I got a few yard chores checked off my list this weekend. I painted and restrung my clothes line (does it scream Caribbean?) and planted half my table garden. Later, I headed up to my parents’ house for Father’s Day had to take a moment consider all the weekends it must have taken to turn their little corner into such a beautiful space.
Several months ago I pre-ordered this cool book called Designing Obama. I got my copy in the mail on Friday and I really like it.
It came in a beautiful de-embossed die-cut sleeve, it’s cloth bound and foil stamped and it’s filled with some really cool images and stories about the design produced for the campaign.
The book was published with money collected in a novel way. The book was purposed on this cool website called Kickstarter. Kickstarter is an escrow between hundreds of small doners and some project that needs support. So my pre-order directly funded the publishing of the book, which feels pretty cool. From the website:
We believed the Obama-like fundraising model is the perfect way to ensure the book’s integrity and quality. People supported this project; funded its creation, and changed way we think about traditional publishing. We were happy to see the community support our approach.
These beautiful flowers are called Fairy Slippers. They are a native Montana orchid my mom pointed out on a beautiful birthday hike two Sundays ago. Montana has, get ready, thirty native orchid species. This list of all of them has some beautiful photos.
Many people are surprised to learn that orchids grow in Montana. They associate the plants with faraway, exotic places. While it’s true that most orchids live in the moist, hot tropics, they also show up in many other environments. They inhabit every continent except Antarctica and are found in nearly every type of terrain except true desert.
Orchid season in Montana begins in late April, when the first pinkish purple blooms of fairy slippers emerge in moist woodlands and mountain foothills. It ends when the spiraling flowers of ladies’ tresses begin to wither, usually in August.
In Hong Kong, cars drive on the left while in the rest of China, they drive on the right. If you’re building a bridge between the two, you’ve got to come up with a clever way to switch lanes without disruption or accident. Behold, the flipper:
The only way that could be more cool is if one of the lanes went into a tunnel under the water or corkscrewed over the other lane in a rollercoaster/Mario Kart fashion. Lots more on the NL Architects site.
I assigned myself the project of making an edit of some videos my sister took with her new flip video camera. The edit was easy, the rendering was impossible.
My laptop runs Mint Linux so there are a lot of free video editors for it. I chose to use PiTiVi because it seemed so simple. The edit was simple, but the render was taking hours and hours which seemed wrong to me. Turns out that that software, as simple as it is, doesn’t render flip generated video. So after a few blind alleys I converted all the clips to a different format and edited the xml file in a text editor was finally able to render this thing. Black bars, squished faces, low res. But you get what you pay for. Next time I think I’ll go a different route.
I was out most of today with weird allergy/humidity/wimpyness related symptoms but Bannack didn’t stop for a second. He didn’t exactly LOVE floating in the frog Pete and Mary Ann got him—he’s got that skeptical look—but he got used to it. That was until his big boy second cousin (twice removed?) tossed a squishy football right in there with him. He has a low tolerance for splashing and therefore was out of the giant floaty toad shortly after that.
This year we will mark my grandma Rose’s 90th birthday with all of the Chicago Caseys in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sara, Bannack, my parents and I flew all day to be greeted poolside by a contingent of cousins, aunts and uncles. In the photos are Gram, my cousin Kevan, her daughter Claire and uncle Bill Gockman and of course my favorite aunt of all time: Colleen.
Has a puppet show ever made you cry? If your answer is no then this video might just change that fact. The song is taken from Josh’s newest album So Runs The World Away called The Curse, one of my absolute favorites in fact.
Honestly I got pretty misty eyed watching this video. It’s a combination of Josh Ritter’s amazing vocals and the strangely emotional puppets. It should also be noted that the video was directed by Liam Hurley, who is the bands drummer.
My famous nephew Bannack is named after Bannack a ghost town and the formal capital of [territorial] Montana. His close family (two great grandmas) and friends gathered in Bannack (the town) to welcome him into the world.
Thanks for taking such great photos Mom.