Turning three

Today my middle child turned three. It has been so amazing to watch him grow up this year. It seems like he just turned two, and suddenly he has grown into this big kid.

He is such a sweet boy and a good friend. It is so cool to see how he—as a middle child—can adapt his play between roughhousing with his older brother and being gentle (most of the time) with his baby sister. I am looking forward to another year of watching him grow up and turn into an independent young man.

climbing high

reading with sister


Nobody lives there

According to recent census data, 47 percent of the United States’ territory is uninhabited.

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Overcrowding in cities and other population centers is more about people wanting to be where the action is than the restrictions of physical or inhabitable space.

The green on the map below shows the all territory where nobody lives.

Nobody lives there

Mixed messages

One of my credit card providers sent me an email this morning promoting some of the ways I can use my membership rewards points.

Here’s a screenshot from the email:

mixed messages

That’s right… This email promoted both discounts on fitness bands for keeping New Year’s resolutions and charity bonuses for using rewards points to eat at McDonald’s.

Unfortunately, I already carry a Fitbit, so I know which offer I am more likely to use.

Through You (Too) is my jam

The albums Through You and Through You Too are incredible works of remix art. The two albums consist of video songs made up of clips from unrelated YouTube videos. Somehow Kutiman–the man behind the music–manages to bring the seemingly random videos into coherent original songs that have enough of a unified sound to go together on an album.

The YouTube clips Kutiman used in his songs come from guitar instructors demonstrating riffs in their basements, members of a brass ensemble rehearsing in a hallway, a kid’s recording of her piano lessons, a high school string quartet practicing in a kitchen, lots of teenagers singing a capella into their computers’ web cams, and many other sources. Kutiman even made the intro video for Through You Too by combining clips of other people talking.

The links at the top of this post are for the two Through You albums, but Kutiman has more of his creativity and talent on display on his YouTube channel.