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Me and my life

What’s your favorite possession?

Just fin­ished going through a stack of Real Sim­ple mag­a­zines (anoth­er sub­scrip­tion we have allowed to lapse), and at the back, they have a “Real Life” sec­tion where impos­si­bly ide­al women answer ques­tions about their lives. They are fun­ny, insight­ful, and sure­ly not writ­ten by real peo­ple. But in the for­ev­er quest for stuff to […]

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Me and my life

Looking for these people

The Intar­webs is a great tool for find­ing peo­ple. I used to work for the Amer­i­can Col­lec­tors Asso­ci­a­tion (and no, they don’t col­lect stamps), so I should know. There are a lot of peo­ple from way back when who I am curi­ous about. Friends from 1st grade, ele­men­tary school, high school, even after col­lege. with […]

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Me and my life

Should my little kids carry ID?

So, a lot of the stuff I’ve been read­ing about child safe­ty sug­gests that your kid should have some sort of ID on him or her. That is, a pho­to with some basic con­tact infor­ma­tion on the back. That way, if they get lost, or (God for­bid) hurt, some­one can get hold of us. Tar­get […]

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Culture

Speaking parts ruin television

You’re watch­ing your hour-long drama/mystery/police pro­ce­dur­al show on tele­vi­sion, and your heroes engage in con­ver­sa­tion with a hith­er­to unknown guy or gal on the street, who just hap­pens to be hang­ing around. Giv­en that speak­ing parts pay much more than stand-around-and-nod-silen­t­­ly parts, you can bet your sweet plot­line that the guy or gal had some­thing […]

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Technology

Anyone have a SmartMedia card reader they don’t need?

I had for­got­ten all about Smart­Media, the flash stor­age for­mat that pre­dat­ed Com­pact Flash and SD cards. Until I unearthed our first dig­i­tal cam­era, the ancient Olym­pus D‑490 ZOOM. Popped a few AA bat­ter­ies in it, and it fired right up. So i gave it to our four-year-old, and he took a bunch of pic­tures, […]

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Be my friend

Nev­er did get in on the beta, but Friend­Feed has just launched. Essen­tial­ly, it’s a feed aggre­ga­tor for all the ser­vices you use. You attach your Friend­Feed account to your var­i­ous ser­vices, and it lists all the updates you make. That way, your friends can sub­scribe to one place to fol­low all your doings on […]

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Free child safety kit: how can you not?

More gems from the stack of stuff res­cued from the base­ment: a child ID card for my old­est son, from a school pic­ture tak­en two years ago. Got me hunt­ing around on the Inter­net for info and resources, and I found this Dura­­cell-spon­­sored child safe­ty site with info, pdfs, and a “take a recent pic­ture […]

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Culture

Page 123

Mark tagged me for a meme. Pick up the near­est book, turn to page 123, and post sen­tences 5, 6, and 7. The near­est book to my com­put­er is… (get­ting tape mea­sure, as book­shelf 1 is about as close as book­shelf 2)… well, they are both with­in the mar­gin of error, so… I give you […]

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Culture

Michael Clayton at the Oscars

Watch­ing the Oscars last night (at TiVospeed) I was hop­ing for the suc­cess of Michael Clay­ton, one of the few movies I’ve seen that I would like to see again soon. Now that I’ve seen the plot, I want to watch the act­ing, the cin­e­matog­ra­phy… it was that good. Til­da Swin­ton did win, and it […]

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Culture

dwell is not for me

This won’t be much of a shock­er for peo­ple who know me and know dwell mag­a­zine. I like to style myself a designey, mod­ern, cool-stuff kind of guy (and I am, real­ly), so I nat­u­ral­ly thought dwell would be for me. I sub­scribed, cheap, and got a year’s worth. This last week, I man­aged to […]