Author Archives: blaise


This baby has been a long time in gestating.  Hats off to Ben, Kai and Tom for creating, over I won’t say how many years, the greatest app ever to render a retina display pixel.  Frax is not only the … Continue reading

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I began keeping notebooks at age 7 or 8.  My parents must have sent this one in a box a while ago. The entries in it date from late 1985 to early 1986, so I would have been 10 at the time: a … Continue reading

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anselm’s puzzle

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The dust consisted of 2 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of sugar premixed.  The added crystals are ½ teaspoon of salt.  “Very hot” conventionally means 450-500F. This recipe was adapted from the Australian Women’s … Continue reading

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“Sorel’s basic character flaws had all cemented by the age of fifteen, a fact which further elicited my sympathy.  To have all the building blocks of your life in place by that age was, by any standard, a tragedy.  It … Continue reading

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The real Glass—Philip Glass.  I’m listening to the second movement of his first violin concerto, while walking to the bus through a light snowfall on Capitol Hill.  It feels transcendent.  For a few minutes there’s nothing else at all. The … Continue reading

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the kitchen

The on{X} team has just released a very nice new piece of functionality, the Kitchen.  This allows anyone who uses on{X} to very easily write a new recipe, defining novel smartphone behaviors simply by snapping together Lego-like components. The Kitchen … Continue reading

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Comics aren’t my usual thing, but I need to give Ellen Forney her due.  I’ve just read her autobiography Marbles, about the nature of creativity, bipolar disorder, and her struggle to achieve balance.  It’s a lovely thing.  The book is … Continue reading

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new piece

Rainy day

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the sense that the booker prize sucks

There are two book reviews I’d like to post, by way of comparing great writing with crap writing.  My original thought was to interleave snippets from these two books, allowing one to make its own case and the other to … Continue reading

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