Archive for August, 2002

August 29, 2002

I bought some new golf balls. I’m convinced that this will drastically improve my game. Yup, it’s obvious that as soon as I start using this ball I will be an incredibly good golfer. You can say… you knew me before I was great. I will let you know when I have starting playing with the aforementioned golf balls — it is at this precise moment that I become the champion of the links.

Next time a telemarketer calls, go here, put the phone up to your computer’s speaker and have fun.

Hilarious: “More than 70,000 people in Australia have declared that they are followers of the Jedi faith, the religion created by the Star Wars films.”

August 27, 2002

I may have stated this before, but monkeys are excellent. When you’re stuck trying to pull off a comedic moment — you can never lose with a monkey. Trust me, I know from experience.

Tara Sue Grubb is running for U.S. Congress in North Carolina. What is interesting about this is that she may be the first political candidate to utilize a weblog for campaigning. I’m sure we’ll be seeing many more political weblogs.

August 26, 2002

And now for the funniest damn site I’ve seen in months: menwholooklikekennyrogers.com (via rustedrobot)

The bassist from Redd Kross decided to add his own bass lines and vocals to the (normally bass-less) White Stripe’s latest “Red Blood Cells” album, then post the resulting MP3s on his Web site. This is a hilarious and excellent idea. Too bad he already took the files down.

The smiling Mac icon that has been appearing at bootup for 18 years has been removed from the latest version of Mac OS X (10.2). Apparently it’s been replaced with a grey Apple logo. When I first started using OS X, I remember thinking how it was nice to still see the happy icon. Like a nod to the past. Time to move on, I guess.

August 25, 2002

These past few photos are admittedly inspired by the stuff that Heather Champ has been doing over at Harrumph!. Her weblog has fast become a favorite, always combining photos and links in a unique way. Anyhow, close-up shots of little toys I have lying around. More to come…

Take the Google Quiz and win a nifty messenger bag.

The history of the Apple logo. Cool. (via jish)

August 24, 2002

The trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s new movie, Comedian is hilarious. I haven’t laughed out loud at my monitor in a long while. As Kottke says, I only hope the movie itself is as funny as this.

So I didn’t end up going to the Apple store for the 10.2 release thing. Instead we saw The Bourne Identity. Not a great movie. Kinda wish I had hung out at the Apple store. Matt Damon was good, but too many gratuitous car chase scenes, dumb fight scenes and an improbable relationship with a German woman with an English accent (was she German? French? English?) killed this one.

August 23, 2002

Tomorrow is the official launch day of Apple’s upgrade to OS X — version 10.2 Jaguar. I’m tempted to check out the 10:20pm party at the retail store. I think the News.com article linked above gets it a little wrong though. Repeatedly the author refers to OS X playing catch-up with Windows XP. I don’t think that’s necessary at all. They are two completely different operating systems.

I’m eating a Colombo peach yogurt and I’m thinking … whoever came up with the idea to build a snap-together spoon within the plastic lid is a genius. This is a recent invention, no? It’s so simple, yet overwhelmingly empowering. Here I am, able to hit the corner store on the way in to the office, grab the yogurt, then think of nothing else. No trip to the kitchen for a plastic spoon. No, that’s already been taken care of. I salute you, Colombo.

And speaking of yogurt lids, Stonyfield Yogurt misprints 3.1 million of them in a botched promotion with NPR’s “Car Talk” program. Apparently, Stonyfield printed NPR on the lids without their permission, while the promotion was encouraging people to stop buying SUVs and drive smaller cars. Now there’s a lot of lids. (via heath)

August 22, 2002

So just when you thought the Segway/Ginger/IT thing was over — there is speculation that the Segway Human Transporter that was unveiled a while back isn’t the device that Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos said would change the way we live. More rumors are saying that the real Ginger is a personal hovercraft vehicle of some kind.

Frankly, I don’t care if the rumors are true — I hope they are. I just love all the mystery surrounding this story. Glad to see it happening again.

August 21, 2002

Another example of having way too much time on your hands: A guy takes apart his cellphone, then reassembles it within a normal desktop phone. He can then carry it to the bowling alley or wherever. (via camworld)

Don’t Link to Us! follows “stupid linking policies”. This news.com article goes on to explain the premise for the site. It’s an odd idea — trying to prevent people linking to your site for various security reasons. Hard to combat as well.

August 20, 2002

JaysOS: “…is a ‘toy OS’ that runs on the Gameboy Advance. It provides preemptive threads, semaphores, condition variables, and message queues… There is also a “shell” app, which works over a serial connection (e.g. MBV2 cable), and allows you to control what is going on using simple commands.” Lots of free time + smarts = cool and (un)useful stuff.

The other night I watched a television program where a monkey chewed a whole banana, spit it out on a piece of wheat bread, spread the banana with its tongue, placed a second piece of wheat bread on top, and then ate the whole thing like a sandwich. I love TV.

August 19, 2002

My Bro and sister-in-law were kind enough to take us to the first pre-season New England Patriots game at their brand spanking new Gillette Stadium. The place is freaking enormous. I’ve never been in such a large stadium. Half-time yielded a 5 minute line in the bathroom though. I guess there’s no way to handle 70,000 fans all at once. We were way the heck up there, but close to the field (looking down in the picture to the right). They won 16-15 — and the second string did better than the starters. Fun times were had tailgating as well.

What’s with all the sports photos on this site? 1-2 years ago, I could’ve cared less. Now I’m all sporty and stuff.

I’m incredibly indecisive when it comes to a design for this site. But that’s the great thing about the Web — it’s always changing, never done. The fun is in the building.