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Out of Pages [blog]

[25 January 2013]
About a month ago, Laurel Hechanova and I decided to start a little side project together. The problem we're attempting to solve: that horrible feeling you get when you realize your notebook is almost out of pages.
 

Happy Festivus! [blog]

[24 December 2012]
Happy Festivus everyone! Yay!
 

Bad Hat Harry [blog]

[24 September 2012]
I've been meaning to post this forever.
 

My New Wheels [blog]

[30 August 2012]
Every day, I walk about 25 minutes to work, and 25 minutes back. Google Maps has this clocked at 1.3 miles.
 

Toothbrush Machine [blog update]

[22 August 2012]
i just came across this and feel it's my duty (ha! i said doodie) to inform you: the toothbrush heads have that little blue stripe to indicate when you need to replace them. they say they last for three months. bogus! and at $10 a pop (usually about $30 for a three pack), that's an expensive habit! i still recommend it, but beware. it's a bit lik
 

Brewing Coffee [blog]

[22 August 2012]
I suppose I haven't really talked about working at our new company much at all since we started it back in March, and I've talked even less about our coworking space, or "office", since we moved in here around June.
 

Breaking Bad Outtakes (Youtube) [link]

[21 August 2012]
this is hilarious. especially if you take the show as seriously as i do. (thanks saulemander!)
 

A Strange Morning, or: the Music I've Listened to Today [blog]

[21 August 2012]
Today's been kind of a strange day so far. Yesterday was kind of a rough day, mostly with work, but at the end of the day I wound up very exhausted and feeling kind of down. Usually I wake up the next day excited to start over (life is awesome like that), but for some reason this morning my biorhythms were still low.
 

Busy busy! [blog]

[17 July 2012]
Sorry for the lack of any activity on here, guys! Been a busy couple of months! Expect a post soon!
 

Song of the month: Holocene [blog comment]

[17 July 2012]
still really enjoying this song...
 

Song of the month: Holocene [blog]

[23 May 2012]
The song I can't get enough of lately is Holocene, by Bon Iver. I have nothing insiteful to say, nothing mind blowing, just that the song is incredible and I have a hard time not
 

Bolder Boulder Pre-Game Thoughts [blog]

[20 May 2012]
Many of the 'rados will be heading to Boulder this weekend to run the famous "Bolder Boulder" 10k.
 

Working Remotely [blog]

[20 March 2012]
For the last week or so, I've gotten a taste of what it means to work remotely. Nothing I've learned is anything profound, but it's been a great time for me to try something out I've always been curious about.
 

Living Like Don Draper [blog comment]

[16 March 2012]
hmmm, good point. i just meant i'm living the high life in a high rise! and it's been fun! i love this city!
 

Toothbrush Machine [blog]

[16 March 2012]
A few months ago, Daisy & I took the plunge and decided to get an electric toothbrush. I did a bunch of research, and we decided to go with a Philips Sonicare Fancy-pants model.
 

Living Like Don Draper [blog]

[15 March 2012]
Now that daisy and I have moved back to sweet home, Chicago, I'm realizing how many stark differences there are between my life in Houston, working for a manufacturing company, and what it could be working in Chicago for a non-manufacturing company.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 March 2012]
it's so great to be back in chicago! the weather is awesome, the view from this office is awesome, the city feels awesome. awesome.
 

Mission Accomplished! [blog comment]

[27 February 2012]
bentomas: thanks! my legs felt like rubber yesterday but I'm feeling good again today! maybe I'll go for 12? (ha!)
 

Mission Accomplished! [blog]

[26 February 2012]
Pretty much ever since I've been running for regular exercise, I've run somewhere between 3 and 4 miles. Sometimes even less. But then, a few months ago, I went for a run and felt so good that, in the words of
 

My Success with Game of Thrones [link]

[20 February 2012]
I tweeted some time ago that I tried desperately to purchase Game of Thrones, but couldn't find a single way to do it without buying cable and paying up the wazoo for HBO. I wound up... um... watching it some other way. And it turns out theoa
 

Song of the Week: Love is All [blog update]

[19 February 2012]
a google image search for this guy shows
 

Song of the Week: Love is All [blog]

[19 February 2012]
It's been a while since I've posted a song of the week, and thanks to iTunes Match, my last.fm stats are completely goofed up since November.
 

Runkeeper Street Team [blog]

[03 February 2012]
As many of you know, I really love keeping data. Any kind of data. I figure if I track everything, even if I don't know how I can use the data, in the future I'll have it to make the choice. But if I don't track it now, I may regret not having it, and all will be lost.
 

One of These Days [blog]

[03 February 2012]
Neil Young is awesome. From what I've read, he was a bit of a creative sphincter* when he was younger, but apparently at some point something changed, and he became this really friendly guy. Of course, I've
 

Occupy the Food Industry [link comment]

[01 February 2012]
well, i'm not sure i want to get into a big debate about it on avalantern, but regarding genetically modified foods, i'm with you. the trickiest part is defining what genetically modified even means! seedless watermelons are genetically modified simply by breeding. (though my friend believes big corporations did this to make seeds more valuable.)
 

Ten Notable Staircases [link]

[01 February 2012]
Some really neato staircases. (via @mentalfloss)
 

Trains! [link]

[01 February 2012]
This video of a miniature wunderland is absolutely incredible. Neil Young, you may have a run for your money! (via @billammend)
 

Occupy the Food Industry [link]

[27 January 2012]
I'm sure this article is a bit over the top, but even if you take it with a grain of salt it's horrifying. We all know these things happen in our food industry, so why does no one talk about it? Why are we only talking about Banks being evil, or electronics companies exploiting Chinese factories (and paying them well above local minimum wage)?
 

  1. Miles!!

[blog update]

[22 January 2012]
(for those interested, i posted the result of the new luhn process at github and a description here)
 

Green House Gas Data for the US [link]

[22 January 2012]
The EPA requires that emitters of lots of green house gases publish data about their pollutants, and they publish it here. This website is horrible, but the data is pretty unreal. The great Houston area has some of the most pollutant plants in the US.
 

  1. Miles!!

[blog]

[22 January 2012]
No, not that movie.
 

Street Art Utopia [link]

[08 January 2012]
This website is a collection of street art. Some of this stuff is really awesome. I thought benji would like this one:
 

Between the Lines [link]

[07 January 2012]
I've always assumed that cities like LA and Houston are horribly sprawled because they were, in one way or another, designed around the automobile. This parking expert believes it's not the car that caused this concrete paradise, but the parking lots. Also, did you know that parking lots really came from Oklahoma City? And they make loads
 

My History with a Jawbone UP [blog update]

[21 December 2011]
well, a few days ago, my second UP died. because two UPs, from different places, times, and probably production times, both died at different times, i figure it may be best to get a refund on that one instead of a replacement. i'm excited for jawbone to release their 2.0 version of this, as i believe it will be really solid. i just can't afford to
 

My History with a Jawbone UP [blog update]

[16 December 2011]
my review is here: http://petercompernolle.com/2011/12/17/UP-review
 

My History with a Jawbone UP [blog]

[16 December 2011]
Note: this is not a review of my UP by Jawbone, but simply a (long winded) summary of my history with it them.
 

Health & Gizmos [blog comment]

[15 November 2011]
bentomas: well, i'd show you the results of the last two days, but UP doesn't have any means for exporting. it's hard to communicate this in text, but that is a big part of my review so far. i've been pretty pleased with it, except for a few minor issues (it's hard to put on a long sleeve sh
 

Health & Gizmos [blog]

[13 November 2011]
I love gizmos, and I love feeling healthy. So what better than a gizmo that helps you be healthier?
 

My Running Goal [blog]

[05 November 2011]
I've been running a bunch lately, and it feels great. In fact, I continuously get notifications from Runkeeper.com that I've beaten my personal record for distance, distance in a week, etc. (See my progress here!)
 

UP by Jawbone [blog]

[05 November 2011]
I decided to get an UP by Jawbone, a bracelet that tracks your activity in hopes of making you more active and healthier. I'm aware that this is a gimmick, but I'm excited to track my activity. Data!
 

Tipping [blog comment]

[05 November 2011]
Poppy: Sorry, it's been a long time and i still haven't responded. I suppose I'm not really sure how to, because you do raise some good points. Essentially, I feel the whole system is broken. The incentive to work hard should be simply because it's your job. I work hard, I work long hours sometim
 

Tipping [blog update]

[24 October 2011]
New campaign: "just say no." (thanks, @scottsouders)
 

Tipping [blog]

[24 October 2011]
I worked in the service industry a long time. Sometimes front of the house, sometimes back of the house, sometimes as an expeditor. And in all those years, I worked for tips. Rather, I worked because it was my job (big difference), and earned tips as a result. And in all those years, and in every year since, I've wondered why the hell the system wo
 

Levitation [link]

[18 October 2011]
This is the most amazing thing I have EVER seen.
 

Naps [blog]

[09 October 2011]
I don't really understand how people can take naps so frequently. Due to a pretty interesting weekend I am running very short on sleep, so daisy and I just took a quick nap. And now, a few minutes after having woken up, I am very very confused.
 

Wedding Photos! [link]

[04 October 2011]
We finally got the wedding photos! Be sure to check them out. Lots of good ones. Sooner or later I'll get the full res copies, and I have permission to put them on my site. I'll throw some kind of site together, or use the one I made for petercompernolle.com/photos
 

Apparently, I love 'Consuming Media' [blog]

[04 October 2011]
Lately I really have felt that there's not enough time in a day. The weather in Houston has finally dropped below 95f, I've been really into exercising, and it's fall, which means good TV is on.
 

Bonnne & Clyde [blog update]

[27 September 2011]
It's really a lot of fun to look through some of the old pictures the gang took before they got caught. Seems like they had a bunch of fun.
 

Bonnne & Clyde [blog]

[27 September 2011]
Bonnie & Clyde used to be one of my favorite movies. I thought of it as this beautiful untraditional love movie, and, at the time, I was really into untraditional love movies (see
 

Hi Avalantern! [blog]

[10 September 2011]
Hahah I haven't been on this site in a long while. So I thought I'd say hi.
 

Originals [blog]

[01 September 2011]
I don't get it. If a typical animation has about 24 frames per second, doesn't that mean an animation that's been around for years should have tons of frames — gels — floating around?
 

Area Fifty-One Infinite Loop [blog]

[26 August 2011]
Being in Houston, it's way to hot to run outside, so I've been running on a treadmill for the last several months. I hate it. But it does afford me some time to watch really crappy television.
 

