Friday, September 28, 2007

Update, briefly

My Macbook in in the shop for a failed optical drive and a cracked case. Here's hoping it comes back soon.

I also have two job leads, so keep your fingers crossed on that front.

You know how much I love wordplay and dialects, so rate yourself: Yankee or Dixie? I'm 83% Dixie, which is a little stunning. What about you?

Also, someone on BGG posted a deathmatch-style Wiz-War variant. Fun!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

What's next, zombies?

Seriously, I think this opened up one of the Living Dead movies.

I swear I am not making this up, but USA Today is reporting"Peru blames meteorite for strange illness." The Beeb and the AP also have the story.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Imagine an Evil Google

I normally don't talk about what I'm reading my RSS, I just share them and move along. I assume that some people read what catches their eye, but there must be some folks who don't know that I'm doing this. I read a lot, especially lately, and I don't write nearly enough.

Maybe I should write more about what I've read lately, perhaps do a little more op-ed pieces.

My man Ken, who I missed at Dragon*Con, points us to a short fiction piece by Cory Doctorow called Scroogled. Read it, read it.

What has massive, effortless, ubiquitous search done for you lately? What do you fear it could do? What might you hope it would do?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Web plus cell phone equals nifty

I've got a 504 area code again for free, plus all kinds of lickable 2.0 phone handling features. Feel free to test one of 'em out- GrandCentral will call you, then call me. Handy if you don't have my number or want to save on long distance calls, or if I finally get off my tail and sell some stuff on eBay/Craigslist.

I wonder if there's Asterisk under the hood here?

Ben Franklin got it right

If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
Thanks to Aaron for the knowledge of this quote. Ben said a lot of good things; Wikiquote pegs this one at 1738 from Poor Richard's Almanack.

While checking my sources, I finally found a correct attribution for another good one. I used to have a bookmark with this quotation.
“Any man with a moderate income can afford to buy more books than he can read in a lifetime.” - Henry Holt

Friday, September 07, 2007

Productivty hack du jour (or du hier)

Following on the heels of the popular and possibly successful Inbox Zero from 43 Folders, someone has come up with Buddy List Zero. As of press time, the site is a little content-light, which seems oddly apropos.

In a nutshell, the basic idea revolves around culling down incoming distractions by getting rid of IM-associated clutter. I particularly like the notion of removing buddies you haven't chatted with after a month.

I'm going a little more extreme, and basically turning off Adium, my handy Mac cross-platform chat client. I still have Gtalk active, so if you need to IM me, there's your venue. If you only contacted me via AIM/ICQ/MSN/YIM for chatski excitement, be advised that I won't constantly be online and available for the near future. Most of you should have my email address or my cell if you need me.

Let's see how this works, shall we? Maybe I'll get some work done.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Platform agnosticism

Right now, I have my MacBook talking to my Ubuntu server using Samba, a protocol designed for Windows.

Monday, September 03, 2007

How to be teh AWESMOE

Guitar Hero.

I just picked up Guitar Hero 2 and its "encore," Guitar Hero Rocks the Eighties, plus two guitar controllers. I've played the game once or thrice before, but now I own 'em both and can rock out whenever I can crank the volume. Better still, I have two guitars so I can play with or against someone.

Bennett and I can play Freebird.