Category Archives: Tech

are these the droids i am looking for?

so i’m contemplating getting a smartphone. in particular, i’m looking at the htc droid eris on verizon. here’s why: 1) i’m already on verizon. they’ve been good to me. they may not be the cheapest, but their network is reliable, their customer service is helpful, and most importantly, i can get the eris for $50 […]

give the earth one hour

tonight is earth hour: http://www.earthhour.org do the earth a favor and turn off everything electrical between 8:30 and 9:30pm, local time. light candles, play music, go for a walk, take a nap, have sex. just do anything but use electricity for an hour straight. show your support to fight global warming by letting it cool […]

crowdsourcing your win

so, the company i work for, crowdspring, works on a crowdsourcing model. people who need design work done can post a project and let a pool of designers from all over the world submit ideas. the best idea (or ideas) wins. while we are not the first people to do something like this, we believe […]

personal genome project

in this month’s wired, there’s a piece on the personal genome project. imagine how you would feel about your life, health, and that of your parents, or children, if you could have a detailed chart of your genome? you could predict future illnesses, how your children might turn out, and what effect your parents, grandparents […]

comcast owes me two hours of my life

i just signed up for comcast cable and internet service, for about the 4th time. after a bit of personal debate over whether i should go with at&t instead, i opted for the service i was more familiar with. and, as expected, i got the customer service i was more accustomed to. horrible. i decided […]

name is too long for the recycle bin

ever have one of those days? i was cleaning out my previous developer machine, backing up files, deleting others, when i received the following alert: i’m sorry sir, but your filenames are just to darn long. they stick out over the top edge of the recycle bin and a few of them even tip it […]

who do i have to bribe to get a regular old mouse pad these days?

using a standard issue apple mighty mouse on a smooth desk surface works fine, but i prefer to have a cloth-covered mouse pad to protect both the desk and the underside of the mouse. the one i’ve been using for years is looking pretty hit, so i decided to search for a new one. apparently […]

imb 1401: a user’s manual

prepare for the ultimate in geek high culture. an interpretive dance set to music composed on an ibm 1401 computer:

77 million paintings

this, among other accomplishments, is why brian eno is awesome: 77millionpaintings.com read more about it, and the power behind it, at wired.com: an army of macs powers brian eno’s sculpture of sight and sound

odyssey of the mind comes to msu

back in the day, before dvds and pocket-sized cell phones, before myspace and youtube, before ddr and wow, kids used to participate in after school activities such as sports, band, orchestra, theatre, debate, various clubs, and a little known international, multidisciplinary competition known as odyssey of the mind. when i was but a wee lad, […]