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Sunday morning user generated content

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Suffice it to say, I think the Internet survived without me for the past few days. So here’s a Sunday link post.

-I have discovered that Dunkin Donuts offers shots of espresso. Funnily enough, espresso is not listed under Featured Products under the Dunkin Donuts corporate Web site. Since I’m not a fan of Dunkin Donuts regular coffee (too mellow), I decided to take a try with a double espresso this morning. When I ordered it, the overly busy counter guy (well, it was a Sunday), made a face when I asked for it. From what I could tell, all he did to make it was put in a few espresso pods into the store’s coffee machine, pressed a few buttons and then walked away. He wasn’t “pulling shots” by any means.

The verdict: Not bad at all, I’m adequately caffeinated but I would get it only if I found myself at a Dunkin Donuts. Also, I think the pricing ($1.07 for the first shot, $0.69 for the additional shot) is a little bit more than Starbucks double espresso, but I will check on that.

-Is it wrong to read the NY Times Wedding & Celebrations page for the amusement factor?

-Apparently, the Philly Radiohead shows were sweltering and a “mixed bag”.

-Talking about Philly area shows this summer, these guys have compiled a comprehensive listing — and why oh why are so many of them on week nights?

[tags]Sunday, coffee, donuts, newspaper, music, Philly, Philly music, still annoyed to have missed Radiohead[/tags]

Music Geekery

Monday, May 29th, 2006

One of my accomplishments this weekend was installing an AirPort Express module on my wireless network. Let me tell you, my life has significantly improved because of this development. Now I can listen to music from my PowerBook on my stereo system. To boot, I’ve even snagged an optical cable to connect the AirPort Express to my reciever. Oooh digital music enjoyment - and my neighbors definitely are aware of this development.

I shall note, however, that the initial AirPort Express install wasn’t completely enjoyable, mainly because I hadn’t thought to download the latest and greatest software update before attempting install and I spent a good half an hour messing around with old software. But after grabbing the update, everything went smoothly. For the moment the AirPort Express is set up as a client on my network.

Oh, and I do have one suggestion for the technical writers of the AirPort Express manual - it might be a good idea to note in the instruction book that the unit takes a good couple of minutes to boot up and finally get to a solid green indicator light. One of the frustrating things about the initial install process was the fact I was unsure if the AirPort Express was just taking a long time to boot or if I had not installed it correctly.

To celebrate this newfound musical playback capability, I just had to update my music collection. My latest acquisitions include:

-Death Cab for Cutie: Forbidden Love EP, iTunes Originals - Death Cab for Cutie, You Can Play These Songs With Chords, This Temporary Life from The Future Soundtrack for America

-The Postal Service: Assorted singles from The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - EP and We Will Become Silhouettes - EP

-Dntel: Life Is Full of Possibilities, Your Hill from (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan

-Iron & Wine: The Creek Drank The Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days, The Trapeze Swinger - Single

-Broken Social Scene: Broken Social Scene

-School of Fish: School of Fish

Out of the latest additions, I’m most definitely enjoying the Iron & Wine. Most perfect for a laid back afternoon.

Current music

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Since I’m listening to much more new music with having XM and all, here’s what I’m listening to currently.

For some indie sound via Barsuk Records.

Next up, some of the local music scene with Marah.

Radiohead! In! Philly!

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Radiohead is scheduled to play Philadelphia the beginning of June. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning.

Unfortunately, the Philly venue is small and there’s no presale tickets available.

If I can’t get tickets tomorrow, only if I could convince someone to go to Bonnaroo with me…

[tags]music, Radiohead, Philadelphia, ticketmaster is evil incarnate[/tags]

Update 05/06/06: Tickets? oh hahahahaha. I was on ticketmaster.com at 10 am this morning. I reloaded and watched when the radiohead tickets went from being not on sale yet to being sold to being sold out in less than 10 minutes online.

What ticks me off is that there were tickets on ebay and stubhub.com *PRIOR* to the 10am sale today. How did these morons get tickets to scalp at ridiculous prices? I was seeing tickets anywhere from $200 to a pair of pit tickets at $1700. No, I didn’t misplace the decimal there.

I believe the quote is…

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

“There’s gonna be an opening in the Chevrolet Marketing department pretty soon.”

Just who was the brains behind the idea that the target demographic for a Chevy Tahoe would 1)want to spend loads of cash on a vehicle with poor gas mileage and 2)would enjoy making faux Tahoe commercials online for a contest?

Hint: Chevrolet/GM listening to your customers involves improving your product.

[tags] Marketing, Web Marketing [/tags]

MC Hammer

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Nothing like a little pop culture getting to ya while noting MC Hammer has a blog. How cool is that?

[tags]blogosphere[/tags]

What I’m Listening To

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Meet the Pack Rats

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

From Wired News Meet the Apple pack rats

He’s one of the legions of Macintosh and iPod users for whom the elegance of the user interface begins with the bold graphics and sleek texture of the box the new machine comes in. It’s in the smell and the way the box logically reveals each new component just as the user needs it. And, like the famously long-lived Apple Computer products they carry, these aesthetic outer wrappings have a habit of sticking around.

“I can’t imagine throwing them away,” he said. “It’s more than a record of a serial number; it’s a record of a good event that happened in my life.”

“A true Mac geek takes pictures,” Harne said. “The more artsy, the more points.”

Legions of Mac users take pictures. Apple users have a particular fascination with online photo galleries of other users unwrapping the latest company products, often with a smiling model performing the geek striptease one USB cable at a time.

As if I should be pointing fingers…

joy's powerbook september 2003

You know you’re in a football crazy town when…

Sunday, October 24th, 2004

1) People won’t call you back until AFTER the game is over.

2) You go to a house of worship and you see people, lots of people, wearing team jerseys, sweatshirts, etc… and it’s not even close to the superbowl yet.

CREED Good Riddance

Friday, June 4th, 2004

From the Philly.com celeb blog comes word that power chord lovin’, psuedo Christian, schlock rock group Creed will be breaking up.

Oh darn. I’m so upset.