January, 2006

Jan 06

spell with flickr

neato! here’s a fun little webapp that lets you spell things with images from flickr. sort of a new age ransom note style of writing. here’s sam’s name, in one rendering:

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Jan 06

Harry Potter 4

I watched HP4 on my way back from Tokyo — I liked it. I did feel like this was really the first of the movies that require you to have read the book to know what’s going on. It was almost like a “scenes from…” movie, really. But good.

Watching Narnia on the train home now — this one feels much more literal — which I suppose is a consequence both of the relatively flat subject (see my earlier post on the books) and the fact that it’s only about 200 pages of material. I find that, like the books, I’m not nearly as interested in Narnia as I am in Hogwarts. That makes me a little sad, somehow.

update: the talking animals in Narnia are sort of creepy. don’t misunderstand: i’m generally a huge fan of anthropomorphizing animals — the office monkeys with the whoopie cushion are my current favorites — it’s just these particular Narnian ones that i find disquieting.

Jan 06

Four things

sort of a trendy blog meme lately, but I’ve got some time on the train on my way home, so here goes:

Four jobs I’ve had

1. Chinese fast food cook @ Quick Wok

2. Intern at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC)

3. Senior Scientist at Apple Computer

4. Founder, CEO, CTO @ Reactivity

Four movies I can watch over and over

1. Bull Durham

2. Glengarry Glenn Ross

3. The Shawshank Redemption

4. Bull Durham (seriously. i could watch it over and over and over and over.)

Four places I’ve lived

1. SF Bay Area

2. Las Vegas

3. Omaha

4. Colorado Springs

Four TV shows I love

1. Arrested Development

2. The Wire

3. Deadwood

4. Homicide

Four highly regarded TV shows that I’ve never watched a single minute of

1. Um, yeah. This isn’t really my kind of question.

Four places I’ve vacationed

1. Bangkok

2. Dublin

3. Kingston

4. Edinbourough

Four of my favorite dishes

1. Stewed chicken burrito from Taqueria La Bamba

2. Grilled chicken burrito from Taqueria La Bamba

3. Thai basil chicken

4. Gasi noreng

Four sites I visit daily

1. cnn.com

2. SF Gate TV — Tim Goodman’s reviews

3. news.com

4. espn.com

Four places I’d rather be right now

1. Home with Kathy & Sam

2. Sunken Diamond

3. Maples Pavilion

4. Anywhere else with Kathy & Sam

Four blogs I’m following

1. Joi Ito

2. BJR (sort of. he’s sort of sporadic)

3. avocado8

4. gizmodo

Jan 06

The Office

Okay, I’m now a fan of “The Office” — the US television version, I mean. I resisted it for a year or so — Ricky Gervais’ UK performance was just too strong an image in my mind — but now I do believe that it’s grown into it’s own show, with a different but similar sort of feeling, and is a pretty great sitcom.

Jan 06

Nice day in SF

Rode the train up to San Francisco today to spend some time with Mitch talking about various & sundry Internet-related topics. Was pretty rainy, gray & cold when I got to the 4th & King station this morning — now, on the way back, it’s a beautiful January day — probably 55 degrees, super-clear, terrific. I always think to myself when I visit SF that I should visit more. While in Tokyo I was struck by the “internationalness” of the city — how similar it is, in many respects, to Manhattan, or London, or Bangkok — and how similar really international cities are really bound to be. San Francisco, though, seems different to me. Possibly because it’s home turf for me — but I think that it’s more because in spite of the international flavor and influence that it wields, it’s still quite a small town, and feels like it.