Sunday, July 31, 2005

Mother Nature's Blockbusters

"Nature's display leaves us both exalted and humbled, which may be how we learn what to hope for from human art."

Mother Nature's Blockbusters - New York Times

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Transgender Golfer Still Faces Barriers

Seems kind of dumb as women can play on the men's PGA tour events, but I would hardly expect golf to be on the cutting edge of breaking down sensitive social issues.

ABC News: Transgender Golfer Still Faces Barriers

Friday, July 29, 2005

Wesport Flea Market vs. Hooters

UPDATE: Looks like the sale to Hooters will not happen as indicated below. See the article from the Pitch

This is so very wrong - the equivalent of KFC buying Stroud's. Fight!!!!

Several articles can be found here on this related Google search.

BlogKC - Hooters to replace the Flea Market?

The revolution will be photographed

Rent-a-cop oversteps his "boundaries" regarding public photography. Hilarity to ensue this weekend. Read on. You go Tom!!!

Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: One Bush

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Michael Palin's travel books online for free

Hiking the PCT, tip-to-tip

Group of guys are hiking the Pacific Coast Trail this summer Mexico border to Canada and blogging (w/ some drop-dead gorgeous photos) along the way. One of the guys (Pete) has a satellite phone that he's uses to connect his laptop online with to blog and post photos.

And here's another guy (Rob - who looks WAY too much like Jason Lee, the actor) in the party who is posting just photos.

Reminds me of "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, only more techy and these guys look like they will succeed vs. Bill's attempt to walk the entire Appalachian Trail.

Plenty of reading. Kind of sucks you in. Almost makes me want to mail him cookies at one of his designated mail stops.

Fitness and Technology

Guilty. Although I havn't strapped on a heart monitor in years (too much chaffing)

By Data Obsessed - New York Times

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Rogers's appeal over 20-game ban rejected

Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet?

I'm all about quality, inexpensive vino...

Who Knew a $10 Bill Had Such a Nice Bouquet? - New York Times

Worms, germs, and Christmas

"Is it just Americans, or does everyone think this way?"

The New Yorker: Shouts and Murmurs - David Sedaris

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Lance slideshow slideshow on Lance's 7th Tour de France victory

The Texan Rides High Again

Serious Storage

Monday, July 25, 2005

The Oracle of Nokia

"The phones were part of a Ph.D. project by MIT Media Lab researcher Nathan Eagle, who handed out the devices as a way to document the lives of students and employees of MIT, ranging from first-year undergrads and MBA students to Media Lab employees and professors.

Eagle's Reality Mining project logged 350,000 hours of data over nine months about the location, proximity, activity and communication of volunteers, and was quickly able to guess whether two people were friends or just co-workers. It also found that MBA students actually do spend $45,000 a year to build monster Rolodexes, and that first-year college students -- even those who attend MIT"

Wired News: When Cell Phones Become Oracles

What does a politician do after he leaves office: write amazon reviews

Abandoned Castle - a photoset on Flickr

14 Plasma TV's in Apt.

Oh sure, it's nice, but I bet his electric bill is really high...

An Architect Ready for His Close-Up - New York Times [email reg. req'd]

Saturday, July 23, 2005


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Life After Lance

Convergence Heaven

Sweet! Only thing missing is a cellphone.

Garmin: GPSMAP 396

Big Yuan - Much Ado About Nothing

China's decision to float the yuan is really a yawn. It does nothing to solve the longer-term issue of China having a price advantage currency-wise. Probably gets John Snow some brownie-points with some lobbyists though.

OK - So what? Well, purveyors of big, expensive goods (Catepillar, etc.) catch a small break and mass importers like Wal-Mart may take a hit to their margins as I doubt they will raise prices to off-set the foreign exchange flucuations.

Also, it will be interesting to see how, if at all, this affects the bond markets as China is one of the U.S.'s largest buyers of Treasuries (e.g., Creditor). We've seen before how slight disruptions in the Asia currency markets can really spook the dollar traders as well as the bond guys - which means higher interest rates in the forms of mortgage and other reail bank borrowing rates. - The Two-Percent Solution

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bring Back the Couch

A running commentary from the "former couch" on the set of "The Daily Show". Clever. Very clever.

See also the Slate piece "Talk Show Feng Shui" on the Daily Show's set change and of course you'll need a T-Shirt or coffee mug to protest against this travesty.

Picture of former Daily Show couch (and desk)

Bring Back the Couch

Trek - The "Lance Factor"

Looks like its relationship with Lance has paid handsomely.

Kansas City Star | 07/21/2005 | For some, it is about the bike [email reg. req'd]

"You're going to need a bigger boat"

What OS X Could Learn From Windows

iPod vs. Cellphone Debate

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Beamed Up, indeed

"Capt., my lungs can't take much more.."

James Doohan, Scotty on 'Star Trek,' Dies - New York Times

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Women in comfortable shoes...

Summer Rules - Office Handbook

"Hawaiian shirts in the office are still a no-no."

