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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Too Helpful

Maggie Mason went into The Container Store and the clerks couldn't contain themselves. She writes about it in Helpful:
Container Store? Get off my back.

I can find my own damn shelf extender. Tell your clerks to stand down, before I knock one unconscious with a Keepsake Shadow Box.
On my own shopping oddessey yesterday, I conducted my own informal survey of sales clerks.

#1 Annoying
I found the Best Buy sales clerks to be the most annoying. They huddle around in groups, laughing and telling jokes to each other, trying to arrage dates for later that night. Some clerks hunt the TV isles alone and pounce when you make eye contact.

#2 Annoying
The sales ladies at Chicos are in a world of their own. You'd think that they'd notice someone waiting to check out. But no. The two sales ladies were trying on a cute little scarf that one of them was considering purchasing.
Sales lady #1: Oh that looks so nice on you.
Sales lady #2: I might just buy it. It's the last one.
Sales lady #1: Well if you don't, I'll buy it.
Sales lady #2: It's so pretty.
Sales lady #1: Looks over at me and says, do you need some help?
Me: Yes. I need help.
Sales lady #1: I didn't see that you needed help.
Me: Why not?
Sales lady #1: We didn't see you over there.
Um, hello, lady. I thought it was your job to look over at the checkout line to see if anyone was next. It's sex discrimination I tell you. If I was a woman, I'd get waited on!

Hmm, and if I was a woman I could wear pretty lace underwear, high heels and nice little scarves.

Me: I want to buy that nice little scarf over there that you were just talking about. ;-)

Bienvenue A Montreal


Welcome to Montreal is "a rich media application site that enables the user to explore the city through 15k photographs, 400 texts, 50 hours of video, 40 sound bits, as well as 25 short films that truly capture the spirit of Montreal in a virtual experience."

I did a search for beer and found lots of interesting places. You can look at pictures and everything!
via [ Metafilter ]

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Merry Hanukkah


It's the interfaith holiday of Chrismukkah.

A Klezmer Christmas - Oy To The World [ mp3 ]

It's my blog's 4th birthday!


Happy Birthday to my blog.

I started this blog four years ago in November of 2000.

I've been posting here, every day since then.

I don't need an intervention. I can stop at any time.

No really, I can...

Ok, I can't.

The past four years have seen lots of changes.

I've gone out and tested the limits of blogging. This year I started video blogging, and am working with a group of people to make video blogging a lot easier.

With the recent explosion of podscasting, I'm blazing the trail for video podcasting. If you haven't learned about podcasting yet, you should check it out.

Over the years I've tested out a lot of blogging tools. My friend Eric Rice just got me to try out BlogWare. It is very cool.

So cool that I'm in the process of moving my stevegarfield.com site over to it. It's going to make it a lot easier to find what you are looking for, when you are looking for info on what I'm doing.

Now it's time for some cake.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Hardees Girl is bad


Have you seen that Hardees Girl commercial?

If you are as disgusted, as I am about it, you can contact Hardees to tell them how you feel.

Dads - click here.

Moms - click here.

Our children should not be encouraged to eat hamburgers while riding electronic bulls. It'll make them sick.

And what about napkins.

Please.

This commercial makes me feel dirty.

iPod in-wall docking station

iPort pipes iPod music into whole-home system:
Sonance is now shipping iPort, an in-wall docking station that enables you to play the music in your iPod over a whole-home audio system.
That's cool if you have a whole-home audio system.

The Slim Devices Squeezebox is cooler though.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Turkey closeup

Turkey closeup

Here you can see that Mike has stuffed the turkey with a bunch of cut up oranges.

Frequent basting is required.

The results: Amazing!

Mike cooks the turkey

Mike cooks the turkey
Mike has set a huge aluminum tray full of apple juice just under the cooking grate, on top of the heating element.

He's got a thermometer hooked up to the turkey, and is basting the turkey with a metal turkey baster.

I plastic one wouldn't do, since you've got to get the baster past the cooking grate, to get to the apple juice. This baster has a special thin extension to get down to the apple juice.

