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Wednesday, February 27, 2002


24 - Episode 13: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Reviewed by Sean Weitner.
Great googily moogily.
Couldn't have said it better myself. I wish I had these words, in my vocabulary, when Jack's daughter ran towards the water tower, twice! Yikes!

Someone could get killed, running from a nice hiding place out into the open, to check on their cute yet wounded and guilty kidnapper. Who does she think she is Patty Hearst or something. Give me a break.

I usually suspend my disbelief at stupid things like this to continue enjoying mediocre shows, but please, don't have the characters do these crazy things. Don't become mediocre.

I'll watch again next week, but be careful, because I might just tape you and watch NYPD Blue live, if you're not careful.

I'll Never Forget the 11 cents!
The other day while checking out at our local Roche Bros. supermarket I came across a cashier who really understands what customer service is.

Our total order came to $42.11. I got out the $42 handed it to the cashier. Then I searched my pockets for some change. I didn't have any, and the smallest bill in my wallet was a $20. So I handed the cashier the $20.

She asked me if I had any change, and I told her that I didn't have any.

She then handed me back the $20 and said, "forget the 11 cents." It was great. It's not the savings of 11 cents that made me happy, it was the intelligence of the cashier to understand that it was better for everyone, to let me go without having to wait for her to break a $20.

Thanks Roche Bros.
Michael Moore's Book Tour Diary.
As I'm getting ready to leave, a hairdresser down the street has noticed the commotion at Bookends and has come inside. When she sees it's me, she insists that, as my #1 fan in Ridgewood, NJ, she must cut my hair. Man, this is just what I have not been able to do all week. My wife will be very pleased, so I head out with her and the Bookends owner down the street to the salon chair in which my scraggly mop will be made... well, less scraggly. It's one of the better haircuts I've had in a while, and considering C-Span is taping me Sunday night, I will now look my best for my favorite rockin' cable network.
Mike's Tour Across America stops at a church in Cambridge tonight.
OddTodd in NYPD Blue Interrogation Room!
I really am unemployed," he said. "I really am broke."
Tune in next week to see if OddTodd get Pringles for breakfast.

Chris Pirillo's guest on TechTV's Call For Help today is going to be Evan Williams. Evan will be talking about blogging.

Chris Rocks!

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

This Stuff Is Unreal.
Diane Greco found these interesting Police Logs from Arcata, California.

The police logs come from the Arcata Eye, the newspaper of Arcata, California, which is affiliated with ArcataPlaza.com, the guide to Arcata, California.

Coming up: Arcata welcomes you to the 7th annual Godwit Days, the three-day migration festival celebrating the Marbled Godwit and all birds of the coastal redwoods, bays and marshes of Northern California!
You Suck.
Send someone a Suckogram.
Copied from [ The Ultimate Insult ]
Mitt Romney Does Not Suck Like Jane Swift Does.
(Swift)... does not have a true base of support,'' Domke said. ''Her support seems to be an inch wide and a mile deep. It is basically working mothers of twins in Western Massachusetts.
Mitt, please come rescue the State of Massachusetts.
CeaseandDesistSucks.com
What do you do after you receive a Cease and Desist letter? Go to the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse.

They'll explain everything to you.

Monday, February 25, 2002

Friday, February 22, 2002

Question Authority, Cancer Cures Smoking, Make Love Not War, Draft Beer Not Students...
The Button Museum.
My Aim Is True.
A gangly, bespectacled computer programmer might have seemed an unlikely icon for the burgeoning "New Wave," but that's exactly what Elvis Costello would become after his debut release.
via [ opinebovine ]
I'm joining the movement to make David Gallagher #1 on Google.

Sarah Hughes' Screams Wake Dead.
''Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,'' Hughes and coach Robin Wagner screamed to each other backstage, once the scoreboard showed that the 16-year-old from Great Neck, N.Y., had vaulted out of fourth place to the top of the podium ahead of Slutskaya and Kwan.
Hughes first marketing deal is with Sony for a new alarm clock which is guaranteed to wake anyone up from a deep sleep.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

My eBay - Stuff I saved, but want you to have now.
Star Wars Episode I Topps Trading Cards
IBM - OLYMPIC PIN!
MACINTOSH - LAPEL PIN! RARE NRFB
MACINTOSH AppleLink - ENAMEL PIN! RARE!
It's Three For Thursday!
Bifurcated Rivets - The Homepage of Lindsay Marshall.
The Risks Digest - Why PayPal might not be the best investment among other things.
The Virtual Memorial Garden - Where you can remember a loved one or pet.

We see London, we see France, we see President Bush's underpants.
Laura Bush wears a full-length blue slip in Tom Tierney's new book George W. Bush and His Family Paper Dolls.

