August, 2006

Aug 06

The Big Oyster, by Mark Kurlansky

Every once in a while I get interested in the history of New York & Manhattan — think it’s just because I spent a lot of time there when I was at Reactivity. Also, I’ve read several books by Kurlansky, since his first (fantastic!) book, “Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World”. (Seriously. It’s an incredibly great book. Perfect example of what a monograph should be. Conversely, I have no interest at all in the history of oysters. I may even have negative interest in oysters, as I don’t even really like to eat them, sadly.

So I picked this book up mostly for a recounting of the settlement of NYC — and that stuff was all great. The recipes for oysters — on the half shell, fried, fricasseed & fried yet again — I probably could have lived without.

I wish Kurlansky would write a book as good as Cod again.

Aug 06


living with a 1 year old is great.

mostly great. better during actual daylight hours, than, say, at 4:30 in the morning when he wants to play.

anyway, the cool thing lately is that sam has started walking (and his progress from day to day, in terms of stability, raw speed, and, now, cornering is scary) — and it seems to have caused some real differences in his behavior.

specifically, now that he can get to everything, he’s interested in everything. his typical deal lately is to point at something and say “that”. (i think.) what he means, really, is “what’s that? how’s it work? what’s it called? does it taste good? can i have it? why aren’t you getting it for me?”

and, truly, he’s asking that question about everything. the loaf of bread marie brought over. the pile of laundry in our bedroom. the dead bush in the back yard. the garbage truck.

it’s just great & fun to be around someone where everything is shiny & new & interesting. neat perspective.

Aug 06


About 3 weeks ago, Seth Bindernagel started working at Mozilla on building out some sort of community-giving program — grants, in other words. He’s trying to sort out what a grants program should look like in our context, which is a great problem, and, I think, a great opportunity.

Here’s his first blog post.