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Friday, December 28, 2007


Speed kills

Speed limit

I know this New Hampshire sign is supposed to encourage careful driving, but to me, 15 children per hour sounds dangerously fast. At best, I can hope to mow down just one or two in that time.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Meaty Christmas

Meaty Christmas

Hope everyone had a merry day. Pass the A-1.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Earth needs editors

Dates subject to change (and utter inaccuracy)

SJSU duh

The SJSU website is so full of broken links and bad information, it’s hard to pick just one mistake to highlight. On this one page alone, we can see that in order to delete a class entirely, you must drop it almost three months before the class begins — in fact, you must drop it before you could possibly register.

On the other hand, if you wait 92 years to drop, you’re going to be screwed. Consider yourself warned.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Earth needs editors

High? Wasted!

American Apparel duh

Forget the lack of a hyphen. This is just a really unfortunate misspelling of high-waisted shorts in a banner ad from American Apparel. See what happens when you leave the copy editing to a bunch of unitards?

Friday, December 14, 2007

Earth needs editors

Kwanzaa conflagration

Bergen Record duh

I guess the word blaze is a judgment call, but are they really on a roof? And is that kid a firefighter? Didn’t think so.

Monday, December 10, 2007


Public health dentist


The documentary project I’ve been working on these past few months is finally finished. It was a terrific learning experience in a number of ways, and I’m a little sad to be done with it.

A dentist was kind enough to let me follow him around for hours at a time, hovering over him while he treated patients. He has a private practice in San Francisco, but I was particularly interested in the work he does at a county-operated public health clinic in the area.

Sunday, December 9, 2007


Here comes Santacon


My knowledge of Santacon and/or Santarchy in San Francisco is limited to these three facts: First, it involves lots of people dressed in Santa Claus attire. Second, it’s about to happen again, somewhere, at some time. Third, I was there last year taking pictures. Had I done a little less drinking and a little more reporting, maybe I’d be able to tell you more about it.

Was that too specific? Then try this journalism for the easily bored: A multimedia audiovisual slideshow extravaganza.

Santacon slideshow
Thursday, December 6, 2007


Low-key headset

A lot of people have commented on the good looks of the iPhone, but not much attention is paid to the matching Bluetooth headset. If you want something huge that clamps onto your ear, glows blue and makes you look like something out of Star Trek, this is not the one for you.

Apple Bluetooth headset

12-10-07 Update: In case it’s not clear, I took this photo of the headset, just as I did with the flashlight, pepper grinder, spring water and so forth. Apparently the copy I wrote to accompany the picture had some people thinking that I was doing a product review or something. On the contrary, I was just showing off a cool-looking black thing floating above a black background.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007



I wonder what makes a flashlight “tactical”? This little LED number from Innova is almost bright enough to cook with, but the red light doesn’t ruin your night vision like a regular flashlight does.

LED flashlight LED flashlight
Tuesday, December 4, 2007



To my way of thinking, this stainless steel Vic Firth pepper mill is just about the sexiest thing going, pepperwise. It has a button rather than a knob, so you work it with one hand. The fact that it comes from a manufacturer of drumsticks gives it extra cool points.

pepper mill and peppercorns