Archives for June 2005

Messing with fonts

Yesterday I used FontDoctor to clean up my fonts. I think I checked a few too many options, because today I’m getting screens that look like this: Looks like a blog, doesn’t it? I wonder what it says…. I guess I’ll be testing the quality and reliability of my backups today. [Update: Backups are good! […]

For Typographers Only

If you want to have multiple paragraph bullets with correct left-justify formatting, you have to use a soft return. That means in order to get the correct paragraph spacing the “bullets” style should be set for a “space before” and not a “space after.” Someday I should make a decision matrix of what kinds of […]

Unique Handcrafted Jewelry

As jwz called it: Jewelry From the Barbie Slaughter. Quite amazing.

Entertainment ruminations

World of Warcraft, the “subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game,” by Blizzard Entertainment, now has 2 million subscribers. Each player has purchased the CD-ROM for $49.99. In addition, there are three monthly payment plans: The month-to-month subscription plan costs $14.99 per month, the three-month plan costs $13.99 per month, and the six-month plan costs $12.99 […]

Last Evening’s Activities

Location: Albuquerque Regional Medical Center, which is *not* much like my local DHMC, in many different ways. Diagnosis: Pharyngitis After five weeks, it had to be something. Treatment: Bicillin L-A, 1.2 million units in a 2 cc solution. “Administer by deep, i.m. injection in the upper, outer quadrant of the buttock.” Not enjoyable, trust me. […]

Couldn’t ask for more

The Big Presentation for an Important Client went Very Well today.

Later in life

There’s some sort of bit flipped in my computer. Every time a context-sensitive tool-tip is supposed to pop up, I instead get a tool-tip that says “later in life.” I mean, okay, it’s funny for a while, but then it gets to be weird. And then, even typing this entry, meta-recursive-like, see above. I mean, […]

Small is the new big

Seth Godin: Small is the new big: “Today, Craigslist (18 employees) is the fourth most visited site according to some measures. They are partly owned by eBay (more than 4,000 employees) which hopes to stay in the same league, traffic-wise. They’re certainly not growing nearly as fast. Small means the founder makes a far greater […]

All revved up with no place (worthwhile) to go

Imagine the difference it would make if these people put their energy into the long-term problems of the world (energy, food security, poverty, human rights, corporate malfeasance, and political corruption) instead of the rather simple game of business. Excerpt: “Apparently none of these friends got the word that Silicon Valley’s best days are behind it. […]

Don’t ask, don’t tell

The other day someone said, “I don’t know or care to get into what your politics are, but since I’m not a flaming liberal, I won’t pay to get the New York Times, but I read it online because it doesn’t cost me anything.” Maybe that’s why the Times is going to start charging for […]

Working Weekends

I’m supposed to be working today, perhaps the first sunny Saturday in eight weeks. And, in fact, I am. But the procrastination level is high. How high? Well, I **haven’t** installed any new software (at least _not yet_), but I **am** posting to my weblog (three _four_ times today, so far!) and I **did** try […]

Appropriate Automation

Last night MacFLAC 2.1.2 (OS X) was choking on filenames of this form: dmb2005-06-01.akg483.v3.d1t01.flac I suspected the additional dots in the filename were the problem, and there were 19 files to fix. Should I do it manually? Nah, let’s learn something instead. I fired up the new Apple “Automator” application for the very first time, […]

In Memory of Black Bear (5/05)

Our beloved cat Black Bear died this week after 11 years of joyful, loving cat-ness. She was friendly, smart, happy, wise, and playful right to the last hour of her life. Above, you can see her helping us pack for New Orleans in October 2000. She had a heart condition that finally caused a severe […]