Posts from July 2008

New iPhone: Day One

Seventeen hours have passed since I upgraded to the new iPhone. Can it possibly be too early for me to make sweeping generalizations and pass judgment? No. I didn’t think so either. The folks at Apple sort of painted themselves into a corner on this one. The original iPhone was just so incredibly, amazingly, stupendously

Good Fortune

For a long time now my friends and I have been complaining about “affirmation cookies”. Fortune cookies just aren’t as cool as they used to be. It seems like all the fortunes we get now have messages that aren’t … well … fortunes. Instead they say things like, “You are a kind person,” or, “People

Switching to Mac:  Top Ten Things I Like

Switching to Mac: Top Ten Things I Like

In which I write about switching to Mac

Los Angeles Superior Court

On May 1, 2008 I received a traffic citation while driving approximately 5mph in the middle of a bottleneck on Sunset Boulevard. A motorcycle cop driving between the lanes was stuck next to me because the guy in the other lane had drifted too close to my lane. He looked at me and nodded. I

iPhone Camera Bug

iPhone Camera Bug

In which I find a solution to an iPhone camera bug

Backup iPhone SMS Messages

A few weeks ago my iPhone randomly decided to stop saving photos taken with its camera. It would act like it was taking a photo, but it wouldn’t actually save the photo to its internal photo file system. I didn’t realize this until I had taken a few dozen photos of my dad and me

Rap Charts

Rap Lyrics Explained With Charts and Graphs source: Randy

Inappropriate Narcolepsy

A Short List of Places Where It Would Be Bad to Fall Asleep In Increasing Order of Danger Jacuzzi and / or hot tub the rim of a volcano marriage counseling compiled by David with help from Kelly


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