Archive for June, 2007

Playing with myself.

Friday, June 15th, 2007

While blogging on my MBP is quite the pleasant experience, point and click typing on the Wii is as much fun as a laser pointer and a cat. Normally this would be loads of fun, but my cat is fat and slow. In the case of Wii blogging, its more slow than fat. Immensely frustrating is the built in dictionary that wants to add a ‘com’ at the end of each sentence.

While I’ll never be able to live blog from the Wii, the U.S. release of the DS browser will make any hotspot a potential blogging location. The dual screens make it easy to tap and read at the same time.

Granted once we have the iphone live blogging will really come into its own. Snapshots and video from the built in camera and the Safari browser will make it almost too easy. Who will be the first to have an iphone optimized portal? You’ll even be able to pull in location data to tell where you are writing from.

In the end, do we really need blogging to be easier? My own hypocritical stance against blogging says no, but my gadget lust says ‘f*$% yeah!’

blogged on a Wii.

I am an addict.

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

In the evenings, I have been without my computer for the past week. I have been letting Bethany use my MBP to work on several projects that are all coming to a head at the same time and her trusty Mac mini (G4) doesn’t quite have the speed she needs. While I could be using her computer, I find it very limiting to be stuck in one place while I work. Well, stuck in the wrong place at least.

So, because of my stubborn nature I’ve just gone without. In the mean time, I’ve finished several books and graphic novels, something that I’ve not had a chance to do recently. I’ve had some good alone time with my Wii. My new MyTunesRSS feed from my server to my Wii lets us listen to out *vast* digital library from the comfort of the living room.

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We destroy everything…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I’m not a crazy, vegan, crash-my-environmentally-unsound-protest-boat-into-yours, tree hugging hippie, but this story makes me fairly sick. I’m all for the base slaughter of innocent chickens and cows for my gastronomic pleasure. Somehow, the following story just made me feel more than a little sad about the state of things.

From: Boing Boing: Ancient weapon discovered in whale

Cory Doctorow: A 115-130-year-old “bomb lance” fragment was found in a 50-ton whale killed in Alaska last month.

The bomb lance fragment, lodged a bone between the whale’s neck and shoulder blade, was likely manufactured in New Bedford, on the southeast coast of Massachusetts, a major whaling center at that time, Bockstoce said.

It was probably shot at the whale from a heavy shoulder gun around 1890. The small metal cylinder was filled with explosives fitted with a time-delay fuse so it would explode seconds after it was shot into the whale. The bomb lance was meant to kill the whale immediately and prevent it from escaping…

The 49-foot male whale died when it was shot with a similar projectile last month, and the older device was found buried beneath its blubber as hunters carved it with a chain saw for harvesting

Link (Thanks, Jennifer!)

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Johnny in Japan

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Entertaining Johnny Depp » Japan Probe

I found this on Boing Boing last night. I’m a big fan of Johnny Depp and I know that he is a weird dude, but when someone (or an entire culture) can out weird him I am always surprised.

I’ve included the YouTube vids below the jump.

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Latest Victory

Friday, June 8th, 2007

I’m always surprised at the reaction I get from clients when I come in and “save the day.” Even people who I feel have stronger skills in their niche will ask for me by name and drop praise on me when I finish. As much as I enjoy the confidence, I’m usually made uncomfortable by it.

My latest was at a client who only calls us for the really strange problems. He is very savvy and setup most of his systems by himself. The Macs live in an AD environment leveraging ADmit Mac and NetBoot for reimaging. He has just started adding in Intel Mac Pros into the mix and needed to create new netboot images for those machines. Strangely, the Intel Mac Pros would hang on the freshly created image. The boot pinwheel would just spin forever.

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Like I said, Mostly Good Spirits…

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Now that I am going to be keeping up on my RSS feeds I’ll be up on the important stuff. I can’t even imagine what it is like to be going through what John is. The fact that I haven’t set foot in a hospital or in front of a doctor in a good ten years doesn’t help. (I’m not counting the time I spent working for the hospital in Pittsburgh… That was so unpleasant that it only makes things worse.)

John’s latest update is still tinged with his wry humor and thats good.

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I don’t check my RSS feeds for a few months and someone gets cancer.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

For the past few months I’ve been living off of a very stripped down version of my normal setup here on my trusty MacBook Pro. Occasionally I’ll dig through my backup image to get an Application, a file or some preferences. One thing that I had not transferred back was NetNewsWire, my RSS reader.

Among my normal feeds, like slashdot and gizmodo, was a feed to my cousin John Kauffman‘s blog. In an abstract way it kept me close family in Florida more than I had in the past and John’s sardonic sense of humor follows closely to my own.

I still haven’t transferred NetNewsWire back, but on a whim I checked it’s online version at NewsGator. Glancing through some of the posts I found some disturbing references. I quickly found the root of the issue:

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I don’t check my RSS feeds for a few months and someone gets cancer.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

For the past few months I’ve been living off of a very stripped down version of my normal setup here on my trusty MacBook Pro. Occasionally I’ll dig through my backup image to get an Application, a file or some preferences. One thing that I had not transferred back was NetNewsWire, my RSS reader.

Among my normal feeds, like slashdot and gizmodo, was a feed to my cousin John Kauffman‘s blog. In an abstract way it kept me close family in Florida more than I had in the past and John’s sardonic sense of humor follows closely to my own.

I still haven’t transferred NetNewsWire back, but on a whim I checked it’s online version at NewsGator. Glancing through some of the posts I found some disturbing references. I quickly found the root of the issue:

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Success! x0x #320

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

While this is a little (a lot!) out of date, I’m just as jazzed as ever when I play with this thing! While sifting through an older directory of pictures, I came across a few x0xb0x in progress shots! Its been finished for over six months now, but I haven’t had as much chance to play with it as I’d like.

However, I’m so proud of it, that the x0x has made it onto the title banner of this very blog!

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A night on the town with a bunch of Zeds.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

(I’m gnawing on Bethany’s tasty head)

While we all had too much fun on Friday at the Korporate-Media kickoff party (I’m sorry that I didn’t get any pics…) there was Zombie fueled fun to be had the next night without much of a chance to recharge.

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