Kevin on July 29th, 2008

Pop Art

I am hilarious.

Kevin on July 14th, 2008

Sure, its creator calls it the Fun-O-Meter, but it dispenses ideas and that’s what makes it cool.

I love this idea. I want to create my own idea dispenser. I actually started pricing capsule vending machines on eBay…debating the merits of 1″ vs. 2″ capsules…wondering if machines that took American quarters would take Canadian quarters too. I figured I’d write my own ideas, or at least steal some good ones from the web. Set up shop outside my office at work by the design area (surely they need some cheap ideas?). I even looked at prices of capsule toys so people wouldn’t feel ripped off if they didn’t like my ideas.

It’s doable for under $100 I think, maybe even under $50, and I’ve certainly wasted more money on less cool things. If the auction I’m watching for a vending machine stays low priced, I may be in business soon.

Kevin on July 5th, 2008

So, yesterday I was listening to XM Radio’s “Uncle Sam” channel – a channel that was added just for the 4th of July. The setlist was very eclectic – the first song was from Schoolhouse Rocks, then David Bowie with Nine Inch Nails, then Judy Garland, Green Day, and finally a cut from the Animaniacs show. Later on there was a brass band that seemed to be performing a mashup of the Flintstones theme and the Star Spangled Banner.

Also, I thought the whole point of the 4th of July was to be ultrapatriotic – it was very odd to hear “I’m Afraid of America” and “American Idiot” playing on this channel.

Kevin on June 22nd, 2008

Last week, after a lot of hard work, some overtime, and even a cancelled holiday, the latest big project I’ve been working on finally went live. ResiDance is a project for the university’s Housing and Residences department. Users can upload photos of themselves (and optionally a roommate) and then be seen dancing in a UW residence room. (Yes, it is inspired by a site that was quite popular around Christmastime.)

Despite the rushed timeline, this was really a fun project. We bought ourselves a green screen for this! What could be cooler?

Kevin on June 22nd, 2008

At one point growing up, I thought I was a half decent writer. I never kept up with it though, and now, to be honest, I’m having trouble coming up with even a simple blog post. I had a blog previously, but I certainly wasn’t very devoted to posting on it.

I’ve been thinking about getting back to blogging ever since I discovered Heather’s blog when she posted it on Facebook. Of course, I’m a huge geek, so I had to install WordPress so I’d have more control over the blog…and, of course, I’m a huge procrastinator, so I’ve only just gotten around to installing it now, months later. Hopefully it won’t take me quite as long to get around to updating from the default theme. 🙂

Now, I’m going to try blogging again, hopefully a little more regularly than before. My posts aren’t going to be anywhere near as meaty as Heather’s, but hopefully they’re a little more interesting than my previous attempts at cataloging things I have bought…not that that won’t still be part of the content.