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 T-Shirt Idea Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, March 15 2007 @ 03:57 AM PDT
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Kitschupdate: okay, so maybe it didn't translate all that well. (image after the cut)

 omgzrotfl!!!!11!!one!1!1!!eleven!! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, January 26 2007 @ 11:28 PM PST
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KitschUnaired Mythbusters - "Do Pretty Girls Fart?"
Best. Movie. Critic. Ever. (not safe for human consumption)

 Cockadoodle Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, December 06 2006 @ 03:17 AM PST
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KitschTonight I was testing a text input box that had been exhibiting signs of delays during typing. This, in case you were wondering, is the kind of thing that sucks about my job. This particular test precluded me from doing copy and paste (in case it was related to stacking key presses), so I had to just keep typing. The following is what came unbidden to the mind.


The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, but quickly realized that he left his hen in with the rooster. Finding themselves alone for the first time, they were initially shy but quickly resigned themselves to do what they had thus far been unable to accomplish - picking gnats out of each other's feathers. The fox, finding them so occupied, had no trouble in knocking out the rooster and getting the hen backed into a corner. Just then, the lazy dog appeared like a beam of salvation in the doorway. On his mind, however, was a recently viewed cartoon where an overly large rooster had whacked a dog about the head quite vigorously with a rolled up newspaper, and it was with this image in his head that he quietly turned his back on the hen and went back inside to watch more cartoons. As a single tear rolled down the quivering beak of the hen, the fox made his move and dragged her back to his den. The rooster, having only been dazed, witnessed the whole thing, and thus began a rivalry between rooster and dog that would one day lead to said rooster whacking said dog about the head vigorously with a rolled up newspaper.


Yes, I've re-read Douglas Adams books recently.



 An observation... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, November 03 2006 @ 02:19 PM PST
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KitschIf my call really was important to you, you wouldn't have hold music that included a poorly done instrumental version of "Time After Time".

Whether or not you like that song, that's just mean.

 Bending the will of Google Maps Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, October 28 2006 @ 06:14 PM PDT
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TechnologyThere's a fundamental difference between how people and computers write travel directions. People are usually much more able to gauge whether or not something is relevant, and tailor the directions accordingly. Today I was writing directions for my sister, and I know she knows how to get to Boston - it's the part from the exit on that I was writing directions for, and I thought it could use a map.

I've found in my own travels that the hybrid view in Google Maps is very good for giving me not just turn by turn directions but also context. I can see the way a road curves, and how the turn I'm looking for might not be visible until I'm right on top of it. The problem is that when you're giving somebody else directions, having the route highlighted is effectively a requirement, but how do you start a route at an arbitrary spot on the highway, or how do you end a route at a place that has no address?

Let me show you.

 And here's the follow through... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, October 14 2006 @ 04:09 AM PDT
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TravelI finally got the rest of my Africa pictures back, and tonight I pumped them all into a copy of Plogger running at photos.electrocentric.com.

I'm leaving comments there open for now, but we'll see how long that lasts.

 Teasers Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, October 12 2006 @ 04:19 PM PDT
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TravelJust to whet your appetite...

 19 days, 15 hours, 22 minutes Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, October 11 2006 @ 01:08 PM PDT
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LifeI'm a smoker again.

 Like a bat out of hell... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, September 21 2006 @ 06:09 AM PDT
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Travel...I'll be gone when the morning comes.

In less than twenty four hours, I'll be boarding an airplane that's going to take me further around the world than I've ever been before.

My previous record, roughly 5750 miles, was from when I was in the little Russian town of Shushenskoye, just north of the Mongolian border, and that trip lives in my memory to this day - 17 years later.

Tomorrow I'm headed to Kruger National Park in South Africa, and it's about 7900 miles away. Never in my life have I put so much preparation into a trip, and I'm only gone for ten days.

 Finally... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, September 08 2006 @ 08:56 PM PDT
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Music...a wedding band everybody will like!

Ladies and gentlemen, The Wet Spots

I particularly like their video.

Okay, as far as I know, they haven't done any weddings, but I'm sure they could be convinced.

Update: I just listened to the whole album ("Hello Kinky"), and, in addition to "Do You Take It?", I also particularly enjoyed "Sweaty and Stinky", "Toes", "Piggy Pile" and especially the very touching (pardon the pun) "I'd Like To Come".

I guess I should order the CD, since that's half the album right there.

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