The Green Elephant

The missus and I went out to dinner tonight with our very good friends to the Green Elephant restaurant, across from the State Theater. I must confess I am usually apprehensive about places that are exclusively veg / vegan, but tonight everything we tried was right on the money.

Great food, great company and fantastic conversation catching up with wonderful people. It doesn’t get much better than that.



17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier

I don’t normally think of myself as a reblogger of lists, but I am genuinely impressed by a few of these.

17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier – Aimless Direction — Aimless Direction.

There are so many ant colonies surrounding our house, that at least one has resorted to sending scouting missions into our kitchen on a daily basis. We need to draw the line somewhere. We need #16 from this list: kill ’em with cornmeal. Who knew?

Encrypted Voice Calls

Wow, I’m not sure I’d ever have a need for something like this, but it’s really nice to know it’s there if needed.

RedPhone, our Android application for making secure voice calls, is now available as Free and Open Source Software! As with TextSecure, we hope that making RedPhone OSS will enable access to secure communication for even more people around the world, with an even larger number of developers contributing to make it a great product.

Encrypted voice calls, now open source.


Debate on the Existence of God

I finished watching this debate on Open Culture last night. It was rather long. Also disappointing is that they did not stick to a more formal debate style, or just each take turns talking. Craig’s arguments are rigidly the former, where Hitchens adopts more the latter style. In either setting, the moderator needs to enforce the rules, which he did not. He mostly functioned as a clock referee, and even in that, more just as an MC.

While I did learn some things from this, mostly I think that people just want to sell books. Sorry, hold dearly to their beliefs and sell books.

My Little Shoopy

Busted out a little Photoslop [sic] today. I’m sure there’s an easier way than how I approached it but I’m still happy with the results.

postcard before

postcard after

I can’t believe I just put these in a <table> to show them side-by-side. FML.

Sumatra: Green Mountain Bad, Starbucks Good

Something reminded me today of my disdain for Green Mountain coffee.

You see, a while back I tried a Sumatran blend of coffee, I think from Rosemont Market down the road, and fell in love. But since we’ve gotten a Keurig, I wanted to order some k-cups online. (I certainly don’t blame Rosemont for not stocking k-cups. Everyone knows that they are not ecologically friendly to say the least, although they do help prevent wasted water and electricity.) Continue reading “Sumatra: Green Mountain Bad, Starbucks Good”