Dictionary.com Word of the Day

Thursday, April 05, 2007

You're Too Old for Frat Hazing!

People, especially people in positions of authority, do some really stupid things. Wow.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Kennedy Elisabeth Dixon

I would be remiss not to post about what has happened in my life almost two weeks ago. Kennedy Elisabeth Dixon was brought into this world on Monday, February 26, 2007. She weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz. at a length of 19 3/4". Ashley is doing as well as can be expected post-c-section, and Kennedy continues to amaze me every day. Sleep is harder to come by, but I love what this child has added to my life. I thought I understood the "your life will never be the same" idea before now, but I truly did not, and I expect that my understanding of it will continue to evolve as the days, months, and years come and go. Thanks to all my friends and family for being so supportive and helpful to me and Ashley over the past several months.

For pictures of our little angel, go here.

Ryan vs. Dorkman 2 - What Great Fun!

This is uber-geeky, but it is a wonderful example of what folks are doing with video technology that is available on the consumer level.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Great Quote of the Day from Penn Jillette

"Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision."

I see four QOTDs every day on Netvibes, courtesy of the QOTD RSS feed.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

Photograph of a Lightbulb Burning Out


Bulb - Unedited
Originally uploaded by LeggNet.

This is too freaking sweet. Go see the entire Flickr set for more cool photos.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Causes Bomb Scare

Are you serious? Really, why on earth people think that this resembles anything approaching a terrorist plot, unless Mooninites are the next terrorist threat. Please.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cool Web Tools Time

It has come to my attention that some people are not aware of three of the coolest web-based tools ever. But first, what makes a cool web tool? It has to meet three criteria for me to consider it cool:

1.) It must be useful for everyday tasks, such that it will be utilized at least once a week.
2.) It must be simple and easy to understand the application for which it is intended.
3.) The website must respond very quickly without nasty, annoying pop-ups. :)

These may only meet two of the criteria for some of you, but I find all three to be extremely useful on a regular basis. So without further ado...

+Babelfish, everyone's favorite translation tool for short snippets of foreign language or complete (often butchered) translations of websites.

+TinyURL, the absolute bestest thing ever for shortening up those dastardly long eBay auction links, Google search links, and web-based catalog links. My good friend Ken sent me a link today that took up a full 6 lines of text in a normal-sized IM window; Trillian didn't like it and did not consider the entire link to be part of the same text string, so I asked Ken to tinyURL it and voilà! problem solved.

+Windows Alt Key Numeric Codes, an absolutely brilliant page courtesy of Penn State University's "Teaching and Learning With Technology" website. Would you like to know how I figured out how to add the à to voilà above? This site explains it all, including how to add letters with symbols, other foreign characters, currency symbols, math symbols, and other punctuation, such as ©, ®, and §. Sure, you could use character map, but why scour through that annoying chart if you don't have to?

I have all three of these tools listed in my links toolbar in Firefox. I suggest you do the same; there is nothing worse in online life than to get stuck trying to figure out how do something so seemingly simple.