In sort of the same category as Answer-Me Jesus 
2006.10.02 19:27 - News and Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Toys, Gadgets
We have the Dashboard Mohammed.

It might be more offensive than the Jesus thing, at least to the parties it's intended to offend.

Link shamelessly ganked from PDB.
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Most versatile tool ever? 
2006.08.23 23:29 - Toys, Gadgets
Possibly.

Link shamelessly stolen from Gizmodo.
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Has it really been a week already? 
2006.05.21 01:11 - Entertainment, Internet Stupidity, Miscellanea, Toys, Gadgets
It's been quiet. I've a couple phone calls and emails I've been delaying. I'll have to take care of them early next week, I guess.

New job starts Monday. Guess I'm a bit antsy. Setting out on large enterprises always gets me wound a bit tight, and I've been letting some personal things that stress me slide a bit in the interim. Need to get the car in for an oil change, and I need to shave, too. I have put in a surprising amount of time in Guild Wars, such that I've got my main character in the Prophecies campaign moved out of the Ascalon and into the Shiverpeaks. (Notice to Herb: won't swear to it, but I think there are places out there that don't look like the bombed-out ruins of the end of the world.)

I'll probably wind up back in GW a bit tonight/tomorrow. Although I was suggesting that folks consider the new Factions campaign pack over the original Prophecies campaign. I'm no longer sure that's the way it breaks down. Although my Prophecies character is moving out of the end of the world (I think), my Factions character is currently hip-deep in an urban wasteland--a gigantic slum, basically. I don't think that's a permanent state of affairs, but it's kind of aggravating all the same. As a point of comparison, the original campaign runs a lot more slowly, so it takes longer to get to leverl twenty (since quests and missions aren't handing out nearly as much gold or experience early on). Now that I've gotten farther along, I think things are starting to even out. I've even got some gear I need to give to Herb if he ever gets his bicurious actor along into the end of everything.

I've been somewhat less bothered about the cost of the MacBook Pro when I realized just how much the TI laptop from college wound up costing, especially for the return I got out of it (by comparison, the MBP is probably a good deal). It runs hot, but I'm not really sure it runs all that much hotter than that old 133MHz beater from college. It does run a lot warmer in Windows XP than in Mac OS X, though, which is probably a consequence of the power settings there.

On the whole, the biggest problems I've been having here have been readjusting to a QWERTY keyboard (the desktop's got a Dvorak layout, which I prefer), and some difficulties with wireless connectivity. I'm inclined to chalk the problems at the hotel last weekend down to an unfortunately located desk in the room, and the signal out in the family room (where I'm working) has never been good--this room is basically outside the house, being part of addition on the other side of what was originally an exterior wall. Rectified that situation this evening with a Linksys wireless ethernet repeater, though, and everything's copacetic now.

Right, enough text. I'll probably toss along a few links in the next day or so, but I think they're all bookmarked on the other machine.
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AMBIVALENCE GET 
2006.05.11 15:01 - Toys, Gadgets
I'm now the owner of a new MacBook Pro. It's very swanky, and it'll have Windows on it before the day is out. Sorry, MNS, but I really have games that must be played on that laptop.

In the meantime, I'm stinging a little bit over the price and the various warranties and assorted bits that went with it. Ow.
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Grotesque Folly 
2006.04.10 16:28 - Toys, Gadgets
I've purchased a couple of double-edged safety razors, a Merkur Hefty Classic and a Merkur Vision (with the whole kit--an act of gross foolishness, but at least I'll be able to cut my face up in old-school and haute moderne style).

I'll probably spew a little bit about the former in a month or so, and the latter, with any luck, in a few months.

In the meantime, Proraso shaving cream is great stuff.

(I am, at least, 100% certain that I won't start collecting razors and shaving paraphernalia the way I did pens.)
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