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August 29, 2002

Terminal Learning

Spent some time yesterday printing out the five-part Learning the Mac OS X Terminal from O'Reilly to have something different to read during the morning commute. Might as well learn a little bit of Unix on the iBook.

August 27, 2002

Neighborhood Demographics

Found this link at the Internet Scout Weblog: You are Where You Live. What marketing demographics are prominent in your ZIP code? I guess we're Young Literati, whatever that may entail aside from the three or four descriptors they give.

Hunting on the Web

Good two-part article at Online Journalism Review called Researching People on the Internet. Covers the basics pretty well. This is something that we'd do years ago. Someone would say "whatever happned to..." and we'd run the name through Google/Classmates/Yahoo/Switchboard/our College's alumni directory and the like to see how quickly we could find an address or, even better, a current photo. Some people were only a click or two away while others still have no known online presence.

August 26, 2002

Elvis Furniture?

I had no idea: Elvisfurniture.com. Found this while looking around for a tracklist for the Elvis: 30 #1 Hits cd. No 15-ft-long couch as of yet.

August 23, 2002

Floppy Disks

I was actually looking for a blank floppy disk at home last night and found some sofware backups from my old Performa 550. I've got a copy of some version of Netscape on a single floppy disk. Must be Netscape 0.9 or so. I'll have to find the 540c and toss the disk in and see.

August 22, 2002

Tortilla Soup

Caught 99% of Tortilla Soup on some cable channel last night. It was one of those movies I've wanted to see, but there was no urgency to do so. I remembered that it was a remake of another movie (Eat Drink Man Woman, I believe).

Some comments: I like Hector Elizondo and wish he was in more films. Same goes for Elizabeth Peña. The food, by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, looked great and made me want to spend more time in the kitchen. I did notice that some of the editing felt odd and that sometimes I felt that a minute or two of plot here and there had been trimmed out. Still, a good cable-quality film.

August 21, 2002

Neil Peart's Drum Kit

Want to buy one of Neil's old drum kits? The one given away by Modern Drummer from the late 80s is on sale at eBay. Bring your own cymbals.

Spirited Away Trailer

The US trailer is online at Apple.com. Looks cool. Wonder where it will be playing here in Chicago.

August 20, 2002

Misc Bits

1. I don't want to hear Eric Clapton sing. Especially everything post-461 Ocean Boulevard. Just stop it.

2. Coolsig. Haven't had one in a long time.

3. dontlink.com. This may actually be useful at work.

August 18, 2002

Elvis is Toast

Yes, a portrait of Elvis done in toast. Never seen toast used as a medium.

August 16, 2002

Air Show

Caught the Blue Angels practicing late yesterday afternoon. There's been an F-16 buzzing around the lakefront for the last half hour or so.

August 15, 2002


Saw Spy Kids 2 over the weekend with two nieces. Actually a rare case of a sequel being better than the original. There's a really good interview with Robert Rodriguez at The Onion where he talks about his method of filmmaking. I'm looking forward to Once Upon a Time in Mexico. How come we don't have Desperado on dvd at home yet?

August 14, 2002

Cooking with Lava

Cooking with Lava. I'm going to have to take their word for this, not something you can really try at home.

Neil Peart Photos

The photo exhibit of Neil Peart pitures mentioned here previously is available for viewing online. Click "Fine Art Portfolios", then "Rhythm and Light". There are some good shots there, but they're hard to get a true feel for due to their reduced size (which I can understand, it must be pretty hard to be a photographer putting your stuff online form a copyright standpoint).

August 13, 2002

Movie Trailers and the Digital Hub

There's an article at The New York Times about creating movie trailers. The whole focus group/demographic stuff is a little disturbing, though.

At TidBits, there's an overview worth reading about the battle taking place regarding how you'll watch TV in the coming years.

August 12, 2002

Geddy Interview

Good interview with Geddy at ehe Detroit Free Press. A hint of a future DVD? I'm in favor of them collecting all the videos that haven't been "officially" released.

Happy Anniversary

Ivory Tower has been here for two years as of today. Cool.

August 9, 2002

Big Pointy Teeth

I had no idea that the Rabbitt with Big Pointy Teeth was available, much less in regular and bloody versions.

August 8, 2002

Expired Lame Domain Names

Remember domain name speculation? Remember how everything was going to be sold online? Salon's got a good (but a bit long) article on them called I come to bury IAmCarbonatedMilk.com, not to praise it.

Now, if only all the other Ivory Tower domain name variations would lapse...

Vapour Trails

At Nature: Vapour trails' effects confirmed. No, not the Rush album.

There's also an article at the Tribune about the story.

August 7, 2002

Making a Pop Star

Good article at the New York Times on the making of a pop star. Learn all about the music industry.

August 5, 2002

Weekend Update

Mariachis on Friday, a Cubs game on Sunday. Spent an hour washing the car, so of course it rained (i've got a pretty strong cause-and-effect going on with this this summer). I was hoping to get The Fellowship of the Ring DVD a couple of days early, but it hasn't arrived yet. The geeky filmfest will have to wait, unless the DVD arrives tonight. Also heard from my old roomate Perry. Yes, he's getting married.

August 1, 2002

Mysteries of the Internet

Adam's getting some search engine traffic after posting an entry where he talks about finding Amazon's 800 customer service number after learning a gift order never arrived. Number 9 at Google and cllimbing.