Wednesday, August 31, 2005

OK Lost fans...

Last week it was the airline's website.

This week, oceanicflight815.com...

Hey Cole, let me know what you find.

Drowning New Orleans

Scientific American has brought a 2001 article out of the archives. Even though it was written almost 4 years ago, it's a great background on New Orleans that speaks to the damage a major hurricane could cause.

Damage that seems all too familiar now.

Make sure you check out the infographics too:

Sinking out of sight

Sinking out of sight (2)
A worst-case scenario

Black is white...

Despite previous reports to the contrary, cell phones don't cause cancer, and cranberry juice is bad for your kidneys.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Food Network returns to Nashville

The good news: Food Network is going to be in town tomorrow, sharing the Farmer's Market with the world.

The bad news: It's for this show, which doesn't fall anywhere near my list of favorites.

sigh...

The "oh - that's a little better" news: Chef Harry is hosting the segment.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Ow!


This sign was originally on a glass door. It would most definitely be helpful around my house... on my door frames, bed posts, coffeetable, entertainment center, piano, chairs...

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Oceanic Airlines

Hey Lost watchers - anyone else see this yet?

There are two messages "hidden" on the home page that I'm trying to figure out...
I survived a horrific plane crash and am stranded on an island somewhere Northeast of Australia and Southwest of Hawaii. In the event that I am never found, please forward word of my fate to my parents.

and
If anyone should find this message, please get word I'm alive and stranded on an island somewhere in the South Pacific. Please send help soon. Things are bad. And they're getting worse...

Sally

Who the heck is Sally???

Thursday, August 25, 2005

No!

Advertisers Poised to Pounce on Google Talk

Remember when pop-up wasn't a bad word?

Lots of patterns to make your own pop-ups. And you have almost 9 months to create the perfect birthday card...

Coincidence? I don't think so.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Gmail Talk

In case you haven't heard by now, Google has launched the beta of their instant messaging/internet phone product, Google Talk. You need a Gmail account, which you can get yourself if you have a mobile phone with SMS, or I can invite you.

My favorite feature? Well, since there aren't many to choose from, that's easy. You can enter a custom message for both "away" or "available" states. So, if I'm available, but I'm pretty busy, I can post a message that I'm "stressed" or "busy" or if I would welcome an interruption, I can let you know:

Monday, August 22, 2005

Conundrum

So how does one throw away a trash can?

I tried the "put a note on it telling the trash men to take it away" plan and it didn't work. Maybe I need to write it in Spanish???

Friday, August 19, 2005

No, no, no no nonononono!!! Oh, OK.

Pardon me while I throw a temper tantrum.

There are certain things that are just tradition.

Turkey on Thanksgiving.

Fireworks on 4th of July.

Candles on a birthday cake.

And no names on the backs of the jerseys of the IU basketball team.

Thankfully, all of these are intact.

But I saw this headline and lost it: With names on their backs, Hoosiers will be recognizable.

And I never even bothered to click through before I threw my tantrum. Now, don't I feel silly?

No. Just incredibly relieved.

Sorry, I tend to forget they have a football team.

No comment

I was part of a lunch meeting yesterday, where the topic shifted to blogs and comment spam. I made the bold statement that I have never been victim to comment spam.

Then, a few hours later, I got three.

I deleted them, but since Blogger emails all of my comments, I can still access them - I've removed links, but here they are:
Intelliseek Again Will Monitor Consumer 'Buzz' for 2006 Super Bowl Ads
The National Football League's preseason activities are focused on the field, but advertisers are already beginning to make decisions about whether to buy multi-million-dollar 2006 Super Bowl ads.
Women's Shoes :: for the hippest in LA underground womens shoes

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It was a pleasure visiting your Blog. It's nice .
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I have no idea what the hippest women's shoes have to do with the NFL, and I appreciate someone (even if it was a spambot or two) leaving a compliment, but I think we have enough comment weirdness around here without having to filter through this junk.

So this morning I see Blogger has added a word verification feature for comments. Since they obviously added this feature for me, I activated it. Thanks Blogger. :)

Oh, and if you really want to see the cartoon animals, let me know - I'll email you the URL.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Auto-door

It doesn't matter how cool this door is. I GUARANTEE I would find a way to bump into it.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Red, red wine...

Last fall, Food Network aired a great primer on wines, John Cleese's Wine for the Confused. For those of you who missed it (and for the reporter who emailed me months later to ask if I still had it saved on my TiVo), great news! Get your own copy and host a wine tasting of your own.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Hey geeks...

There's a poll over at lifehacker about what interests you us.

Blogs in the news...

From CNN.com - an interview with Six Apart's Mena Trott on the impact and future of the Internet.
CNN: How do you think blogging will evolve? What's next?

TROTT:
We need to get mainstream users blogging. They're very put off, I think, when we do focus groups. The words we hear are "egotistical," "too much free time," "people in their bathrobes ranting." But there's so much more about blogging.

I don't fit any of those personas -- well, maybe egotistical. I started my blog because I wanted to write humorous stories about my life. And I think most people have the ability to do that. And once they get over the fear that everyone's going to read it or it's going to get you fired, ... when they hear about blogs, it's always about someone getting fired. When people get fired, it's not because they keep a blog, it's because they have no judgment.

That sort of thing puts people off. What we need to do is get people informed and make it as easy to use as e-mail. I hope it doesn't take 10 years to get that way with blogging.

That's what the Internet is to me. It has given me a voice that I had never imagined. ... There's a power you can harness if you know how to use a medium.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Seven Band Names...

...That Would Be Impossible to Book.

From McSweeney's

On the contrary, how about "Free Beer" or "No Cover"?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Call me Cocoa

When I was a young girl, our family poodle used to see his reflection in a mirror and get so excited that there was a little dog on the other side for him to play with.

Much like the delight I just experienced when I hit "send" after composing an email message in Gmail and saw I had a new email message...

...that I had just sent myself.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Vacation flashback...

Two weeks ago RIGHT NOW, I was on my way to Key West. Those of you who know me (and those of you who have been stopping by here for any length of time) are aware I'm not good in cars and may be surprised to hear how much I enjoyed the drive from Miami. Of course, I think the view had something to do with that...



After a quick drive-by tour of the island, we checked in at our hotel. We had no idea what to expect, as our requirements when we booked the room online were "close to Duval Street" and "not $300 a night". Let me say this: we got lucky. See that door just to the right of center in that picture? That's our room. The cafe is to the left, and what you can't see on the right is the poolside bar, complete with Ernest Hemingway, ready to deliver a cold beverage (we hadn't realized we were there during Hemingway Days, and would be seeing quite a few look-alike contest competitors).

Everything we wanted to do was within walking distance, including the sunset celebration, Duval Street, and the southernmost point. We were also next door to the Lighthouse Museum and directly across the street from Hemingway's house.

The return trip hasn't been scheduled yet, but since Southwest will be flying into Fort Myers soon, I think it might be fun to take the ferry...

Monday, August 01, 2005

Dinner and movie

If you're a fan of a good cheeseburger and don't mind making a bit of a drive (in) to get it, have I got the deal for you.

First of all, by "good" I mean one that competes with the likes of Brown's, Rotier's, Fat Mo's, or Bobbie's.

I had the pleasure of going to Dickson's Broadway Drive-In this weekend and it's an experience I highly recommend. Admission is just $4 for adults, $2 for children and they grilled the best burgers I've had in a long time. And by all means, stay for the movie.

The Goldfish Hearing Aid

Apparently, TiVo-induced ADD is enough of a problem to warrant a solution...