October 25, 2005

Early Adopters

Really, it’s not that smart. But where would the automobile, computer and electronics industries be without early adopters? My dad always told me when I was young “don’t buy the first year model of a new body style.” And no, I don’t have the statistics to back it up but he works with cars so he has to know what he’s talking about: they don’t think of everything when they redesign a car. Design flaws and safety recalls and whatnot. Same for electronics and computers but with another good reason thrown in: Money. How many people bought a DVD player when they first came out for $700 (which very likely doesn’t work anymore because of new standards) with movies at least $25 a pop? How many people spending their own money buy the absolutely fastest processor/chipset/memory combo on the market when they build their computers? Or the highest mega-pixel digital camera available? I don’t know anyone personally, which may speak about the general smartness (or poorness) of my friends, but somebody must have. In fact, lots of people. If they hadn’t, the product wouldn’t be around anymore. Or maybe still around but in its first (and inferior) generation because of lack of interest and feedback. Or would there be a different effect? Probably for lots of these people their business is geared toward needing the latest and greatest, but I’ll bet many simply fall into the more-money-than-sense category. I generally think of myself as a smart consumer, but if everyone was like me, these industries would be a lot different. Unless everyone was like me but with more money (or less aversion to debt), then they might be pretty much the same.

October 22, 2005

It probably comes down to laziness.

For a while now, we’ve lived in the same apartment. Actually, not THAT long of a while, but during this while we’ve been anticipating the build of a new hall. The location of this new hall is (or will be) less than two minutes from our apartment. I’m not super crazy about our apartment, but now our future hall is becoming more of a reality so I feel like we should stay.
I always have had better spiritual than secular goals. Not that there is anything wrong with this, but I always envied the people that seemed to have both. I have no secular ambition. Not only that, I have no problem “throwing my money away” by paying rent each month. We’re still not sure we want to make this our “permanent” home anyway. So as far as this stuff is concerned, I feel like we’re in a state of limbo. Fortunately, none of it matters very much, but limbo is limbo.

Also, speaking of limbo, my wife says it’s interesting to watch people do the limbo. “Not the actual limbo-ing part,” she says, “but right after they do it, as they walk away from the limbo bar.”

October 21, 2005

Speaking of Nuclear Gopher...

(I sort of was)

What’s up with the NG web site? I actually understand completely, but what about the band kids site that linked to the NG site? If I were running things, I could see this happening, but don’t some of them do that sort of thing for a living? Come to think of it, that could be the explanation.

Ah well.

October 20, 2005

It’s sort of an anniversary.

10.20.99
it was raining
and i felt you
cold as the wind you were there
rain on the window
rain in my heart
this sadness enclosed me
the pain extinguished me
the first and the last
you left me alone
to die in my own
without you

If you don’t have it, download it.

October 19, 2005

“So I started up a blog, ‘cause I’m indistinct…”

Re: California

I must admit, I’ve only been to this place once. For half an hour. And I never left SFO Airport. Then I was on to nicer things in the Aloha State. But I can’t help but wonder, what’s so great about California? By all accounts, it has a troubled economy, beleaguered government, natural disasters, and a population of incredibly shallow people (read that last part with a Robin Leach-type voice). So why are there so many songs about California? And why do so few of them mention the troubled economy, beleaguered government, etc.? Also, when I say “about,” I mean songs that mention California. So how many can you think of? I’ll get us started:

“California” by Low
“California” by Phantom Planet
“California” by Mason Jennings
“Californication” by RHCP
“California Girls” by the Beach Boys
“California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and Papas
“Hotel California” by the Eagles
And that’s off the top of my head, without thinking of songs that don’t have a reference in the title but are mentioned in the song like “Get Free” by the Vines and songs that are about a particular location in California like “Beverly Hills” by Weezer.

Are there others?

October 17, 2005

Did it go well?

I think so. But I think people are nice enough that they wouldn’t say anything if it didn’t. In any case, I’m glad it’s over. Speaking of which, that seems to be my stock response if anyone says anything about my parts. I should just learn to accept a compliment. But I don’t want to come across as vain or thinking that I did a good job or anything. Plus, what if they’re just saying it to be nice?

 

Also: I haven’t bought it yet, but I just have to say, it’s about time, Ms. Apple!

 

I need to learn more about RSS feeds.

October 15, 2005

October 12, 2005

I can't post without a title.

My latest purchase. Oh yes indeed.

Also, I’ve been thinking about outsourcing a lot. I don’t know why. It’s pretty much a political issue now, so I feel weird making any kind of statement about it. But I think I’m okay here. Not that I’m affected by it or anything, but I think if it’s something that really is an issue to most people, if people are willing to boycott a company or something else similarly drastic because they outsource certain jobs, people need easy-to-access, easy-to-understand, up-to-date information. Like whosoutsourcing.com or something. Upon looking at this web site, I have to wonder why someone saw fit to put this particular web site here. Anyway, I was thinking that as long as it was completely fact-based and didn’t have any nationalistic or political leanings I could do something like that, but then I thought, how would I do something like that? I wouldn’t have a clue where to start or how to get accurate information or how to design the web site and then I’d still have to keep it up to date! But doesn’t it seem like a good idea? Give people the information and let them decide. So has someone already had this idea and I didn’t even bother to poke around the internet before posting this? Actually the second part of that question shouldn’t be a question because I know it’s true, although to my credit I did check whosoutsourcing.com. And if you’re in the market for shoes, you should do the same. The more I write the more I’m tempted to research this so I’m going to stop.

So at this point...

I’m really just making sure this works.