Observations Category

Poor, poor snow leopard

In: Observations, Technobabble

So Apple has released their new OS, Snow Leopard, and this is what the Apple homepage looks like: I imagine this leopard, chillin, enjoying a nice snowy day, when along comes an Apple photo crew. *FWAP*, they nail him in the head with a snowball, and as he looks at them with annoyance, they snap […]

I saw this new Microsoft commercial the other day, and I have to say I think it’s brilliant for the following reasons: It shines light on the fact that Apple is casting an unfair stereotype of PC users It gives existing Microsoft costumers a group of people they can feel proud identifying with It makes […]

For years now I have been happily sipping from the same transparent green nalgene bottle. Last week, however, a co-worker told me that there is evidence that drinking from those kinds of bottles can be bad for you. He was right! To be fair, evidence doesn’t seem to be totally conclusive, but still it freaked […]

Reuben

In: Miscellaneous, Observations

I was outside scraping ice off the windows of my 89′ Buick Century this morning when I saw Reuben. I was vaguely aware that he was walking towards me, but unsure of his destination, I didn’t take much notice. Eventually he got in conversational range and I was forced to turn and face him. Now, […]

Micropayments for Premium Software

In: Observations, Opinions

I was thinking about the fact that, yet again, there is a new version of Adobe Photoshop out, version CS3. For their standard package, a new user has to swallow a $649 price tag to get in the door. If you are lucky enough to have an older version, you can get into the upgrade […]

So after the morning sessions were finished at RailsConf, there was suddenly a burst of noise from the lobby outside the presentation hall. It… it was a marching band. I couldn’t see them, so I went outside and down to a lower door, but I admit I was not prepared for what I saw. The […]

Funk & The Power of Positive Thinking

In: Observations, Opinions

So yesterday I worked from home because I was feeling icky. I had a very sore throat, ached all over, etc. Today I came into work, even then when I woke up I wasn’t really feeling all that much better. Once I got some food up ins and the ibuprofen kicked in I started to […]

Unraveling Language Ambiguity: Quantity Words

In: Observations

I have a tendency to dislike ambiguity, which is a problem because English is full of it. I was reminded today of a theory I developed when I was young. I think I was only about 10 when I conceived this, but it has stood the test of time. The impetus for this theory, I […]

Star Wars: The Next Generation

In: Observations

I am a Star Wars movie fan. I specify movie because I have never read the books, read the comics, played the games, etc. I have just watched the movies… over and over and over. In fact, in my youth one of my close friends, Chad, and I used to watch the original trilogy back […]

Tragedy in Plastic

In: Observations

Last week I took my lunch hour to run down to the Social Security office on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. After being turned away at the door for the Swiss army knife on my keychain I stashed it across the street behind a concrete trash bin and went back in. They gave […]