Heat [blog]

[20 August 2011]
For those of you who may not think Houston is really all that hot, here's a quick anecdote for you.
 

Missing Colorado College [blog]

[15 August 2011]
It's been over four years since the last of the crew left Colorado College. It seems like way longer, but, although I barely trust my math skills anymore, I'm fairly confident that 2011 - 2007 is 4.
 

Good Business [blog]

[30 July 2011]
I recently purchase Mac OS X Lion for my Macbook Air. It's a cheap operating system, compared to Microsoft's multi-hundred dollar OS. At a mere $29, upgrading is a no brainer.
 

Everything is a Remix [link]

[17 July 2011]
As of now, the first three parts of a four part series are available for viewing. The series takes a look at how everything is really a copy of something that came before it, using three basic functions: copy, transform, and combine. There are some pretty interesting examples of what "revolutionary" ideas are really just from something that came
 

History of the Space Shuttle [link]

[08 July 2011]
My boss is in Florida right now for the launch of the last space shuttle. Apparently they only had two thousand or so tickets, so their servers were bonked when they went on sale. He was lucky to have gotten six, the limit. These are some interesting photos that remind me a lot of Apollo 13, excep
 

Where have all the dramas gone? [link]

[08 July 2011]
And infographic, similar to lastgraph, that shows genres of films and their popularity over the years. What they don't have is a category for comic-books-because-no-one-has-any-creativity-anymore.
 

Plot Device [link]

[08 July 2011]
"On the recommendation of Amazon.com, a Shia LaBeouf impostor orders a mysterious device that creates the ultimate cinematic experience." (via shawn blanc)
 

What Would Don Draper Do [link]

[08 July 2011]
Pour yourself a drink and read this one!
 

My New Toy [blog]

[03 July 2011]
Daisy and I were getting pretty frustrated with our first generation Apple TV. It was a good idea, I think, and executed the way Apple would — very simple, very elegant, and easy to understand. However, it froze all the time, often disconnected with iTunes (its source), and would sometimes ta
 

The Experiment [blog comment]

[02 July 2011]
bentomas: yes. precisely. though i will say very clearly that i will not eat bluefin tuna or a handful of other endangered or otherwise harmful-to-eat fish. this is not because i feel guilty for eating them, a
 

Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever [link comment]

[02 July 2011]
bentomas: i completely agree. my sister's professor at northwestern, a guy who allegedly studied caffeine for the US government (soldiers and stuff), believed that if caffeine had been somehow discovered today, it would be made illegal almost instantly. though i think what it comes down to,
 

Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever [link]

[26 June 2011]
More on my feelings about caffeine as a drug, here's a great video about coffee. This is a topic I think about all the time, really. Caffeine is such a powerful drug. (via kottke)
 

The Experiment [blog]

[26 June 2011]
I've felt pretty much perpetually full since I moved to Texas two months ago. Meals are big, snacks are everywhere, and there are so many good alcohols easily accessible. So last week I decided to take control and clean myself out a bit.
 

Year Long Time-Lapse of the Moon [link]

[22 June 2011]
Makes me remember why I wanted to be an astrophysicist. This is beautiful. I'm surprised how wobbly the moon is. I always imagine it as being stable as a rock.
 

How Books are Made [link]

[22 June 2011]
This is really neat! A video from 1947 about how books are made. Wow!
 

Musical Squares [link]

[14 June 2011]
Simple neat little flash-based music maker. (via maggie33)
 

Cash or Credit [blog comment]

[05 June 2011]
nocturtle: i personally don't understand businesses who limit that stuff. i know they need to pay transaction fees (which are actually much higher than one may think), but places that only accept cash (or only accept cash under a certain limit) in my head will become businesses that don't g
 

Hottie Bodies Humpilates [link]

[05 June 2011]
This is hilairous and well worth watching. Lots of famous (good looking) people too!
 

Heights Fun Run [blog comment]

[05 June 2011]
bentomas: wow! first hiking the inca trail, then running a 10k? well done, lad!
 

Cash or Credit [blog]

[05 June 2011]
One thing I love about being back in America is that I can use my credit card for just about any transaction imaginable. So why is it that yesterday I went from having about $100 cash to zero?
 

Heights Fun Run [blog]

[04 June 2011]
A few days ago, daisy surprised me by saying she wanted to go running with me. We went to the gym in our apartment — it's way too hot outside to run after work — and I was very impressed: she ran just over 3 miles in about thirty minutes.
 

Timelapse Cluds [link]

[04 June 2011]
This is mesmerizing. Must watch.
 

Woah! I'm Left Eye Dominant! [link]

[27 May 2011]
I had no idea! Everything I do is right-handed: writing, baseball, computer mousing, that other thing. Everything! So imagine my surprise when I took this test and found out I'm actually left eye dominant! How interesting! I have no idea what that really means, unless I'm interested in buying a bow. But still! Learn something new every day
 

Literally Unbelievable [link]

[27 May 2011]
This is hilarious. A blog of people who take articles from the Onion seriously.
 

10 People's Lives in Famous Photographs [link]

[27 May 2011]
I thought it would be interesting, and hopefully entertaining, to do a more personalized look at the subjects in some of these well know photographs. The unfamiliar names below will have one thing in common: because of a split second in time with a camera pointing towards, them they will always be remembered as "the person in that phot
 

Becoming a Texan (Part III) [blog]

[26 May 2011]
I remember being bothered all my life that everything was really just a way to prepare for the next step. Why study in high school? So you can study in college. Why study in college? So you get a good job? Why get a good job? Well. No one really answered that.
 

Living in SF Means... [link]

[20 May 2011]
This is pretty funny. Worth checking out just for the illustrations of typical San Franciscans. Living in San Francisco means never leaving the house without wearing layers. Having just one wardrobe. Owning lots of hoodies. Owning lots of scarves. Owning lots of hoodies and scarves for your dog. It means having pale legs that get sunbu
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 May 2011]
so finally, i get to use daisy's iPad 2. and holy moly this thing is amazing.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 May 2011]
welcome home, daisy!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 May 2011]
getting my bike stuff together so i can go riding tomorrow!! hoooo doggie i love life!
 

Commute [blog update]

[14 May 2011]
i completely meant to make this a link, not a blog. oops.
 

Commute [blog]

[14 May 2011]
My friend Peter over at petercompernolle.com put together a short video on his iPhone of his commute to work back in China:
 

Clean Air [blog]

[13 May 2011]
It's funny — a few years ago, living at almost six thousand feet above sea level, I criticized Houston's air quality during my first visit to what would later become my home. Now, after living in China for the last several years, my feelings are quite different.
 

Unnecessary Quotes [link]

[06 May 2011]
Just yesterday I was going to send my dad an email asking why lawyers and accountants always put "random" words in quotes. It seems it may be their way to emphasize or somehow distinguish part of their sentence with the rest, the same way italics may. But it could also be that quotes are used to protect themselves from being quoted. Recently I rec
 

Animated GIFs [link]

[06 May 2011]
Some of these are really incredible, and can be almost disturbing when a photograph starts animating. Like this one or this one. (via
 

Spam, AT&T [blog]

[06 May 2011]
Since moving back to the states and getting a new number, I've been receiving lots of spam calls. My Google Voice number, the one you all know and use, allows for easy filtering of numbers and calls. AT&T does not.
 

Baseball Games [blog]

[30 April 2011]
I don't really care much for sports. Especially the sports that take a few minutes to play but somehow, with all the commercials, take several hours to watch. But for whatever reason, one thing I've been very excited about for my return to the states is to go to a baseball game or two.
 

How Little Sleep Can You Get Away With? [link]

[25 April 2011]
Benji, beware! Past studies have found that people function more or less fine with six or so hours of sleep a night. But this guy realized that the subjects of those studies often would catch a few short naps during the day when they were sent home. So instead, he kept people in a sleep lab for tw
 

Taylor Made [blog comment]

[23 April 2011]
WJerome: but that's exactly what's so amazing about taylors! their worst stuff is still incredible! (i think their higher end stuff is in the many thousands of dollars...) plus, it's all hand made, and the wood is carefully chosen. god darn
 

Random Videos [blog]

[22 April 2011]
It's good to be on the right side of the great firewall again.
 

Taylor Made [blog]

[21 April 2011]
Let me describe for you what high quality means.
 

A Sigh of Relief [blog]

[20 April 2011]
At last. Both daisy and I can relax a little now. Last night around 11:30 CST, Wednesday morning China time, Daisy's application was approved and she got her green card.*
 

Becoming a Texan, Part II [blog]

[19 April 2011]
So it's been just about a week since klcomp and I drove down to Houston from Chicago, making the 18 hour voyage through heavy rain (thanks for driving, ma!), jet lag (thanks for driving, ma!) and a few hours of perfect driving weather (good timing, peon!).
 

The US [blog comment]

[09 April 2011]
kerbbs: I'm premier executive! 60k miles last year!
 

The US [blog]

[08 April 2011]
I'm heading home! I'm in Pudong airport right now, complete with my zillions of electronics, waiting at the special people lounge because I'm special. I also got to check my four bags, including two overweight ones, for the price of one extra underweight one because I'm special. Cost me $200 instead of the $1500 it would have cost to ship, or the $
 

Odd Exceptions in the Family Planning Rulebook [link]

[07 April 2011]
I've had discussions with many of you in the past about China's one child policy. Every time I ask a Chinese person what exactly the rules are, I get a slightly different explanation. From what I had gathered, you could have two kids if and only if you and your spouse are both only children, or if you live in the countryside and your first k
 

Hopefully the Last of my Travel Woes (for a while) [blog]

[06 April 2011]
This isn't as much a travel woe as it is a my-decision-to-leave-China-could-not-have-come-at-a-better-time woe. It's the story of how I went with my new colleague to buy a laptop for work. A simple procedure, one might think. But alas! 'Tis far from that in this country.
 

Debunking Einstein's Theory of Relativity [blog]

[06 April 2011]
A friend of mine, perhaps known to you as one of my "milk tea girls", is getting married soon. To a guy that may or may not be smarter than Einstein.
 

Top 5 Songs of the Last While [blog comment]

[03 April 2011]
wjerome: i'll need to check some of those out. i don't much care for fleet foxes the way you and blabby do, but the others are awesome. never heard of tallest man on earth, so i'll check it out.
 

