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Boylston & Mass Ave, 12am

Last night’s spontaneous celebration of the Red Sox victory was such a special, rare moment of unselfconscious, delirious joy.

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Aside from the whooping, hi-fives with strangers and cars honking, only two sustained chants from the crowd:

“YANKEES SUCK!” (of course)



I may have expected too much, but I had secretly hoped that the sox fans would forget about the yankees for once, and just revel in their own merits.

After a couple hours, Christine and I went home and watched the wrapup on the local news. The Channel 7 reporter, apparently at Fenway, had this to say about the celebration:

So, an efficient performance tonight by the Boston Police department…yak yak 4 arrests yak yak regained control yak yak riot gear

It reminded me a bit of the reporting of the war in Iraq; his commentary was based entirely on helicopter shots, cameras mounted high on buildings and conversations with police officers. Had he even bothered to walk among the crowd, he might have told a different story…

Firefox in the NY Times

As a loyal user and evangelist of FireFox since v.7, I think their drive to get an ad in the New York Times is a wonderful thing. The irony of it is that they’re probably going to get way more exposure from all the meta-commentary about how they paid for their ad than they will from the ad itself.

Everyone is on the lookout for the next big movement; and nothing says ‘big movement’ like having your customers clamor to donate money for you to advertise your product.

Debate Remix

Pursuing our seemly unquenchable thirst for ever more mediated experiences, a few of us went to a live audio/video remix of the presidential debate earlier tonight at Art Interactive. Some quick shots:



While the remix was interesting eye candy at first, it ultimately detracted. They made some attempts at helping us to process the debate — using the closed captioning to count the repetition of certain words, for instance.

It’s still great that they did it, though. What better argument against the broadcast flag?

Frustrating around the edges

I’ve had my PowerBook G4 for about two years now, and overall, it’s been fantastic — the best laptop I’ve ever had.

Recently, though, I’ve been attaching more and more peripherals as I set up more of an official home office… and things aren’t working so well at the edges.

My setup includes:

  • Viewsonic 201mb monitor (1600×1200)
  • Lacie Bigger Disk (firewire)
  • D-link bluetooth USB card
  • Logitech external mouse
  • Apple bluetooth keyboard

The following problems seem to be unrelated, but collectively are driving me completely crazy:

  • Probably one out of every two times I connect the external monitor to the laptop, a thin line of fluorescent pixels appears at the top of the display, and gradually gets worse until the entire screen is shaking. I can fix it by disconnecting and reconnecting multiple times (often 4-5x), and once it works, it works for days.
  • The la cie drive seems to be causing random crashes when it’s being accessed. It’s bringing down the whole computer, and requiring a restart. Seems to be more common when playing music.
  • I have the mouse, bluetooth adapter and printer all connected through the monitor’s built-in USB hub. Every once in a while, it won’t power any of the peripherals. The only thing that seems to work is just disconnecting and reconnecting multiple times.

Has anyone else experienced any of this?

Out Of Whack (part II)

Twice this month, I’ve started a pot of coffee — put in the filter, ground the beans, filled it with water — then turned the machine on without making sure the coffee pot is in place to receive the coffee.

Which leads us to an essential dilemma: You clearly shouldn’t attempt anything before having coffee in the morning. But to have coffee, you must first make coffee. Hmmm…

Out Of Whack (part I)

The joys of living in old housing… Christine and I built some shelves in my our apartment last weekend. They came out quite well, but when we put the first wood plank on the top, we immediately noticed that something looked off:


So which is straight: the shelves, or the ceiling?

Here’s a closeup of the level sitting on the top shelf in the first picture:


QuickBase Reviewed in PC Magazine

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