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January 8, 2013

Pugix.com — Richard Brewster's DIY Synthesizer Website


He writes, "Welcome to my DIY synthesizer website. The name Pugix (and the graphic toon [below])


belonged to an online gaming character that I used to play and has nothing to do with synthesizers."

Got that?


Full disclosure: I met Richard Brewster — not his avatar, not his body double, no, not even his clone but rather the real flesh and blood wetware iteration — right here at boj World HQ®™© earlier today.

I'm still trying to get my head around the experience.

Far out.

As we used to say.

But I digress.

Pictured up top is QUARTUSSY, the subject of his January 5, 2013 post.

He wrote, "Rather than hoping to get a particular sound, I'm hoping to discover something unintended."

Sounds like a good way to live: think outside the music space while applying this principle, be quiet, and you just might give the rabbit enough breathing room to emerge from the hat when, how, and where you least expect it.

Beats an alien erupting from your solar plexus, that's for sure.

January 8, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


I'm referring to the black circle.

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: inedible — by cat and man.

A third [bonus!]: not imported.

Unrelated: this is perhaps the best picture ever of Gray Cat's notched left ear.

It was like that when I adopted her in the spring of 2008 and I have been told it is the residual of a fight earlier in her life.

I have no reason to doubt that.

Other theories, as always, welcome.

January 8, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

3 Powerful Words


• "Don't trade up" (David Rakoff)

• "Bleeding always stops"

• "Do it now"

• "Feel the fear" (Susan Jeffers)

• "Noli me tangere"

To me, language is every bit as powerful a code as software.

Makes me feel much better about not having a clue about the latter, though I am going to take an introductory course starting this month — better late than never.

"It is never too late to become what you might have become" — yes, that's a total of 4 x 3 = 12 words from George Sand but I'm putting them here because:

1. They're the exception that proves the rule

2. I can

[David Rakoff's epigram via Ariel Kaminer writing in the New York Times Magazine]


Note added at 2:49 p.m. today: I'm hoping that other tasty 3-word combos will make their way into the comments section — bring 'em on!

January 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack

Lorem Ipsum Necklace

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From the website:


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.

If you are a graphic designer, you know this phrase well.

Sport this little necklace and it'll be an inside joke between you and your fellow designers.

The pendant is cut from 3 mm white acrylic and is 1.75" wide and 1.4" tall.

It hangs from a silver-plated chain approximately 18" in total length.


I could swear it looks black in the pictures but maybe my MacBook Pro's Retina Display is on the fritz, I dunno.

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[via Richard Kashdan]

January 8, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

"Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" — Susan Jeffers, Apprehensive Optimist

Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman wrote, "I was very pleased to be asked to contribute to the New York Times Magazine's annual 'The Lives They Lived' edition. [Susan] Jeffers' works are subversive, anti-positive-thinking texts masquerading as conventional self-help books — and they're all about not ignoring reality. They're well worth reading."

Below, what he wrote.

The Apprehensive Optimist

Our nation's self-appointed happiness experts tend to emphasize the importance of manipulating inner experience, eliminating fear and doubt, and banishing unwanted emotions and insecurities. Susan Jeffers, the unconventional self-help author, posed a radical challenge to this uniquely American philosophy of effortful cheer: What if feeling the right emotions and thinking the right thoughts were not prerequisites for doing what needed to be done? That attitude was the backbone of her most well known book, "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway." In a genre brimming with barely credible tales of triumph over adversity, her down-to-earth voice was refreshing. "We live in a society that teaches us to grasp for control, total control, of everything," she writes in "Embracing Uncertainty." But perhaps the grasping only makes things worse.

"Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" is here.

"Embracing Uncertainty" is here.

I love both titles and bought them for that reason alone — anything I might learn is lagniappe.

January 8, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

North Face Avalanche Airbag System


Read John Branch's gripping New York Times story about an avalanche last year in Washington's Cascades that killed three of a group of 16 expert skiers and snowboarders and you'll pony up for one of these in a heartbeat if you're the backcountry type.

The only thing that kept professional skier Elyse Saugstad from being among the dead was the fact that she wore a backpack equipped with an air bag, whose deployment cord she pulled just as she was about to be overtaken by the avalanche.

Wrote Branch, "She was knocked down before she knew if the canister of compressed air inflated winged pillows behind her head."

"She had no control of her body as she tumbled downhill. She did not know up from down. It was not unlike being cartwheeled in a relentlessly crashing wave. But snow does not recede. It swallows its victims. It does not spit them out."

"Snow filled her mouth. She caromed off things she never saw, tumbling through a cluttered canyon like a steel marble falling through pins in a pachinko machine."

"At first she thought she would be embarrassed that she had deployed her air bag, that the other expert skiers she was with, more than a dozen of them, would have a good laugh at her panicked overreaction. Seconds later, tumbling uncontrollably inside a ribbon of speeding snow, she was sure this was how she was going to die."


Cheap at twice the price.

From a website:



• ABS avalanche airbag system integrated for quick deployment

• Bombastic auto-airbag fabric + higher denier internal materials to support ABS system

• Proprietary metal hipbelt buckle for superior breaking resistance during an avalanche

• Simple, stable, athlete-tested tuck-away ski/board carry

• Huge avy tools pocket with organization sleeves and backcountry-essentials checklist

• Reinforced high-abrasion zones on pack face

• Internal pockets for gear organization

• Dual hipbelt pockets


• Average Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. (3 kg)

• Volume: 1465 cubic inches (24 liters); 8 liters for ABS system

• 315D Cordura Bombastic nylon; 840 Jr. ballistics nylon



[via my LA correspondent]

January 8, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

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