Friday, November 28, 2008

Here I Am: Bed Bath and Beyond

I am at,+-77.366087
20% off everything

Here I Am: Fair Oaks Mall

I am at,+-77.356705
Yes, we are braving a mall today, and we're actually buying gifts for
other people (and one for me).

Here I Am: Staples in Cascades

I am at,+-77.396665
Picking up a backup battery power block. Fun.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Best Black Friday deal I've seen

Three 4 GB Extreme III SD or CF cards for $60 minus $60 mail-in
rebate. Great add-on to any camera gifts.

Here I Am: Clyde's in Ashburn

Enjoying Thanksgiving brunch at a fancy restaurant today. Happy

I am at,+-77.516270

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Interesting 3D Controller

My preoccupation with alternate input devices has led me to the SpaceNavigator, a knob controller for navigating 3D environments. Very interesting. I may have to include this on the gift list.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Entire Firefly series on my iPhone

Finally got around to converting my Firefly DVD set to iPhone format.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Possibly the perfect poundcake

Tanya came back from the Dutch market with a cream cheese poundcake. Way too stuffed after today's seitan feast to try it now, but a full analysis will be Scribbled. Update: analysis has been Scribbled.

That's good-smelling cheese

Smoked horseradish cheddar... Mmm...

Ending a Susan-free day

Just occurred to me my day was "Susan-free". Nothing to celebrate, just conspicuous. However, I did enjoy a banquet of seitan, stuffing, and various pies today, but that's pure coincidence. Really. :)

Letterman proves me wrong

When I called David Letterman the least forgiving man on television, I was right. Turns out I was so right that he's proved me wrong. I predicted he'd let go of his feud with John McCain (who canceled on him and lied about the reason) after McCain lost the election, but he hasn't, as evidenced by his phone call with Katie Couric last night. Lesson: don't betray Dave unless you want to hear about it every week. Canned hams for everyone!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dell XT who?

From Christopher Null: The Working Guy: "...predicting that Apple would be adapting its multi-touch technology for a tablet PC, the first laptop with a multi-touch screen is actually coming out from a quite different company: Hewlett-Packard." -- Interesting how "The Working Guy" seems unaware that Dell already released a multi-touch notebook with their XT. But it's a forgiveable oversight given its exorbitant price and recall-worthy problems.

HP brings sexyback to tablets

Just when I was starting to lament the lack of hot new Tablet PCs, HP announces the TouchSmart tx2 with capacitive multi-touch + active digitizer pen input. This may be the one to watch in 2009. Will spill some ink about it tonight.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Make a CRT monitor more useful

Attach sticky note pads to the side to make it a dispenser/monitor.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Homer in a twist

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stress, eye strain, and bad food

Still recovering from a bad weekend that hit my system hard. Plus my entire Comcast service has been out. Hope to be back up and running soon.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

In case you were worried whether President-Elect Obama can deliver on his promises, he's posted his agenda online at so you can keep track. A politician who provides a tool that aids accountability. That's change I can believe in.


Here I Am: about to get my tooth pulled

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Barack Obama roundup

In case you're itching to read my previous thoughts on new President-Elect Barack Obama, check out these quick searches on Scribbles and Rambles.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election morning was great

Election morning has been great. I voted on a touchscreen machine, thus supporting both my candidate and preferred voting medium. I got a free cup of coffee from Starbucks. Attended a staff meeting at work where I got two shout-outs and a bagel with cream cheese (the two events are not related). And I scheduled a tooth removal for Thursday (upper right wisdom tooth really getting in my way now). Awesome.

Paper or digital

At my polling place, the standard voting system is paper, which is then read by an electronic reader, but touchscreen voting stations were also available. As a pen and touch input computer enthusiast, I, of course, opted for touchscreen. Who I vote for is important, but I also care about how I vote.

51 minute wait, totally worth it

Here I Am: Vote!

I am at,+-77.371752 Just performed my civic duty at Dogwood Elementary School. Chose to go electronic over paper (no surprise there). Seemed like a long wait to check off four items, but I believe it was worth it.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Here I Am: Plow & Hearth

I am at,+-78.315160

Back in "real" Virginia again, stopping at P&H before crossing the