Archives for: May 2008

The death of the gaming desktop PC

05/31/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Games
A discussion similar to the one linked to over a Gizmodo came up the other day while at a gaming session with some friends. After spending thousands of dollars on killer hardware and hundreds of hours on installation, configuration, patching and… more »

Bluetooth speakers

05/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Well, it appears that Logitech gets it. I do wonder when other vendors will start to implement A2DP on their Bluetooth-capable devices. more »

The perils of warranty exchange

05/29/08 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone
DOH! (Via Gizmodo) more »

05/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
Etsy is sort of like an Amazon marketplace for the arts and crafts crowd. Specializing in homemade goods Etsy acts as the store front for the individuals who create all sorts of interesting items, most of which are unique. The clean front end makes for… more »

On Airline Surcharges

05/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Whining
The link is to a Wall Street Journal piece about American Airlines imposing charges on checked luggage (via Political Animal.) It's a companion piece -- at least in spirit -- to one referenced earlier here which approached the fuel cost issue from the… more »


05/27/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions, Gardening, Gardening
Our new place has a much bigger garden than our previous townhouse. It did not sink in how much more so until we brought some of our precious plants from the townhouse to the new garden. The chunk of garden at the top of the yard held what was already… more »

Next 419 Scam: Death Threats?

05/26/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A], Internet, Spamming
Not content with letting me in on my European lottery winnings, or being a company representative, or helping ousted generals smuggle their money out of foreign countries, they have now outdone themselves with THE DEATH THREAT. Full text and very… more »

Google Earth Sightseeing

05/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
For whatever reason, I love maps. Google Earth takes that and raises it few more notches. While browsing around I came across "Google Sightseeing" which is a site dedicated to interesting entries visible via the Google world. Definitely worth blowing… more »


05/25/08 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
The CBC had a very good comedy going this season, JPod, which is basically a reworked version of Douglas Coupland's "Microserfs". Given that Coupland was also involved in this show, I guess that's not really an issue. It's a Canadian show, filmed in… more »


05/24/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
I don't think I'd want to get stuck behind this bus. more »

I Want One (cellphone wristwatch)

05/23/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, iPhone
While I have an extremely nice and tasteful -- albeit conventional -- watch, this little number is strangely appealing. Yes, more so than an Apple iPhone... more »

"Repo Man"

05/22/08 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
I have issues with this soundtrack. I bought it because of the presence of one stunning instrumental, "Reel Ten" by the Plugz. Moody, interesting, twangy. The problem lies in the remainder of what's on the disc. more »

A hamster wheel with a difference

05/21/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
I don't actually own a hamster, but if I did, I'd buy this set of wheels for it. more »

McSweeneys on librarians

05/20/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Oooh, the burn... (Via Antigone) more »

iPhone Mega

05/19/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, iPhone
More "silly" than "technology". (Via Kottke) more »

Le Doh

05/18/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
While browsing Amazon recently, I found a Barbara Hambly book I'd previously been unaware of called "Fendragon". Being a major Hambly fan, I ordered it in excitement and it finally turned up today. Yay! more »


05/17/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Games
Following on from the Infocom post (and indeed the earlier LOLwhatevers one), I give you LOLgrues. You can now die happy (in the pitch black.) more »

Pure Moods

05/16/08 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Reviews
The "Pure Moods" series from Virgin is a real mishmash of styles and artists. Comprised of the like-named "Pure Moods" (one through four) and "Pure Moods: Celestial Celebration", the albums are linked by a feeling -- a "mood" I suppose -- but it feels… more »

I want one

05/15/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Yeah, not that I can afford a $3500 electric bicycle but the geek-lust is there all the same. more »

Cookie Monster comes to terms

05/14/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
McSweeney's with another fine piece of fiction. (Via Kottke) more »

