As Far As I Can Tell

One more year

Today Iím 26 years old and passing the 25 mark makes me a little nervous. It feels like I have to get things going; that I need to accelerate. Itís not that Iím slacking or lacking anything, itís just one of those birthday feelings. I tend to freak out about time passing, but truthfully I’m pretty happy with where I am.

Itís been a good birthday, full of homemade chili and thoughtful, perfect presents. Iím at the Rocket Star right now, using the laptop that I always forget I have. The music is Monoglot and the weather is slipping slowly into autumn. It’s a really comfortable night.



happy birthday simon…

Posted by: mark on September 30, 2004 7:28 AM

happy birthday, you old geezer.

Posted by: miguel on September 30, 2004 1:09 PM

Hey birthday boy, I didn’t realize you were 26 when I saw you yesterday… but in retrospect it TOTALLY makes sense! You MUST be 26, there’s no other explanation! Congratulumationiary!

Posted by: Clara on October 2, 2004 12:21 PM

Happy B-day, Simon. Your giant robot suit is on it’s way from Japan.

Posted by: jake on October 3, 2004 5:30 AM

happy birthday, dude.

Posted by: jim on October 3, 2004 8:20 PM

City of brotherly love

I spent last weekend in Philadelphia, flying in on Thursday night and leaving Sunday. It was my first time there, and now that I’m back I realize I’d never really given it much thought before. I had no mental image of it, no concrete preconceived notions. Like watching a movie without seeing a trailer, which is really my preferred way to discover things.

I was visiting my brother, who moved there nearly 3 months ago. His apartment is near downtown and we were able to walk almost everywhere we wanted. We ate good food, shopped for records and clothes, watched a movie, and saw Hayden perform. It was a great weekend, and one that gave me a favorable first opinion of Philly. There’s plenty of art, culture, and history while remaining laid back by east coast standards.


Interesting decoration that covers many buildings in Philly

Yesterday the Rocket Star Cafe website finally went live. No real promotion has been done for it yet, but word of mouth must be working since people have been signing up for the online Rocket Log. I plan on doing a more complete post about it later, including a separate technical write up.



Very nice work on the RSC. I like the mix of muted and bright colours. Good stuff indeed. Look forward to reading about it more.

Posted by: Naz on September 22, 2004 11:45 AM

But did you see anyone dressed as B. Franklin complete with a Torries style wig? Did you run a dainty finger down the crack of the Liberty Bell?

Posted by: meredith on September 23, 2004 10:17 PM

Oh yeah. I also helped the great-great-great granddaughter of Betsy Ross sew together some American flags.

Posted by: simon on September 24, 2004 8:59 AM

Buckminster Fuller Stamp

Certainly a post about a postage stamp won’t excite many of you, but come on — it’s Buckminster Fuller. After suffering through so many bad stamps with hearts and eagles the USPS has created a “commemorative postage stamp honoring the legendary American inventor, architect, engineer, designer, geometrician, cartographer and philosopher” [source]. The stamp came out on his 109th birthday and the artwork is from the January 10th, 1964 cover of Time Magazine.

I have to admit I’m a Bucky fan-boy. I have lots of his out of print books, I’ve read his biography, and I was pissed that I missed the one man play about his life when it came nearby. While he might have been a bit idealistic (a virtue I think), he always applied his radical engineering and design ideas to the betterment of society. Plus, he once gave a 42 hour (!) lecture entitled Everything I Know; I love that.

Buckminster Fuller Stamp



plus it’s a pretty fucking cool looking stamp! i’m going to get some NOW! …there’s nothing like a horn-rimmed space dome. e.

Posted by: e_prime on September 2, 2004 7:29 PM

Have you seen you can use your own photos and make real working approved stamps. Picture it, your face on a stamp. how wonderful.

Posted by: joel on September 3, 2004 9:16 AM

dude. that one man show ROCKED MY WORLD. we had to see it for one of my grad school classes. beautiful stuff.

Posted by: jim on September 4, 2004 10:28 AM

“Bucky fan-boy”!? Insane.

Posted by: Andrea on September 7, 2004 6:48 PM

Is it just me or does Buckminster’s head look like the evil overlord head from Tron? Once every few years the US postal service comes out with an interesting stamp series. For those years inbetween they kinda phone it in with (like you said) ducks, hearts, trains, and so on.

Posted by: Franta on September 15, 2004 12:11 PM

dude, you just got props on the cafe from jane hex.

Posted by: jim on September 18, 2004 4:00 AM

As far as who can tell?

Chicago, IL

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