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Technology

All the good ones get abducted by the Apple mothership

It has hap­pened twice recent­ly. Two of my favorite web-design­er­s/in­­for­­ma­­tion-gurus/en­ter­­tain­ing-blog­gers have been hired by Apple, and after that… noth­ing. They announce that they have been hired, and then their blogs go silent. Occa­sion­al­ly they will have a post about their pup­pies, or a new hair­cut, but noth­ing even remote­ly relat­ed to web design, infor­ma­tion design, […]

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Technology

I will pay $100 for a screensaver module

Hel­lo, enter­pris­ing soft­ware writ­ers. In short: I want a .Mac-free ver­sion of the .Mac screen­saver mod­ule. And I have $100 to throw at you. I own a Mac OS X machine. I sub­scribe to Apple’s .Mac ser­vice. I do so for exact­ly one fea­ture: the .Mac screen­saver. This fea­ture works thus­ly: I des­ig­nate an album […]

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Culture

Rob and Amber get lucky in Argentina

This episode of The Amaz­ing Race took place in Argenti­na, where I was born. We left when I was eight, so all I real­ly know about the place is what I have heard from my fam­i­ly, but even so it was fun to see Men­doza, Buenos Aires, and Tigre. This is the sec­ond sea­son of […]

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Culture

What a smackdown!

Ouch. Last night on Sur­vivor, the Koror tribe got the best of both worlds. They got rid of Willard, who was a nice guy, but had to go before they could get rid of Karen, who they just have to get rid of as soon as they can. Plus, they smacked the oth­er tribe but […]

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Culture

A new push in television

Be warned, I intend to make a new push into tele­vi­sion post­ings. I watch a lot of TV. I like a lot of TV. I own a TiVo and know how to use it. It is about time I made use of this predilec­tion.

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Culture

Review: The City of Towers

The City of Tow­ers My rat­ing: 0 out of 5 I should have known bet­ter, I know. I picked this book up because, every time I peruse the role-play­ing games sec­tion at Barnes & Noble, I yearn for those days. So I picked up the first book of TSR’s newest role-play­ing milieu, think­ing to lose […]

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Other

Pop Rocks

Did you know Pop Rocks® are made in Spain? Well, they are. From the pack­age, “Made in Spain by Zeta Espa­cial, S.A., Av. Olimpiadas, 79 / 08191 Rubi (Barcelona) SPAIN. Of course, the phone num­ber for “ques­tions about POP ROCKS®”–like, will my stom­ach explode if I also drink Coke?–is in the States. Or, at least, […]

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Culture

Review: The Briar King

The Bri­ar King My rat­ing: 3 out of 5 After read­ing “real books” for a while, it was nice to get back to some high fan­ta­sy. Greg Keyes is one of my favorite new authors (new being a rel­a­tive term) and this book was pret­ty good. But towards the end he fell into a trap […]

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Me and my life

Time to clean out my office

I’ve been talk­ing about final­ly get­ting my office clean since… well, since we moved in almost two years ago. On that day, we deposit­ed box­es and box­es of stuff in the room that is my office. Just recent­ly, we man­aged to open and unpack those box­es, so that now I have a floor (on which […]

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Other

Awesome painting tip from Wally

The oth­er day (like two months ago) Tiffany hap­pened to let drop a paint­ing tip that (the much in demand Iowa City handy­man) Wal­ly had bestowed upon her at some point when we were liv­ing in Iowa. And I dare­say it is an awe­some paint­ing tip. Like, more than awe­some. It is incred­i­ble. Here we […]