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No brainer geek choice.

compact fluorescent bulbAbout 12 years ago compact fluorescent bulbs came on the market. About 8 years ago I replaced every light bulb in my apartment with them. Why? They run a lot cooler and use a lot less electricity. This is not saying that you should go off into some enviro-friendly psycho recycling tirade. Just stop buying incandesent light bulbs please.

I have only had 1 of those lights ‘dim’ in 12 years. It still works, but it takes too long to come up to full brightness. I just replaced it and wondered why everyone seems to still be using edison bulbs.
Of course now that I think about it. The small amount of mercury these lights require to function should probably be noted before you dispose of them…

Coal power or heavy metals – ehh, you can’t win’em all. :|

Now that’s a TV!

Big TVFor Christmas everyone pitched in and got me a 27″ Sony Wega. With about 1/2″ to spare I slid it into our entertainment center the other night. We warmed it up by watching “Serenity” and playing 8 hours of Katamari on the PS2. I’m so happy to have that silly switcher box off the top of my TV, and to hear things in STEREO *gasp. I lived with a 19″ bubble TV for 10 years – it was about time…

We have some friends coming over for a New Years Day – Rally Marathon party. I can’t wait!
Thanks Mom, Dad, Joyce and Don!

Ping me baby! Pingomatic post. Moo.

My new host has just opened up their firewall to allow outbound pings to pingomatic. This, so far, is the only issue I’ve had. All my domains are moved over. I have 3 installs of WordPress. I have 1.6GB of space left, 75GB monthly transfer, and all the email addresses I’ll ever want. I have shell access, but I really don’t need it with their kick ass control panel. An awesome deal for $6.95 a month.

If you want to sign up click here to let them know that Kris sent’ya.

I added the “moo” to the subject for search ability. This way I can search technorati for “pingomatic moo” and find if it worked for sure.

An evening with David Byrne.

This evening Christine and I traveled across the UCI campus to watch a PowerPoint presentation. :) This is the first time I’ve ever waited in line to see slides on an overhead projector.

David Byrne uses PowerPoint as a meta medium. A catch all for music, pictures, and text. He points out that a lot of applications don’t allow this sort of flexibility. “Try opening an mp3 with Photoshop,” he exlaimed. But he’s quick to point out it’s shortcomings. “You can make one thing fly across the screen, but when you ask it to do 5 images it doesn’t know what to do. It throws up it’s arms – I can’t do THAT, but how about THIS!” He’s excited when he gets an unexpected result. When you get something that you didn’t anticipate.

He went on to talk about how powerful a medium it is in the business world and how it can give a false weight to even meaningless presentation topics. How it’s wizard can suggest content, even if you don’t have any! The social implications of taking long complex topics and condensing them down into 7 bullet points.

I asked David if he was drawn to this sort of niche medium and if he was worried that future “enhancements” to the product may limit his creativity. He used the analogy of the pencil – “You don’t see people picking up the pencil and saying ‘I need to make this better! This needs to be in color!” He explained there are limitiations in PowerPoint that don’t need to be overcome. It’s what makes the program simple and easy to use. If it’s changed radically – it stops being what it is – a simple media basket for images, text and music. An interesting way to express ideas visually.

He presented us with several slides that he had found on the web. Marriage counseling; a jar of pants; suggestions for dealing with the homeless. All funny examples of slides that were intended to be serious, but it’s meaning somehow got lost in the translation.

I too ♥ PowerPoint. Read more about this on BoingBoing.

Google Maps!

google_maps.jpgA precursory glance has revealed that it’s probably the greatest map search ever. I love the google simplicity and the sims’like graphics and shading. I have loaded a 2048 X 768 map of Irvine. I did a plot from my old apartment to Las Vegas and it came up pretty quick.

I have enough faith in Google to make this my defacto map search standard – sight unseen. I don’t see me being disappointed. The only thing that could make me giggle with delight is a “tulip based” turn by turn generator. Yahoo maps had something almost like this at one time and then dropped it. Silly Yahoo…