Archive for November, 2009

boom tomorrow

Beloved girlfriend would appear to be in early- to mid-stage labor.  (7-minute-interval contractions for the last few hours.)  All signs point to baby sometime on the 30th.

You have somewhere between 12 and 24 hours to reach minimum safe distance.

ask dr. lazyweb: raw workflow software

Dear friends who are better versed in such things than I:

Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture?

For context: I have been shooting with a DSLR in jpg mode for about 1.5 years now.  Mostly I’m looking for something that will let me (a) process a ton of photos quickly and painlessly and then upload them to flickr, and (b) let me quickly correct basic stuff like white balance problems.  The primary machine for this will be a 2006 Mac Pro.

Yes, I am inviting a modern-day emacs-vs-vi flamewar.  Fire away.

how you can tell that amazon put IMDB on autopilot a decade ago

And while I’m snarking about Fortune 500 companies unable to pull their style out of 1997, allow me to quickly demonstrate that Amazon hasn’t paid anyone to look at IMDB in many, many years:

Daddy, what’s a newsgroup?”  “Well son, it’s better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t done.  And if you see your mom…”

why it’s good to regularly audit your boilerplate

I was going to cook up a nice long stemwinder about my misadventures on American Airlines this weekend, and about how I really should have learned by now that any money “saved” by not flying JetBlue, Virgin or Southwest is a false economy, but nevermind all that; the intertubes are clogged with angry airplane consumer stories, and will only get moreso as the dread holiday season comes upon us.

Instead, I’m going to reprint a single sentence from AA’s online check-in confirmation email.  Pay close attention:

“There are Adobe Reader versions for MS Windows, MS Windows NT, OS/2, Macintosh, and Unix platforms.”

American Airlines: boldly supporting 1997’s state of the art… in 2009.

(For the curious or confused: The products known as “Windows 2000”, “Windows XP”, “Windows Vista” and “Windows 7” are all lineal descendants of Windows NT, which was Microsoft’s next-generation OS product from 1993.  There hasn’t been a version of Windows that was not based on NT since the death of “Windows ME” in 2001.  “OS/2” was a competitor to Windows NT that was marketed by IBM in the mid-90s: you haven’t heard of it because it was bought by, statistically speaking, nobody.)

bleed for art

Side 1: Manifesto

Everything you’ve done, everything you’ve seen, everything you’ve become, remains.  You never can go back, only forward.” 
(—Michael Marshall Smith, “Only Forward”)

Side 2: Reminder

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.
(—E.M. Forster, “Howard’s End”)

Actually, there is only one side.

(Tattoos by Tex, font by Paul Renner.)