Matisyahu: Hasidic Reggae Superstar


Here's video of Matisyahu's national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel.

Whoa! He rocked the house!

Here he is in Paris singing in Yiddish.
via [ jewschool ]

Matisyahu - Official Web Site.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Regular TV looks lousy

Business Week helps you decide not to buy an HDTV in it's article, HDTV: A Shopper's Survival Guide:
The vast majority of programming is still broadcast in the old analog format known as the National TV System Committee (NTSC) standard. On higher-definition big-screen sets those pictures look, in a word, lousy. So, you'll have to learn to deal with occasional buyer's remorse until more HD programming becomes available and the benefits of crystal-clear TV shine through.
My friend says that a Toshiba tube TV can display both HD and NTSC nicely.

What are your suggestions?

My TV is dying.

Amazing Race Annoys TV Gal

TV Gal Chastises 'Amazing Race':
I'm tired of reality TV giving people in dysfunctional relationships a platform to showcase and celebrate their troubles. We should not get our entertainment from other people's unhappiness, even if they are willing participants. And I especially don't want to see this on my favorite reality show.

What do you think? Could a couple like Jonathan and Victoria take the fun out of "The Amazing Race?"
They already have.

Jonathan admits that he is a jerk.

Jet: Music Videos

I like Jet's new song, Look What You've Done.

The video, eh.

Bill Simmons: The Cartoon Series

"The Sports Guy" is getting his own show--on ESPN.com.

Bill Simmons--who pens "ESPN.com's The Sports Guy" on the popular online site, as well as a column in ESPN The Magazine--voices his own character for the animated series, which debuts on Nov. 24 on ESPN.com
There's a sample video that I can't link to over on sportsguy.net.

Bill Simmons is going to be the Jerry Seinfeld of cartoon sports comedy.
via [ Lost Remote ]

We're doomed

Economic `Armageddon' predicted:
Stephen Roach, the chief economist at investment banking giant Morgan Stanley, has a public reputation for being bearish.

But you should hear what he's saying in private.

Roach met select groups of fund managers downtown last week, including a group at Fidelity.

His prediction: America has no better than a 10 percent chance of avoiding economic ``armageddon.''
Discuss.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Ball of Paint News

Producers Andrew Davis and Jim Cosco announced the completion of the initial cut of Roadside Ambition, their first feature length documentary. The film profiles the small town of Alexandria, Indiana and local resident Mike Carmichael’s efforts to revitalize his hometown’s struggling economy by turning his 1300 pound “ball of paint” into a roadside attraction.
It's the world's largest ball of paint!

My dad was a magician


Watch VideoPodcast VPC20041122 [ MP4 ]
My father was a magician. I found a bag of his tricks today and that brought back memories of the shows he performed.
Abra Cadabra!

David Pogue has a blog

NY Times columnist David Pogue now has a blog called Pogue's Posts.

He was the best presenter at the last MacWorld held here in Boston. I even gave him an award for it.

LIVE from New York, it's U2!

U2 re-legitimizes music on Saturday Night Live.
Leave it to U2 to step up and take care of business. On Saturday's episode, they performed three songs, the last one coming as a surprise to everyone but the cast. As they all gathered on the main stage, per usual, to wave goodnight, Bono walked over to the performance area and joined his band to sing "I Will Follow."
via [ fimoculous ]

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Learn the digital darkroom


The Light's Right.

Soft Hands


AHA Hand Crème makes hands soft and healthy.

When in California recently, there was an interesting video about the store that carries this product, on the in house hotel TV channel.

So we went there, tried the product, and bought it.

This is just a reminder for me on where to re-order.

A guy who creates


Western State - Andy Mueller, a documentary. [ Video ]
Andy Mueller is always creating things. Photographs, Posters, CD graphics.

He's cool.
via [ The Last Minute ]

14 Segment Display Tape


Instant Labelling Tape by Hannes Koch.

