Shoestring Theory

Currently documenting the house that is eating our lives, we will return to regularly scheduled programming in a couple of more months

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Speed’s Place: A fabulous discovery in the Unmuseum

April 4th, 2008 No Comments

File under bizarre. We went to Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Museum on March 22 (traveling for Easter weekend). On the top floor is the Unmuseum, a child themed, interactive display to entertain the kiddies (and the very young at heart, which happened to include our entire party). The gem of the Unmuseum was Speed’s Place, a […]

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North Carolina is the National Champion!

April 3rd, 2008 No Comments

One of two North Carolina Championship shirts being offered by CBS. This is completely off-topic, but as a loyal Jayhawk I have to point it out. Patrick over at Fortuna Faveat has posted that the CBS Sports Store is selling North Carolina 2008 Men’s Basketball Championship shirts (I’m sure this link will go dead soon) […]

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Breaking into the local art scene

March 10th, 2008 1 Comment

Intensity by Brandon Parkinson. Saturday night, we all headed out to Henry’s Coffee Shop at 8th and New Hampshire here in Lawrence to see Brandon Parkinson’s first public exhibition of his artwork. Brandon is a very old friend. He works in a huge variety of formats, so you can’t really peg him as any particular […]

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Medication + dilation = Half-Day Vacation

February 26th, 2008 1 Comment

Photo from bunchofpants on flickr thanks to a Creative Commons license. I got my eyes checked today after not having seen an optometrist for four or five years. I had the full battery of tests run, including the one where the doc dilates your eyes to stare into your brain. It pretty much forced me […]

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Bring Jonathan Coulton to Lawrence (or Kansas City)!

February 13th, 2008 No Comments

Jonathan Coulton rocks. Period. This is a fact, not an exclamatory statement. No exclamation point needed. Coulton did the closing credits song for Portal, which might be the best video game song ever. He did some guest bits on the show with zefrank. You should check him out at his site. I won’t even seriously […]

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Scratchin’ out a groovy program

February 8th, 2008 No Comments

While surfing for something completely different, I ran across MIT’s Scratch program yesterday. Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st […]

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Updated – CNN: You Vote, We color coordinate

February 6th, 2008 3 Comments

Screen capture of Feb. 5, 2008 video stream from So I’m in full political junkie mode, watching the live stream from CNN while surfing the web looking for more SupTu (that’s how the cool kids say it) info. The colors on CNN’s Republican Super Tuesday map floored me: McCain: Republican Red, the color of […]

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Rockin’ Barack at the Jayhawk Kansas Caucus

February 5th, 2008 2 Comments

I still don’t know who I support the most, but no doubt Kansas Dems love Barack. Lord, that’s an obnoxious headline. Someone stop me. The alternate headline for this was, “Slinging mud in Kansas politics.” Weather forecast: wet, white and disgusting. Quite a few people had problems getting out of the fairgrounds after the caucus. […]

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