Archive for 2002

December 31, 2002

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was an incredible movie. Just like the first, I’m amazed that there just wasn’t anything wrong with this film. The reason may be that, at its core, the story is a timeless one. I have the books now, so I plan on reading all three before next Christmas. We’ll see how that goes.

While over at the LOTR site, check out the interactive map to Middle-Earth for your Palm.

After some tinkering, I finally converted my old Blogger posts to XML so that they’ll live again here on my own system in the archives. They go back to September of 2000, although some months are pretty bare. It wasn’t all that difficult — just creating an XML template in Blogger (I’m using RSS 2.0 for formatting), then republishing. Works like a charm. Strange to see the same bugs still happening in Blogger after not using it in years.

December 30, 2002

Our tree is still up and it’ll be up until after the New Year. I’m wondering what the average day is for taking a Christmas tree down. Some take it down the day after, some maybe a month after? How about lights on the outside of the house? It actually feels strange to still have it up today, only 5 days after.

Apparently a 2000 page translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was found in the archives of an Oxford library.

Star Wars Origami:

“Why combine Star Wars and paperfolding? Why not? I like ‘em both, and let’s face it, so do you. That’s why you clicked that link.”

So true… so true.

December 29, 2002

Ah, I still love the Patriots.

A few of my favorite albums of the past year that I actually got around to listening to (not necessarily released in 2002 and in no particular order):

Mark Pilgrim has started doing some interesting things using the <cite> tag — automatic indexing of citations to other people and sites using the standard HTML tag.

You must check out Trevor Van Meter’s Fly Guy Flash animation/game thing. Impressive pixel and vector art throughout his main site as well.

December 26, 2002

Pictured right are the results of the first game played at home on a new Scrabble board (highly recommend the rotating board action). It was the perfect thing to do on a post-snow-storm-day-after-Christmas. I am not a great Scrabble player. In fact, can you spot my glaring grammatical error? (click image for larger view) Kerry didn’t catch it right away, so we had to live with it for the rest of the game. My favorite turn of the game by far: my playing an “i” to spell “hi” on a triple word score. The easiest 15 points one can get., yet I still lost by over 60 points.

Interesting stuff at the National Scrabble Association. Who knew?

December 24, 2002

Merry Christmas. There’s a house (or actually a whole block) in Saugus, MA that goes above and beyond with lights and decorations. I’ve never seen anything like it. Apparently they spend $30,000 to do it, and employ 3 people for a few weeks a year to help set it all up. The electric bill for the month of December is around $1000 and traffic on their street gets heavier than the central artery during rush hour. A colossal waste of energy? Yes. But still amazing. Shown at right (click for larger view) is a photo I snapped while driving by in the car, and while it’s blurry, you still get a sense for the amount of lights there are.

Jakob Nielsen’s Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes of 2002. Some valid stuff in there.

December 22, 2002

A friend of mine gave me one of those mini remote control cars (show right with the cover off) — apparently these are what the kids are wanting this Christmas. I can see why. The thing is the size of a matchbox car, but remote controlled, pretty darn fast and charges up in about one minute.

Ok, I just realized I’ve posted twice now this month (with pictures) about toy cars. I’m not that into toy cars. It just happened to work out that way I guess. Future posts will be about football, power tools and probably stuff that’s named with three and four letter acronymns.

December 20, 2002

From the hilariously verbose Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About:

“I eat two-fingered Kit-Kats like I’d eat any other chocolate bars of that size, i.e., without feeling the need to snap them into two individual fingers first. Margret accused me of doing this, ‘deliberately to annoy her’.”

Gawker is a newly launched weblog covering gossip and anything and everything in NYC. It’s an entertaining read, even if you don’t live in the Big Apple.

WTheRemix is an independent contest for redesigning the front door of the W3C. The winning design will not actually get used by the W3C. I thought about entering this, but then remembered how much time I put into the Blogger redesign contest. Fun, but…

Last night, while sitting in a dark, smokey cigar bar, I decided that I would be far more inclined to smoke a cigar (but still not often) if they were approximately 1/10th the length of a normal cigar. A couple of puffs and you’re done. Then one could enjoy a single malt scotch or cognac with a cigar, yet not end up smelling like one.

December 17, 2002

Update: I’ve created a t-shirt over at pixeltees. It was eareally simple to create the shirt and open a store over there. They’re $15 (of which I make a whopping $1 per shirt after 5 or more are ordered) and I have absolutely no idea on the quality. I suppose I should order one and find out. Or maybe you should as well :-)

Make your own pixel art t-shirts at pixeltees. What a great idea, design and sell your own t-shirts made right on their web site using a killer Shockwave interface. (via