Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 23

Delightful UI suprise

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Driving to Raleigh the other day, I noticed the new, easy-to-spot “lane paintings” on I-40. They’re large (4-5 feet across) and look just like the shield that is used to denote interstate highways.

It’s *great*! It makes it SO much easier to tell which lanes stay I-40 and which ones become Wade Ave.! I am all for increasing information density when possible and this was an easy way to do so.  YAH Raleigh!

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Jun 12

Sticking the landing

IMG_2845 by lintqueen
IMG_2845, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

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Jun 12

My turn in the helicopter!

IMG_2804 by lintqueen
IMG_2804, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

And here I am, taking my turn at the helm during the helicopter lesson.

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Jun 12

Helicopter lessons

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IMG_2319, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

Adrian is about to take the helm during his helicopter lesson at NC Rotor and Wing.

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Jun 10

Growing pains…

It’s an odd (and somewhat unsettling) thing to realize that my web content is spanning two sites.  I’d like to hurry up and get the migration done, but I also know I need to do the proper housecleaning before porting content — when you’ve been online since 1996, you accumulate a lot of driftwood.

I always tell organizations that I’ve worked with that diluting your message can be nearly as harmful as not having one, so clearing out the clutter (particularly in the main pages of the site) is a must-do.

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Jun 05

Wonderful Bela Fleck show

The best part was that it was his original lineup, so Future Man, Victor Wooten (both of whom I had seen before) and Howard Levy (who I hadn’t) joined Bela — wow! I have never heard harmonica playing like Howard Levy… there were times he was playing harp and if I closed my eyes I’d have sworn he was playing sax, the notes were so clear and distinct. At one time, he did a little solo bit where he played Ode to Joy… I was about 20 seconds into enjoying it before I realized he was playing all the parts — the slow chord progression that’s normally played by the left hand *and* the more “active” melody played by the right.

I wondered for a moment whether he was somehow looping it (he wasn’t) or using two harps (he wasn’t)… my jaw dropped open and I wished dearly for my Tivo so I could have “mooped” back to the beginning to watch again now that I knew it was *all him*.

And getting to meet ALL OF THEM afterwards…HEAVEN! (I did ask Levy how he did it — he said he uses his tongue to block the center part of the harp then blows the chords out the left while using his lips to control the melody on the right!)

 

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Jun 02

cute pomeranian puppy (India)

sleepy by lintqueen
sleepy, a photo by lintqueen on Flickr.

 

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Jun 01

Having fetched all my old LiveJournal entries…

I’m figuring out a way to spare you from all the twitter cross-posts…I’m sure I can do this.

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