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Archive for February, 2009

Words That Sounds Like They Have Opposites But They Don’t

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

incorrigible
invincible
uncouth
innocent
disgruntled
inept

Know any others?

Apocolyptic Scenarios by Likelihood

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

From least to most likely

7. Aliens
6. Zombies
5. Climate Change
4. Asteroid / Meteor / Other Astronomy-related
3. Technology / Robots
2. Plague / Biological
1. Nuclear fallout

Did I miss any? Agree/Disagree?

Clothing in the YEAR 2000

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Retro futurism is so great. A dress made of aluminum. Maybe if Apple went into the fashion industry. And where the hell is my climate controlling belt?!

The One Site in the World That Doesn’t Need To Be Accessible

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

My friend “Gary” told me the other day he was working on a site for a government agency. A few days before the launch his boss asked him “Do you know anything about Section 508 Compliance?”. Uh oh.

The site was built in Cold Fusion and had all these weird iframe-like sections that you can’t even tab into or out of in a browser window. Absolutely totally not accessible in the least.

But then he told me what the site was for. It was a site that is for registering for a motorcycle operators license. I burst out laughing.

I know I know, there are probably lots of reasons this site should be accessible anyway, but you gotta admit it’s kind funny. If you are getting applying for a motorcycle license, chances are you can see and you have normal functioning motor skills.

Jeff Campana Ceramics

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

My longtime friend Jeff Campana makes some absolutely kick ass ceramic work. He’s recently been putting stuff on Etsy for sale and it’s been hot. Plaincraft has an interview with him.

Crisis Averted

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Yesterday, I tried restarting my iMac and it wouldn’t boot up. Uh oh. I tried rebooting many times and sometimes it would even get all the way started and then freeze. It became clear to me it was a failing hard drive. Fortunately, I use Time Machine to back up my data to my Drobo.

I made an appointment at an Apple Store right away, even choosing one in a farther away city so I could get the early appointment and be the first in line. My appointment was for 9:40am and when I got there the sign on the door said open at 10:00am, which would have been amusing under most circumstances. They did let me in though. It was indeed a bad hard drive. They had one in stock and replaced the same day for me. They also pulled some lint out of my iPhone’s headphone jack which had been ailing me. Great service from the “geniuses”.

I wasn’t worried about losing the drive, as I said, I was backed up with Time Machine. When I got home, I fired it up and went through the regular set up process of a fresh Leopard install. I had my Drobo hooked up, so when I got to the Migration Assistant part, I figured it would just see that and I’d be able to restore. But M.A. didn’t see it. Uh oh.

Then I remembered I was using Time Tamer on the Drobo.



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Gym Electricity Generated by Excercisers

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I always thought of course electricity in gyms were generated by all the treadmills and exercise bikes and stuff, but apparently, the gym just down the street from me is the first one in the U.S. to do so.