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Sunday, March 31, 2002

A few words concerning the set up on my PowerBook G4.

Short User Name
The installation procedure asks me for my short user name.

What's that? Where will it show up? Will I be able to change it?

These are questions that will remain unanswered.

How Do You Connect To The Internet?
I normally use my cable modem, but since this Mac is so new, I haven't had a chance to set this up. I figure that I'll just plug in the phone line and let the Mac dial into an 800 # to complete my registration.

But no.

Since I told it that I use a phone, it now wants to know my Internet provider. But I don't have a dial up Internet provider.

I guess they don't let the computer dial up using a phone # any more.

Internet Set Up.
This is great. The screen says if you have questions, "Ask you network administrator."

That's a good one. It's only me here in this room.

Set Date and Time
The computer says, "You cannot set the date and time while using a network time server."


Getting My Cable Modem Working
Go to Network

Change to Built-In Ethernet

But, the Apply Now button isn't lit.

Go down to DHCP Client Name and delete whatever is in that field. A client name isn't needed.


Apply Now is available.

Click it

Open Explorer.

Success! I'm on the Internet.

Unpluging the iPod
Me: what am i supposed to do before unplugging ipod?
Tack: you have to drag drop ipod on trash can
Me: oh, that's intuitive!!!!!
Tack: hehehe
myirock - mp3 player encoding technology.
Link your favorite portable music player to your car or homestereo without wires.
Shark Attack Victim Describes Survival Fight.
"I just grabbed the shark's eye and ripped it out and then it let me go."
JimFormation: The Gospel According to Jim.

*** Spoiler Alert ***

So Joseph was the father.


Friday, March 29, 2002

Big news here at home.

I got an Apple PowerBook and an iPod!

I've got a lot of things to share with you about my experiences.

But the most exciting thing is that the iPod rocks!

I'm taking a break from installing everything at the the : All Things iPod.

more later...

Three Abreast: A Web Friendly Sitcom.

Hmm... A Second Episode of Breasts!
Microcontent News.
The Online Magazine for Weblogs, Webzines and Personal Publishing.

Thursday, March 28, 2002

osama's bin bloggin.
Erik Marcus Tastes The First BK Veggie.
...after nearly fifteen years without eating fast food, it felt surreal to unwrap a burger with the Burger King logo on it. It was a nice looking product. The funny thing about this is I’m not a fan of veggieburgers in general. But I bit into it, and it was delicious.
Mmm...Veggieburger with a side of large fries.
via [ Random Abstract ]

It's Maunday Thursday.
The fierce dot com site of the day shows that Jesus is always with a lot of people.
$1 Million Chicken Florentine Panini.
I'm sure that the sandwich tastes good, but $1 Million is a little high for my tastes. I think I'll just open a can of tuna.

I have a good idea, I'll put up a web site,, with pictures of me from every year of my life. When you click on each picture, you'll get a detailed view of me.

Me, me, me, me, me, me, me!
via [ boing boing ]

Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Saturday Night Live Transcripts.
Updated every Friday, Saturday Night Live Transcripts features 1,154 transcripts of the funniest skits, characters and sketches from the history of "Saturday Night Live".
That's good, because a lot of times I fall asleep.

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Week 12 - Stand Up for Your Life: Fulfill your greatest potential - Cheryl Richardson.
Instead of being trained to follow the rules that may have crushed your spirit, imagine what your life would have been like if you had been taught these instead:

Stop apologizing when you've done nothing wrong.
Be courageous.
Think big.
Be ambitious.
Don't be modest.
Be seen and heard.
Be enthusiastic.
Be proud of who you are and what you know.
Keep your expectations high.
Go for it!
OscarBlog 2002.
Better than Google?
via [ URL Wire ]

Monday, March 25, 2002

National Driver's License Records Bureau.
Welcome to the National Driver's License Records Bureau web site - where you can search our online database of over 220 million U.S. driver's license photos and driver's license information currently on file, absolutely FREE.
This is really, really stupid.

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Beth Lahr was featured in today's Boston Globe, well not exactly featured, but she sure stood out in a photo from a party this weekend.

Turns out she's in an all girl band, Tootsie.

She also had a part in a movie,, an offbeat independent comedy, a surreal look at the world of dating and computers.

I know some of the cast, well not that well, but I talked to Andy once and saw Sparky on stage dressed up as Santa Claus:

Andy Ihnatko has a web site.

Sparky Schneider.

Friday, March 22, 2002

Model Elin Nordegren is Tiger Woods' new sweetie.

Grr... baby.

I just put a ton of new things up on eBay including:

Batman & Robin Society Button Pinback
Walt Disney World Ticket Book Circa 1976
Star Wars Episode I Topps Trading Cards
Budweiser Budman Sticker Peace Circa 1976
Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Photo Button
IBM Postcards Charlie Chaplin Computer Ads
Macintosh Plus Lapel Pin - NRFB
Mattel (11) Hot Wheels Buttons Mustang Porche
Domokun does stuff.

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Speak This! [This link requires Real Audio because it's going to read this page to you ]

Sometimes you go to a website Wil Wheaton Dot Net, and find a really cool link Wil Wheaton Interview, that leads you to another link LCARS Computer Net, which in turn leads you to yet another cool link Enterprise.

Using a complex arrangement of pipes and funnels we turn the junk mail that we receive into a streaming audio broadcast that can be enjoyed from anywhere on the Internet.
You might think this seems weird, but it sounds great!

Go listen and then come back and tell me how long you listened to their broadcast.

I'm still listening and adding Spamradio to my favorites.
via [ boingboing ]

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

The Breast Cancer Site has re-emerged under new ownership, and with your help, it will continue to provide hope to women who would not otherwise receive the gift of early detection -- the key to survival of breast cancer.

43,000 women will die from breast cancer this year. In seconds and at no cost, you can help give underprivileged women the life-saving gift of early detection. Visit The Breast Cancer Site every day to fund free mammograms and help us reduce the number of mothers, sisters, partners and friends lost to breast cancer.

Funding for mammography screening, paid for by site sponsors, is generated when you click on the "Fund Free Mammograms" button on the home page of The Breast Cancer Site. With your help, the lives of over 2,000 underprivileged women will be touched in 2002 thanks to funding generated at The Breast Cancer Site.

Please visit The Breast Cancer Site daily and spread the word to your friends and family!

Duane Ingalls Glasscock, clone of Charles Laquidara, ran for Mayor of Boston in 1979. Now you can hear it as it happened on WBCN in Boston on this cool page with a collection of audio files from the Big Mattress and the Charles Laquidara Radio Hour.
Take a look at Joel on Software's Book Reviews.
Each day Dan Pink posts Just one thing.
Give me a pint.
The full pint was one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's election pledges.
Mmm... time for a Beer.

Monday, March 18, 2002

early cut review
I was scared and thrilled to be watching Episode 2. The entire time I was in that hotel room, I was convinced that agents of Lucasfilm were going to knock down the doors and I knew I was being set up for a fall. I mean, it isn’t possible to see STAR WARS early. I know that, but there I was watching it. Listening to the sounds of drunk SXSW revelers falling into the door outside.
May 16th isn't that far away.
via [ Drudge ]

Sunday, March 17, 2002

Saint Patrick's Day Weekend in Boston.
Friday Night - Doyle's Cafe.
New England Boiled Dinner - Corned Beef and Cabbage.
Black and Tan.

What a great night to visit Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain. Just before all the crowds come in for the weekend. They must order corned beef by the truckload. They'd been serving it since Tuesday. No matter what you ordered, you could get boiled potatoes or carrots with you meal.
Later Friday Night - The Milky Way.
Harpoon UFO.

We finished off the night with two strings of candlepin bowling[ Warning: This link plays music ]. What a cool place. One one side there's a club with a live band and on the other side are a bunch of bowling lanes. If you look down in front of the bar, you'll see that the bar side used to be bowling lanes too! You don't even have to rent shoes, you can wear your own. After getting one pin down on my first string, I got the hang of it and got a few 8s, 9s and 10s.
Saturday Afternoon - Doyle's Cafe.
Turkey Tips.
Black and Tan.

We made sure we were there for the Harpoon Irish Pipe & Drum Band. Members of the Irish Air Corps Pipe Band came right into Doyle's and stated playing their bagpipes and drums. They were wearing kilts too! For the rest of the time Fenian Sons band were playing some great Irish songs.
Sunday - Doyle's Cafe.
Fish and Chips.
Black and Tan.

We went back to Doyle's once again for their great brunch. I was looking forward to the best fruit pancakes in Boston. We got there around 12:00. There was an hour and 1/2 wait. Not a problem. That gave us time to have some more Black and Tans! After about 35 minutes we were seated. We didn't get the Brunch menu though. Then when we looked at the lunch menu, it said they were only serving breakfast until noon. I guess that means we'll have to go back next Sunday!

Click on the left side where is says "WANDER LUST?" for a random Wander-Lust web site.

Click on the Right hand little white square to go see what this Wander-Lust is.
Non-System Disk Error.
"This can't be good." I said to myself.

Well, it wasn't good.

Everything that I'd put on my computer over the last 3 years was now gone.

Good thing I had backed up all the important stuff:
1. Outlook Address Book
2. Quicken Data Files
3. My book: Adventures in Radio: The Creepy Steve Story (250 pages!)
Important Note: Backup anything you don't want to lose.

It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be to reload everything onto my computer.

Here's what I had to reinstall:
Network Card Software
IE 5.5
Outlook and Adress book
HP Printer Driver
Scanner Driver
Flash and Shockwave
Windows Updates
Iomega Zip Drive
DVD Volume Control
Let's just call it a Spring Cleaning.

My system seems a lot faster now too. The drive isn't as sluggish as it used to be.

I wonder if all those recent crashes were an indication of a serious problem.

Pike Swallows Rainbow Trout.

Hmm... Trout for dinner?
Dantana Morse for Galactic Senator.

What happens when real political campaign filmmakers come up with a Star Wars attack ad.

Friday, March 15, 2002


Wil Wheaton Tries Out For A Part In The Twilight Zone.
So I get there, park my car in the mostly abandoned garage, and try to find the office where I'm reading. That post-apocalypse feeling is reinforced when I walk up 3 flights of turned-off escalators, which are lit by flourescent lights and covered with dust. I mean, I really did expect to come around a corner and see Charlton Heston screaming, "Soylent Green is people! It's people!"

Google News

Google News Search - Beta.
What's different about Google's News Search is the unique grouping technology Google has developed to automatically put related stories together in the same search result. This makes it easy to quickly scan the headlines while providing the option of reading multiple accounts of a story from different news sources.

DoubleTake Magazine.
The Web's best source on the latest documentary work: books, films, and exhibits.

Thursday, March 14, 2002

Wednesday, March 13, 2002


The pouring in of billions of dollars into a country where the fundamentalist mafia are still in power can little benefit the Afghan people. Under the circumstances, the only result from the flow of money will be the filling of the coffers of the religious Cosa Nostra and consequently funding their terrorist agendas inside and outside Afghanistan.

SFTT DefenseWatch – 6 March 2002

Ban On Beer An Insult to Our Soldiers in Germany.
A Life Revealed.
Her eyes have captivated the world since she appeared on our cover in 1985. Now we can tell her story.
via [ metafilter ]

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Charlotte Ross gets NYPD Naked.
via [ fark ]

Three Abreast: A Web Friendly Sitcom.
The Boston Globe Says: Big on goofy laugh tracks and formulaic storylines inspired by ''Scooby-Doo'' and ''Three's Company'' and small on acting, editing, and production quality, ''Three Abreast'' still manages to pull off what most TV sitcoms can't: inspiring a few good laughs.
Hmm... Breasts!

Automatic Biscuit Image Creator.
via [ yakitori from Japan ]

Monday, March 11, 2002

Heroes USA Stamp.

The Top 25 Breasts Of All Time.
I just got back from a trip to Florida.

While on the beach, in South Beach, I saw a topless woman sunning herself. No tan lines!

Then I overheard a nearby man say, "Oh my God, Look at that! Praise the lord!"

It was a religious experience.

She should be nominated for next year's list.

The world's flags given letter grades.

Kiribati gets a D.
via [ fimoculos ]
Newbury Open Network.
The Newbury Open Network is a 802.11 (WiFi) based network providing free wireless Internet access to anyone with a Macintosh, PC, or handheld computer and inexpensive WiFi wireless card.
Feel free to browse.

via [ sdjotd ]
American Airlines Rocks! can proactively notify you of American Airlines or American Eagle flight departure or arrival status and gate information. You can choose to receive a voice message to your phone, or a text message to a cell phone*, alphanumeric pager*, personal digital assistant (PDA)* or regular e-mail account.
American Airlines is cool. I just had the best experience with them on my trip to Florida.

An American Airlines computer called me 2 hours prior to my flight to give me the status.

I purchased electronic tickets online.

When I got to the airport I checked in using a touch screen kiosk. It prompted me though frequent flyer confirmation and seat selection. This allowed me to get in a shorter line to check our bags.

That flight attendant withe the power drill was on my flight prior to our arrival. She had taken out a row of seats and gave us a ton of leg room. Lots more room than on Delta!

A computer talked to me on the 800 # and gave me my flight departure information. Really. I talked and 'she' listened. It was the best implementation of voice response I've ever encountered.

On the way home I was seated in an exit row and the flight was on time.
Bible is Not True.
The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis."
Tell me something I didn't know.

New bible now at in the Fiction category.
Pud - Touch of Evil.
I flushed my goldfish, Winky, down the toilet drain
A touch of evil? Or am I just insane!
Listen to the mp3 here.

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Saturday, March 09, 2002


Eat out and earn cash. They pay you for eating!

Well, not everywhere. You have to check their list and eat only where they tell you to eat.

Friday, March 08, 2002

Coolaroo Shade Sails look like a pretty cool way to add a privacy screen to your porch. Just as long as the porch doesn't catch a gust of wind and fly away.

Buy stuff with your finger.

Thursday, March 07, 2002

The original Callback service for international long distance calling. Kallback has Low cost phone rates to almost every country in the world.

So lets say you're in Belgium. You call Kallback and hang up quick. Then Kallback call you back with a cheap US dialtone!

It's an online church.

What would Betty Bowers think?

Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Wanna Be A Video Producer?
To start, you've gotta mingle.

Next Boston Final Cut Pro User Group meeting is on March 21st.

Register Here.
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Business (Yours Is a Very Bad Hotel)

I saw Rudy Maxa on Public TV talking about two guys who made up a powerpoint presentation about their bad hotel experience. Rudy's cool. He had some great tips for travel.

Yours Is A Very Bad Desk Clerk!
I recently checked into The Mountain Club and had an unpleasant experience. I was there for a weekend of skiing.

I gave the desk clerk my name and he looked up my reservation. On completion of the check-in he presented me with a receipt and informed me that I could pick up my lift tickets in the morning. I also noticed that the total cost on the receipt included the cost of lift tickets.

Our conversation follows:

Me: I only wanted a room, I don't need lift tickets.
Deskclerk: (pushing reciept in my direction) That's your reservation.
Me: But I don't want lift tickets.
Deskclerk: You must have requested them when making the reservation.
Me: I didn't.
Deskclerk: You must have given the reservation clerk the impression that you wanted lift tickets.
Me: I gave the reservation clerk no such inpression. I do not need lift tickets.
Deskclerk: I'll take care of it but you had to in some way indicate that you wanted the lift tickets.
Me: (show desk clerk season's ski pass) I have no need for season tickets since I have a season's pass right here!
Deskclerk: I'll take care of this for you.

What was this guy's problem? This could have been handled without his condesending attitude.

UPDATE: 3/11/02:

I am at a total loss to explain the behavior of our Front Desk Supervisor. I will be meeting with him personally on this today. There is absolutely no excuse for his behavior and on behalf of the Mountain Club I would like to apologize.

I have forwarded this and your email to our Director of Guest Services. He will follow up with you personally.

Once again, I apologize.

General Manager

Their 'We Keep Your Cash' Cancelation Policy.
Their cancellation policy, if you make your reservation within two weeks and cancel:

You get charged a $25 penalty and they keep your deposit, one night's fee, on credit for you to use at a future date.

Have you ever heard of such a thing?

Monday, March 04, 2002

Chess - A Review of the game.
The latest offering in the rapidly overflowing strategy genre is hard evidence that strategy games need a real overhaul, and fast. Chess, a small-scale tactical turn-based strategy game, attempts to adopt the age-old "easy to learn, difficult to master" parameter made popular by Tetris. But the game's cumbersome play mechanics and superficial depth and detail all add up to a game that won't keep you busy for long.
via [ Sore Eyes ]

Shop Class.
I used to play chess with my dad on a cardboard chess board until I took a Shop Class.

In shop class when the instructor asked us what we wanted to make, out choices were either a lamp that had this horse trough in it so when you pressed the handle hte light would go on, or a step stool. My friend Bob and I were really into chess and thought the ohter projects were stupid. So we asked if we could make chess boards. We could! It was a great learning experience.

You take brown and white wood and cut it into strips. Then you alternate the white and brown and glue the strips together. When it dries, you cut the square block across the brown and white rows, leaving you with long strips with alternating white and brown squares. Then you flip every other strip around and glue it back together again. You secure it with vice grips nad wait for it to dry.

Then you send the board over to the Tech school where they plane it down for you. The next three weeks are spent sanding. After that you put a clear varnish on top.

At this point in time, school is almost over and the instructor helps you make up some trim for the sides. There's no time to spend three more weeks sanding the sides, so he helps you attach the sides to the chess board and asks you to make sure you sand them down during the summer and finish off the project at home.

The unfinished sides are still attached to my nice shiny chess board.
Kevin Meany Arrested - Wife is Hot!
When security officers asked to pat search Meaney's wife, she told them she had nothing to hide and exposed her bra.

Saturday, March 02, 2002

FreeGolfInfo - Free golf club reviews, lessons, golf handicaps and more.
Amber Kulhanek painted this.

I don't know if she was topless or not.
Blosxom is...
Blosxom [pronounced "blossom" or "blogsome"] is a lightweight (to say the least -- it's <30 lines of code) Weblog-in-a-jiffy Perl CGI script for (but in no way limited to) Mac OS X.
via [ boingboing ]

Friday, March 01, 2002

Mitt Romney Looks Better Now. now looks nicer.

A Bluerobot Layout was used there.

3 Columns Flanking Menus -

Doug Jacobson's RGB Hex Triplet Color Chart helped.
Shadow Government Activated for U.S..

$5 Million Wet T-Shirt Contest.
Southwest Texas State University student Amber Kulhanek went to spring break in 2000 on South Padre Island for her 21st birthday and ended up taking off her shirt at a wet T-shirt contest in Mexico.
Your Future Is What You Make It by Amber Kulhanek.
The magical surprise is that beneath that pile of unalterable pieces of your life, the game of chance creates an infinite number of opportunities for us to play with.
$5 Million = Opportunity!
This Czechvar's For You!
Czech Budweiser Budvar has rich creamy malt, vanilla and gentle hop aroma and palate, with a hint of apple fruit from the house yeast.

American Budweiser, served ice cold, has no discernible aroma or flavour.
Mmm... Beer.