Sunday, April 27, 2008

For Long Drives

For Long Drives, originally uploaded by Jrome.

I'm following the wisdom of the book Eat to Live. Which means I eat a pound of salad at every meal and that's about the whole meal. For snacks, when I get hungry, and otherwise need to pork out, I go nuts. No salt, lots of goodness.

On a recent trip to Boston, I snapped this shot of the center console in our vintage Volvo. You'll see a little light reading, a map or two that couldn't help us where we were heading, my nuts, my fingers, fine Corinthian leather, Nicole's iPod shuffle connected dutifully to the tape deck, and the charging coil for I believe my work Blackberry. (Due to the google maps app, the CrackB comes with us whenever we travel.)

But isn't it a good shot?

BTW every book in that series is awesome. Love Baker Charlie.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I just gained a free year's subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica!

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Free feels nice. Now, time to use it. Bloggers, some who can't even spell EB, are now going to be able to link to full articles. Will there spelling improve? Where?

My first link into the secret sauce is the article on Computer Programming Lanaguages.

Those of you who know a thing or two about computer programming languages, let me know what you think of the quality of EB's article. In the comments, please.

Notes: Before tonight I hadn't seen EB's new interface. It's slick, but the scroll bar was hard to locate...weren't intuitive enough for me. Coulda, shoulda, woulda been better if it was simpler.

Oh, for all us non-programmers, lolcat yerself some photos! (thanks Harmless!)

Update: Looks like is the fancy pants new interface I saw when I logged into my hot new free EB account. However, that may not be what the public will see: my Google Co-op search results for Britannica (kinda nice to have) take me to which I shall now refer to as Old Ugly B.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Economist notes

The Modern Nomad covered in The Economist

When I started working from home full-time last May, I felt liberated. No more dumb, numbing, expensive, dangerous, and unfulfilling commute! The Economist, as pointed out to me by my boss this afternoon, has a great series of articles on this very phenomenon. This from Labour Movement:

"James Katz, a professor at Rutgers University who leads a research centre on the sociology of mobile technologies, says that the shift amounts to a “historical re-integration” of our productive and social spheres. In the hunter-gatherer, agricultural and pre-industrial artisan eras people did not separate the physical space devoted to work, family and play. Blacksmiths, say, worked from their homes, with family and village life all around. It was only with the capital-intensive work of the industrial era that a separation of homes and factories became necessary, because workers “had to be co-located” in order to work efficiently. This also applied to bureaucracies before the digital era. Now, however, the different spheres of life are merging again."

I like to think I tailored my house to fit my work, like the old blacksmithy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


DSC_0215, originally uploaded by dust_bunny4.

Hooping needs to make a comeback in a big way. Awesome!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Got Gmail? Now get OpenID!

This is pretty sweet. If you have a gmail account follow these steps:

1. click here:
2. follow instructions
3. email yourself in gmail your new OpenID (it's the URL they show you after you've followed the instructions)
4. Archive the message in gmail for reference later when you need it.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Voting Guide

IMG_0015, originally uploaded by themexican.

See also the finer points of wisdom contained herein.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Required viewing

Two soccer posts in one day?! These two guys made me stay up late and dream of goals.

First, Ze Frank:

Second, Kottke:

If you subscribe to my shared feed from google reader, you'd see these and more good stuff.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Words and how we love to use them

This is one of the best language bits on kottke in a while. I love intentionally mispronouncing words. I dews it all the times!

Every lexicographer I know has been called up for action.