Monday, March 17, 2008


I guess it's been a while since I put up photos of the kids.

These are recent:

Harrison (almost 15 months)
Harrison @ almost 15 months

Hannah (6 years)
Hannah @ 73 months

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Google 'Street View' Comes to Town

Looking for something else entirely, I recently discovered that Indianapolis and several surrounding communities (see map) are now included in Google Maps' application, Street View.

For the uninitiated, Street View combines Google's interactive mapping program (which is fantastic, by the way) with street-level photographs. Just to clarify, this isn't top-down satellite imagery -- this is more like you're standing in the middle of an intersection or street and able to spin around, identify landmarks, etc. You've really got to try it yourself to get the full effect.

...and while I'm singing the praises of Google anyway, I had a very positive experience using another one of their services recently:

1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411)
(more on GOOG411)

This is a free phone information service where, using simple voice prompts, you tell them where you're located (or where you're headed, if you're travelling) and then what you're looking for either by specific listing (Fazoli's) or by general category (restaurants). It confirms your prompts back to you and allows you to connect. All for free. Once again, you have to try it to see how well it works, but I can tell you this, I'll never call 555-1212 again!

Films Recently Watched:

Le Samouraï (1967) dir. by Jean-Pierre Melville

Babette's Feast (1987) dir. by Gabriel Axel

Apocalypto (2006) dir. by Mel Gibson

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) dir. by Gore Verbinski

Casino Royale (2006) dir. by Martin Campbell

Monday, March 03, 2008

SPC -- 'Political' -- #1

I pay attention.
I have a general understanding of what's going on in my community, my state, my country, and the world.

...but, in general, I prefer to keep silent about politics.


The new Self Portrait Challenge theme for the month of March is 'Political.'

It ought to be interesting.