February 2004

February 28, 2004

The Apple Store San Francisco

Snapping photos at the grand opening of the San Francisco Apple Store.

I woke up in North Beach at 6:20 a.m. this morning and wondered why my alarm wasn’t going off. Thirty seconds later I was jabbing my sleeping brother and saying, “Let’s do this thing!” We stumbled out of the building and all the way down Stockton Street. The line already ran up Stockton to O’Farrell, then turned and ran the entire length of that block as well, to Powell. That’s where we got in line at 7 a.m. We got into the store a scant four hours later and narrowly missed the opportunity to purchase one of the mystery bags. Which sucks but I have to say that camping out all night was not something I was prepared to do. So we’re going to geek out for a bit longer before heading out. Whoo-hoo!

[The Mystery Bags: The people we spoke to who were able to purchase them all got something different. Items included Wireless Keyboards, Wireless Mice, AirPort Extreme Base Stations, 40GB iPods, and so forth. We probably would have been able to score a bag if people hadn’t held places in line for their friends who showed up at the last minute. Oh well, at least we got some T-shirts.] =-)

February 24, 2004

A Little Bit Lighter

Sunset in Berkeley, CA.

February has been a light month for blogging. We’re still planning the wedding. It consumes a lot of time and energy but our families have been extraordinarily helpful and understanding. We’ve had various thrilling episodes around the apartment, including The Shower That Wouldn’t Drain, the Closet Rebuilding Project, and the Bedframe From Hell. Very, very slowly I’ve been making a bit of progress on improving the photos section. A better interface for posting photos is in the works and I’m rethinking the way the albums work as well. It’ll be a while before it’s ready to show off but it will be a nice improvement.

February 24, 2004

Grey Tuesday

We’re grey today because this whole “illegal art” thing is getting rediculous.

And although I hate to admit it, The Grey Album’s “99 Problems” is damn catchy.

February 18, 2004

Quakeshake

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered 27 miles north of Santa Rosa occurred about 5 minutes ago. We felt it. Did you?

February 12, 2004

One Stockton Street

Art just pointed out that the San Francisco Apple Store will open on February 28th at 10:00 a.m.

People, we are going to own that line. Are you in?

No one huh? Oh well, more Apple for us. =-)

[Update: Wired reports on people who are already sneaking into the (unfinished) Apple Store to snap photos and other crazies who are planning to spend the night in front of the store in order to be the first in line. People, Ellis Street has a certain charm during the day but it’s not the kind of place you want to camp out with your kids. We’ll be there early, but not crazy early.]

February 11, 2004

Country Roads

In May of 2001 I flew to Providence, Road Island to meet up with Bryce and drive back across the country with him. I brought my PowerBook with me (naturally) as well as a QuickCam Pro USB webcam (never buy anything from Logitech) and on the drive west we recorded a fair amount of really low-quality digital video. This video sat on my hard drive for a while, then was dumped onto CDs, then buried in the closet and trucked from San Diego to San Francisco to Berkeley during my many moves. Recently (once I got the new laptop) I started reorganizing some of my old files and came across the video again. When iMovie 4 came out I dropped the clips into a project, and one night not too long ago I spent an hour and a half clipping and juggling the shots and arranging them with a bit of music and some titles. So without any further ado…

Video: Country Roads

A couple of notes: You’ll need to have QuickTime 6 installed because the video format is MPEG-4. The song is Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ cover of John Denver’s “Country Roads”. The lines at the end are tough to read at web resolutions, I know.

February 5, 2004

Safari 1.2

A short list of the tiny changes to the latest delightful version of Safari:

  • In earlier versions, switching between the tabs and no-tabs modes would change the height of the window. The only workaround was to set the option to always show tabs. Now the window maintains its size.
  • Changes to the rendering engine brings font sizes inline with other popular web browsers.
  • The new smaller widgets for reduced size form items like buttons and checkboxes are excellent.
  • The CSS caching bug fixes make this and many other sites load faster.
  • Resumable downloads.

A fantastic, fantastic update. The OmniWeb 5 Beta brings some interesting new features to the table too.

[Nitpicky: Why, in the name of all that is holy and good, does Safari have to respond to window.open JavaScript requests with windows which are two pixels wider and one pixel taller than the size you specify? Why?!]

[Also: Apple responds to Safari complaints over at MacMinute. The “we can’t make our browser work with our old operating system” line sounds like the same crap Microsoft has been throwing at its customers for years.]

February 2, 2004

Oscar Picks

Disclaimer: These picks reflect the people and films I would like to see win (not those that I think will win) from the films I saw (which is a very small percentage of the films that were nominated). If I didn’t make a pick for a particular category it’s because I didn’t see any of the films nominated in that category. Yes, I really enjoyed The Lord of the Rings.

Best Picture (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Animated Feature Film (Winner)
Finding Nemo

Best Director
Peter Jackson (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Actor
Bill Murray (Lost to Sean Penn)
Lost in Translation

Best Original Screenplay
Sofia Coppola (Winner)
Lost in Translation

Best Adapted Screenplay
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Visual Effects
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randal William Cook, and Alex Funke (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Sound
Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, and Hammond Peek (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Sound Editing
Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers (Lost to Master and Commander)
Finding Nemo

Best Editing
Jamie Selkirk (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Musical Score
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (Winner)

Best Song
“Into the West” (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Art Direction
Grant Major, Dan Hennah, and Alan Lee (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Costume Design
Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor (Winner)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Makeup
Ve Neill and Martin Samuel (Lost to Return of the King)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
(I just gave them this so not all of my picks went to Return of the King.) Whoops. =-)

Best Sequels That Everyone Except Me Hates
The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions

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