Bill Watterson draws for Pearls Before Swine

Bill Watterson was asked to draw 3 strips for Pearls Before Swine, a comic drawn by Stephan Pastis.

The first one, the second one, and the third one. What do you think? I really enjoyed seeing them.


Introduction to Music Playlist

I saw this article where a deaf woman (since birth) asked a friend to create a playlist to introduce her to music (she had just receive a cochlear implant). What a challenge. Her friend decided to find one song from each year of her life.

What I understand about recipients of cochlear implants is that nobody really knows what it sounds like, because the people who are creating the technology can’t really use it on themselves. Of course, they can ask people what it sounds like, but from everything I’ve heard it’s less than satisfactory.

Out of curiosity, I thought I’d listen to all of the songs, and found them on YouTube. Here’s the full list:

  1. Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
  2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She’s The One
  3. Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs
  4. Joni Mitchell – Black Crow
  5. Steely Dan – Peg
  6. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
  7. Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?
  8. The Specials – Do Nothing
  9. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  10. The Jam – Town Called Malice
  11. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  12. Prince – When Doves Cry
  13. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  14. The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  15. Fleetwood Mac – Big Love – Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)
  16. Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
  17. The The August & September
  18. Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
  19. Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!
  20. INXS – Baby Don’t Cry
  21. Nirvana – All Apologies
  22. Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia
  23. Pulp – Common People – Full Length Version / Album Version
  24. Everything But The Girl – Missing
  25. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  26. Massive Attack – Teardrop
  27. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven
  28. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
  29. Daft Punk – Digital Love
  30. The Streets – Turn The Page
  31. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  32. Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC
  33. Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
  34. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  35. Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place
  36. Elbow – One Day Like This
  37. Maximo Park – Tanned
  38. Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters
  39. The Joy Formidable – Whirring
  40. Bat For Lashes – Laura
  41. Haim – Don’t Save Me

Personally, I think an introduction to music playlist should contain some classic music as well as other popular music, but it’s certainly interesting to see some music from another point of view. This list could more accurately be called: Introduction to Modern Music Playlist & Hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today! It’s like listening to a pop radio station in many ways.

What music is missing from this list, and why?


Harvesting Christmas Trees with Helicopters

You’ve probably seen that cool video that’s circulating with the brave/crazy helicopter pilot that is transporting Christmas trees from a field to a truck. I initially thought that it must be fake, since it looks so unreasonable — I mean, the guy was flying crazy fast. But, it turns out that they really do harvest Christmas trees using helicopters.

It sounds completely crazy, but by some estimates it only costs a few dollars in fuel per-tree to do so, and allows for many other benefits. For example, Christmas tree farms grow new trees alongside old trees, and transporting the cut trees out to a road would be difficult. Plus, they would need to save space for lanes. In addition, now they can grow trees closer together.

It sounds very efficient once you think it through, and also considering the time they save. And, when you look at how many Christmas trees need to be harvested each year (millions!) it makes a lot of sense financially. Everybody wants fresh Christmas trees.

Anyways, it’s an awesome thing and I found a few more videos on YouTube showing helicopters harvesting trees. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Christmas Trees 2011 – Stirring The Stick

Christmas Tree Harvest Jet Ranger Helicopter Withrotor Aviation

Oregon Christmas Tree Harvest With Helicopter. Amazing Pilot!

Helicopter Christmas Tree Harvesting


Managing a photo library

Well hello there, I’ve been managing a photo library for some time and today was reading a discussion online about how people manage their collections. I thought I would share how I manage mine.

The solution I found for my photo workflow is that I’ve installed AeroFS on my computers and I store my latest photos from the last several months in that folder. It syncs across all of my computers, that way my wife and I can use Picasa or Lightroom and the photos load fast since they are on our local drives.

Since we store folders in a /year/month/ file structure we can easily move those to an external hard drive.

The whole thing backs up to CrashPlan. My entire collection is over 1.5 TB of photos.