Wednesday, January 23, 2008

You can link to other pages!

This blog post unearths a Conferencing on the Web (COW) topic from 1997: "What do you think of this web phenomenon?" The prescience is almost as great as the ironic hindsight. Some of the better snippets:

"I like various aspects of it, such as calling up the news on the Web page, that's fun. But why does everything have to be grey? I think the Web should be more colorful."

"The challenge will be getting the speed to the point where the web is a real time medium for objects like pictures and music, which currently take forever using the typical modem."

"Have anyone heard of the new technology called Broad Band service?"

If you have a umich uniqname, you can check it out for yourself.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Splat

Toward the end of last month, Danielle and I went to Chicago. It was an excellent trip, and we were able to catch up with about a dozen different friends in a handful of great places. The Mulders took us to a great dinner at Red Light and then we rocked out on plastic guitar and drumpad for hours, we met Danielle's friend Sarah for brunch at Orange, we rang in the new year with several college friends, and got to see Lloyd Carr's final game from 48th-floor panoramic apartment.

However, one event on the morning of the 31st left a mark, pun intended, that was impressive in its cruel swiftness and magnitude. When we found my car outside of the Mulders' apartment, we discovered that about ten thousand birds -- why aren't you bastards south for the winter? -- had decided to savagely and relentlessly blast it with their colorful assortment of excrement. It looked like this after just 16 hours of being parked there:

 

 

 



A "silver" level car wash, a blizzard, and a rainstorm later, and it's still not all off.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The perils of express self-scan checkout

Man With Knives in Pants Stabs Himself

I hear this on the local news yesterday morning. This Meijer is a mile away from our apartment.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Doom

Someone created a version of Doom that runs on a TI-89 calculator. If I were 14, I would definitely be getting out my link cable and playing this before the bell rings in math class right now.