Category: Random Stuff (Misc.)

Digg Sketchbook


Kevin Rose released this picture the other night of an old sketchbook he “dugg out” (haha couldn’t help myself) of some initial Digg designs and ideas.  Where do you keep your ideas?

SAT Scores and Family Income



I don’t know what correlation you want to draw from this but I found the above chart interesting.  Although there appears to be some obvious correlations. the higher income due to higher SAT scores could be for numerous reasons other than “I scored better on the SAT so I I got a better job and make more”.  One correlation is they are measuring family income and I would imagine people who scored higher on their SATs met other people who scored higher on their SATs in college and social gatherings.  I’m also not sure the SAT is a good measurement for what makes a person successful in the world but maybe it is?  Then again maybe I’m just jealous of all those smart rich folk!  I’m still waiting for the money vs. perceived happiness chart to come out.

No Hitting!


My son Tyler has started hitting and I think there are different ways to address the problem which is why I am writing this blog post.  Some say spank, some say to tell him no, some may hit back and some say to give him a hug.  My way of addressing it is to not react to it and then if the behavior continues to address it by stating “no hitting please, use your words” (God bless Nanny 911).  My concern is if you constantly react to him hitting he will learn hitting gets your attention which is negative reinforcement.  He is hitting because something isn’t going his way, he can’t express how he feels so he gets frustrated and hits, or he isn’t getting the attention he wants.

When people say “don’t hit daddy, hug daddy” that doesn’t accomplish much in my opinion because he didn’t want to hug in the first place, he wanted something else.  By saying no hitting every time he hits, I would be negatively reinforcing the action which doesn’t help him address what he wanted in the first place.  My method is to acknowledge the fact that he is frustrated, acknowledge I want to help, and finally tell him his reaction wasn’t appropriate but I still love him (which is where the hug could come in).  I don’t believe in spanking so don’t even recommend that.  What do you think is the best way to handle hitting?

The “Paratay House”


The Paraty House by Marcio Kogan Architects

“Paraty House’s two reinforced concrete boxes, sit atop each other, connected on the mountainside of one of the islands of the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis (between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), like two modern prisms between the large colossal stones of the Brazilian coast.

The residents arrive by boat. After stepping out onto the sand a metallic bridge positioned over a crystal-lined reflecting pool leads to a set of stairs connecting to the lower volume. This volume contains the living room, kitchen and service area. The continual internal area has a 27m span and huge glass windows to take advantage of the view of the sea.

The same entrance stairs also lead to the upper volume that houses the bedrooms. In the front part of the house, retractile panels of eucalyptus sticks protect the bedrooms from the sun. The areas that face the mountain have small internal patios with zenithal lighting, and use exposed reinforced concrete, which grants a striking texture to the walls.  The entire top of the house is covered with terraces, used as observation decks for the residents, and as a garden for sculptures, medicinal plants and edible herbs.”  >> See more photos here.