Thursday, January 26, 2006

Tunes on the Amtrak from Washington, D.C.

I'm riding the Amtrack regional between our nation's capitol and suburban NJ which is way outside the beltway. Green Day's, "Give Me Novicane" is blasting through my earbuds and right now I'm sure the audio leakage is annoying the shit out of the passengers around be but what the heck, I had to listen to their cell phone calls and this isn't the "Quite Car" is it? (Oooh! ITunes just fired up over to Zappa's, "Peaches and Regalia". Too bad there is no 11 on volume control to my PowerBook.) This trip to Washington, D.C. was a bit like traveling in a pneumatic tube and ending up in a series of connected hermetically sealed underground shopping malls. I was able to take the train in NJ, arrive at Union Station, and take the Metro all the way to the client's building without stepping outside. All the way I was being beckoned to by the signs of a dozen familiar stores and eateries. Suburban travel in the Sprawl at it's finest. I left in darkness, I'm arriving home in darkness, but in between it was all Starbucks, Victoria's Secret, and Krispy Kreme Donuts. Anyway, D.C. is pretty civilized compared to the more densely populated areas I inhabit. The Metro is downright civilized. Clean, efficient, and a pleasure to ride. The exact opposite of the NYC subway with it noise, trash, and fine urine aroma. Ah, put me on the Orange Line to Vienna any day. So it was a 4 hour train ride, quick jaunt on the Metro, pound out 4 hours of solid work for the client, a quick 30 minutes to choke down some food and buy some kitschy tees for the family, back to the client for another 4 hours, metro, and back we are in the train home.... (Ha! Nick Drake's, Cello Song. Good traveling music, fade out)

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Shirt Folding Wonder

I've been watching this video of a woman folding a shirt. It's like magic.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Blogaversary

This blog officially turned 4 years old on Jan 2. Thankfully, I don't forget other important anniversaries like my wedding anniversary or I'd have a permanent, semi-circular, indentation on my skull from the rolling pin. I wonder if I need to by my blog a gift?

Monday, January 09, 2006

Google AdWords Invades Meatspace

Wow. Google is buying "remnant" ad space in some newspapers for some of their Ad Words customers. Details here. How this works is a bit counter to Google's online business model (pay per click through) but then again the newspapers are certainly getting in bed with the devil. John Cruickshank of the Sun-Times puts it bests when he jokes that when he says, "We were eager to help them shut us down...". Of course he's only half joking. I'm sure he's happy about the short term dollars Google will spend with his ad department. On the other side I'm not sure he can blame Google for his shrinking circulation numbers. About the only physical paper I read anymore is the The Aquarian because of their coverage of the local music scene, but they'd better get their act together and get their content on-line. I've been tempted more than once to try to set up a local music scene blog and try to eat their lunch.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Gmail Hacking

I've been trying this mail hack I recently read about from Jeremy Zawodny. It was something I toyed around with doing in the past but I'm forwarding all my various email accounts through gmail and it's working great. POPing the mail back to my Apple Mail is not perfect because to send mail from Apple mail as those other accounts I still need to have them configured as live accounts. The result is is looks like I have dup messages if I select the entire inbox but this isn't the case if I just select the gmail account in the left pane of Apple Mail. Pretty interesting hack. It washes away spam and I have my mail everywhere. Now I just have to start messing with gmail mobile.

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