Year: 2007

Travel warning

To the one person who thought I’d be a better travel partner on Facebook’s “Compare People” application, I don’t know who my competition was but I propose that you are terribly mistaken. I am awful. I whine a lot, am in constant discomfort, and am paranoid about being judged as a stupid tourist by the locals. Unless we’re going to Japan. Then, I am only an annoying shopper who wants to go into every store, eat everything in sight, and who is paranoid about being judged as a stupid tourist by the locals. Yes, I see your point about some of that behavior contributing to the problem. – ultimate online store for geeks

Last night, I discovered, one of the most amazing online shopping experiences I’ve had in recent memory. Like, it offers free worldwide shipping on every item bought. Even for tiny little $1.99 impulse buys. But while Play-Asia only sells videogames, DVDs, and miscellaneous Japanese toys and food items, DealExtreme sells all manner of electronic gadgetry, at rock bottom prices. You can get everything from a laser pointer at USD$1.89, a bullhorn/loudhailer for USD$11, green laser pens from USD$17 (careful now), to a crossbow with a 100m range for USD$160 (barring customs checks and a jail sentence). The site is loaded with cool little toys, including a $2 gadget section, as I found out last night over a 3 hour raiding session. Here’s a short list of things you might be interested in, many under $10: Wii accessories Electric shock practical joke items (like a ballpoint pen) Butane lighters & torches Keychain breathalyzers FM transmitters (great for iPods in cars) Universal remote controls R/C cars and helicopters LED flashlights Spy cameras and bugs Lightsticks/Glowsticks …

blast! 2.0

In line with the changes here, my award-winning blast! tumblelog has also received a makeover tonight. I tried giving it a full-on swatch of “red fruit”, but in the end this understated look won out. The page is much wider now, all the better to display landscape photos… which brings us to the 2nd major change: more fashion & photography content. I’ll be using it to compile a library of images for future art direction reference. Thanks for making it such a ridiculous success, I hope you enjoy blast! 2.0!

Full English Breakfast

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Full English Breakfast, originally uploaded by philcampbell. My absolute favorite breakfast in the world is actually a combination of every great breakfast food, detailed in this wikipedia entry: The Full Breakfast (also known as a Full English/Irish/Scottish Breakfast or Fry Up). There’s an interesting related article on Bacon & Eggs which was apparently popularized in 1920s America by Edward Bernays, who seems to have been a god in the PR world. He sold bacon by surveying 5000 physicians in support of his claim that a hearty breakfast was good for health. One of my favorite parts of going on holiday anywhere is eating the hotel’s breakfast buffet and piling my plate high with about 10 eggs, scrambled, and loads of sausages and bacon. It’s why I can’t do the backpacking thing. That, and I can’t live with rats and roaches. I think the only hotel to let me down was one I stayed at …

New look

For the first time in 5 years, this blog has a new look and dominant color. I liked the old yellow a lot, but it was probably time. I think I’ll call this color “red fruit”. It was a rush job, really. A couple more things need doing, and in the next few days the width of the text area will probably be increasing as well. Things aren’t what they were in 2002, when 800×600 screen resolutions were considered high-end. At this moment, I’m rocking 1900×1200 and this page is just a sliver.

The Pile of Shame Grows Ever Larger

After putting yesterday’s pile together, I discovered another cupboard of books today (as well as my long-lost stash of empty notebooks). So here are some more that need reading. One of the Dickens books was actually the property of an ex-girlfriend, and it even has handwritten notes and highlighted lines. That was quite a stunning moment, because I don’t think I have anything else left of her. Last I heard, she had a book published, so maybe I should get a copy of that for the pile. One note about Visions of Cody (top-center): it is the single most unreadable book I have ever encountered. More so than any Pynchon or Indian verse poetry; it is completely unwound to the point of incoherence. At least that’s what I remember from back in 2001, when it sat on my desk in the army for an entire year. I recall at the time, there were two other guys who came up and said, “Hey it’s Visions of Cody. I bet you haven’t finished it either.”

Book pile of shame

This is a near-complete representation of every book of fiction that I’ve purchased or undertaken in the last few years, but never got around to. In some cases, I stopped halfway and never finished. You know how hard it is to come back to those: making your way back through half-remembered bits just feels like a waste of time. And you can’t just jump back in to where you last were either, so the books end up sitting there, making you feel miserable. Maybe a bit like a hated spouse who has to be killed off, but in this case it’s all your fault. You were the one who left. “Murderer”, her dead eyes glare at you. So now I will rededicate myself to reading, and make it through the pile. I have to admit that three of the books in there were just bought tonight, during a late night Borders run. It’s a bit like a fat kid who lives in the ceiling of a buffet restaurant, nipping out for a bit of the …

Facebook vs Spotlight

I just noticed today that Facebook uses a drill-down widget (on the right-hand side) very similar to the one in Mac OSX Tiger’s Spotlight. This is the 2nd time in 2 days that I’ve seen this mechanism and accompanying look used on a website. I wonder if it started elsewhere and was copied by Apple, or if everyone is just copying Apple?