New Nasal Cleansing Treatment

November 28, 2004 at 7:55 pm | Posted in General | 1 Comment

Over Thanksgiving weekend, my brother was excited about solving his nasal problems through the use of a Neti pot. This is an ancient procedure based on yoga principles designed to cleanse the nasal/sinus passages; it has achieved modern form via the SinuCleanse system available nationwide at Walgreens. It also was a conincidence that this treatment was also blogged by Payam today. I may have to try it out myself; I sometimes have stuffed nasal passages during the winter time and this treatment doesn’t use drugs that may have side effects.

Ken Jennings is Human

November 28, 2004 at 10:11 am | Posted in Fun Indoors | 6 Comments

This Tuesday, the amazing run of Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings finally comes to an end. Jason Kottke’s entry has audio of the Final Jeopardy question and Ken’s surprising (wrong) answer. He must have been thinking of his Christmas purchases.

Thanksgiving Blogging

November 25, 2004 at 10:25 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

You may notice the slight change in format – I have moved my blog from MovableType to WordPress. It took a bit of work migrating the files over and there’s more to do, but I think I’ve gotten the basics across, especially figuring out a way to convert the MT permalinks to WP.

I like the WP architecture since everything is dynamically generated, which is no problem for a low-bandwidth site. I also like the posting tools and the ability to email my posts. Most importantly, WP has better anti-spam technology: comment moderation, posting passwords, and keyword/link filtering. Finally, I never have to rebuild my site again.

Time to get back to making food to be eaten over the next couple of days.

Bathroom Humor

November 18, 2004 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated) | Leave a comment

Someone created the eternal bathroom stall occupier. The downloadable MP3s on that page are very authentic 🙂

iMix Abuse

November 18, 2004 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Rants | Leave a comment

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should do it to excess. Case in point – users can publish their favorite tracks as iMixes on the iTunes Music Store. However, some iMixes are way over the top. Publishing an iMix of over 200 songs is not very useful; I could just do a search or use iTunes’ built-in associations/recommendations. iMixes should reflect one’s taste and restraint in picking the best songs and sequence.

The Reagan Years

November 16, 2004 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | 4 Comments


Driving home last Saturday from another shooting session, I relived a bit of my youth at The Reagan Years Arcade in Fullerton on the southeast corner of Commonwealth and Harbor. 25 cents was a lot during those years, but this time I had no problem plunking down two dollars to play classics like RoadBlasters, Moon Patrol, and Kung Fu Master. The $1 Silent Scope game was just there to make you feel better about playing the older games for a quarter. It was sad though – the place was deserted – just me and one obsessed guy who played Defender the whole time. At least it’s still around, unlike the Pak-Mann Arcade in Pasadena where Dave and I used to hang out. Pak-Mann closed about two years ago.

The Story of Audion

November 14, 2004 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Once in a while, a web page / blog entry / forum thread comes along that is well-written, interesting, and worthy of being mentioned and forwarded to friends. Cabel Sasser’s history of Audion is one such story. It tells the history of the Macintosh MP3 player market – the competition between Audion and SoundJam, the involvement of Apple Computer, and the decision made by the Audion team when faced with a choice between money and freedom.

Personally, I did not use either product. I used MacMP3 which was the Mac port of WinAmp until you-know-what for OSX came along.

A Bright and Shining Lie

November 9, 2004 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft resigned today. His resignation letter has him patting himself on the back:

The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.

If that were so, I’d go leave my front and car doors unlocked, leave my wallet at Starbucks, and maybe even visit a Mexican consulate.

Liberals — do not rejoice, because his next stop is probably a post-Rhenquist Supreme Court.

Corporate Sponsored Blogging

November 6, 2004 at 8:28 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

There is an ongoing discussion between the Cluetrain rebels and more traditional marketing types. One of the points was that Apple is an example of the strength of branding while Microsoft is an example of a company trying to change it’s brand image by advertising company-sponsored bloggers. Currently, an Apple employee doing this may be subject to HR disciplinary action; I suspect this is the policy in most other companies. What interested me was a comment (and ending pun) in Chuq’s blog:

Microsoft bloggers are actually meaningless peons. They are a dog’s tail wagging in a friendly way but don’t forget the other end has sharp teeth and bytes.

Kosher Appliances

November 4, 2004 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

Here’s a story about appliances having a “Sabbath” mode for use by Orthodox Jews. Apparently, these modes can be activated by manipulating the device a certain way. Consider it the hardware equivalent of easter eggs.

Someone should put up a site telling us how to enable Sabbath mode in our appliances. That way, I can claim that the stove isn’t working – let’s eat out instead!

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