Svenjolly [link]

[02 April 2011]
While trying to figure out how to spell svengoolie, and then later how to spell it phonetically so as to refer to the great Seinfeld episode, I came across this website. I'm linking to it purely because of the link at the top right which looks like a big emergency abort button that says "Pensky File". Check it out.
 

Making Fun of People Who Don't Want It [blog]

[02 April 2011]
If there's any place designed for personal rants, it's a blog like Avalantern (which you all should do more of, by the way). And this is something that's irked me for many many years.
 

Becoming a Texan (Part I) [blog comment]

[01 April 2011]
i just renewed my IL license online! took 5 minutes and is good for 4 years! (though technically once i have residence in tx i still need to get a license there... but after that comment from kate i'm not so sure...)
 

Becoming a Texan (Part I) [blog comment]

[01 April 2011]
nocturtle: yikes. the DMVs in illinois are no picnic either, but are at least a little better than that. i get to renew my illinois license online (which i'm doing simply because i don't want to give tx my fingerprints and don't want to wait in line!).
 

Becoming a Texan (Part I) [blog]

[30 March 2011]
My Illinois driver's license expires in just a few weeks, which means I need to renew it. The timing is awful, as it means I need to renew it just after moving to Houston. It's more awful because of all the stuff Texas requires to get a driver's license.
 

Justice in Brooklyn [link]

[28 March 2011]
People who steal bikes are truly evil, junkies or not. This is a great story of a guy who got to wave his hands in the air "like Rocky on the steps of that art museum". If there's one kind of justice I love reading about, it when people who steal bikes get caught. I got off the train, still feeling pretty jaunty, and when I went to get
 

The Dissident's Wife [link]

[28 March 2011]
A very moving piece by a Geng He, the wife of Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared a year ago as a result of an open letter to the US documenting human rights abuses in China. File under: I shouldn't have read this with the door open at work.
 

The Lowly Bieber [blog]

[27 March 2011]
My hair has been getting kind of long, and after my run this afternoon, I took a shower. Apparently, my hair, when washed and allowed time to dry before I go to sleep, is rather straight. And surprisingly Bieber-licious. So I'm ready, 14 year old girls. I'm ready for the swooning and for Twitter to dedicate
 

Google blocked in China? [blog comment]

[25 March 2011]
WJerome: that's the page that comes up in china when a site is being blocked by the government. they cleverly say that the server is not responding, which has led tons of chinese people to think that americans simply have unstable servers.
 

Google blocked in China? [blog update]

[25 March 2011]
It's back. That was only a few minutes. But scary as hell, still.
 

Google blocked in China? [blog]

[25 March 2011]
Well, that's it. I'm leaving China.
 

Harry Potter's Muggle Friends [link]

[24 March 2011]
For all you Harry Potter (spoken with a thick accent, like the two zillion times you hear it in each of the movies) fans, an infographic (that is somewhat hard to decipher) showing relationships between various wizards in Harry Potter movies. Intersting: "the muggle that these wizards most like to work with is johnny depp who stars in 4 of these m
 

US Wealth Distribution Visualized [link]

[24 March 2011]
Yikes. (via nev mrgan)
 

Data Driven Finance [link]

[24 March 2011]
Lots of start-ups now are offering financial services using completely different data sets than others have in the past: Second, decisions are made very quickly. Klarna and Wonga feed all the data through elaborate algorithms which determine, almost in real time, how likely it is that a user with a certain data profile will default. Co
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 March 2011]
i wonder how the chinese government guys watch youtube and use twitter. i need to get my hand on that ip...
 

HuffPost: Republicans Introduce Legislation Redefining Pi as Exa [link]

[23 March 2011]
I can't believe this is real. Really. But if it is, it's worth posting here. I could quote half of this article, because it's hilarious. "For decades, we've all been learning that pi is this crazy 'irrational' number. And any number with no end is, not, well, it makes it really hard," Roby said. "We talked about making pi 3-and-a-third
 

A Consumer's Dilemma [blog]

[21 March 2011]
Put very simply: I am buying an awesome TV for when daisy and I go to Houston. I need it for my internet/tv to be installed on a Saturday morning. This makes buying online difficult, as I'm nervous to have something that expensive shipped to my apartment without my being there. However, I get 5% ca
 

YouTube: Shuttle Launch as seen from an Airplane [link]

[21 March 2011]
A video of Discovery's final launch as viewed from an airplane leaving Orlando, FL. Though Tom Hanks may have been exaggerating a bit in Apollo 13 when he said it goes as fast as a bullet from a gun, it's pretty incredible how much ground those things cover — going straight up — in such a short amount of time. (via df)
 

Google directions as song lyrics [link comment]

[21 March 2011]
hahaha i just re-read this and noticed a pretty good one:
 

9-Eyes [link]

[21 March 2011]
A pretty hilarious and entertaining collection of images taken by accident by Google's Street View car. (via kottke)
 

Salt? [link]

[21 March 2011]
Several areas in China have sold out of iodized salt because people are so scared of the nuclear plants in Japan. I suggest anyone who thinks that's not crazy look at map of Japan and China, as well as a map of wind patterns. (Then perhaps look at this Radiation Chart
 

Radiation Chart [link]

[20 March 2011]
A simple infographic on the beloved XKCD to help explain what it means when people say how bad the radiation is in Japan. A few interesting facts on the graph: Living within 50 miles of a coal power plant gives almost 4 times as much radiation as living within 50 miles of a nuclear plant
 

A New Goal [blog]

[20 March 2011]
I'm going to try to post an article to petercompernolle.com exactly once a week. A well thought out, yet not too serious, post. I am getting tired of my RSS feeds either having too much, such that I can't keep up, or not enough, causing me boredom when I've got time to read.
 

I Don't Know Why I Go to Restaurants Anymore [blog]

[19 March 2011]
Last night, daisy and I had a wonderful, full, healthy meal. We've been going out a lot lately, and to be honest, I have no idea why.
 

Team Building Exercise, Yeah. [blog comment]

[18 March 2011]
sadly, that's one of the downsides of being corporate, i guess. or just being a peon.
 

Before and After the Tsunami (Photos) [link]

[18 March 2011]
Photos lined up to see the level of destruction from the tsunami. What amazes me is the amount of land that is now under water. Best seen in Chrome or Safari. (via df)
 

Team Building Exercise, Yeah. [blog]

[18 March 2011]
It's like a Twilight Zone episode. I came to work today, and all of the managers (at a company where there are too many chiefs and not enough indians) are gone. I'm pretty sure some of them left the water running too.
 

GigaOM: Netflix's House of Cards [link]

[18 March 2011]
Netflix is betting big on a new original series starring Kevin Spacey. They haven't won the bid yet, but apparently they're throwing down big bucks both to have independence from the networks and also to prove that internet video will not cause the death of quality content. By bidding on an original show like House of Cards, Net
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 March 2011]
beware the ides of March...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 March 2011]
Happy Birthday, WJerome!!
 

More Effects of Japan's Earthquake [link]

[15 March 2011]
Wow. The world's fifth-largest, 8.9 magnitude quake was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North America by about 13 feet. The quake also shifted the earth's axis by 6.5 inches, shortened the day by 1.6 microseconds, and sank Japan downward by about two feet.
 

Happy Pi Day! [link]

[15 March 2011]
Although I'd be much more excited on January 61st (Phi day), this is still a fun day to be a geek. I came across this nice little infographic among the many geek posts in my RSS reader today. I thought this was funny: Π is known to 6.4B decimal places. 39 is enough to calculate the size of the universe to the radius of an atom.
 

Japan Tsunami [link]

[14 March 2011]
I'm sure you've all seen lots of photos and videos of this. But I've been watching a bit and have been very moved. maggie33 and I were planning a trip to Japan (Osaka) this past weekend. Strikes close to home, I guess.
 

Radiohead Anonymous - Fan Tells All [link]

[14 March 2011]
This is hilarious. (via wjerome )
 

White Male Land-Renter [blog comment]

[13 March 2011]
nocturtle: thanks, Johnny raincloud... hahha
 

White Male Land-Renter [blog]

[13 March 2011]
I'm one step closer to being a full fledged American: I am now a land owner renter. I signed the lease for our new apartment just the other day.
 

The Wrong Man [link]

[10 March 2011]
A great, long article from The Atlantic about the anthrax scare of 2001 and how the FBI ruined a scientist's life because they were convinced he was guilty, with only coincidence as evidence. In the fall of 2001, a nation reeling from the horror of 9/11 was rocked by a series of deadly anthrax attacks. As the pressure to find a
 

Casino Royale: Discovering the Lost Script [link]

[10 March 2011]
An article about both how Bond evolved and also how one of the original screenplays for Casino Royale was only recently found in a library in Chicago. The article fizzles toward the end, but is worth a read. Makes me want to start another Bond marathon. Anyone interested? In response to the growing popularity of Bond, Feldman tu
 

A Rough Day for Travel [blog]

[10 March 2011]
 

Coming Back [blog]

[09 March 2011]
After a few weeks of being in a slight coma, and thanks in no small part to the support of one Ms kate, I hope to bring Avalantern.com back to life. Lots of big changes in my life in the near future should keep things moving at least for a while.
 

