Posts from November 2008

Zima: RIP

To Coors’ horror, Zima proved most popular among young women — a demographic that, while generally fond of getting tanked, just doesn’t have the same thirst for hooch as its male counterpart. And once the ladies took a shine to the stuff, the guys avoided Zima as if it were laced with estrogen. from The


I love Twitter. I joined when I was at SXSW2006 and forgot all about it until about six months ago. I’ve been enjoying it tremendously lately. Just today I finally convinced Kelly to install Twitterific. And now … Shaquille O’Neal is posting tweets.

Wireless XBOX 360 + DirecTV

Wireless XBOX 360 + DirecTV

Update Feb 2017: If you are lucky enough to have one of the newer DirecTV DVRs, you may notice that there are two networking / CAT-5 ports on the back. If the DVR is on your WiFi network and / or connected to it via the top port, you can plug a CAT-5 cable directly

How to change icons in Mac OS X

Want to change your Dock icons in Mac OS X? It’s pretty simple, if not obvious. Here’s how: Find the icon you want to use and copy it (Cmd+C). Find the application for which you want to use this new icon in Finder’s “Application” folder. Right-click the application and choose “Get Info”. Select the existing

Sexual Harassment Training

Alexander McPherson, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at UC Irvine’s school of biological sciences, wrote a bitchin’ letter to the LA Times on the subject of sexual harassment training. This is a must-read for anyone that has a brain. As far as I can tell from my colleagues, it is worthless, a childish

Arrested Development

Awesome news from Jason: You can now watch every episode of Arrested Development online, for free, at! We just started watching this brilliantly funny show this summer. I’m only up to about the middle of season two, and am seriously looking forward to the rest.

Killer Headphones

Killer Headphones

This year, for my 35th birthday, my brother-in-law gave me a pair of Shure SE210 Sound Isolating Headphones. They are unquestionably the best headphones I’ve ever had. The sound quality is amazing; the highs are high, the lows are low, and everything is crystal clear. They also come with about a dozen different sizes of

“You can’t tell people about your problems. Ninety percent don’t care; and the other ten percent are glad you got ’em.”

Lou Holtz

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.