Flagrant Product Placement

More playing with cameras – this is me testing a tool I wrote to find and track red objects moving through the field of view in realtime. It’s working great, but there’s some threshold values left to fiddle with – my ear is apparently red enough to trigger an object detection. (What’s black and white and red all over? Jason’s ear in this picture!)

This is going to be paired up with a red laser pointer and a projector for a drawing project – hopefully more on that shortly. 😉


Misheard Lyrics – Roar

Up until recently I’ve been mishearing the lyrics of Katy Perry’s Roar, which is disappointing because I was impressed by the cultural reference. What I heard was:

I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess
So I sat quietly, a greek Caliope

…and I was all like – Caliope from greek myth?! The muse of song, who’s presence inspires great arias? It must be so hard to inspire everyone else while holding back your own expression! I’m so impressed by this reference, Katy Perry! This is really deep and beautiful!


But the lyrics really go:

So I sat quietly, agreed politely.

Which just feels “meh”. To be fair, Katy Perry stretches and mauls “politely” to fit the stress and beat needs of the song. Caliope would have fit much better, and think of all the Classical Lit majors who would have become fans.

Caliope – Augustin Pajou, 1763


I showed up at a mansion for a super secret Paug Lake Road concert and ended up inadvertently becoming part of the crew, which was super fun and unexpected. It’s kind of a long story, but in the paraphrased words of Kanye West – “I got to hear songs nobody’s ever heard before, because I’m Jason Cobill, my life is dope, and I do dope stuff.”

I thought I’d be the only guy rocking a beard in an indie folk-rock funk band, but apparently everyone else got the memo that beards are rad.

Monsters are Real

I was in the garden picking tomatoes when I came face to face with this gal, an enormous (maybe 3 inches across) Black and Yellow Garden Spider. I’ve posted before about finding big spiders in our yard, but this one’s in a class all of it’s own. They’re quite common, apparently? I nearly ran face-first into her web – that was a surprise. 🙂 Shall we name her? Maybe something cute that takes the edge off her looks?

Notice the zig-zag pattern in the web – that’s called a stabilimentum, and it’s not actually for stabilization – it may be decoration. E. B. White was inspired by garden spider stabilimentum when he wrote Charlotte’s Web. It’d go a long way to establishing her intentions if she wrote “Terrific” over my tomatoes.


Sherri Bakes a Cake

My friend Sherri can decorate a cake like nobody’s business!

This is Jordan’s Stargate/Dr Who/Lego/5th Element/Star Trek/Star Wars/Firefly/Babylon 5 cake. The event horizon of the Stargate is made of whipped marshmallow foam, and it took some effort to keep the Tardis from sinking into another dimension. It was a travesty watching her have to cut it and feed it to the guests. 🙂