January 28, 2009
January 25, 2009
The other local contender is 26th and Guerrero Market, which is a little bit of a schlep, but the reviews are much more promising, although they still say it's not suitable for "major grocery shopping." So, it's still not a Safeway replacement.
January 24, 2009
I suppose the saving grace is that at least it keeps track of where you were in the movie when you get unceremoniously dumped out to the main screen.
January 23, 2009
- That my kitchen has mice
- That the Safeway has mice running around in the bread department, and I've eaten 4 out of 6 bagels without realizing that the bottom-most one had been chewed on
So anyway, now I have a tablet which is a reasonable size to draw while I'm watching TV or at a coffee shop or whatever. So I figure I should give a brief review.
First off, it's not a virus, it's a trojan. It is spreading as the result of user action. In this case, by installing a patched, pirated copy of a software application.
Second off, the people who are downloading iWork from a torrent are complete idiots. Apple provides a trial version to download, to be unlocked with a serial. There are leaked unlock serials. If the serials phone home to confirm a unique registration (which would be a first for Apple) there are certainly workarounds for that.
But I guess I'll just ride. It's not like it's THAT wet out right now.
January 21, 2009
January 18, 2009
Now in 2009, the warranty is long-expired, and I sold the TV close to two years ago anyway. I have moved three times since purchasing it, and haven't bought anything at Circuit City since. Yet somehow, today, I got a letter from Circuit City, direct to my current mailing address (I guess they've been keeping tabs!), offering to extend the extended warranty, for the "low" price of $60-and-change per year, which could be conveniently billed to my credit card in perpetuity.
So, I guess some part of Circuit City expects to survive Chapter 7 liquidation...
January 16, 2009
January 15, 2009
There have been a lot of small-form-factor video recorders put on the market recently (such as the Flip Mino series which has gotten rather a lot of press), but the Sony ones are pretty compelling for a number of reasons.
So anyway, $200 was cheap enough that I could justify buying one without too much remorse, and so I ordered a CM1 (in purple) the instant I found out they were available. It arrived today. So here's a brief review.
January 13, 2009
For whatever it's worth, I actually feel safer riding at night than during the day, now. During the day I still have close calls since I'm just an invisible speck. At night, I'm visibly huge, and don't. Even the people who don't respect my space on the road obviously see me!
January 10, 2009
January 9, 2009
My grip strength is still excellent, though, and I don't have numbness in my fingertips, so it's not carpal tunnel syndrome (I did probably have CTS 10 years ago but since then most of my wrist problems have been more likely some form of tendinosis).
Man, why does biology have to suck?
For now I'll try mousing with my left hand, and maybe try to figure out a more ergonomic setup for my Wacom tablet at home (I'm not going to try drawing left-handed though).
January 7, 2009
When I picked it up today, he said that yeah, the bearings were totally shot and the lube was dried out and it was gunked up, so a rebuild was very necessary. Then I spun the wheel and it was absolutely soft and smooth. So I paid my $31.96 and had the best ride home ever. It's not quite as smooth as the Mongoose (since it doesn't have a front suspension), but actually not having a suspension made starting up a lot easier, especially going up hills.
Plus, I got a lot of comments about the Down Low Glow tonight. For about a mile and a half I was riding alongside someone who wanted to know everything about it and we had a good chat about that and also bike safety etiquette. And then someone on a scooter came up beside me at a light and was all, "Whoa, nice light!" And then when I got to my apartment yet another person asked me a bunch of questions ("Where did you get it? Is it battery powered? Does it come in other colors?").
So, hey, Rock The Bike, I'm getting the word out!
Worst case I just need to get a new rear wheel, which I guess would cost more than the bike itself (ugh) but probably it just needs a good cleaning and lubing, which seems straightforward enough (and would probably cost what, $50ish? maybe I can cut a deal with Performance considering I've bought two bikes and a hell of a lot of accessories there and have never once taken advantage of their "free tuneups for life" deal, although I'm not optimistic about that). Or maybe it's just plain completely maladjusted. I don't really know what goes on inside a bike wheel's hub.
January 5, 2009
The ride home was rather painful and difficult, both because I had a hell of a lot of stuff in my backpack and because the bike really needs a tuneup. I'll do what I can to tweak the brakes and so on tonight (when I also get my various existing accessories installed) although I really should just take it to a mechanic. Maybe tomorrow, if I don't go to the Delicious Monster Macworld party.
I am particularly looking at you, JREF. You of all organizations should understand that your readers aren't psychic!
January 4, 2009
I actually kind of look forward to it. I see it more as a civic duty and a responsibility, not something to get out of. The timing could of course be better, seeing as how we're on a tight schedule at work for the next couple of months, so I probably need to postpone it anyway (fortunately, the state of California makes that easy to do, and you're allowed to postpone it up to 6 months).