Google’s Writely

August 21, 2006

Spent a while playing around with Google’s Writely, a web-residing word processor. It’s pretty decent, kind of reminds one of a basic version of Word circa 5.1 on a Macintosh SE30. So it’s decidedly stripped down and not really all that great as a desktop replacement, but it lays the foundation for future versions to come.

Hint Mints and Shag

August 20, 2006

I also have an mint tin collection, largely at work right now, and came across this gem while looking for information on the artist Shag (Josh Agle).

Movie Notes: Maria Full Of Grace

August 18, 2006

Maria Full Of Grace

A well-done, heavy docu-drama style film where one person’s situation can be seen as a metaphor for a larger society, namely the drug traffickers, the plight of living in a less-well off nation, and illegal immigrants. Maria is a teenager who is pestered by her family to earn more money and signs up to traffic drugs into the US. She is basically told to swallow 50 or so packets, get on a plane, and meet up with the recipients in New Jersey who basically feed the “mule” girls laxatives until they get their stash.

MacBook Firmware Update: No More Moo?

August 17, 2006

Looks like Apple just released a firmware update for the MacBook. It definitely adjusts the fan behavior. It requires a restart and a brief period of time where the fan is revved up full blast, then it’s all done.

Music Notes: Dashboard Confessional, Swiss Army Romance

August 15, 2006

This dude has something to say, he’s a pretty good guitar player, but it’s also obvious he listens to a limited style of music (Blink 182?) and probably should be playing electric guitar with a band behind him. When a song features little more than acoustic guitar and vocals, it places an inordinate amount of weight on the lyrics, and Dashboard Confessional doesn’t quite seem up to the task.