31 May 2006
24 May 2006
It is Mount Desert Island Ice Cream (slogan: Fearless Flavor); no website. They have the most spectacular ice cream you will ever taste. How good? Let's put it this way, I probably eat a pint of ice cream a year (don't like the stuff). I ate half a pint today and plan on going back. Technically, I had sorbet, but I sampled half their flavors before I settled on Blueberry-Basil Sorbet. J-- had Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream (which I gratuitously sampled). Mexican Chocolate was a concoction worthy of Montezuma himself; a Mexican chocolate caramelized with brown sugar, curry, and cinnamon, all blended smooth as ice cream can come. We went back to thank them for the samples and, truthfully, tell them it was the best ice cream we've ever had.
We're going back tomorrow. I hope anyone who Googles Bar Harbor, Maine sees this post and checks out Mount Desert Island Ice Cream.
23 May 2006
19 May 2006
16 May 2006
I'd log on to WoW, but I'm afraid I'll just wind up farming $MINERAL. Less than 3 days until I climb into the Jeep, J-- at my side, and head for the East coast. Oh, did I mention that the main road into the area we're staying passes over a river that's currently 8 ft (that's 2.4 meters) over flood stage?
Ok, upbeat frame of mind (note, I will try to avoid using "positive" as anything other than a math operator from here on out): my current ToDo list consists of:
- Reassemble cousin's computer
- Pray parts aren't FUBAR'd again
- Complete a butt-load of mind-numbing work for work
- Prep the Jeep
- Load the Jeep
- Tire of packing
- Complain about money
- Curse iPod (can't find accessories for a damn 3G iPod. WTF?!?)
- Burn CDs
- Avoid capital expenditures above $40 until shellfish is on the menu
- Complete any tasks assigned to me on J--'s list(s)
- Stop using parenthetical pluralisation on words
- Come to grips with realization that cabin (to be home for over a week) has no Internet access
- Google WiFi hotspots at destination and strategic locations on the way
- Suppress Canadian jokes (love you guys!) as we'll be traveling through it
- Find passport
- Enjoy vacation
All in all, not a bad list. Of course, I haven't seen J--'s list.
This post brought to you by Ménage à Trois Red; I'm aware it may be the new White Zin.
15 May 2006
Link to Official Skype Blog
My weathered camera, an HP c610, finally started to have ghosts. It would randomly shut off on fully-charged batteries, constantly forget the date (which means that I'd have to set it up every time I started the camera), and generally was taking more and more time to get "quick" snaps. With vacation rapidly approaching, J-- and I talked about getting a new camera.
Keep in mind that the last time I was shopping for digital cameras, I was on the bleeding edge; 2 Megapixels, built-in flash, auto focus with a bright LCD display ran around $500-600. Big cash for me back then.
But now, with the purchase of our new camera (which we independently chose), less than $200 gets us a pretty nice camera. We bought the Sony DSC-600, a 6 Megapixel unit that is half the size and weight of my old camera, takes clear photos and videos (which my old camera didn't), and draws less power (two batteries have last through well over 6 hours of on-and-off use). All in all, pretty happy. With a 1 Gig expansion card, we can take over 300 photos in one go or almost 45 minutes of video.
Vacation will be the true test. I'm geeked just to have a new toy. (Stop rolling your eyes J--).
12 May 2006
11 May 2006
10 May 2006
Get it on iTunes or Amazon.
09 May 2006
08 May 2006
The really interesting point in this article, which I'm not certain was correlated in the poll, was the amount of TV that this group watches. I know I share the feelings of the illustrative quotee in the Wired story when she says: "I watch less and less TV. I turn it on and the shows are just idiotic[.]" Every $REALITY_SHOW_N that pops up is one more nail in the coffin of my advertiser-funded television viewing. Even the news is idiotic, with placed ads, no objectivity, and the integrity of a ruble.
Link to Wired story
Case in point, HR 713. It's the perfect story for a ball player. Air Force serviceman buys $20 ticket ($20?!?!?) and catches HR 713. Air Force serviceman gets into news conference and asks Bonds if he would sign the historic ball. Bonds says nothing (to his credit, last year he would have said "no"). He does take a photo with the guy, but only if the serviceman will sign a (what? a what?).. That's right, a waiver for Bonds' reality TV show. Hmm, wonder what motivated Bonds to do the photo op?
He's going to get the record (with no star by it either) and there's nothing that can stop him. It's too bad, baseball used to have some class.
05 May 2006
03 May 2006
NASA Announces Plan To Launch $700 Million Into Space
Can we get the writers from The Onion to hook up with Stephen Colbert and produce some sort of Ubersarcastic Media/Current Affairs Boffin with which to lay waste to all legacy media systems? Please?
Of course, there's always the classics.
Clinton Deploys Very Special Forces to Iraq
02 May 2006
01 May 2006
Salon has a full-length but poorer quality video
up as well.
And, of course, a torrent of a high-quality video.
Seriously, if you don't understand why this speech is so important, I'll bet you have a "W '04" sticker on your vehicle.
UPDATE: YouTube has removed the video's at the request of C-SPAN.
UPDATE the second: It's now up on Google Video, this time with C-SPAN's permission.