29 November 2008

iPhone!

Yes, I'm years behind the curve, but I finally got an iPhone. I am, of course, completely geeking out, transferring apps and music like mad. Surprisingly, we bought our new phones at Best Buy and had an excellent experience. The sales person there (sorry man, forgot your name) was great: friendly, tolerated a lot of stupid questions and us churning through all of our options on Verizon before deciding to go with AT&T.

J-- got a new Blackberry Pearl (in red) and is grooving on that, too. Note to Verizon: we had no issues with your service, no issues with billing. Your customer service, however, from the beginning of our experience (since resolved) left a bad taste in our mouth. So much so that you lost two customers today who went from basic voice services to (at least one) voice + data plan. And you Blackberry policy is stupid. J-- wasn't sure she wanted a data plan, but we couldn't buy or upgrade to a Blackberry without one. But AT&T was happy to let us purchase one with only a texting plan.

But, enough of that. I actually went in intially to get a Blackberry Storm. I'm a sucker for the full touch screens, what can I say? But, when I got to use an activated phone, I just couldn't get over the screen moving as I typed. Bias in the open, I had a huge start on using an iPhone's keyboard from having had an iPod Touch already. But the odd feel and sluggish accelerometer drifted me back to an Pearl. When we found we couldn't get a Pearl without data for one of us, the deal was sealed and to AT&T we went a'porting.

So, I'm in geek nirvana for a while, until the first bill arrives anyway (*shakes fist at activation fees*). Fingers crossed on the service.

26 November 2008

Adventures in online shopping

I think we often discount the effect of the Poached-Egg Conservative. When will someone cater to this forgotten line of voters?

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Wonder how much Paul Simon/Paul Simon confusion led to Graceland showing up here as well?

Ain't data mining entertaining?

24 November 2008

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Inspired by the Turbaconducken, my first attempt at a bacon-wrapped turkey.

Bacon-wrapped turky, ready to bake

Ready to bake

Bacon-wrapped turkey out of the oven

The cooked bird

Bacon-wrapped turkey, hero shot number two

Another hero shot

Lessons learned: thicker bacon, lower temp (baked this at 325), better covering of the bird to preserve moisture (or add liquid to oven). Overall, not a bad first attempt; even J-- liked it (or so she says).

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23 November 2008

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07 November 2008

Obama's Technology Policy

This policy is so full on win, it warms my little electronic heart another 20 C. A partial bullet-point list; click through to see the whole thing with more statements.

  • Protect the Openness of the Internet (Net Neutrality!)

  • Safeguard our Right to Privacy

  • Open Up Government to its Citizens

  • Invest in the Sciences

  • Invest in University-Based Research

  • Make the R&D Tax Credit Permanent

  • Reform the Patent System

  • Make Math and Science Education a National Priority


Is there a bold-bold option on this keyboard?

Technology | Change.gov

04 November 2008

03 November 2008

A Song for Wednesday

The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow

This time tomorrow where will we be
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea
This time tomorrow what will we know
Will we still be here watching an in-flight movie show
I'll leave the sun behind me and watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by
Seven miles below me I can see the world and it ain't so big at all
This time tomorrow what will we see
Fields full of houses, endless rows of crowded streets
I don't where I'm going, I don't want to see
I feel the world below me looking up at me
Leave the sun behind me, and I watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by
And I'm in perpetual motion and the world below doesn't matter much to me
This time tomorrow where will we be
On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea
This time tomorrow where will we be
This time tomorrow what will we see

The Kinks - This Time Tomorrow

(Buy it at iTunes, Amazon MP3)

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