West Chester is full of WIN

First of all, Kate knitted a pair of socks for Lydia at Lightning Speed, finishing them at 5PM yesterday. That was just in time to make the 6:30PM deadline for entering them in the West Goshen Fair. Here they are, squinting in the glare (sheesh, I should have taken this picture from the other direction):

Kate, Lydia, and the Easter Egg Sock

Easter Egg socks
Lydia calls them her “Easter Egg socks” because of the shape and the purple color and the bands (this is Kate’s own pattern!) and they won a BLUE RIBBON in the knitted-sock category, sweeping the field of entry. Kate’s friend Ann also took home a blue ribbon, making Kate’s Chester County Stitch and Bitch group a highly-decorated band of champions. Congratulations, you guys!

Old_House.JPGSecond, Shirley Vanscoyk (who happens to be our real-estate agent), just started a blog, and she’s been decanting essays there that she’s been collecting over the years. Just this morning, I had something really pressing to do but all work ground to a halt when this post popped up in my RSS reader. I lol-ed, especially at the part where Shirley manages to GET HERSELF FLIPPED OFF. BY AN AMISH MAN. Anyhow, you should go and read this post (especially if you’ve ever been to Good’s on the way to Lancaster), and then read all the others.

UPDATE: Go read THIS ONE right now. You know what to expect on this blog by now; I’ll probably start talking about the latest nuclear-powered bicycle horn I’m gonna bolt onto my sidecar, or something. You could keep reading that, or you could go laugh your freaking head off and gain valuable Offical Realtor Secrets.

2683-medium_WillR1.jpgThird, a cool interview with Tikaro Interactive lead programmer Will Ronco came out today, in which Will comes across as an unbelievably nice, enthusiastic guy (which he is), but also one of the Fastest Men Alive (which he is.) But humble. Seriously, he’s got an astronaut vibe going on here.

The Covert Fang Helmet also is intriguing. Apparently, this is Will’s secret weapon.

West Chester is full of WIN

Airbrush Tattoos at the Green Fair: Green Energy, Green Fair, blue ink.

Green Energy Bicep Tattoo

Barb hosted a Green Fair at East Goshen Township Park today. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get airbrush practice (and try out my new Iwata airbrush!)

I bought a piece of Green Energy vector art from istockphoto, simplified it, and sent it to Dave at Barking Dog Signs. He ran it through his vinyl plotter this morning, we picked it up, and even managed to intercept the FedEx truck with the new airbrush on it. Whew.

The new airbrush works great. The only thing that would have been better would be if I had remembered to bring some, you know, GREEN INK!

The bicep belongs to Allison M.G., director of Philadelphia Club VEG.

Airbrush Tattoos at the Green Fair: Green Energy, Green Fair, blue ink.

Velcro-Backed Commando Nerd Patches: The p8t.ch Project!


The post to the Big Blog caught me flatfooted, but the store is now up. Read about the patches, try scanning and configuring a patch, and order one in the design of your choice!

The first QRCode reader for the iPhone is available for free in the App Store now. Scanning a QRCode on the iPhone requires good light and a steady hand, unlike the J2ME readers that have been around for ten years. I’d love to know your experience — try scanning the sample code on the p8tch.com site, and let me know how it works for you!

Now that the first QRcode reader for the iPhone is just hours away has been released on the App Store, I’m taking the wraps off of the secret sibling of the nerdlepoint project. And here it is!

Velcro-backed QRcode patch: "p8t.ch"!

You’re looking at a two by four inch twill patch with Velcro stitched on the back. The hook side is on the patch, the loop side is sewn onto your jacket, your backpack, or your motorcycle tank bag. The flame at the top symbolizes AWESOMENESS, and the barcode at the bottom is a unique URL on the Swiss domain p8t.ch. Every patch has a unique barcode, and therefore a unique URL.

Each p8t.ch has a secret keyphrase, allowing you to instruct the p8t.ch domain to redirect the URL anywhere you want. To your mobile-formatted RSS feed, to Google maps turn-by-turn directions to your favorite bar, to your Facebook group “NERDS UNITE”, whatever. You shoot the patch, your mobile phone’s browser opens the URL of your choosing.

With the additional features (Google maps linking, YouTube linking) available on an iPhone, here’s an example of something you could do:

  • YOU:
    “Excuse me, annoying Bluetooth headset guy on the street, you have jostled me, and you were a jerk about it. Using your iPhone 3G, please scan the 2D barcode located right here on my shoulder.”
  • ANNOYING BLUETOOTH HEADSET GUY (into his headset):
    “I know he can get the job, but can he do the job? I’M NOT ARGUING THAT WITH YOU!”
    [Holds up a “hang on” finger, scans your patch.]
    [Displays a youTube video of you giving the finger to the camera.]

See? SEE? That’s something you can ACTUALLY DO RIGHT NOW using the p8t.ch system. Or at least, you will be able to when the first QRcode reader for the iPhone makes it out of Apple code review and is released in the App Store. Which will be ANY MOMENT NOW.

For extra stylishness, each p8t.ch has a piece of Mysterious Art from none other than Kenn Munk, whom I asked to come up with a variety of designs for different purposes:

Velcro-backed p8t.ch Designs

Whaddya think? SO NERDY THAT IT JUST MIGHT WORK? I’m trying, here, to appeal to the Commando Nerd demographic. And we all know who the original patch-wearing Commando Nerds were:

If you think that a velcro-backed p8t.ch would look cool on your jacket or your backpack this fall, check out the p8t.ch page at http://www.p8tch.com.

And if you’re interested in offline-to-online integration, I suggest that you check out the magnificently awesome semapedia, whose goal is to put QRcode stickers on physical objects, linking to the object itself. Hopefully, the deployment of a QRCode reader to the iPhone will be a big shot in the arm for this really cool project (I’m not involved with them, just a fan.)