March 30, 2005

A Well-Written Outlook

About why the Mac is back.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:14 PM |

If Waiters Were Nauseated by Food

It might look a lil' something like this.

Written while groovin' to New Horizons from the album “Album” by Engineers

Posted by Pedraum at 11:44 AM |

Happy Birthday BuggaSG

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Better late than never: Sean had a birthday on March 26th. He's [over 30] years old and he's getting better with age. Those that know me know that there are handful of friends I consider brothers. Sean remains my first brother. So how bout writing a comment for him below eh?

Written while groovin' to So Easy by Røyksopp

Posted by Pedraum at 03:02 AM |

March 29, 2005

Tonight in SF

If I was in San Francisco tonight I'd hit up this event at the Commonwealth Club. Is hip-hop becoming too academic?

Written while groovin' to Lazy Flies from the album “Mutations” by Beck

Posted by Pedraum at 02:47 PM |

War Ends

Guernica Charnel

Like book ends, Picasso's Guernica and Charnel House mark the beginning and the end of WWII respectively. What they both share in common is a depiction of the gruesome reality of war. The first was commissioned by Spain in 1937 to be shown at the world exposition in Paris. Picasso used the commission as a platform for commenting on the attack on the Basque town of Guernica. He lived in Paris through the war and near it's end he painted Charnel House as reports of the Nazi camps was spreading throughout Europe.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:45 PM |

March 28, 2005

ISP

It seems like as good a time as any to write a few words about Ariped's internet service provider or, for the initiated, ISP. Hurricane Electric has been good to me over the past 5 years or so I've been with them. As you can tell from their site they're evidently not re-investing their profits into site design. And you know what? that's okie dokie with me. There are plenty of shops that have flashier sites, or bigger ads in the back if Wired magazine (I'm gonna let that subscription lapse). I prefer good performance. I must say that the performance of ariped.com has been slower than I'd like (and the graph shows why). I've had luck, though, calling up Hurricane and talking to a real person. I was hosting a few files that some scammer found and linked to. The next thing I knew my ISP bill had been run up to $3K because I had blown away the bandwidth limit. I phone call later the overages were erased and I've received a holiday card from them every year since. For now Hurricane keeps my business. I'm open to other ideas though.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:03 PM |

Careful What You Bid On...

It might get you rubbed out...

Posted by Pedraum at 01:00 PM |

March 25, 2005

Propoganda

Policewomen

Our women are not repressed because they repel from buildings and shoot guns out of moving cars. (Props to Summer for the link and to MT for the wry commentary)

Written while groovin' to I Told You So from the album “Waiting For The Sirens' Call” by New Order

Posted by Pedraum at 03:16 PM |

FYI

For the picky among us.

Written while groovin' to Seeing Is Believing from the album “The Superimposers” by The Superimposers

Posted by Pedraum at 11:41 AM |

Walking Octopuses

Betcha didn't know they did that. (Props LM)

Posted by Pedraum at 10:08 AM |

Tasteless Joke ' the Day

The Queen has sent Camilla Parker Bowles a nice present to say sorry for not attending her wedding.
A trip to Paris with a car and chauffeur..

Written while groovin' to Love Street from the album “Goodbye Jumbo” by World Party.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:24 AM |

March 24, 2005

Transparent screens

What a trip!

Posted by Pedraum at 01:31 PM |

Shuffle Lunch

I'm having lunch with one of the product designers of the iPod Shuffle today so it was somewhat a coincidink to read this Fortune article about the way digital music gadgets are becoming small devices for getting away from it all. Here's a snippet:

With the iPod shuffle, it's infinitely easier for me to live in a world of music. In the first five days that I've owned it, I've listened to about three times as much total music as I would have otherwise. I find that I take it off only when my eardrums start to ring. But most of the time, I barely realize that I'm using the shuffle.

This is something the music industry seems not to have fully appreciated: We can now simply listen to more music. That's why downloading music has got to be an unalloyed good for the industry. The music companies probably have to figure out different pricing models, but there's no question in my mind that the industry's opportunities are growing, not diminishing, as people have easier access to music and listen to it more often.

Written while groovin' to Jack-A** from the album “Odelay” by Beck

Posted by Pedraum at 11:45 AM |

March 23, 2005

As if...

...I needed another excuse to upgrade my PowerBook, now there's this tool that let's me use the Apple Motion Sensor (meant to protect my hard drive in the event of a fall) to control directional-based video games.

Written while groovin' to The Chokin` Kind from the album “The Soul Sessions” by Joss Stone

Posted by Pedraum at 03:03 PM |

March 22, 2005

Apple Store Links

I know it sucks not to be able to send links to friends/family with the iPod you want them to buy you. We're working on it! There is a secret way to get there though for now...

Evan Williams (of Blogger fame) notes it.