Skype: Even More Awesome than I Thought! [link]

[07 March 2011]
Skype is way more loaded with features than I had realized. After browsing around skype.com for the first time in a while, I've found a few really neat services, most of which are free (or use existing services, but make things more convenient):
 

39 Wives and 94 Kids [link]

[23 February 2011]
This guy apparently has no issue with over population. In India, nonetheless. He has 39 wives and 94 kids. In one house, he's the only one with his own room. (via daisy)
 

Don't be Evil or Creepy [link]

[23 February 2011]
I'm not sure if any of this is true, but it sure sounds like it. Google had a contest recently for kids that, on the entry form, required parents to enter the kids' date of birth, city of birth and last four digits of their social security number. Hmmm. You see what Google knows and many parents don't know is that a person's city of
 

Obama's 2012 Budget Proposal [link]

[15 February 2011]
This NY Times graphic is pretty mind blowing. It shows, graphically, how much money Obama wants to spend and on what. The one that amazes me most is the rather enormous box for "interest on public debt", which is not only 14% up from last year, but it is more than transportation, education, energy, and homeland security combined ($4.74b, or $4173/h
 

Apple's Supplier Responsibility Report [link]

[14 February 2011]
Apple's complete 2010 audit report of 127 facilities, mostly in China but some in Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. There are some really interesting parts of this, many to which I can relate after working at a Chinese factory for the last three-plus years. They mention the Foxconn suicides, and some other big issues:
 

Snow and Ice [link comment]

[14 February 2011]
you raise an interesting point there, benj. however, take a look at this image, taken march 8, 2008, but NASA: Of course the projection is going to appear like having more ice, but there's no doubt that the
 

Snow and Ice [link]

[14 February 2011]
This is insane. Nearly half the planet appears to be covered in ice. Meanwhile, parts of Australia are unusually hot and other parts are in a long drought. Is this what they meant by "climate change"? (via
 

When East Meets West [blog]

[13 February 2011]
There's something very interesting happening here. So many of the cancerous brands we've come to know all too well — McDonald's, Starbucks, KFC — have metastasized to China, a place where, just a few years ago, an outsider would hardly have recognized any advertisement, sign, or awning. And even stranger is the fact that they are consid
 

Flush Tracker [link]

[11 February 2011]
"Ever wonder where your goes?"
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 February 2011]
wow, it's already almost the end of the chinese new year holiday. and i haven't posted anything on avalantern.com in a while... (then again no one else has either... hahaha)
 

Sea Captain Date [link]

[31 January 2011]
Arrrrr, this might be the greatest dating site evarrrrr. To join, you need to prove that you are indeed a licensed sea captain. From time.com: Ladies, do you find yourselves home alone on a Friday night, staring wistfully out to sea? D
 

The Shuffle God Has Been Good to Me Today [blog]

[31 January 2011]
Great collection of tunes, brought to you by this morning's Shuffle God.
 

TSA Rejects Privatization Option [link]

[30 January 2011]
Though many people seem to think the 16 airports allowed to privatize their security process have done better, the TSA ended the program, rejecting other applicants. That doesn't bother me as much as this little tidbit toward the end (emphasis mine): [Florida Republican and supporter of privatized screening] Mica said tests show that
 

Kindle Singles [blog]

[30 January 2011]
No more than a month or two ago, and I can't remember whom with, I had a discussion about how there's a market for a middle ground between articles — a word I'll use to describe any kind of periodical that I can read on my RSS reader — and books. Perhaps it was because I heard rumors of Amazon's new Ki
 

A Taste of the Old Days [blog]

[29 January 2011]
Spring Festival is on the bound here in Hangzhou, which means all but the locals are going home, leaving Hangzhou as it must've been before it became the economic mecca of Zhejiang.
 

A Better Healthcare [link]

[29 January 2011]
Sometimes i really enjoy reading the New Yorker. This article is about a guy who decided to spend more energy on the patients who use the most money for medical care, arguing that the current system is set up more for the average. One analogy I appreciated from the narrator was that our clinic/ER system is like showing up to a complicated construct
 

LIFE: Rock Stars and Their Parents [link]

[29 January 2011]
Pretty funny pictures of famous people with their parents, from back in the 70's LIFE magazine. There are some good Jackson 5 shots, as well as David Crosby and Ritchie Havens. During the shoot with Eric Clapton and his grandmother: "They had a parrot in a cage," Olson recalls. "Eric's grandmother left the room, and the parrot talked
 

Waiting for the Bus [blog]

[28 January 2011]
A quick story for the archives.
 

Best Movies of 2009 (a Year Late) [blog comment]

[28 January 2011]
i don't disagree, i suppose i just mean i haven't seen many good 2010 movies. more than anything, i'm excited to get out from under my rock soon and get back into movies!
 

Best Movies of 2009 (a Year Late) [blog]

[27 January 2011]
While writing up a comment on benji's movies of 2010 post over at tsp, I realized 2010 was a weak year for movies, but 2009 was not.
 

Why Can't We Go Straight? [link]

[25 January 2011]
A great animation by Benjamin Arthur about what we do when we think we're going straight. Explains why I lose my sense of direction so much easier in China, where the sun is often completely hidden behind coal. (via df)
 

My Mini Server [blog]

[23 January 2011]
I recently got a new computer, a Mac Mini Server, which I've nearly completed setting up.
 

Back in the Old Days [blog]

[22 January 2011]
Really? Have I become one of those guys who says back in the old days, or back in my day, or in the good ol' days?
 

A Simple Story of Kindness [link]

[17 January 2011]
Beautiful story of a guy on the side of the road with a flat, and the people who stopped to help him. Reminds me of my mom's words of wisdom: "people are good." via kottke
 

To be a Texan [blog]

[14 January 2011]
I'm not a Texan yet, nor do I think I ever will be. However, I'm learning that calling oneself a "Texan" is far from a joke to those who really are Texans.
 

The Economist: Beijing is Hitting the Breaks [link]

[01 January 2011]
Finally, the Chinese government is making drastic moves to curb congestion. They mention that Hangzhou may be following suit.
 

Strange Company [blog update]

[28 December 2010]
I found another air freshener in the car, and two more in the apartment.
 

Strange Company [blog]

[27 December 2010]
I suppose I've grown used to this kind of thing — I barely thought anything of it until I listed, for wjerome, the number of absurd things that welcomed me to the company apartment here in Houston. It may not compare to some of the other strange things that have happened in this place (we
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 December 2010]
back in the company apartment in houston... complete with FOUR air fresheners and black garbage bags covering all the windows
 

THE Lowly Peon [profile photo]

[25 December 2010]
THE Lowly Peon has posted a new profile photo!
 

Happy Holidays! [blog]

[25 December 2010]
To all my family and friends, and to anyone else, warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season from your very own lowly peon. I am especially excited to say so as a married man, with my wonderful wife, daisy, who unfortunately is a few thousand miles and half a planet away. We're already planning our
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 December 2010]
woah! 9600th visit to avalantern!
 

Let it Dough [link]

[22 December 2010]
Stories told using dough and sprinkles. Good for a chuckle this holiday season, especially with everyone coming in from all parts of the globe and nearly everyone being delayed due to bad weather.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 December 2010]
i'm back in chicago! and though i very much miss my wife, daisy, i have to say that i'm really enjoying unfiltered internet and good beer
 

Password Safety [link]

[15 December 2010]
An article I wrote up on password safety, as a reaction to Gawker's server breach. I tried to make it informative and easy to read, though it may have come off as a bit boring. Considering many Avalantern users share the same
 

Thoughts on Running [blog update]

[11 December 2010]
I suppose I should have titled this "Thoughts while Running". But what can you do.
 

Thoughts on Running [blog]

[11 December 2010]
I just came back from a run, and want to share a few things I learned while on this run.
 

My Bike Crash, or: How the NBA Taught Me to Never Believe People [blog]

[09 December 2010]
Someone hit me while I was riding my bike this morning, causing her moped to fall. In retrospect, it was pretty hilarious.
 

Space Logs: Transcripts of Apollo and other NASA Missions [link]

[06 December 2010]
This is pretty neat. These guys are going through the original NASA transcripts and are publishing them for the world. Some of this is pretty fascinating, especially after having just watched Apollo 13. (via kott
 

The Compernolle Women [blog]

[04 December 2010]
A few years back, an old relative of mine, proud to be a Compernol, told me the secret to why Compernolles are so good. "Do you know why Compernolles are so good, Peter?" he asked me. "Because we pick good womens."
 

December the Thourth [blog update]

[03 December 2010]
oh yeah! and nell's boyfriend was born on December third too!
 

December the Thourth [blog]

[03 December 2010]
Today, December third, and tomorrow, the fourth, are pretty special days in my life. I mention it every year, but this time decided to write a bit about it.
 

April, Comes She Will [blog update]

[02 December 2010]
(note: though it's unlikely daisy will be coming in april, saying "may, she will stay" or "june, she sings her tune" just didn't sound as optimistic, especially considering what comes in july or august)
 

April, Comes She Will [blog]

[02 December 2010]
Very exciting news!
 

20th Century James Bond [link]

[02 December 2010]
Wow. In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond. The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters where scientists in the clutches of an evil master are secretly building a weapon that can destroy the world. Then render that weapon harmless and escape undetected. But in the 21st ce
 

The Benefits of being an Ass [link]

[29 November 2010]
This creep decided to threaten and stalk his customers in order to generate bad press — but any press is good press, right? Because of all the scathing reviews, he comes up first in Google's results for many of the products he sells. He stumbled upon the upside of rudeness by accident. “I stopped caring,” he says, an
 

On Chinese Efficiency [blog]

[28 November 2010]
Today, Daisy & I ran a bunch of errands. It was no different from other days where we run errands, but we both tried to, as my mom would say, surrender and release. In retrospect, it's amazing China has grown so quickly, yet still hasn't ironed out these details.
 

My Geographical Compatibility [blog]

[26 November 2010]
I recently became curious to see how compatible my personality is with Benji's, and as a result, signed up on okcupid and answered a few questions. I personally didn't think the ques
 

Di Fara Pizza Documentary [link]

[25 November 2010]
Hailed as the "godfather of Brooklyn pizza," for forty five years Domenico DeMarco, Italian émigré and father of seven, has been slinging pizzas in his legendary corner shop, Di Fara. Employing five of his children, Dom works tirelessly from morning until night hand crafting each and every pizza himself while his kids take ord
 

Cookie Monster's SNL Audition Tape [link]

[23 November 2010]
I love cookie monster. (via kottke)
 

Lousy Timing [blog]

[23 November 2010]
I tried to squeeze 35 minutes of stuff into about 25 minutes I had this morning.
 

Reason #8732 It's Awesome Having a Wife [blog update]

[23 November 2010]
maybe you guys are right — 8732 is a lot. Last night: Peon: I'm excited that we're going out for dinner! Wife: Yes, now I can go shopping all night! Peon: Pardon? Wife: There's an H&M in the mall near the restaurant, and a UniQlo, and [trail out because I've already admitted defeat]
 

Reason #8732 It's Awesome Having a Wife [blog]

[22 November 2010]
It's awesome having a wife. For more reasons than one!
 

Coal Exports to China Up 1000x Since Last Year [link]

[22 November 2010]
This is beyond horrifying. To think that we're making such an effort to cut carbon emissions, in large part by cutting back our nasty coal habit, yet we're exporting millions of tons of coal to China and acting like it's their problem, not ours. Last year, the United States exported only 2,714 tons of coal to China, according to the United States
 

Finally, Momentum! [blog]

[21 November 2010]
I'm feeling pretty good. Today, my wife offered to make dinner while I geeked for a while. It's a long overdue geeking, but I had to put it on hold until I could fix a problem with something on my computer.
 

iPads and Keyboards [blog]

[21 November 2010]
I'm sitting on my couch right now with my wife, playing on my iPad while she watches weeks-old episodes of House. I decided to pull out my b
 

A Busy Three Weeks [blog]

[20 November 2010]
If it seems I've been absent the last few weeks, you needn't worry — the dust is settling after a very busy month, and things should go back to a somewhat more normal pace. But for now, this month in review...
 

