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Incredible Gigapan

Feb 11, 05:24 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

I actually found this a few weeks ago, right after the inauguration, but it just dawned on me to post it here. This is truly amazing. If you’ve never heard of a gigapan before, it’s a HUGE panorama consisting of hundreds of individual photos stitched together on the computer. It’s taken using a motorized robot tripod sort of thing. Crazyness.

Double click to zoom in (and keep zooming!!) and then click and drag to pan around.

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Doctor, I think he's got a pulse...

Feb 9, 01:07 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Goofy Guys is NOT dead. But it has been gasping for air, struggling for life, hanging on by a thread, or whatever stupid metaphor you want to use. Or maybe it’s just been in hibernation! It HAS been a particularly rough winter so far. Punxsutawney Phil did in fact see his shadow last week, predicting another 6 weeks of winter. But hey, even HE has an active website, so we Goofy Guys have no excuse but to come out of our holes as well.

Okay, enough silliness. I just though The Goof needed a jump start. We need to start posing again. Otherwise Andy will continue to sit despondently in front of his iMac, hitting “refresh” over and over, but to no avail. (Sorry, more silliness.) We needn’t post anything epic or Bloggie nominated. Just keep this Goofy aging Guy alive.

I’ll start. Here’s a video of Kieran at his toddler class at the Y! Be sure to watch the following videos in High Quality for best effect.

And here’s a slideshow I made using pictures of Kieran from late summer through early winter. I made this using Animoto, which is a really cool web service that turns your photos into dynamic slideshow videos. You should check it out! I noticed Jimmy and Sarah have already started using it for their business!

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Life-prolonging beer?!

Nov 12, 01:48 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

I found this on and just had to share it with you guys… apparently there’s a team of students and professors/scientists at Rice University in Houston who are trying to genetically engineer brewers yeast that creates resveratrol in beer! I’m sure you’ve heard about resveratrol in recent years… it’s the compound in red wine that has been proven to offer all kinds of health benefits, from anti-cancer properties to heart protection. Well the students surmised that since beer is much more widely consumed in this country than wine, they should try to bring those same benefits to beer! By genetically modifying the yeast to create resveratrol in the fermentation process, they think they can do just that! It’s just in testing phases right now, but imagine the implications! Check out their website.

And on the subject of beer, I’d like to invite you to my place for an evening of homebrew drinking and catching up. It’s been a good 6 months or more since we’ve gotten together (I think). My current homebrew offerings are my Hazelnut Java Stout, a Hoegaarden-like WitBier, my Pumpkin Ale, and soon, my first-ever cider!

Should we set a date? What’s good for you guys?

Love Ty.

P.S: Here, for fun, is a picture of Kieran sitting next to my cider just after picking it up at Beardsley Cider Mill in Shelton! Click the pic for a link to all of our updated Flickr pictures!

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Yes we did.

Nov 5, 12:25 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

I can’t begin to express my happiness. I was kind of caught off guard when I heard the news (on Comedy Central!). I just didn’t expect for them to make such a definitive call so quickly. After the last two elections, I didn’t think they’d just be able to call it at 11 o’clock on the dot like that!

I teared up like ten times last night. Watching the energy of the crowd in Chicago, the emotion on the faces of Jesse Jackson and Oprah, the random celebrations in the streets of D.C., New York, San Fransisco… it was a beautiful night.

I so want to party on January 20th. Do you guys have plans?

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Nov 1, 07:29 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

So, as Jake texted the other day (to most of us, I assume), Spamalot is set to go off Broadway in January. I say we make it our mission to see it before it’s gone forever. I can’t believe it’s taken us this long to do this, but apparently, now is our last chance.

I replied to Jake that I occationally get discounts at work on Broadway show, but the last time I saw anything of the sort was early summer. I can inquire at work after the weekend, but another idea I had was the TKTS booth in Times Square, operated by the Theatre Defelopment Fund. They offer day-of ticket discounts up-to 50% off. And I think as an educator, Andy qualifies for a membership, which might increase our odds of discount tickets (I haven’t read the fine print).

But in any event, I say we organize and find a way to see this groundbreaking show before it leaves Broadway. We’ll have to set a date. And our chances will likely be better if it’s a weekday, which may mean taking off of work (or at least leaving early).

What do you say?

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Oct 8, 07:08 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

It’s hard to see obviously, but the large egg shaped black thing is the womb, and the doodad inside is the baby (er, embryo). The little spot next to that is the yolk sac. Cool… humans have yolks.

So yeah. That’s our news. Pretty cool, huh? Further confirmation that my boys can definitely swim. Due date is approximately May 9th. Cheers!

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Beer and Pizza

Oct 6, 12:38 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

This weekend I attempted to bake another no-knead bread, as popularized by the New York Times a couple of years ago. (I think Jimmy and I were posting about it at the time right here on Goofy Guys.) Only this time, I found an altered recipe for the same style of bread on a podcast from Cook’s Illustrated (a.k.a. America’s Test Kitchen). Here’s a link to the podcast. Basically, they determined that the loaf created by the NYT method was good, but lacked flavor and the texture was sometimes hard to get right. After lots of testing, (70 loaves!!) they worked out a recipe that used a little bit of vinegar to reproduce the tangy flavor of a real artisan loaf, as well as a little beer to add a more complex yeast flavor. Sounds good to me!