Written while groovin' to The Walls & Windows from the album “A Book Of Human Language” by Aceyalone

Posted by Pedraum at 01:00 PM |

March 16, 2005

Fourbucks

So for a while now I've insisted insist on referring to the sizes of coffee drinks in Starbucks as small, medium and large instead of the incredibly pretentious faux-somewhat-European tall, grandé and venti. My OCD over this extends so far that I've actually gotten into small tussles with the dude behind the counter (is that the barrrrista?).

Me: Yeah, I'd like a medium coffee please .[I know, not very interesting]
Fourbucks: A grandé?
Me: Yeah, a medium thanks.
Fourbucks: A grandé.
Me: Yeah, a medium coffee. That's great. Thanks.
Fourbucks: [obviously annoyed that I'm not taking their 'system' seriously] Here you go, one grandé coffee.

At this point whoever I'm with is usually turning nervously and looking around in that I-don't-really-know-this-guy-all-that well way. You know the one I'm talking about. I realize that Starbucks has succeeded where Coach and Kate Spade have as well. By making the experience feel a little bit fancy they get you to shell out $4 for a cup of coffee that tastes better from Dunkin' Donuts (at 25% the cost). But that doesn't mean I have to play along does it?

Viva la revolucion!

Written while groovin' to Love Me Sweet from the album “A Grand Love Story” by Kid Loco

Posted by Pedraum at 09:56 PM |

So True It's Sad

I do get a little satisfaction from knowing the spots are funded with tobacco money.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:12 AM |

Dance Like Nobody's Watching

We've all done it. When we know there's nobody watching, we crank the music up and we dance with reckless abandon. This guy's happy energy will make you smile, I promise. And he's so good natured about getting caught on tape that he deserves some sort of recognition for it. May we all take ourselves as seriously.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:07 AM |

March 10, 2005

Do You Do Good E-mail?

If you're not sure, the Harvard Business School newsletter, Working Knowledge, has some useful tips for you.

Written while groovin' to Nadine from the album “Show Me Your Tears (with The Catholics)” by Frank Black

Posted by Pedraum at 10:20 AM |

March 08, 2005

The Guide

As a kid I read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and was dazzled by it's surreal sci-fi. Thank goodness it's taken this long to put out the movie version, the computer animation and special effects are now at a level to make this thing fantastic and other-worldly enough to be true to the scenes created in the minds of millions of Hitchhiker's Guide readers of yesteryear.

Either that or it's gonna suck.

No matter what, it's already got some props as far as I'm concerned for employing two of my favorite people in entertainment: Martin Freeman who you may know better as Tim Canterbury from the BBC comedy The Office & Mos Def who's first full-length CD is worn around the edges from being played so much but who's follow-up CD has so far failed to inspire me...but I haven't given up yet.

It's been a while since I was excited about a movie. Who's in for the premiere at the end of April?

Written while groovin' to A Head With Wings from the album “Cure For Pain” by Morphine

Posted by Pedraum at 12:46 AM |

March 07, 2005

Bono's talk at TED

It's worth watching.

Posted by Pedraum at 01:55 PM |

Eez nice

I like.

Written while groovin' to 11-40` from the album “Franz Ferdinand” by Franz Ferdinand

Posted by Pedraum at 12:23 PM |

March 04, 2005

Such Language, Professor

I get the feeling that this Professor of Computer Science from NYU was tired of getting spammed by the 9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics. Well, that is judging from the the contents of his paper submitted to them.

Posted by Pedraum at 12:39 PM |

March 03, 2005

M-M-Me So Holy

File this one under, “this smells really bad, here smell it.” (Thanks Laili D'oh!, I mean Leili)

Written while groovin' to Birthday Song from the album “Breathing Tornados” by Ben Lee

Posted by Pedraum at 01:59 AM |

March 02, 2005

Stock Photos...by Color

Looking for free stock photos by color? Look no further.

Written while groovin' to The State Of The Union (Rewound By Thievery Corporation) from the album “Babylon Rewound” by Thievery Corporation

Posted by Pedraum at 01:35 PM |

Thinking Day

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Luc was asked a couple of his friends, who happen to be Girl Scouts, to participate in this year's World Thinking Day in Palo Alto. This year the country chosen to be represented was India. Luc put on his Kurta-Pajamas and strode out on stage with a big grin on his face. Then he turned and faced the 500 or so people in the audience and the smile slowly faded to a blank stare. His partner Zoe had to reach down and grab his hand to remind him to turn around and walk back to side stage. It was incredibly cute.

The pictures above are courtesy of Peter Norvig. As Google's Director of Search Quality he's the guy that decides what results show up first. His daughter is in the same troop as Luc's homies so we cross paths from time to time. I had forgotten that Peter was responsible for the hilarious Powerpoint version of the Gettysberg Address. It's one of the wryest pieces of social commentary this side of The Daily Show.

Written while groovin' to Blackhawk from the album “Wrecking Ball” by Emmylou Harris

Posted by Pedraum at 08:49 AM |

March 01, 2005

Sunrise...Sunset

A few of you might find this tool especially useful right now.

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