Marisa took this picture of me standing in the Chestnut Street Park.
Marisa also picked this shirt today, but it is her birthday! Happy birthday to her!
I have been told that this shirt is more of an orange sherbet color, as opposed to creamsicle.
Since I had to leave the apartment today (silly job!) I slipped on a shirt that makes me think of one of my favorite shows: Dexter.
Angel Batista, a fictional member of the Miami PD, often sports Tommy Bahama shirts on the show, and as you can see we both own at least one of the same shirts:
If I were a People magazine writer this is where I would say, "Who wore it best?!" Since I am not, in fact, a People magazine writer I am certain that I look best in the shirt (though Batista knows how to rock a hat!).
Today was one of those days were I didn't leave the apartment, so no need to break out a Hawaiian shirt. I decided to wear my good old Hivelogic t-shirt (in which, as you can see, I ran 2.5 miles).
Scott points to his ever expanding collection of Hawaiian shirts whilst wearing a nice linen number. Cotton is so breathable!
Kneel before your emperor!
For you Scott cosplay people out there, you can get your own Imperial Lotus shirt and pretend to be me! Make sure you have a Kindle on hand for the full experience.
I thought it might be fun to post a picture a day showcasing what the Hawaiian shirt of the day is.
This is the first post!
Ah, the good old days, when you could order a monkey from a magazine.
This is from a December 1964 issue of Photo Play.
Sometimes living in a big building with lots of other people (many of whom are elderly) is a drag. I know Marisa would like some outdoor space, and I would prefer never having to engage in small talk while in the elevator.
That being said, there are some up sides to our current living situation: your chances of having something very odd happen are much higher.
My evidence is as follows:
The other day I was going to pick up something at a near by retailer. I doffed my baseball cap and made my way to the elevator bank down the hall from our apartment. In between two of the elevator banks is a small table which usually has nothing of interest on it. That day it had this on it:
A couple of days later the coat was gone and, I can only assume, a little person in Philadelphia was much warmer.
Data point two:
Our building has a bulletin board set up by the mail room where residents can post placards and announcements. I often read whatever is posted because I have an odd sense of humor... and people post some weird stuff.
How weird? Here's the most recent odd posting:
It takes a special person to not only post about a miraculous seat cushion, but go the extra mile and include an artist's rendering to help identify said cushion.
If the cushion is yours let me know and I'll pass along the contact number.
That's what I thought this blog post was about. Sadly, I was mistaken.
I'm a reading person, which makes me better than you (look in your heart, you know it to be true).
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to list all the books that I read in 2010 as a fond look back at the stories that were. I started this post a couple of months ago and I'm just finishing it up now.
I was too busy reading.
See what I did there?
Last year's reading list was greatly impacted by my participation in the fabulous geeky podcast The Incomparable (I even listen to the episodes that I am not in.. that's high praise from a self proclaimed egomaniac).
Here's the list:
- How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
- Surface Details
- The Evolutionary Void
- The Gone-Away World
- Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
- Ship Breaker
- The God Engines
- From Hell with Love
- A Curtain Falls
- Brains: A Zombie Memoir
- In the Shadow of Gotham
- The Dream of Perpetual Motion
- The Bad Book Affair
- The Adamantine Palace
- The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
- Up in the Air
- Shades of Grey
- Speaks the Nightbird
- The City & the City
- The Windup Girl
Sure, I love eReaders (some might say I have an eReader problem) but here's a dirty little secret: if, by some otherworldly force, all the eReaders in the world disappeared I would be sad. If said force was turned against libraries instead I would weep for humanity.
Textpattern is a CMS (content management system) and blogging tool. It is elegant, well designed, and no one uses it (well, very few people). I like it, but I have discovered they've updated their logo. Call me old fashioned, but I liked the old one better.
I will admit that the newer logo is bolder, and probably easier to print on T-shirts and the like.. but the old one just resonates with me.
Yesterday I gave a presentation to the fine folks at PANMA. I happily agreed to give the presentation because I like talking in front of groups, and then I immediately regretted it because I am deeply shy.
Pushing aside my shyness I whipped up a presentation about two seemingly unrelated topics: improving your blog and the current eReader/tablet landscape. What is the glue that holds these two topics together? Why, my interest in them, of course!
The presentation is embedded above and available via this link. Check it out.
Overall I think the presentation went well, and the audience had some great questions (thanks to Marisa for pitching in and sharing some details about how she has been so successful with Food in Jars). Note to self: skip the Libya joke next time.
Here are some links to things I mention in the presentation:
- My WordPress book (buy several copies)
- My TypePad book (another great book!)
- WordPress.com and WordPress.org plus TypePad
- Editorial Calendar plugin
- All in One SEO Pack
- Improving your WordPress blog permalinks (for SEO and human readability)
- Project Gutenberg
- Kindle.amazon.com to check out popular notes/highlights
- Adobe Digital Editions
After I was done (I managed to talk for about 1.5 hours!) Marisa told me I did a good job. Her praise, of course, is suspect since she loves me and all. I was happy to hear from some audience members (none of whom love me, I assume) that they thought my talk was entertaining and informative (despite the Libya joke). A couple even complimented me on the pictures in my presentation.