14 Segment Display.

UMass Video Game Gone Wild

Today's Boston Globe has an article about UMass student Grant Cerulo:
A student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has campus officials hopping mad over a popular video game he designed in which a young man in a Red Sox cap fights riot police, a parody of campus disturbances that have followed Red Sox victories.

The game's creator, 18-year-old UMass freshman Grant Cerulo, said yesterday that he wasn't making any kind of statement.

''I'm not telling anyone to go out and riot or vandalize," he said. ''It's just a silly game."
The UMass Daily Collegian has the story too.

The Collegian article is better than the Globe article because it contains URL's where you can play the game.

Why is it that most times that you read a Globe article, they neglect to give out the URL that's the main topic of the story.

I've emailed them about this before and they promised to do better.

Time for another email.

Here's Grant Cerulo's personal web page at UMass:
http://www.people.umass.edu/gcerulo/riotumass.html

You can also play the game over at College Smollege, a website that sells ZooMass T-Shirts.

I went to UMass and was never comfortable with the ZooMass moniker. It gets that name from kids who go out to visit UMass on the weekend. They are usually taken to all the best parties. When they go home, they tell all their friends that UMass is a party school.

If they had visited me, they would have seen the inside of a library and gone home telling all their friends that UMass is boring.

Update:
AP Story - URL included, link clickable.
Boston Herald, AP Story - URL excluded.
Boston.com, AP Story - URL included, link not clickable.
Herald Story - URL excluded.

Making it easy

The Rebranding of Staples:
Staples focused its marketing and merchandising efforts on ‘making it easy’ for customers to shop its stores. For example, a typical store merchandise layout will place the most purchased goods in the back of the store hoping shoppers will buy stuff they didn’t intend to buy. To ‘make it easy’ for shoppers, Staples placed their most purchased items (print cartridges and paper) in the front of the store so shoppers could get in and get out fast.
What a unique idea. Making it easier for shoppers. ;-)

He's only drinking Pepsi Holiday Spice


Some guy started The Pepsi Spice Project. He's only drinking Pepsi Holiday Spice.

It's not a pretty sight.

Read what happening to him at The Pepsi Spice Project Blog if you aren't grossed out by bodily functions.

If this is a hoax, it's a good one.
via [ Boing Boing ]

Clear and Hold

The Army's new Counterinsurgency Operations manual as a Wiki:
CLEAR AND HOLD

3-50. The clear and hold operation focuses the three primary counterinsurgency programs (CMO, combat operations, and IO), supported by intelligence and psychological operations on a specific geographical or administrative area or portions thereof. The tactics and techniques used to conduct clear and hold operations are discussed throughout this manual. The clear and hold operation is executed in a specific high priority area experiencing overt insurgency and has the following objectives:
- Creation of a secure physical and psychological environment.
- Establishing firm government control of the population and the area.
- Gaining willing support of the population and their participation in the governmental programs for countering insurgency.
I'm wondering why something like this is public.
via [ John Robb ] via [ Universal Hub ]

Booby Traps

Private Snafu learns about the hazards of enemy booby traps the hard way.
This is one of 26 Private SNAFU ('Situation Normal, All Fouled Up) cartoons made by the US Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale the troops. Originally created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess) and Phil Eastman, most of the cartoons were produced by Warner Brothers Animation Studios - employing their animators, voice actors (primarily Mel Blanc) and Carl Stalling's music.
Yowza!

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Annoying Race

The Amazing Race - Episode 6.1:
Jonathan and Victoria: Married "entrepreneurs". Apparently, she used to be a Playboy Playmate. Really? We'll see about that. A quick trip to Google will tell all... Oh, indeed! Jonathan's an ass. I instantly hate him. He dyed the *back* of his hair blue (not all of it, just the back!) He's talking all serious. Calls himself a "dictator". Cut to Jon and Vic in their in-ground hot tub. Victoria, can we see you in a bikini? Ah, yes, thank you. Cut to Jon and Vic in their Ferarri, driving through the front driveway of their mansion, past their Hummer. Why is it these two are competing for a million dollars?
Jonathan makes it painful to watch The Amazing Race. PAINFUL. He is such a loser. LOSER. I feel bad for his wife, Victoria. What is she doing with him? This couple needs to get off of this show and get right on Dr. Phil's show. Please.

