October 24, 2006

download firefox 2.0

so, mozilla was supposed to officially release 2.0 this morning. they haven't updated their web site yet, but they have put the 2.0 release in their public download directory (timestamp: 23-Oct-2006 03:19).

go get it!

Get Songbird
Songbird 0.2: while you're at it, go grab Songbird. they're calling it a "Developer Preview," but it is the official 0.2 release. if you like it, you could put one of their cute li'l birdies on your web site.

October 20, 2006

one simple word

its true
its true, originally uploaded by brianjacobsen.

two photos in one night... but i couldn't resist.

in honor of jeffrey

MetteMarit, originally uploaded by robbie flower.

yes, that's a project runway reference, in case your wife isn't suckered into it, which by proxy means that you know every stinkin' detail, including that jeffrey won last night.

whew. sometimes run-on sentences make blogging a lot of fun.

October 17, 2006

FRYPOD. It's not an Apple product.

on my way home tonight, i was craving french fries... stopped by burger king to get some. they have this new ingenious fry box that is designed to fit in your car's cupholder -- and it's just the right size to grasp in your hand to toss back those last few fries at the bottom. but i digress.

the name they've apparently trademarked for the fry holder?? FRYPOD.

of course, i immediately had a laugh and wondered if apple would sue burger king. after googling "burger king frypod," i am *clearly* not the first person to have that oh-so-original thought.

October 16, 2006

Songbird Nest

I don't write often, but what's even more pathetic is that I've got drafts lying around from a year ago! I thought I'd finish up this one, since Songbird is about to hit another milestone. These guys have one of the coolest products (and one of the slowest dev cycles) I've seen crop up here in the "new bubble" in downtown SF.

To sum it up, and steal from their Web site:

Songbird is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source.

It's a compelling bit of software; one part iTunes and one part Firefox. The Web site is well designed, their mascot is cute and memorable, and they seem to have a very talented (albeit rather slow) team of web heads working diligently to craft their ultimate music player. The software itself has a very clean, simple, well-designed UI, and the feature list has all the bells and whistles you would expect from a modern player (including a "Super Slim Mini-Mode" to leave in the corner of your screen).

So what makes Songbird different? It's an all-in-one package -- media search, playback, and file management -- not to mention a full-fledged browser, to boot! While browsing the web, the bottom of the application shows all playable media files linked from or contained within the page. I can click the link to play the file right in Songbird, or drag and drop it into my library. Works well for video and podcasts, too.

It's definitely beta software (not the indefinite web2.0 kind, but the real kind, complete with crashes and all), so take your chances, but have fun and explore the web through the eyes of that cute li'l bird.

found chairs, part three

DSC01068, originally uploaded by Oh Lenna.

plus oatmeal!

quick SPAM check

it was a weight loss kind of morning. but here are, by far, my two favorites:

  • You'll love the new, non-obese you
  • Make your fat friends envy you
thank you Alyce Trotter and Cora Caudill! i can't wait to "become fit and happy again!" (yes, another SPAM.)

October 11, 2006

Autumn Eyes

Autumn eyes
Autumn eyes, originally uploaded by :-)hristof.

Photoshop or no, this kid has beautiful eyes!

October 6, 2006

The Kinkos Generation

Yesterday, USA Today ran an article on the growing number of people who take up a "third space" for work.

An estimated 30 million Americans, or roughly one-fifth of the nation's workforce, are part of the so-called Kinko's generation, employees who spend significant hours each month working outside of a traditional office.
20%!!! That's amazing. Although I don't know why I'm surprised -- I have been planted firmly in that 20% since 2000. There are definitely days when I wish I could fly a paper airplane over to Jen's desk, or wave my FOF for all to see. However, most days I'm perfectly content to pop on my headphones, sip a soy latte, and get down to business.

Interesting sidebar in the article about "Cafe Etiquette." Here are my favorites:
  • Tip big and eat often -- think of it as rent for your table
  • Take it outside -- when the cell phone buzzes, head for the door
  • Cords get right of way -- self-explanatory, don't complain about it
One caveat regarding the USA Today article -- it was written in and featured San Francisco. It would be interesting to know the numbers solely for San Francisco. I bet the number is a lot higher than 20%. To do your own research, forget the Grove (the cafe featured in the article, although I prefer their Fillmore location) and head down to the Mission to Ritual Coffee Roasters. And if you're not in SF, all you have to do is Google "Ritual Coffee," or head to flickr (tags: ritro, Ritual Roasters, Ritual Coffee, etc.) Hell, "ritro" has its own flickr pool...

Personally, I "heart" my corner coffee shop, Luv a Java. Great coffee, good food (fresh sandwiches!), nice prices, and FREE WIFI.

This is Broken

Seth Godin's presentation at GEL. If you've ever been fascinated with funny or pointless signs, or just plain bad design, check it out.