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Saturday, August 13, 2005
I'm a bit behind, on everything, it seems. I had a major story to write by Friday and it's looking more and more like I will be spending Sunday, as in tomorrow, doing that.
Then I forgot to mention late Friday that PJ had posted not only a new comic (about baking!), but also a piece of art excusing the lateness of said comic. I think Picasso used to do that when he didn't have enough cash to pay his bar tab.
It feels like I'm late for my own life right now. I'm 30, but it's like I'm just now finishing up my 28-year-old stuff. 29 is on the to-do list.
We went to Sea World today and left right before the goddamned park got rained out like it was Noah's Ark. We went on a very violent ride then saw some very non-violent penguins. We saw Shamu (or one of the many "Shamu"-named killer whales, who don't look mean enough to kill even algae) jump around a lot, and that changes your perspective just a tiny bit. I'm talking fractions here, but they are fractions that can be added, along with water slides and Mongolian BBQ-style dining experience that can lift the spirits and turn your in-between-deadlines Saturday into something quite nice.
Also finally saw Ray tonight which I quite liked except for those bullshit last 20 minutes. I kind of wish my sight had temporarily left me just for that window of time.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
iBook -- am I making a huge mistake?
My laptop woes, well documented, have reached their zenith.
My laptop's screen won't stay up anymore, it burns my legs, the 5 key is still broken and it's so heavy it makes my back hurt to carry it around.
So. New laptop. I was totally going to get a Windows machine, but then Apple went and dropped the price and added new features to its iBook G4s and after a visit to the Apple Store, I'm about 90 percent sold on the 14-inch model. (The 12-inch model would have even sufficed, but you can't upgrade the CD player on that to a DVD burner and while I don't mind such a small screen, I wonder if that might not annoy me after a while).
Now, I love the new Mac OS. I really like Apple's e-mail program, iTunes, Safari and all that, having used them at work. I think it would be nice to have a Mac in the house, especially for writing in Spanish, which I find impossible to do in Windows. I use a Mac at work, which I have to think may someday lead to a sweet telecommuniting deal where I can actually use our work system to file stories or edit from home.
My question -- given that I can probably get a comparably equiped Windows notebook for close to the same price, am I making a huge mistake? I've heard some iBook horror stories, but given that we have a local Apple store, I'm a lot less worried about having to ship out my laptop every time I have a problem than I might have been in the past. Oh yeah, and they'll even throw in a free iPod mini and a close-to-free multifunction printer (after mail-in rebates, of course). The thing's got built-in wireless and Bluetooth, too.
Am I overlooking something here? Thoughts? Please e-mail me. I need to get something bought by next month when I start recapping again.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
I saw an idle mention of Cat News in the New York Times, then forgot all about it, then did a frantic Web search trying to find it (I even trolled ifilm) and couldn't locate the clips.
I got lucky and stumbled on Channel 102's Web site, which led me to Julie Klausner's site, where you can find all three episodes of Cat News on her media page.
Goddamn, that's some funny shit.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Why journalism sucks, Vol. 2
AP Headquarters, Hell, New York:
AP burochief: Hey, kid, I need you to put together something for me.
AP intern: An article? Really? To go out on the wires? Let me at 'em!
AP burochief: Hold on there. It's not really an article, per se. More of a list. A ghoooooooouulish list.
AP intern: A list?
AP burochief: Of famous people who've died of lung cancer!
AP intern: That's... we're... that's gonna go out on the wires?
AP burochief: You betcha. Every podunk paper in every shithouse corner of the country's gonna publish our little list. Goooohahahhaa! Lung cancer!
AP intern: And we're putting together this list... why?
AP burochief: Lung cancer is hot, kid! Peter Jennings had it. Christopher Reeve's widow's got it. It's this week's lyme disease! With more lung tar! Get on it, kid. We got ourselves a Pulitzer here.
AP intern: A Pulitzer? Really?
AP burochief: Wait, no. I meant a Howitzer. Because we're gonna blow our competition the fuck away!
AP intern: (Sigh...)
Monday, August 08, 2005
New site, new monkeys, new comic
PJ worked his baby bro tail off the last few weeks redesigning actiongravy.com to give it new whatsits like PHP and CSS and all that to make the process of adding new comics and news posts much less painful than it's been. (For us, I mean. For the readers, it'll still be just as painful.
To celebrate, there's a new comic up, where you can see our snazzy new features including robust archiving and silky smooth news posting.
Unfortunately, our comic is still about simians in outer space.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Blocks in the sky
My review of the very fun puzzle game Meteos is up at Austin360.
Lazy Sunday? Nope. Working for a few hours, catching up on stuff.
We went to Austin yesterday morning to see a screening of The Aristocrats which was absolutely hysterical. I haven't seen something that made me laugh so much in quite a while. (Cool Web site, by the way, including a "Making of..." blog by Penn Jillette.)
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