Month: April 2004

iTunes 4.5


I’m trying out the new iTunes 4.5 tonight. Looks good. Two things: I immediately turned off the arrows that link ALL of your music, every goddamn song, to the iTunes Music Store. Enough with the commercialism. Second thing: I’m trying out the Party Shuffle mode. It started off with “Magenta” by Ken Nordine, which to be honest brought my one-man party to a screeching halt. But after that it got more interesting. Looks to be […]

Web Typography


There’s an interesting article over at Reservocation talking to Todd Dominey, Zeldman, and others about typography on the web—the influence of anti-aliased type, limited font choices and so on. Check it out here.

Fight Fight Unionize


The grad students at Columbia are raising a ruckus to unionize. NYTimes article here. Here at the University of Iowa they unionized some time ago as COGS, or the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students. COGS is a local of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE). That struck me as slightly odd when I was a graduate student here and still does. The unions are mostly organized around the working trades obviously, […]

Oops, Jose did it again


Hey, folks, Jose’s got another new book out that he co-authored this time with Brandon Palmer entitled Secure Architectures with OpenBSD. It’s affordable and would look great on your bookshelf. Check it out.

Page 23, Sentence 5


Here’s the meme: Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 23. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Deciding which book is nearest takes a moment of thought. I look behind me and there’s a bookcase and piles of books on the floor. Several books are equidistant. But I look to my right and the bookcase along the front wall of the room […]

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter, folks. It’s been a light posting week here on the blog—I’ve been recuperating from a nasty cold that I came down with on Tuesday. will be back in full force soon.

Isn’t it ironic?


Here’s the latest local news from the Associated Press: A University of Iowa art student learned the hard way that a work of art made of cash won’t last long these days. Curtis William Readel created The American Flag by meticulously coloring and stitching together 130 dollar bills in the shape of the famous flag. The piece, put on display at the University of Iowa Art Building, was swiped Wednesday evening by someone who presumably […]

The Fine Art of Journaling


People who know me know that I love to write. It’s been the one thing that I’ve done with absolute consistency over the years. I started my first journal when I was in elementary school—in third or fourth grade. It wasn’t until high school that I started having what you might term ‘output’ – that is, a sizable volume of words. That’s also when I developed my skills as a letter writer—for several years in […]