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1 October 2007
“The universe tends toward maximum irony. Don’t push it.”
Good introduction for new users from Princeton.
2 October 2007
The “9/11 has made us stupid” essay. Read it now, if you haven’t already.
4 October 2007
“To be in the forest with no other distraction around and see the Great Gray hunt is an experience one always remembers.”
5 October 2007
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8 October 2007
“If you don’t get a 404, you’ll get a Save As… dialog or the SAME GOD DAMN QUICKTIME BAR FROM 1995. OMFG. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS IS ALL WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED IN 15 YEARS ON THE WEB? It makes me insane.”
10 October 2007
Why not to leave the laptop on carpet.
Non-profit to stop pesky catalogs.
11 October 2007
“The Toothbrush mustache was first introduced in Germany by Americans, who turned up with it at the end of the 19th century the way Americans would turn up with ducktails in the 1950s. It was a bit of modern efficiency, an answer to the ornate mustaches of the royal class.”
“Yet “adverb” is the one grammatical category that Ose forgot to include in his list! As it happens, most expletives aren’t genuine adverbs, either.”
On the impending use of ZFS in OS X.
I see the dancer going clockwise. I have to look away and watch in my peripheral vision to make her go counter-clockwise.
You should probably go read ICEing Your iPhone over at Nobody Wants a Styl.us, even if you don’t have an iPhone.
13 October 2007
My Mark IV Jetta, YAH, parked at a pumpkin patch across the James river in Surry, VA.
The sky was overcast — it would later spit rain — but my son really enjoyed tromping around the fields, occasionally examining a pumpkin but often more interested in the gestalt of the field. (I quite enjoyed it, too.)
Good memories are imprecise; details fade into the blur of an event.
(Sometimes, one must throw Realism out for Impressionism.)
“Run. Run, damn you.”
14 October 2007
Bill Waterston on Charles Schultz.
17 October 2007
Site of various free and non-free LOGO downloads.
Someone who loves his pens as much as I do. (Pity my handwriting continues to deteriorate.)
18 October 2007
- I’ve used Chicken of the VNC a bit to control some Windows boxes, but generally find Remote Desktop Connection or Fog Creek’s Copilot to be superior for desktop support.
- I tried out EtherPEG and think it’s an eye-opener. Literally.
- I’ve started using iMediaBrowser to find things quickly, but suspect this will go in the Utilities folder soon enough.
- NetNewsWire Lite has replaced Google Reader as my RSS feed reader of choice. Google Reader was just so slow.
- I’d already changed many of these system preferences via the Terminal, but TinkerTool provides a nice interface.
- I occasionally have Twitterific up and running, though I honestly don’t use Twitter enough to make it an essential app. (Usually I post through a Quicksilver+Applescript hack.)
- I’ve started using WriteRoom as a composing tool instead of JDarkRoom, and am generally happier with it.
- Visor is a quick half-screen Terminal window that I’m trying out. It’s faster on the command line than invoking through Quicksilver, but may require some adjustments.
- I’ve tried out the excellent DEFCON Globe Screensaver from Ambrosia Software, and it’s a keeper.
Still in use:
- MacGPG and GPGMail
- Adium X
- Mac The Ripper / HandBrake
- DynDNS Updater
- X11 + The Gimp
- iTunes XHTML Playlist
- MarsEdit — I liked this one enough to buy the license.
- OTR Proxy
Rarely used, but still useful:
- Audacity and the LAME codec
- Crack Attack
- Facebook Exporter for iPhoto
The following were installed, but have recently been ploinked:
20 October 2007
Colonial Williamsburg’s "Prelude To Victory" weekend celebrates the march of the American and French armies through Williamsburg on their way to besiege the British forces in Yorktown in October, 1781.
More photos are available in my Flickr set .
21 October 2007
“Today’s word is “labyrinthine.” Keep it in mind.” JWZ on how to legally put music online.
“I’ve decided to start putting together a weekly mixtape: a cassette-tape-sized chunk of music that I enjoy, and that you should enjoy too. Some will be new, some old.”
There are more World of Warcraft players in the US than farmers. I must go lie down now.
23 October 2007
An appreciation of the Shatnerian genius.
Incredible pictures of the Black Lake tornado.
On the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
They’re blocking Lotus Notes. LOTUS NOTES. Whisky Tango Foxtrot?
“Randy Moss’ elbow by itself is better 75% of the receivers in the league. Right now, the Jaguars are trying to put together a trade offer for the elbow.”
24 October 2007
As the 10.5 Leopard release looms, a reminder that no matter where you put it, the Dock sucks. (Once you go Quicksilver, you never go back.)
25 October 2007
“AT&T Wireless filed paperwork on Wednesday to erect a 120-foot cell tower at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post site on Jesters Lane in the Five Forks area.” It may be too far away to do much good, but it might take some of the strain off the tower that
Google maps of the local towers.
26 October 2007
Good look at what’s to come with Leopard.
“Let me get this straight. You were a French pimp?” “No. Absolutely not. I was an American pimp living in Paris.”
27 October 2007
If you haven’t read it already, may I recommend the long (but well-done) rant regarding the state of the music industry: When Pigs Fly: The Death of Oink, the Birth of Dissent, and a Brief History of Record Industry Suicide.
Another great one from Mike Lee.
Excellent overview of all the new features.
28 October 2007
Excellent prints. Not your usual office fare.
29 October 2007
On the suddenly bright Comet Holmes.
30 October 2007
Contains the gem: “defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock” to make the Dock look nice.
31 October 2007
Busy again this year; 91 kids, one more than last year.
Trip was more interested in answering the door than collecting candy.
He’s a funny kid.