Posts from July 2008

Citizen Smith

My friends Bob and Gretchen were in town last night for the X-Files premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. I met them afterwards and we went to Citizen Smith for a late dinner. (It took me just under an hour to get to the restaurant from my house, even though it’s only about eight

Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen

I read Carl Hiaasen‘s comedy Skinny Dip on the flight from Denver to Vegas to Los Angeles on Monday morning at the suggestion of a friend at work. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story, but it’s basically about an idiot who attempts to murder his wife, who was the captain of

Natural American Spirit Cigarettes

In addition to one of the standard Surgeon General’s Warnings, packs of Natural American Spirit cigarettes are labeled: Made with 100% additive-free, whole leaf, natural tobacco. No reconstituted sheet tobacco. No processed stems. Up to 25% more tobacco than other king size cigarettes. All of that would, in some convoluted way, probably lead a smoker

The Dude Abides

The Dude Abides

In which I finally meet the Dude

iPhone Ringtone Creator

Recommended by a friend: iToner: No hacks. No per-ringtone fees. Unlimited custom ringtones for your iPhone. Update for Mac Users: You can create your own ringtones for free with GarageBand, which is probably already on your computer. Update for Windows Users: Make Your Own Ringtone for Free with iTunes

Dark Knight

I went to see The Dark Knight at 12:45am. I am a huge Batman fan and this movie did not disappoint. It was just a hair under three hours long, and — aside from the fact that I knew I was going to be late to work today — I didn’t want it to end.

Eating 100 Treadmills

With my special training program, anyone can eat 100 treadmills in 7 weeks.

Cell Phone Spam

I have gotten over a dozen phone calls today from (949) 374-5125 and (208) 650-4253. I had been answering the phone on the first or second ring and there would be nobody there. At first I assumed it was just some moron repeatedly calling the wrong number. But just now a call from the first

New iPhone Screen Capture Feature

One of the cool new features of the updated iPhone software is the ability to take a screen shot. If you hold the home button and then press the power button, the system will save a screen capture to your “camera roll” library. You can then email it or save it to your computer when

Contextless Content: Episode #27 (Luigi)

Contextless Content: A portion of a conversation, usually from an instant messenger platform. brother-in-law: Unfortunately, a war on master bathrooms won’t attract the attention of any A-list superheroes GatorDVG: That’s where you’re wrong. brother-in-law: I’ll probably get someone like Black Vulcan, or the Panther, or Super Mario GatorDVG: Isn’t Super Mario a plumber? brother-in-law: Yeah….I’ll

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