July 2006

July 27, 2006

And a pony…

What am I hoping for from Mac OS X 10.5 you ask?* Let’s see…

  • Speed. I’m hoping overall snappiness and zero pinwheeling were core goals of this release.
  • High-Resolution Interface. Do it Apple. Be the first. Blow our minds.
  • Finder. There are tons of great ideas floating throughout the internet for what do do with the Finder. I won’t reiterate them here.
  • Mail. Ever since I upgraded to 10.4.7, Mail crashes all the time when I’m deleting junk messages. That needs to stop. Otherwise, new toolbar button icons so we can all shut up and move on.
  • Safari. I’m hoping Safari has some gold-standard standards support up their sleeves. Also, some way of indicating download progress without popping up that obnoxious window.
  • iChat. Tabs, tabs, tabs. Ooh, and the ability to broadcast all or part of my screen rather than iSight video during a chat.
  • Address Book. There are things that irk me about Address Book but on the whole I’m happy with it.
  • iCal. I want that goddamn drawer to die.
  • Preview. I love you Preview. You saved PDF. Never change.
  • Boot Camp. Short of the ability to run Internet Explorer on a Mac without having to pay for Windows I couldn’t care less about Boot Camp, Parallels, or any other technology that enables me to run software I hate on the platform I love.

* No one asked. (Sniff!)

July 19, 2006


Angry Fuzzball

We gave our cat its first bath last Saturday. She was not amused. Right off the bat there was a lot of scrambling and yowling. As always, however, she refrained from any hissing or scratching. And once it became clear to her that our intention wasn’t to drown her in the bath water, she relaxed quite a bit. She did insist on keeping at least one but preferably both front paws firmly clawed around the edge of the tub just in case it became necessary to execute some kind of gymnastic feline freedom lunge.

On the whole, the procedure was a complete success and we suspect she can’t wait until her next bath. :)

Note: I would like apologize for this completely cat-centric post. (Complete with photo!) We’ll return to our regular internet-loving, Apple-drooling, site-tweaking, program in short order.

July 15, 2006

Visiting San Diego

Tabitha in Shadow

Tabitha and I went down to San Diego for the 4th of July weekend. We saw old friends (though not as many as we’d have liked), we visited the campus (though not as much of it as we’d have liked), we spent some time at the beach (though not for as long as we’d have liked). We ate well, listened to music, got tan, reminisced, were surprised by incredibly hot it was and how much we’ve adjusted to the chilly Bay Area.

This photo was taken at Balboa Park at 8:30 pm on Saturday, July 3rd. :)

July 7, 2006

Why won’t you please take my money?

Dear Amazon. For the past two days, my shopping cart has been displaying the following message:

Important Message

We’re sorry. We’re temporarily unable to display all the items in your Shopping Cart. Rest assured, we’re working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Please try again in a few minutes.

I wouldn’t mind so much, if (you know), I weren’t trying to buy stuff from you.

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