Gainesville: Rainbow World shouts down Dove World

The night began as most do with a threat of rain combined with a searing sun.  Given the right angle, you can regularly find a brilliant rainbow. Scurrying through the sprinkles, I made it to my favorite downtown food spot, Lunchbox, which specializes in Latin and Asian-style tacos. I’m partial to the fried flounder whenContinue reading “Gainesville: Rainbow World shouts down Dove World”

More fun with visualization … Walkability

I lost some time this afternoon to this site:  http://www.walkscore.com After checking through all the places I’ve lived, it seems to do a pretty good job.  I’m skeptical about the overall rating of cities, but the neighborhood-by-neighborhood assessments are right on the money.  At some point down the road I’ll have to look into theContinue reading “More fun with visualization … Walkability”

My recent career in a sentence …

Computers and algorithms may be getting faster, cheaper and easier, but they simply cannot handle a blind search through the eight-or-more-dimensional parameter space. — Squires, T. M., Messinger, R. J., & Manalis, S. R. (2008). Making it stick: convection, reaction and diffusion in surface-based biosensors. Nature Biotechnology, 26(4), 417–426. From the same article is oneContinue reading “My recent career in a sentence …”

Some unsolicited advice on creativity

I recently came across this great quote from Ira Glass concerning the early stages of creative work. [quote style=”boxed”]Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the firstContinue reading “Some unsolicited advice on creativity”

Banksy in New Orleans

Photo source. In my reading about “Exit Through the Gift Shop” I’ve learned that Banksy paid a visit to post-Katrina New Orleans. You can find all sorts of images on Flickr and I think my favorite is the time-lapse photo above.  When you see other photographs of the same mural (is that what I shouldContinue reading “Banksy in New Orleans”

Brief review: “Exit through the Gift Shop.” 4 stars.

As unconventional a communicator as street artist Banksy is, his documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” follows the classic form of persuasion: [quote] Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it; then tell them what you said. — Dale Carnegie [/quote] We are quickly told that the true subject of the documentary is theContinue reading “Brief review: “Exit through the Gift Shop.” 4 stars.”