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Sunday, October 29, 2006
Fuji-Leo and Demon Doodles 

First of all is Fuji-Leo Monster:

Fuji-Leo Monster The Fuji-Leo monster comes from a time at Intel when it seemed as though our main server would freeze quite often. They even put in an LED reader board so that we'd know what was going on with the Fuji / Leo servers.

As folks who work in cubicles know, when something bad happens that prevents everyone from doing their work, you descend into groundhog spy-hopping mode: everyone starts standing up and looking around to see if anyone else is standing up looking around. Soon you have half of the people standing up and looking around since they can't get anything done...

After I popped up my head one day, I sat down and doodled for a bit, letting my C++'d little mind unwind.


I like this demon portrait. Eh, I could have done a better job on the muscles, but I love the head and mouth and especially the little round marble-like thing being pinched between two nails. What is it? A little soul...

(Edit: putting an ampersand in a file name is asking for trouble in this web world. Renamed. Naughty demon.)


Twisted and Skele-Knees 

Two more old doodles, off to the grim side of things.

Twisted beast with a pretty head Skeleton on its knees, with a headful of something awful

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The Doodles - Opus and Bill Debug a Supercomputer 

I've decided to start uploading some of the various doodles I've done over the years, starting with some that are from back in the 90s while I was working at Intel.

The first one is of Opus and Bill debugging a supercomputer. An Intel mesh-designed supercomputer in this case. I was responsible for XIPD, the graphical front-end to our debugging technology (IPD was the command-line debugger). Anyway, in between all the graycode and TAMs and GTAMs, it helped to think of things being a bit more fanciful than they were...

Opus and Bill Debug an Application on an Intel Supercomputer

I'm also starting iwth this one because it's pretty light-hearted compared to my other doodles. Deep apologies to Berkeley Breathed.

(BTW, I'm suspicious that some of these scans might have a transparency bit helpfully set when the shouldn't - if you're so inclined, click on the link to see the raw image.)



Wednesday, October 18, 2006
"Heroes" web site on NBC 

My cousin Neil dropped a reference to the new Heroes TV and noted that on the TV show's website, there's a weekly comic version (PDF). Most appropriate!

I've enjoyed the first four episodes and actually like the slow pace of revealing just what the heck is going on. What's going to be the challenge is "What happens after they are self-aware and able to use their powers?" A small comparison: when I was in school, the TV show "The Greatest American Hero" was on. The real charm in that show was the main character learning his new powers (like being told by a kid that to talk off to fly you had to do three big running steps and leap - sure enough, that worked!). Right now in Heroes, it's wonderful to see their powers and journey begin.

What next?

Hopefully not super-hero angst.


Monday, October 16, 2006
Woodinville Village - Things To Do 

Woodinville Village is a few streets away from our house. It's currently under construction and on track for a 2008 opening. Their website has grown up and I really like the looks over it, especially their Things To Do page. The website has the potential to become a living, breathing community website!

I hope they add an RSS feed so that people can subscribe to updates and happenings, both at the village and in the local area. 

Woodinville Wine Village


Monday, October 02, 2006
Dot-It Lights: Stick 'Em Up - Gizmodo 

I don't think these fit the bill, but I'm in the process of looking for battery powered LED lighting for sconce decorating in places where it's super unlikely we'll ever run wire without actually taking the wall down. Stick 'Em Ups might be reusable for that... I'll have to give them a try.


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