Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Batch File Creation Using the Dewey Decimal System

I wrote a batch command designed to create ten folders: one for each of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System.  Inside of each of these ten folders resides one hundred folders that correspond to each of the sub groups of the dewey decimal system. 

Basically, the code consists of a big long series of make directory commands that look like the following:
md 000Generalities
md 000Generalities\000Generalities
md 000Generalities\001Knowledge
md 900_GeographyAndHistory\999Extraterrestrialworlds
I realize there might be a more elegant way to accomplish the same thing using -p but what is done is done.

I thanks to the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for publishing the entire Dewey Decimal System's structure online here.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Windows Tip - Create Lots of Files Fast

Credit goes to TechHead74 at this location for the following tip, which allowed me to quickly create a large number of folders.

Hi everyone! So I did find an answer to my question. I used the format that Steve provided for a while until I recently found a much better and easier way to do this. Below is an example. You can change it for your own purposes later.

1.) Create a root folder in which you want your other folders to appear.
2.) Open Notepad.
3.) Save your blank Notepad document as dir.bat.  Exactly like that (minus the period at the end of bat, of course).
4.) Within the dir.bat document, write the following:

md test1
md test2
md test3
md C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop

5.) Save and then close the dir.bat file.
6.) Go to Start -> Run.
7.) From the Run screen, browse for the dir.bat file and select open. In this example I would find it at C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop.
8.) Select OK. A command window may flash on the screen momentarily. That's okay.
9.) Go to the C:\Users\janedoe\Desktop. Your newly created files will be there.

- you can replace the test1 files with the names of the files you want to create
- to create file names with spaces put them in quotation marks. For example "md test 4"
- if your file folder has a name with spaces in it, put quotation marks around it. For example, md "C:\Users\jane doe\Desktop"
- to create a sub folder put a slash there. For example, md test3/graphics.
- double clicking the file is the same as running the file. If you want to edit the file right click the file and select edit.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Global Warming

Let's Print Lies!

The Wall Street Journal slipped farther away from credibility when they went to press with this nonsense about Global Warming.

Thankfully, at least one writer bothered to look up the qualifications of the 16 scientists in question who are not climate scientist and published this rebuttal piece.

There Must be an Easier Way to Get Ice

As if Global Warming wasn't doing enough damage, a guy in Chile was found with five tons of ice stolen from a glacier in the back of his truck according to this article.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Her Smile

Perhaps this drawing of the girl who sometimes makes me coffee will soften the blow of needing to get your gadget and technology related news from one of the other approximately 9,000 news outlets that cover these topics:

Teal and pink energy lines and pupils not quite as bright in IRL 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Formatting File Names

I Should Have Known This Before!

Over the years, I have developed a system for naming files that I find very useful.  Here is that system:


xxx = the abbreviation of the category, which is never more than three letters long, i.e. AR = Accounts Receivable, AP = Accounts Payable, J = Journal (because I'm secretly a 14 year old girl), N = Notes (which I edit and published on Clean Sheets and Dirty Girls), etc.

_ = the underscore character

SubjectMatter = a name for the file that I will remember later, i.e. MyNamingSystemExplained or something similar would be the title of the entry devoted to a piece of writing I might do on this topic.  If I was saving a copy of an a news article from the internet this is the place where the title of the article would be placed.

yyyy_mm_dd = the date in this format because that way it can be sorted by name on the computer and come up in chronological order. I always (try) to save dates in the computer in this way.

0n = zero and a number that increases by one every time I save a file so that I or anyone I am working with can quickly identify the current version of the file, which is the one with the highest number at the end.  This is important when making revisions to a single file or when sharing the file with another person.  Even in a small office environment it is possible for two people tasked with making edits to a presentation or sales document to work on an older copy of the file if there is no system in place to identify which copy of the file is the most recent. If I know that the type of document will include a lot of files, I will make this more than two digits long.

