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Archive for November, 2004

Thanksgiving with the Fam

So Thursday was Thanksgiving. My sister and her husband (now about 18 months in) arrived just before 1 pm, and we sat around (with Carey) until 3 when we took off for my parents' house. The food, which was to have been ready at "3:30 or 4," was not actually ready until five, so we […]

QotD: Thin Walls

Question: What's the strangest thing you've ever heard a neighbor doing? My Answer: My neighbor in Florida seemingly once tried - I emphasize tried - to sing opera. He was a 60-year old, beer-belly, balding white dude. You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your […]

QotD: Survivor

Question: How well would you do on Survivor? My Answer: I'd either last quite awhile or I'd leave very quickly - I don't think I'd be a piece player at all. I would have a tremendous problem eating what they eat for 39 days, though. And half of the rewards wouldn't help either - coffee? […]

Consider a Cocoa application I'll call "EggLoop." EggLoop sounds an NSBeep(); every x seconds, where x is set by the user in the application with a slider (from 1 to 999). This is easily done with a repeating NSTimer. Every x seconds, the NSTimer signals a "beep now" method and resets itself. Imagine that the […]

QotD: Board Games

Question: What's your favorite board game (things like Pictionary count). My Answer: Trivial Pursuit - but I'm a fan of silly trivia. I like Pictionary quite a bit, but it's tough to find a fair match. I think Carey and I will give my parents and my sister and her husband a good run, though. […]

Preview – Two Pages

It sure would be nice if Preview could be set to display facing pages. Or just two pages, side by side. I regularly zoom to 130% - that fits a full page, with the toolbar (icons + text) on the height of my 23" display, but it leaves plenty of room. Hitting page down every […]

Free Music

This is the first free iTunes song I think I actually like: Erik is listening to "Breathe (2AM)" by Anna Nalick from the album "Breathe (2AM) - Single" (2004). Erik has rated this song 4.0 stars and has never played this song to completion before. Here's a link (affiliate-free) to it. It's free this week, […]

‘How Did You Propose?’

I continue to get questions like "is there a date set?" and "how did you propose?" and "did you book a band yet?" These questions come from friends who should know better. While I appreciate that they're asking, I don't appreciate that they've failed to remember things I told them only a month ago. So, […]

Ads in Feeds

Question: How do you think advertising will affect your use of syndicated content? My Answer: Jeremy offers up his opinion - and I hope that advertisers implement his suggestions. I don't believe they will, though. As I scan my subscriptions list, I find that only about 5% of my feeds are maintained by more than […]

iSight Surveillance

Someone sent me this. If you have thoughts, leave a comment: Erik, do you think I could use a G5, hook it up to the internet, get some software, iChat, iSight cameras, etc. and set up as a video surveillance and security system in my warehouse in [some city]? Personally I think that it may […]

Apple Blogs

Are there more Apple blogs to come? While I was an "Apple blogger," I was threatened with being fired if I didn't cease to comment on any and all things relating to Apple, despite the fact that I also develop software for Mac OS X and never (well, not really) divulged on my blog that […]

Wedding Bands

I went to Bedford yesterday to do three things: accompany my mom, visit my grandmother, and stop in to see my uncle. My uncle is a jeweler, and so my reasons for seeing him were quite obvious. Carey and I had previously both visited my uncle, but this time I was going alone. I managed […]

QotD: Car Tunes

Question: What do you listen to in the car? My Answer: My iPod. Occasionally a CD… but almost never the radio. You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Steelers 19, Bengals 14 gets it wrong with this: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played like a rookie, so the 32-year-old running back and the old-style defense bailed him out in Pittsburgh's eighth straight win. Carson Palmer played like a rookie - throwing into triple coverage and accepting a safety late in the game. Ben Roethlisberger, who turned the ball […]

QotD: Persuasion

Question: Given that online petitions have what seems to be a 100% failure rate, has the Internet performed in a lackluster fashion in informing or persuading masses of people, and effecting change on the intended targets? My Answer: In cases, it has been a failure. Petitions have a huge failure rate (I'm guessing it's near […]