went scratching for Diamonds at Herkeimer. Them pickins were mighty slim, but it was a good time. I got blisters on both thumbs, but the experience was terrific. Jim, he is a natural geomancer, and he done taught me the sekrit of finding a good rock! Yee haw, bash away bash away all!

Ela and Arrin's Wedding Sept. 9, 2005 at the Habitat

Congratulations to Ela and Arrin. It was a really awesome gala, with tons of unique touches. The Habitat gardens were lovely, and it was nice to see so much greenery. Besides the beautiful setting and terrific mediterranean food, the storytelling was exquisite. Ela's hand was in all the designs, from the custom invites, the natural setting, the gorgeous dress and handmade jewelry, to the traditional Israeli repast. Arrin's friends are very funny, and told some terrific stories! Lily did a terrific job with the flowers, and it was nice to spend time talking to the people at our table: Shanti, Vivian, Lily, Ben, Audrey, Thuy, Jenny, and her new husband! Rain had us in stitches with a hilarious poem. We were also treated to an exotic belly dancing tribute by the beautiful Polina, and a song by another of Arrin's friends. I saw tons of MIT alumni in attendance, and everyone was so nice. We had a great time! Here's to the happy couple! Additional Congratulations to Rain and Byron! You guys rock for getting off your honeymoon plane just to be in attendance!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

AIGA Design Conference 2005

Today TMG demoed at the AIGA design conference. Nice to meet some folks from AIGA's head office in NY (kieran w. and friends) It was different, and I got tons of paper samples. The people were friendly, and were interested in the electronics we demoed. It was interesting to see the world of the Graphic Artist. Lots of stuff about paper printing...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What does matt's email address mean?

It was a strange word, and I couldn't figure out what it really alluded to. So Thank You, matt, for responding. I will not forget a tribute to Bailacoil... enjoy! Romance of the Rose describes Bailacoil as "fair welcome", one of the guardian of the Lady's rose! here's to innocent bailacoil, and the folly of being friends.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Deck Prisms on the Charles W. Morgan

Recently we went to the Mel Fisher's Treasure Museum to see what kind of pirate booty could be found in Key West. We came across an interesting glass pyramid called a Deck Prism. The museum had many cool tangible demos, one was a gold bar that you could lift to feel how heavy it was. Another demo was a comparison of a few different sizes of canon balls that you could lift. I also enjoyed seeing the gold boullion, cross-section of the ship's hull and smelling the spices being traded. The movie was a little hokey, but it was nice to know that Mel Fisher was a nice guy. "today's the day!" All in all, it was a delight to the senses. I highly recommend this museum if you are into Pirate Treasure! Arrgggg! Keep searching, everyone, you'll find it!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

A Bachelor's Weblog to Urban Cooking - Comments

This article on Manifold Cooking from A Bachelor's Weblog to Urban Cooking reminds me of the time Mr. Gouldstone put pork pies in his engine on the way to Raglan castle. They were hot and tasty.

Friday, July 22, 2005


I just heard from James that he's heading to Dubai for work. So I thought I'd look it up. It seems fascinating! I hope we get to visit him sometime in Dubai! Maybe he'll even be able to tell us what kind of local food is popular there! Good luck James!

reality on the wall

Nick saw it first...reality is advertising by Loctite. They glued a monitor to the wall and will note how long it can stay there. Go Super Bonder.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

table topics master!

oh, just a small note that i was voted "table topics master" at the Toastmasters meeting. Whoo hoo! thanks for voting for me, everyone!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

chilling in the UK

We got to London on last Wednesday, after my last day at Mot. Had a terrific time with Ian and hanging out near South Kensington. It was so nice meeting Ian's friends/roommates and soaking up the RCA 'end of year show' and various UK vibes. We must have walked 30+ miles around London, and the chance meeting with the Polish guy at the bus stop was cool. I will always remember fruit pastilles as the perfect walking accompaniment.

We took the train to Ledbury from Paddington on Monday, and it was nice to stay over with Jim's folks again. The wedding happens on Saturday, so we're all preparing for then. Looking forward to R&R. :) Can you manage...?

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Man and Speech

Today I got to run with the alumni running club. It was a fun 2.6 mile river run, and the day was nice-- not too hot in the morning. I had a terrific time.
Afterwards went to Chris and Shen's bbq and then relaxed home with a browse through Diane Ackerman's A natural history of the senses. She mentions the story of the Jaguar of Sweet Laughter. This is a creation myth found in the Mayan Sacred book, Popol Vuh: Popol Vuh: Part III: III. Chapter 2. It explains that the first human creatures to appear on earth were "Jaguar of Sweet Laughter", "Black Jaguar", "Jaguar of the Night" and "Mahucutah, the Not-Brushed", with one thing in common: all could speak. This lead me to look up this article on how humans acquired the power of speech. "The essential elements of the story remain the same: the ability to make words appeared spontaneously, in full bloom, without ties to man's biological past. "

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Chapter 12

Chapter 12: " At the point the blood turned and scurried away was where I cut those sound cues of my fingertips on the shower wall, called 'Tentacles tk-2.' I wonder what eerie and horrifying moments we could have conjured up instead of the traditional cliche lion growls and bear roars we were compelled to use in the final confrontation between Kurt Russell and the mutant Thing."

Team in Training:: Go Betsy

Support my friend Betsy for Team in Training. She'll be running to raise money for Leukemia.

Sacred Falls, Hawaii

memories of high schooll math club...

Monday, May 30, 2005

Blue Tango - Argentine Tango Classes in Boston - Hsueh-tze Lee

Blue Tango - Argentine Tango Classes in Boston - Hsueh-tze Lee

dragos stand in

Keaton Kool Rocks with this version of dragostea din tei... enjoy it on newgroundsdragos stand in. There's just something so great about the way the aliens float above the earth. halo, salut

Dance to the Piper by Agnes de Mille: A-1 Women's Discount Bookstore

One of my favorite paragraphs is from this book: Dance to the Piper by Agnes de Mille: A-1 Women's Discount Bookstore.
Anna Pavlova! My life stops as I write that name. Across the daily preoccupation of lessons, lunch boxes, tooth brushings and quarrelings with Margaret flashed this bright, unworldly experience and burned in a single afternoon a path over which I could never retrace my steps. I had witnessed the power of beauty, and in some chamber of my heart I lost forever my irresponsibility. I was as clearly marked as though she had looked me in the face and called my name." (opening, Chapter 6) c. 1951, 1952 Agnes de Mille

Sunday, May 29, 2005

W Hotels The Store

I have no idea where I got W Hotel CD Rhythm and Muse II, but the cd is actually pretty cool.

Today is dedicated to MOBY's Extreme ways

So, I went to dance class today and heard the moby song Extreme Ways. It was from the Bourne Supremacy, and I just want to say...

So many heartaches, so many faces
So many dirty things
You couldn't believe

I would stand in line for this
It's always good in life for this

Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Then it fell apart, it fell apart
Oh baby, oh baby
Like it always does, always does

Saturday, May 28, 2005

old Whiskey Willie

You better stop that drinking, whiskey willie. cause your hands are shaking, you walk a wreck. Your heart is a-breaking and you lookin' like hell. You'd better tell that gal you'll let her go...
Or you can try...Letterboxing

Friday, May 27, 2005

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Petrol-powered boot lifts off

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Petrol-powered boot lifts off


I know people who really want to be pop stars, others who want to be truck drivers. PostSecret is the place to post your secret dream! yah!!!

Yamaha "MyRoom" :

The Yamaha "MyRoom" : is available in three types - natural, standard (medium brown) and deluxe (dark brown). The natural and standard rooms differ only in colour. The deluxe room has thicker walls and, therefore, increased soundproofing ability.
It's the ultimate escape.Who will want to use this first? The husbands or the wives!?" Wonder when amazon will sell it.

How to Use the Dial Phone

Internet Archive: Details: How to Use the Dial Phone. The govt makes a presentation to teach people how to dial a rotary phone.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Post Ranch Inn - Big Sur Lodging Luxury Hotel, Spa, Resort

Post Ranch Inn - Big Sur Lodging Luxury Hotel, Spa, Resort... Big Sur! William recommends eating at Sierra Mar. 1200 feet over the ocean, watching the sun set... It's south of Carmel by about 30-40 miles. I.e. working south from San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur. Sierra Mar's one of the most beautiful restaurants in California. Check out, which is the inn ("small luxury hotel") that it's at.

Society for Information Display 2005

Let's go to Dinner with Samsung!
The SID International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition, now in its 43rd year, is the premier international gathering of scientists, engineers, manufacturers and users in the electronic-display industry.

