Monthly Archives: June 2006

I'll be at dorkbot-austin

Austin is finally on the map. We now have our first dorkbot in austin at 8pm (tonight, Thursday June the 8th) at Cafe Mundi, 1704 East 5th St.

What is dorkbot you ask?

From David Nunez (one of the organizers):

It’s a celebration of tinkering – people doing strange thing with electricity. Fringe finding at its finest.

There are three main presenters for this inaugural event:

* Bob Sabiston, the programmer/animator behind the trippy animation technology for Richard Linklater’s films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly will debut his latest invention: an art/animation homebrew application for the Nintendo DS game system;

* Phil Mancutt demonstrates his homemade Theremin that’s encased in a vintage 1984 Macintosh computer case; and

* Craig Newswanger fires off his Tesla Coil and Jacob’s Ladder (think of the electrified gizmos in Frankenstein movies).

There will also be the much-anticipated “Open Dork,” a rapid-fire open mic kind of thing. Between all this, DJ KDH spins.

42 States

Mike has a map showing states he’s visited. I think we have a lot in common, in that we haven’t been lucky enough to see Montana and smart enough to avoid West Virginia.

Here’s what I came up with, only 42 40 states.

42 states visited in the United States
Create your own visited states map.

Yes, a few cross-country drives and you cover a lot of ground. I wonder what state is the least visited? (I’m guessing Alaska, North Dakota then Idaho?). Are these tempting targets for future vacations? Surely I could knock out those New England states in one trip.

And how I’ve missed Portland and Oregon in general, is a mystery indeed.