I got curious if there was a pronunciation on Wikipedia of "Eyjafjallajökull", which of course there was. In the really helpful IPA alphabet, which is: "ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœːkʏtl̥". I got about halfway through deciphering this when I gave up. Fortunately, there's a recording of a native speaker. Did you catch that? Me neither. Finally, looking on the… Continue reading Pronouncing Eyjafjallajökull
I've recently become a big fan of the West Seattle Blog, not just because I live in West Seattle. The author is very purposefully anonymous, but is clearly from around here. Why do I know? Well, because we seem to all share this small city obsession with new retail that comes to the area. I… Continue reading Heh, scooping the West Seattle Blog
We went out on a walk with Hazel today. On our way, we walked by a recently installed roundabout. In case we were under any illusion that we live in Europe, watching people try to navigate this thing will swiftly dispel those illusions. Left turns are fun to watch. After an awkward hesitation, most drivers… Continue reading Roundabout Retardedness
I'm on the right, talking to Brian Aker down at the MySQL User Conference. (photo by James Duncan Davidson/O'Reilly Media)
It's amazing how vivid smell memory is. I remember the exact odor of the Sears Wishbook 1979 after seeing it on Flickr. I believe the Total Control Racing (TCR) track was the highlight of my Christmas that year. The TCR track was supposed to kick ass because the cars could change lanes, but as it… Continue reading Scan of 1979 Sears Wishbook
If you haven't already seen this, you must. It's a trailer for The Shining, only perhaps not quite as you remembered it (via MetaFilter)
Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Flash animation) (via Metafilter). Bravo! From the author: "I chose to illustrate the literal meaning of the lyrics in my animation instead of what it could symbolically stand for, simply because whenever I closed my eyes, that's exactly what I saw." Best Flash retro video since We Didn't Start the Fire.
Every once and a while, The Onion still makes me smile. Many U.S. Cities Losing Battles To Preserve Their Burger Kings Quote: In Seattle, volunteer canvassers went door-to-door, collecting signatures to save the Burger King on Rainier Avenue. As a result of their efforts, Mayor Greg Nickels granted the store historic-landmark status. "There are children… Continue reading Many U.S. Cities Losing Battles To Preserve Their Burger Kings
The Seattle Bus Monster is one of the cooler examples of Google abuse that I've seen yet. Merges Google Maps and the funky real-time bus tracker app.
Here's the site for a guy who embellishes the crap out of kids' drawings. They still are very recognizable as the kids' orginal work, but he takes them in a freaky, surreal direction.