Wednesday, October 27, 2004

One more hour...

In an hour, I will be leaving this job for the last time. I start a new job in the morning. I have worked with some great people for the past year. It's been fun, but it's time to move along...

Monday, October 25, 2004


Definition: The fear of long words.
That's really the definition...

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Talent for Palindromes...

I have quite a talent for writing palindromes. Here are a couple of examples:
  • Stay under a rock cora rednuyats
  • Live is to Love as Pride is to Evil
As you can see, they fall into two distinct categories
  • Those that read the same backward or forward
  • Those that make sense.
It seems very difficult to make both happen at the same time.

What do you want to learn today ?

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It's Greek to me...

Αυτό το blog γράφεται στα αγγλικά.

Ballmer on Microsoft - We should be richer...

According to Steve Ballmer, what the world needs is "a $100 computer". He thinks that because "The biggest problem we have right now is that people who should be paying for software aren't."

Let me translate for you, loyal readers. What Uncle Steve is saying is that hardware companies should not be allowed to make a profit. That would leave consumers more money to spend on software.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Great commencement speech...

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends and spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."

--Brian G. Dyson

President and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises during his speech at the Georgia Tech 172nd Commencement Address Sept. 6, 1996

The Schwinn Stingray is back...

Schwinn now makes several models. Some are clearly old school, but others are ...

Folding Mini Bikes...

I don't know why this site was in my browse history, but it's something else. Di Blasi makes fully street-legal folding minibikes and minitrikes.

NFL quarterback rating formula...

I was wondering about this since last night's Monday Night Football game. Brian Griese had thrown 9 passes for 9 completions with one touchdown, and no interceptions. Al said that his quarterback rating at that point was 152.3, which was described as perfect. The formula is explained at

Monday, October 18, 2004


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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Spotted in Austin...

I guess this guy is a Texas Longhorn fan. He took a perfectly good Nissan 350Z, painted it burnt orange, and added longhorns to the hood.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Ian Moore and Strings Attached...

Last night, Amy and I went to see another awesome Strings Attached concert at St. David's. The featured performer was Ian Moore. Ian's voice is amazing. He performed much of his new album, Luminaria.

KGSR broadcast the whole event live, so I hope you caught it. There was also a drawing for several prizes and I won a haircut from some fancy-schmancy salon. When I went to accept my prize, the whole place erupted with laughter and applause, because (just in case you don't know me) I'm bald.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

My Mom's outgoing phone message...

We're busy now. Can you believe it ?
Leave your message. We'll retrieve it.
Wait for the beep.

Seriously. It's been that poem for at least 15 years.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

I must think you're an idiot...

Free PC Remote Control...

LogMeIn.Com provides a remote control solution. It's free! Using any computer connected to the Internet or Pocket PC device, open a browser window, and securely log in to and control your home or office PC.

It seems similar to GoToMyPC, which costs $19.95 per month.

Monday, October 11, 2004

World Class Schlock...

Our local Classic Rock station has changed formats. They are now called Channel 102.3, Austin's World Class Rock. They also play country and rap. I don't mind a station with variety, but please don't call it a rock station.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Wil Wheaton is 'Just a Geek'...

My wife and I just got back from a great evening. We went to the Alamo Drafthouse and saw Stand By Me. Wil Wheaton was there and talked about the filming of the movie and told some funny stories. I got a copy of Just a Geek and he was kind enough to sign it. I told him that he had gotten me into blogging and he asked 'What software do you use?' Yep, he's a geek.
<Wil Wheaton signing a card for the woman in front of me

All the way home...

this is an audio post - click to play

Overheard in the pharmacy...

The woman in front of me asked the pharmacist a question. She spoke very softly so that none of us could hear what she asked. The pharmacist looked at her skeptically and then replied so that all of us could hear, “That's only available as a suppository or a capsule, not a lozenge."

Friday, October 08, 2004

This is freakish!

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Coolness on Sunday...

My wife and I just purchased tickets to see Wil Wheaton at our favorite theater. BookPeople and the Alamo Drafthouse will be presenting a reading and signing from Just A Geek, plus a screening of Stand By Me, followed by a Q&A. Complete details.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The problem with Cheetos...

When you're eating Cheetos and need to go to the bathroom, you have to wash your hands before and after. That's a 100% increase in handwashing in a single bathroom visit! Just say no.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Sooner rather than later...

I assume every news organization in Austin will use the above headline this week. This Saturday brings the SBC Red River Shootout to Dallas. This is the annual game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns. Texas has lost the last 4 consecutive meetings.