I hear that George keeps his boots on, and daughters Barbara and Jenna kept their clothes on. Damn.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

2002 Cubed.
As the clock ticks over from 8:01 pm on Wednesday, February 20, time will, for sixty seconds only, read in perfect symmetry 2002, 2002, 2002, or to be more precise - 20:02, 20/02, 2002.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002


Piers Over Troubled Waters.
via [ NextDraft ]

Stairway to Heaven: An 18 Minute Movie.
Three young dudes infiltrate Hugh Hefner’s New Years Eve party at the Playboy Mansion armed with cameras but no invitation.
via [ Protista.com ]
cover
Michael Moore's new book Stupid White Men is already at #1 on the expanded Amazon Nonfiction Bestseller List.

My Stupid Life: Mike's Book Tour Diary.
Today I begin my month-long book tour across the country. I am not going to make a movie this time. Instead, I am going to keep a simple diary on the road -- and I am going to make this diary open for you to view on my website.
The O'Reilly Factor" on the Fox Nudnick Channel.
Tonight, I will be going on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox Nudnick Channel to be interrupted -- I mean interviewed -- by its host, Bill O'Reilly. The fun begins at 8pm ET/PT, and you have to be part of the cable elite to witness this historic meeting of what hath become of Ireland's once great sons. At 10pm ET/PT tonight, you can catch me with Aaron Brown on CNN.


Phil Kaplan of F'd Company has written a book, it's called F'd Companies: Spectacular Dot Com Flameouts. Already Amazon.com Sales Rank: 544 and it's not even out yet!

Hmm... I'm gonna write a book too. It'll be Amazon Sales Rank: 2,283,630, just below The Brachiopod Antiquatonia Coloradoensis (Girty) from the Upper Morrowan and Atokan (Lower Middle Pennsylvanian) of the United States (U.S. Geologica).

Monday, February 18, 2002

Fake Band Encyclopedia.
Includes: Alice Bowie, The Be Sharps and Jet Screamer.

Jet Screamer sang Eep Op Ork Ah Ah on The Jetsons. The Violent Femmes did a cover on Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits.
Image Maps Made Easy!
Do you like my new nav bar at the top of the page? It was easy to make with Snowblind's Imagemapic.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Temptation Island 2, Episode 12: Hallelujah!
Moments after final bonfire, Catherine and Edmundo exchanged intimate details about their island experiences. Before the night was over, they decided to end their three year relationship.
Buh, Bye.

Accidents Will Happen.
Speed skater Steven Bradbury won Australia's first Winter Olympics gold medal in one of the most bizarre races in Games history.

Competing in his fourth Olympics, the 28-year-old from Brisbane won the men's 1,000m short track here tonight when all of the other four skaters in the final fell on the last corner.

"I played the same tactics in the semi-final and final, which was to stick at the back of the field and wait for the accidents to happen and they did," he said.
Four Places To Visit.
lotsofco - Rational and open-minded thought.
web-goddess - Kristine is a 24–year–old American in Sydney.
frankieboots - Photos, music, and a movie.
bloggerheads - The flotsam and jetsam of his surfing activity can be viewed here.

Saturday, February 16, 2002

I Found A Design Not Found.
When you go to the State of Massachusetts Web Site too see if Quicken's TurboTax is supported for electronically sending in your return, it tells you that that only TurboTax for the Web is supported.



But that's not right! All the retail Quicken TurboTax packages are supported. I know. I sent them an email and got this response:



Why This Is Bad.
I told them that the web site is not giving complete information, but all they did was reply to me with an email and left the web site as it was.

A Hot Girl.
If you came here looking for HOT GIRLS, go check out Fernanda Martinelli.

Stand Up Comedy at the Gold Medal Press Conference:
Moderator: Please stand up.
Reporter: I am standing up.
Crowd: Laughs.
Moderator: Good things come in small packages.
Crowd: Laughs.
Reporter: You're not so bad yourself.
That, my friends, is why Jamie Sale and David Pelletier are laughing!

Do You Have A Wide Bumper?
Pretend you're in prison and make a license plate!

Lazy? View a gallery of license plates.

Bored. Make a label.

Friday, February 15, 2002

Friday Five
1. What was the first thing you ever cooked?
Jello for a Cub Scout badge.

2. What's your signature dish?
Steak Tips and/or Harpoon UFO Beef Brisket.

3. Ever had a cooking disaster?
No.

4. If skill and money were no object, what would make for your dream meal?
I'd roast marshmallows from a helicopter that hovers over an active volcano in Hawaii.

5. What are you doing this weekend?
Going to see Eugene Mirman at The Comedy Studio in Cambridge.

via [ lbf ]
Canadian pair get gold!
Jim tries Gerald Bybee.

C.R. Jew: the clothing catalog for Hasidic Jews.
Comedy On Tap's Links Page is Your Complete Source for Humor on the Web!

