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Showing posts from November, 2008


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 o…

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?

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey

Inspired by the Turbaconducken, my first attempt at a bacon-wrapped turkey.Ready to bakeThe cooked birdAnother hero shotLessons 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).

links for 2008-11-12

Gmail voice and video chat
Does anyone remember the video phone? Yeah, me either. You know why? I don't want to see you when I'm talking to you. Unfortunately, this isn't going away; we're all being conditioned.
(tags: chatgooglevideogmail)

One Minute Languages: learn a language in minutes with the Radio Lingua Network
"One Minute" is a bit of a misnomer, but each lesson is 5 minutes or less. ??!
(tags: languagespodcasteducation)

Google Flu Trends
Interesting idea
(tags: flugoogletrendssearch)

ask prog: Where can I find lists of data in useful computer formats? ie. wordlist, world cities, populations, etc. : programming
Great reddit thread with resources for free/open-source data sets
(tags: programmingdatabaseresearchreference)

The Amateur Gourmet - The Best Broccoli of Your Life

(tags: recipesbroccolicooking)

YouTube - Special Comment on Gay Marriage ~ Keith Olbermann

(tags: politicsgaymarriageolbermann)

Mark Watson's Open Content Free Web Books

(tags: javaai)

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 |

Congratulations, Mr. President

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)