September 2003

September 30, 2003


The exchange with the eBay buyer went very smoothly. I left him a favorable feedback message. Tabitha agrees that the TiBook went to a good home. Sniff!

The new PowerBook is apparently overdue at the reseller. I’m trying to ignore my fears of dead pixels, bad latches, and other birth defects and be patient.

My auction and resulting sale have apparently has inspired Nick’s friend Nico to sell his PowerBook as well.

Last weekend was a busy one. I crossed nine Bay Area bridges and momentarily found myself in Santa Rosa, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Mill Valley, San Francisco, and finally home again in Berkeley. Next weekend I intend to go nowhere.

September 26, 2003

In With The New

The new 15-inch aluminum PowerBook G4.

On order: The new 15-inch aluminum PowerBook G4. 1.25GHz G4, 80GB HD, 1GB RAM, 1280x854 pixels, Mobility Radeon 9600, SuperDrive, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, AirPort Extreme, modem, magical glow-in-the-dark keyboard…

All-in-all a very nice (and particularly irresistible) upgrade. <ferris>If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.</ferris>

You can, of course, get all the details here.

September 25, 2003

Hours, Not Days

A scant (scant I tell you!) 22 or so hours remain in the PowerBook auction. We’ve still just got the one bid but I’ve talked with some interested parties off-auction who may be waiting until the last minute to bid. So we’ll see what happens there.

Working with eBay for the first time has been an interesting learning experience. Keeping track of the auction, making as many payment methods available as possible, learning about reputation building, responding to parties who make requests over email, it’s all very time consuming.

But fun in a way.

[Update: We’re up to four bids. Nick is now offering his services as a financial advisor.]

[Status: With less than 15 min we’re now at 7 bids! =-)]

[Sold: For $1050.00. Hooray!]

September 25, 2003

ü Reloaded

The all new überdesign is looking good. Very good. Glad to see it return.

[Elsewhere: Tabitha launches a website for our landlady’s business. Mark has to use Windows, says Earthlink is capping his bandwidth, and shares some IA justification soundbites. Rachelle stirs up some shit about the new and I mistakenly accuse a reputable blogger of putting the smack down. Sam redesigns for those of us using standards compliant browsers. Brian is Jack’s complete lack of patience. And Rob returns to the blogosphere.]

September 23, 2003

Now Hear This

I now have in my possession all 927 pages of Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver. Thanks to Dad for making the trip over to Borders with me at lunch. Tabitha and I may or may not be trying to get it signed on Thursday night in Berkeley.

Of course, thanks are also owed to Ryan for turning me on to Stephenson in the first place with Snow Crash back in 1996.

[Related: BoingBoing is reporting that there’s a Quicksilver wiki devoted to exploring the concepts of the new novel.]

September 23, 2003


There has been a noticeable increase in traffic in the wake of both the Kottke and Zeldman mentions. The new attention has inspired me to do some much-needed house cleaning with the site. For those who don’t know, my site has been slowly evolving over the past four years and is entirely homegrown.

The problem is that I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. I have had a couple of projects in addition to my day job keeping my nights and weekends packed for the past couple weeks. I’ve been enjoying the extra work but it does seem to gobble up every spare moment.

Once my workload eases up a bit I’m going to schedule a little time to work on my own projects.

September 19, 2003

Out With The Old

Buy my PowerBook. =-) It’s the auction event of the century!

It’s also my first attempt at selling anything through eBay so feedback is appreciated. No bids yet, but we’re hopeful. I think it’s a really good deal.

[Update: Rob IMs to report that we’ve got a bid! Yay!]

September 19, 2003

Zeldman Shoutout

This humble weblog was mentioned today on Zeldman’s Daily Report and added to his classy list of Externals. The bowing and chanting “Wayne’s World”-style will commence shortly. If you’re just visiting for the first time, welcome!

Thanks to Rachelle for pointing the post out to me. And thanks to Nick for pointing it out to Rachelle.

“We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”

[Update: There have been over 375 hits from Zeldman’s link so far today.]

September 16, 2003


Nick writes in to ask how almost 12 hours could have passed since their announcement without my blogging about the fantastic new PowerBook G4s. The answer: The caffeine hasn’t hit my bloodstream yet. However, I do have a 20 ounce Coke on my desk at the moment so my brain should begin spinning shortly.

In the meantime I may need to find out what people are willing to pay for a 500 MHz PowerBook G4 in excellent condition with zero dead pixels, AirPort, extra RAM, and Jaguar installed.

September 12, 2003

Poor Man’s Tivo

The story of satellite cable, a stolen VCR, and a cheap, lazy bastard. Coming soon.

(So, I started this post almost 24 hours ago due to a bug born of a finicky relationship between NetNewsWire and my custom-built weblog software. I’ll have to look into that in more detail at some point.)

And now, the story. I try to keep my television watching and spending to a minimum. I’ve never bought a television, or a DVD player, or speakers, and I used to have a VCR which has long since broke down. In San Francisco I watched a couple of shows a week on a 4” handheld TV I received as a present one year. When Tabitha moved up I talked her into not chucking her hand-me-down 14” TV. When Bryce moved from the east coast to California and then on to Hawaii I graciously offered to steal his VCR which he hasn’t allowed me to return yet. And recently our landlady wired up the house with satellite cable service which we’re chipping in on.

Herein we come to the point. The satellite box has this bizarre feature which allows you to schedule to record shows or specific periods of time on certain channels. It accomplishes this by bouncing a powerful infrared signal off whatever is facing the boxes that tells the VCR to start or stop recording. As a result, the VCR collects Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, Coupling, and soon West Wing episodes automagically. It’s not high tech, but it’s cheap and it works.

September 12, 2003


It’s 3 a.m. Again. I’m up. I haven’t posted anything here in almost a week. I was flipping channels the other night and caught the bit in Annie where the orphan girls are singing “Hard Knock Life” and the damn thing is stuck in my head. I still can’t believe someone sampled this song for a rap song. And pulled it off. I’ve been meaning to write about my poor-man’s Tivo substitute but like I say, it’s 3. I’m off to bed.

Two years ago. Last year. This year: For all the death we’ve inflicted all over the world in retribution for 9/11 I don’t feel the least bit safer. If anything I feel more alienated from the rest of the world.

“‘Stead of treated, we get tricked. ‘Stead of kisses, we get kicked.”

September 6, 2003

G5s and Minor Traffic Violations

I got my grubby hands on a PowerMac G5 for the first time on Friday at the CompUSA across from work. It was nice but it was the low-end model and only had 256 MB of RAM. Not exactly fully loaded. Still, any G5 hooked up to a HD Cinema Display and Bose speakers doesn’t fail to impress. Steven Frank is right though, the plasticy Cinema Displays don’t go with the all-metal G5. Now if only I could figure out how to conceal one in my pants and slip out quietly, I’ll be set. =-)

Also, thanks to Rob and Irene for having us over last night. I started to take a wrong turn on our way back to the highway, realized if I kept going we’d be headed the wrong way, reversed until we were facing the right way again (since no one was around), was getting close to the correct on ramp, and was promptly pulled over for the little stunt. I was let off with a warning and a head full of adrenaline.

September 2, 2003


Whelp, today is September 2nd. Which can only mean that this here website is now four years old. It also means that the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and that (in about a month’s time) I’ll have been living in the Bay Area for two years.

In other news I’ve been extremely busy as of late which has meant fewer posts, few new features, and other such boringness with the aging site. Thanks for sticking around. I promise we’ll carve out some time one of these weekends to roll out something fun.

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