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Journal of No. 118


February 3rd, 2009

A half dozen items @ 08:36 am


#1: dark_of_night's twin sister entered a contest at Design Within Reach. The task was to design a chair composed of materials gleaned from two champagne bottles. Emily (because she is insane) laminated label foil into structural material and processed it to have a brushed metal look.

Emily's chair from DWR contest

The official contest will be decided by designers, but go (today only) vote for her chair as the fan favorite. Given the current leader in the poll, I think it's fair to say that ballot stuffing is more common than sincere voting, so go vote insincerely. Or, what the hell, vote your conscience; I'll never know. Poll here.

#2: A detail of the Superbowl party that slipped my mind. In the last set of Rock Band, Aaron forced me to play Painkiller on Expert Guitar. Naturally, I failed. But Aaron idiotically hit the Retry button and damned if I didn't make it through the song without failing once. Now I know how it ends! Thank you, bandmates, for your support.

#3: I know a lot of taxis are retired police interceptors, but I saw one today on the drive to work that still had the driver's side spotlight thingy.

#4: During the month of February, 15 museums are participating in Wikipedia Loves Art. About half are in NYC, but LACMA is among them. Essentially, the museum is throwing open their permanent collections to photography (no flash!), the photos are to be uploaded to flickr (under Creative Commons licensing), and then Wiki may use the images. Each museum is also creating sort of a Scavenger Hunt list for photographers and there are prizes. Sounds like a good way to get 1,000 identical photos of some random crap at the museum, but maybe some of you shutterbugs will be inspired. Teams of up to 10 can register and play.

#5: Now that's a great title for a [self-published] math book.

#6: GaijinSmash discovers his 391,457,927th strange thing about Japan: Mari Mokkori
 
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From:mule
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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#3: I know a lot of taxis are retired police interceptors, but I saw one today on the drive to work that still had the driver's side spotlight thingy.

A lot of them do. It's pretty common not to remove them around here.
From:aaronjv
Date:February 6th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
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#2: A detail of the Superbowl party that slipped my mind. In the last set of Rock Band, Aaron forced me to play Painkiller on Expert Guitar. Naturally, I failed. But Aaron idiotically hit the Retry button and damned if I didn't make it through the song without failing once. Now I know how it ends! Thank you, bandmates, for your support.

Anytime. I only need to convince Kevin to play some of the harder songs, but I think he'll only do it on bass.

It's an awesome song to sing, even if I only have 1% of Halford's range.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 8th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
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Hey, speaking of math books, by any chance, might you be able to recommend a brush-up book for someone who once knew things like geometry, trig and pre-calc, but has forgotten them, flowers-for-algernon-like?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:February 9th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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O anonymous person...

I can't think of any specific book, but as a refresher, you might look into SAT or GRE prep books for math. They do a good job of putting together a review of all the things you oughtta know. I do not care for the Princeton Review's method, but most of the other test prep books are pretty interchangeable.

Journal of No. 118