Camping gear checklist

We didn’t have much (read: anything) to start with. And it’s always hard to gear up for something when you don’t know how often you’re actually going to use what you buy. So this seems to be the core set…

Atheist children’s books?

I had this thought the other day, that were I ever to have children, I’d want them to have atheist books. I’m not even sure I know what that means. It’s not like I have any bad memories (let alone…

Yikes, I’ve angered the Google gods

Exhibit A: justinsomnia Exhibit B: justin watt Note: none of the search result pages above contain links to justinsomnia.org. I’m assuming it’s just a temporary blip on their end. Makes that convenient little search box on the top right pretty…

If you’re into short cars…

This afternoon Stephanie and I had the pleasure of driving a “blazing blue pearl” Toyota Yaris Liftback Zipcar out to Mount Diablo State Park. Frankly this is a car that looks better from the side or 3/4 view, but at…

If your god was pro-life…

You know you want one. Make a statement. Only $5. Update: discontinued in favor of iHateCamelCase

To the top of Mount Diablo

A combination of it being high, hot, and distant had kept me from Mount Diablo State Park until last weekend when I discovered you could drive all the way to the top. We’d already reserved a Zipcar for an unplanned…

If anyone spots this suspect, call FasTrak immediately!

Just kidding, this is a photo of me, as seen by a FasTrak toll violator camera. On three occasions two weeks ago my FasTrak transponder wouldn’t register as I was crossing the Golden Gate Bridge after 6pm. It’s normally free…

testdriving the smart fortwo

After work tonight Stephanie and I went to a special smart car testdrive event at the Mercedes dealership in SOMA, under interstate 80. It was open to folks who’d paid $99 to reserve a smart fortwo when they arrive in…

Your Wrinkled, Grimacing Newborn Baby Boy, Captured Forever

Did I mention swollen? Can I just say yuck? An ad for this “doll” was on the back page of one of those junky coupon flyers that I wish we didn’t get in the mail each week. Doesn’t he look…

Search Engine Marketeers are the new script kiddies

Update: on March 12, 2008, Vadim Smelyansky emailed me and claims he was simply an innocent bystander doing freelance sysadmin work for an SEM company called LinksDealing, and has no knowledge of the internal workings of the system or how…

Some light reading at work

A present from FM Tech: photo credit: Ivan’s iPhone In other news, Justinsomnia has reappeared in Google. Hurray!

Why does the interest rate on my savings account suck so hard?

I’ve never really been one to squabble over my bank’s interest rates. Historically I haven’t saved that much, and the interest I’ve earned on what I have saved has always amounted to such a pittance (~$10 or $20 per year),…

Camping at Portola Redwoods

Last weekend we went camping (for the first time with our own gear), but I didn’t have a chance to mention it since discovering on Monday that my blog had been hacked. Around noon on Saturday our co-worker Pamela and…

In Soviet Russia, blog hacks you!

You read the blog post, now get the t-shirt. For a limited time only! Get yours here for $22. (with apologies to Yakov Smirnoff)

My first computer was a 486-33 from Gateway 2000

Actually it was not mine, it belonged to my family. According to the List of past Gateway products in Wikipedia, that means we got it sometime in 1991, which sounds about right. I would have been 11. Before we got…

The messenger more than the message

It strikes me that there is a communicative phenomenon where the messenger is often judged more important than the message. This first occurred to me consciously a while back with regard to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Though Democrats…

Antisocial Networking

Update: New developments below. I just got the strangest email. I think I’m going to reproduce it here in full. Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:32:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Julie Winfield <beverlybimbo at yahoo dot com> Subject: Hi Justin You…