2009-09-11-20-46-34

Pandemics for fun & profit

Note: Originally posted on Wed, 13 May 2009. A few weeks ago the internet was waking up to the news that there was a possible pandemic sweeping the world. Twitter was abuzz with people going a bit loony about what was then known as Swine Flu. In a rather uncharacteristic… 

Introduction to Urban Survival Caching

Introduction to Urban Survival Caching

Life in the city is a daily exercise in chaos theory. With so many people and so many variables anything can happen and quite often does. Most of the time the results are minor inconveniences that don’t lead to catastrophic consequences but as more people move into cities and the… 

  • Agent Orange
  • The Bollweevils
  • The Bollweevils
  • The Bollweevils
  • Agent Orange
  • The Bollweevils
  • The Bollweevils
  • The Bollweevils

The Bollweevils & Agent Orange

Back in October of 2013 I went to see 2 of my favorite bands, The Bollweevils and Agent Orange at Reggies in Chicago. The Bollweevils have been putting on amazing shows for about 20 years and are always a treat. I’d never seen Agent Orange and although the sound SUCKED… 

Zipco Communications

TBT: My Very First (and Last) ISP

At the end of 1997 I started a small ISP with 2 friends in Los Angeles called Zipco Communications. Not my choice for a name. I wanted us to be called Big Fat Pipe but was overruled. We paid a ridiculous amount of money to have 12 phone lines run… 

From the archives: Prodigy

Back in the day my first foray into massive online services that weren’t BBS’s was Prodigy. I got a Sears credit card and they gave me a free account when it started out. I stayed on for a few years and had a blast talking to tons of people. I… 

Podcasting rig

The Joys of Podcasting

For the past year and change I’ve been a bona-fide podcaster. It started with Grumpy Old Geeks with my long time friend and co-host Brian Schulmeister. I always wanted to do a show but it was when we got hammered one afternoon at Brian’s local and talked shop for 3… 

Visiting Paris with the boots from hell

Preparation Fatigue

Before my first trip to Europe back when I was 20 I spent the 2 weeks before the trip toughening up so I could enjoy it more and not be hassled with physical shortcomings. At night I slept on the floor with no pillow. I walked several hours a day… 

AT&T Video Billing

AT&T’s Video Bill is Interesting Tech

AT&T still sucks the mighty big one but I got the oddest email yesterday. I had already gotten the “Your bill is ready” email and had promptly archived it when a second email came along. For brevity sake you can read it above. Since I can’t share the actual link… 

Meeting your heroes doesn’t have to suck…

This post appeared originally on Facebook. I was chatting with Marc Canter in another thread and was looking for a shot I took when we were hanging out at Bucca DiBeppo in Chicago but ran across this pic instead which was from the second night we met. Since you don’t… 

2009-09-18-04-12-57_1

Do Not Disturb – Heisenberg & Schröedenger had a baby

Note: This post was originally written in September of 2009 while I was staying in a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. I thought it fit to exhume and polish a bit since it’s Herr Schröedenger’s birthday. And yes, I probably mean the observer effect instead of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle but it… 

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