Well, it'll really be complete after they add my Humor in the News site.
Xanga.com.

Another weblog community.

They're Cloning Cats. What's Next, Dogs? Yes.
Genetic Savings & Clone is delighted to announce the birth of "CC", the world's first cloned cat, on December 22nd, 2001, at Texas A&M University.

Up next: The Missyplicity Project!
FARK! Drew Curtis Presents FARK.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Star Wars Episode 2 Attack of the Clones Text Crawl.
Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi...
Now I don't usually read Vanity Fair, but their cover story this month is on Star Wars.

More good scoops and spoilers are here, here and here.
Web sites I looked at within the last hour.
Collecting hits on "Chris O'Donnell naked" since 1995.

Mighty Girl: famous among dozens.

Get your daily dose of Web weirdness at Pop Culture Junk Mail.

Powazek Productions: Makers of FINE AMERICAN WEBSITES since 1995.
The Enron Voice Mail System, 2002.
Bryan is blogging from behind the scenes at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
They respect rules and also they think it’s funny the way Americans smile when they give you bad news.
via [ evhead ]

Josh is there too.
Stupid White Men is under embargo until next Tuesday.
Two months ago, it looked like 50,000 copies of "Stupid White Men" might head straight from the printing press and into the pulper. Now the wizards at Amazon.com say it's one of the bestsellers in America. What a country.
Order Stupid White Men by Michael Moore.
The Universal Church of the Interactive Network.
RedDwarf has found religion.

I like The 10 Email Directives.

Russian and French judges made deal.
The Canadian Olympic delegation on Tuesday requested an investigation into why Russians Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the gold medal when many observers feel that Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were more worthy.
They're More Worthy, They're More Worthy.
via [ Drudge ]

Monday, February 11, 2002

"Star Wars: Episode II" - A Very Positive Review with Frequent Minor Spoilers.
This is definetely the most action packed of all the Star Wars films yet. And don’t even get me started on the clones. When they eventually attack, this film is going to look so amazing that any other name except for Attack of the Clones will seem utterly inappropriate…
via [ filmfodder ]
It's like that Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie where they exchange emails.
Craig Taylor tells us how Dean met Gail.
Temptation Island 2, Episode 11: Final Orgy, er, Dates
Predictions for Next Week
Catherine/Edmundo and Tommy/Nikkole will definitely stay together. I’m almost sure that Shannon and John will break up and Mark and Kelley MIGHT break up, leaning towards staying together.

Next week, we’ll see if I’m right, and celebrate the last damn time I’ll have to watch this piece of garbage!
Temptation Island 2 is not garbage! I love this show.

I'm not sure if I want to keep watching ER though, last week's episode made me sick. I mean physically ill. What are they doing over there? They showed us multiple images of people throwing up into trash cans along with a little kid throwing up blood! Gross.

If you're looking for a good show to watch, try 24 or Alias.

Either show won't make you spew.
Foveon X3.
This could be the single most significant leap forward for digital imaging since the original CCD.
Smile!
Sincerely Not Yours.
I hate to burst your bubble.

But you're really not that great
.
Cards for all occasions that tell the brutal truth.
Plot-O-Matic.

Every story has three parts. This is called the three act structure.

I've seen that before: Boy Gets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl, and liked it.
Odd Todd has a Sound Board.
I have to... have some... Pringles.

I feel I wanna... enjoy... stuff.
via [ Milk and Cookies ]

Saturday, February 09, 2002

'Star Trek' Crew to Compete at the Olympics.
Enterprise crew Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander William Riker, Lt. Commander Data and Lt. Commander Worf will represent the United Federation of Planets at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City as a last-minute entry in the four-man bobsled competition.
via [ Wil Wheaton ]

Thursday, February 07, 2002

Rob 'Give Me A Beer' Mariano.
In 2000, he woke up the day of the Boston Marathon and decided to run it as an unofficial entry with absolutely no training. He stopped along the way to eat burgers and drink beer. He ended up walking the last 13 miles of the race and finished in 6 hours and 20 minutes. He couldn't walk for three days afterwards.
There will be no burgers and beer on Marquesas.
Happy Birthday Gina.
It's Gina Crews' birthday today.
In 1996, she was crowned the Florida Watermelon Queen and, in 1997, the National Watermelon Queen. In 1998, she won the annual seed-spitting contest with a spitting distance of 37 feet 11 inches.
That should come in handy for those immunity challenges!
The Macintosh Used to Be Easy.
I remember when the only programs on the Macintosh were MacWrite and MacPaint.

Boston Final Cut Pro User Group
Last night I went to a meeting of the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group, they call it BOSFCPUG for short. Try pronouncing that. There's a group in LA too and a group in New York. The meeting room at Apple Boston was packed to overflowing. There's a lot of interest in Digital Video here in town.

