iPhone Microscopy

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I bought a folding loup with 10x magnification recently, after reading that the iPhone works nicely with photo loups. I also have a decent microscope that I just realized also produces nice images simply by holding the iPhone up to the eyepiece. More to come, definitely.

My Summer Vacation

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Peggy and I don’t take a lot of real vacations. But when we do go away, we try to do lots of stuff. Visiting my parents in Vermont and on Cape Cod last week, we did tons of fun things in what amounted to only four or five real days…

User vs. Tron

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This is just a reminder that, in Tron, the citizens of the computer system worshipped their users. And make no mistake, “users” was exactly what they called them.

Moleskin Reward: One Million Dollars

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I lost a small Moleskine notebook about six months ago (graphpaper, of course). I’ve since replaced it, but the reward for its return is the same as for my current book: One Million Dollars.

How many other Moleskine owners have the same reward?

BIKEZ MY RIDIN / TRAIL RAIL UR ON I’M

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Quick, what does this sign on the bike trail say?

If you’re like me, you will probably initially read it as saying “XING ROAD”. Then, maybe after a fraction of a second, your brain kicked in and told you that maybe you should reverse the order. You do this mental correction because you’ve probably grown accustomed to reading on-the-street signs in this way. You’ve seen “AHEAD STOP” before and (unless talk like Yoda you prefer to) you probably instantly read it as “STOP AHEAD”.

The Google Street View Racial Gerrymander

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I love Google Street View. But what a surprise I had when I tried to view my own building and found out that the Street View photo-truck decided that they would limit their coverage to upscale (i.e., white) neighborhoods.

Spinning Bush

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The above work is an astounding wedding gift from my close friend the artist Julian Laverdiere, who is also one of the co-designers of the 9/11 memorial Tribute in Light. It is a parody of the fascist/futurist artist Renato Bertelli’s Head of Mussolini, this time re-imagined with our very own Decider in the place of Il Duce.

Vibrating Eyelid

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Scientists say that a vibrating eyelid is typically the result of either not enough sleep (check), stress (check), or too much caffeine (check). I hope this photo illustrates why I’ve not posted in a while. I’ll catch up soon, I hope.

Going Naked

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I have permanently removed the protective cases from my mobile phone and my iPod, and I am now using them both au natural. Why?