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June 2011

The Big Unit

June 28, 2011 - 1:57am

It only took us a year, but we finally made it to Cooperstown to try The Big Unit. I first heard about it from Man Vs. Food Phoenix edition. It's a one-pound hot dog topped with all the fixings. It's named after after former Diamondbacks pitcher, Randy Johnson.

The Big Unit at Cooperstown

This hot dog is huge! Whenever one comes out of the kitchen, the waiter rings a bell and everyone in the restaurant yells, "The Big Unit." We had another patron stop by our table to take a picture of it. Unfortunately, we were able to eat the whole thing. Chris joked that he felt like less of a man by leaving some on the plate. Next time we'll definitely need a third person to help finish it.

The Big Unit at Cooperstown

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Allergic

June 26, 2011 - 2:51pm

Stewart

This is Stewart, my friend, Ryan's cat. He's awesome. I wish I wasn't allergic to him.

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Lawsuit: Pixel Art Album Cover

Sad, sad situation for Andy Baio. Good discussion of fair use.

Backyard

June 22, 2011 - 5:54pm

Awhile back I shared some pictures of the current backyard construction. I also shared a model of what the bench was going to look like. Then we got really busy with Chris' graduation and work and life so I never posted pictures of what we completed.

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We added a wall with a cantilevered bench that goes around the fire pit and a new dining table. Keep in mind the fire pit is still a work in progress...right now the fire ring sits on top of a stack of concrete block. It won't always look so raw, but for now we're taking some time off. It's getting warm in Phoenix, which cuts into construction time and we really need to save up money for the next round. But right now I'm feeling really awesome about the state of the backyard.

I especially love the dining table. It's getting a ton of use. I think the next project just might be a light to hang over it so dinners aren't so dark.

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My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

An extremely moving article by Jose Antonio Vargas in the New York Times. We all have to remember that immigration reform is about people. Real people who have feelings and families. It is not a simple problem nor is it black and white.

Barcode Art

Wall Street Journal has examples of "vanity" barcodes.

Act Like a Kid

June 22, 2011 - 12:58am

Sometimes it's really great to act like a kid. Sometimes you should just hop on your bicycle with 50 of you closest friends. Then you should ride around town hopping into fountains and swimming pools. You'd be surprised how much better you feel after acting like a kid for a few hours.

TBAG Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride

*Huge thanks to T.B.A.G. for putting on the Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride!

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Phoenix Bicycles and Art

June 16, 2011 - 5:59pm

Excerpts from the Tempe Bicycle Action Group June Newsletter:

Call to Illustrators: The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department invites illustrators to apply for the Bicycle Safety Graphic Art Project, to work with the Bicycle Coordinator, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department, and the project team to design bicycle safety graphic art material for city of Phoenix. Submissions are due Friday, June 24. For more info contact: joseph.perez@phoenix.gov

Bicycle Public Art: TBAG is seeking to commission an artist (or artists team) to work with to create a permanent public art piece in Tempe, in the Mitchell Park Neighborhoods area. The project commission is for $15K and is inclusive of all design and fabrication costs associated with the project. TBAG, the neighborhoods, and the City of Tempe will work with the artist to see the project through to construction. The intention of the project is to create a local landmark that supports bicycle culture in Tempe. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.Check out http://www.biketempe.org/public-art-project/ for more information.

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A Year Ago

June 16, 2011 - 4:00pm

This time last year, I was working in Chicago. This is a picture of the John Hancock Center (often referred to the Hancock Building), with some of its 95 stories in the fog.
Lost in the Clouds

This year I'm working in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. Interestingly there was a lot of fog here this morning (though no interesting buildings to take pictures of).

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Strawberry Moon

Did you know each month's full moon has a name?