Well, I made the dough, and let it rise for the required amount of time, but determined it wasn’t quite rising as nicely as I would have liked. I think I used the wrong kind of yeast, plus the yeast may have been a bit old and tired. So at the last second, I switched gears and made pizza with it instead. It was GREAT!! The crust was different from my usual standard… it was a little crispier on the outside, but the inside was moist and chewy. And the flavor had much more complexity and depth than usual! I can only assume that the bread this dough was supposed to make would have been fantastic too.

Beer and Pizza. Beer WITH Pizza. Beer IN Pizza. It makes sense.

And while I’m on the subject, I’m happy to report that I brewed my newest batch yesterday, a Pumpkin Ale! It’s a nice deep amber color and is innoculated with an Irish Ale yeast. It’s got maltodextrin in the recipe (corn sugar), so presumably it’ll have a nice malty sweetness, but was also hopped generously with whole-leaf hops. And the interesting thing: NO PUMPKIN! Yeah, I was a little surprised too, but apparently for the homebrewer, adding actual pumpkin is more trouble than it’s worth. It makes a mess, has a tendency to rot during fermentation (eeeew), and gives off relatively little flavor. But the maltiness of the recipe and the pumpkin pie spices give it the sweet flavor of pumpkin pie. I guess it’s more of a Winter Warmer, if you want to be technical about it. Either way, I bet it’ll be good. And I’d love to have you all over sometime this fall/winter to enjoy it. We can also sample my Hoegaarden (which should be ready to drink in a couple of weeks) and my Hazelnut Java stout (which is EXCELLENT now!). Also, towards the end of the month, I’ll be brewing a hard cider. I got the yeast yesterday, so now I just need to get the cider!


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Sep 22, 05:07 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

One of the perks of only working 3 and a 1/2 days a week is that it allows us to go on long weekend trips almost every weekend! A couple of weeks ago we went up to the Adirondack Mountains in NY and then on to Burlington, VT. What a cool trip that was. This time, (for my birthday weekend) we’re thinking of going to Maine. So I’m currently researching that.

BUT, I had the idea to go to Montreal instead, since we’ve never been there and it’s supposed to be really cool. And, it’s less than a 6-hour ride from our house (which I’m used to after all those years living in VA.) Have you guys been there?

Anyway, I found this video on the Montreal Tourism site, want I was blown away by the production value. The video is gorgeous and the music is really pretty too (so turn up the sound).

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Richard Wright : 1943 - 2008

Sep 16, 12:12 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Oh boy. This is sad. I just found out literally two minutes ago, but I have to post. Richard Wright, keyboardist, pianist, singer, and songwriter of Pink Floyd died yesterday. Apparently he died after a short battle with cancer.

Oh guys, I’m devastated. I always hung onto this tiny little sparkle of hope that I’d get to see Pink Floyd play. I’ve seen Roger Waters twice, and those were great shows, but I REALLY hoped that the guys would come together and tour again.

Richard Wright was such a great pianist. His work on Dark Side of the Moon is genius.

Dave Gilmour has a nice tribute to him on his website.

Roger Waters has a simple image of candles on his site.

A lovely tribute I found linked from Wikipedia

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New Music

Sep 8, 02:43 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Hello friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about new music, because it’s been a while since I’ve listened to much new music. I had let my eMusic subscription lapse quite a while ago, and hadn’t been paying much attention to the music scene lately. But eMusic sent me a “Come Back, We Miss You!!” offer of 75 free downloads that I couldn’t pass up.

One of my favorite radio stations these days is WFUV, Fordham University’s radio station. It’s more professional than your standard college radio, with professional DJs at the helm and NPR News feeds every hour. In the morning and afternoon during my commute, they tend to play a lot of indie music and some great singer/songwriter-ish music (I love that stuff!).

This morning WFUV introduced me to Bon Iver (pronounced Bonne Ee-vehr, French for “Good Winter”). After being intrigued by the one song Claudia Marshall played this morning, I found it on eMusic. As far as I can tell, this is one guy named Justin Vernon, who has been around for a while in other bands (that I’ve never heard of) but broke off on his own for this album. According to eMusic, he set up camp in a remote hunting cabin in Wisconsin for an entire winter (I’m guessing that’s where the “Good Winter” thing comes from) and recorded most of this album by himself with an acoustic guitar and some ancient recording equipment.

His voice and simple lovely guitar playing is what I fell in love with. He sings almost entirely in falsetto, which sounds very haunting and melancholy, but at the same time soothing and comforting. I could try to describe it further, but your best bet is to just listen to it! Go to the eMusic link here and listen to the samples. If you click the play button at the top of the album listing, it’ll play all the samples in order. You don’t need an eMusic subscription to hear it. Or check it out at iTunes.

One other new band I’ve discovered on eMusic is Marching Band. These guys are lots of fun. They’re a duo from Sweden, and their music is bright, happy, and poppy. Definitely check them out! (BTW, Andy, I noticed that when you search for “Marching Band” on eMusic, a lot of school marching bands pop up! Thought you might be interested….)

Anything new or newly discovered that you’d like to share?

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