02
Dec 11

Media center setup, part infinity

My home media center has evolved much over the years, as my patient wife can attest. See here, and here, and here, and here, and here. Well, now it’s gotten a whole let simpler.

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23
Oct 11

Bundle this!

Is it just me, or have cable and phone companies resorted to bundle-only pricing incentives?

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10
Oct 11

Vicarious entertainment

Pretty much right when we first found out we were pregnant with Iris, I got excited for the future of vicarious entertainment.  I’m speaking of sharing great cinematic moments with my kid, allowing me to feel that same wonderment again through her eyes.
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07
Oct 11

Gizmodo link love!

Wow, I just got pinged by the Spanish version of Gizmodo, popular tech site. They have a post up based on the popular Vimeo series “Everything is a Remix” (a truly excellent series, by the way), highlighting in particular the many influences off The Matrix.  In this article, they link to my page from 2004, which compared The Matrix to Dark City.  If you dare, you can try out Google’s rough translation of their article here.


01
Oct 11

an easy Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor

I’m lazy when it comes to HTML authoring.  There are few ocassions I need to write HTML — typically only for writing nice ads for Craigslist or eBay.  And when I do, I’d prefer to write them quickly with a WYSIWYG editor.  Here’s how I discovered a neat and cheap way of doing just that on Mac OS.

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15
Aug 11

Metric?

The auto mechanic asks me, “metric?” I think a second. “I believe it is, yeah.” Sort of a weird question. I mean, most of the bolts are metric, but I think some of the other hardware is English.

No, he was talking about the make of the vehicle. It’s a Toyota Matrix. MATRIX.


09
Aug 11

musical aphasia

The similarities of music to language are very striking.  While I fancy myself fluent in the latter (English, that is), I’m still very much a novice in the former.

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06
Jul 11

Getting things done

My marital partner has a concise and specific way of getting to the heart of the matter.  She can see through the noise and distractions of my life in such a way that often escapes me.  This is one of the many reasons why I’m a better me with her than without.  Take for instance her perceptive take on helping me get things done.

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30
May 11

Xenon Project RC helicopter review

I was recently contacted by Jeff Chan over at Xenon Project, an RC hobbyist retailer. At first, I figured the email was bogus, as I get quite a few of them on a regular basis. So I was quite thrilled to discover that Jeff is indeed the real thing, and his company far from bogus.

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30
May 11

Catastrophic Failure

A fluorescent light fixture in our house went out.  After replacing the bulb, the light still didn’t turn on.  So I figured I had nothing to lose by ripping apart the ballast.  What I quickly discovered scared me.

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