The event provides access to a wide range of technology and applications from high-definition flat-panel displays using both emissive and liquid-crystal technology to the latest in OLED displays and large-area projection-display systems. One can find state-of-the-art information on the latest in image processing, systems software and display processor hardware, human factors and applied vision, and exciting new applications such as multimedia and the electronic cinema.

With more than 500 booths and 6,000 attendees, SID is the premier North American show for the electronic-display industry.

Join us for this year's Special Event on Thursday, May 26, a luxurious, scenic dinner cruise around historic Boston Harbor. Enjoy an evening of fine dining and sightseeing on the water and under the stars, all while socializing with your friends and colleagues.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

MIT Wearables Show: Be There or B[] :: SEAMLESS

seamless is a fashion event featuring innovative and experimental works in computational apparel design, interactive clothing, and technology-based fashion. each project [re]interprets the conceptual goal of a seamless relationship between technology and fashion. these are real clothes that inspire and provoke. In short, this was the first student run wearables fashion show at the Media lab. It was pretty good, with emphasis on the technology. There was participation from Parsons, RISD and ofcourse, the Media Lab (I especially liked the pump shoes by Amanda Parkes). Take a look at the some of the concepts. The demos were compelling because the feedback was instant. It was nice to run into Elise Co, who had designed the lumi bracelet... doesn't everyone love "tangible" light?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Happy Birthday Conor!

I just want to send a SHOUT OUT to my friend in Chicago. This is a picture of me, Conor and Mark at Japonais Restaurant from last week, a gorgeous place recommended by Mark.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Happy Friday the 13th... Triskaidekaphobes

Muahahaha- it's a good day to watch scary movies!
From Word of the Day: Triskaidekaphobia is a fairly new word (first found in print
in 1911) formed from Greek treiskaideka, triskaideka,
"thirteen" (treis, "three" + kai, "and" + deka, "ten") +
phobos, "fear." The adjective form is triskaidekaphobic. One
who fears the number 13 is a triskaidekaphobe or

There are many [2]theories about the origin of
triskaidekaphobia. In medieval Christian countries the number
13 came to be considered unlucky because there were 13 persons
at the Last Supper of Christ. Fridays are also unlucky,
because the Crucifixion was on a Friday. Hence a Friday
falling on the thirteenth day would be regarded as especially
Some famous triskaidekaphobes1:
* Napoleon
* Herbert Hoover
* Mark Twain
* Richard Wagner
* Franklin Roosevelt

1. Source: "It's just bad luck that the 13th is so often a
Friday," [3]Daily Telegraph, September 8, 1996

Monday, May 09, 2005

CHI2005: Young women, social context of content, and OSS Usability tools | CivicSpace

CHI2005: Young women, social context of content, and OSS Usability tools | CivicSpace

O'Reilly Network: The State of Computer-Human Interaction

O'Reilly Network: The State of Computer-Human Interaction User Experience is a Quality, Not A Discipline User Experience is a Quality, Not A Discipline

Pia and William Chuang's Wedding in Rhinebeck, NY May 7, 2005

It's the season for my friends to get married or engaged. This was a rather full weekend, as Jim and I drove the 3.5 hours to Pia and William Chuang's Wedding in Rhinebeck, NY. The ceremony took place in a little church and was very nice. The wedding reception was at a historic mansion, full of MIT alums.

Betsy and many others flew out from California to hang out and celebrate. It was an east-meets-west coast kind of MIT reunion. My favorite part was when best-man Duff made his toast, and said "Sorry ladies, William is officially off the market" and Tong, his wife sighed out loud "Oh-NO!"-- that made the speech even more funny! (Congratulations to Duff and Tong on getting hitched just a few weeks ago!) I also enjoyed the flappy tent, and hanging out with Cheryl and Greg Yantz. Congratulations you two, on your engagement. Finally, it was just fun to dance with everyone. I saw Rena, Art, and Pat McCormick on the dance floor while I was doing the bee dance. Yay, party favors were honey pots-- just what a busy bee like me loves! Buzz Buzz!

It is always exciting and fun to meet all the nice people from years past, and be reminded of just how cool MIT, and the people there were/are! William is of course, awesome, and a hub for many different people, and Pia seems pretty awesome as well. Again, congrats to William and Pia, they are two of a kind!

Our adventure didn't end after the reception. We had to drive back from Rhinebeck to Boston, but we were low on gas. It was just about 11PM, and we thought that the NY Taconic Parkway would have gas stations open... but NO! Most of the towns we pulled into didn't even have any lightbulbs burning. Not until we were praying (and boy had we been part of a lot of praying that day-- also a lot of leg bumping (but that's another story)), and hanging on until we reached the Mass Pike did we find an open gas station. I'm telling, PoDunk is really no place for a city gal like me. Isn't there a law that at least one gas station in the state should be open all night? Ah well, it was funny anyway.

