in a perfect world of yancies: August 2007

20 August 2007

Sites of Interest

Reader, please enjoy these websites, which I highly recommend.

First, there's Need I say more?
Now, the site, as you'll see from the home page, is still under construction, but it promises some real excitement in the future.

Oh, and are you interested in trying out another email address?
If so, feel free to write to me at

Another site you may find enjoyable is Crafty Synergy, where our good friend Pravina Studio (as in the place I found that bag for Emily; or, as in Diana) was recently interviewed.

18 August 2007

Beauty, Waste, and Space No Longer Wasted

Hope you like Emily's new hair-style. I know I do.

Once that was taken care of, we started really getting ready for the move. First step? To find someplace to ditch all our old, useless electronic devices (broken vcr, twelve year old Apple laptop, etc.). . . Luckily some friends told us that the Waste Commission of Scott County (Iowa; just across the river) has an electronic demanufacturing facility. Awesome.

As their website says, the facility "provides residents and businesses an environmentally sound and economically feasible disposal option for electronic waste." And it gets even better: good old Rock Island County covers the cost ($0.20/pound)!

Those same friends joined us last night, along with a few other folks here, for a little going-away party that we threw for ourselves. Real nice time; and real nice of everyone to come.

[Alas, no pictures--apologies, reader.]

We'll miss them, but it was a fun evening, and that's always a good thing.

On a less cheerful note, I'm still stinging over this new New York Times: they've cut 3 inches off of the paper (okay, fine: they say it's 1.5 inches, but I usually open a newspaper when I read it, so I'm calling it three inches).

I mean, seriously, if feels like reading a paper meant for a teddy-bear. It's like a scale model of a newspaper. Sigh.

Here's a bit of the email I received after I complained:
"We made this change for several reasons, but foremost among those was the need to trim costs. At a time when so many of our expenses are rising, from newsgathering to distribution, the savings we hope to generate should also help us minimize the extent and frequency of future price increases."

So money, then? That's what's so important? Fine. Whatever.

"Yet another reason for the 1 1/2-inch page width reduction is that many readers simply prefer a somewhat narrower paper, finding it easier to handle, fold, and carry."

Which readers? All those six year-old Times subscribers, with their little tiny arms?

"We want to assure you that this change will not result in the elimination of any of the columns, features and other articles that you expect to see in The Times."

Oh, well, that's good at least.
"Some articles may be very slightly trimmed, but we have also increased our capacity to add pages to the paper as needed."
Wait, you just said . . . aww. Plus they've decided to run fewer letters to the editor. But don't worry, with this new size, "advertisers will also save money." Phew!

But how to end a letter like this?
Oh, of course, condescension:
"Times readers are often uneasy about changes to the paper, and we appreciate that. It reflects how much readers like you value the paper; you don’t want to see it compromised in any way. While it may take a little while for many of us who have loved The Times for years to get used to its new size, I believe you’ll find that the paper’s full coverage of the news remains unchanged."


Anyway, hope you're well, reader. I've got to run: need to make sure I get a copy of today's Times.

16 August 2007

New M.I.A. Next Week!

Okay, from now on I'm just going to read stupid pitchfork like everyday, just in case. Found out today (by listening, of course, to the greatest radio station in the world, kjhk) that there's new M.I.A. to be heard. !!!

Thankfully, pitchfork provided this video for the single "Boyz" to tide me over until next week.

15 August 2007

10th Avenue East!

Well, it looks like we've got the place! Nice work everyone.

These photos aren't much (taken from the craigslist ad), but I hope you enjoy this peek into what will soon be our new place.

Extra bedroom, you ask? Well, reader, I promise that if you visit we'll find space in the living room for an air mattress: how's that sound?

I know what you're thinking, but 700 square feet isn't bad; besides, Emily and I are small, right?

14 August 2007

Slow News Day?

Or maybe it's just that we keep forgetting to take the camera out of the car.

In any case, we had a great time visiting the Chicago area recently--picked up my sister, who's back finally from Japan (welcome home!). I'd link to her blog, but she seems to have abandoned it (a danger with these things, I guess).

And we had a fine, late-night time with Dave and Diana. One link I can provide: Dave suggested we listen to Radio Lab, a WYNC show available as in podcast form. Very cool. Why don't you check it out?

And we saw the Iwanski's; always a pleasure. Braxton had a bit of a cold, alas, but still we enjoyed some of the delicious produce Magen's been growing, and I even made par on the second time through at the Campton Hills Park disc golf course (the first time through? oh, um, I don't remember . . .).

Back in the QCA, we think we've secured a place in Seattle, though we're still waiting for the final confirmation.

And we finally went up in the skybridge in Davenport:

More on these stories as they develop.

05 August 2007

A Book Review, A Website, and a Bridge

Hooray for me, reader. (Not Emily? I know! Shocking!)
A book review I wrote recently for Bryn Mawr Classical Review was just published. Read at your leisure (or not; whatever).

And speaking of links, I now have a page on the Seattle U server, so that's nice. That neat design? That's thanks to googlepages. Getting scary how much I rely on them (they own blogger, you know), but so far they appear to be a benevolent force, right?

What else? Well, I took some cell-phone footage of the Arsenal Bridge closing after a barge went through recently.

Blurry, isn't it? But majestic in its own way?

A bonus: my favorite Sportscenter ad: