Stephanie and I knew we wanted to do something over Labor Day, but we couldn’t decide on what. The crowdedness factor of many popular destinations (Yosemite for one) and our mutual desire not to be too planny contributed to our…
Saturday we woke in Watsonville and stopped at a Coco’s Bakery Restaurant for brunch. Had a rocking salad with bacon, glazed walnuts, bleu cheese, and peaches. Salad with fruit and bacon Heading towards Monterey, we passed rows and rows of…
Leaving Pebble Beach, things finally started to get interesting. And by interesting I mean the view from CA-1 forced us to stop the car every 10 minutes to really appreciate what we were seeing. This rugged view seems to evoke…
San Simeon is a weird place. Basically it’s a bunch of hotels on either side of CA-1 just south of Hearst Castle. We found a room for Saturday night but kept wondering, why does this place exist? I couldn’t believe…
To recap: On Friday night we left San Francisco, bound for Watsonville, stopping at Santa Cruz along the way. On Saturday we drove through Pebble beach and continued on our way down the Big Sur coast, all the way to…
…courtesy of Windows Live Local’s Birds Eye View We live in the middle of the group of three buildings
This is brilliant and beautiful (via Boing Boing): (hint: it’s graffiti in the reverse—and something I’d so much rather see than the spraypaint shit everywhere) I also love these Graffiti Watch posters I’ve seen in bus shelters around the city:…
During the summer of 2004, Boing Boing was experimenting with sponsorship ads, partly to cover skyrocketing hosting costs and partly to make money. Underneath those ads was the text: Interested in Sponsoring? Email Us. By August I was getting annoyed…
And there’s a Cryogenic truck delivering liquid nitrogen to St. Francis Memorial Hospital next door. Oh yeah, it’s also a freaking beautiful day. I’ve got to get outside!
A five-pointed asterisk in the top of a eucalypus nut
It doesn’t take many tools to program. At least it doesn’t feel like it takes that many. Obviously a computer. A lot of people are using Macs nowadays. What better reason to start using Ubuntu on a PC. At Federated…
Moving into a new (and somewhat smaller) apartment in the city and sharing that space with another person (for the first time) has got me thinking about some important things. Like our home network. The first few nights I started…
Missed the bus that drops me off right in front of work this morning, so I took the next one which deposits me in the hills high above Sausalito. Which means walking for 20 minutes straight down (it averages out…
I give you… the apartment. Or the photogenic living room at least. Looking towards the window Previously albeit unfurnishedly, A look inside the apartment, finally!
Ha! This just occured to me: Original comic from xkcd by Randall Munroe
Hehe: sudo make me a sandwich
Why I rent: Even though respondants of the latest national Harris poll cited California as the nation’s top choice to live in, the California Association of Realtors has data showing the percentage of Bay Area buyers who could afford a median-price house in the region plunged from 20 percent in July 2003 to 14 percent by July 2004. #
Wikipedia non-sequitur of the day: After practicing born-again Christianity as a teenager, he got involved in alcohol. Huh? #
Wikipedia articles of the day: Anamorphic widescreen, or how to squeeze a widescreen image onto 35 mm film (I especially like the zoom in view of the film that shows how the different sound formats are optically encoded onto the outside edges of the film) #
Wow, linked to from the website for Catherine Ratliff’s campaign for South Dakota State Senate because of a blog post I wrote in March about the South Dakota legislature’s decision to outlaw a woman’s right to have an abortion. It sounds like she stands in opposition to her opponent’s vote (against a woman’s right), so the very best of luck to her in the upcoming election. This is democracy! #
The greening of Wal-Mart? How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change the World? One. And You’re Looking At It.
I have to admit, it makes me want to go out and buy fluorescent swirls as soon as possible. #
Boing boing post of the day: If you want a vision of the future, imagine a shoe stamping on a symbol of freedom – forever. (and that’s all I’m going to say about that) #
Quote of the day:
[Jimmy] Wales said censorship was ‘antithetical to the philosophy of Wikipedia. We occupy a position in the culture that I wish Google would take up, which is that we stand for the freedom for information, and for us to compromise I think would send very much the wrong signal: that there’s no one left on the planet who’s willing to say “You know what? We’re not going to give up.”‘
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it: More Americans have now died In Iraq than died On 9/11 #
Depressing headline of the day: Stampede at Yemen election rally kills 51
At least 51 people were killed and more than 230 injured in a stampede yesterday in a Yemeni stadium where President Ali Abdullah Salih was holding a pre-election rally, a Yemeni official said. Most of the dead were believed to be schoolchildren and teenagers who had been bused to the stadium by the authorities.
An iPod I might be able to get behind: The New iPod shuffle
Question: is there a way on Windows to copy mp3s to the iPod directly (as if it were an attached drive)?
Also, it’s funny how Apple forcefully embeds a phone number into their URL: http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE… #
Captain obvious: Dancing and partying are important aspects of hyphy culture.
Btw, Hyphy is the wikipedia entry, musical style, and thing I didn’t know of the day.
Seriously! Can you imagine if a chick heard me takin’ about RAID arrays? Seriously! #
A few weeks ago I posed the question: I wonder if the German Jews made fun of those crazy Nazis the way we make fun of our government?
Apparently the answer is yes:
Fact of the day: Downed redwood logs take as long as 500 years to decompose. #
Lessig lays the smackdown: Mr. Ross needs some educating at least about decency, and perhaps about copyright law (this is what happens when people online have a better understanding about issues of copyright than “mainstream” media) #
Petition of the day: This week, the Senate is planning to quietly hold a vote that would pardon President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping innocent Americans. So far, Democrats and some Republicans are holding strong against the bill, and there are good chances to stop it if enough of us speak up. (via Brian R) #
File this under STOOOPID! Google ordered by Belgian court to remove all Belgian news and photographs #
HA! Joel Spolsky rips Sprint a new one:
The phone they sent me, an LG Fusic, is really quite awful, and the service, Power Vision, is tremendously misconceived and full of dumb features that don’t work right and cost way too much. So I’m going to review the dang phone anyway, even though if anybody from Sprint is paying attention they’re going to lose their lunch and some executive bonehead over there is going to go nuts and I sincerely hope that this doesn’t put an end to the entire free-phones-for-bloggers boondoggle, because I’d hate to get beaten up at Etech next year by all the other bloggers who would hate me for spoiling all the fun.
Let’s hope someone at Sprint is actually listening. #
I’ve been linked to from an article by Jan Perry in the Cincinnati Post:
Thing I didn’t know: Stendhal syndrome
Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly ‘beautiful’ or a large amount of art is in a single place. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when shopping.
I usually just call this Walmart Overload. #
News: Four openly gay college students wouldn’t take no for an answer Thursday morning when they were refused enlistment into the Army. The students conducted a sit-in at the Greensboro Army Recruitment Center. Three of the four were arrested and charged with second-degree trespassing. #
To do on Saturday? On Sept. 30, Rogue Wave is having a benefit concert for [their drummer] Pat [who needs a kidney] in San Francisco, featuring Ben Gibbard [of Death Cab for Cutie], Nada Surf, and John Vanderslice, and MC’ed by Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket. #
For the geeks: the Do What The Fuck You Want To Public License (WTFPL) is a free software license #