This past year, Stephanie and I were able to visit some relatives we hadn’t seen in a long time. Three years had passed since she’d visited her family in France, and it had been at least as long since I’d…
That’s the new monthly contribution you can make to an IRA in 2008 to reach $5000 annually. One question though: why is the maximum annual contribution for an individual retirement account 1/3 as much as the maximum contribution for a…
I’m not a pixel peeper, I swear!, but Daimon Xanthopoulos asked me about the performance of the GR Digital II at ISO 400, and I felt obliged to provide a sample. Of course I wouldn’t depend on shots at ISO…
I want to buy a laptop hard drive for a project. I could easily order the one I want from Newegg for about $75, but I thought it’d be nice to get one sooner, so I called around to see…
For Christmas this year, my parents got me the lens adapter/hood (GH-1) and the wide angle conversion lens (GW-1) for my new Ricoh GR Digital II. I feel totally spoiled. Here’s the obligatory closeups. The GW-1 takes the natively wide…
Awhile ago I wrote that one of my favorite things about the city was joining a community-supported agriculture co-op. Ironically just after I wrote that, Stephanie left the job where the vegetables were delivered. Though there were a few other…
Anyway, here’s the mother-lovin’ SQL all in one place: create database db_name; grant all on db_name.* to 'user_name'@'localhost' identified by 'password'; flush privileges; For simple, personal projects, db_name = user_name = password, just to make life a little easier. Carry…
Seen tonight on Larkin between Bush and Pine.
It’s what was for dinner. Featuring two vegetables from the biweekly delivery: leeks and turnips. The “poivre” (or pepper) sauce was made from a combination of butter, shallots, flambeed brandy, red wine, beef stock, dijon mustard, and heavy cream. Yum-my!
I’ve recently discovered something about myself: I find the rise and fall of the stock market endlessly fascinating. Actually that’s a bit of hyperbole. I just haven’t found an end to my fascination. As I’ve blogged previously, I’ve invested my…
While driving to Healdsburg last Saturday, I had a big idea. Actually it was more of a big awareness, blooming out loud as I was talking with Stephanie. Recently I’ve kept a few of these “big” ideas to myself, rather…
MAFIAA redefines copy to mean steal:
Man, must suck to be on the losing side of history… #
This looks neat:
First Class Cooking offers hands-on cooking classes in a casual, supportive, and fun environment. All classes feature uncomplicated recipes and everything is made from scratch using top-quality, local, and seasonal ingredients.
Working from home today because we’re experiencing something akin to a hurricane here in California. 70MPH winds and all that. Blew Stephanie’s scooter over, snapping the bolt that attached the right mirror. #
Has anyone noticed Google Experimental Search before?
Join an experiment and you’ll see that feature whenever you do a Google search.
George McGovern in the Washington Post: Why I Believe Bush Must Go: Nixon Was Bad. These Guys Are Worse. (methinks the Overton Window is shifting) #
Whoa, check out the Noise Pop schedule this year: three nights of the Mountain Goats (going Saturday—jump on that), Cursive (going), British Sea Power, Tilly and the Wall (thinking about it), Helio Sequence… #
A hundred thousand hipsters suddenly feel the urge to become dairy farmers: DJ Stout has redesigned the magazine Dairy Today that is launching this month. (via Andre) #
News! The original SimCity source code has been released under the GNU General Public License and renamed Micropolis (this and Lemmings were my first two computer games) #
A sad read: In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don’t Feel Rich (via Tony writing about instituting a no “random laptopping” after 10pm rule) #
Tom Cruise has no idea what he is talking about: The Cruise Indoctrination Video Scientology Tried To Suppress (is there a transcript of this thing? because it makes no sense at all)
From new Tribune Company owner Sam Zell:
“Discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic not related to performance, ability or attitude, protected by federal or state law, or not protected (such as inability to tell a joke, the occasional poor wardrobe choice or bad hair day), is strictly prohibited…. Working at Tribune means accepting that sometimes you might hear a word that you, personally, might not use. You might experience an attitude that you don’t share.”
Matt Mullenweg says “FU” to Typepad:
Wow, kick-ass, Joel Johnson speaking truth to power: Joel Johnson puts AT&T on the spot over copyright spying plan (and wtf, AT&T has TV channels now? AT&T is the new Netscape) #
Yes, Federated Media (where I work) serves banner ads (good ones, I swear!), but we also work on more integrated “conversational marketing” campaigns like the one recently featured in Advertising Age: JC Penney Feels the Marketing Power of Link Love #
Joy’s already posted some stunning pictures from our Winter Hot Dog Picnic in Yosemite. I got home last night too exhausted to do anything (and I’m at work now). Hopefully will get something up tonight… #
I don’t get Apple. I mean, I understand Apple, but I don’t get Apple: Wow. So Apple is explicitly preventing DTrace from examining or recording data for processes (read: iTunes) which don’t permit tracing. (via Boing Boing) #
First watch every episode of You Suck at Photoshop.
Wikipedia article of the day: Boston Molasses Disaster
In 1919, a large molasses tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph, killing 21 and injuring 150.