Projects - Rest of Life

50,000 words and no letter ‘e’

Just found out that the Gadspy by Earnest Vincent Wright contains 50,000 words and was written entirely without the letter ‘e’ (thank you John).  Love stuff like that.

The challenge of it excites me.  Apparently it’s called a lipogram (Greek for “missing letter”).  Wikipedia says “it’s a constrained writing or word game consisting of writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided — usually a common vowel, and frequently “e”, the most common letter in the English language.”


Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,

Alfred Tennyson

made me think

one of the guys I work with (John) passed this to me. It made me think (which is always a good thing):

excited for my new book to arrive

Just ordered A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity by William Coperthwaite and it’s in. So now I get to go to the bookstore to pick it up tomorrow, which I also like (roaming around Barnes and Nobles). The book came recommended by a co-worker (Lance) as I was talking to another co-worker (Jamie) about how much I love when things are homemade.

Here’s the quick write-up: “A Handmade Life carries Coperthwaite’s ongoing experiments with hand tools, hand-grown and gathered food, and handmade shelter, clothing, and furnishings out into the world to challenge and inspire. His writing is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education, and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of the necessities of life. Richly illustrated with luminous color photographs by Peter Forbes, the book is a moving and inspirational testament to a new practice of old ways of life.”

Yay!  I know what I’m doing this weekend.

bring in some cheer

Kiyomi and Colleen Every now and then I bring one of my dogs to work and today I brought in Kiyomi. She’s a 12 week old Akita. I also have another Akita named Ronin who’s over a year. I decided to give Ronin a break from the puppy and keep him at home.

It really spruces the day up for me because while I work I look over my shoulder and see my adorable sleeping puppy.

Its also fun for everyone else here and everyones’ face lights up when they see one of my dogs. All around its a great way to start the day and bring in some cheer.

iphone black screen of death?

I had quite the scare this morning. As I’m leaving the house, I grab my phone to check the time and realize its not responding. Nothing is coming up on the screen at all. I plug it back in, it beeps, but still nothing. I call from another phone, it rings but I can’t answer it. Since I’m running late, I take the phone and go. The entire train ride I’m in a glass case of emotion, how will people get in touch with me, how will I make it though the commute with no music, what if there is an urgent email I need to respond to. Come to find out the world continued on fine without me for 45 minutes: there were no urgent emails, no voice mails. I Googled an iphone black screen, and learned if I press hold and home together for 6 seconds the phone would reset. The problem might have been caused by a faulty charger.  Basically, I overreacted. We get so used to all these gadgets in our life that we start to see them as a nessesity. Sometimes you have to step back and realize it’s a just additional helper, a gadget with flaws that might not always work, but that 99.9% of the time that it does, wonderful.

the hobby lobby (post #1)

When the office doors close for the day what do we do? Each of us spend our time in intriguingly different ways. Explore the Hobby Lobby for a view into the lives of some ::play:: employees! (more…)

a “smoothie” ritual

Smoothie Image A favorite ritual at ::play:: is the afternoon smoothie! Right about 2:30. Totally trumps coffee, bag-o-nuts, power bar, walk across the street, 7th inning co-worker stretch. The ice, the fruit, the froth….seriously gotta try it! Like someone hit the “restart” button and the day just magically started over.


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