THE Lowly Peon [profile photo]

[16 November 2010]
THE Lowly Peon has posted a new profile photo!
 

On Snobbery and the French [blog comment]

[16 November 2010]
WJerome: when i went with gwynne way back when, she could speak a bit of french, which i think hurt us. her french was slightly better than my german, which is another way to say not too much. but i think rather than show that we had an interest, it made them think we were defiling the language
 

Movie of the Week: The Incredibles [blog]

[16 November 2010]
My wife is studying for some fancy accounting certificate these days. The big test is on Saturday. So tonight I decided to treat myself to a nice half bottle of Zinfandel and a movie. My choice? The Incredibles.
 

On Snobbery and the French [blog comment]

[16 November 2010]
WJerome, did you find that this was true on your trip to france last week?
 

Cereal is Amazing [blog]

[16 November 2010]
I used to think cereal was just a breakfast food. But now I realize that it's an any-time, any-place, always-delicious food. It took me two years to find some place in China that sold good cereal, and a little longer to find a place that sold decent (not super rich) milk. And now I'm eating Special K, last week I had Honey Bunches of Oats, and I co
 

'His Face All Red' [link]

[15 November 2010]
A really beautiful short comic. It'll only take a few minutes to read and is well worth the time. (via kottke) (Also, I'm amazed how fast it is to load here)
 

Microsoft vs Piracy [link]

[14 November 2010]
An interesting look at how software giants like Microsoft are fighting software piracy. Part of me thinks they should stop trying so hard to keep their old business model, and the other part of me is happy they are. Pirated software, especially on Winodws, in my experience as an IT guy in Asia, is loaded with viruses and other malware. But I had
 

Naked Body Scanners [link]

[14 November 2010]
I'm happy to see that people are starting to talk about how the TSA really is taking this too far. Because, frankly, the amount of poop* we need to deal with to "fight terrorism" has gotten ridiculous.
 

San Francisco in 1906 [link]

[14 November 2010]
This is really cool. It's a video, silent, from just after the earthquake in SF in 1906. It's 17 minutes, and the cool stuff happens after 6 minutes in. Check out the clothing some people are wearing! And it's real! (via kottke.org)
 

Albu of the Week: Typhoon's 'Hunger and Thirst' [blog]

[14 November 2010]
My thanks go to hulkamaniac for this recommendation. I didn't care for it much the first two times I heard it, but soon after I noticed I couldnt get the first track out of my head. Since then, I can't stop listening to it.
 

'My Heart Hurts' [blog]

[14 November 2010]
A little over a year ago, I found myself in Chengdu, Sichuan, for work. I declared that I would climb a nearby mountain, and my colleagues & Daisy were welcome to join if they were up for the task.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 November 2010]
just got the new last.fm scrobbler plugin and it's still crashing iTunes. if only iTunes' ping wasn't completely useless.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 November 2010]
daisy and I are signing the papers today! yay marriage!
 

Running in the Winter [blog]

[31 October 2010]
Okay, ker_bbs, I guess I was wrong when I said I hate running. Allow me to correct myself.
 

The Loss of a Friend [blog update]

[26 October 2010]
Apparently, my situation is far from unique. The New York Times is reporting that the consumer price index went up 3.6%, and For instance, according to official government data, food prices have risen about 19 percent over the last three years. B
 

The Loss of a Friend [blog]

[22 October 2010]
One of the first restaurants daisy and I discovered, Pizza Pazza, in Hangzhou, has taken a turn for the worst, leaving Daze and me feeling like we've lost an old friend.
 

On Snobbery and the French [blog comment]

[18 October 2010]
hahaha that would be awesome
 

The Cost of Parking [link comment]

[17 October 2010]
And SF has an interesting solution: http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/07/san-francisco-rolls-out-new-smart-parking-meters-with-demand-re/
 

The Cost of Parking [link]

[17 October 2010]
From the NY Times opinion section: When my students and I studied cruising for parking in a 15-block business district in Los Angeles, we found the average cruising time was 3.3 minutes, and the average cruising distance half a mile (about 2.5 times around the block). This may not sound like much, but with 470 parking meters in the dis
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 October 2010]
think I figured out why the last.fm scrobbler plugin kept crashing iTunes. I turned off "fingerprinting" & syncs are faster and don't crash!
 

Yet Another Example of Why I Don't Trust Cats [link comment]

[13 October 2010]
YES. And they would also knock over that 3-D tic-tac-toe board that saulemander had on his floor. That was terrifying.
 

A Productive Day [blog]

[13 October 2010]
Today has been a very productive day. And for the few of you who still read this blog, I thought I'd share.
 

Yet Another Example of Why I Don't Trust Cats [link]

[13 October 2010]
The vice president of Advantagr rent a car, in the New York Times: After lugging my bag up three flights of stairs, I finally unpacked and noticed all my clothes were saturated. Turns out it wasn’t the humidity that had dampened my bag, it really was cat urine. Apparently, the local airline we flew used cats in the cargo handlin
 

On Snobbery and the French [blog]

[13 October 2010]
I've had some bad experiences with the French. A few years back, I had planned, with my girlfriend at that time, a trip to France that was to last over a week; within the first few days, that trip turned into a three day tour in France, and about five in Germany, which we started referring to as "the father land".
 

Exciting news [blog comment]

[07 October 2010]
l4saule: not yet, no. but i'll be adding stuff as i can. i'm working now on making a chinese and english version of the site.
 

Canon Pixma [link]

[02 October 2010]
Beautiful video of some of the work they did for Canon's Pixma printer. Colors are pretty.
 

The First Day of Autumn [blog]

[01 October 2010]
It was just another Wednesday, she thought. I wouldn't tell her where we were going, only that she should wear casual clothes and shoes that could get wet. I had something special in the breast pocket of the cowboy shirt I bought in Houston, the pocket snapped shut to make sure nothing fell out. It was the first day of Autumn, both on the calendar
 

Female Pay [link]

[28 September 2010]
An interesting look by wjerome on how women don't necessarily make less money than their male counterparts, despite the general belief of the contrary.
 

Online Social Networking as Weak-Tie Networking [link]

[27 September 2010]
A very articulate essay discussing how social networks — like Twitter, Facebook, or even Avalantern — develop so-called "weak-tie" relationships rather than the stronger-tie relationships that you may have with face to face friends.
 

Exciting news [blog comment]

[25 September 2010]
i'll post more about this soon enough, but for now, some fun reading material: http://peterdaisy.com/
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 September 2010]
random happy childhood memory: reading the dinosaur facts on quaker instant oatmeal packets.
 

Saved Changes [blog comment]

[23 September 2010]
WJerome: trying to pick a fight since saulemander never comes to avalantern anymore?
 

Saved Changes [blog]

[22 September 2010]
Remember those days when you would freak out and lose a day or two of sleep because you wrote a whole essay, didn't save it, and then your computer froze? And remember how the world hasn't really gotten much better?
 

Mid-Autumn Festival [blog update]

[21 September 2010]
Also, I'm eating dumplings and about to watch last week's episode of Mad Men. What a life.
 

Mid-Autumn Festival [blog]

[21 September 2010]
Thank you lord, the summer is over.
 

My Bikes [blog comment]

[20 September 2010]
kerbbs: it's not really that i hate running, i'm just lazy. i wish i liked it as much as i did before, but i'm still dreaming of my bikes...
 

iPhones in China! [link]

[20 September 2010]
I don't need to go to Hong Kong to buy iPhones anymore! They sell them now, unlocked, in Shanghai for only a tiny bit more money than the cost in HK! Woooo! It'll be a busy Saturday!
 

A game in 1024 bytes [link]

[19 September 2010]
This is Marijn Haverbeke's submission to the JS1k contest, a contest to find the best game written in 1kb or less. To give you an idea of how much that actually is, you could fit it essentially into one paragraph. Nuts. (The game is at the top. You use your arrow keys to control it. Took me a while to figure out
 

My Bikes [blog]

[19 September 2010]
With all this talk about going back to the states, I've been pretty excited about a number of things. But one thing I keep going back to is that, as of next year, I'll have my bikes again.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2010]
if the second side of siamese dream isn't musical perfection, i don't know what is.
 

Homeward Bound [blog]

[12 September 2010]
It's been nearly three years since I first got on a plane to Hangzhou, which I've proudly called my home ever since. I've really come to love this place, and the thought of leaving it has made me sad for some time. (Especially since my egg pancake lady returned from a year-long hiatus because she had no license.)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2010]
bentomas that would have been awesome if they used last.fm. my last.fm scrobbler freezes my iTunes EVERY time i sync my iPad, and it slows it down the rest of the time.
 

Beauty. In rail form. [link]

[09 September 2010]
They finally have a proposal for the high speed rail lines they're building with Obama's $8bil project. 200mph between SF and LA! (thanks, Omer!)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 September 2010]
Is anyone using ping, the new service on iTunes? I can't find anyone except hulkamaniac...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 September 2010]
poop*. the people who just moved in upstairs appear to be always-leave-the-tv-on people. i can't understand those people. just noise.
 

Thoughts on a Friday Evening [blog comment]

[03 September 2010]
nocturtle: soon, I promise!
 

Thoughts on a Friday Evening [blog]

[03 September 2010]
A lot has been happening in my life recently. In fact, it's been exceptionally exciting. And in the midst of all of it, I've learned something.
 

All the disposable chopsticks in China [link]

[01 September 2010]
For those of you who laugh at me for carrying around my own chopsticks everywhere: Begin with China's 1.3 billion people. In one year, they go through roughly 45 billion pairs of the throwaway utensils; that averages out to nearly 130 million pairs of chopsticks a day. (The export market accounts for 18 billion pairs annually.) Greenp
 

Arcade Fire: The Wilderness Downtown [link]

[30 August 2010]
This is pretty awesome. An interactive music video written in html5 by the Arcade Fire. It takes you on a trip back home. Requires Chrome or Safari (and doesn't seem to work on mobile safari). [http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/#914+Elmwood+Ave,+Wilmette,
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 August 2010]
just found out the iPhone 4 is coming to China September 15! Hoping it's factory unlocked, which would save me a trip to HK!
 

What has the world come to. [link] [nsfw]

[30 August 2010]
And I quote: You want a new female dog* to sexual intercourse
 

Oh yeah? Well the jerk store called, and they're running out of [blog]

[29 August 2010]
A tale of the Chinese Jerk Store
 

Freedom to Travel [link]

[29 August 2010]
Residents of what countries have the most freedom to travel. America's not too bad, though I wouldn't mind holding a UK passport. The odd thing is that, while HK isn't too high on the list, most of its residents also hold a UK passport, which puts them at the top. I'm glad I'm not a Chinese resident. Barely better than being from North Korea. (v
 

NGOs and my Hypocrisy [blog comment]

[28 August 2010]
Well, it just so happens that while my friend Jeremy, his wife, daisy and I were walking through downtown Colorado Springs, a pair of hippies asked that annoying question — do you have a minute to save the environment? — so as to make you feel like if you don't have a minute, or
 

On Thursdays, Sundays, and Working in China [blog]

[26 August 2010]
While in Houston a few weeks back, I noticed that all of our Chinese servers were going down for huge chunks of time without anyone notifying us. Turns out that, due to energy shortages, the Chinese government has ordered that we close the factory on Thursdays, and we'll work on Sundays to make up for it.
 

I'm tired of being wet. [blog update]

[25 August 2010]
Side note: if I take a bike home, from where the company bus drops us, it takes about 12 minutes, so I get home around 5:40. Today, by bus, it took me until 6:50.
 

I'm tired of being wet. [blog]

[25 August 2010]
Since I came back to Hangzhou on Friday, I've been loving almost every minute. The minutes I don't love are the ones where I'm soaked from the 90+ degree 95% humid weather. No exaggerating, I sweat through my clothes less than ten minutes after being outside, even if I'm doing no sort of physical activity.
 

Another Travel [Almost] Snafu [blog]

[16 August 2010]
For the last three years, I've had more or less the same annual schedule. Home for Christmas in Chicago and a quick business trip afterwards, then home for the summer to renew my Chinese visa. I'm in Houston now as part of the latter requirement — here for over two weeks to get a visa and meetings and stuff.
 

Words (Short Film) [link]

[14 August 2010]
Beautiful lilttle short. Reminds me of a more comfortable Baraka. (via hulkamaniac)
 

A first for my geocaching log [blog]

[14 August 2010]
After work yesterday, when it was 105F and there wasn't a cloud in the sky to protect me, I decided to go geocaching quickly before going up north to crash my colleague's weekly mexican food party.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 August 2010]
keep forgetting I'm not actually Chinese. in Houston 2.5wks to renew my visa, and only realized three days before leaving I haven't yet. 
 

The difference between 120 and 240 [blog]

[13 August 2010]
Hint: it's not 120.
 

Colorado College [link]

[12 August 2010]
So Forbes has CC ranked as the 51st best school in the country. This is far from what I had thought, but still places us above Berkeley and some other good ones. Note also that it's the 105th most expensive, which I guess means we got a good deal?
 

Google directions as song lyrics [link]

[12 August 2010]
I particularly like how to get from west philidelphia to a town called bel air. (via zf)
 

My Abduction [blog]

[10 August 2010]
Contrary to what you may think, I was not abducted by aliens and probed. Ive just been super busy for the last few weeks. I'll try to write up some stuff in the next while, now that daisy's been gone for two hours and I'm already dreadfully bored.
 

Memos from Tiger Oil, Houston [link]

[10 August 2010]
Memos from the boss at Tiger Oil, in 1978. These are hilarious. And I am so grateful that i don't work for this guy. (via df)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2010]
hmm. things are pretty weird with daisy not around. and I don't like it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 August 2010]
congratulations, kerbbs and Benji!!
 

Chicago Bound [blog]

[23 July 2010]
We've got a full tank of gas, a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 July 2010]
nocturtle Helvetica is a good neutral. Though I know a lot of people have strong feelings about it. I don't like arial much.
 

Good Morning! [blog]

[19 July 2010]
Living in China, as a white guy, makes for some interesting linguistic studies. Take, for example, how people somewhat not horribly bad at English may greet me with "Good Morning" at morning, noon, and night.
 

Hot is Hell [blog comment]

[15 July 2010]
WJerome: I should just go back to wearing polyester. In that case, I'm pretty sure the hot air actually reinforces the seam.
 

Which Came First [link]

[15 July 2010]
So a chicken and an egg are laying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette and says "well i guess that solves that problem. Seriously, though. Isn't half the point of this question that there is no answer? (via daisy)
 

NY Times: Pollution in China? What Pollution? [link]

[13 July 2010]
One of the many ways China is so effective at blocking information. Sixteen of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China, according to the World Health Organization, and pollution is a key reason thousands of wealthy Chinese emigrate to the West every year, despite the country’s ballooning riches. Expatriates can be
 

Hot is Hell [blog]

[13 July 2010]
Apparently I'm just not made for hot climates. I can't take it anymore. It's been hot and humid every day for too long. First i split my pants, every day I get so covered in sweat that I freeze my bottom* of
 

Bad People Suck [blog update]

[13 July 2010]
I walked by again today and saw that everyone's bike had no battery — they had taken them inside to be safe
 

Hacking the Price is Right [link]

[13 July 2010]
Terry Kniess watched every episode for four months to find patterns in the products on The Price is Right. And he nailed the final prize, right on the nose. (via kottke )
 

Bad People Suck [blog comment]

[11 July 2010]
kerbbs: just out for a night on the town with my lovely lady. noodles, cold stone and the like
 

Where is my Mind? [blog comment]

[11 July 2010]
l4saule: shorts are weird.
 

Bad People Suck [blog comment]

[07 July 2010]
WJerome: well these guys made some bad choices
 

Bad People Suck [blog]

[07 July 2010]
On my way home from my date with daisy and buying new shoes today, I was walking by the Feiyunjiang bus station when I saw four guys, two on each of two mopeds, grabbing moped batteries and riding off. These batteries are not cheap. Really, they cost probably about half as much as a new bike costs.
 

Where is my Mind? [blog comment]

[05 July 2010]
bentomas: haha I'm glad you liked it (but no starring, sadly)! kerbbs: I cant either! And I'm angry! Those were not cheap! (they weren't exactly expensive either, but still!)
 

Where is my Mind? [blog update]

[05 July 2010]
Updated to include some links to photos...
 

Where is my Mind? [blog]

[04 July 2010]
Took a quick trip with daisy this weekend to a Buddhist mountain called Putuoshan. It's an island in the pacific, near Zhongshan, home town of my buddy Integral. Apparently, I left my mind somewhere else.
 

What's the Point [blog comment]

[04 July 2010]
hulkamaniac: mostly their down time and the speed. even loading simple HTML sometimes takes a while. I've got the unlimited space too, and I suppose I'm mostly happy with them, but I wish it were easier to try my options.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 June 2010]
happy birthday, daisy!! hooray!
 

Just Another Day... [blog comment]

[27 June 2010]
no, i missed it. though i heard it was a pretty lousy game.
 

Just Another Day... [blog]

[26 June 2010]
So today was just another Saturday like any other. Here are a few of the things that happened to me:
 

On iPhones, Materialism, and Frugality [blog]

[26 June 2010]
So a Scot, a geek, a nuclear physicist and his wife walk into a bar. The wife says to the geek, nice to meet you, I hear you're very frugal. The geek, of course, replies with something witty and brilliant that can't be posted online.
 

Collective Nouns Illustrated [link]

[25 June 2010]
A great collection of illustrations from various artists of collective nouns. Worth a look through. (via kottke)
 

NGOs and my Hypocrisy [blog update]

[21 June 2010]
That Bhopal disaster is scary as hell. Turns out the company is now DOW Chemical, which probably had its hands in 90% of the products in your home. Yikes.
 

NGOs and my Hypocrisy [blog]

[21 June 2010]
A while back, daisy and I had a pretty heated conversation about pollution and who's responsible. My argument seemed crystal clear to me: no one person can change the world, but everyone has a vote. Her argument, clearly from the perspective of someone who grew up under the Chinese communist
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 June 2010]
i got my taiji clothes today!
 

Working after Work [blog]

[20 June 2010]
I like my job because after 5pm, I can forget all about it. In fact, I think that most Americans tend to choose jobs with that in mind. And I say Americans because, after living in China, I don't think it's a global phenomenon.
 

WoD: Food [blog]

[19 June 2010]
Usually when I'm bored, and though this week has been busy I sure have been bored, I eat lots of little snacks all the time. Worse, the snacks fill me up, but something in my upbringing tells me i still need to eat meals three times a day. So for my week of discontent, I've been much more aware of my food intake. And it's felt great.
 

vocabulary [blog comment]

[19 June 2010]
A typo, missing the letter L, and an O instead of U? (Luxurious) (Also, thanks for the catch on the tag directives misspelling. Oops.)
 

What's the Point [blog update]

[18 June 2010]
Feeling much better! I made a small change which has had a drastic effect on the recent activity page. So yay! And I talked with daisy for a while, which is always fun. She's coming home tomorrow night!
 

What's the Point [blog]

[18 June 2010]
Well, I'm feeling a bit down about Avalantern today. For three reasons: conversations I've been having, a comic I read, and because there are so many small changes I want to make, just without enough time to change them.
 

David Byrne: How Architecture Helped Music Evolve [link]

[17 June 2010]
David Byrne, of Talking Heads fame, gives a TED talk on how perhaps creativity is the reverse of most people's romantic view. Rather than the passion coming first and the form taking shape later, he suggests that much creativity has the form in mind, and the passion comes later. Not only is David Byrne a genius musically, but he put together a pre
 

The Economics of the World Cup [link]

[17 June 2010]
Wow, that's a lot of money. (via marginal revolution)
 

China Car Crash #4 [blog comment]

[17 June 2010]
kerbbs: yeah, no big deal. Just felt a bit bruised at the time.
 

On the Safety of Nuclear [link]

[17 June 2010]
Alex Tabarrok of [Marginal Revolution] () writes his response to Obama's address yesterday on the oil spill: Most important, nowhere did the president mention two hard ideas that the public must accept if we are to move to a cleaner energy future: nuclear power and carbon taxes. Nuclear power is among the cleanest sources of energy, po
 

China Car Crash #4 [blog update]

[16 June 2010]
I should mention that this was Sunday, after watching the world cup at the local pub. Also, I'm not sure why there's a black border on the bottom. I made that on my iPad, so maybe I cropped it badly. Meh.
 

