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March 31, 2003

Gas... $600 a gallon for a tank in Iraq.

Read the full story at the Financial Times site.

March 30, 2003

While I am still quite conflicted about this war...

How is this girl ever going to grow up not hating us? Or her sister, her father...

March 28, 2003

Email of the week.

From another Joshua:

I love your website. It's the best I've seen in awhile. Keep up the good work!

P.S. Put some porn on your site it will get more attention.

Well that's to the point.


March 27, 2003

Phone Jack meets MacGyver

This morning, the phone cord that runs the phone and DSL in my office got kicked and ripped out the guts of the phone jack from the wall. Since I didn't have an extra wall jack handy, I had to do some emergency MacGyver type of surgery to get the internal pins unbent. Then, since the place where you plug the phone cord in wouldn't stay seated (the snaps broke off) I needed to use a Vise-Grip clamp to hold it on. However, I couldn't find mine so I took some regular pliers and taped it in a held position. The final result is what you see above. Clearly I'm back online.

March 26, 2003

West Wing is back tonight.

Finally. I'm not watching it at the moment though, as Tivo is taking care of it for me. Has it been gone for 5 weeks or something?

March 24, 2003

Charles' Blond Joke

Laquidara has an awesome picture of a blonde anti-war protestor.

March 23, 2003

I can't watch any more of the Oscars.

I'm going to sleep. The ridiculousness of a movie like Chicago beginning a near sweep is taking out all the fun out of it. I don't know who is really watching these movies but to tell me that Catherine Zeta-Jones bested both Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore in anything, let alone a supporting actress role, is just plain idiocy. I can feel the biggest oh my god what were they thinking moment coming... they're going to give Nia Vardalos an award for the insipid My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Am I the only person who thought that movie was painful at best? Sorry to be a complete bitch-fest here but these awards, save the Oscar to Chris Cooper for Adaptation - now that's a movie and a role to be not only awarded, but proud of. Congrats Chris. Definitely the most interesting part of the evening... Michael Moore tearing our president a new one about the war and being both cheered and jeered off the stage. Congrats on your Oscar nonetheless.

Ok, I'm still watching as I'm typing. Julia Roberts looks awesome - and Chicago lost an award to Road to Perdition - are things possibly looking up? Nope, I spoke to soon... Robin Williams is back to doing his schtick. Sigh. Please tell me that when I wake up tomorrow, Lord of the Rings: Two Towers wins best picture and that Chicago hasn't won anymore. Please. I can dream can't I? That's what I'll be doing. Good night.

March 22, 2003

Lan Party!

Me, Jay, and a bunch of fellow geeks are over at Jeff's house for a lan party! LAN PARTY! 10 of us are here, Macs and PCs, will be playing Jedi Knight Outcast, Quake, Unreal, and more. Stay away. Lots of geeks crossing.

Video Games: An Electronic Pain Killer?

Nice! Kids can rejoice over this news: A new study suggests video games may be a good cure for some of the things that ail you. See the article at ncbuy.com - I'm sure it's a reputable news outlet. Thanks Jordan for the tip!

Palestinian protesters call on Saddam to hit Haifa and Tel Aviv

From Haaretz.com. And things just keep getting worse. I like this quote: "Saddam is not an angel, but we should support him."

The Adam Ezra Group

Steve and I filmed (taped?) the Adam Ezra Group's record (CD) release party recently at the Paradise. A quick video of their sound check was produced as well as a number of photographs. Keep an eye on these guys. They're going to be big.

March 21, 2003

Sample spam caught in the last couple of hours.

The following are email messages intercepted for me by Spamcop.

It's amazing how much I get but it's fun being able to narc on these guys thru their reporting service. Thank you Spamcop!

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Replay / Sonicblue going under.

Yahoo / Reuters is reporting that Replaytv maker Sonicblue is filing for Bankruptcy and is selling all its assets.

new iPod updater is essential.

Apple has released a new updater for the iPod that's long overdue. Pod Software 1.2.6 provides improved battery management which solves a problem that may appear to shorten your iPod’s battery life. Everyone I know has had this problem. Also, note: When you download the updater, the installer only installers the updater software to your Mac (or Windows box) in the Applications / Utilities folder. You then need to run the updater itself. Basically it's three steps.

1. Download updater installer.
2. Install updater onto your Mac.
3. Run the updater from your Mac to update the iPod.

It's confusing because it seems like step 2 did it already.

No War slogan replaces many sites homepages.

Futurefarmers.com has a list of sites who have replaced their homepage with a No War banner.

Friends of Ed and WROX have gone under?

Huh? How did this happen? Publisher WROX (and parent of Friends of Ed) has gone into liquidation. Those two publishers have got to be two of the best out there. Anyone know when this happened? I'm stunned. How could such top rated publishers completely screw up a successful and seemingly thriving business model like this?

March 20, 2003

Bush Demands Gore Recount.

Not really, it's a joke. CrazyAppleRumors has a "story" about Bush wanting a recount to Al Gore's appointment to the Apple board. Funny stuff.

Can CNN's broadcasts be any more self-congratulatory?

Yes, we're at war. Welcome to jungle, er, the desert. That being said, CNN is making me nutzo with their "newscasters" saying how great it is working for CNN, how they have "never seen a company take such good care of their people", how they feel so cared for and loved, blah blah blah. Is it salary review time for the CNN staff cause this constant self-congratulatory drivel is getting really painful to continue to watch. That being said, I will not watch Fox News. If I wanted coverage that biased, I'd listen to Rush.

March 19, 2003

The Origami Boulder Company.

Brilliant. Check out The Origami Boulder Company and get your own crumpled piece of paper on a bamboo display stand! The FAQ is especially humorous as is the overall tone of the writing.

I'm back.

I had some weird stomach thing and was in bed for the last 24 hours (except when I wasn't in bed running to the bathroom). Good times. I was on the BRAT diet but a Google search says that maybe it's not such a good idea long term.

March 16, 2003

The Bloggies

Damn! I didn't win! Well I didn't even know about them. Anyway, the best of the best according to fairvue.com: the 2003 bloggies - third annual weblog awards. Even if you don't agree with all the choices, I love the layout.

Da Ali G Show, again.

I watched episode #4 of Da Ali G Show. Once again, brilliant. I won't write any details of these past two shows until later this week so as not to cause any spoilers. Let me just say there's one hair stylist in LA who's probably lost a lot of clients now.

Thanks Jay!

Jay made me a new version of my headshot. Thanks Jay!

March 14, 2003

$20 free from Amazon.

Camera Company Show

Steve and I went to the Camera Company's Show in Dedham, MA today. We took the Power of Lighting course offered. Really interesting class with a fantastic teacher. I just wish his videos were available on DVD. Thanks Bill!

March 13, 2003

Free Fonts from Dinc

I found these fonts, free from dinc via a link from the Links Weblog. Great stuff at both sites.

I need a fog blaster!

I need one! Check it out at ThinkGeek. [via GrillBoy]

Email of the week.

To the parents of Joshua: M. Hodge -- DC Cops sicks gangs on people. The gangs belong to senator kennedy. They use the healthcare system to kill people. The use odorless fumes to cause joint and body pain, and knock out gas to beat, abuse and they stalk people until they provoke them. Then they kill their innocent victims. They are also kicking out people's spines. The president, Hillary Clinton and others are thugs. You can callthem if you want, they will sick gangs on you. This isnot a threat it is the truth. Children are being used to kill by their camp. What does it all mean? I haven't a clue.

March 11, 2003

X vs XP

Dan Pouliot has created the X vs XP (as in Apple's OS X vs. Microsoft's XP) website. The great debate continues.

Ali G

Magee introduced me to Ali G this past week while in Colorado. This has got to be one of the funniest things I've seen in ages on Television. (It's on HBO.) I am not going to go into a lot of details of what this show it about, just trust me. Tivo it. Watch it. Laugh. Repeat. For further fun, check out the Ali G translator.

AOL going after Tivo?

Interesting article in the NY Times about AOL / Time Warner trying to compete with Tivo. Like anyone wants to deal with them for support calls.

March 10, 2003

I'm back.

I'm tired, sore, and had an amazing time. Updates, pics, etc. tomorrow.

March 5, 2003


I will be in Vail (at Vail? of Vail?) thru the weekend so they'll be no updates for a few days.

Email of the Week.

I get a lot of email from running this site. I've decide that now each Wednesday will be Email of the Week Wednesday. Catchy title, eh? This week's email is from someone who identified themselves as Goat. It's short, sweet, and to the point. From: Goat i am a fam of your chiken pox dog. How do you wear your underwear? I'm not really sure what it means but it moved me.

March 4, 2003

I like this guy's site.

I guess his name is Perry Hoberman. His site has a bunch of great items, my favorites in the infringement section, but it's worth browsing around.

March 2, 2003

Six Feet Under Review [Spoilers!]

If you haven't seen tonight's Six Fix Under season premiere and plan to watch it, don't read any further! Still here? Good. Actually, great. That's what tonight's season opener was, meeting or beating all my high expectations. The "Is Nate Dead or Not" first 15 minutes was so wonderfully done and the show as a whole completely drew us back in. I love the concept of Nate flat-lining and how that may come into play over the coming season. Also, not a word from Brenda which keeps you wondering how they're going to bring her back. My prediction is that by the end of the season, she's actually going to be a likable character... or dead... or both. Claire going back to her reckless ways really bummed me out. She was just starting to get her life together... couldn't they keep her stable for at least a couple of episodes? Finally, it's true... don't feed peanut butter to your kid before they turn at least one, but our doctor told us three. That being said, two grandmothers have already violated that rule with both peanut butter and almond butter and so far no problems. Don't grandmother's know anything? Just kidding! One final thought, the HBO page synopsis of the episode wrote: "Ruth goes overboard in her obsession with her granddaughter Maya." I disagree on that writers take. The reason she got snubbed was cause the Nate's now wife is freaking cause her boss, played wonderfully by Catherine o'Hara, is a total pyschopath. Good times.

U.S., Pakistan Question Sept. 11 Mastermind Suspect, Six Feet Under.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks was being interrogated by U.S. and Pakistani agents on Sunday after what Washington called the biggest catch so far in the war on terror. Damn, I thought Evan Marriott was the biggest catch. I can't keep today's news straight.

On the lighter side, HBO's Six Feet Under begins it's third season tonight. I must say I'm giddy. Yes giddy. There has been nothing to watch on TV lately, with the exception of NBC's The West Wing... and my Tivo burped on me last week and didn't record it. Instead I got some dancers on public television. Clearly a right wing conspiracy. I hope my excitement for Six Feet Under doesn't cause me to be disappointed. I was pretty jazzed for The Sopranos and felt like this past season was a huge letdown. I'll write up some thoughts after tonight's show.

March 1, 2003

I'm not the Chief Operating Officer of the DNC.

But maybe I should be. Check out this article.

Laquidara Fodder

If this isn't on the mind, let alone in the mind, of Laquidara yet, I'm sure it will be.