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Friday, April 29, 2005

School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon

HAHAHAHAHA. via AP and ABC News:

A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.

Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High.

The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.

Marshall Junior High principal was later quoted as saying, "Burritos are no laughing matter, even when giant." I'm glad at least someone is taking this seriously.

PowerBook Gets Clutter(ed)

For anyone who doesn't know, there's an awesome program for Mac OSX called Clutter. Instead of the boring, black & white, standard alphabetical list you get in iTunes, it literally clutters your desktop with album art. For a lover of both art and music, especially simultaneously, this is tres cool. And with a flick of a key combo, it disappears from my desktop just like that. And with the power of Quicksilver, it comes back all fast again. <3

Clutter(ed) Desktop

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Sandstorms in Iraq

I was hanging out online today when I really should have been working, but the upside is that my dad sent me a whole stream of pictures of sandstorms in Iraq via Gmail. I posted two to Flickr.

But here they are for your viewing pleasure:

From a road. MOASS (not sure what that means).

Al Asad. Air Base.


So today I was browsing for apps for my brand-spanking-new PowerBook, and I came across something I definitely was not expecting to find. It's called Celestia. It's a 3D free space simulation that offers exponential zoom and a seamless interface. It is available for OSX, Windows, and Linux.

It sort of reminds me of the old Microsoft Space Simulator "game," but without the game elements.

Included features are downloadable add-ons, as well as the ability to make your own add-ons. Of course this got me thinking - what's the first thing that comes to mind of any geek? - what about Star Wars?

Sure enough, there are some Star Wars add-ons included.

(Also, for space buffs, there's plenty of other galaxies, asteroids, planetary systems, etc. included. First download for me is Andromeda.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Apple Store

I'm in the Apple store right now. I'm waiting for them to finish installing a 512MB SO-DIMM to up the RAM to 1 gig. Hopefully they'll be ready with this ASAP.

God damn, I can't wait to get home.

I am, most certainly, the proud new owner of a PowerBook. Go me.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Post Secret

So my friend IMed me yesterday, a girl I've never met who lives in Massachusetts, and told me that there's this site called Post Secret. She said it seemed like a pretty good idea. I checked it out, and what do you know? It is pretty cool.

Apparently a lot of people know about it. My friend at American said that someone in her Mass Comm. class wrote a paper on the site.

The strange thing is, the posters live three minutes away from me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Google goes RSS

As Slashdot is reporting, Google seems to be going the way of RSS within Gmail. While this is great for people that would like this (including me), some worry about the advertising problems that RSS could entail.

But rather than making advertising more of a hassle, it could possibly make advertising/subscription-free sites a lot better. As a personal lover of the New Yorker magazine, I wish they'd have started going with RSS feeds a long time ago. Add to that the possibility of having an entire online-only ad free user base, who can even get more New Yorker style material, and you'd have quite a few interested buyers, poor college students like me included.

I think RSS means many good things to come for the internet. Those who don't go the way of RSS should be outcasts, the dark fringes of an otherwise clean internet. Who says capitalism has to be a bad thing?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

An addict

I've become addicted to Slashdot, and Sage, and Firefox.

Anyone have any opinions on Google AdSense? I know nobody comes here in the first place, but it seems like a relatively okay idea. Then again, maybe not.

I'll post more later. For now I'm happy with the new slightly changed look of the blog, and I must be headed off to bed. Probably another loooong day at work tomorrow being a monkey. Boing Boing told me that chimps smoke. Maybe I should take up the habit.

Monday, April 18, 2005


I've joined the craze. I am now a Flickr Pro.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

A Freshman...again

It's unofficial. I'm going to be a freshman - again - and hopefully at American University. Freshman Day was yesterday, and I'm quite happy to say that I met a great many cool people. Got some s/n's, chatted it up, and just had a general good time. Student panel was the most honest thing I've ever seen (with some fake ID advice included).

Also, I met the new head of Multimedia, a subject I would've thought I'd never be interested in at just first glance at the name. The guy's Randall Packer, and he seems to be generally into the same things as me. Lots of talk about Joi Ito, Steve Mann, and the like. Too bad we never got around to discussing transhumanism. Then again, I probably would've had a heart attack on the spot. Oh well. I could use a Pacemaker anyway. Then I can finally join my brothers, like Dick Cheney, who are already part of the borg.

Other than that, they just better be giving me some good moneys. I'm excited.

In fact, I got so excited that I went out and bought (or had my mom buy) The Outlaw Bible of American Literature. It features such literary greats as Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, Sylvia Plath, Jack Black, DMX, and Tupac. r0x0rs.

Tiger love

Before I post anything else, I love Drawn! for bringing this to my attention.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.

Composed of three hardcover, four-color volumes in a sturdy slipcase, this
edition will include all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that ever appeared in

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Go shawty?

Tomorrow I turn 19. I am so ashamed right now.

Monday, April 04, 2005

DJ Collab?

Yo, I just talked to this dee-jay who lives downstairs, showed him my site and all of that. He's into digital video and stuff, and it looks like we may possibly do some work together.

I'm excited. Are you excited? I am.

I think I might show him Ghostmilk and Convert the Wack via Dubelyoo, you know, show him where my interests lie.

I got fooled

Thanks much, Zach. At least your stupid April fool's joke made me make a new website.

April 2nd: If It Was Cool To Be A Fool
Don't worry gang, there is no plans for a "Garden State" sequel! If you believe the story posted yesterday then you were fooled on the foolish day of the year, April Fools Day. If you got fooled, don't take it hard, we even fooled a contact we have within Fox Searchlight that wanted to know more and why FOX hadn't been informed on a sequel.
Of course, now I'm left to wonder what the boy will do next.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Brand new site layout

I'm happy to announce that I got a brand new site layout up. After realizing that Zach Braff had just announced a sequel to Garden State I figured that it was time to get off my ass and accomplish something or other in life.


One whole hour was just randomly lost due to daylight's savings. Kinda trippy.