Archive for July, 2009

108 in Seattle

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The beetle has seen higher; I think I saw at least 116 on the way to Vegas a few years ago.

Kevin Kiernan, confessed criminal

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

In a move that will probably end up costing the county millions when someone successfully sues over the wrongful death of their loved one, complete moron (IMHO) Kevin Kiernan confesses on TV to deliberately breaking the law on an ongoing basis, and admits he intends to continue breaking the law.

Gmail’s new unsubscribe feature

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I’m hoping that they are planning on using their massive google-powers to track how often those unsubscribes end up generating more spam, rather than less.

I Have Voice

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Google Voice that is.
Nice to finally get in on the cool toy all the kids have been talking about.

UPDATE:  Did an experiment with the Russian co-worker who has a mild accent, it was able to transcribe everything he said, except his name, with perfect accuracy.  I’m quite impressed.  I think I might try sending a song thru it, see how well it matches the lyrics.

Not ideal kayaking weather

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

So, whenI look at the last 48 hours of wind speed data for Seattle, I see that around the time I went out on lake union yesterday, Winds were S 13 G 22.  Gusts of 22 mph?!?  No wonder it felt like I was trying to paddle thru mollasses on the return trip. d’oh.

Bittersweet Syncrhonicity

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

What an oddly bittersweet synchronicity, that Michael Jackson would die just days before his full catalog became available on Emusic.  And thanks to the new 12-credit-max-cost-per-album change, it’s working out to be an extra sweet deal.

Blizzard continues pushing for Battle.net maximum annoyance

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

I found the intense pressuring they’ve been doing on World 0f Warcraft, to convert accounts to battle.net, very annoying.  Not least because battle.net has traditionally been a black hole of suck.  I suspected it was all part of a nefarious scheme on Blizz’s part, and their actions with Starcraft II have only re-inforced that opinion.

In the world Blizz envisions, I guess no one ever has a LAN party that doesn’t have a 1gbit connection to the internet, which is fucking stupid.    If you only have dial-up, like literally millions of gamers, you can’t have your friends over to play a game, even though everyone has a fully paid copy.  Yeah, that totally sounds like the grassroots growth that made the first Starcraft a success.  I sure as hell won’t buy a copy until someone has cracked that stupid part, which is probably before the game itself is even released.  Morons.