Monthly Archive for July, 2003

I’ve Made the Switch!

My new (old) G4This is old news to any­one who speaks with me reg­u­lar­ly, but I’ve final­ly made the switch—to a Mac.

Yes, I know, apolo­gies go out to my par­ents and every­one that I berat­ed over the years for fool­ish­ly buy­ing Macs – I just couldn’t resist any longer. I’m now the proud own­er of a G4, with a diminu­tive 350mhz chip, new 80gb dri­ve, 896mb RAM, OS X 10.2, and all the open source soft­ware I care to install. I was relieved to see that all my periph­er­als were eas­i­ly installed, and I’m get­ting bet­ter at nav­i­gat­ing the OS.

A cou­ple of peeves, that I’m sure I’ll get over:

  • + How do I min­i­mize all win­dows to the desk­top with a key­board short­cut?
  • + Work­ing with files in direc­to­ries is a bit weird—though I’m get­ting used to the col­umn view.
  • + It’s con­fus­ing dis­tin­guish­ing between “home” and “com­put­er”.
  • + win­dow focus: why do you have to click on an inac­tive win­dow first, and then select an item? That’s 2 clicks! In win­dows, you can click on a file in an inac­tive win­dow, and it will select as it sets the win­dow focus.
  • + Safari ren­ders type real­ly real­ly small—i don’t mind, but it wor­ries me that my web­site has such tiny type.

With the com­plaints out of the way, I have to say that I’m beam­ing with pride… some­thing new to evan­ge­lize on. And I’m not the only one.

Refer makes it’s return!

Final­ly, I have access to detailed Refer­rers… cour­tesy Dean. Our increas­ing­ly pathet­ic serv­er was chok­ing on writ­ing to MYSql before.

Also, I’m get­ting real­ly annoyed with a bug that caus­es IE 5 on the Mac to crash. I can’t tell if its CSS or in the markup… Looks great in Safari and WIN IE 6.

A Quincy BBQ, Part I

Kim and her scooterI decid­ed to post anoth­er pho­to album up on my Type­pad, because they make it easy and ele­gant. These are most­ly Presley’s shots, as it was her cam­era, and she’s the one into that whole ana­log thing.

Our friends Jason and Kim­ber­ly invit­ed some cowork­ers over for A Quin­cy BBQ.

The Cool Whip brand whipped top­ping prod­uct didn’t come out untill after this roll was spent… so there will be a Part II! (I don’t know why I’m not in any of these…)

Eye-ball

My left eye is twitch­ing today, and I can’t get it to stop. I can’t wear my glass­es or do my work, it’s just so annoy­ing!

Blur in a blur

blur liveLast week was Blur Week.

We were giv­en tick­ets to see the boys tape a few songs on Last Call w/ Car­son Daly in New York on Wednes­day, and were able to catch them live at Aval­on in Boston on Fri­day night. And the best part was that there were no mishaps this time ’round.

Car­son Daly is real­ly mis­un­der­stood by music fans– espe­cial­ly those who fan­cy them­selves hip­per-than-thou. Maybe it’s because they blame him for the dom­i­nance of boy bands and Brit­tney in the past few years… or, maybe it is just that they think he’s a mas­sive tool.

I think this is unfair– the guy is doing more with his lit­tle 1:30 am show than most oth­er talk shows… he has ter­rif­ic bands on, many that you won’t see on MTV or Jay Leno, and I think he’s tru­ly a music fan first. I mean — they guy is always play­ing air drums in-between com­mer­cial breaks… I’m there with ya Car­son!

Any­way, Blur. They played an acoustic set of Out of Time and Good Song from their excel­lent new album Think Tank. Make sure to tune in to NBC Fri­day, July 25 after Conan. We’re the two embar­rassed jerks sit­ting in the sec­ond row, with plas­tic-rim eye­glass­es.

Fri­days show was real­ly spe­cial– they played a wide rang­ing set that stretched back more than 10 years, includ­ing favorites For Tomor­row, Girls and Boys, the Uni­ver­sal, and the ever-mosh­ing Song 2.

Damon was in top form, jump­ing around and real­ly singing bet­ter than I’ve ever heard him sing. He doesn’t real­ly play key­boards any­more, which is a minor peeve, but he’s doing his front­man thing well with the help of an elec­tric gui­tar.

At 35 years, post-Goril­laz, he seems to have some­thing more to prove — and 2,000 peo­ple and I were glad for it.

Slight Site Tweaks

Our domain has been a wreck in the past cou­ple of weeks — which is why I start­ed post­ing on Type­pad.

Thanks to Ben at Mag­net­box for kind­ly men­tion­ing this site. I love vis­it­ing Mag­net­box every day… wish I could find an RSS feed.

Also, thanks to Jason Kot­tke for adding this site to his “not rec­om­mend­ed” side­bar.

And, since we’ve been dump­ing and import­ing MySQL dbs like ban­shees around here, it made sense to also upgrade the usabil­i­ty of this site:

  • Titles now link to the full entry
  • Graph­i­cal head­ings on the side­bar link to their rel­e­vant page
  • Text-size is now flu­id, for acces­si­bil­i­ty
  • Lean­er & Mean­er CSS and XHTML tem­plates
  • Removed the webrings, because they’re sooo 1996
  • Trimmed-up the Dai­ly Book­marks list
  • And final­ly, you can get here by typ­ing NEDWARD.ORG (caps option­al)

And, in the future, I’d like to:

  • swap most of the images out of the source code, and put them in the CSS using background-image
  • val­i­date as valid XHTML 1.0 Tran­si­tion­al
  • fre­quent back­ups, in case we have db trou­ble again!!

Full Throttle Boredom

Lucy looking juicyCharlie’s Angels: Full Throt­tle is the most point­less movie I have ever paid mon­ey to see… and, yes, I did see Show­girls in the cin­e­ma.

Some­one explain to me what the hell this movie is about — because I have no clue. Here are my ques­tions:
  • Who is that “Leo” kid?
  • Why is there unre­al­is­tic CGI fight scenes every 35 sec­onds?
  • Who is Bruce Willis’ char­ac­ter?
  • Why did that guy from the X-Files sud­den­ly switch sides?
  • For a fol­lowup, why did Crispin Glover switch sides?
  • Why is Drew Bar­ry­more in Mex­i­co?
  • Why does Demi Moore play with her gun like she’s nev­er touched one before?
  • When did Justin Ther­oux get jacked? Seri­ous­ly, he’s got some mus­cles.
  • Why does Bernie Mac turn into more and more of a car­i­ca­ture, as he gets more famous?
  • And yet, why was I laugh­ing at his one-lin­ers?
  • What are those fuck­ing rings, and why would such low-lev­el gov­ern­ment work­ers have them?

That’s all I got right now. Oh, and one more thing: I think Lucy Liu is incred­i­ble– but I hope she has bet­ter mate­r­i­al in Kill Bill.