China Car Crash #4 [blog]

[16 June 2010]
About 100m from my home. We were in the taxi, turning left on a green light. Some guy in a fancy super expensive car (read: "more important than us") made a U-turn without looking and smashed into us. Our driver, cool local guy, said he hurt his head; I hurt my knee pretty bad. The fancy car guy (aka guilty party) got out of the car and started get
 

WoD: Running [blog]

[16 June 2010]
I think its funny how much i hate running until about thirty seconds before the end of my run, and then i love it.
 

I can do that too! [blog]

[15 June 2010]
Today, while riding my bike home from work, I saw a young boy squeezing his water bottle to create a steady stream of water.
 

English Question [blog]

[15 June 2010]
My friend is studying for an English test and this one stumped me because all four options sound awful.
 

Free as in 'Me' [link]

[15 June 2010]
This is an excellent article discussing the use of re-linking to articles, with or without credit, with sometimes bad motives. I feel pretty guilty quoting it here, though because i don't make a dime from this site, I think he'll be cool with it. Very well worth a read. It's long, but worth it. The part that really made sense to me, when critic
 

WoD: Cold Showers [blog]

[13 June 2010]
One small change I've made for my Week of Discontent is that I've been taking shorter, colder showers. I've done this before, but have somehow fallen out of practice. daisy always makes fun of me for taking such co
 

Week of Discontent* [blog]

[13 June 2010]
My girlfriend, the wonderful daisy, is out of town this week. And, perhaps surprisingly, that's not nearly as fun as it sounds**. Nellie always says idle minds breed idle thoughts, and I think that has to do with how full your glass generally is.
 

Coke & Mentos [link]

[13 June 2010]
These guys made a car that went 221ft using nothing but Coke & Mentos! Brilliant!
 

Calvin minus Hobbes [link]

[13 June 2010]
A look at Calvin and Hobbes if Hobbes actually is a stuffed animal. Kind of depressing.
 

Bearded Beanie [link]

[13 June 2010]
For those who can't grow one but always wanted to! (Or for those who just get freaking cold in the winter. I'm getting one when I move back to Chicago.)
 

Sleeping at Starbucks [blog]

[13 June 2010]
You may have heard me say it before: the biggest differences between America and China are the smallest differences.
 

3G vs Wifi in China [blog]

[11 June 2010]
So now I have two devices that can access the Internet over 3G (my cellular data connection): my iPhone 3GS and my iPad. I've spent the last few days using it a lot, and I've found something interesting.
 

Colors [link]

[11 June 2010]
For those of you who don't follow xkcd, the online comic for geeks, I highly recommend it. On his blog, he recently ran a survey. A simple survey which showed a bunch of colors and the participants were to name the colors using any amount of text (for example, "blue" or perhaps "blue
 

Shanghai: Twenty Years Later [link]

[11 June 2010]
I think seeing something like this for Hangzhounor Kunming would likely break my heart.
 

Where Smart People Live [link]

[11 June 2010]
Note the difference between the city I was raised in and the city in which I work.
 

China's Habit [link]

[11 June 2010]
Thtis is disgusting. Six out of 10 doctors and professors smoke — at work, too, according to Li Xinhua, a tobacco control official at the Ministry of Health. The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco kills a million Chinese yearly and that the figure will double by 2020. Lung cancer is up 465 percent since 1980 and ac
 

it's been awhile [blog comment]

[09 June 2010]
"rad"? "wicked"? I can't decide if you've been in norcal too long or if you're a closet east-coaster....
 

Musical Genius [blog]

[07 June 2010]
I can't get enough of this right now. I think I've listened to Radiohead's In Rainbows about ten times in the last three days. And I've lis
 

How to save the news [link]

[07 June 2010]
A great article on how google is trying to save the journalism industry. Note also that this page (in The Atlantic) is not cluttered with ads, making it even more enjoyable to read.
 

Time Perspective [link]

[06 June 2010]
Interesting observations by the guy who conducted the prison experiments in the '70s at Stanford. (via kottke)
 

Buffy Nights [blog]

[04 June 2010]
Buffy
 

Pre-Summer [blog]

[04 June 2010]
I just went for a run in nearly perfect weather. And it's even more perfect because in Hangzhou, perfect weather means zillions of people (remember how we used to go to Six Flags intentionally when there was a storm coming, because it'd scare away all the people?).
 

Computer Mystery [blog comment]

[03 June 2010]
okay. so the files being gone sucks. but let's get to the heart of this post. married?!!! let's see a post about that!,! congratulations!!
 

The Beatles in Mono: A Tagger's Dilemma [blog update]

[02 June 2010]
Another dilemma. The original vinyl, of course, was split into sides. The sleeves note this, such that the first track on side two is not track 8 (or whatever), but is rather side 2, track 1. Should I split up the albums into sides, using the iTunes "disc" metadata tag?
 

The Beatles in Mono: A Tagger's Dilemma [blog]

[02 June 2010]
I went to HK last weekend with daisy. She wanted to look for some imported Japanese music, so we went into a record store for a while. I was perusing, knowing that I didn't want to spend too much, and that I really didn't want to take a bunch of stuff back to Hangzhou. Then I saw it: The Bea
 

Consume by Bjango [link]

[02 June 2010]
This service looks great. It syncs up with a bunch of service providers to tell you if you're over your limit or not. Sadly, of course, China is not on the list for anything, so I'll have to mark this as a don't-forget-for-when-i'm-in-the-states.
 

Petition for more Action! [blog comment]

[02 June 2010]
I guess I forgot that no one reads this blog anyway... got one no one writes, one no one reads. hmm.
 

My new Baby [blog]

[02 June 2010]
I thought this period would never end. But at last, I have my iPad.
 

Petition for more Action! [blog]

[31 May 2010]
I've been pretty depressed lately.* And I realized, while reading my RSS feeds this afternoon, why. It's because benji isn't posting enough on TSP!
 

The Ball saved my way to Hyatt [blog comment]

[27 May 2010]
l4saule: you're an idiot.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 May 2010]
wjerome: you may laugh and call me a hermit, but sometimes listening to NIN can be nothing short of amazing.
 

Google Pacman! [link]

[25 May 2010]
I know this is old news, but I just got around to playing it. Google made a pacman game as their logo to celebrate the 30th birthday of pacman! Double click "insert coin" to get a two player game with ms pacman! Yet another reason to love Google.
 

The Secret Life of Your Home [link]

[25 May 2010]
An excerpt from Bill Bryson's new book, in which he looks at the history of simple domestic oddities. A few worth noting: We need salt. We would die without it. One of the mysteries of history is how early civilisations knew that, because the absence of salt in the diet awakes no craving. Yet ancient Britons doused sticks in the sea
 

Starbucks Coffee: Green or Greenwashed? [link comment]

[25 May 2010]
bentomas: I think my addiction comes and goes. I never have more than one cup in a day, and the days I dont drink it, I feel fine (I used to want it real bad). drinking tea (oolong, usually) makes me feel much better, and I don't crash. the strange thing is that oolong has a higher concentr
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 May 2010]
happy birthday, saulemander!
 

Starbucks Coffee: Green or Greenwashed? [link]

[24 May 2010]
I've been curious (and concerned) lately about my coffee drinking and its impact on the environment. Because of coffee bean growing climate, it seems reasonable to believe that drinking coffee is in some way supporting deforestation of rain forests and such. Also, most of the places I go couldn't support growing coffee, which means it'd have to be
 

Parenting [blog]

[23 May 2010]
I just got back from a short trip with the Bray Accounting department to a resort in the mountains. Those of you familiar with my loathing for general accounting may wonder why I went on a trip with the accounting department. I went as the boyfriend of the Southeast Asia Internal Auditor, better known to the Avalantern world as
 

What's in a Name? [blog comment]

[23 May 2010]
nocturtle: but i bet it still felt great to be in chicago! i can't wait to go there in a few weeks!
 

Smashing Pumpkins: Full Circle [link]

[23 May 2010]
Great documentary-ish video of one of the greatest bands of all time. I started to get a bit emotional when they showed parts of their last show, and all the people going nuts for them. It also brought me back to when I lived and died by them. Come to think of it, my first ever CD that I owned was Siamese Dream, on my top five albums. It wa
 

What's in a Name? [blog]

[21 May 2010]
I made a pretty big mistake recently, and I'm glad I caught it. I also can't believe I'm still flying United.
 

Taking the Plunge [blog comment]

[17 May 2010]
bentomas: alright! let's do it!
 

AP: War on drugs has met none of its goals [link]

[17 May 2010]
Some interesting things to note regarding the "war on drugs", which in my opinion is about as much a waste of money as airport security. First, the age old "it would be worse if we hadn't done it at all" thing. This is much like the stimulus package. If the economy continues to suck, people say it's because the stimulus wasn't enough. If the econo
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 May 2010]
woah. last week's house episode was awesome
 

Taking the Plunge [blog]

[16 May 2010]
For those of you with cold feet, daisy and I found a solution this past week at the Grand Hyatt in Guangzhou.
 

Cyber Attacks: Conficker [link]

[16 May 2010]
A summary of the Conficker worm, which attacked Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, not too long ago. Reading this kind of stuff scares the hell out of me. As of this writing, 17 months after it appeared and about a year after the April 1 update, Conficker [...] consists of anywhere from hundreds of thousands of computers to 12 million.
 

A trip to Guangzhou [blog]

[13 May 2010]
I'm in Guangzhou right now, across a bit of water from Hong Kong. It's hot here, but feels good to be back on the road. The city itself is overcast, which I suppose is a step up from the horrible rains and storms that flooded line 3 last week.
 

The Real Meaning of Fuel Efficiency [link]

[13 May 2010]
Greg Mankiw: Even if you believe saving gasoline is a holy cause, subsidizing electric cars simply is not a substitute for politicians finding the courage to jack up gas prices. Think about it this way: You can double the fuel efficiency of any car by putting a se
 

Slow Motion Apollo 11 Launch [link]

[07 May 2010]
This is incredible. (via df)
 

On the Road Again! [blog]

[06 May 2010]
Ah yes, it feels good to be back on the road. After my trip with daisy to California in February, I've had a stagnant few months, staying mostly in Hangzhou. I've taken advantage of mostly every opportunity since then, going to Korea to see maggi
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 May 2010]
i think it's funny how i once hated emoticons, but am now mesmerized by how well they can communicate. not the graphical ones. just simple. or maybe google's animated ones.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 May 2010]
Daisy: just wait two months! we'll be back on the road in no time!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 May 2010]
feeling kind of blue because my trip to suzhou with daisy had to end.
 

