Monday, October 25, 2004

Links clogging up my inbox... 

Starbucks' plans to take over the world!

Sarah's idea of heaven... Frappuccino Friday EVERY DAY!!!

10 things we'd like to see from Microsoft
...including Windows Naked (no extra fluff) and Word for Dummies (not constantly changing formats on its own)

Doppler Radar System from BBSpot
not only does our radar have the latest weather report, but it's guaranteed to destroy all other radars!

Everything you wanted to know about the Enterprise Xindi storyline (which was really interesting until the end.)


Monday, October 18, 2004

Lost & Found 

The Fall TV season is in full-swing, and I have to congratulate the networks for putting together some great and interesting shows. Usually I watch a ton of them in the first week and lose interest immediately, but that hasn't been the case this season.

Except for CSI:NY. I get it. It's dark. It's blue. It's sad. We all find out the killer by the end of the show. Everyone has a troubled past. *snore*

My arch-nemesis and its relative CSI: Miami allllmost caught me by some interesting stories at the beginning, but when Horatio stood glaring down at a dead body in a black suit with his customary hands-on-hips stance, I decided that was enough posing for one season.

I digress. Lost! I've been taping it during Hawaii on Wednesdays and the curiosity is really infectious. What do I do when I get curious? Search for spoilers! : episode listings, cast, promo pictures (good for a tip-off of who is or isn't showing up in that episode) and more : not much about Lost there, but plenty about other good shows
TVTome's Lost episode guide : at least gives a good picture of what to expect for each ep

Other good links today:
Web guide for developers and webmasters
Specifically about small web design businesses

Monday, October 11, 2004

Links to Laugh By 

A tongue-in-cheek review of an accessory every computer techie needs: Juvenile Felis Catus

For those of you who immediately thought of Data's "Ode to Spot"

And finally Dave Barry's latest Mr. Language Person column, called "A tall order, grammatically", the perfect blend of many of my favorite topics (Starbucks, grammar, and misplaced modifiers... Oh, come on! You know they're funny!).

A clip of it:

We begin today with a disturbing escalation in the trend of coffee retailers
giving stupid names to cup sizes. As you know, this trend began several
years ago when Starbucks (motto: ''There's one opening right now in your
basement'') decided to call its cup sizes ''Tall'' (meaning ''not tall,'' or
''small''), ''Grande'' (meaning ''medium'') and ''Venti'' (meaning, for all we
know, ''weasel snot'')....

Recently, at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Death March,
Mister Language Person noticed that a Starbuck's competitor, Seattle's Best
Coffee (which also uses ''Tall'' for small and ''Grande'' for medium) is calling
ITS large cup size -- get ready -- ''Grande Supremo.'' Yes. And as Mister
Language Person watched in horror, many customers -- seemingly intelligent,
briefcase-toting adults -- actually used this term, as in, ''I'll take a Grande

See how you need to read it?

Monday, October 04, 2004

You might be Floridian if... 

In celebration of a break between hurricanes, half my own, half borrowed/edited from a forwarded email:

You might be a Floridian if:
  • You're greeted at Blockbuster with, "We expected you an hour ago before it started raining!"
  • You regularly discuss the personal lives and merits of local weathermen
  • You know where each Weather Channel reporter is at any given time
  • You have preferences on which National Hurricane Center official to believe
  • You know what Track Models are
  • You're insulted by the size of the hurricane symbol on a weather map
  • You've re-learned what to do at intersections with no traffic lights
  • You make no plans for Saturday, Sunday, or Monday "just in case" and laugh ruefully at people who do
  • You've begun to describe everything in terms of Categories 1-5
  • You regularly use the terms pressure dropping, Bermuda high, outer bands, eye wall, and storm surge in daily conversation and no one rolls their eyes
  • You know what a chafing dish is
  • You have more than 3 camping lanterns but have never been camping
  • You immediately pull over and get gasoline and cash when it starts raining
  • You have more lawn material at the curb in trashcans than there is in your yard
  • Your freezer never has more than $20 worth of food in it any given time
  • You're looking at paint swatches for the plywood on your windows to accent the house color
  • You think of your hall closet as "cozy"
  • Your freezer in the garage now only has ziploc-bagged ice in it
  • You no longer worry about relatives visiting during the summer months
  • You, too, haven't heard back from the insurance adjuster
  • You now understand what that little "2% hurricane deductible" phrase really means
  • You were once proud of your 16" electric chain saw
  • You're considering upgrading your 16" to a 20" chainsaw
  • Your Street has more than three "NO WAKE" signs posted
  • You now own five large ice chests
  • You recognize people in line at the free ice, gas, and plywood locations
  • You stop what you're doing and clap and wave when you see a convoy of power company trucks come down your street
  • You're depressed when they don't stop
  • You've spent more than $20 on "Tall White Kitchen Bags" to make your own sand bags
  • You now think the $6000 whole house generator seems reasonable



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