Sunday, January 28, 2007

Without Further Comment #13 (Ewwww! Under the Christmas tree?!? edition)

Your date of conception was on or about 23 December 1977 which was a Friday.

(birthday calculator via digg)

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Contest Time!

It was finally time. Pennies were spilling onto the floor from my overflowing pasta sauce jars and plastic tiki cups. I loaded my booty (3 years worth!) into an empty Trader Joe's Chocolate Pussy container and hit the Coinstar machine...hard.

In the past, I was a coin roller. It was the only logical choice -- those damnable Coinstar machines would take out 8.5 cents on the dollar for thier valuable "service". But now, you can get your 8.5 cents back if you redeem your coins for Amazon, iTunes (or Cabellas!) gift certificates. It's like free money!

Needless to say, I've already placed my Amazon order and loaded up on books, DS games, Roomba filters, magazine subscriptions and some surprising beverage item (well, maybe not "surprising", depending on how well you know me). Quite a haul (still no Wii, though).

Now is the part where you come in. Guess how much money was in the container -- leave your answers in the comments. The closest guesser wins some wonderful item from today's purchase, delivered to your house by a uniformed representative of the United States federal government!

Special Booby Prize: The person who most closely guesses the number of dimes, wins the couple of 0.50€ pieces that the machine rudely spit back out. (But realize, that's practically $2, making the booby prize probably a much better deal. )

UPDATE! Boy, am I an idiot! Apparently, Coinstar machines are ridiculously easy to hack.

How Many Airplanes?

Hint: It's alot.

PS - Watching the entire east coast wake up at 11:00 Greenwich Time makes me smile. Clearly I'm an unrepentant lover of modernity.

(from digg)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Without Further Comment #12 (June Telephony Edition)

The industrial design [of the iPhone] is brilliant. Apple has created another piece of high-tech jewelry. Some fogies of advancing years have suggested the initial price point of $499 is too high. They fail to understand: The “cool” of owning this phone, particularly for the early adopters, is worth an easy $497, bringing the phone itself down to $2 even.

(Bruce Tognazzini on

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Without Further Comment #11 ("I'm Back, Bitches!" edition)

(served on NYT homepage's Most Popular List 1/13/07 after a 3 month absence)

WOFC Noontime Update #1 (With a Bullet! edition):

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Recently, I was walking through the West Village with my friend, the ECLE, who was having a bit of trouble carrying her belongings:

ECLE: Help! I'm caught up in my latte and bag of NPR CDs!
Me: You are such an East Coast Liberal Elitist.
ECLE: Not true! I haven't had sushi in 2 days!

Although the ECLE was joking (I think...), the stereotypes speak for themselves. There are plenty of folks in this region (and, especially in South Brooklyn) who fit neatly into that box. It's a very comforting box, and I myself am easily wedged into a number of those pegholes (brunch snobbery, latte loving, political relativism, Times quoting, Park Slope apologism, occasionally dressing like I just got off a yacht). However, there is one place I will not go:

I will not subscribe to the New Yorker.

There's something about taking that step that would be the final nail in the coffin. I'd officially and unequivocally be a ECLE. And I can't do it. Something in my Texas roots just won't allow me to go down that road. And it's not that I question the quality of the New Yorker or don't believe that I'd enjoy it. I'm sure I'd love it. (I've certainly enjoyed plenty of books written by New Yorker authors.) No, the problem is the New Yorker is more of a prop than a magazine.

First off, it's simply too dense to absorb at the rate it's published. Everyone loves the articles and stories, but no one reads them all. (And, really, you could just go here for that one really important one.) I mean, does anyone disagree with Nic Cage spewing "sprawling New Yorker shit" time and time again in Adaptation? I know if I started getting it, I'd spend a few moments with my shiny new issue sitting on the john thinking of cartoon captions and then throw it in a pile in my bedroom of things I oughta read. And I suspect that what most everyone else does too.

It's like joining the Flower of the Month club, but for your coffeetable. A gleaming Batsignal to other ECLEs that you are in their virtual Skull and Bones club.


But I subscribe to Wired and Newsweek, so I suppose those (littered around the loo and the bed) define me as much as the New Yorker would anyone else.

But those two are both such broad publications. Maybe I'm trying to not be pegholed. Maybe I'm hoping I'll be seen as having a different tack, one I create myself. There certainly is a mono-culture in New York (especially in the media) and maybe I want to be on the outside looking in. That probably won't happen by simply not subscribing to a magazine.

I know that to my relations in Texas, I must seen like a huge East Coast Liberal Elitist no matter what I do. So, they probably won't be to surprised when I finish off by quoting Marx:

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member (for $47 a year).

Without Further Comment #10 (And whose United States? Edition)

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Because I am the biggest dork in the world, this gives me chills: