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September 30, 2002

One of those lame posts where people talk about not posting

Spent a lot of leisure time in the last week or so researching and putting together our little trip to London (in late November). Also spent nights last week watching nearly all of The Civil War on PBS. I'd like to own it, but at a more reasonable price. Guess I'll have to check Costco. Also spent a little time Sunday at the racetrack test-driving the new Mercedes E-Class (I have no idea why we've been invited to these events, but I don't mind).

September 26, 2002

Rush @ United Center

Woooo! 18th row, center!

September 19, 2002

Greene Article

Excellent article at Salon.com about the whole Bob Greene thing. So many people ignore that he was a bad writer.

Misc things

Seen on Slashdot:Self-cleaning glass hits Europe. Can I get this on our car? And in the paint job, too?

At nytimes.com: Nu Shortcuts in School R 2 Much 4 Teachers. The kids these days are using IM shortcuts in their school assignments and don't notice that they're doing it.

September 18, 2002


Item to be added to the list of things that'd be cool to have but I have no need for: Hubzilla.

September 12, 2002

Alton Brown Interview on Slashdot

Alton Brown's interview answers are online at slashdot.org.

September 11, 2002

Misc things

Kraftwerk's on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot. If they get inducted (I'd like to see the odds on that), do they jam with everybody else at the end of the show on the pocket calculators?

Futurama will be rerun on Cartoon Network starting in January. Now if they'd only come out on dvd, then I'd really be happy.

Been watching Dinner for Five on Monday nights on IFC. Aside from the Marilyn Manson/Andy Dick episode (which guest didn't show up?) they've all been quite good.

Great article about the visuals on Rush's current tour by the company that does them
. Worth a read if you're a fan.

September 9, 2002

Movable Type Upgrade

Looks like a new version (2.5) will be released later this month. I'm glad that search will be an integrated part of it.

September 5, 2002

Jaguar Review

5-star review of 10.2 at Ars Technica. I'm putting off the upgrade for a couple of months, waiting for iCal and such to be released. And maybe 10.2.1 as well.

September 4, 2002

Three Random Items

Spent some time in a big bookstore over the weekend and skimmed a couple of blogging books: The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog and We've Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture. We've Got Blog is mostly a collection of articles that exist online, which makes it a bit disappointing and causes you wonder what justifies its existence in book form rather than being a set of pages with links and commentary. The Weblog Handbook offers practical advice and serves as a good intro to what they are and what you might do with one if you're so inclined. Being in book form rather than on the Web, I suppose it serves as a sales brochure as to why you might want to get online and/or what you might enjoy when you get there. It would have worked better online, where you could click through to the cited sites and pages.

Dont' forget: Summer's Over. Need to bring that in this week for some worktime listening.

Art of the day: The Figure 5 in Gold.

September 3, 2002

Random Items

In no particular order:

Gecko's amazing sticky feet via BBC.

Bought a new VCR (to replace our aging 8+ year old one that has become intractable) over the weekend. A third the cost of the old one (not surprisng) but smaller and feels much less substantial (like there's a couple LEDs, a tiny Hot Wheels motor, and a single computer chip running the whole thing).

Of PowerPoint and Pointlessness via Wired. I'm not a fan of PowerPoint, though I end up using it (adjusting/tweaking others presentations at a very late stage) at work. Giving a person a hammer doesn't make them a carpenter.

Today's art: Empire of Light (L’Empire des lumières). Used to have a framed print of this in my office at t previous job. Magritte's probably my favorite 20th century painter.