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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Sunday, September 4, 2005
18:12 - Hi-res memories
http://www.grotto11.com/Alaska

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Well, I'm done... I've got the site finished for the Alaska trip journals and photo log.



I've tried to be as thorough as possible. Hopefully it makes for entertaining reading... it was certainly an entertaining trip!

UPDATE: Oh yes! Thank you to Kevin for turning me on to GPS photo-linking and giving me lots of good GPS-related tips as I loaded up my gear in preparation for the trip.

Thursday, September 1, 2005
22:14 - Molehill Mountain

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Okay, look: I'm going to take these guys exactly as seriously as I take the people who say that Katrina could have been averted if only we'd signed Kyoto.

There will always be crazies, apparently, and there will always be people who like to stare at the crazies and shriek in terror so they can convince themselves that they're both morally superior and persecuted to within an inch of their lives. I don't mind saying that I find the very domain name of this "news" site every bit as offensive as the stuff they're gesticulating at. Elitism coupled with hysterical paranoia is a dangerous cocktail.

UPDATE: Don't even look at LGF's collection of posts from today and yesterday. I'm sorry I did.

I can't believe I share a planet with some people, let alone a country.

And I don't understand how Charles can keep from going mad from all this.


14:49 - That's My Apple
https://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZFinance.woa/wa/com.apple.jingle.app.finance.Di

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
16:14 - Nobody buys them anymore—they're too ubiquitous
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050831/BUSINESS/10831001

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I guess this is how you know you're here to stay: when clueless MSM outlets write articles breathlessly predicting your demise.

Kara O’Bryon, 22, considers the iPod “gratuitous,” another expensive device that people claim the need to have. Her CD player, she says, cost $40, and she’s fine with it.

“I don’t see the appeal” of the iPod, says O’Bryon. “Everyone I know who has one is always telling me, ‘I can’t believe you don’t have one.’ ” That turns her off even more, O’Bryon says.

“I like getting up and picking out five CDs that I want to take to work with me,” O’Bryon adds. “I don’t need to have 2,000 songs with me all day, every day.”

Boy, that sure shut me down. Who needs those darn horseless carriages, anyway? Who needs to be able to hear their mothers talking through a plastic speaker from thousands of miles away? Who needs penicillin, when a nice dab of Lister's Carbolic Unguent has worked so well all these years?

I can completely understand why someone would stick with a $25 portable CD player if it fits their budget better. But every time I see someone standing on the curb waiting for the light to change, holding a CD player out in an outstretched hand, carefully keeping it horizontal so it doesn't skip, I marvel that there are people who would choose that over an iPod, or any MP3 player for that matter. In the end it boils down to sour grapes: "I'd rather not spend the money on a better means of listening to music; so I'll just convince myself that what I already have is better." All I can say is: Sorry you feel that way. Now you might wanna move aside so the stampede to the iPod store doesn't knock that thing out of your hands.

Besides, any day now the iPod's competitors will eat it alive... right?


13:10 - Promise not to look

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I know it's been quiet around here lately—but really, that's only how it looks. Believe me, I've been busily working on the pages for the trip journal and photos, and it's gonna be pretty cool when it's all done. I've got quite a bit left to do, though—I need to revise and flesh out the journal entries, sort out the photos and figure out a good mechanism for browsing them, and come up with a good design for the pages themselves. It's coming, but slowly.

One thing I have found, though, that makes things very much easier is this: the Google Maps GPX Viewer. It's exactly what I needed for converting my saved .gpx track logs for each day's driving into a plot on Google Maps, which you can then use to zoom and pan just as on the regular Google Maps site. If you have any .gpx files sitting around, you might find it fun to play with.

Back to the grindstone...


09:34 - Always have faith in the wiki

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I was seized inexplicably with the need to know whether anyone had written down the lyrics for "The Ballad of The Sneak" by Da Vinci's Notebook. I thought, nah, pretty unlikely, right? Who could possibly have both the interest and the tenacity to ferret out all those lyrics, let alone post them online somewhere?

Boy, I'm naïve sometimes.

Monday, August 29, 2005
14:03 - This is why we'll never be able to compete with the MSM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0508/29/lt.03.html

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They're just light-years ahead of us regular humans. The resources they have at their disposal—just staggering.

Talking to all of you out there. If you are away from your television, you can still track Hurricane Katrina's path. Just go to your computer and log on to CNN.com/hurricane.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KAGAN: Well, it's Hurricane Katrina that's still very much making history all along the Gulf Coast. That includes New Orleans.

Now, the French Quarter of downtown New Orleans still too wet and too flooded to get our satellite trucks in there, but with the use of a new technology called FTP, our John Zarella able to go out into the streets of the French Quarter, shoot a standup, shoot his story, and send it back us to via computer. So here now, John Zarella from the French quarter in New Orleans.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We are on Common Street in the French Quarter. The height of the storm still not here on top of us yet. But already, you can see blown out windows in the building across the street from us.

. . .

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KAGAN: And once again, John Zarrella filing that report just a little while ago, using our FTP technology, filing it simply through computer.

Amazing. Does the NSA know about this?!

Via Paul.

UPDATE: Then again, I don't mean to make light of something that doesn't sound very make-light-of-able.

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