We got home around 3AM, and I have to say, there ain't nothing like sleeping late in your own bed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Birthday pics

I finally got to add some old pics from Jim's Birthday Oct 2002 onto my picture site. Finally added Gongke's bday pix 2005 from earlier this year. Note that the bday cake decorated by Jim, celebrates the amount of snow Boston had to shove this year... Next up is Nick's bday coming soon!

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Guru de Animation

Ian's webpage is a repository for my favorite animations! Go Ian. My alltime favorite is Timber, but that's because its got a "sifl n' olliesk" story going, and it makes me giggle when the guy says "Timmmmm---BERRRR!!!".

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Drink in the DragosTea!

Dragostea Din Tei has us bopping tonight. Mi-ia-hi, mi-ia-huu, mi-ia-hoo, mi-ia-haha, I am so lulled by the martians flying over earth. Alo, Salut, sunt eu, un haiduc!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Noel wants your kid to ride the RolliRider

Rollirider is a philosophy, not just a product. It's about toys that are handmade, and time spent hand-crafting wooden toys vs. mass-produced plastic junk. Rollirider reminds us that solid toys are fun, and good quality makes a durable toy. My friend Noel recommends you get one and spend some quality time. You should check out the video-- the kids are flying on them!

Lisa Yong Sees RED | Network

RED | Network is a network, involving Lisa Yong, who does trends research. Asia is the future, you should try to understand it and work it into your business model. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Pia De Leon and William Chuang's Wedding

So, I finally sorted through my stack of letters to open Pia De Leon and William Chuang's Wedding invitation. yay! I am so excited for William, whom I've known for well over a decade! Ever since the days of -i dog. :) Another friend of mine, Duff, just got married as well. So I'm looking forward to saying hi to everyone. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2005

27 Dishes by Ferran Adria

Twenty-seven Small Courses of Ferran Adria -> The Cabinet of Dr. Adria -> The Cabinet of Dr. Adria: "
Marta then showed us a poster-size compilation of the many el Bulli pictograms that she has designed. We then returned to the first floor seating area where Luki showed us five of his notebooks that he uses to create cooking and tabletop implements. What we found most surprising, however, was to learn that Adria encourages Luki to come up with designs for innovative cooking devices; Adria then tries to find techniques and dishes to prepare with the new devices -- instead, as one would think, of the other way around.

Harvest Moon Wedding to Celia!

yesterday, I spent like, 8 hours or so (from 7Pm until 3AM) playing harvest moon, which I hadn't played in a while. It was fun, and I was addicted. I got married to Celia, who is the nice girl, Nami was just too much of a biaaaatch. And my kid is awesome. I really dig the characters, and I got the seedmaker from Daryl. I have impregnated my first cow, and got my first sheep. I'm running in the black, so things are going well, and having a wife and kids makes me proud. I can't wait to get Ruby's spice... I also met grant, but I didn't get a chance to celebrate with them. I bought my kid a ball and he's named TipitI, after the movie Pootie Tang, "Oh no the Tippie-tai's". :) :) :) I'm excited, I just got my first potato crop and I think things will be okay. I wish I could remember when my I bought my 2nd cow,so then I would know when it is producing milk. Haven't gotten a goat yet. I don't know whether I want one yet.
Still, life is good.

Ferran Adria joins my favorite chefs list

Ferran Adria is a artist in haute cuisine (thanks Halley for teaching me how to say that). My favorites are Alton Brown and Julia Childs. I also like that Ciao Italia lady. These guys/gals have spunk. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2005

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Walkman Cell Phone Announced

Sony Ericsson on Mar 3 kick-started its entry into the mobile music market with the announcement of the W800 [.jpg image], the first Walkman-branded mobile phone. It will now be possible to listen to music, handle phone calls and take pictures and video -- all with one device and with, according to company claims, no compromise in quality. The Sony Ericsson W800 is the first device that combines a mobile phone, a high-quality digital music player (with up to 30 hours' battery life), and a 2-megapixel camera.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

TUI Laboratory and Ken Camarata's Hand Body Room space

Today Orit and Rob invited me to critique the first presentations for Tangible User Interface Laboratory. I had a terrific time hearing the innovative tangible ideas from the students in the class, and am looking forward to seeing their final presentations and demos soon! What is very impressive is the depth of the project scenarios the students presented, especially with the small amount of time the students will have to get to a working demo. I think they are doing things right, though, and I believe they'll all have something working soon.

