Monthly Archive for August, 2004

The G5 iMac

Wow. Looking at the newly-posted info on the G5 iMac, I’m again speechless. “Where did the computer go?”, indeed.

It appears that Apple has done it again… this iMac G5 almost looks slimmer and lighter than Dell laptops! Those things are bricks, and they’re supposed to be portable.

It seems as if Apple and IBM have solved the G5 heat problem. So does that mean that we’ll see a G5 Powerbook by Christmas?

Smart-Target, Part II

As mentioned last week, Presley, Todd, Kim, Angie, Trevor, & Brian spent the weekend working the Target-Smart Car College Tour 2004 — the eaisest $300 I’ve made in my life. However, it was also the hottest weekend this summer — long-sleeved canvas jump suits in 92° heat is not the most fun.

We did our best to find college kids… not many schools are in session yet, so we shifted to the usual Boston landmarks… Faneuil Hall, Harvard Square, and Castle Island Beach.

It turns out that tourists really love Target and free pens.

Some pics:

More pics on the full entry

Some other pics from the promotion:


I peed into a plastic cup this morning for the first time since my job application to Wilson Farms convenience store, when I was sixteen years-old.

Why, you ask?

Well, some friends and I are going to spend the weekend driving a SmartCar around Boston, dressed in Target logos from head-to-toe. We’re supposed to make ourselves seen to all of the returning college kids, reminding them that there is a cheap place to dress up that gray-brick dorm room. I’m 26 years-old, so this is a bit embarassing.

But, It’s only 2 days, I’ll be a couple hundred dollars richer, and I get to tear around town in a car that is roughly 1/6 the size of your average SUV. Should be safe…

Last year, they gave my friends Target Vespas—but, there was an accident or two… apparently it’s safer to shill on 4-wheels.

The Drink

I just want to point out that I am not always the drunkard in the family… Ocasionally, the lady of the house tips a few too many back.

Thanks to J., who is documenting all of this:

Okay, so I think I need to add that I didn’t actually throw up, because I can handle my booze. but I was thinking about it because I guess someone did actually get sick after leaving my house the other day.

This is probably more the exception than the rule, but oh well. We’re young.

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Sauce

Earlier this week, I mentioned to my friend Keiko that I wanted to make Zucchini bread, a summer tradition in my family. I suspect the tradition arose from the fact that the only thing that grew well in my father’s garden were Zucchinis… everything else usually failed, or was eaten by the neighborhood fauna.

The next day, she brought in from her garden a couple of the largest Zucchinis I’ve ever seen… so large that I started having visions of eating Zucchini bread for the remainder of the summer.

Anyway, a day or two passed, (work has been all-consuming), and I hadn’t begun my project. Then, yesterday, I came home at a decent hour to find Presley in the kitchen, grating Zucchini, and preparing not only bread, but also a recipe for dinner — Goat Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini Pancakes with Tomato Sauce.

I got to tell you, those little Zucchini pancakes were the most delicious things I’ve had in months. I enjoyed them so much, I didn’t leave any room for the Zucchini bread…

I’m a lucky guy sometimes.


My boss is Out of Office again this week, so suddenly Project Managers are turning to me in meetings, and asking the tough questions.

It’s been interesting… and gratifying, to know that I can manage to sound articulate and knowledgeable, when called upon.

HP All-in-Ones with Airport Express

I neglected to mention in my post about installing the Airport Express with a 3rd-Party router, (a Netgear WGR614, in my case), that I still couldn’t print wirelessly with the device. My HP PSC-750 All-in-One isn’t supported… it makes sense that you wouldn’t be able to scan wirelessly, but why couldn’t I print?

Well, after a few more hours of searching, I finally found a solution, courtesy William Boddie in the Apple discussions:

When queried for a printer, I selected “edit printer list” from the scroll down menu, clicked on “add” under the printer setup utility-> went to IP Printer -> Printer type “Rendezvous” -> Printer Address scrolled to “HP PSC 900 series” -> Printer Model “HP” ->model “HP PSC 950 Footmatic” -> press “add.”

It worked, however the AX is easily the most frustrating Apple product I’ve encountered… let’s hope that HP’s partnership with Apple to co-brand an HP iPod, will spurn HP to write better OS X printer drivers. My landlord is an architect, and he’s mad that his $2500 plotter was rendered useless with his upgrade to 10.3…

UPDATE I neglected to mention that I am not using the bloated and shoddy drivers provided by HP.

I would instead recommend the HPIJS Open-source drivers. These drivers allows printing “over any available connection such as USB, AppleTalk, TCP/IP (via LPD and IPP), HP JetDirect, and shared windows printers via SAMBA”. And, you don’t have to install the useless extra HP applications, which are included with the driver package.

Old Times…

Presley and I were invited out last night with my old boss, who is visiting Boston on holiday from his teaching gig in Japan. It was the usual shitty service at the Enormous Room, and then across the street for a little rock n’ roll Upstairs, courtesy A.M. Stereo and The Glow. A.M. Stereo was fun, Indie post-punk — each member singing in turn, (except the drummer, who looked like something out of Spinal Tap). The Glow was a tighter, keyboard-driven, cross-over ska outfit, which I really enjoyed — their guitarist reminded me of Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse… decide for yourself.

It was good to see Bob — I probably know him the least out of everyone last night, having just been hired a couple of months before he left. But, his stories of teaching English to Japanese kids in a small, remote village, were funny… I can’t imagine communicating, alone, in such a foreign environment. He’s a long way from Tokyo.

But, it was also good to be out with work mates — we work so hard on a daily basis, and we each have our own lives, so it’s rare that we go out for a few drinks. But, having been out with Bob last night, I have the feeling it was a lot more common before he left…