Month: April 2006

  • Ludicrous at Cingular

    A few days ago I learned an utterly amazing fact. After your cellphone plan expires, you have the chance to upgrade your phone (with discounts, etc). However, in general,  when you buy from third parties like amazon.com, you do not qualify for the “new plan phone discounts” if your service plan has run out.   The…

  • Grooving with Ugress:

    I just discovered that Ugress, a pop/electronica musician who did an amazing remix of one of my fave dancing songs Swing e Sesso (I dare you to listen to this without snapping your fingers!) has a lot more mp3s on their website. Now, if only there were a feed reader for band’s latest mp3s. Oops,…

  • More jib jab

    Everyone’s getting in the act of wiki-revisionism. Even Walmart (although the summary of economic impacts of Walmart is very useful). I just watched some of the Jib Jab cartoons over again. Ever since Jay Leno hired them to do some vids, I had the impression that it diluted the caustic edge of their vids  and…

  • Firefox: 576,000 KB of RAM

    Holy cow–my Firefox is using 576,000 KB of RAM! Luckily my computer can handle it, but you really start to wonder what Firefox is doing; why haven’t they plugged all their memory leaks (especially the ones involving their extensions)?  It’s starting to become unbearable. (J Wynia recommends Process Tamer, which I’ll look into). I often…

  • Robert Smigel TV special.

    Saturday night SNL is featuring a special devoted to Robert Smigel cartoons. Here’s a profile by Salon writer Rex Doane. Here’s a longer profile with more thorough discussion of Smigel’s TV career.

  • Wireless for the Linux Laptop (FC5) (Part 4)

    Longtime readers of this blog will recall how I suffered under the agony of getting wifi to work on FC4 and inhabited the ndiswrapper limbo(which I vow never to go through again). So I bought a laptop with a well known linux Wifi driver and installed the latest-and-greatest version of Fedora Core 5 distribution. Now,…

  • How to Buy a Light Bulb

    Tips on how to buy an energy-efficient lightbulb How lovely to catch up on Molly Ivins columns. She reveals that the person responsible for stirring up ludicrous accusations against Jim Hightower in the eighties during an election campaign was…Karl Rowe! Here’s her take on immigration: Should you actually want to stop Mexicans and OTMs (other…

  • Over the Hill writers

    NY Times does an “expose” (translation: promo piece) on a “scandal (translation: PR bonanza) involving a 19 year old writer. This came months after another “expose” of another “scandal” about Melissa P., a 17 year old writer who wrote a pornographic novel. Gosh, it makes me think that if you haven’t written your first novel…

  • Banning the Bulb

    Statistics about engineering graduates per capita in US/China/India. Fun fact: everyone in the Chinese Politburo has an engineering degree; nobody in the US cabinet has one. Godaddy.com’s Bob Parsons talks about the Add/Drop problem for domain purchasing. Banthebulb.org  , an information clearinghouse about energy-efficient lighting solutions. I’m sorry to report buying a 3 bulb lamp…

  • Gore is right; Bush is stupid.

    Humorous (and tasteful) nude photos. Not safe for work! Allison Cook ponders bad restaurant names Jason Kottke (and Greg Knauss) distinguish between referential and experiential bloggers. What a silly dichotomy. What about essayists or reviewers? David Remick reviews the new documentary starring Al Gore (disclosure: I am and always have been a big Gore fan):…

  • Global Voices Network & The Blog Posting that Gets You Arrested

    Apparently Global Voices Network (which is the brainchild of Rebecca MacKinnon and the Berkman Center) has gained enough critical mass to be interesting. When a scandal of the week emerges in a country you’ve never heard of, GVN lets you filter blogosphere by country. Useful, although still too unfocused to be readable. It’s really hard…

  • Chinese protester, Falung Gong, more.

    Here’s the video of the Chinese heckler at Hu’s speech. Heckling is an enshrined tradition, but even I was amazed that the Bush people didn’t stop her sooner. It just went on and on and on. Here’s a trivia fact. According to MSNBC, this is the second time the heckler had heckled a Chinese leader.…

  • Why Weblogging Sucks

    I just spent a good hour composing the best post ever! All sorts of random goodies. And then the browser crashed before I saved. Thanks, firefox! Actually, the underlying problem was that I tried to download an 50 mb mp3 file which idiotically Apple has decided I want to listen to inside the browser rather…

  • Seanachai Etc.: Cheap man’s guide to audiobooks & literary podcasts

    Podcasting has made things interesting for both writers and those seeking quality audio fiction. First, podiobooks.com is a podcasting site that releases novels in serial form for free. Most of the books so far seem to be sci fi & fantasy (including Scott Sigler–interviewed recently on Teleread), but the distribution method and business model are…

  • Tom Tomorrow, Pornographer

    Tom Tomorrow remarks about the outcry that ensued at a black and white cartoon about the Clinton Sex Scandal: Perkins, who recently won a prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, finds the whole affair highly ironic. “If these people would actually read it, they would probably agree with what it was saying,” he says. “This…

  • Unfinished Posts: Things to Do

    Here’s the full-sized version. Originally uploaded by rjnagle. I never realized how full my wordpress software is of posts I started but never finished. Actually though, you should see my unfinished essays and stories. Now that’s a tragedy!