December 31, 2002

Thanks to Brian Carnell for

Thanks to Brian Carnell for this link. It seems a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice like to write his opinions in verse--yeah, like he rhymes from the bench. While this is awful cool, I have to agree with the Chief Justice that it doesn't exactly smack of the dignity one would expect from a state Supreme Court.Justices Call on Bench's Bard to Limit His Lyricism

Posted by Pedraum at 09:36 AM |

December 30, 2002

If you're driving in California

If you're driving in California and you run outa gas or you get a flat tire call 707-551-4100. They'll come out and fix ya up right for free.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:25 AM |

Among the projects my team

Among the projects my team dabbles in is a wireless kiosk to sell cellular phones and plans to Walmart customers in the store. We do this through an associate-facing kiosk--with touch screen and all. Of course I can't give specifics but let's just say that it's successful (makes money). The coolest part isn't the fact that it cuts down the processing time for a new wireless phone and plan from forty minutes to an average of ten minutes; rather the fact that it takes all the disparate plans from carriers with their promotions and what not and normalizes them for the consumer to make an educated choice--that's the real coup. We like to call this the 'democratization' of the cellular experience.

Well, we're not the only ones thinking about this apparently, the Feds have up to their own mischief, and they're making the switch from one cellular carrier to another a whole lot easier (wouldn't it, after all, be easier to switch if you could keep your existing phone number?).

Posted by Pedraum at 10:13 AM |

December 26, 2002

If I were buying


If I were buying a toy for a friend it'd probably be the Nutty Elephant game...just because I think it'd introduce jollification. Hmmm, not sure about that sentence. In any case, if you're looking for some cheap after Christmas toys, take a look here.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:53 AM |

We can thank Sean for

We can thank Sean for introducing the word jollification into our vernacular.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:47 AM |

We certainly should thank Sean

We certainly should thank Sean for his introducing jollification into our everyday vernacular.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:45 AM |

December 23, 2002

Penelope Trunk offers a perspective

Penelope Trunk offers a perspective on keeping Christmas out of the office. Although I find her position a little extreme as it relates to Christmas (or lack thereof), her point about being sensitive to the diversity around you is well taken.

Posted by Pedraum at 02:04 PM |

It's amazing to work for

It's amazing to work for a company that has literally changed the retail game.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:05 AM |

Joe Strummer, lead singer of

Joe Strummer, lead singer of The Clash, is dead at 50.
Billy Bragg has written a nice tribute here.
(Links to more about this story will be posted throughout the day.)

Posted by Pedraum at 08:17 AM |

December 17, 2002

Today's public service announcement: For

Today's public service announcement: For those that have bought music since 1995 you may want to fill out a claim form here to get between $5-$20 back from the record companies.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:15 AM |

I don't think Admiral Poindexter

I don't think Admiral Poindexter is happy about this.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:05 AM |

December 15, 2002

So a couple of guys

So a couple of guys started a company called TalkingPresidents.com. The plural in the domain name is a bit misleading however as they've only produced one doll so far--a talking George W. Bush doll. The doll says some presidential things and it says things George W. Bush would say too. What we need now is a TalkingSenators.com...maybe with a Trent Lott doll? What would it say? (Thanks to Gil for the link).

Posted by Pedraum at 08:57 PM |

December 14, 2002

This a great story about

This a great story about persistance and the community that is Macintosh users.
Update: The New York Times has picked up the story.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:52 AM |

December 13, 2002

Leave it to the smarties

Leave it to the smarties at Dartmouth to discover that the area in your brain that processes and tracks music is also active during reasoning and memory retrieval. This explains why a particular song can transport me back to a high-school school dance.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:14 PM |

Eric first told me about

Eric first told me about the software that had been used on Lord of the Rings to create scenes of tens of thousands of warriors in the midst of battle. I was amazed that a scene like this could be created, with each warrior doing battle his own way rather than the same way as another warrior in another section of the scene in copy-paste fashion. Here's an article that dives a little deeper into that technology (and explains why Eric knew about it so early...it was developed in NZ).

Posted by Pedraum at 04:06 PM |

I'm diggin the jam Atari

I'm diggin the jam Atari 2600, a hip-hop jam by a new industry darlings from North Carolina (Cacalackee) Little Brother. It's got all sort of old school references that give me warm feelings of my youth. Oh yeah, and one of their band members is called Big Pooh. You have to have rhyming skills to go by that alias.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:38 PM |

December 11, 2002

Among the reasons I love

Among the reasons I love living in the Bay Area is all the great restaurants here. You know it's a mecca for gourmands when the New York Times starts writing about how good the bistros are.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:58 AM |

December 10, 2002

Who better to investigate terrorist

Who better to investigate terrorist activities (Warning: 57MB download) than one so close to such activities--the 79 year-old Henry Kissinger. Be afraid, be very afraid.
UPDATE: never mind.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:43 AM |

For those that don't like

For those that don't like spam this is poetic justice.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:38 AM |

An about one of my

An musicians (and a former co-worker) on one of my favorite online music mags.

Posted by Pedraum at 11:26 AM |

December 04, 2002

A good interview with an

A good interview with an old favorite of mine zefrank.com.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:14 PM |

This switch parody has a

This switch parody has a bit of naughty language o keep the speakers turned down low if you're in a piblic place. Props to Gil for the reference.

Posted by Pedraum at 08:52 AM |

December 03, 2002

Finally scientists at Harvard have

Finally scientists at Harvard have been doing some research crucial to males all over the world. Now only if they can find a practical application for their findings...

Posted by Cyrus Nitsitapi at 11:13 AM |