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Awkward last-minute gifts

Monday, December 23rd, 2002

Just in time for the procrastinator inside us all, Anil presents a list of last-minute gifts engineered to throw off the recipient just long enough to distract them from the fact that the presents really suck. Here’s an example:

Have a bunch of expired coupons taking up space? Give them the gift of Grocery Savings Past.

Dickens would be proud.

In other gift-giving news, thank you very much to my Secret Santa for a gift that was didn’t suck and wasn’t bought at the last minute: the soundtrack from Amélie. I first saw the movie when I was in London at about this time last year, and even though it isn’t a holiday film, but it still seems appropriate right now—especially the music. Thanks again!


Sunday, December 22nd, 2002

I’ve been running the NetNewsWire Pro beta for just about 24 hours now, and it’s already indispensible. My previous entry was posted from the mall using the hiptop/Sidekick, and this entry comes via the integrated Weblog Editor included with NetNewsWire Pro. Something tells me the posts entered using NetNewsWire will be slightly more useful.

Like Tom, I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy once it’s released, and I’ll do my meager part to evangelize the tool in the meantime. (Sorry Windows users, NNW is for Mac OS X only.)

Don’t be fooled…

Friday, December 20th, 2002

Scene from a mall chain record store:

Middle-aged woman, arms heavy with shopping bags, makes a frantic beeline for a store employee. She speaks only two words (or is it one?): “J.Lo?”

The employee nods, takes two steps forward into the “Rock/Pop” section, picks out the CD and hands it to the woman without a word.

“Is this ‘Jenny from the Block’?”

The employee nods and resists the urge to roll his eyes.

Meanwhile, a customer who has witnessed this exchange chuckles and considers piping in: “Yeah—don’t be fooled by the rocks that she got.” Like the superstore representative, though, he wisely keeps his mouth shut.

Frugal Googol

Thursday, December 12th, 2002

Seen on marketingfix: Google has launched Froogle, a shopping service built with Google’s search engine technology. The site is probably too late to be of much use for holiday shopping this year, which is okay since it’s still in beta. Still, this could really change the way online shopping—and pricing—works.

Google Labs also released two new toys this week: Google Viewer and Google Webquotes.

Yes, Santa has an iPod

Monday, November 25th, 2002

Santa looks suspiciously like Will Ferrell in two new Switch ads just posted to Apple’s site. Same cranky disposition, too.

AMLFS: The Book Tour

Sunday, November 24th, 2002

Book signing
John Freyer signs copies of his book.
John Freyer was at the Borders in Philadelphia on Friday night to sign copies of his book, All My Life For Sale, written to document his unique project. He literally sold all of his belongings on eBay, several of which made their way to Chester Springs. John then visited several of the items, meeting their new owners and documenting how his former possessions had been added to peoples’s lives.

The book is certainly an interesting read, and John’s readings have been well-received across the country. At the Philadelphia event, an audience member asked if there would be a sequel to the project. The response? “No. I will never sell anything on eBay again.” John did back off the last part of that statement—he’s got great feedback, after all—and added that he’s taken advantage of the opportunity to start over and is doing his best to buy second-hand goods when possible.

After the bookstore event, Ash and I joined John, his wife-to-be Sasha and several friends at the Villa di Roma Restaurant in South Philly. We’ve met a lot of great people through this project (not least of all John himself), and look forward to his future endeavors.

The author is scheduled to appear live on NBC’s Today show on Monday morning at about 9:42 a.m., and will also be heard in a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered.

(One update to the book should be noted: on page 131, John discusses a project participant working for a dot-com who was “fortunate enough not to be laid off yet.” While that information was accurate when the book went to print, it is no longer the case.)


Friday, November 22nd, 2002

Daypop is back.

Update: Well, it was up when I posted this. Honest.

Her kind of town

Wednesday, November 20th, 2002

Uncommon Yield Sign
Yield Sign.
Visitors to Dawn’s site recognize right away that she’s got an uncommon eye and uses her camera to share her unique view of the world. Today marks the launch of Chicago Uncommon Photography, a collection of her photos. You can browse through the photos by category or date and even purchase prints of your favorites.

The site is very much a labor of love, and Dawn describes it as a work-in-progress, but it looks pretty polished to me. Future plans include sections devoted to vacation albums as well as events in and around Chicago. Go be inspired.


Sunday, November 10th, 2002

This post comes courtesy of the Bulldog (the original). Nobody need worry that I’m not getting my share of internet access—you can hardly go two blocks without finding a terminal, usually in a coffeeshop. And yes, I know the difference between a cafe and a coffeeshop, and the coffeeshops are definitely cooler.

We are staying a few doors down phentermine from Anne Frank’s House on Prinsengracht next to the Westerkerk, one of the city’s large historical churches. It’s right in the middle of everything, but the weather is miserable here. Anyhow, it doesn’t look like I’m missing too much, so I’m gonna get back to it. Oh, hey—how ’bout them Aggies?

Election night

Tuesday, November 5th, 2002

Someone just called me to conduct an opinion poll on today’s elections. Did I vote? Yes. What is the most important issue today? The economy and job creation. What is my opinion of President Bush’s job performance? Strongly disapprove.

That felt good. The rest of this night is a little bittersweet, as usual. Like me, Greg is less than impressed with our fellow citizens who choose not to participate in the process. But this time (unlike in 2000), all my votes went to winning candidates. Or at least I think they did.

Despite all their preparations, the Voter News Service gave up on exit polling this afternoon, so results are moving a bit more slowly this year. Probably a good thing after the roller coaster ride two years ago, but it’s sure less interesting to watch. Oh, and we still vote using punch cards up here in suburban Philadelphia. I’m not kidding. I double-checked my chad before leaving the polling place, but it still makes me a little queasy.
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