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Element vs. Aztek

orange_element.jpgI'm considering getting a Honda Element to replace my 2001 Aztek. The main factor: I could probably get my car payments down to 2/3 the current cost. Honda seems to have a good reputation for building solid, dependable cars, so that's a good thing too (I've had no troubles with Pontiacs in the past, nor has my family).

You see, I got my Aztek shortly after graduating from college, moving 1250 miles from where I grew up, and after doing a few years of work that wasn't taxed (W-2 work, not W-4). I got it just before 9/11, so I got absolutely raped on the interest rate.

I love my Aztek, but at what I'm paying per month, I should have two cars! So if the ride is smooth, if the space inside is nice, and if the numbers work out, I may have a new car as soon as Monday. I guess we'll just have to wait and see…

QotD: Cars

Question: What's the best car ever?

My Answer: I'm not much of a car guy, so I'll stick with the egotistical answer: whichever one I own at that given moment. Of course it's the best - I bought it! :-) But really, hmmmm… '67 Mustang? Perhaps.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

QotD: Blood

Question: If you had to describe your worst experience with blood, what would it be?

My Answer: I once split my head open (at my sister's third birthday party) on the cement corner of my grandparents' garage. I tripped on my (too-long) Donkey Kong shoelaces and BAM!!! The blood began pouring. It was only a flesh wound… I think.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

QotD: Reincarnation

Question: If you were to be reincarnated as someone you know, who would it be?

My Answer: I have no idea. If I could take the knowledge I know now with me, I'd be reincarnated as one of my many very attractive female friends. Knowing how easy it is to manipulate men would serve me well. :-)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Advanced Cocoa

Aaron's written a new book, Core Mac OS X And Unix Programming (subtitled "Master Darwin and the Core Technologies"). I snagged a copy and am going to have a look at it in the next few days and weeks. This weekend especially.

Besides, maybe I can snag a few ideas…

UT 2003 – Kinda

Unreal Tournament 2003 is out now, and I picked up my copy today. There's already a bug fix… for the installer! Some QA they have going on there, eh? What's worse is that it took me fifteen tries or so to get the installer to run at all, because my installer was crashing just after the EULA (the first screen to appear) popped up! The CD Key is the next screen.

At this rate, the install is going to take a year and a half. By that time the PC version of Unreal Tournament 2005 will be out.

QotD: Hard Positions

Question: If you had to name the hardest position to play in sports, what would you say it is?

My Answer: I think the people moving the brooms on a curling team have it pretty rough! Okay, I was joking. I've played several sports, and the toughest sport is golf, by far, but that's not a "position" sport. So I'm going to go with "pitcher." Hitters are incredible, the strike zone is constantly shrinking, and the bats are being corked (sorry, Sammy). Being a pitcher is nearly as close to being a participant in an individual sport as you can find in team sports.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

FTPeel PB 2 Out

ftpeelicon.gifAs promised, FTPeel Public Beta 2 is now available. A big change list is available. Features to come before release (in a month or so) include:

  • "Edit in BBEdit" functionality.
  • More AppleScripting.
  • Instant toggling between column/list views.
  • A lot more…

SFTP will be pushed back until a 1.1 release, most likely. Sorry. :-(

Segways

I don't think it sucks, but I would only pay $1,000 for a Segway. I have absolutely no use or need for one. I walk to a few places - and would continue to walk to them if I had a Segway. It'd be nothing more than an expensive toy. I can't use it at work, I can't use it at home. I'd ride around the parking lot a little on sunny days and that's it.

In fact, I think the Segway appeals to very few people. Very few people have the space - or the $5,000 - for a Segway in their life. We drive long distances, and lazy people drive short distances. The Segway won't change that. There are no Segway parking spaces (nobody would leave it outside, and carrying it inside is a task in and of itself). It doesn't have much storage - my scooter is better equipped for trips to the grocery store.

I think it's nifty - and again I'd pay up to $1,000 for the toy - but that's all it is to me at this point. Nick - got a counterpoint?

FTPeel Public Beta 2

ftpeelicon.gifFTPeel Public Beta 2 is coming real soon now. A quick list of some of the bigger fixes and updates:

  • Some crashing bugs fixed. Some memory conserved (not leaked), etc.
  • MagicMirror greatly improved (and now recursive as it should have been in the first verison).
  • Directories can now be deleted.
  • Usernames with "non-token" URL characters (like @, /, space, *, etc.) now work. We had to work around a lame bug in the Omni Frameworks to get this one going.
  • Column view dramatically improved.
  • Full unicode support.
  • Actions are now cancellable (if things take too long, etc.)

Look for FTPeel Public Beta 2 in the next few days.

QotD: Favorite State

Question: What is your favorite state?

My Answer: Bliss. :-)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Austin on TV

The first Austin Powers movie is on TV, and I caught it at the point when Vanessa (Liz Hurley) is talking to her mother on the phone. Part of the scene requires Vanessa to move her arm, a magnifying glass, a tea kettle, etc. just so to hide the Powers Penis. The "biting the sausage" part was eliminated.

In the next scene, Austin said "I never forget a kitty… cat." The original line is of course that he never forgets a pussy… cat.

I hate when movies are edited for TV. Parts are edited like above, it's 4:3 ratio, and there are commercials. Ugh. This is why I have DVDs.

Soundtrack

soundtrack_icon.gifI got my copy of Final Cut Pro 4 yesterday when I returned from California. I've installed it, but haven't launched it yet. I have, however, launched Soundtrack, an app a friend of mine is working on as an intern with Apple this summer.

I've played with it only a little, but so far I must say that Soundtrack is worth the $499 (upgrade price) alone! With a bunch of sound loops, and a fairly intuitive (yet powerful) UI, Soundtrack had me creating professional (well, close) sound tracks in no time. Game developers may want to pick up Soundtrack - it may be an inexpensive way to create scores for their games. And hey, then they'd have Final Cut Pro 4 to play with as well!

If I ever write a sound track worth publishing, I'll do just that.

QotD: Success

Question: If you were to be successful in another profession, what would you want to do?

My Answer: Play on the PGA tour. Which reminds me: the U.S. Open is on, and I've got my TiVo recording it. If I start watching soon, I should be able to skip the commercials and finish up at about the right time…

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

I’m Polish

If you can't laugh at yourself, then you're going to have a long, unhappy life. I'm Polish, and these kinds of jokes are still very funny.

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