TURNS ON A SIXPENCE

June 24, 2008

Kewet Buddy EVRyan just saw a post for this new electronic vehicle from Norway: the Kewet Buddy EV. Here’s a cute little youtube vid of some brits test driving it.


WILD KITTY

June 24, 2008

I love love love this You Tube video. I love the accented English. I love the explanation that this is a barn kitten’s first contact with humans. I love how he’s frozen, how he hisses quietly and how he moves his head slowly and deliberately.


THEY FOUND THEM

June 24, 2008

The lost tribe.


CORRELATION ISN’T CAUSATION

June 24, 2008

Just read this interesting article by John Staddon in The Atlantic.  It’s about traffic and the difference between the signage in the UK and the signage in the US (and their negatively correlated traffic death statistics).  But it’s more potently about how Americans prefer to be able to drive the speed they want around a blind curve at night in the rain without consequence.  It’s about how this society craves freedom but expects rules and restrictions.  And about how when rules are lifted and we’re expected to use our own judgment, we fear our own inadequacies and the inadequacies of others.  We are reluctant to expect ourselves and our neighbours to make effective decisions.  And so, despite our desire for freedom, we crave the signage that John argues is making our roads less safe and our traffic-related deaths higher.  Strange.


APPLE STORES FREAK ME OUT

June 19, 2008

I once went into an Apple store solely to look at their bags.  As I strode through the center aisle of birch tables, at least 5 employees said hello to me.  I responded to the first and was so startled by the rest I failed to respond.  It would have been like a bad Three Stooges episode.  “Hi. Hello. Hey! Wassah!”

After spending 15 minutes looking at bags (with 2 employees asking if we needed help finding anything), I again passed through the hall of birch.  The same girl that had first said hello saw me and said, “Thanks,” I expected for her to continue with, “for coming in.”  But instead she continued with, “for saying hi to me.”  Hm.  Thanks for saying hi to me.  Sad comment on her life or the state of her apple store?  or passive aggressive attack for my reaction to being bombarded by salutations?


ORU LAWSUIT: Lawsuit to be Amended

June 18, 2008

According to this Tulsa World page of briefs, the lawsuit from student Cornell Cross, that he filed in November, has been dismissed by a Tulsa county judge today.  Here’s some quotes:

ORU and other defendants argued that Cross essentially was alleging educational malpractice, which cannot be the basis for a lawsuit under Oklahoma law, defense attorney John Tucker said.

…one of Cross’ attorneys said he plans to file a new version of the lawsuit with more details about the allegations.  Cross has until early July to amend his lawsuit.

Cornell graduated from ORU last month with a bachelor’s degree.  Among other things, Cornell was arguing that his degree has been devalued by the events at ORU last fall.

What do readers of this blog think?

Does a student’s degree become devalued by events such as these?  Take the events at Texas Southern University.  Priscilla Slade, the ex-president, and three aids, were charged with misusing university funds.  Slade was accused of spending more than $500,000 of the financially strapped school’s money on personal expenses, such as furnishing and landscaping her home.  Does that mean that the education acquired by students from Texas Southern University during her tenure is less valuable because she misused their money?

Here’s an update on Slade from this Houston Chronicle story:

Slade, after her first trial ended with a hung jury, pleaded no contest to the charges and promised to repay $130,000 to avoid jail time. Prosecutors also required her to read a letter of apology in court.


GOOGLE-STUPID

June 18, 2008

Are you Google-stupid?  Has the way you think been changed by your internet-surfing patterns?  Nicholas Carr thinks so.  In his recent article on The Atlantic he asks the question and provides profound answers from history.  Our cultural evolution, affects the evolution of our collective intelligence.  Worth reading.


SHUTTLE MISSION IMAGERY

June 17, 2008

( 10 June 2008 ) Astronaut Karen Nyberg, STS-124 mission specialist, looks through a window in the newly installed Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery is docked with the station. Photo S124-E-008613.

I love this image because it show weightlessness and the earth.  I wonder what part she’s looking at…?


“Suburbia is the New Slum” or “Inner City as the New American Dream”

June 16, 2008

As an urban dweller, I found this article from CNN quite interesting.  

Although I’m relatively young, I still find myself drawn to the appeal of the non-urban lifestyle, but I think much of that may simply be because I live in a city that has many of the liabilities of the urban communities described in this article, such as pollution, traffic, crime, congestion, but where the particularly high cost of living and lack of public transportation, or a “Walkable Urbanism”, minimize the benefit of the urban lifestyle that this article describes as so appealing.


BLOG READABILITY? NAH…

June 12, 2008

So Barb over at Church of the Masses checked her blog’s readability level with this Blog Readability Test from CriticsRant. Aparently her blog’s reading level is Junior High School. I won’t tell you what this blog’s reading level is… you can check for yourself if you’re curious. But what I thought was interesting was this:

If you can tell me what really wrong with this picture, you’ve been living with “the internets” for far too long.

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ORU LAWSUIT: NEW LEADERSHIP? NOT YET.

June 11, 2008

Dr. Debbie Sowell, Dean of InstructionWe’ve just heard that Interim President Ralph Fagan will be stepping in to fill Mark Lewandowski’s position of Provost, according to an email received by the current student body (pictured below).  Dr. Debbie Sowell (pictured left), will step in under him as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Sources say that Dr. Sowell is a woman of strong character – that her appointment is a good thing.

