Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Curious George Visits a Horse Farm by Santiago M. Melendez
Curious George runs behind a horse. Curious George gets hit by a horse. Curious George sees a Mom horse. "It is actually a Dad horse," his friend says. Curious George sees a Dad horse. "It is actually a Mom horse," his friend says. Curious George sees a tin of Altoids. "It is actually a horse shoe," his friend says. "A horse must have dropped it."
Curious George leaves the horse farm and goes to a cow farm. Curious George climbs over a fence. Curious George runs behind the cow who chases him. It is actually his friend who is eating a peach.
Curious George goes to the Johnson Space Center. Curious George sees everything for one day and then goes to the Kennedy Space Center. Also, Curious George goes to an owl farm. Curious George sees an owl. He tries to wake one up but it is still fast asleep. His friend does that too. They go back to their apartment and go to bed.
And that's all!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This weekend has been one of many experiences. The first is house hunting. Again, we're looking seriously at buying a house, emboldened by the lower interest rates and some hard to define sense that the economy is bottoming out for the year. Of course, the unemployment rate is reaching levels we haven't seen since the recession of 1983.
But despite the risks, I do think that unless something really interesting happens, the Austin real estate market is pretty much bottomed out, unless you want to buy a condo. Those things are in free fall right now. We are looking for something affordable in the 78704 zip code, which is about as far South as I am comfortable with. We found a pretty cool little house in the Galindo neighborhood, which has a East Austin vibe to it (read: gentrifying, albeit at a slower pace than its counterpart).
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Big questions: the proximity to some very well kept but very large tracts of public housing, general sense that it's a bit crime-y. However, there are few inner city neighborhoods in our price range that aren't subject to the normal challenges of urban living. Seeing my parents' suburban neighborhood decline over the past 30 years has really put me on notice for the fast slide that can occur in less than resilient communities.
The second item that has my attention is a new book, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence. More soon, but definitely worth checking out.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
This is a a report from Xobni that shows the average amount of e-mail I send and receive every day since August of last year at work only. I filtered out auto generated, mailing list and of course, spam email and show only that which is sent to me by a human. That's on average 100 pieces of mail a day during the work week. I find that to be a pretty significant volume, and I'd say at least half involves me taking some sort of action. How does that compare to other people's volume? I'd love to hear your comments.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
So, pretty fun weekend. I got to spend a lot of time with the wife and The Boy, which is always a delight. Everything after that is just gravy. I did get to see, and more importantly, play in, some sweet improv. On Thursday night, I was able to see the new Pgraph show, Grimm, which is improvised fairy tales. This show was intriguing to me for a number of reasons. I'm always a sucker for Pgraph. They're easily one of my favorite troupes because of their mix of funny, smart and highly theatrical improv. Besides being technically superior performers who clearly delight in each other's company, they always seem to come up with great concepts, and the whole improvised fairy tale is a pretty good shtick. In fact, one of my classmates had suggested that as a genre for my class' performance work, but since it was already in play, we decided to go to a different direction. Class was another one of my pleasures, even though it was hard hard work. This week was our first class of Improv 601, long form narrative improv.
The genre we decided to work on during this class was "mistaken identity" themes in stories. We've definitely got some work ahead of us. I certainly felt myself struggling for strong choices in my scenes. I feel like I'm getting stuck on another plateau in my learning. While I'm a little worried about how long this plateau will last, I was encouraged to take the "Get Out of Your Head" workshop at Coldtowne on Sunday. A big part of the work was about getting rid of that inner judge ("did that opening just suck? do my scene partners think I'm a moron? why wasn't that funny?") in your mind that makes it really hard to get better at this stuff. The class was pretty fun and inspired me to take some classes at Coldtowne soon. Besides, they're New Orleans folks.
I also got to see Improv for Evil's Cochise retrospective and a Girls Girls Girls show. As always, those folks at Improv for Evil are super talented and delightful to watch. I do get the sense that they're pretty much ready to retire Cochise and move onto something new. GGG was solid too. I'm always in awe of the double whammy of narrative improv plus improvised singing. Those ladies are badasses.