My wife and I really like The Amazing Race, but during this first episode she kept asking me why they couldn't go back and get some REAL people to play the game? A pair of wrestlers?

When they took off their parkas and started wrestling in the snow my wife said, "Fake, fake, fake, these reality shows are all fake. The only reason they are wrestling in the snow is to get more camera time. Fake. Fake. Fake. I don't like this year's show."

We're going to stick with it an hope for the quick ouster of Jonathan and Victoria.

60 Second Movie Hour

Howdy - A 60 second movie.

Cool idea.

Turkey in the yard

Turkey in the yard
I was walking through Jamaica Plain this afternoon with my wife and glanced over into this yard and saw a turkey!

Whoa! Does that turkey know what time of year it is?

Was it a pet turkey?

I told my wife I wished I had my camera on me to snap a picture. She says, "I have a camera!"

She handed me her Treo 650. Cool.

So here's a picture of a turkey in Jamaica Plain fattening himself up on bird seed.

I walked up to him to take a closer picture and he ran away.

After I left, I looked back, to see the turkey back at the bird feeder, getting fatter.

He'd better combine that eating with exercise!

Han Shot First

Han Shot First - The T-Shirt.
Click the link to see the T-Shirt and the explanation, if you need one.

If you don't need an explanation, what does that say about you?

What do you want to do with your life?

Twinkler lets you set up an online to-do list and share it with the world.
Take regular yoga classes (+) finish plans for remodeling my bathroom (+) finish an ironman (+) be the best father possible (+) try acupuncture (+) Finish TextPet.com (+) be myself (+) build a snowman (+) include (+) Go to Europe (+) learn to read syriac (+) Hug my knees and cry (+) relearn to learn (+) find a satisfying occupation (+) drive to the west coast and back with my father (+) save money (+) be a great mom (+) travel the world (+) Play 2 songs at an open mike (+) Have another Job (+) skate away (+) bench press my body weight (+) write a book that is smart and sassy (+) direct a movie (+) kiss a man (+) fall in love again (+) create an artwork that conveys my meaning to the audience (+) be creative (+) take my art seriously (+) Pay off my house (+) Sit in the audience of "live with regis and kelly" (+) win the lottery (+) be happy, whatever happens to me (+) perform on Broadway (+) Visit New Zealand (+) play a corpse on tee vee (+) run with my dog (+) Drive really, really fast with the top down (+) hi (+) a (+) stop drinking so much coffee (+) Learn graphology (+) lose myself in romance (+) drink porter (+) Teach my girls ice skating (+) fuck (+) travel to paris (+) become Jason Fried (+) be rich (+) travel (+) visit hong kong (+) love life (+) (+) Design and build a house (+) accentuate the positive, deamphasize the negative (+) get out of Oklahoma! (+) be happy (+) give my parents as much as they have given me (+) get a degree (+) Suck (+) Move to the United States (+) everything (+) turn my car into a hot-rod (+) make the world a better place (+) Be successfull (+) earn lots of money (+) Live in Hawaii for 3 months (+) (+) raise suspicion (+) Learn to make pasta from scratch (+) live and let live (+) Go sub 10 in an ironman (+) exercise more (+) Get a new laptop (+) learn about graphic design (+) Ride my Bike (+) go the Le Pichet for the Beaujolais Nouveau instead of staying home and launching a brazilified dotCA (+) check out of the game (+) build a projector (+) startup company (+) have babies (+) brew my own beer (+) Love my wife even more (+) live (+)
It's like Flickr for ideas.
via [ Hot Links ]

What is Podcasting?

Look it up in the Podcastpedia.

Or better yet, try podcasting in the Wikipedia.

Why do we have two versions out there with both redundant and conflicting information?

Thursday, November 18, 2004

It's like a radio dial, times a billion.


gigadial
GigaDial.net is a new approach to radio programming. You can use it to create and subscribe to podcast-powered stations composed of individual episodes from your favorite podcasters.


