January 6th, 2008


That Rock Band pedal thing

The other idea that we had, to actually use a drum kick pedal instead of a sock? Someone did it. Rock Band Drum Pedal Mod.

Best thing about this article: a chance to see inside the pedal and see that, in fact, the sensor is off-center.

Worst thing about this article: once again, a "wouldn't that be kinda cool?" thought I had got turned into reality by someone else and, yeah, it was cool.


A headache is eating up my Sunday. I have napped a couple times, taken Advil... orange juice, apple juice, a light lunch of crackers & cheese... distract myself with a movie, distract myself with TV, bundling up warm and cozy in bed, none of these seem to be doing the trick.

I'm trying to resist the urge to cure it with caffeine, in case this day is the first step towards easing off an addiction.

But anyway, the things I'm expected to get done this weekend, like prepping a D&D run for Wednesday, creating a character, or packaging up the electronic complete works of Shakespeare, are not getting done today, as everything I do is looked at through a mist of pain.

Hm, I wonder if it could be dental related. The pain is moving down to kind of above my gums. I haven't been to a dentist in too long.

Hopefully I'll manage to get everything done that I need to do on a later day this week. I should be able to cobble something together by Wednesday's run, anyway. *sigh* I had a whole month to prep.

5/366 Bookshelf

Here's just one of my bookshelves. My shelves need some serious reorganization. There are books here that should really be in storage, and books in storage that could be out here.

The three books in the foreground are books I got when the authors came to speak at work. The Haldeman is fluffy but fun, though I'm not sure whether he successfully resolved one of the paradox possibilities he opened up. oPtion$ by Fake Steve Jobs was a hoot, really giving a wonderfully warped view of the brain of a CEO. I can't decide whether to suggest it to baronet or tell him to stay away for fear of exploding in rage.

Jim Shepard's "Like You'd Understand, Anyway" is ostensibly a book of short stories... but to me it felt a lot more like a collection of character sketches. Interesting characters, flawed, and real. And a bit self-destructive, most of them. But... the book had an honesty to it that felt right.

Under those books is Make Magazine. It's neat to flip through, and there are times I feel I could really see myself building something from within the pages, or something that would be appropriate to submit there. It's a vicarious experience of creativity.

6/366 Marco Leftovers

Last night went with my friend C to a fantastic place in the North End called Marco. The restaurant was actually upstairs from a cafe, and seemed to benefit from the isolation provided by that location. It had a classy atmosphere and extremely friendly waitstaff. On a couple occasions they answered questions about how dishes were prepared.

The food started with a complimentary plate of focaccia with a small pot of tapenade. This chunky spread had identifiable olives, capers, onions, and garlic in it; it had a sweetness to it that worked very well on the bread.

We ordered a sweet potato risotto with braised pork (not pictured - I ate those earlier in the day before I thought to take a photo), the penne with pancetta and shrimp, and a side order of sauteed spinach. Delicious all around.

The texture of the piece of pork on top of the risotto was just amazing; crispy on the outside, but tender inside. I need to learn to braise meats (and I think I have a cut of beef in the freezer waiting for me to try it out on, now that i think of it.) And I loved the pancetta in the pasta dish.

It all reminded me a bit of the Tuscan meal we got to make for the release party at BEA last year. We all got to take the class at the Cambridge Culinary Institute. Pancetta played a good role in that meal as well. It's nice to get yet another reminder that I do want to cook more.

I just count myself lucky C was going out of town soon, so I got to abscond with the leftovers :)

Watch this space for an attempt to organize a mob for the knife skills class over there.