For years, I was had been using mm_dd_yy in my file names.  Only about one year ago did I finally switch to yyyy_mm_dd, which makes so much more sense because it can be sorted by a computer and have the results appear in chronological order.  If I had only been reading the latest from the International Organization for Standardization (I.S.O.) I would have been on to the more useful way of expressing dates years earlier!

Here is the link to the xkcd comic on the subject of correctly formatting dates for all your chronophiles.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Middle Class Economic Might

Amazon Prime

One of the best things about having a job is that all of those little things that I have been putting off purchasing are now things I can more easily justify buying.

This year I bought in to the Amazon Prime thing in order to get free two day shipping on virtually everything that is available on, which is virtually everything that is available for purchase on the planet.  Plus, I get access to the Prime media library, which has been nice since I have cut ties with my cable company as I posted about here (it's funny, you should read it).

A lot of writers have worn the letters off their keyboards describing how awful it is that online retailers are using tracking tools to better understand their consumers.  I say that this process isn't going far enough and that I would like to have more of a say in what goods and services are shown to me when I log in to my account with  Recently, my employer asked me to look up some information on

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Artist Stephen Cheetham

Stephen Cheetham is an artist.  His website is here.  Below are my favorite of his creations:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

69th Anniversary of D-Day

On the 69th Anniversary of D-Day it is time to take a moment to remember the brave members of the armed forces who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Here is a website where you can read their stories.

Just one of these heroes was given the opportunity to fire a flamethrower on Sons of Guns.  His official Medal of Honor citation is as follows:

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Entered service at: West Virginia. Born: 2 October 1923, Quiet Dell, W. Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands, Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machinegun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by 4 riflemen, he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out 1 position after another. On 1 occasion, he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent, killing the occupants and silencing the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided vitally in enabling his company to reach its objective. Cpl. Williams' aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Season 2 of Clean Sheets and Dirty Girls

The summer here in San Diego is far too beautiful to spend all day in front of a computer screen.  Also, I prefer to spend my computing time sipping coffee in a dimly lit room and when there are beautiful women showing off their skin outdoors it is difficult for me to stay inside. All of this is to say that I will be adopting a seasonal approach to publishing CSaDG.  Much like television shows take a creative break during the summer, I have been taking it easy on my blogging activities during the summer as well.

What does all of this mean for you dear reader?  Lucky for you it means that I have been gathering material, tweaking the content I have planned, screaming at my intern*, am willing to assume the role of Entertainment Director, who much like the people who hold this position aboard cruise ships is willing and able to arrange hours of entertainment just for you, and in general am going to step up my blogging activities with new vigor in the fall.

I promise:
  • More explosions!
  • More danger!
  • Twice the danger!!
  • Intrigue
  • Clean sheets and
  • Dirty Girls
He never waits for the other shoe to drop; he throws it down!

*While I was called "sir", which is rare for me, the good people at Starbucks did follow up that comment by informing me that "I would need to leave immediately".**
**I hope the creators of The Simpsons will forgive me for paraphrasing their joke for your amusement.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Notes

I found the following TED video on learning to read Chinese to be really interesting.  I should really find more materials on China and get myself to understand more of the largest holders of our nation's debt.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekend Games, Clothing and a New Painter to Ponder

Game to Play for Android

Hills of Glory: 3D is a game for android phones and tablets that has been highly reviewed.  I plan to give it a try since I am interested in World War II and can afford to waste a little time.

Below is the trailer for the game:

New Clothing
Part of the deal I made with myself a little more than a year ago is that I will purchase a new article of team apparel each time a sports team I follow begins a season.  Now that the Padres have started their 2013 season, I pulled the trigger and purchased a black on black Padres cap.

New Artist
The Brooks Art Museum in Memphis, TN will be hosting an exhibit of Carol Coar's paintings starting at the beginning of June, 2013.  Click here to see for yourself.  I plan to brush up on my knowledge of this painter this weekend.  Below are some of the images she created, which captured my attention:

Here you can view more of the paintings of Carol Coar.