Blog of Cinema

It's a new blog called Book of Cinema.
via [ Chuck ]

Hang In There, America!


January 20, 2009.

Steve Zissou


Adventure #12 the Jaguar Shark (Part 1):
Windows Media:
Small Large

QuickTime:
Small Large

A preview from the Feature Film The Life Aqautic starring Bill Murray.

I love legroom


Seats in rows 11-26 on JetBlue aircraft have two extra inches of legroom.

U2 - Atomic Bomb CD $7.99

BlackFriday 2004:
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the day AFTER Thanksgiving. This is usually the day that kicks off Winter/Christmas sales, so most stores have their best deals today. Usually such great deals that people will camp out overnight to be sure to get whatever is on sale. Is it worth the $50 in savings? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's how much you value your time. It's one thing to wait to get the item, it's another thing to have to wait in line to actually purchase that item.

So, are these really what's on sale? How do I take advantage of this knowledge?
First off, the items posted to be on sale are just *cough*rumors. For legal purposes, they are just pure speculation *cough**cough* But don't be too surprised if you find out that the ad matches what is on this page With this information, avoid the holiday rush and waking up before 5am to get that certain item. Simply go to the store before Thanksgiving, buy the item, then on Black Friday (November 26th) go into the store and price-match (buy and rebuy) your item back for the new advertised price. Make sure you buy your item near Black Friday though, because some stores have policies where they will only match their own price 30 days after you bought the item. Not a huge deal now, but for future reference.
via [ The Ultimate Insult ]

Eric has this update:
Black Friday @ GottaDeal.com - The Official Black Friday Deals Site

Ahoy girls


TBS reveals the identities of BOTH casts of its upcoming 'The Real Gilligan's Island' reality series.
Remember how it was announced earlier that Rachel Hunter was going to be Ginger? We'll Nicole Eggert is also in the running.

They are going to have two sets of castaways competing for each role.

Check out the Gilligans. ;-)

Don't buy plasma


David Pogue in the NY Times writes in Dream TV Screen, Now in Size Large:
Before you drop all that money on a 42-inch plasma TV consider the new 40+ inch LCD TVs. Better resolution, slimmer, lighter, last longer and they don't burn in.
via [ Lost Remote ]

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Paying bloggers to blog


Marqui is not paying me to blog.

Lucas and Marc are talking about it.

ENIAC has no lights

I once went to a talk with Pres Eckert, one of the inventors of ENIAC, the first computer. It was for ENIAC's 50th birthday party at the old Computer Museum in Boston.

He told us that when the news people came to shoot film of the computer, the producers complained that there wasn't any action, so the technical team had to rig up a bunch of flashing lights for the film crew.

So when you see historical photos or films of ENIAC, you'll know that the lights were added to make the news report look better.

ENIAC Museum Online.

The ENIAC by Kevin W. Richey.

The Computing Revolution at the Museum of Science.

Computer History Museum - Where the physical collection from the old Boston Computer Museum has been transfered.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

New Video Podcast


I've got a new video podcast up over on my Video Podcast blog.

This one's all about finding video on the web.

You can watch it on line.

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

See Jane Schlep.

Oy Vey!

Change This!

SETH GODIN's The Bootstrapper's Bible is available FREE for TWO WEEKS! (All 100+ pages.) There's never been a better time to start a business with no money.

** SPECIAL: FREE UNTIL DEC 1 **
http://www.changethis.com/8.BootstrappersBible


JOEL SPOLSKY, creator of the highly-regarded "Joel on Software," talks about the one important decision you MUST make before starting a new company.
http://www.changethis.com/8.StrategyLetter


"Abolish the FCC!" So cries ROBERT GARMONG, who argues that the FCC's censorship of the airwaves is a violation of freedom of speech.
Free speech is the protection of the rational mind and its literary, intellectual, and scientific products. It means the absolute right to express one's views, so long as one does not violate the rights of others. Free speech means no American should fear the fate of Galileo, persecuted for daring to assert scientific truths that contradicted the official Church's doctrines, nor that of Socrates, put to death for offending the state.
http://www.changethis.com/8.AbolishTheFCC

