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Month: August 2005 (page 1 of 2)

JVC GR-D295u

Judging by its name, you’d think the JVC GR-D295u was a futuristic cambot with a remorseless drive to destroy all living beings. In fact, the GR-D295u is more like the guy who hangs out on the last bar stool next to the door, nursing a Schlitz: friendly, easy to like, and a bit clumsy.… Read the rest

RIM BlackBerry 7100g

Blackberry 7100Disconnecting for the weekend? Forget about it — your neurotic urge to stay online won’t let you. And besides, your inbox is a cruel mistress. But the Treo 650 costs too much, and, frankly, you spend more time reading e-mail and web pages than writing.… Read the rest

How to skin a house.

I’m sure Karen will soon have more pictures of the chaos going on here, but here’s a sample. The big project for the past few days has been stucco removal–like flaying the house alive, actually, since it leaves everything still standing and more or less intact, but … skinless.… Read the rest

Help! Liberals!

For all you neo-con mommies and your impressionable offspring: Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!

book cover of Liberals Under My Bed

(thanks, Scot)

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Very alarming!

I recently started up Palm Desktop after 6 or more months of not using it at all, and was treated to this massive cascade of alarm dialogs. (Click the image to see the whole cascade in all its glory.)

palm desktop alarm cascade

Thank god for that “close all” button!… Read the rest

The internet has two daddies.

NPR had a chat earlier this week with the two fathers of the Internet, Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn. Interesting factoid from the interview: Cerf said that he is very hard of hearing, so that’s one of the reasons he welcomed the advent of email so eagerly.… Read the rest

Aliens among us.

Roughly half of Americans believe that extraterrestrial life exists–and that aliens are visiting the Earth, zooming around in saucers and secretly probing hapless human bodies. The Guardian has the entertaining details. The punchline comes in the author’s bio: Turns out he’s an astronomer at SETI.… Read the rest

Going up!

After months of work, Karen’s plans for our remodel finally got the green light from the planning department yesterday. We celebrated by sabering a bottle of champagne last night, and this morning Karen — together with a neighbor she hired — started stripping stucco off the outside walls of our house.… Read the rest

Notebook stampede.

Virginians riot over $50, 4-year-old iBooks:

Va. Laptop Sale Turns Into a Stampede
“I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, ‘Bam,'” the 20-year-old said nonchalantly, his eyes glued to the screen of his new iBook, as he tapped away on the keyboard at a testing station.… Read the rest

Fractured fortune.

Never saw this in his crystal ball…

Psychic’s crystal ball burns down his flat in unforeseen blaze

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