links for 2006-04-24

April 23rd, 2006 links

April 18th, 2006

Cilantro haters unite

April 17th, 2006

No Cilantro

It’s no surprise to my co-workers that I am not a fan of cilantro. Because of this aversion, I’ve derailed or demurred at many suggested trips to Baja Fresh. (Side note: if the service was faster or if all the other customers didn’t seem oblivious as they walk into me while I wait for the oh-so-fresh gobs of cilantro to be plunked onto my otherwise passable tacos, I might be able to let it slide.) In fact, one of the low points of my recent trip to St. John was coming upon a patch of coriander on a hiking trail — of all the herbs on all the trails to idyllic, secluded beaches, why cilantro?

But I’ve never acted on my passion the way the folks at do. Mark at BoingBoing just put up a post about this growing community of cilantro haters who describe themselves as rational people despite their obsession with ridding the world of cilantro:

In fact, we are the most rational people on earth. No normally functioning human being would ever in a lifetime consider cilantro edible.

I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I am glad to know I’m not alone in my hatred of cilantro. Just one more example of how the internets can help make really strange people with really strange obsessions feel like they’re not all that strange after all.

Un mil palabras

April 11th, 2006

Courtesy dragonballyee‘s flickr stream, one of the best rally signs I’ve seen in a long time:

(translation: “My grandparents were illegal Irish Immigrants!”)

Roll On

March 20th, 2006

The Little Willies album cover

You can do worse than getting new music recommendations from a cab driver in Austin, Texas. That’s what I thought, anyhow, on the ride from Las Manitas to the La Quinta just before leaving town after SXSW Interactive last week.

We had just enough time in the short trip up Congress Ave. to hear the end of a song before the DJ came on and said the band’s name was “The Little Willies” — I had the forethought to send myself an email right away, and then I did a little Googling when I got home and I’ve been enjoying the album ever since. Heck, finding their page even gave me a reason to take a second look at MySpace (no, I still don’t think I get it).

The band features piano and vocals by Norah Jones on what I guess I’d describe as a collection of jazzy, country bluegrass. Finding The Little Willies wasn’t the most significant part of my fifth SXSW by a longshot — see Justin’s writeup for more — but right now, after returning to the real world recharged and full of creative juices, it makes as good a soundtrack as anything else while I figure out what comes next.


March 12th, 2006

Hitchcock’s got nothing on this. The crappy video doesn’t do it justice.

Breakfast on Big Maho

February 22nd, 2006

A pelican dives in at Big Maho Beach.

Salomon Bay for a minute

February 19th, 2006

Salomon Bay Beach near Cruz Bay at the end of the Lind Point Trail.

15 more minutes of 24

January 16th, 2006

After reading Leia’s post I decided copying and pasting my comment into my blog counts as blogging. So thanks, Leia.

I was trapped waiting in the pick-up area at IKEA when I got a txt msg from Emily about tonight’s episode of 24 starting late because of the football game (is there anyone left who actually cares about who’s playing in the Super Bowl?), and then I started to panic that I wouldn’t be home in time to manually record the final 15 minutes of the show. My TiVo gets every episode of Rocketboom now and it lets me buy movie tickets and listen to streaming podcasts — but why can’t they push out an update to their boxes when something like this happens?

Update: Oh, no. This story from South Carolina is so wrong it puts my whining about TiVo to shame.

Apple plasma rumors

January 8th, 2006

Let’s hope Jason O’Grady’s anonymous source turns out to be the reliable type.

Sandwich Man proceeded to tell me that Apple was about to rock the consumer electronics world again with an entirely new product line that they’ve never sold before. After some prodding he told me that lexapro without prescription Apple would announce two new widescreen HDTV plasma displays at Tuesday’s keynote address at Moscone.

And I thought the new hot turkey sandwiches were the best thing you could get at a Wawa.

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