There's an arrow in there


The Man Behind the FedEx Logo.
via [ Hot Links ]

AG sues mall firm over its gift cards

Reilly says terms violate Mass. law:
Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly yesterday accused a major mall operator in a suit of illegally selling a gift card with numerous fees and a one-year expiration date, but the terms haven't deterred the Massachusetts Department of Social Services from purchasing $250,000 worth of the cards this year for its clients.
You read about it here first, three months ago.

I'm glad to see the next Governor of Massachusetts is doing something about it, and sad to see that the Massachusetts Department of Social Services is throwing money away on these cards.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Comcast, TiVo, CableCARD

People in this thread are talking about what you need to have in order to get HD channels from Comcast.

This is what I want to know:

What is a CableCard and how does it work?

How does a standard TiVo work with an HD TV?

Can you get HD local programming at no extra cost from Comcast?

The Movie Star


Rachel Hunter is the new Ginger on The Real Gilligan's Island.
via [ Reality Blurred ]

Lazy Boy TV

Underwear Goes Inside The Pants - Lyrics:
Every commercial that comes on TV is a prescription drug ad.
I can’t watch TV for four minutes without thinking I have five serious diseases.
Like: “Do you ever wake up tired in the morning?”
Oh my god I have this, write this down. Whatever it is, I have it.
Half the time I don’t even know what the commercial is…
people running in fields or flying kites or swimming in the ocean.
I’m like that is the greatest disease ever. How do you get that?
That disease comes with a hot chick and a puppy.
LazyBoy TV - Official Website.
Sadly, this website is graphics based with hidden surprises. D'oh.

Click the TV set and select channel one to watch and listen to Underwear Goes Inside The Pants

UPDATE:
Just got an email with direct links to the Lazyboy – Video – Under Wear Goes Inside Your Pants:
Windows Media Player Real Player





A BUZZMACHINE EXCLUSIVE!

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few.
With not much original reporting, I discovered that the latest big fine by the FCC against a TV network -- a record $1.2 million against Fox for its "sexually suggestive" Married by America -- was brought about by a mere three people who actually composed letters of complaint. Yes, just three people.
Stop the FCC.

All the bad things

Boston Globe: Kerry has a hearing problem, among other things.

A lot of articles are coming out now showing us the inner workings of the Kerry campaign. They give us insight as to how poor a decision maker Kerry is. I wish we could get this kind of inside look prior to the vote.

Boston Phoenix: Ohio has a voting problem.
FOR AMERICANS, it’s bad enough that the 2000 election was such a fiasco that our government felt compelled to bring in international election monitors from Vienna, as though we were some Third World banana republic rather than the world’s oldest democracy. Worse, the monitoring group — the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) — left unimpressed.

The OSCE won’t issue a final report for another six weeks, but its preliminary findings (available at http://www.osce.org/documents/odihr/2004/11/3779_en.pdf) are a litany of "questions of possible conflict of interest," "widespread ... allegations of electoral fraud and voter suppression," "significant delays ... [that] may restrict the right to vote," "considerable confusion ... regarding the use of provisional ballots," "occasional faults and breakdowns of DRE [direct-recording equipment] machines," "concerns ... regarding the secrecy of the vote." Not only that, but "it was not clear that poll workers had generally received sufficient training to perform their functions."
Republicans in charge of voting in Ohio seem to have no values.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Make a better podcsat

Podcasts: How to make them better.

My First Video Podcast

It took a little effort, but I've posted my first Video Podcast!


What you're looking at is a screen shot of iPodderX, a Mac application that I use to automatically download podcasts.

Up until now, the downloads have all been audio enclosures from people like Adam Curry and Dawn and Drew.

But today, for the first time, I've downloaded a podcast specifically made to be viewed!

I had to make one, since no one that I know of is sending out video podcasts.