Updated on December 4, 2013: It has come to my attention that a black hat is a term used to connote an individual who is involved in illegal computer activities. I thought I was just posting a photo of a hat.  Opps.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Entertainment Roundup

Ender's Game is an excellent book about a boy who is chosen to be trained as the greatest military commander in the history of the world.  The instructors who monitor Ender's progress refuse to help him.  In fact, they prevent anyone from coming to Ender's rescue when a larger, older boy decides to fight Ender.  Being the total badass that he is, Ender kills the larger boy with his bare hands and comes to the following realization:

Trailers for Current Movies I'm Still Looking Forward to Seeing
  • 42

  • Pain and Gain

  • Mud

  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Ender's Game - the trailer is now available and there is an official site up for the movie!!!
  • Spring Breakers


Tom Gauld - His tumblr account is fantastic and his site contains even more good material. - of course

This weekend I really should
  • Get ahead on a few things for work by putting in about four hours at a desk getting things in line
  • Do all the laundry and find a place to put everything that is clean
  • Box up another set of things in anticipation of moving
  • Clean out the car
  • Enter receipts
  • Troll craigslist for free things

Monday, May 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Sig

Today we celebrate the birthday of Sigmund Freud, one of the forefathers of modern psychiatry and a true legend in the field of dirty old men.  This Mac Daddy, cocaine user managed to turn laying women down on couches into a profession.  For this we... I... at Clean Sheets and Dirty Girls salute you, Sigmund.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Beach Gear

It's time to get more serious about getting more physical activity during the day.  My job requires me to sit at a desk most of the day.  I try to get up and walk around for an hour during lunch.  Still, I feel I should be getting more exercise and take advantage of living in Southern California.

A few things I should work on having the following things in my car or close to it at all times:

Beach Bag
 Place for keys
 Board shorts
 Mp3 Player: Phone, iPod, etc.

 Workout Bag
 Basketball shoes
 Sweat towel
 Water bottle
 Place for keys, cell phone
 Two sets of workout clothes: shirts, shorts and socks
 Dryer sheet, soap or something else that smells good
 Workout Bag
 Workout Bag
 Workout Bag
 Workout Bag

 Gardening Supplies Bag
 10 gallon bucket
 Paper bags

sky art interactive sketch
I can't draw very well myself but I do like this type of art:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Music for GTD

Here is a little sample of rap music to play in the background while getting things done:

Already added to my film list

Absolute Classic

"You don't even have to go to summer school..."

"...this is gonna be all the education you need."

Chris Rock is right

Chris Rock is right

"Rolled my Hands Up"

"Kidnap that Fool!"

Friday, April 26, 2013

Laser Weapons

The Iranians bought a bunch of tiny little boat / jets that their military plans to use to encircle larger warships if it ever came to Iran fighting against a naval superpower.  The United States Navy has a decent compliment of defensive weapons on board our warships to deal with enemy ships, specifically a 5 inch gun that can kick out up to 20 rounds a minute and the Phalanx close in weapons system, which is capable of blazing 4,500 rounds of tungsten a minute at an enemy.  The Phalanx can take down jets, boats and even incoming missiles before they reach the hull of the warships on which they are located.  Now, the United States has another weapon that can be used against the Iranian small jet boat things: a freaking laser beam!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dreaming of a Living My Own Home

Instead of actually dealing with realtors and engaging the housing market in a real way, I continue to dream about my ideal abode.  My dream home would include a museum space to showcase the awesome stuff I aquire during the course of my life.


Art Gallery

The gallery would need to have lots of places to sit or lounge to look at the works of art on display and provide views of the garden and the sculptures in the garden.

Sculpture Garden

Friday, April 19, 2013

Let's Hold a Party This Summer

I'm going to hold at least one gathering of people this summer.  I plan events for a living so to say that it should be something incredible is a bit of an understatement.  I want to knock this thing out of the park.

