Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

Anthony Salvatore Piraino, Jan. 1922 – Sept. 2006

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

My Dad passed away last week. He was a World War II veteran, former president of the Delaware chapter of the Sons of Italy, and a retired Draftsman.
He came from a large family – nine brothers and sisters – and his parents were from Italy and Sicily. My Dad enjoyed being with family and loved [...]

From Meme to You

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

I haven’t ever participated in one of these memes before, but then again, I’ve never been asked. Now I find that Billy has tagged Joel and Joel has tagged me. So here are the questions, and my answers:
1: Do you like the look and the contents of your blog?
Yes. There are some tweaks I have [...]

Battle Lines

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Ed Brayton has a great post up at Dispatches From the Culture Wars. It deals with the way people draw unnecessary battle lines based on attributes such as religion, when in reality we often find that many of the truly important issues tend to make those battle lines irrelevant and even harmful. One passage stood [...]

Dueling Headlines

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

At the moment, in the Latest News section of CNN’s website, one of the headlines reads:
“Airport X ray shows everything, yes everything”
The fifth headline after this reads:
“Report: X-ray devices don’t see explosives in shoes”

Thinking Freely

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Oftentimes in debates on blogs and in the media you’ll find labels being stuck on both people and on arguments. Un-American. Racist. Apologist. These labels are frequently used in lieu of an actual argument against a position – many people feel that if they can dismiss a claim with a label there’s no need to [...]

Retooling the Factory

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

I don’t often blog about work related items, but I thought folks might enjoy this. New and wonderful things are in the works over at my day job at The Iconfactory, and we’ve come up with a series of animations leading up to their unveiling. Start with Day 1 and work your way through the [...]

Bad UI Design = Catastrophic Data Loss

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Around the beginning of this year, the office where I work purchased a new hardware/software package designed to have an impact on workplace productivity. Throughout the year we’ve been hard at work mastering the machine’s protocols and entering data into the system for dozens of projects.
Earlier this week, we found that our data for one [...]

Off-Topicality

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

First things first: If you’re planning on eating anytime in the near future, I suggest you make Laurie’s Creamy Garlicky Tomato Soup. We tried it tonight. Very easy to make. Looks yummy. Tastes even better.
Next: Has anyone noticed that the soundtrack to Fox’s 24 seems particularly good this season? I never really paid attention to [...]

Rearn Thai

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Today at work some friends and I went to Rearn Thai for lunch. They have a new location, conveniently situated directly across the street from the old location. The food is pretty much the same (which is a good thing), but the new building is very different.
Their previous location had a cozy feel with many [...]

Stealth Corduroys

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Cooler, quieter … horizontalier: Cordarounds.