Archive for March, 2005

I love my moleskines…

March 31, 2005

Andre turned me on to these.I’m a sucker for notebooks (and shoes and backpacks/bags) and these are the most amazingly well designed little suckers I’ve ever used. I’ve never been a huge fan of pocket size notebooks until now (Moleskine makes a wide range of sizes — I’ve just grown accustomed to the portability of my pocket Moleskine. Not a cheap notebook, but the acid-free paper and the durable cover are worth it. The historical significance of the Moleskine notebook is also quite interesting — and included on a card in each and every one.

Moleskine users:

  • Van Gogh? yep.
  • Hemingway? sure.
  • Matisse? bingo.

Good enough for these jokers? Good enough for me.

A page chock full o’ Moleskine hacks.

http://wiki.43folders.com/index.php/Moleskine_Hacks
(currently using the “Moleskine Mini Black with Graph pages”)

i’ve been thinking about writing a novel

March 31, 2005

It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember and I’m going to give it a whirl. As I was rummaging around the ol’ ‘net tonight I came across an interesting site – How to Write a Novel in 100 Days or Less. I’m not too antsy to get it done that quickly, but there were a few things that I fond very useful towards getting me going. I’ve always considered my life too cluttered with the glorious trappings of family and career to be able to get this done, but John Coyne relays the following tidit which has pushed me over the brink: Yes, you have a job. Yes, you have a family. Neither have stopped great writers in the past. The poet Wallace Stevens was a vice president of an insurance company and an expert on the bond market. The young T.S. Eliot was a banker. William Carlos Williams was a pediatrician. Robert Frost was a poultry farmer. Hart Crane packed candy in his father’s warehouse, and later wrote advertising copy. Stephen Crane was a war correspondent. Marianne Moore worked at the New York Public Library. James Dickey worked for an advertising agency. Archibald MacLeish was Director of the Office of Facts and Figures during World War II.

Jesus. I’m just a web developer. I think I can carve out some time early in the morning or late at night to get this done. I have had a few ideas kicking around in my head for the past ten years. Yes, some of them are not conducive to a novel, but others might be.

I had planned on the doing the National Novel Writing Month in November this year, but why wait? I can’t wait to map some things out over the next few days and try to whip up a work schedule that won’t cut into family time too much. I think my best time is the late evening, but I;m going to give the mornings a try also and see what works best.

I’ll keep you up to date on how it’s going.

flickr

March 30, 2005

I signed up for a flickr account six months ago and basically forgot it existed. That is until last week when they were purchased by Yahoo! So today I went back to see what was what and am very pleasantly surprised. There are so many ways to upload photos, that I think I’ll build a tool at home that checks for new images in a specified directory and then emails any new files to my flickr account.I set up another account for use here at 3MEW. Anyone who comes here can post to it. Just email your images to air75last@photos.flickr.com.

I’ll post it over on the left too.

tom delay – a self-serving hypocrite?

March 30, 2005

From Media Matters, a story VERY different than the current story Tom DeLay is milking. Sixteen years ago, DeLay said OK to having his dad “unplugged”.”The Los Angeles Times reported on March 27 that when DeLay’s father was “badly injured in a freak accident at his home,” leaving him “in a coma, kept alive by intravenous lines and oxygen equipment … the congressman quietly joined the sad family consensus to let his father die.” The paper noted DeLay’s prominence in advocating the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.”

endorsements

March 28, 2005

I’ve always wanted someone to ask me to endorse something. The odds are steep that that will ever happen. That said, I’m going to do it anyway. Here we go. I’m only going to be endorsing things of which I’ve used more than one brand extensively.

  • computer – Toshiba
  • car – BMW
  • digital music player – Apple iPod
  • hockey skates – Bauer
  • game system – Xbox
  • grocery store – Whole Foods
  • website – Fipilele
  • jeans – Levis
  • running shoes – New Balance
  • outdoor furniture – Wood Classics
  • vegetarian fare – Quorn, Boca
  • video rental – Netflix
  • search engine – Google
  • soda – Diet Pepsi
  • baseball mitt – Cooper
  • technical books – O’Reilly
  • digital camera – Olympus
  • gps unit – Cobra (not extensively, but damn it worked great)
  • digital photo processing – ofoto