We're going to eat outdoors on a table made of cheap MDF board that has been covered with lineoleoum (sp?) or some other thing, and then set with homemade linen napkins, held together by metal napkin rings, with places available for

It Might be Gangster

Idea for a game

Who is ready to play

Is... it... Gangster?

That's right based on the famous song by rapper Nas who famously said "That ain't gangster" comes the game that is sweeping across America Is It Gangster?

Film List
Five Favorite Films with Antoine Fuqua - Rotten Tomatoes

Fighting Robots!!!

I'm going to let my inner nerd come out to play this weekend!

RoboGames! (formerly ROBOlympics)

San Mateo County Event Center Visitors Information

Directions to RoboGames
Oh, you like to fly, baby?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekend Entertainment


I have a new theory on how to live life to the fullest.  My new theory is called Overproduce to Succeed.  Put simply, the theory is that in order to succeed in life- to make money and be the envy of those around you- you should make it your goal to produce as much quality goods and services as your resources will allow.

I came up with this theory after buying two red beach / outdoor folding chairs from a big box store.  So far the chairs, which are made of metal and some kind of strong synthetic material with a cup holder on the right  arm all of which folds up and fits into a condom like sleeve that comes with a strap to sling the entire thing across your shoulder or carry at your side, have been fantastic for my sitting needs.  I've even loaned these chairs out for a weekend and got compliments on them when they were returned.  After buying these chairs, I noticed that they were available at lots of other stores.  I thought to myself that whoever made these chairs made a heck of a lot of them.  This got me to thinking that farmers who produce lots of corn, lettuce, pigs, chickens or whatever they are farming are probably the guys who are getting rich and setting the market cost of the goods they produce.  All of this led me to the theory that the best thing I can do with my time on earth is to overproduce, build abundance and somehow become wealthy.

This weekend, my plan is to overproduce using each one of the documents available at  Here is a screenshot of the types of materials that one can produce in Google Drive:

That's right, I'm going to make a

  • Document - 
  • Presentation - I'm finally collecting my comedy materials and putting them together in PowerPoint form.  If all goes well, I'll have enough materials to be able to slang for $59.95.  
  • Spreadsheet - a list of the names commonly held by hot girls because everything from a boat to a computer to a car needs a name and they should be good ones
  • Form - A Clean Sheets and Dirty Girls 
  • Drawing - I'm thinking of finding comics and replacing the text with my own writing.  Collecting high resolution (print quality) images of 
  • Lucidchart diagram - 
  • Mind map - all of the stuff I want to build, i.e. a stand for an ipad, a photo frame in the shape of a comic book page to hold photos that have comic book type captions in them, 
  • Script - come to find out that this means the computer coding kind, not the Hollywood better buy this thing kind of script, darn.
I might even make more than one.

Game to Play this Weekend

This weekend I will play this game listed at the address above.  I should be doing my taxes instead.

Hmm. is there really a place the occupy movement can claim similar to this site:

My Desk at Work

I have and use two computers at work.  Neither computer is great and, in fact, one still runs XP slowly and has a broken optical drive.  The other computer runs Windows 7 but it doesn't have much software installed on it.  Here are the reasons why I have and use two computers, two monitors, two keyboards and two mice:

  • When one computer slows down, I immediately hop over to the other computer and start working on it
  • When I encounter a problem on one computer I can test to see if the same problem occurs on the other, which helps a lot in terms of troubleshooting problems
  • One piece of software I use everyday is a resource hog so I basically use one computer exclusively for that purpose

Monday, April 8, 2013

Excellent Stuff

Two of my favorite things, i.e. xkcd and subway art came together in the following comic:

Current Mainstream Entertainment List
  • Archer
  • Upcoming Hollywood Movies
  • CSI - I like the D.B. Russell character and the character played by Elizabeth Shue (sp?)
  • The Amazing Race - good background TV watching
  • Criminal Minds - I'm not crazy about the show but the blonde computer expert makes it watchable.  Plus, CBS seems to have the formula down for putting together entertaining television.
  • Daily Show / Colbert Report - funny and informative
  • Tosh.O
  • American Ninja Warrior and the original Ninja Warrior
  • Conan
  • Jeopardy
  • I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of things...
Older Mainstream Entertainment, Which I Still Enjoy
  • The Killing - while it did turn into a soap opera and I blame the detectives for not knowing anything about Seattle since the logo of a local indian casino appeared in Rosie's belongings and they didn't recognize it, the show really did have some excellent qualities.  I'll never forget the male detective asking the two high school girls about "the cage" as long as I live.
  • Harper's Island - still influences me for some reason
  • The Dark Knight - Ledger was so good as the Joker 
  • Classic Literature - I could go on forever but Candide is the book that comes to mind right now as just one example of a book I believe everyone should read at least once.
Current Below the Radar Entertainment List
  • This Isn't Happiness - great site
  • Indie / free video games - I think video games are basically a waste of time but lots of other things are wastes of time and I still do them.
  • VICE - the site that is getting it's own tv show
Current Education List

  • The Great Courses on Calculus
  • TED - Great materials
  • Learning Spanish Materials - I try to spend one hour a day learning more about Espanol.
Hunt for Lists of / Materials On the Following Topics

  • Gardening
  • Birds of the SW
  • Cooking
  • Exercise
  • Men's style

Friday, April 5, 2013

Weekend Entertainment Part Something

Movie to Watch

This weekend I'm taking on The Factory, a 2012 release I had never heard of before seeing it last night in the Netflix Watch Instantly library.  John Cusack and hottie Jennifer Carpenter star in this police drama with one of my Hollywood infatuations, Ksenia Solo, also in the cast.  The movie isn't even listed on so I am not holding my breath that this one will be anything to write home about but I really enjoy cops and murderer flicks and the cast is eye catching.
Punishing Exercise

I'm planning to get something back on the sunshine tax that normally I pay into the SoCal economy in the form of high housing, gas and energy costs this weekend by taking a trip to the beach to go jogging barefoot in the sand.  If all goes well, I should get a little bit of a tan and lose some of the unfortunate jiggle that has developed around my middle.  Hopefully, I won't run into any federal agents like I did the last time.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

House Hunting Part 3

My ideal home would include several of the following elements.


I really enjoy working with computers.  Every time I am using a computer, I'm happy.  Ideally, my home would include an office that has space for a regular desk, a space to stand and type at a comfortable level, a flat unused space to lay out materials for shipping, tinkering, etc.

Like the desks in any one of these locations:

Wood and Metal Shop

Basically, I want the warehouse space from Mythbusters in my home.  the metal bending machine they have is probably my favorite piece of equipment.  Having access to a drill press, table saw, welding equipment, painting supplies and enough space to actually use all of that equipment would thrill me.

Everything looks reasonably neat and organized and there is 
enough space to put it all away

They even have enough room to build a concrete boat

Monday, April 1, 2013

Dirty Girl of the Month

Milani, a top heavy woman, is the official Dirty Girl of April 2013.  I believe all women are beautiful.  Unlike a now disgraced formed tenured professor in the field of physics however I do not believe that a few photos an an elaborate ruse would be enough to get me to fly to South America to meet her.  Here is the link to the New York Times article that features the tale of a lying former tenured professor who got himself tossed into the clink in South America for trying to smuggle coke.  Part of his claim is that he believed he was carrying on an online relationship with this gorgeous, world famous model.  His story, backed by computer and phone records, is that someone pretending to be Milani lured him to South America and asked him to bring a suitcase back to the United States with him because, he believed, she supposedly left her suitcase at the hotel where they were scheduled to meet.  

If you like, I can help clean off that sand.

