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Culture

Son of a…

So we’re com­ing home from Tar­get, lis­ten­ing to the iPod in the car, and at one point the five year-old pipes up from the back­seat, “Why is he the only one that could ever teach her?” Bonus points for iden­ti­fy­ing the song with­out using Google.

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Other

Little Apple Tree on the Prairie

On this trip I’m read­ing The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pol­lan. I’m just at the begin­ning, where he is talk­ing about apples and John Chap­man (aka John­ny Apple­seed). His­tor­i­cal books have always inter­est­ed me (as do his­tor­i­cal nov­els with a wee bit of fic­tion in them) and so I find this part espe­cial­ly fas­ci­nat­ing. […]

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Culture

My favorite scene from Jaws

Watch­ing more TED and I’m on the J.J. Abrams talk, and he is talk­ing about his favorite scene in Jaws. You can catch it here. But it put me in mind of my favorite scene from Jaws, where Roy Schei­der pours him­self a full glass of wine, in a 10 oz milk glass. Awe­some­ness.

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Technology

The WiFi button

I have a sug­ges­tion for Apple. Yes, I know they are (not) lis­ten­ing. I think the next iPhone/iPod touch should have a WiFi but­ton. Like the pow­er but­ton on the top, maybe on the oth­er side of the device, it should glow a light blue when it is on. You’d use it to turn WiFi […]

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Rants

Courtesy of US Airways

Today I am fly­ing to Philadel­phia for a brief week­end vis­it with my par­ents and a cou­ple of my sis­ters. Or rather, I am try­ing to. Let me pref­ace all of this with a warn­ing so dire, you would be fool­hardy to ignore it: fly not on US Air­ways. This morn­ing, while I was relax­ing […]

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Culture Other

Wheaton the new Niven?

One of my favorite books grow­ing up was Bring on the Emp­ty Hors­es by David Niv­en, an auto­bi­og­ra­phy of his life in Hol­ly­wood, full of amus­ing sto­ries about Hol­ly­wood greats and their lives off cam­era. My moth­er had it on her book­shelf. Niv­en was an accom­plished but not over­ly famous actor in his day, but […]