Archive for August, 2004

Alton Brown is Cool

Alton Brown‘s television show, “Good Eats“, is not only my favorite cooking show (sure, I have many)–but also one of my favorite TV shows in general. The guy is a genius at explaining superior cooking techniques in a way that’s entertaining–even humorous.

And he even has a weblog. I love this quote from a post of a few weeks back (he needs permalinks):

We are fat and sick and dying because we have handed a basic, fundamental and intimate function of life over to corporations.

He’s referring to the movie Supersize Me, a fascinating documentary about a guy who eats nothing but McDonalds for 30 days straight. The results are of course… interesting.

Also recommended is Alton’s Sodium Chloride Containment Unit. You know… for keeping your kosher salt in.

SimpleQuiz › Part XVII: Addresses

It’s been quite a while since the last SimpleQuiz–but Dave Shea has ended the drought with a question on marking up addresses.

And I quote (essentially verbatim from Dave):

Snail mail addresses are a series of details, most of which require a physical break between each line. This is very much presentational, but important presentation to reflect even in the unstyled view. What is the best way to represent an address in this format:

ABC Widgets, Inc.
100 – 1234 West Main Street
Anytown, State
Ph: 555-555-1234
Fax: 555-555-1234

  1. <address>
      ABC Widgets, Inc.<br />
      100 - 1234 West Main Street<br />
      Anytown, State<br />
      Zip<br />
      Ph: 555-555-1234<br />
      Fax: 555-555-1234<br />

  2. <div class="address">
      <p>ABC Widgets, Inc.</p>
      <p>100 - 1234 West Main Street</p>
      <p>Anytown, State</p>
      <p>Ph: 555-555-1234</p>
      <p>Fax: 555-555-1234</p>

  3. <dl class="address">
      <dt>ABC Widgets, Inc.</dt>
      <dd>100 - 1234 West Main Street</dd>
      <dd>Anytown, State</dd>
      <dd>Ph: 555-555-1234</dd>
      <dd>Fax: 555-555-1234</dd>
  4. None of the above, or a combination of the above.

I Bought a Printer

For the first time in 12 years, I own a printer again. My last printer was purchased alongside my first Mac–a StyleWriter (back when Apple still made printers). And just yesterday, I parted with a whopping $39.99 for a new one.
Forty dollars. This amazes me. What also amazes me is the speed. For forty bucks I expected this thing to take 5 minutes to warm up, but it seems rather fast. This little thing surely is the bottom of the line as far as printers go–but I just needed something to print envelopes, invoices and Journey lyrics.
For an extra $100 I could’ve splurged for the printer/scanner/fax/copier/coffee maker. But I don’t need those things. It was hard enough just coming to terms with the fact that I needed a printer.
I’ve been meaning to buy one for quite awhile. But there was always the thought of extra wires, one more thing to plug in, cartridges that’ll need refilling, paper jams, etc. that perpetually turned me off on the idea. There was always something about printers that annoyed me. But the need won, and I’m now getting used to the idea of being able to transfer bits to paper.
Geting by without a printer for so long hasn’t been all that difficult. In the past, there was always the office printer to take advantage of. But recent trips to Kinko’s to print out a single sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ was starting to seem ridiculous. Occasionally, they wouldn’t even bother charging me for such a small job (a plus).
I should mention, that for $40, you get a printer with no way to connect it to your computer. The box didn’t even mention the lack of a USB cable, or even list the required cable in the “system requirements”. So back to the store I went, paying $17 for a 3-foot USB cable. The cable cost almost half as much as the printer. What an age we live in.