Archive for June, 2008

Viagra, Hooray

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Thank you viagra. Taking care of your elderly parents isn’t just going to be about the poopy daipers.

don’t buy a kindle

Friday, June 27th, 2008

I used to be a strong evangelist for the kindle, but now I’m an anti-evangelist.  do NOT buy a kindle until Jeff Bezos gets his programmers to stop being lazy, and implement wishlist support.  

I wouldn’t be half as pissed if they’d been honest about the reasons for the limitations, instead of blaming the failure of their programming team on some mystical god-of-just-can’t-happen.  As I said in my last email to them, it’s more than a bit disingenuous to keep using the word “can’t” in your excuses.  The correct word is “won’t”.


Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I am so going up to Victoria to ride the zip lines.  The summer camp I went to as a kid, and worked at as a college student, had one that went down the bluffs in Branson. It sounds like nothing on this experience….

Mega Beetle

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I recently bought a pair of new tires for my beetle.  At the time, I was somewhat concerned that the sales guy had sold me tires that cost $60 more than the grade I’d used last time, and I wondered if I was getting taken for a ride.  Then I took a ride, and realized the new tires are worth every penny.  Where I used to understeer before, now I can oversteer, and these tires never squeal during a hard corner.

Sometimes I wonder if they are too much tire for the OEM frame =p

lake union d’oh

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Managed my first accidental tip-over yakking on lake union tonight.  Some kids on the dock were playing with a ball, and it got away from them into the water.  I was helpfully tossing it back, but leaned just a bit too far and…splash.  Most importantly, my glasses remained on my head.  Well, I didn’t drown either, which is sorta important too, just not as likely a disaster.

1000 AD: The Musical

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

An amusing song about survival, should one wake up one day in 1000 A.D.

Go Indiana!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

It’s always nice to hear some sane news from the world of speed limit legislation.

progress marches on for war

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

We are another step closer to cloaking tech.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s cool tech, and if I could afford it, I’d put it on my car. But it’s no cure for cancer.

Nudity and Kids

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

 Let's Cut Thru The Naked People Here

Having grown up baptist with all the physical-self-loathing that implies, I’m always amazed to see parents bring their kids to the Fremont Solstice Parade, so they can watch the naked people.
Don’t misunderstand, I strongly approve, I just can’t imagine my parents being that hip and cool.

Amazon Idiocy Continues

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

It appears that amazon views the idea of wishlists for kindle owners as some sort of state secret.  After first getting a completely useless response from support, I was able to get thru to someone who went to great lengths to do a pathetic attempt at a “wink-and-a-nod” not-denial that there might ever be such a feature, in the future, at this time. blah blah blah.  

What The Hell?!?

I get it, your programming staff was lazy or incompetent, when it came to the wishlist integration, and a lazy project lead/manager said, “well hell, they can use gift certificates, so what if they’re impersonal, loathed, and attach stigma to the giver, I’ve got a schedule to keep, and damn the customers!!”.  I get that you can’t come out and be THAT honest.  But come on, “At this time, we have no further details to announce at this time regarding this option”?