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Fri, May. 2nd, 2008, 09:08 pm

I cut out of work for a bit today and took the tour of the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT. It's an amazing piece of architecture that fits in perfectly with a bit of carefully orchestrated New England forest. It all looks natural, but it took a lot of work to look that good. It really makes you understand the whole minimalist "thing".

It's too bad it's so hard to get on a tour. There's only five tours of 10 people a day, and I booked mine in June 2007. Yes, 11 months ago, the day I heard a story about it on NPR. It's crazy.

Mon, Apr. 14th, 2008, 01:38 pm
Bond villain or Mayan researcher?

The answer. I love this photo so much. I'm going to try that look in future photos.

Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008, 11:48 am
A pen review

I love the Pilot G2 pen.  I didn't realize I could love a pen, but there you go.  It's all I use now, and I hate using regular ballpoints.

Given that, I heard fine praise on random blogs for their Ultra-Fine version.  "World's greatest pen" and such.  It's a 0.38 tip vs the 0.7 of the regular Fine.  So I bought a box of 10 because they are relatively hard to find.   So... anyone want to buy some pens?  I really don't like it.  It does work well on better paper like a Moleskin or parchment, and you can write really tiny, if that's your thing.  And it doesn't puddle up on good paper like the regular G2 does, where you get ink dots on the facing page if you don't use a blotter page.  On the other hand, it's annoying to use on cheap paper, like printouts or copier paper.  It's scratchy, not smooth, which makes it no fun.  It feels like dragging a knife across the page.  And it's fairly easy to go from "really thin" to "broken up" on lines, which is no good at all.  I think I'll stick with my regular pen.

Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008, 11:24 am

My local BMW dealer is running radio ads with a voice-over by a guy with a posh English accent.  It's pretty effective until you really think about it.

Tue, Mar. 25th, 2008, 11:09 am
Back from vacation!

A lot of people were bitching about the new version of iMovie, but I thought it was really easy to use to just stick a bunch of videos together with some titles and background music. Whiners! BTW, I completely fail at remembering to hold my camera right-side-up for videos. At least iMovie can fix that now.

My post-apocalyptic vacation in Spain:

Sun, Feb. 17th, 2008, 03:30 pm

$246 + $358 taxes & fees = $604 per person

Really??? That's madness. The bizarre thing is that's the lowest price flight to Barcelona from Newark, even with the fees.

Edit: JFK was cheaper and non-stop, so that will be the one. Bizarrely, it was even cheaper to fly out of Hartford and connect through JFK (under an hour flight), but that's just silly and adds unneeded complications.

Thu, Jan. 10th, 2008, 02:54 pm

I bought a new keyboard, and it doesn't have a sleep button.  I liked the sleep button on my old one.  Instead I get a useless internet buttons.  The amazing thing was that the sleep button actually worked on my Mac and my PC. Rare, that.

This keyboard (Microsoft something 2000) is pretty weird in general.  The keytops are almost flush with the top surface of the keyboard, for some odd reason.  Probably so you don't get carpal tunnel, but it's kind of annoying, like a laptop keyboard.  Especially bad since the wrist rest I have is positioning my hands for a normal keyboard.   We'll see whether I get used to it.

Wed, Jan. 9th, 2008, 05:42 pm

Well, I'm doomed.  I'm a sucker for remaindered hardcovers, especially when they're cheaper than the paperback.  Well, they have them at Amazon now.  I just bought a bunch.  I think I need to buy a new bookcase. Another one.

(I will say that Amazon is smart though... it's very hard to stay in the bargain side of the store.  You go from pages of 70% off books to pages of 20% books with no notice. And the links are often just the general category links.  Crafty.)

Fri, Dec. 21st, 2007, 06:38 pm

UPS is killing me. It's like all my packages are just in limbo.

Like look at this one. It's 2nd day air, it shipped on the 17th, and today is the 21st.  More than two days.  And it's not here yet.  And it doesn't even show as going out for delivery today???

And I have another one that was out for delivery on the 18th, but "THE PACKAGE WAS MISSED AT THE UPS FACILITY, UPS WILL DELIVER ON THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY."  Happened twice, then they just stopped updating it.  I know they're busy, but this is just stupid.

Edit: Yay! Everything showed up just now. The power of complaining.

Fri, Dec. 7th, 2007, 10:37 am
TomTom One GPS mini-review

Good things:
  1. Entering addresses is really easy.
  2. I love being able to go off-course while I'm driving somewhere, and then have it steer you back on track.  With my old paper directions, if I left the course, I'd be in trouble.
  3. The British voice is neat-o.
  4. Using it to get around traffic jams makes it completely worthwhile.
  5. You can tell it when you want to arrive, and then it will tell you exactly how late you'll be at all times.

Bad things:
  1. It doesn't tell you about some turns, because it has it labeled as the same road, even though it's not.  And it tells you about some turns that aren't turns at all.  You have to look at the screen to see what's going on sometimes.
  2. Some of the wacky NY/NJ crazy interstate intersections confuse the hell out of it. 
  3. It thinks there is a toll going from CT to NY.  There is not.  One-way tolls aren't that complicated, are they?
  4. Its estimates for driving speeds are too low, and I'm not sure how to change them.
  5. It's got a battery (for some reason), so you have to remember to turn it off when you leave the car.  I wish it would shut off when the car power cuts.

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