Category Archives: miscellany

Artful Books

Whenever I see something about books as objects, as opposed to books as reading material, I think of my friend Vernon Wiering. Vern is one of the most talented people I know: a masterful bookbinder, carpenter, and tailor. At a time when many people, including myself, spend an inordinate amount of time in the virtual world–for work and entertainment and communication–Vern has remained grounded in the physical world of tangible objects…



On the bus ride to work this morning, I was listening to the podcast of a sermon given by Rob Bell, in which he quoted Cornel West, a Princeton University religion professor…


Blind as a Bat

This article from People Magazine is over a year old, but a blog I frequent just posted a link to it, so I read it for the first time tonight. It’s a truly amazing story of a boy who uses echolocation, the same technique that bats and dolphins use, to “see”…


Coffee Roaster Upgrade

A couple years ago I started roasting my own coffee, using an old popcorn popper and some green coffee beans I picked up online. A year later, I graduated to a little coffee roaster especially designed for home use. It usually did a great job of…


Looking for a Tank?

Why drive a Toyota Prius when you can drive in style? For the security-conscious motorist, Amazon is offering the Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank. With top speeds of 40mph, this is the perfect vehicle for city or desert driving.

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Unusual Day

Today was an unusual day in my town. Five blocks down the street from where I live, there was a funeral for a former President of the United States. Lucy got out of school in time to walk to the Episcopal church with Sara and see the honor guard and the secret service and the hundreds of onlookers. They also caught a fleeting glimpse of Dick Cheney. Apparently Jimmy Carter was there, too…


Food and Wine and Parenthood

An article in the New York Times got me thinking about all of the food and wine websites I come across, even though I have little interest in either food or wine — other than, of course, the ingesting of them. Food and wine led me to parenthood, which completes the three-legged stool of familial bliss. So here it goes, a list of sites to whet your appetites…


Always Get an Edge

For everyone who loves the edge pieces, there’s the new brownie pan from The Baker’s Edge…


Beautiful Things

My wife is moved by beautiful things. She has a natural eye for design and can create a gorgeous living environment with effortless grace. Whether she’s looking at fine art or stationery, photography or furniture, she knows what she likes, what works, and why. I on the other hand, don’t really have an inherent design sense. In fact, a lot of my own taste in design comes from what I think she would like…


Pop Art Toaster

A while ago I wrote about an egg poacher toaster, which I thought was pretty cool at the time. But now there’s a new toaster on the block, one that I think every toaster lover will want…