Life on Google!
Thursday, Jan 15, 2004
Gotta love today's Google logo:

Who knew Martians were more cyan than green?

Quick Weekend Wrapup
Monday, Jan 12, 2004
Saturday was the Firefly Farewell party. A little over a year after Fox cancelled the show, twelve of us got together and watched the three unaired episodes that were released with the DVD box-set of the first (and only) season.

Leave it to Fox to cancel a show that's popular enough to justify a DVD release, and to do it when there are still completed episodes in the can.

At any rate, the party was great. The episodes were teriffic. We're all hoping the rumors that Joss is writing a movie script for Firefly are true.

Before the party a handfull of us had a TiVo Upgrade Party, replete with a trip to Fry's and subsequent sortie to Radio Shack. Paul and Karen now have 139-hour TiVos where before they had only 14 hours. Quite a difference I imagine.

Me, I was planning on upping my 80-hour to 200 hours, but talking with Ammy and Rachel the night before, I realized that about 80% of the space on my current TiVo is being used to hold shows I want to save, some of them over a year old. If I upgraded to 200 hours, eventually I'd be in the same position, effectively having a 15-hour TiVo with an additional 185 hours of online saved content.

Rather than spend money to upgrade the TiVo as a stopgap, I decided to give a DVD-Recorder a try. With the ability to offload my shows to DVD, I could again have a true 80-hour TiVo, as well as a way to offload and distribute shows to those who missed them, like when the cast of The Simpsons was on Inside the Actor's Studio.

Much of yesterday was spent rewiring all the AV equipment in the living room (Cable box, TV, TiVo, DVD-R, VCR (Don't ask the obvious question, please. I'm a geek. That's why.), Stereo Receiver and 5.1 decoder, Playstation 2, Gamecube), and going to dinner with Rachel.

Rachel and I celebrated our 1-year anniversary yesterday. One year ago we met for the first time when she picked me up at the Pittsburgh airport, coming home from winter break. A year later and we're going stronger than ever, and celebrated this by having wonderful French cuisine at Cafe Brioche, capped by an absolutely amazing chocolate souffle and blackberry cobbler a la mode.

This week is going to be all about rearranging furniture upstairs and redefining mental spaces. In medieval europe it was customary for neighbors to periodically walk their borders together, to establish in their head exactly where they agreed one property ended and the other began. Forget about GPS; back then not even good fences made good neighbors, because fencing off a 500-acre plot was an unheard-of amount of labor just to define a boundary, hence the walking of the lines.

Every once in a while it's good to walk the lines in several areas of life. It's annual review time at work, a walking of the lines, a defining of workplace scopes and boundaries. 1099s and W-4s are flying through the mail, to help us walk the lines with our government. I want to make a point of spending more 1-on-1 time with my close friends, walking those lines, touring their properties to see how their mental estates have flourished since the last time.

But right now it's work time, and I've got to get to it.

Happy Monday!

All technology is driven by games and porn
Monday, Jan 12, 2004
I am Klimt of Borg. Talent is irrelevant.Searching for the perfect Photoshop experience, I've found a peripheral to lust after. Designed for power gamers, the Nostromo SpeedPad n52 offers a smattering of 14 custom-programmable keys, a scrollwheel, an 8-way gamepad, a fire button and a thumbswitch.

There's nothing in the site that gives any hint that these might be useful for anything other than hardcore gaming, but to my mind the equipment that hardcore gamers use is usually more than up to the task of more mundane applications like Photoshop and BBEdit.

What's below *your* fold?
Thursday, Jan 08, 2004
It's tempting when designing a page to just design 'above the fold', that is, the things that the user sees without scrolling. The term comes from the newspaper industry, where half of the front page is 'above the fold' and the less important half is 'below the fold'.

It's interesting because in newspapers it's a 50/50 split. In tri-fold letters it's a 33/33/33 split. On web pages though, especially weblogs, the majority of content usually exists below the fold.

Sippey gives a great viewpoint of exactly what several popular weblogs look like if 'the fold' didn't exist. It's got me thinking about how the value and function of sidebar navigations changes as one descends into the depths of a page.

Scott McCloud (of Understanding Comics fame) uses this perspective extremely well in his online comics, starting from the beginning.

My mind boggles at the possibility of melding Scott's comic model with the inverse chronology of a weblog...

If a joke falls in the forest...
Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004
I just made a funny, but there's nobody in my office to share it with.

"Happy cows come from California. Mad cows come from Canada."

There, I can check that one off my to-do list.

A little like a pocket full of Neutronium
Wednesday, Jan 07, 2004
Well, maybe it's not quite as strangely dangerous as a pocket full of degenerate matter, but a 3" neodymium super magnet gives you almost science-fictive powers. As one of the strongest consumer magnets on the planet by weight, two of these coming together can break your fingers and require 700lbs of force to detach from each other.

Gaussboys sells a wide range of magnets, from tiny pieces the size of penciltips to monsters you can use to pull the dents out of cars. I wouldn't suggest using them to tack pictures to your computer, though.

Monday, Jan 05, 2004
I left my cellphone (and jacket) at Em's all weekend by accident and picked it up yesterday to find someone in Sacramento had tried to call me 4 times but left no message.

Today I got their call. It was a marketeer from the drawing I entered outside Dickens Fair (the bait was a trip for two to London), calling to verify my address, marital status, and income. I knew it was going to be an "I'm-not-interested-buh-bye" call when she told me that they wanted to offer me some 'fahbooluhs prizes' for attending a 90-minute seminar. It's jus amazing how long those folks can talk without stopping for breath.

Nym, meet Blub
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003
So while I was at work and later at poker night, Rachel took the opportunity proffered by a clean and empty house to bring Nym, her cat, over from Ammy and Rick's.

Aside from a little crying while in the carrier, Rachel says Nym had a fine time at the house, including what was probably her first exposure to fish.

Blub and Mutant took the encounter in stride.

Nym, meet Blub. Blub, meet Nym.

It remains to be seen whether she could be left around the fish unattended...

Closing the old books
Wednesday, Dec 31, 2003
It gets so quiet around here this time of year... Traffic goes down by more than 50%, and comments down by even more, as the regulars are all off doing their vacationy and familylike things.

Mostly I think everyone just gets quiet... I'm looking forward to next week when things pick up, Macworld Expo starts, and a whole new year opens up before us, like a long sunny valley revealed when the fog burns off the new years peak.

Minimize iTunes 4.2 for Windows
Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003
This one is mostly for the google archive:

With iTunes 4.2 for Windows, Apple changed the function of the 'maximize' button. It used to toggle between normal and the 'mini-remote' panel. Now it toggles between normal and full-screen.

Turns out that the way to toggle down to the 'mini remote' size is now control-m. Not overly intuitive...


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