I've been on vacation for the past couple of
weeks! I went to Bangkok, Thailand and Koh Samui for some
quality family time and to attend my cousin's gorgeous
Although I have a few projects that I'd like to
finish before the weather cools down in the fall, things will definitely
be slower around here for a month or two while I enjoy the weather and
take a few more trips.
Market Spice is a little shop nestled in a corner of Seattle's Pike Place Market. It's a small place packed with tea and spice related goodies, and it's easy to get lost smelling each and every jar of tea. You're bound to find a new favorite each time (and since everything can be bought by the ounce so it's OK if your favorite turns out to be your not-so-favorite). I wish I had taken photos of the perfect little packets of tea I bought on Sunday, but I completely forgot before I dug in. Instead, I'll use some photos from the Market Spice website- they're quite pretty!
I haven't tried this one either, but it smells like it
would make delicious iced tea.
They say: "High grade Chinese White tea flavored with
dried Strawberry pieces. High in antioxidants. Low in caffeine."
I'll have to learn how to spill tea so perfectly so I can take my own pictures. In the meanwhile, I have to figure out how to store it all. The little plastic bags work well enough in the short term, but they're not terribly convenient to open and close and I'm afraid the teas will lose their freshness over time.
A couple weeks ago I finally did it. I ripped off the band-aid and freed myself from the iPhone. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone is a lovely piece of consumer magic. I loved the hell out of my first gen iPhone, and was even tempted to pick up that sleek little iPhone 4. But the day my contract with ATT expired, I knew it was time to leave the nest. It was time to get a big girl phone.
I could go on about how much I love the phone- how crazy fast it is, how gorgeous the screen is, how open the OS feels- but I'm not here to tell you why the EVO is better than my old phone. Instead, let's talk a little about programming with Android (but seriously, my new phone is totally better).
The Android Developer's site made it easy to get started. The SDK plugs right into Eclipse, so the time between "Huh, I guess I should try programming something" and "Hello, World" was short and sweet. I haven't had a chance to do much more, but so far it's been simple to add menus, screen elements, and keep resources organized with xml. Check out the Hello World here.
Knowing my audience (Hi, mom!), I realize that programming isn't everyone's thing and the above paragraphs might mean very little. I haven't tried it myself, but Google has an "App Inventor" that claims that no programming experience is needed to create apps for Android. Apparently apps are developed visually, with drag and drop style blocks to create the UI and to tell the app how to behave. I'm not sure how complex you can make your apps, but it sounds pretty cool. They haven't released it publicly, but you can request access on the App Inventor site. I'd love to try it out, so I'm crossing my fingers!
Let's talk about my friend Dave for a second here. Dave is a pretty cool individual with many talents. When he took an interest in my steampunk costume shenanigans, I was pretty excited to see what he'd come up with because I've seen what he can do with Warhammer 40k models. He mods and paints those little guys with tremendous attention to detail, and the work he did with this Nerf gun was no different. Just take a look.
I mean just look at that thing! It's amazing! Remember how I was saying my costume needed a little something? I think Dave absolutely nailed it. Now all I need to do is figure out how to holster this thing- in a Victorian, lady-like sort of way, of course :)
To get the full story- from neon yellow to painted perfection- head over to Plastic Space Guys!
Mural painting is hard! Go figure. Ok, so here we are, a month since my first day of painting and I have very little to report. I did a few small things.
First, I painted the outlet covers! I took them off when I first painted the wall (you know, like you do when you're painting walls) and later decided to paint them. Exciting. I offer you these photos to illustrate the magic of paper towels and finger painting:
First they're white, then they're orange, then they're red and orange.
Next, I sketched on the wall with blue paint! Oh yes, I did. Natalie, who is doing her own mural magic in another room, had leftover paint so I borrowed a bit. I used a friend's projector to project the original painting up on the wall. It doesn't quite fit the space, so I'm zooming in and cutting out some of the berry bushes. I'll be painting over almost all of the blue, but I think it'll be nice to have some of it showing here and there. It's just a loose sketch at this point.
My phone's camera couldn't quite figure out the white balance for this one >.>
Aaaaand that's pretty much it. A little underwhelming after the first day's progress, but it's as good a place to be as any.
It's time to figure out where to go next.
Metric week? Here's one from Chris from their earlier days: