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1 May 2007
An interesting take on the Ctrl-Shift-V trap I may have gotten myself into.
“Or to put it slightly differently, they used to provide you with the tools you needed to hear recorded music. Now they charge you for permission to use tools you already have, that they did not provide, that in fact you paid someone else for. “
3 May 2007
Tuesday morning I watched the sun rise over the Atlantic as a submarine steamed into the harbor of Newport News, flanked by escort boats. I stopped in Dallas, had breakfast with my parents, and went to work in Los Angeles.
Yesterday I left LA at lunchtime, got grounded by thunderstorms in Dallas, got close to Norfolk at 2:30 AM, found Norfolk closed, diverted to Raleigh-Durham, landed at 3:30, slept two hours on the floor, and now am watching the crews try to restore power to the part of the terminal where our plane sits. (My bag is checked, or renting a car to Norfolk would be done.). I don’t think we’re going to make our 8:30 departure.
Now we get to the funny part.
On the way out, I sent seven emails and read one book and one proposal.
Since leaving Burbank airport, I’ve sent 45 emails, written one proposal, made 8 calls (not including the ones to Merrystar), and scheduled 5 meetings. And now, written one blog post. I also learned how to check the weather radar on both my phone and blackberry.
Oh, wait. There was supposed to be a funny part. Nevermind.
But that’s neither here nor there, is it?
Partial power is restored to the terminal, so I’m on the laptop again. Broke down and paid my fee to the wifi extortionists to get online. Foolishness. Free wifi may not be a god-given right, but it is certainly something that makes me think fondly of a facility. It’s like the rocking chairs in Charlotte: something that makes your stay nicer. Even if you take it for granted and don’t remember it, you won’t be irritated by it.
Now we’re delayed until 9:45. Shouldn’t have checked that bag; otherwise I’d be home by now. I only checked it because of the toiletries.
Can I pull it off the plane?
No. Plane’s not at the gate. Plane’s not at the TERMINAL? What?
I probably shouldn’t tell the Army squad who were on the flight that their weapons lockers were off somewhere else, should I?
How long of a drive is it, anyway?
Huh. 3 hours, 45 minutes.
How long to home?
3 hours, 30 minutes. I bet I can shorten that by taking the Scotland Ferry.
Have to go pick up my car later, though. That’s another 2 hours.
Shouldn’t have checked that bag. If I’d left at 6:00 when I woke up from my nap, I’d be home by now.
What are we up to, 10:00 am now? I’m afraid to ask.
Power’s back on in the terminal. That’s something, I guess.
And just to think: I get to drive another hour once I land to get home.
Glad I took a vacation day today. Yeppers.
Totally exhausted now. Still waiting for the funny part.
4 May 2007
Did you know the firm behind Year Zero was also behind the Zune? It’s the product, people.
Probably the final version of the reset.css template.
“This is my new favorite building. It’s some kind of crazy Akira technology that dropped from orbit last year.”
High, wispy clouds are moving south. Via kottke.
9 May 2007
“To make it easy, this Sunday we’re making Fog Creek Copilot absolutely free. No strings attached. Just go to https://www.copilot.com on Sunday, get a free pass, and we’ll email your mom a link she can click on to download the helper application. It’s
10 May 2007
Really interesting bio: “When baboons hunt together they’d love to get as much meat as possible, but they’re not very good at it. The baboon is a much more successful hunter when he hunts by himself than when he hunts in a group because they screw up eve
How to turn off that nagging naggy screen. Presto!
17 May 2007
I *hate* it when it does that.
It’s been a long couple of weeks, with a lot of changes around these parts.
- I have a new phone, the Samsung SYNC SGH-A707, which is… well, it’s okay. I don’t hate it, which is saying something. It has odd limits on things that the RAZR didn’t (like which files can be used as ringtones), but the 3G is nice enough. The outer display broke in DFW during my mad dash through DFW, which would suck were I not planning on getting an iPhone sometime next month. (Oh, my precioussssss…)
- I took a new job within my current company. It’s good, but it keeps me very busy, and that’s all I’ll say about that here.
- I’m getting burned out on the whole photo sharing site thing. I like the free hosting, but not conditions around it. So less activity there than before, and not likely to be a lot in the public sections.
- Still, I take pictures when I can.
If anything, the next few weeks promise to be even crazier. And I suspect that’s a good thing.
18 May 2007
At some point, the madness will end, right?
View your screen like you were color blind. (NOW I get why my dad likes sculpture.)
Overview of the screencapture utility.
A collection of apps for jaiku, including some mobile clients.
19 May 2007
Tax district proposal might be necessary to get the funds. (10+ inches of rain in a day broke the dam near my house.)
The 90-day partner cycle is the system’s greatest weakness.
Me likey. I may not like the new Jettas, but the GTIs are doin’ okay.
20 May 2007
Off one of the side streets near William and Mary.
I suspect the sign is trying to fit in with the in-crowd, but may be trying too hard.
This weekend’s film crew was after the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps Alumni:
Did you know that the Corps has over 700 performances a year? Holy moly.
This was also my first time watching the CW Productions crew at work.
It wasn’t very hot yesterday, so the multiple takes they went through to get the right shots probably weren’t an issue.
It’s hot enough today, though, that I can imagine folks want to get it done right the first time.
22 May 2007
Good overview of what’s inside.
Out soon. Good job, guys!
From MSFTextrememakeover, a reason for spending $6 billion on a company.
23 May 2007
All it needs is a Leatherman.
Can you put an entire listmania list on your wishlist?
24 May 2007
Yes: I’m giving Twitter another try to see if I can figure out why it’s become so damn popular. It doesn’t make much sense to me when I’m at home, but the more I’m out and about I start to seewhy folks like it. I’m also trying to understand the appeal of many other mobile doodads, but this one seems like the best place to start.
Frankly, I don’t get the appeal of a lot of the mobile services out there; I look at them and ask, “why do I need this in my life?” without ever getting a satisfactory answer. Perhaps I haven’t found the right situation to let their utility shine through.
(Or, maybe, they’re simply not useful. That remains a real possibility.)
Find the best FM stations for your iPod transmitter. Good idea, but have to check the execution.
25 May 2007
Interesting collection of research on self-image, memory and forgetting.
26 May 2007
I wish I had talked more tonight.
Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie. But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig. An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout
Set up a python script to run with cron.
25 days to rebuild a maze.
Funny, I’d just started doing this this weekend. Odd how the internet works.
Funny, they actually enforce water use here. Good news/bad news.
But despite all that, it was still a good weekend. Nothing like having 65k visitors to your neighborhood.
How walh replaced Brett. No, really.
Some days, the jokes just write themselves.
27 May 2007
When Merrystar and I lived in Alexandria, we devoted most of the bottom floor of our townhouse to our library. We had more than 150 linear feet of shelving (mostly Billy from Ikea) but we never, ever had enough.
The bookroom started out as a disaster, which turned into a bookroom, which turned into a library. We enjoyed it as such for the month that the house was on the market and the few weeks that it took to close on the house. That was really it.
Then, there was a moving related purge, and our books were packed into 32 boxes and moved into our new garage. And there they sat.
Bit by bit, Merrystar and I have worked through half of those boxes, but there’s been a dozen or so sitting in the garage for the last five or six months. Sitting. Taunting me. Waiting for something to prompt me to move them.
Like, er, mouse poop. All over the recently-cleaned garage.
So after much cleaning with masks, the remaining dozen boxes were unpacked last night. And the inevitable bibliophilaic crisis ensued. As both Merrystar and I rested, we asked the exact same question:
Why do we need all these books?
There are dozens of books that I want to keep. But there are hundreds that I honestly can’t answer why I have kept them, other than… what, exactly? Sentimentality? Utility? To impress others? (And who would that be, specifically?)
I don’t know if this is a universal crisis that all book collectors go through. Maybe it is, and only the serious ones get through it.
As for us?
I took a half-trunk load of books to the local bookstore today. (Store credit for those they can use, the rest to charity.)
And we’re just getting started.
28 May 2007
It’s not more memory, or a bigger hard drive, or a snazzy case, or laser-engraving.
It’s an icepack. Boy, do these laptops get hot!
29 May 2007
From Boing Boing.
30 May 2007
just create one itty bitty file.
There should really be a checklist.
Several very good reports from the congressional research service, including a historical overview of enemy combatant’s rights and the NRC’s building plans.
31 May 2007
Python wrapper around HandbrakeCLI.
Same underpinnings, for good or ill.
d.light designs aims to eradicate kerosene lamps.
Surprisingly funny, and even touching.
Understanding our sleek wiki masters.
Google Reader + Google Gears = no network latency. Nice.
“If you encounter an aggressive lion, stare him down. But not a leopard; avoid his gaze at all costs. In both cases, back away slowly; don’t run.”