March 31, 2003

Switch to Movabletype

Well, it's official now. As of Mar 31 15:33 ariped.com is now officially being served by Movable Type. I must say that the gang at MT has done a fantastic job of documenting the installation process. That, combined with a couple of super-friendly folks who host at the same place I do, made for an overall pain-free migration.

OK, so less talk more blog from now on. It's high time we had some content and less form...

Posted by Pedraum at 03:38 PM |

March 28, 2003

Concept Art

"We take people's vintage slides that we purchase at estate and yard sales and turn them into pop rock exposes. A concept, that if applied correctly, will change the future of entertainment." I present you the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

I was already convinced to check them out. Add in the fact that their drummer is their 9-year-old daughter and I'm completely intrigued.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:55 PM |

'Ergonomic' chair

I've got the Herman Miller Aeron chair at my office (I know, it's so 2000) so I can't complain too much. But I gotta say that this chair is the bomb.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:30 PM |

March 27, 2003

uber-scamming

File under poetic justice, scammer's getting scammed, or waste of time. These sites have been around for a while but a recent note in homie Shastri's Inbox suggesting a creative business idea got me to thinking he should engage the obvious scam artist (unless he really is being contacted by "an executive Accountant with the South Africa Department of Minerals & Energy"). Shastri, you may want to write back and post your exchange at one of the below:

http://www.scamorama.com/
http://www.quatloos.com/

Posted by Pedraum at 03:54 PM |

Ever heard of kevlar?

KEVLAR is an advanced technology that helps transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. It combines high strength with light weight, and comfort with protection.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:10 AM |

March 25, 2003

Tinkering...

I've been tinkering with this bad boy for a few days now and I'm almost ready to unleash it to the world. Trouble is, it's acting werd formatting-wise. I think it's related to the fact that I can't show more than a couple of posts on the main page at once...that ain't right.

Posted by at 11:16 AM |

March 20, 2003

I just bought Turntable Timmy

I just bought Turntable Timmy for Luc. Not only is it totally hip, it's a got a message:

This kinetic rap-rhyming tale defiantly puts the fun back in funky. Timmy is determined to hip-hop his way to becoming the world's youngest turntable DeeJay champion. He realizes that in order to achieve his dream he must first "Put in work, / day and night, / practice makes perfect, / gotta get it right. // Hard work and dedication. / Perfection takes practice, / now
he's quick like a fox, / sharp as a cactus." Readers will have a hip-hop-till-they-drop good time as they discover, along with Timmy, the key to ultimate success
is through perseverance, commitment, and dedication.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:48 AM |

March 18, 2003

This dude's not happy about

This dude's not happy about someone rearranging his Star Wars figurines into compromising positions. Speaking of compromising positions, our in-house Photographer showed me a new toy that arrived this week. The Incredible Hulk Walkie-Talkies. Pretty sweet until you realize that you have to talk into his crotch. Who designs this stuff?! (Thanks to Gil for the Star Wars figurines link).

Posted by Pedraum at 11:50 AM |

March 14, 2003

The second installment of surreal

The second installment of surreal Friday is an english lesson.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:32 AM |

Did your dad ever build

Did your dad ever build you a functional (it moves I mean) Sherman Tank at 1/5 scale? No? Man, you were deprived. The whole Gizmology site is amazing--this guy is really talented. I can see Jerry spending some serious time here.

Speaking of fun things I didn't get to witness/ do as a kid, there's riding motorbikes.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:09 AM |

Surreal Friday begins with planes

Surreal Friday begins with planes that have legs.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:05 AM |

March 13, 2003

Special thanks to cousin Alexandra

Special thanks to cousin Alexandra (London in the house!) for sending the following time-waster.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:36 AM |

It's sure nice to read

It's sure nice to read some balanced perspective on the situation of the world today. This is the view of one who sees the bigger plan. One can't help but believe that those threatening to move along the war path even without the support of the UN Security Council are going to be mocked by history. Robert Muller, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations offers these words of encouragement about the times.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:16 AM |

March 12, 2003

Gotta love Craig's List...and San

Gotta love Craig's List...and San Francisco. Lord of the Rings tribute band forming

Posted by Pedraum at 04:55 PM |

The man who made the

The man who made the decision to send Slobodan Milosevic to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has been assassinated in Belgrade. Has this part of the world not suffered enough already?

Posted by Pedraum at 08:38 AM |

March 11, 2003

Q: What do you get

Q: What do you get when you stage a PR stunt which puts a Jamaican reggae singer in Siberia in the middle of winter?
A: From Russia With Gloves

I traveled to Siberia in the Summer of 1991. You history buffs no doubt already know 1991 as the Summer the Iron Curtain fell. I was with a group of friends and we were in the heart of Siberia, in a town called Chita, when we saw the local statue of Lenin fall. Listening to The Voice of America on a two-dollar radio we wondered if we'd be going out via Moscow (the way we came in) or if an Eastern air lift via Japan was the quicker and safer route. In the end things calmed down enough over the following days allowing us a normal exit via the capital city. Good memories and even better friendships were formed that historic Summer. (Thanks to Gil for the picture scanning)

Posted by Pedraum at 11:28 AM |

Haven't heard of WiFi? Well,

Haven't heard of WiFi? Well, believe you me you're about to hear about it alot more as it continues to rise out of tech geekdom obscurity to reach the masses. McDonald's to Offer Wireless Internet

Posted by Pedraum at 10:24 AM |

March 09, 2003

Now you can find out

Now you can find out what OS your personality is...


At least I wasn't Windows ME...;)

Posted by Cyrus Nitsitapi at 12:45 PM |

March 07, 2003

I'm not sure if this

I'm not sure if this is considered inhumane or not--I don't think so though cuz it seems like the dog is enjoying it. In any case, I give you dogs being chased by RC cars.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:28 AM |

March 06, 2003

Delano Soul Perales One


Delano Soul Perales
One of my close homies, Gil, had a baby recently. Well, his wife Theresa had the baby--you know what I mean, stop being difficult. In any case, Gil's alternative monicker is SuperFly and judging from how natural Delano looks in the D&G shades one can see why. In any case, let me take this opportunity to personally (and publicly) welcome Delano to the world...and to congratulate his proud parents.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:35 AM |

Today's lesson in pop-culture. GANGURO

Today's lesson in pop-culture. GANGURO - The trendy girls of Tokyo.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:30 AM |

March 05, 2003

This is great news for

This is great news for you Paul Westerburg fans.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:35 AM |

March 04, 2003

Is it just me


Is it just me or has Peter Gabriel gone off the deep end? Look at the picture above and tell me he isn't totally becoming a caricature of Spinal Tap. No, it's deep--I know. The huge ball he's performing inside of is meant to represent the mother's womb. Pah-lease.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:43 PM |

Here's the follow-up to an

Here's the follow-up to an earlier report about Dr. Dre and his record label buddies having dinner with Steve Jobs. It's all making sense now. (LATimes requires registration. Use ariped:ariped).

Posted by Pedraum at 04:16 PM |

March 03, 2003

I have a feeling there

I have a feeling there are those of us that are going to be sadder than others to learn this news.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:48 PM |