If you like, I can help clean off those Polka Dots

My Favorite Kind of Honeypot

Not my Favorite Kind of Honeypot
Via Archer Season 1, Episode 5

If you do a quick internet search, you can find even more steamy photos of Milani as well.

Friday, March 29, 2013

We're Going on an Adventure, You Guys!

Packing List for Adventurin':

iPad or Other Electronic Gismo that Contains Books
"I like stories with magic powers in them. Either in kingdoms on Earth or on foreign planets. Usually I prefer a girl hero, but not always."  I should really memorize this line from the enchantingly quirky Moonrise Kingdom so that I can respond to people who ask about my reading habits.  

Portable Power for Electronics
While it wouldn't help me since I'm usually near electrical access, I really want to buy and try a BioLite CampStove for those rare times when I am without electrical power.  Heck, I remember there being a blackout in San Diego on the opening day of the NFL season last year.  With this little guy I could have powered some piece of electronics long enough to watch the entire game.  Here is the link to where one can purchase such a device.

Based on looks alone, I want one;
the fact that the BioLite does stuff is just a bonus.

Who doesn't think that expensive electronics, the dirt and grime of being outdoors and open flames shouldn't be combined?

Here is a video review shot in HD:

If my current house hunt does not work out, I may buy land and build my own home relying on one of these things to get me through the sleeping-outdoors-until-I-can-pile-up-enough-stuff-to-have-my-own-indoors period.

Friday, March 22, 2013

I'm Making Something This Weekend

Come hell, high water or something truly nasty, I will be making something this weekend.

Friday - Establish What it is That I Will be Building
Here is a link to a site that appears to have good step-by-step instructions on how to build things:

A coat hanger or a shoe rack would work well at my place.

I do not really need a desk but this one is really well built.  I like that it appears to have plenty of leg room and a nice clean, flat surface:

Most likely whatever I build will not be nearly as cool as this guy's machines:

Look, a Working Archimedes Screw!

Saturday - Get to Home Depot / Lowe's if Need be and Build The Thing!

Sunday - Post Results or Progress on my Clean Sheets and Dirty Girls blog (CS&DG)

This is a really aggressive schedule given that I have other things I do as well.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Plan B
Visit San Diego MakerPlace and check out their
4 axis CNC mill 
manual mill
metal lathe
pipe notcher
brake (16 gauge)
planishing hammer
English wheel
TIG welder
gas welder
MIG welder
shear (16 gauge)
metal belt sander
horizontal band saw
metal and wood bandsaw
permitted paint booth
wood belt sander
3D printer (abs plastic)
Corner Notcher
Shrinker/ Stretcher
35 Ton Press Brake
Grinder/ Polisher
metal and wood drill presses
Saw Stop table saw
15" planer
miter saw
panel saw
cnc router with vacuum table
assorted hand tools
integral sawdust management
VIC Engrave
Corel Software Suite
EagleCAD, Rhino
Fritzing, Alibre
Mach3, V CArve Pro
Cut 3D, SketchUp
Buzz 2 Stitches
Arduino, PCB 123
large format laser cutters
laser engravers

function generator
variable power supplies
soldering irons
large format vinyl cutter
industrial sewing machine
6 needle embroidery machine
large format inkjet printer
CNC router
sand blasting cabinet
free wireless internet service
conference room w/projector
4 color silk screen and dryer
and much more...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Yarr! It Be Me Captain Joaquin Gorrión!

Captain Joaquin Gorrión is back!  This morning I exchanged the following messages with him on my Droid phone.  His answers are in red and my questions are in black.

Arrrrrre you there, matey?  It is I Captain Joaquin Gorrión!

Q: Really, we're doing this again on the six month anniversary of International Talk like a Pirate Day?  OK.  

A: You rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr right, matey.

Q: Now that we have gotten the fact that pirates like to roll their Rs even when typing to someone else out of the way, could you tell me what you have been up to for the last six months?  Last time you hijacked my blogger account you had just escaped from a Mexican jail and were trying to find your way back to the high seas, right?

