April 2004

April 29, 2004

Preview Playlists

Preview playlists in iTunes 4.5.

One of the less-mentioned features of iTunes 4.5 is the ability to make “local” playlists of Music Store previews. Simply create a playlist and drag tunes from the store onto it. It’s not the “wishlist” feature I was hoping for (and, frankly, amazed that Apple didn’t include in this release) but it’s pretty nice to finally be able to bookmark stuff I might want to buy.

Also, the hack of the day is:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes invertStoreLinks -bool YES

Dig it.

April 28, 2004


Bowski the dog, my family’s Chesapeake Bay Retriever, died on Monday. He was a sweet animal with a hyperactive obsession for the pursuit and retrieval of his beloved Kong Ball. He was a very friendly and lovable pet. He will be missed.

April 17, 2004

Spring Camera Cleaning

Canon EOS Elan II

I’ve been thinking that it’s that “out with the old, in with the new” time for my cameras. The first step is to get rid of my non-digital SLR camera. I feel kind of rotten about this because it was a gift and never got used as much as it should. On the other hand, that means it’s in near-perfect condition. I flipped it on this morning and saw it needed a new battery so there’s one on order from Amazon I ran out and bought a fresh one. It’s a Canon Elan EOS II and would be perfect for a photography student. The Canon Ultrasonic 28-80mm lens, lens cap, shoulder strap, and manuals are all in near-mint condition as well. I feel like I should be able to get about $250 for this but that may be unrealistic. I’m also not sure whether to go the eBay or craigslist route or whether there isn’t some other forum that camera resellers frequent. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The next phase of the plan would be to sell the digital point-and-shoot camera. I’ll write more about this one in a future post but for now it’s a Canon Powershot S30 and aside from a few tiny scratches, is also in perfect condition.

April 15, 2004

There’s a Party at the Post Office

Crazy flagsuit man.

And yes, everyone appears to be invited.

It was quite a scene at the main San Mateo Post Office this morning. Tents for voter registration and radio stations, live music, Channel 2 news personalities hassling innocent procrastinators, free coffee, fruit, and other snacks, people dressed up in those nutty flag costumes… craziness.

Happy tax day y’all.

April 13, 2004


The nearly month-long hiatus I’ve taken from this pesky website is due almost entirely to my grandmother, Sybil Dickinson, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 80. I’ve been thinking of how to acknowledge her passing and the influence she had on my life (both directly and through my parents) and move on with my seemingly endless stream of quasi-witty observations. I’ve decided this moment of bloggy silence has served the purpose as it has allowed me to dwell on it internally. I will just say that she was loved, and she will be missed.

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