Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Video Friday: "Coffee & TV", Blur
If this video doesn't make you cry, you're one cold-hearted sonofabitch.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Lowercase LWilliam Levin has a blog about one of his pet peeves: people who write in all-caps, with the exception of the letter L, which they inexplicably put in lowercase. Once I heard about the phenomenon, I stared to notice it all over the place.
And in fact, this Anna Nicole related entry was suggested by me. That's right, in my own small way, I've officially contributed to the Anna Nicole media circus.
Labels: lowercase l
Nixie Tube ClockThis President's Day, I spent the day doing my taxes and building a Nixie Tube clock kit. It's totally sweet. The clock kit, not my taxes--those kind of suck.
I ordered the clock kit a few months ago from Peter L. Jensen's website. The kit itself is fairly easy to put together, assuming you can solder. I made one giant mistake: I misoriented one of the surface mount drivers. Desoldering that was a pain, and resulted in bent pins. Even after correcting that mistake, the first time I powered on the clock, many of the digits went bonkers:
But with a little debugging, some rebending of pins, and a few more solder/desolder cycles, I ended up with a working kit. Plugging the clock in and watching the tubes cycle through all the digits was an amazing feeling. It worked, it actually worked!
It's also kind of a miracle that I didn't electrocute myself, which makes it that much sweeter. Thanks, Peter!
Friday, February 16, 2007
The worst thing in the world
Plates: "1PINKH2". There was a high school parking pass in the window. Ugh.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Video Friday: "Do You Realize", The Flaming Lips
What would you do if you won a million bucks: Donate it to charity? Buy a fancy car? Take a trip around the world? Crikey, that's boring! On the other hand, hiring an entourage of dancing models and bunnymen to follow you down the street--now you're on to something.
P.S. For a song that has the lyrics "Everyone you know some day will die", this song is surprisingly uplifting.
"Valentimes" dayHooray! Another mangled holiday name to join "Crimmace" and "Happy Birfday".
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Personal Netflix Annual Report, 2006Once again, it's time to summarize my Netflix viewing habits for the year. I watched 144 movies, which makes the math easy: 12 movies a month, almost three a week. That sure sounds like a lot of movies! Each movie cost me about $1.50 to watch. Compare to 2005, where I watched 114 DVDs, at $1.90 each.
I managed to catch up on HBO series like The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Rome. I learned I didn't much care for Farscape after the initial novelty wore off. I watched terrible movies like The Brothers Grimm and Fantastic Four. I enjoyed fascinating documentaries like A State of Mind and Long Way Round. Thanks, Netflix!
I'm getting closer to finishing off the IMDB Top 250 list: I'm up to 185. I am getting a little burnt out, so I'm going to take it easy with the Netflix for a while, content that I got my money's worth last year.