October 2004

October 31, 2004

He’s there to undisenfranchise and chew bubble gum…

Chaotic is the second part of Nick’s campaign experience, live from Florida.

“In the end, no matter how iniefficient, no matter how infuriating, everything seems to get done. Sloppily, yes, but done. Now, I suppose it’s the obsessive side of me, but I hate to see so much potential lost from mismanagement. On the other hand, it’s nice to see that a whole lot of dedication from a huge number of volunteers can make up for most of it.”

…and he’s all out of bubble gum.

October 29, 2004

You’re just gonna so want one.

iPod photo

I went to the Apple store tonight to play with the new iPods. I had thought that Apple had gone too crazy in the colorization and saturation of everything with the iPod Photo but it doesn’t look so bad in real life. It’s insane how quickly you can scroll through photos both in the wee and not-so-wee modes. The best part is the pretty new 2-inch displays with the the Lucida Grande (Myriad?) and the brightness. I can’t deny it…

I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription… is more iPod.

But I’ll resist for the time being. The 3G is chugging along just fine, I don’t really need to have my photos with me at all times, and I’m kinda put off by the fact that you can’t just hook your iPod up to your camera. Doesn’t that seem sorta critical? You’re away from your desk for a couple days, you run out of space on your 512 MB flash card, you whip out your iPod and USB-to-Dock connector cable, your photos pile up in an “On-The-Go” photo album, you wipe your flash card and keep right on shooting. (I’m aware you can sort-of do this now with the Belkin gizmo but it’s not really the same.)

Nevertheless I expect Apple to sell bazillions of these sexy little bastards over the course of the next fiscal quarter. Five million in ‘05! Go now! Don’t wait! Buy, buy, BUY!

October 29, 2004

Our Man in Florida

Nick has posted his first dispatch from the road. Thanks again to everyone who contributed to Nick and Patrick’s trip. Hopefully this will be the first of many insights into their experience.

October 24, 2004


First the cat got sick, then the cat got better, then the cat got sicker. Then I got sick, then Tabitha got sick, then I got sicker. Then the cat got better again. Then the car got sick, then Tabitha got sicker, then I started to feel a little better.

Those were the last two weeks.

Then, this weekend we got a new car battery, learned the cat needs special food, drove up to Santa Rosa, celebrated the birthdays of my Dad and I, ate cakes, opened presents, devoured food, went for walks, fought our colds, watched SNL, figured out what was wrong with my folks’ router, suggested an external USB floppy drive to her folks, packed up the car and headed home.

I’ve been 28 for roughly four hours now.

October 10, 2004

Delicious Library

Delicious Library

A couple of months ago Think Secret spilled the beans on Delicious Library, an overhaul of a simple media cataloging program by a new company formed by ex-OmniGroup employees. The screenshots they posted revealed an iLife-like app designed around making it dead-simple to inventory your books, movies, music, and games.

In the past, creating such an inventory involved hours of data entry and organization. Delicious Library integrates with iSight video cameras (or any QuickTime-compatible digital video camera) and Amazon’s web services to completely obliterate this hassle. Simply hold your book, DVD, CD, or video game up to your iSight and within seconds the item is added to your inventory, with all of the relevant data pulled from Amazon.

The company, Delicious Monster, published their revamped website this weekend which features overviews of the software and their company as well as screenshots of the app. It’s a brilliant combination of technologies and I’m really looking forward to trying it out.

[Update: The site now works with Firefox, Mozilla, Camino, NetNewsWire’s embedded browser, etc. Let the healing begin.]

October 3, 2004


Spotty images.

This is a photo I took of the sky on a clear day. I’ve called out a few areas of the photo to show at full size. As you can see there are three very noticeable spots. I’ve tried cleaning the lens and using a blower (very gently) on the low-pass filter. That’s pretty much all I can think to do and the spots are driving me nuts. Any suggestions?

[Update: So I’m hoping that this turns out to be a bit of dust on the sensor and that I can find someone trustworthy to give it a swipe. Thanks for the feedback.]

October 2, 2004

It’s a rough life.

The cat, relaxing in the sun.

There’s nothing like a good feline urinary tract infection to kick the weekend off right.

[Update: She’ll be fine, rumor has it these things resolve themselves in time. (Although I would have preferred that it resolved itself before she took a whiz on my sandals.)]

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