September 2001

September 30, 2001


I love the smell of San Francisco in the morning.

It was a beautiful (and warm!) couple of days this weekend in San Francisco as I settled into Rob’s place. (Thanks to Rob, Mom and Dad.) Happy to have the bulk of my moving behind me. (In a sense. There’s a big U-Haul in my future.)

Anyway, it’s nice to be here. Looking forward to getting into work tomorrow. =-)

September 27, 2001


I’m posting from a Palm-powered Kyocera Smartphone from the street in the middle of Pacific Beach using my web-based blogging tool. Very nice. =-)

I seem to have lost track of my girlfriend. =-(

September 25, 2001

Mac Oh Ess Ten Point One

Happy Mac OS X 10.1 Day!

Now if there was just a way to get the upgrade without having to pay for shipping…

September 22, 2001

The bed is gone. Long live… the floor.

I’d like to give a big thanks to Jess, Mitch and their truck for going above and beyond in order to help me move my largeables over to Tabitha’s.

It’s only a matter of time now. And a whole lotta packing. And a big drive. And probably some vacumming. And other cleaning. And praying Ryan finds a roomie. And sleeping on the floor for a week. And… =-)

September 21, 2001

Microsoft U.S.A.

Apparently, the license agreement for Microsoft Front Page 2002 says you can’t use it to develop “any site that disparages Microsoft, MSN, MSNBC, Expedia, or their products or services…” (From Evhead)

There goes your free speech folks. Keep buying those Microsoft apps and OSs.

I (for one) am glad I use BBEdit on a Mac. Because Microsoft sucks! =-) (Can I still say that on their browser?)

September 20, 2001

Great googa-mooga!

Nikon’s new 5.24 megapixel masterpiece, the Coolpix 5000 was announced today. Anyone want to buy my old digital and film cameras off me? =-) (Will entertain offers…)

[Update: I think ~$100 would be fair for the Sony digital camera. Excellent condition, carrying case, battery charger, couple of disks… =-)]

September 18, 2001

A Real Columbo

“‘Apple Computer is putting the finishing touches on what could be the most important upgrade this year to its new operating system,’ writes Joe Wilcox for CNET”

No foolin’! Did you extrapolate that yourself Joe? I can’t even fathom the journalistic peaks Joe must have risen to in order to divine that 10.1 “could” be an important upgrade. It’s not like it’s the only real upgrade that’s happening to OS X this year.

Granted, I’m a dork. But these writers make me wanna puke. =-)

September 17, 2001

I know you are but what am I?

(Pee Wee walks into a bar to make a phone call. The bikers notice him.)

Biker: “Didn’t you know this is a private club of the Satan’s Helpers?!”

Pee-Wee: “No one hipped me to that, dude.”

I just caught myself saying that to one of these customer support schmucks. =-)

P.S. (I’m just bitter because my car broke at lunch and I have to cough up $173.)

September 17, 2001


“Motorola is reportedly set to launch the G5 processor (a.ka., PowerPC 8500) along with a new chipset (with support for 16MB of DDR memory) is set to go into volume production “real soon” at speeds of up to 1.6GHz (800MHz, 1GHz, 1.2GHz, 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz, according to The Register. The G5 has an increased pipeline (from the 7450’s seven stages to ten), is capable of exceeding 2GHz, uses silicon-on-insulator technology for lower watt consuption (26W at 1.4GHz), and supports both 64-/32-bit chip architectures as well as multi-processor configurations, according to the report.” (Via MacNN)

September 16, 2001

Strange Visions

The night after the worst terrorist attack ever, I had a dream. I dream regularly these days. From time to time I’m not sure I dream at all. Other times I’m sure of it. A few weeks ago, I was telling Tabitha one of my dreams and she pointed out that I had recalled a color from my dream. I’d never realized I dream in color. My dream Tuesday night wasn’t about color. It was about pain. After watching CNN for 17 straight hours, furiously scanning web sites, cringing as I watched planes full of people smash into huge skyscrapers (full of people) and send the buildings crashing to the ground over, and over, and over, and over, and over again from more angles than I can remember… I dreampt one of my thumbs had been cut off.

In my dream I knew my thumb was gone. I didn’t know why it was gone. I couldn’t tell where it was. But it was definitely severed from my hand, probably by a knife. And it hurt.

I remember waking up. But only slightly. Transferring from sleep to that state where you know you’ve been dreaming about skiing, you know you’re awake, but you’re certain that you’re still skiing. I was certain I had no thumb. CNN was still on in the background. No doubt still showing every angle of the second building’s explosion over and over and over and over and over…

I was only partially awake for a moment. I can’t remember anything until I woke up the next morning. Except feeling uncomfortable. Feeling that when I awoke I was going to have to deal with the absence of my thumb. (Can you type without your thumb? Use a mouse? Drive your car? Brush your teeth? Probably. But it would be annoying.)

I woke up. I thought of my thumb. I had to know. I held out my hands, placed the thumbs side by side. Same length. Both there.

CNN played on in the background. It was the day after. America was bloodthirsty. Their thumb had been cut off. And they wanted vengance. I just wanted to understand. Why? CNN still isn’t answering that question.

September 13, 2001


“Shock, rage and grief there has been aplenty. But any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process - or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world - seems almost entirely absent.”

They Can’t See Why They Are Hated, The Guardian

September 13, 2001

Oh Baby

Any day that begins with a redesign at waferbaby can’t be a bad day.

September 11, 2001


CNN, Yahoo/Viewed, International Herald Tribune, BBC, Wired, Blogger, Metafilter, Slashdot.

Dave Winer, Jason Kottke, Camworld, Meg Hourihan, Waferbaby, Zeldman.

Informal list of people who are okay.

“Nothing impairs cognitive ability quite like anger. Let’s hope we retain the rational ability to distinguish those who are responsible from those who merely look like them.” — Ken Moller (via Rob)

September 7, 2001

Pitiful Humans!

If I haven’t mentioned it before, you should all be watching Invader Zim. It’s fantastic.

September 6, 2001


“So whaddya do / Oh yeah I wait tables too / No I haven’t heard your band / ‘cause you guys are pretty new / but if you dig on vegan food / well come over to my work / I’ll have ‘em cook you something that you’ll really love.” — Bohemian Like You, The Dandy Warhols

Finding the right batch of mp3s to listen to while you work is the trick to turning your whole day around. Ahh…

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