Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Avant

I've been using the Avant Browser the last few days, mostly just to try something different. The reason I chose to actually download, install, and use Avant for the past few days was the mouse gestures. By clicking anywhere and moving your mouse in a specific way you can close the browser, open a new tab, go Back, Forward, or do a bunch of other common browser functions. Overall, I've been disappointed. I find the browser cumbersome to use (even with the gestures), and it seems to take noticeably longer to load pages compared to Firefox.

Oh well, worth a try. Maybe next I'll revisit Opera to see the changes its undergone since last i used it in college.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Brilliant insights on classical music

Goldfrapp has released the same song under two different titles and is selling them BOTH! "Strict Machine" and "Ooh La La" are both the same friggin thing with slight variations on the lyrics. Luckily I like both and occasionally listen to them in succession.

Beanie Man's "Hmm hmm" has a good reggae beat and the vocals flow in a catchy way. After reading the lyrics, I can't help but laugh when I see young women bobbing their head to this song. It reminds of the comedy bit that talks about girls dancing and signing along to the "sweat drop down my balls" song.

"Angeles" is another great one from Elliott Smith. I need to start listening to more of his stuff instead of picking and choosing songs I hear elsewhere.

"Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap is outstanding. I mentioned this awhile ago but the suggestion was met with sharp rebuttal. I repeat it here for the world to see.

Death Cab For Cutie have great lyrics, but the way they deliver them gets old fast.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

What fun

The upper portion of my ass hurts. This, in conjunction with my wrists and underarea of my forearms, is the worst pain in my body. That is not to say that the pain in my toes, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, elbows, shoulders, and neck is not worth mentioning. Its just worse in my wrists and forearms. And upper ass.

This is the sweetest pain I have ever felt. I got a lot out of my trip to Windham Mountain today. The one time i tried snowboarding years ago was a half day spent on my own trying to figure out how to stand up. Today, my brother selflessly sacrificed his much anticipated day on the mountain to spend the whole time on the easy trails (and 1 medium!) teaching me. And a great teacher he was. I intend to do this again.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Soreass

In two days I will tie my feet to a long slippery board and try to navigate myself down a mountain. I've only gone snowboarding once before, and it was a terribly unsuccessful outing. I'm committed to giving it one more go 'round. Last time I just took the lift up and tried to find my way down, hoping to figure it out as I went. This was a bad idea. This weekend, I'm willing to put enough time in on the bunny hills to make it worthwhile.

I'm going with my brother, who has said he'll show me the ropes (or the slopes). But since a few of his friends are now going to be there I feel obligated to have a speedy learning process. I'm sure he'll appreciate every minute he gets on the real mountain instead of watching me fall on my ass.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Its Simple

Today John Maeda visited us at Oxygen. We spent the morning discussing our company and my teams product, and over lunch listened to a presentation John gave about his life and his most recent book. John is really an interesting guy, and although I didn't really buy into his book, we all had an excellent conversation with him. He's an entertaining guy too, which was a pleasant surprise considering I could hardly keep myself awake while reading his work. Anyone interested in finding out more about John should read his blogs, or check out some of his stuff at his online studio.

His Darfur work was particularly touching. He introduces it with a comment saying "You will feel nothing -- thats the problem." I disagree. The longer I scrolled down the page, the more affected I was.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

torpid

I really want to start writing on this thing again.