Mildly amusing look at corp. america's office enviornment in the summer.

Fast Company - Office Handbook

"Cooked" Intelligence

"Because for all of the complexities of the Valerie Plame case, for all the questions raised about the future of investigative journalism and the fate of the most influential aide to an American president since Louis Howe served Franklin D. Roosevelt 70 years ago, this story is fundamentally about how easy it was to get into Iraq and how hard it will be to get out."

Why the Leak Probe Matters - Newsweek Politics -

Early Intel Macs said to be fast

And so the debate amongst the "slashdot" crowd begins...

Early Intel Macs said to be fast - Engadget -

Keyboard bling

Rogers has words for cameraman at booking

What the hell is wrong with this guy? Was he traumatized with video cameras as a kid? Was he kicked out of some type sports camera journalism summer camp and now he vows revenge against all who try to gather footage of him?

Dude, you are a public figure/sports celebrity. An All-Star basesball pitcher. If you want to be left alone (and be careful what you wish for asshat) then friggin' retire and go live in the woods and write a manifesto railing against the video camera and turn over your millions to a charity. Get a grip son, you're losing it. - MLB - Rogers has words for cameraman at booking

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Mexican Wrestler Handbags & other cool accessories... x o c h i c o . c o m

Poulter's Pants

See what Ian Poulter won't be wearing this week at the British Open.

To see what he will be wearing, you'll have to wait until 7:58 am CDT when he's set to tee-off on Thursday. He and Daren Clarke have become quite the golf dandys with regards to clothing choices. Actually, most of the European players' clothing choices are pretty bold compared to their US counterparts. Where's Johnny Miller's plaid pants and white belt when you need them??

BBC Sport Academy | Golf | Poulter receives the winning pants

What Bubble?

"As Google Employees Cash In Stock, Bidding Wars Escalate;
A $3.5 Million Tear-Down" - Searching for a Home In Atherton, Calif.? Look Out for Googlers

Monday, July 11, 2005


Friday, July 08, 2005

The Impeachment Question

"More than four in 10 Americans, according to a recent Zogby poll, say that if President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."

As much as I would like to see Bush get bouned back to ranch in Crawford, I fear we'd be heading down a slippery slope with the use of "impeachment". I see impeachment as the "nuclear option" to borrow a phrase from our current Senate environment. We tried corrective action back in Novemeber - it was called an "election", and it almost worked. Just my $.02 though.... - The Impeachment Question [email reg. req'd]

Man Sues Mass. for Right to Get Drunk - New York Times

This is wrong on so many levels, but that's what makes this country great.

Man Sues Mass. for Right to Get Drunk - New York Times [email reg. req'd}

SIRIUS Tour de France/ Lance Armstrong Podcasts

"Sheryl Crow talks about Lance's kissing technique, and more."

Nice one Sheryl. Note - It's an mp3 file and will work with all players besides iPod.

SIRIUS Tour de France/ Lance Armstrong Reports - RSS powered by FeedBurner

Old School Electronic Games

Glorious flashbacks to my youth. I think I wore out 2 of these Mattel Football games. Total addict in my day. Present in my house were the Football, Football II, Baseball, Basketball, Submarine and Merlin games. Although technically Merlin was my sister's...

Electronic Games - a photoset on Flickr

Meet Tech's Cash-Rich Royalty

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Flickr: The London Bomb Blasts Pool

Several video screen grabs to wade through, but quite a few live witness camerphone & digicam pics as well. Horrendous situation...

Flickr: The London Bomb Blasts Pool

Orwell does Chicago


In other shocking news, the NY Post reports that the sky is indeed blue...

New York Post Online Edition: WALL ST. TYCOONS AMONG BIGGEST ART COLLECTORS [email reg. req'd]

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Piven rules

"entourage" is probably the best show on the boob tube right now, save for "arrested development" & "chappelle show", both whose futures are shaky at best..

Ministering Agent: 'Entourage's' Shark Proves Warmblooded - New York Times [email reg. req'd]

MTV hits all-time sour note on Live 8 concert coverage

I coudn't agree more. Jon Norris? What former VJ retirement home did they dig him up from? Why not Nina Blackwood, Downtown Julie Brown or at least Kennedy? I guess Adam Curry was too busy podcasting to throw in....

Kansas City Star | 07/06/2005 | MTV hits all-time sour note on Live 8 concert coverage

Blue horseshoe loves NeuStar.

Think about it - low risk (monopoly on allocating & porting of phone numbers) and growth associated with hot areas like VoIP and IP.

NeuStar IPO Gets Enthusiastic Reception

Not Every Brand is a Lifestyle Brand

I heard this news on the way to work on NPR and I must agree with David's view.

Not Every Brand is a Lifestyle Brand

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Great pics of funky old motel signs.

The Rove Factor?

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Live8 photoblog

Friday, July 01, 2005

The Underappreciated Art of Firecracker Labels!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July. Peace out... | The Underappreciated Art of Firecracker Labels!