My First Foray Into Filmmaking

In 2004, I worked with three fellow grad students to create a documentary about a folk artist in Crawford, GA named Bennie Morrison. Bennie paints on a variety of objects including magnolia leaves, bricks, satellite dishes, fans, and more. His art depicts cotton fields, aliens, school buses, farms, outhouses, and any other scene he imagines. […]

Top 10 Tools for Learning and Working – 2009

Jane Hart recently posted her 2009 summary of learning professionals’ top 10 tools for learning and working. I submitted my lists in 2007 and 2008, but failed to submit my 2009 list before Dick Clark put the year to bed. Tardiness hasn’t slowed me down in the past. Why should it now? So, without further […]

Our Newest Family Member

My wife recently found this little guy on Manor Road. Each car that whizzed over him knocked him off his feet. She pulled over, picked him up, and now he’s ours. We named him Orzo because he had a few maggot friends… I’ll never think of her shrimp and orzo dish the same way. He’s […]

Bottle Bed Update

After ignoring this project for a few weeks, I went back to work on our glass bottle planting bed. The back section was created using wine/liquor bottles. We’ll plant succulents in the back… there are already a few agaves and prickly pears. The front section will be an herb garden and was built using mexican […]

Adults and Social Networks

iLibrarian links to a recent study that says the number of adults with online social networking profiles has quadrupled since 2005. This is relevant to a couple things I’ve noticed recently in my social networks: Older family members (i.e. aunts, uncles, etc) are joining my networks. A year ago, I’d never have guess that I’d […]

Monk Parakeets Visit My Yard

After months of ensuring that our bird feeders remained full, the famous Austin Monk Parakeets finally came to visit my yard. Here’s a bit of history on these birds: These lime-green birds, also known as Quaker Parrots, have been in Austin for at least the last 20 years… According to an urban myth, the birds […]

Watch My Dog

We’re experimenting with allowing my dog to stay out of his kennel during the workday. The last time we tried this, he tore up every magazine, bill, or book he could reach. This time, I’m asking for help from the Internet. While at work, watch my dog on this live streaming video feed and comment […]

Lifestreaming and Personal Web Sites

One of my goals for re-vamping my site was to include all the external content I post around the web: google reader items, flickr photos, twitter posts, etc. After all, the traditional personal site is dead. I’ve made a good decent first stab at the goal here…. but it’s still not quite right. I want […]

Progress on Entry Way

I know that doesn’t look like alot of progress since my last post… but believe me, this was a ton of work. Mostly, it was difficult because I don’t know what I’m doing re: gardening/landscaping. Getting those damned pavers even was a pain. Originally, we’d planned on buying air conditioner pads to serve as pavers. […]