Like wild beasts
Through the vast expanses of the night
By sleepers’ whimsy
Dancers in the silver light.
Living in the Bay Area and going to school in Los Angeles as I do, I spend a lot of time hurtling up and down Interstate 5. Much of this time is spent looking out the window as miles upon miles of featureless, flat, brown and green landscape flies by; or, if we happen to be driving at night, up at the stars as they seem to hang fixed in the black. One time, I started writing haikus about the interstate to pass the time; this soon morphed into fuller verses.
I try to write at least one of these every time I’m on the interstate. I keep ‘em all in a little book and like to style myself a modern-day poet.
Some restaurants use what researchers call decoys. For example, they may place a really expensive item at the top of the menu, so that other dishes look more reasonably priced; research shows that diners tend to order neither the most nor least expensive items, drifting toward the middle. Or restaurants might play up a profitable dish by using more appetizing adjectives and placing it next to a less profitable dish with less description so the contrast entices the diner to order the profitable dish.
I’ve been meaning to get back into blogging, but other things have kept coming up and preventing me from really doing it. Not that I really ever blog about anything important anyway.
I’ve had this tumblr here for a little while and have mostly been using it as a linkroll to post random and interesting things I run across around the net. Tumblr’s pretty cool and fits my general blogging style— that is, these kinds of short, little snippets, rather than long, in-depth entries on specific topics.
So I feel this place could serve me well for keeping a little bit of a blog as well. The linkroll will undoubtedly remain the main purpose of this site; and when I do blog, I don’t foresee any long entries. I’ll see what happens, though, and play things by ear.
I like tumblr a lot for the high-degree of customization it gives you and the ease of theming. There are still a few things that bug me about this layout, but I think I’ve got it mostly worked out the way I want. I even added Disqus comments to the posts!
And now we return to your regularly scheduled programming.