I learned that I have a lot to learn.

Final Cut Pro 3 New Features
Phillip Hodgetts showed us how to color correct Digital Video. Color correction means that you can take a shot where the sky is washed out and the grass looks brown, and enhance it to make the sky look blue and the grass green. Now I know why post production on Star Wars takes years. Phillip said that before he had the color correction tools in Final Cut Pro 3, editing a shot might have taken him 20 minutes, but now it takes 6 hours.

BorisFX
Tim Wilson was very excited to show us the titling features of Final Cut Pro 3 and the add ins that his company BorisFX provides. Tim showed us some amazing stuff including letters that flew and rotated onto the screen and then were pulled off screen by unknown forces! Well, not unknown, but magical.

Side Notes
This group is going to be a great resource for Boston area Final Cut Pro users. Vendors were on hand to demonstrate hardware including the new Cannon XL1S video camera. We only had a 5 minute break, so there wasn't a lot of time with the hardware. Maybe in a future meeting. There's so much to learn, and such a wide range of experience, I think that subgroups might emerge for Final Cut Pro beginners, Video experts, etc.

OS X crashed at least three times and caused some excitement when the Unix code was displayed on the screen. It seemed that people experienced with the OS were not surprised to see this, but as someone who is considering the purchase of a Macintosh, I was.

There were references to both Star Trek and Star Wars during the presentations keeping the term Geek alive and well. That's not a criticism, just an observation. The guy next to me was eating a bagel with cream cheese that he brought from home. The cream cheese was in it's own little plastic cup.

Overall, it was a great meeting and I look forward to the next one.

OS X Weblog
Now there's a web log to help people with OS X.

Yikes!

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

My Googlewhack.
reclusivity snowblower.

Buy It Now: $30 Million!
Meg Whitman College.

eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman.

Ebay Conceptual Art Gallery.

Who Would Buy That?
Not Necessarily The News.
Groom NOT Killed By Stripper's Boobs.

A federal law DOES NOT prohibit U.S. citizens from having contact with extraterrestrial beings.

A recent study DID NOT conclude that the London Underground was unspeakably unsanitary.
U2.
U2 was really amazing at the Superbowl halftime show. I think the best camera shot was one of Bono on stage, where the camera showed a close up of his face and then flew way up and backwards to show a whole shot of the crowd and stage.

Really super.

Monday, February 04, 2002

Get Your Superbowl Commercials Here.
Here are the Superbowl Commercials you are looking for.

Aaron Barnhart reviews the ads.

Now I can die in peace By Bill Simmons
Believe it or not ... I'm walking on air... I never thought it could feel so free-ee ... flying away on a wing and a prayer ... who could it be? .... believe it or not, it's just meeeeeeeee.
Take a look around and come back again. I always have Hot Girls, Cold Beer and Fresh links!
Get Your Beer Here.
Lots of people come here looking for The Kid Selling Beer. I hadn't seen it until I clicked a link on Randy Miller's website. I went to Randy's site because I heard that he was fired from his morning radio show after nine years. I know what that's like. Not the working on a morning radio show for nine years, but the getting fired from a morning radio show part. Good luck Randy!

Anyway, the kid sells beer on the sidewalk, at a little table he has set up. He is either a very sharp witted, quick and funny individual or the hosts of The Man Show are feeding him lines through an earpiece.
everlasting blort.
Television Without Pity.

Over at istockphoto.com forum this guy had to post a message because he couldn't figure out how much the photos cost to download.

I'm not a member over there and was looking for the same info.

The istockphoto website says:
Stockphoto works on a download credit system and some ideas we borrowed from the concept of micropayments. One credit is equal to one download. Each credit is worth .50 cents.
So it looks like the photos cost .50 cents each.

Is that right?

Saturday, February 02, 2002

uIdiot.net - You ever find humor in news stories meant to shock you?
via [ Adam Curry ]
Take teh typing test.
via [ linklust ]
Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Jeff Gagne, of the Friday afternoon show at WZBC, has started calling me Lucky Steve. I like it better than Creepy.

Goodbye Creepy, Hello Lucky.

Mike Gioscia is making a film called The Red Right Hand and tells me that he likes Lucky better than Creepy too.

Do you feel Lucky?

Friday, February 01, 2002


Kelly Macdonald who plays Mary Maceachrean in Gosford Park is Scottish.
You probably came here looking for the Heidi Klum Gallery.
via [ random abstract ]
Bill Simmons: ESPN.com - Page2 - Black hat of the Bayou.
Everyone who visits New Orleans is steered to a particular section -- the bread-and-butter, money-making section of the Big Easy...

Right now, it reflects either a college frat party or some of Snake Plissken's scariest moments in "Escape From New York."
Tod Goldberg hung out with Wil Wheaton, you can too.

Every day.
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