Afterwards, I got to meet Ken Camarata and hear his research talk on Hand, Body and Room Space. It was a inspiring talk about rapid prototyping physical interfaces.
Tomorrow I am planning to attend the Cisco talk, and hear about the future of networking... :)

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Monday, March 07, 2005

Welcome to Wellmet Project, Inc.

The Wellmet Project, Inc. is a worthy place. There should be more places like this where people who need just a little extra help can live and thrive in the real world, rather than isolated from others.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Mommy Madness

Halley's Comment recently reviewed this article on Mommy Madness. What matters is not getting your kid into the right school, toys, etc.. it's giving your your kid the right values and tools to be a contributor and really understand the world he lives in. If you can afford to spend $20K or so for a preK education, why not save the money and spend it on making the public school your kid in much better? Sure, not every parent will pitch in, but the parents that do will serve as role models for all the kids (not just their own). The kids will learn how adults get things done in a real-world setting. What your kids get from you spending time changing the environment we all live in setting an example to teach them how to be better adults.

Just chucking your kid into expensive day care can breed snobbishness, and plays into the whole keeping up with the jones' attitude. After all, what will your children learn in a school that doesn't give grades, or has artificial social structures that are not represented in the real world. What are they learning from parents who push them to be the best but are not actively involved in their education? The kids won't be able to really understand the human dynamics of the non-disneyfied world they live in.
Almost every well adjusted adult I know had parents who actively cared about the quality of the school their kids went to. The parents were around on the school PTA, the school, in the school, and they supported the efforts of the school. Our high school band could boast many involved band parents for every outing, and our math club was able to raise money to go to national competitions because our parents and teachers worked together to collectively solve the problem. As a result, I learned that going to compete/vote/getting great jobs is not a fundamental right-- it was a privilege you earn by many hours of work and collaboration with others (networking). Just as the same as in the world today, you don't get promotions or become a leader without working hard toward it.
Parents need to stay involved, and stay visible in their children's lives. They need to show by example, and not expect other people to raise their kids for them. Sure, there is the opportunity cost of spending time vs. working-- but how much will you regret not being there for them if you had that opportunity?

Monday, February 28, 2005

Friday, February 25, 2005

How to make (almost) anything

How to make (almost) anything was a terrific class, simply because you got to have a crack at these expensive tools. I have to say though, that the class is not for everyone. I don't know if people in 3rd world countries really want to make solutions to their problems-- they would probably rather have solutions given to them (with some of their input), because they've got enough to worry about. It's like the idea of the human hyperlink. Why don't YOU, the designer/engineer, do what you can, and we, the consumer will do what we can. I am not sure if everyone wants to be an inventor... Still replicators are very Stephenson-esque, sci-fi-fantasy-esque.

New New Things-- Personal Fabrication

MSNBC - New New Things mentions that "the future" is being able to make stuff yourself. You should take a look at our kitchen/workshop. We've got tons of components strewn out and we're making stuff. Yay!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Multi pressure strips from a capactive touchpad

I remember I ran into this young man with a terrific interface last time I was at CHI. I recently found him again at The Home Page of Gabor Blasko. This is quite innovative hardware design. This makes a lot of sense, given that the capacitive pad can be so flexible to different types of input.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Rob Jacob's TUI lab class: COMP 150-TUI

Prof. Rob Jacob's is teaching COMP 150-TUI on Tangible User Interfaces. Some of the students are making neat project mockups of TUIs.

Friday, February 11, 2005


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Harvard yard web camera

Harvard yard web camera provides a gorgeous view of what the snow left us yesterday. I like the timelapssed movement of people across the yard. It's reminds me of a tears for fears video...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - Concept of $100 laptop for world's poor is a winner - Concept of $100 laptop for world's poor is a winner
a laptop Negroponte says could be sold for $100.

Sounds a little crazy, right? You can't buy a decent pair of ice skates for $100. A stripped-down, 512-megabyte iPod Shuffle with no screen or keyboard costs $100. How can a laptop cost $100?

