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Nikon F4

After writing the post about the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, I did end up getting one of the cameras in the post. I did a bit of wheeling and dealing on Kijiji (which has killed Craigslist in Canada), and got a Nikon F4S from a nice guy who used to do wedding...

Human Consciousness

I've always wanted to figure out the whole deal with human consciousness, so, a while ago, I got a book about it. In the past week, I finally got around to reading it, and guess what: The author doesn't know what human consciousness is. I don't want to get too angry...

Punctuation

For 95% of my life, I used apostrophes when I wanted to show possession. An example: The dog's hat is bigger than Dan's hat. but in the last year, I read something that said this was incorrect. Some website about grammar explained that using apostrophes that way was a...

A Little Trick to Make Food Taste Better

When I travel on a plane, I don't go out of my way to plan out any food. I usually eat before going to the airport, but I'm always careful to not overeat, in case it makes me ill or something. Sometimes I think how amazing it'd be to have some really nice food, like...

1972 Polaroid Promotion Film by the Eames Office

When I started watching this video, I was confused, and thought it was a modern video someone had made, trying to parody the style of 1970's corporate films. I guess it was because of the video quality - this is 480p but looks pretty decent. A minute or so in, I was...

How This Site Got Its Admittedly Dumb Name

I just got an email reminder that this domain name is going to be auto-renewed tomorrow. This will be the 19th renewal, yikes. I know what you might be saying: "Andrew, this domain is 19 years old? You're so young, when did you register it, were you 5 years old?" The...

Streaming Vector Face Chat App (Great Post Title haha)

Streaming Vector Face Chat App (Great Post Title haha)

This is an app idea I've thought about a bit. I've used Facetime, Skype and Google Hangouts to do video chat over the years, and the video quality hasn't gotten much better over that time. The small improvement is, I think, mostly due to laptops/phones/tablets having...

Longreads

I figured out the thing about "longreads" that I don't like: They're really long. They should invent shortreads.

Iceland

I don't think many of my recent entries have been very short, but when I started updating this site again, I wanted to really focus on frequency, and not on quality (obviously). Part of the idea is that basically anytime I have something to say that doesn't fit on...

Can I Not Look at My Own Face for a Year

The other day, I was wearing a pretty ludicrous, misshapen sweatshirt that I own. I looked pretty dumb, and I passed my camera to someone, so that I could get a photo. I got home and as I began to go through the six or sevens photos, it occurred to me that maybe I...

The Screaming Heads of Burk’s Falls

A few weeks ago,  saw something about the site Atlas Obscura, because they have a new book out. The site is basically what it says: An atlas of obscure, odd places all over the world. I checked out what odd places are close to me, as everyone probably does, and the...

Food Startup Idea

I thought of what would be a good food startup: Instead of delivering me food from a restaurant menu, give me the option of sending a recipe that I found online, and have them make it, and then deliver it to me. I guess this is like having a personal chef, but one a...

Owned At The Airport

Almost 2 years ago, I went to NYC to an event with this company I was doing some contract work for. On the way home, I got so humiliated online, and it still makes me laugh so hard thinking about it. I was at the airport, waiting for my flight at the gate. There were...

Almost All Vintage Guitars are Fake

This is a subject I've been meaning to write about for a while, but I feel like I have too much to say about it, and I may organize my thoughts badly. Tonight on Instagram, I saw a vintage guitar collector describe how he was scammed by a guitar dealer, but the...

LGTM

I did some contract work earlier this year for a company that was fairly corporate. Early on, I noticed that whenever a developer would put in a pull request, someone would code review it, and if the code didn't have any issues, they'd write "LGTM" along with a little...

Flossers

I have to tell you a product that changed my life. It didn't change it a lot, but at least a little bit. The product is: Flossers. You already knew that from the subject line. This is a flosser: You buy them at a drugstore, and they make flossing so, so much easier....