Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Finals

I guess all of the sports "pundits" are right. A Lakers-Celtics finals is good for ratings - in my house at least. I have no idea what the actual television ratings have been for this series but I can only imagine that they are good since two large markets are the host cities. Plus, it's got the old-school 80s feel to it since it seemed like the Lakers and Celtics faced off in every finals in the 80s.

I'm not a Celtics fan nor a Lakers fan, so why am I watching? It reminds me of when I was a youngster. It reminds me of the times my dad and I spent watching the Finals together. The Pacers were never very good when I was younger so we adopted the Celtics as the team we would reluctantly root for because Larry Bird was from Indiana. Sure, Dad and I marveled at the big plays and memorable moments, but what I remember most is my dad telling me to watch Larry when he didn't have the ball. I remember him showing me how defense created offense and how Larry made the passes he did because he always knew where everyone was at all times. I remember him using those games to teach me how to play basketball because he could never really show me himself since he never played.

That's why I'm watching. Because I miss my dad.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Virtual Haircut

Check this out, it's very cool. You need to wear headphones to get the whole effect:

Friday, June 13, 2008

My Mom and Computers

My dad and I always spent a lot of time trying to get my mom to use the family computer - with no luck whatsoever. She would try for about a week but would give up because she lost interest. Last Christmas, my dad got my mom a MacBook and taught her how to use it. This time he decided to show her how she could keep in touch with her kids by viewing our online photo galleries and emailing us. She took much more interest and I've been working to keep her using the computer ever since.

Dad got her set up with a Gmail account, and I've been emailing her quite a bit with links to sites I think she'll like and other little tidbits for her to do on the web. Today, I noticed that she was online checking her email when I saw that her little Gchat icon was green. I decided to send her an instant message. She seemed a little confused at first as her "typing" status stayed up for a long time. Eventually, she hit Return and the longest IM I've ever received appeared. She was obviously still thinking of it as email. She quickly caught on and we had a short little conversation. By the end she was IMing like a semi-pro (no abbreviations or emoticons). However, my favorite moment came as she was signing off. She wrote, "This is a neat little square."

For those of you not familiar with how the Gchat box looks in email, here's a screenshot of Mom's "neat little square":

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The New iPhone

As a current iPhone owner, many people have asked me if I plan to buy the new iPhone 3G. At first I responded with, "I don't know. The price makes it very tempting." Now that I've had some time to think about it my response is, "No way." Here's why:
  • I get the iPhone 2.0 firmware for free and the App Store is the one feature that I've really wanted.
  • Dee and I already have a GPS in our car. Plus, I almost never drive and when I do it's to places I know how to get to. (Granted, the tracking feature is pretty cool.)
  • Most of the browsing I do on my iPhone is done while connected to WiFi. When not connected to WiFi, the speed is good enough to get me the info I need in a reasonable amount of time but slow enough to deter me from constantly surfing and being completely anti-social at all times. A perfect balance in my opinion.
  • I can't justify the $200 simply for faster browsing and GPS. With the firmware upgrade I'm getting all the really cool features that I've wanted (mostly through apps) and it seems silly to get rid of a phone that I am very satisfied with for the two features mentioned above. Plus, I don't think the new iPhone looks as cool.
The funny thing about all of this is that prior to watching Steve Jobs's keynote address, I was all set to pony up the money to buy the thing. As I watched the keynote, I slowly became disgusted by the propaganda. He was pitching problem fixes as fantastic new "features." Bullshit. Half of the "features" they added for this version were things they should have gotten right the first time. GPS? Should have had it the first time. Non-recessed headphone jack? Fuck you. You knew that no headphones but the shitty ones you ship with it would work. It's not an improvement, it's a finally got it right. On top of all that, they neglected to add notes syncing. Let me explain. The iPhone has a nice little app on it where you can type in notes and save them in a list. Unfortunately, there's no way to get those notes off of your iPhone and onto your computer. This really sucks when you're the kind of person who has sketch ideas at random times throughout the day, but sits down at the computer at night. I have to retype my notes from the phone into my computer every day. C'mon Apple. It's just text. How hard could it be to sync back to my computer?

So, no iPhone 3G for me. Not until my iPhone Classic dies.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Baby Shower Cards

A lady in my department is pregnant. That means that we all chip in to get her a gift and a card is circulated for us to sign. I'm more than willing to chip in for the gift, but the card is a different story. I never know what to write. The people in my office never just sign their names. They always write a little something inside which means that I have to write something inside.

Today a card made its rounds and I was forced to write something. It took me about fifteen minutes to figure out what to write. This is what went through my head as I tried to come up with something to write about her newborn-to-be.
  • Good luck forcing that little baby out of your vagina.
  • Babies are time-consuming.
  • May he be wise and fleet-of-foot.
  • I bet you can't wait to get that hefty little sucker out of there.
  • It's almost breastfeeding time!
  • Are you watching The Bachelorette? I totally think she needs to go with that one guy that's not a d-bag, you know, the guy with the kid that Ellen likes. Don't you? I do. He's the one for her.
I ended up going with the last one.

Friday, June 06, 2008

The Seven Deadly Sins - Wineglass Edition

I found this while browsing around the Internet today and thought it was interesting enough to share. Now, I'm not condoning committing the seven deadly sins (also known as Cardinal sins), but these wine glasses are a pretty clever take on each of the various sins. With the exception of sloth, drinking wine from these glasses actually force you to "commit" the sins they represent.

I find this whole thing personally interesting because I just caught the movie "Seven" on TV on Wednesday and then happened upon this today. Maybe the Internet is trying to tell me something...