Everything seems to be coming together at this moment in time to enable us to easily share video.

The cool thing about this method, is that you don't have to sit there and wait for the video to download. iPodderX downloads the content when I'm not looking, and it's there for me consume whenever I want.

I'll be putting together all my notes soon to share how you can do it too.

Hello, Peace!

Hello, Salaam! Hello, Shalom! Hello, Peace!
If you're in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, now you can just pick up your phone at no cost and talk to someone on the other side about reconciliation, tolerance and peace.

Just dial *6364 from any Bezeq or mobile phone and listen to the instructions. Call as many times as you want - more is better! More details at www.hellopeace.net.
Stop Shooting. Start Talking.
via [ Daily Wireless ]

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Don Knotts as George W. Bush


Don Knotts is Dubya in this QuickTime movie trailer that follows the life story of George W. Bush.

I especially liked The Lost Years.
via [ DrikoLand ]

The Auto Show: Ford Mustang

I was looking forward to seeing the new Ford Mustang at the Boston Auto Show. I've thought for a long time that car manufacturers should take some of their most loved models and bring out new versions that are faithful to the original designs. I almost bought a used '67 convertible Mustang once, but when I got it inspected prior to purchasing it, I found out it had a cracked frame.

Hey car makers, how about remaking a '57 Chevy Bel Air? We used to have one when I was little. It was pink with a white top. That's because it was one of the last ones on the lot at the end of the year and my father wanted to get a deal. We had it for a long time. We had it for so long that the floor in the back seat rotted out. My father had the floor replaced with steel plates to keep the car going as long as possible. He had good taste in cars since the car after the Chevy was a '67 Pontiac Tempest. Yeah, that was a cool car. Make that one over too.

As you can see from the photo, lots of people were interested in taking a look at the new Mustang. Overall it's pretty nice. There are a few things they could fix. When you release the front seat to allow a passenger to squeeze into the nonexistent back seat, the front seat doesn't go back to the last position you had it in. You got to readjust it. That'll get old real soon.

The metal features on the dash are made of plastic. Sad.

And take a look at the grille:

It's made of plastic, and parts of it aren't even grille-like since they are filled with plastic. That's going to be a pain to keep clean.

It's exciting to see the old Mustang back on the road, but maybe after getting customer feedback they'll make some improvements.

Kong is King Video Blog


Aargh!

The Kong is King production diary has been going on for for a while so if you haven't seen it yet, you've got about 20 video blog reports from New Zealand to watch.

Scroll down to Production Diary: Day 25 where Jack Black explains the clapper.

That's a good one.

Laser Fart


It's the Halloween Special Episode of Laser Fart [ MPEG 4 Video ] from Channel 101, the unavoidable future of entertainment.

Pretty Maps


MAP24 USA looks pretty, but it couldn't find the second address that I keyed in.

See how it works for you.

Maybe I keyed into the New England version and you can't get there from here. Ha!
via [ DrikoLand ] By way of [ Idle Type ]

Friday, November 12, 2004

Snow


I shot some video of today's Snow. [ QuickTime, Windows Media, or Real ]

The Autoshow


Here's a nice shot of me and one of the car show models standing in front of a Chrysler Crossfire.

It's pretty cool how they do this. A company called eshots has a little digital camera hooked up to a touch screen computer. Your photo is taken and then they scan in a bar coded card with a web address on it. When you get home you can go on the web and see your picture.

We had to wait a little before getting our picture.

Wanna see who got their picture taken before we did?

Click away:
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02939.jpg
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02938.jpg
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02937.jpg
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02936.jpg
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02935.jpg
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02934.jpg
http://www.eshots.com/photos/10838/416/02933.jpg

Ha Ha!

This is fun...

Easy


Easy - Official Site.

Easy - Movie Trailer.

Marguerite Moreau.

Rocketboom: A Daily Video Blog


Rocketboom is a daily video blog hosted by Amanda Congdon.
That bikes against Bush guy Josh Kinberg and Andrew Baron are also a part of it.

They plan on having a new three minute video up every day.