April 2009

I was looking through old bookmarks in my web browser, and it made me reminisce about useless web pages from yester-decade.

Some pages I enjoyed, which are still around, include:

I searched and searched for an existing mirror of “The Page That Turns You Into a Chicken,” though, and I can’t find a single one that’s still up. How sad is that?



I started thinking about the bands that I’ve seen live in concert, thanks to a LivingSocial meme on Facebook (called “Bands I’ve seen live in concert”). Until I tried to list them, I didn’t realize how many I’d seen! Here’s the list, as far as I can remember:

Barenaked Ladies (many times), Guster, DEVO, David Bowie, Reel Big Fish, Kool & the Gang, the Offspring, Lit (were awful), Save Ferris, Offwhite (fronted by a friend of Ashleigh’s), Nothing Special (fronted by my friend Amanda), Cake, Alanis Morissette, the White Stripes, Hot Hot Heat, Hot Tuna, the Other Ones, Semisonic, Moby, Violent Femmes, Counting Crows, the Pixies, They Might Be Giants, the Aquabats, and Busta Rhymes.



My uncle wrote a reflective essay today about his 51st birthday (today). It seems he’s wearing the same black sweater today that he was wearing on his eighteenth birthday, immortalized in a photo from Yosemite. Apparently that black sweater had an even longer history: it had been passed down to him from my father, who also had it as a teenager. My mother commented that “they don’t make sweaters like they used to.” I disagree whole-heartedly. I think they do make sweaters like they used to; they just don’t make consumers like they used to.



Happy Easter from Ilse

Ilse wishes you a "hoppy" Easter! This photo is from her Cadbury audition, naturally.



Is anyone else upset by the removal of the letter e from the names of web sites? It was bad enough when it was just flickr, tumblr, and a few others, but then I heard about a site called toggl today, so I feel it’s worth bringing this up again. I don’t think other vowels are being attacked at this rate, and that’s just not fair. It’s time to mix it up a little with the missing vowels, people. I was going to suggest creating a medical site called doctr, for instance, but apparently that’s already been done. Good job! We’ve got a lot of catching up to do, though. Actors, please make actr, or if that’s already been done, how about ctor? For vitamins, how about vtamns? I could think of others, but that’s your job.



PowerShot SD450If you’re in the market for a camera, you should consider buying my used Canon PowerShot SD450. It’s cheaper than buying a new camera, not to mention you’ll be getting a top-of-the-line camera that’s been road-tested for less than you’d pay for a brand new, bottom-of-the-line camera.

Here’s a link to CNET’s review of the camera, so you can see how they like it, and watch a video of it in action.

Also check out my photos that I’ve taken with the SD450.

I’m selling mine on eBay, so it’ll be gone by Friday night at 8:30pm PDT. If you’re a Windows Live Cashback member, be sure to link from the eBay ad on live.com and use BuyItNow for 11% cash back (as of this morning).





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