WhatSize: The OSX answer to TreeSize

05/13/08 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh
On Windows boxes, there's a program called TreeSize that is an excellent tree-based representation of disk usage. When I migrated to OSX I looked for an equivalent. I'm glad to say I've found it: WhatSize. Looks good, works well. It's shareware but not… more »

Expelled Blog Moderation On Hiatus

05/12/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science
They are normally fairly timely with moderating comments over on the Expelled! movie blog but, unusually, the moderation has been out of commission there for over a week and a half so far. Now it could be that there is just one guy and he went on… more »

Word of the day: succestrophe

05/12/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
This word initially appeared -- as far as I can tell -- in a comment on a blog posting about the effect of being Digged (dugged?) and Slashdotted and having one's website brought down under the awesome load of a fully armed and operational battlenet.… more »

Throwaway comment of the day

05/11/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
This one's courtesy of Neil Gaiman's blog, er, Journal: Obviously I'm still English. If I'd become American I would have stopped drinking coffee. Ouch. more »

DRM Redux

05/10/08 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Microsoft's shutting down their DRM validation servers for their retired MSN Music store, and thus rendering all music purchased through it unusable should the registered machine associated with the DRM license ever be altered or replaced. This reminded… more »

That's a lot of litter

05/09/08 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary
More than 1,600 volunteers scoured the banks of the Bow and Elbow Rivers and Nose Creek for litter on Sunday, collecting roughly 7,000 kilograms of trash. The three-hour pickup, covering roughly 160 kilometres, was part of the 41st annual Calgary… more »

Baby Dos and Don'ts!

05/08/08 | by dena | Categories: Ramblings
Things have been hopping in our household since before our son was born, and in many ways the rush of "to-dos" seemed to snowball time and again with necessary project after desired lifestyle change, etc! Axel is 7 1/2 months old now, and in that time… more »

Oopsies (patent invalidation)

05/08/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Apparently the judges that make decisions for the patent office in the US were not properly installed rendering their rulings invalid. For *thousands* of patents. I'm definitely interested in seeing how this one pans out. more »

The rumours of the recent death of "Common Sense" have been greatly overstated

05/07/08 | by Adam | Categories: Whining
Generic email forwards invariably annoy me. This recent one about the "death of Common Sense" was particularly nauseating. I had a bit of a problem with this reactionary screed and needed a new blog post, so hello there, fodder. Today we mourn the… more »

Backscatter Spam

05/06/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
I'll have to concur with Stephen on this one: backscatter spam (wherein the source is forged (legitimate domain name plus random collection of user names) is incredibly annoying. For a while I had my domain set to put all email that had no real mailbox… more »

Ugly, but functional

05/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
I like this idea: a screwdriver with a built-in light. (Via Gizmodo) more »

Wirthless Expelled Review

05/05/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion, Science
Based on the misrepresentations in the Expelled! movie, reason tells me that a unilaterally positive review is liable to partake of a number of factual inaccuracies in the movie, and add its own bad conclusions. Well, one out of one so far. In a… more »

Springsteen versus Manfred Mann's Earth Band

05/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary
I recently picked up the "Essentials" collection for Bruce Springsteen, mostly as it had some tracks ("Blinded By The Light", "For You", "Spirit In The Night") that I'd only previously heard as cover versions done by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Perhaps… more »

Salt & vinegar crisps may be bad for you

05/03/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
Those spoilsport dentists... Foo. more »

Space aliens in Calgary

05/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Calgary
Hmmm. And what else have the Stelmach Tories been keeping from us? And I love the subheading that the spoilsports at NBC thoughtfully provide: Some Believe Images Are Just Reflection From Window (Via BoingBoing) more »

Road skating in Saudi

05/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
Um. Wow. (Via Kottke) more »

The Other Lost Treasures Of Infocom

05/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Games
The long lost sequel to Infocom's "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" is revealed and playable. Alas, there was a lot of politics behinds its development resulting in pretty much no game. Too bad really; would have been fun. There's also another good… more »