Posts from March 2006

Complete Failure

The only two positive things I can say about Failure to Launch are that it was not quite as bad as A Historyof Violence and that it had a decent soundtrack. (And, of course, for some reason that soundtrack is not available at Amazon or on iTunes.) Terry Bradshaw did the best acting in the


More proof that people are strange (in case you needed some): There is a website dedicated to selling toy cars which have suffered toy accidents by crashing into toy (bonsai) trees. The art pieces go for between $75 – $150. People are — apparently — grabbing them like hotcakes. CrashBonsai

NBC Wakes Up

Now, instead of searching the web for “borrowed” NBC highlights, you can go to the source! We’ve taken your viral favorites and gathered them into one convenient location. Watch. React. Tell a friend. In an incredible burst of sanity, NBC has decided to do something sensible. My flabber is gasted. PS: Yes, the Natalie Portman

the original sushi pillow

The marketing copy on the site reads, “Finally you may now purchase a giant sushi in the form of a soft and comfortable pillow!” Because, y’know, you have until now probably been inundated with options for lower-quality, black-market, rip-off sushi pillows. from the always comical danelope



Somewhere between Mile 22 and Mile 23 my body decided that it had had quite enough of my shenanigans. I truly do not know where I found the mental effort it took to convince my knees that they were not in excruciating pain. But I did. After a three-minute tug-of-war with my muscles won —

Searching for Common Ground: SXSW 2006

Today I attended a panel at SXSW titled “Web Standards and Search Engines: Searching for Common Ground”.  The description of the panel was “Experts from the web standards community and developers from the major search engines discuss how semantics can help websites and search engines accomplish their goals.” It was moderated by (MOD) Molly E

SXSW 2006

Currently in Austin, TX for SXSW. I’m on the 15th floor of the Hampton Inn and the view from my window at 2am is gorgeous. This is a great city — a lot like Gainesville, FL. The conference is just extraordinary. I have been taking notes like mad and will hopefully someday post many of

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