Archive for February, 2008


February 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Food, Photos

Cookie CrustLast night Marga made a cheesecake for tonight’s dinner party. The tiled cookie crust looked like photographic fodder, so I took a few shots. Just before serving, the dish that it’s in will be turned upside down, leaving the crust you see here on the bottom of the cake. I can’t wait!

Into The Wild

February 29, 2008 By: erik Category: Reviews, USA

into the wild - nelle terre selvaggeLast night, I felt like watching a movie. I had four or five to choose from. I wasn’t familiar with any of them by name, so I looked the first one up on IMDB to get a plot synopsis, see the actors, and get a feel for the general quality of the film. I was amazed that a film I hadn’t heard of had an 8.3 rating on IMDB. That’s huge. The IMDB rating system seems to be pretty good, in general.

You should have seen the look on my wife's face!

February 28, 2008 By: erik Category: Funny, USA, Weird

Put yourself in her shoes for a moment. You come home from a hard day’s work, and find your husband, as always, in his office, working at his computer. You stand in the office doorway, exchange greetings, and start talking about your days. As you lean on it, the door slowly opens, revealing the rest of the room, and you see what is lying on the bed in the office. Your husband has not mentioned a single word to you beforehand about the object on the bed. Look at the photo below, think about what would go through your head, and then continue.

More Beer and More Money

February 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos

The photo I posted here yesterday reminded me of another “still life” shot I took recently, so I figured I’d post it here too. Something about the juxtaposition of a $5 bill, an expensive laptop, and a can of cheap beer seems oddly artistic.


February 27, 2008 By: erik Category: Internet, Reviews, Videos

TubeMogul - GraphMy mate, Hubbers, pointed me towards an interesting new Web 2.0 startup the other day. TubeMogul attempts to solve the problem of getting your videos out to as many video sharing websites as possible. YouTube is the big daddy, and I’m still fond of Revver, but there are plenty more that should not be left out if maximizing your viewership is your goal.

Expensive Coaster

February 26, 2008 By: erik Category: House, Photos, Spain

The other day I had a beer in hand and was looking around for a coaster to set it on. I couldn’t find one, so I had to make do with the paper I had just lying around the house.

What's the point of Twitter?

February 26, 2008 By: erik Category: Internet, Musings, Reviews

First, a quick follow-up on my previous post in the “What’s the point?” series about Facebook. I’ve ceased to log into Facebook on any sort of regular basis. The same “you gotta sign up to see it” philosophy that I praised as clever now strikes me as the most repulsive element of its design. I’m continually notified that some friend or another has installed some Facebook “application” on their homepage, but when I click the inviting link to see what it’s about, I have to agree to give the people that wrote the application some amount of my personal data. Screw that.

Strangely, the part of Facebook that I found to be initially the dumbest, the “what are you doing right now?” status, was the part that kept me logging in. And this is exactly the “problem” that Twitter hails itself as the solution to. So what the heck is Twitter, you ask?

According to their main page,

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

To me, this sounds like the dumbest thing in the world. Why would I go to a website and enter “Preparing pork chops for dinner”, and broadcast that to the world? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Nor would I repeatedly go hit refresh on a web page to see what my friends are moaning about right now.

Lake Wheeler Sunset

February 25, 2008 By: erik Category: Photos, USA

Lake Wheeler SunsetJust a few more photos from my trip to the Motherland earlier this month. Every day commuting back home from work, I’d seen some gorgeous sunsets and finally, on the last day of work, I decided to stop the car next to Lake Wheeler, climb up the dam hill to the water, and take some photos of the sunset. There’s just something about the setting sun reflected over water…

Weekend in Suances

February 24, 2008 By: erik Category: Beach, Dancing, Photos, Spain, Travel

Rusty PostWe spent this past weekend in an intensive salsa dancing seminar in the picturesque Cantabrian town of Suances. The invited instructors were mostly from a Milan-based dance troupe called Tropical Gem. My videos of the dance steps we learned are not unlike the ones I took last year, so I won’t post them. The weather was spectacular, so on Saturday we took a little stroll on the beach.


February 23, 2008 By: erik Category: Family, Photos, USA, Videos

National Grandparents’ Day isn’t until September, but I just saw my two remaining grandparents, and I thought they deserved a post.