Saturday, May 31, 2008

Dragonfly With Dew Drops

Stunning macro photograph of a dragonfly with water droplets on it. I encourage you to go see the full-size image at

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

Obviously molars are doin' the mojo because I'm continually biting both cheeks. Just toughening myself up for the next wires on Monday, right?! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free." —Jim Morrison

(My deepest fear seems to be encountering a shark. Since I'm not a fisherman, a marine biologist or in any kind of profession that would bring me regularly near water, I don't think I need to force an exposé.)

Flicker Photo Cracks Me Up

Entitled "What's all the eggcitement about?", this photograph by Ariel Bariel Long cracks me up. For me though, it goes beyond the momentary click of the shutter. What I see is about an hour of set up — drawing the faces, drawing new faces because some didn't work out, staging the death in the frying pan, planning the angle of the shot, etc. The photo is the last frame of a one-hour video documentary. See it full size at

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

This week all my molars on the top right are shifting. My bite on that side is really off so that when my two jaws meet a funny crackling noise happens. It reminds me of being in the garden as a kid, wiping off a carrot that I'd plucked from the ground and chomping down on the still-lightly-sandy veggie. Slightly gritty but nothing to worry about!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

The beautiful is in nature, and it is encountered under the most diverse forms of reality. Once it is found it belongs to art, or rather to the artist who discovers it." — Gustave Courbet

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

I'm constantly, or, rather, my tongue, is constantly 'discovering' that teeth are in new positions. My tongue's 'memory' of my mouth is incredible! My tongue will say "something's a little different here" so I look in the mirror but can't see anything new. Sure enough, though, that evening, flossing around that tooth will be very different so something must have shifted. My tongue knows better than my eyes. ...Just one more of the interesting experiences of having braces!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Stuff Geeks Like

Lawnmower bike at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. Brilliant! As reported on by Guy Kawasaki on his blog.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it." — Banksy, famous British artist

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

Obviously some large movement below the gums this week -- it seems that roots on the front teeth go all the way to the base of your nose. Who knew! Not only was there some major discomfort, I think it changed the way my nose drains. I suppose the shape of the upper jaw would have a significant affect on the structure of the sinus area. After several days of that discomfort, my teeth (and nose) seem back to normal.

AOP: “It’s the Insight, Stupid”

This week on Terry O'Reilly's Age of Persuasion...

"Bill Clinton’s electoral victory of 1992 owed much to a four word phrase created by advisor James Carville: 'It’s the economy, stupid'. It wasn’t an idea, or a slogan, but an insight. Join Terry O’Reilly as he shows why an insight is at the heart of modern persuasion, and how insights fuel great ideas, art, and inventions."

It’s the Insight, Stupid on AOP at CBC Radio One. Streaming audio; runs 27:30.