I’m back from Christmas with

I’m back from Christmas with a whole lot of cool swag, including a super-bright little LED flashlight that is perfect for drawing on the glow-in-the-dark wall behind my Murphy Bed. Also, my mom gave me the Lego Mindstorms set, and Kate got me the Vision Command set, so I want to start working on trying to build a web-controllable camera!


I also contracted the hiking bug badly, ever since getting the TOPO! maps. I joined BOTH the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Adirondack Mountain Club. Jeez, I wonder which side I’ll have to take at the weekly rumble behind the gym?

I’m back from Christmas with

A handheld device for


A handheld device for those that have an OmniSky and a PalmPix:

I am now the proud owner of a handheld, battery operated, double barreled theatrical flash paper cannon. Using this handy-dandy device, I can make balls of fire shoot from my fingertips up to 20 feet! I haven’t actually done it yet, as I need to


  1. Dry out the flash cotton, carefully, away from heat sources. It’s shipped wet, for safety.
  2. Find twenty contiguous feet in New York City that I can shoot fireballs through without setting something on fire, getting punched, or getting arrested. That’ll probably take a while.


A handheld device for

[My employer] Gets Hit with

I took these pictures with my PalmPix camera!

[My employer] Gets Hit with the Christmas Stick

The [My employer] lobby looks as if a galaxy composed entirely of Christmas garland has gone supernova. You can see the piles of artificial greenery, the opened boxes of decorations, and three ‘elves’ hard at work. It’s a big mystery who sent them — is it [My employer]’ Boston office? Is it the building’s management company? Is it a big mistake? The sheer amount of decoration is overwhelming. I expect that the next time I go to the bathroom that the elevator doors will be flocked with artificial snow, and there’ll be an electric Santaland Express train carrying programmers around and around the conference table.

[My employer] Gets Hit with

I’ve been taking pictures on

The sharks like the smell of Ivory soap when you take a bath in the lake in the morning.I’ve been taking pictures on my PalmPix all weekend, and will post some in the afternoon. Meanwhile, I went to REI and spent the gift certificate that my Mom gave me for Christmas LAST Christmas. I got a Tilley hat, and some other stuff including TOPO!‘s CD-ROM topo map kits for the Catskills, Poconos, Adirondacks, and NYC region. These maps are freakin’ awesome! I already found Deerfoot Lodge, the camp I used to go to when I was a kid. I used the map coordinates to find an aerial photo of it at TerraServer!


Whitaker Lake, by the way, is the only one in North America that has a secret "limestone ocean tunnel" that allows the deadly Prehistoric Freshwater Shark to swim in its waters. I have that on good authority. Plus, the lake is effectively bottomless; noone has ever been able to measure the bottom. Oh, and there’s an old, abandoned institute for the criminally insane right over the hill. My counselors insisted; funny how I can’t find it on Terraserver anywhere.

I’ve been taking pictures on