June 12th, 2005

I’m sorry about the cruddy quality of the photo…but does anyone know the origin of the rockpile that is found at the Villanova/St. Davids exit of I-476 (Blue Route).
I pass by this thing and I wonder how it got there. (Photo from southbound lane.)

NY Times does the Brandywine Valley

June 11th, 2005

In case you were wondering about the area where I live…The NY Times 36 Hour Getaways section covers the Brandywine Valley.

I drive by Buckley’s and Winterthur every day on my way to work. And my daughter and I have gone tubing on the Brandywine with Wilderness Canoe Trips, which was an awesome, highly recommended experience (we’re doing it again this summer.) And surprisingly enough, the author made Kennett Square sound like a quaint vacation getaway, which is no small feat.

I owe

June 7th, 2005

some engineers at google a big wet sloppy kiss (or a few of them). Related to work, but still….

United American Indians

June 5th, 2005

dual display

May 31st, 2005

Over the long weekend I purchased a Sony SDM-HS75 external display for my super cool geek setup at home (i.e. I’ll be bringing home the work laptop much more often now).

Since I use a 19″ Sony SDM display at work, I figured the easiest thing to do would be to see if there was a similar Sony model on display at the local electronics retailer. So, this is how I picked up the Sony.

The good things about the monitor…setup was dead simple and since my work laptop already is configured for dual display goodness, I was able to just plug and play.

One unfortunate consequence is that I went through a bit of troubleshooting to figure out why the PowerBook wasn’t able to show an image on the Sony screen. I could see that the monitor was detected and all, but no image…until I found out that PowerBooks can only use external monitors with the lid closed.

No extended OS X desktop for me.

man, woman and love

May 31st, 2005

From the NY Times, Watching New Love As It Sears The Brain

When I was in college about 10 years ago, I was lucky enough to take an anthropology class with Dr. Fisher, one of the authors of the study discussed in the article. Suffice it to say, she was one of the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic professors I’ve ever had at Rutgers.

e-commerce schadenfreude

May 28th, 2005

Passing by the Barnes & Noble fulfillment center in New Jersey always makes me giggle…in that e-commerce schadenfreude kind of way…

Barnes & Noble can't fix their sign

contest: What song should I download?

May 23rd, 2005

I’m looking at my extremely messy desk right now and I have a free iTunes bottle cap. Since I managed to OD on Beck’s Guero this past weekend (oh, good memories associated with it), I have the extremely pressing question of What new music I should download?

I can’t give the winner much, but I’m sure the bragging rights will be enough…

Oh, whoopsy…I seem to have missed the April 30th redemption deadline… Ok, well if the song is that good, I’ll spend the 99 cents on it.


May 22nd, 2005

This is what the NJ Turnpike looked like going southbound at about 4pm today around exit 7….check out the northbound lanes…

This traffic was not caused by an accident or weather…it was simply because there were too many people on the road. And yes, the backups occurred in both directions and I managed to hit it both ways…so my usual 4 hour drive was extended to 5.5 hours. Fun.

tidbits from my logs…

May 22nd, 2005

Looking at my site logs recently, I’ve found that most of my readers on Windows are actually using the most recent version (1.0.4) of Firefox. To be honest, I’m extremely surprised to see that folks are staying updated - especially since the updates are manual. Again, this could be because most of you who are reading this could be classified as tech savvy.

An interesting WAP User Agent from my logs…

LGE/U8150/1.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.0

Here are the tech specs of the phone and the phone’s browser

In real life

May 22nd, 2005

sometimes people ask me how to get a mention on my blog.

I suspect an evening with Mexican food, continuing on to an Irish pub with plenty of people watching and live music would be a good start.

My PowerBook Battery

May 21st, 2005

PROMPT% ioreg -l -w 0 | grep Capacity

| | | “IOBatteryInfo” = ({”Capacity”=2520,”Amperage”=0,”Cycle Count”=117,”Current”=2387,”Voltage”=12332,”Flags”=1090519045,”AbsoluteMaxCapacity”=4200})

| | | | “IOBatteryInfo” = ({”Capacity”=2520,”Amperage”=0,”Cycle Count”=117,”Current”=2387,”Voltage”=12332,”Flags”=1090519045,”AbsoluteMaxCapacity”=4200})

My battery has always been a little sucky in terms of capacity, so I was kinda sorta hoping that I’d be eligible for the battery recall, but alas, I’m not…If I go on battery with Airport enabled, I get about an hour and a half of good use.

Apple Battery Information