A: I went to Singapore and am tapping out this Q and A session on a Chinese knock off of an iPhone 5 which I liberated from a shop full of counterfeit goods.

Q: I see. So, have you ever met "Cap'n Slappy" and "Ol' Chumbucket" the two guys who invented International Talk like a Pirate Day?

A: You would have to ask them.  My memory is as addled by rum as my liver has been abused by it.

Q: Gotcha.  Well, good luck to you with the whole pirating thing.  I have stuff to do myself.  

A: Until next time, limey.

A: Hey, I'm only part English.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nice Things

Once I Own My Own Home and Have Tons of Money to Spend on Upgrading it, I Plan to Use Some of the Following Services and / or Buy Some of the Following Items: - custom metalwork made in the U.S.A. - a fancy new chair - some awesome clothes hangers - a basketball court with some serious style - a concrete tent to go on my grounds - a zen garden - a fancy birdcage with a sculpture or plants inside, birds are noisy creatures

and, finally - big ol' maps on the walls

Friday, March 15, 2013

Here is the menu from the Turf Supper Club:

One of my hobbies is to try to replicate the dishes served at fancy restaurants at home.  Number six on the menu about looks like it could be fun to try to replicate.  I do live in San Diego.  I could even compare it to the real thing at Turf.

I Found the Following Blurb Recently and Think it's Worthy of Sharing:

As the father of a high school junior, paying my tithe to the test prep gods while preparing to sacrifice most of my worldly goods on the altar of the liberal arts, I can’t tell if I’m part of the intended audience, or if the ratings board should issue a special warning for sensitive parents like me. How could anyone make light of the brutal, capricious system by which our young people are judged and sorted?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Art to Ponder this Weekend

This weekend I plan to explore the nature of power as depicted in art.  Join me if you like. is the site of the artist who created the following image:

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China

The image above is actually a still from a 9 minute long video available here.  I really like the dysutopic feeling evoked in me by this work that depicts an endless series of buildings and new construction that blots out any green from the landscape.  Skip ahead to 6:20 into the video to see when it starts to get weird.  I see the beauty of this work.

I found the following image on a tumblr that should come with a warning:

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If the guy in the photo above were in a video game, 
he would be one of bosses.

According to some, the black leather jacket is a symbol of power.  The EMP Museum is doing an exhibit on the black leather jacket.  Their website points to The Wild One as the origin of the rebellious nature of wearing a black leather jacket.  Here is the scene that made it famous:

Skip ahead to the 38 second to get the famous
exchange regarding rebellion

Also, here is a link to four online shorts that might be worth watching.

Since computing and using a computer is almost always on my mind, I wonder how art can influence the act of computing to a greater degree.  I spend a lot of time typing in Microsoft Word because it has a good spell  check function and the formatting options for printing to a single piece of standard sized 8.5" x 11" paper make sense to me.  What I would like is for smoke to rise on the screen as I type growing more intense as the words per minute count increases and for the smoke to curl and change colors when the computer senses that my punctuation and the length of my words are used correctly and with great complexity.  I would like visual feedback the way Guitar Hero provided feedback when one was on a streak of notes.  Smoke is, of course, only one example of the type of visual feedback I would like.  Growing trees, intertwining chains, mountains or all sorts of visuals overlaid on an opaque background.

Game for the Weekend
Here is a link to a free game that revolves around growing your power as an artist living in 19th Century Paris, which can be played online - no download required:

One of the first challenges of the game sends the player to his or her atelier!  Anyone who uses that word is cool with me.

Updated on March 18, 2013: I really like this game!  All I have managed to do in the game is get drunk on absinthe, plunge deep into debt and produce mainly sub-par artwork, which is probably what being an artist in the 19th Century was all about.  Still everyone I have told about this game gets a kick out of the concept.  The way I heard this game described is like Oregon Trail for the art world and that seems to me to be a very apt description.  Congratulations to the creator(s) of this gem!