(click the image to view the email)

Ron Luce

And just in case people aren’t up on the info, here is the current list of the ORU Board of Trustees, according to this Tulsa World article. And ORU’s website (complete with bios). We thought it was interesting that Ron Luce (pictured right) is on the Board now.

(click the image to view the list)

Lots of position-shuffling going on at ORU these days!


JUNE JUNE JUNE

June 11, 2008

In their recent newsletter, the kids at That Yarn Store posted a list of celebratory dates in June

June 13 Blame Someone Else Day
June 13 Sewing Machine Day
June 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 17 World Juggler’s Day
June 18 Go Fishing Day
June 18 International Panic Day
June 18 National Splurge Day
June 19 World Sauntering Day
June 20 Ice Cream Soda Day
June 21 Finally Summer Day
June 21 Go Skate Day
June 21 National Hollerin’ Contest Day
June 22 National Chocolate Eclair Day
June 23 National Pink Day
June 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 24 Swim a Lap Day
June 25 Log Cabin Day
June 25 National Catfish Day

The kids over at Holiday Insights can confirm most of these.

Speaking of small businesses, if you’re looking for yarn or a place to teach you to knit, forget Target, shop at that yarn store over in Eagle Rock. What’s the name of that place again?

The thing is, they seem very near to closing.  They seem to understand market economy theory, just not how to market themselves. They appear to be trying to market themselves in a loosey goosey sort of way with their irregular hours and down home website. But if they want to compete with the big boxes, they’ve got to get up to speed with what today’s consumer wants and expects. In podunk Kansas, I’m sure that they’d have their finger on what their local consumer wants and expects. It’d be pretty obvious and most small business owners would understand it tacitly, being a direct part of the marketplace themselves. But in Los Angeles, the marketplace is one of the most cosmopolitan cultures in North America! You can’t assume you know what your market is going to need, want or expect. So you HAVE TO assume the worst. You have to assume that they want the box store feel. So how does a small business in a little midwest niche of Los Angeles compete with box stores? Well, among other things, by having regular hours. That Yarn Store is well-located. It has a big sign and seemingly lots of neighbourhood outreach. But they have to be able to reach out on many different levels: to the consumer who appreciates local and to the consumer who wants convenience, organization, and easy-to-remember hours. Consumers who know that Target is open 9 am to 9 pm don’t want to have to check That Yarn Store’s website before they leave their apartment to know what their hours are. Their hours should be easy to remember.

Well that’s the end of my rant, here’s a link to their rant about why they might have to close their doors soon. I hope they don’t. I have several friends who knit.

And here’s their blog.


AND BECAUSE EVERY GOOD BLOGROLL HAS A COUPLE OF ACTORS…

June 10, 2008

And because good things come in threes, we’d like to also announce that…

Dan & Erin’s Blog

…has been added to our blogroll.  They’re the cutest international couple north of the border, a dynamic thespian duo, and very very good friends.  Welcome!


AMY’S BLOG*A*LICOUS

June 10, 2008

I’d also like to welcome the beautiful and talented:

Amy Renzulli

To our blogroll.  Amy is a fabulous photographer and designer.  Just go check out her blog and scroll through the pictures.  You’ll be in awe.


KITTY PROFILE

June 10, 2008

Trinity the Cat has an IMDb profile. Further proving the point that humans are just resources like any mammal in the giant sausage factory that is the film industry.  How do we maintain a ma and pop shop mentality in a sea of box studios?


LITTLE IVY CAKES

June 10, 2008

I take this moment to officially welcome to our blogroll:

Little Ivy Cakes!

Ivy is a darling little cook with a quick wit and a keen eye.  She’s a hoot to hang out with and I’d definitely trust her with my dinner.  And so should you!  Check out her blog.


iPHONE G3

June 10, 2008

Ryan wants one.  Bad.  And now that it’s less expensive (or not) he wants one even more.  What he doesn’t realize is that even though I don’t whine about it as much as he does, I want one too.

Well, he didn’t realize it; until I said to him, “Ryan, I want one too.  So you’re not getting one until we can afford one for both of us.”

Is that mean?  I think it’s fair.  Ryan just laughed at me.  I’m not sure if he took me seriously or not…

But I am serious.  Very serious.  Even though it’s more expensive…


DO IT AGAIN

June 9, 2008

I’m sure you’ve all seen this viral video viral video. Such a delightfully redundant cultural statement, bereft of meaning yet chock full of context and reflective sentiment. And so, if you’ve already seen it just…

Watch it again.

P.S. Thanks to Jazz & Jack.


LORI NIX

June 9, 2008

Ryan sent me a link to this motionographer post a while ago and I hadn’t looked at it until last night.  This photographer’s work is amazing!  Lori Nix.  She builds dioramas.  Very very cool…

Also, if you like motion graphics in the least bit (or 3D stuff) you NEED to check out motionographer.


TRAILER: THE GARDEN

June 8, 2008

This one is a project that’s Ryan’s put some time into…

THE GARDEN A Film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

From the ashes of the L.A. riots, the South Central Farmers have nurtured the nation’s largest urban farm.  Since 1992, they have created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating community.  But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

SPECIAL SCREENING

Saturday, June 21 @ 1 PM

Los Angeles Film Festival

10887 Lindbrook Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Free screening!