Missing Big Jimmy

I got sad news from a friend a few days ago and cannot believe that Big Jimmy has passed away. He was a caring and terrific person to be around, and we all will miss him. Most importantly, students and faculty have set up a fund to help out people at East Campus. I remember Big Jimmy's ice cream feeds-- geniuses flocking to the kitchen and gobbling down ice cream while they talked algorithms. I know that Big Jimmy's spirit remains alive in all of us. Missing Big Jimmy
Big Jimmy MIT Spotlight

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Acoustics and Vibration Animations

Acoustics and Vibration Animations

grindhouse connection

Because its just down the street, there was no reason to skip theArt Interactive party, with sosoLimited folks eric gunther, justin manor and crew. Andrea and Maku were a hoot, especially the cucumber wrapped nori. It was nice to bump in to Dan (aka leinad) at the party, and we're all looking forward to Collision.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Sunday Sunday Sunday, the Pats win the Super Bowl.

Thanks to Rich Lester, I had a terrific time with old pals on Sunday, watching the Patriots win. One thing that struck me was how great some friends are. It's been about a year since I had seen Karen, and she's doing great! She's teaching math (that sounds way cool), and so is Rich, Yun, Mike. It was also great to see Jamie, Brad, Lisa Maria and Neil again. I think Lisa Maria and Neil will be at both Duff and William's wedding, so stay tuned!
That being said, it was also sad to see how lame the commercials were this year. No more viagra, but also, no more substance. The long awaited Razr commercial didn't air in my part of the US. I wonder if it did in others? let me know if you saw it during th superbowl. Most of the commercials were pretty tame and lame.... Too bad there were no Apple 1984 type commercials this year.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Visual Google newsmap

Today Tad tipped me off on a visual google news reader:: check out the newsmap here. Are you psyched? This one reminds me of the visual amazon shopper by Schneiderman and Hivegroup... Rock on to Ten By Ten. You guys pwn Viz, man!


Halley's new blog gamermom about the XBOX. My favorite new word is pwn3d! When watching the Bourne Supremacy the other night, we were yelling, "you guys are so pwn3d!"

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Touching Your Own Future: Haptic Tools

Touching Your Own Future: Haptic Tools from the ACM Newsletter. This article is a survey of the current buzz generators in the haptics community. Looking forward to seeing these devices become more commonplace.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Cracking RFID is easy...

Top Technology News Sponsored by Audi | "chips that make possible high-security car keys and swipe-by gasoline passes can be cracked using cheap technology, U.S. computer experts said on Saturday"

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Tasty Pho Republique

Tonight I got to try some tasty tuna wraps at Pho Republique, along my coworkers. Its been a long time since we've been out together, so it was nice to kick back. I also ventured to Back Bay station's environs for the very first time and we got to ride the silver line on the way back. Suffice it to say, I felt like an explorer. Next time I'll have to try some of these other restaurants. They all look very cozy and perfect for a date!!! :) Ofcourse, nothing beats home cooking...

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Snowflakes based on LIFE,by Jimbones

Jim's .Snowflake generator gives you the most beautiful samples. The drawing algorithm is based on the a simple set of rules of snowflake creation, akin to John Conway's Life

Monday, January 17, 2005

congratulations Ben & Kelly

Congratulations to the new couple Ben & Kelly! We had a very nice wedding reception dinner today at China Pavilion. We are very happy for you both.

Friends and family can download our images here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

DDR Freakz

Was viewing Ian the DDR Master and wanted to check on whether other people had DDR videos. Found a bunch on
DDR Freak

Friday, January 07, 2005

Dsym Design - Product DNA

Dsym Design - Product DNA says The Digimood PED © acts as a communication enhancer, a device that senses the mood and feelings of the wearer and communicates this to another similar device using standard communication medias.
The feelings are then communicated in real-time to the other person via a mix of visual and tactile feedback (colored glowing light and soft vibrating pulse). The Digimood travels both ways while people are communicating and it helps for a more efficient mutual understanding

Slashdot | eGenesis to Develop New MMO with Orson Scott Card

Slashdot | eGenesis to Develop New MMO with Orson Scott Card

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Congratulations Craig and Sarah!

Last night was a special occasion for friends of Sarah and Craig. Ray, Dan and I went to the fabulous The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami to attend the wedding ceremony. Joyce was a bridesmaid, and we also saw Julie, 2/3 martinez and wives/girlfriends and Kathy, Bruno, Alfredo, Gail, George and his wife, and finally met Hanson. The festivities lasted well into the new year and I enjoyed saying "Happy New Year" mixed in with "Feliz Ano Nuevo". I hope all of you have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! :)