Summer [blog]

[03 May 2010]
Oh man. Somehow while my eyes were closed, summer arrived in China.
 

The Real Meaning of Endurance [link]

[29 April 2010]
This article is insane. It's about Robic, a guy who has trained himself into essentially going crazy, such that he can compete in long distance races. One he does every year is a race from San Diego to Atlantic City in nine days. That's 800 miles longer than the Tour de France in about a third of the time. (!!) The article describes how after a ce
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 April 2010]
simonite on my apparent addiction: "Your nuts would implode if you lost and couldn't replace your iPhone.... and that's truth."
 

In Memory of My Lovely iPhone 3G(S) [blog comment]

[28 April 2010]
not to put salt on your wounds, but i just realized that even your av.com profile photo has your [old] iPhone in it. maybe you should change it. didn't we get a good photo of you recently?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 April 2010]
a little part of me dies every time i go on gchat and don't see my regular gchat buddies there. you know who you are.
 

In Memory of My Lovely iPhone 3G(S) [blog comment]

[26 April 2010]
may she rest in peace.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 April 2010]
just had a great day geocaching with daisy in shanghai. but my nose, sinuses, & eyes feel like crap. how do they deal with the pollution?!
 

On Linking and Plagerism [blog comment]

[24 April 2010]
I like that article Gruber linked to. I suppose since most of my feeds, as I'm starting to see clearly, are incestuous, I can see clearly when people don't credit their source. Again, I can never know for sure, but if six of my feeds post to the same relatively obscure article within a matter of a few hours, I assume they didn't all stumble
 

On Linking and Plagerism [blog]

[24 April 2010]
As technology changes the way we do things — share news, art, and other information — we are finding ourselves, the younger generation, with many as of yet undefined rules. And because things are changing so fast, the longer we wait to establish or analyze these rules or conditions, the harder it will be in the future.
 

Projects and Fizzling Out [blog comment]

[23 April 2010]
kerbbs: yeah, i think that's why i miss geeking in the same time zone with him. and thanks! i'm so close to being so close! hahaha!
 

Projects and Fizzling Out [blog]

[23 April 2010]
A long while ago, I started to revamp petercompernolle.com (you can see the current rendition at beta.petercompernolle.com), and then around Christmas time, life happened, and I haven't really worked on it since.
 

Green Drinks [blog update]

[21 April 2010]
so we went tonight. it was pouring rain (my feet are brown from my shoes staining them). the talk was short and more about the woman's company than about energy. it was fun meeting people, but the academic aspect was disappointing. maybe next time? the talk was what I'd see in high school, where the student was super prepared, but the prep was noth
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 April 2010]
Daisy: haha that's what I did tonight too! needs to prepare for my iPad!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 April 2010]
i dig that apple is promoting the idea that mobile safari is the "real web", but couldn't life be made better with a mobile site?
 

Where Everybody Knows Your Name [blog comment]

[20 April 2010]
WJerome: Perhaps that's true, but right now I'm living in a city of over 6 million, and there are four restaurants where everybody knows my name. And that ain't bad!
 

Where Everybody Knows Your Name [blog]

[20 April 2010]
So I guess I'm one step closer to being a local Hangzhou person.
 

Green Drinks [blog]

[20 April 2010]
I just got an invitation via text message to meet someone "at Vineyard for Green Drinks" tonight. Green Drinks sounded familiar, but it seemed impossible to have what I thought it was — a group of hippies and academics that get together to drink, socialize, and talk about environmental issues — in Hangzhou.
 

Fast Forward from the Memories [link]

[20 April 2010]
For a long time, people have asked me either why I love China when I complain about it so much, or why I hate China when there's so much I love. What I've come to see clearly is that there are two Chinas: old China and new. I hate new China. I love old China. This article is about the writer of some great Chinese films, from Suzhou (a city
 

Restaurant on Wheels! [blog comment]

[19 April 2010]
Daisy: well you can keep eating your stinky tofu. i love to eat tofu, but can't stand the stinky stuff.
 

Publish or Perish [link]

[19 April 2010]
An interesting (and long) look at how the publishing business is changing. In Grandinetti’s view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were in the train business rather than the transportation business.
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[18 April 2010]
well, chrome is officially out for the time being. any time i switch to chinese input while chrome is open (even in the background), my whole computer gets really weird and i either need lots of patience (ha!) or to restart the computer. not acceptable, google. plus, i miss my 1password support, and my synced bookmarks (i'm aware that google syncs
 

Restaurant on Wheels! [blog comment]

[17 April 2010]
i love it man. i'm starting to realize that one of my favorite things about being in china is the street food. it's so disgustingly delicious.
 

The Beatles: in Mono [blog comment]

[17 April 2010]
thanks for the reply, saulemander. seems you and i are the only ones who check this lousy site anymore... i just pieced together that the box set it about $20 per CD. so i could also just buy each CD if i find it cheaper. meh. i'll see.
 

Good Music's Nationality [blog]

[17 April 2010]
For a while now, I've wanted to thoroughly analyze my last.fm statistics, all the music I've listened to and when since I started documenting it in 2006, and try to see patterns based on the country the music comes from.
 

Good Music's Nationality [blog]

[17 April 2010]
For a while now, I've wanted to thoroughly analyze my last.fm statistics, all the music I've listened to and when since I started documenting it in 2006, and try to see patterns based on the country the music comes from.
 

Dark Side of the Nintendo [link]

[14 April 2010]
A guy named Brad Smith arranged Pink Floyd's sacred
 

The Beatles: in Mono [blog]

[14 April 2010]
The Beatles recently released a box set of every album as it was originally recorded in compact disc form. Up until their later stuff, this was all mono, though the original release of CDs are all in stereo remaster.
 

How I'd Hack Your Weak Password [link]

[14 April 2010]
Lifehacker guest writer John Pozadzides writes about how easy it is to "hack" most people's passwords. The idea is pretty simple in the beginning, as CC Math professors taught me all too often: no matter how sophisticated the encryption is, including the US government's several-hundred-megabyte encryption key, people are still vulnerable because th
 

Restaurant on Wheels! [blog]

[14 April 2010]
Yesterday daisy and I took the bus home. At the bus stop, we decided to have some delicious street food. The street vendors usually just have a bunch of stuff on a three wheeled cart, so they can move around easily.
 

Make Something Cool Every Day [link]

[13 April 2010]
A great project to make some interesting art every day. There's some really good stuff here. (via kottke.org)
 

A Letter to Adobe [blog update]

[13 April 2010]
adobe just released CS5, which is even more outrageously expensive than CS4
 

Earth Hour [link]

[13 April 2010]
Cool JavaScript animations to show the difference between earth hour, where everyone was supposed to turn off the power for an hour, and not earth hour, when most people (myself included) use way too much electricity.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 April 2010]
sarah comes to town today! on my way out the door to meet daze for some coffee before meeting sarah for lunch! wooo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 April 2010]
current song of the century: no need to argue by the cranberries.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 April 2010]
answer: avocado cheese sandwich with a bit of dijon. — "what is the best decision i've made today, trebek"
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 April 2010]
will someone please explain why everyone loves the fleet foxes so much?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 April 2010]
Daisy: what website? you mean avalantern?! i think you're the first person to ever say that!
 

Cheating [blog]

[06 April 2010]
I went to one of my favorite restaurants today, and I'm not sure it's one of my favorites anymore.
 

Write truth in your journal and make a lie on the paper [blog comment]

[04 April 2010]
I'd be really interested to know how much this has changed since then. I know it wasn't that long ago, but china has (I think) improved at least a little since then. it reminds me of America during the witch hunt, when everyone was scared of being called a comunist. people had to fit a certain image. sounds awful.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 March 2010]
Wokeup this morning with Mr Rogers' theme song in my head.
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[28 March 2010]
bentomas: a different extension, flash block, has a much higher rating, and more people use it.
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[28 March 2010]
bentomas: check out the chrome extension killflash. it's completely a ripoff of click2flash, but it doesn't allow you to play h.264 encoded videos with quicktime. still, better than nothing
 

Youtube: The internet in 1969 [link]

[28 March 2010]
What the wife selects on her console will be paid for by the husband at his counterpart console. (via kottke.org)
 

Youtube: Preview of Photoshop Content Aware Fill [link]

[28 March 2010]
This looks pretty incredible. Stuff you can do in the next release of Adobe Photoshop (that product that is really amazing but has way more than most people will ever need and costs way too much and is made by a company I no longer support) that took forever to do i
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 March 2010]
WJerome: nothing quite like a breakfast with the beatles. my breakfast was with bobby d.
 

YouTube: Joe Wong at RTCA Dinner [link comment]

[28 March 2010]
hahahah this is really really worth watching
 

YouTube: Joe Wong at RTCA Dinner [link]

[28 March 2010]
This is pretty funny. "Why is tofu better than a centralized socialist government?" "Why?" "Because I said so!"
 

The Three Lies of Politics [link]

[28 March 2010]
People believe what they want to. This article quote Ceasar; I'll quote Paul Simon: "A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest. Hmmm." “if you’re not part of the solution, there’s good money to be made in prolonging the problem.” Most problems, especially the endemic or systematic ones, need a lo
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[28 March 2010]
bentomas: yeah i read about that. at work i use two browsers because i hate IE but three things i do for work require that i use it, at least 5 times a day. i guess i'll just use two browsers at home too. when i go to sites that are flashy, i'll use safari. it's so much more peaceful when usi
 

Geocaching [blog update]

[28 March 2010]
This is so much fun! You can watch a replay of my hike here
 

Geocaching [blog]

[28 March 2010]
Last weekend, daisy and I decided to have a little adventure before meeting up with a bunch of company folk for a colleague's farewell dinner. I woke up earlier than I otherwise would on a Sunday, rode a public bike to meet her at Broken Bridge, and we set off on our first Geocaching adventure.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 March 2010]
possibly the best decision i've made in a week: listening to blonde on blonde this morning with a cup of coffee. heaven.
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[28 March 2010]
big big problem: Click2Flash isn't available for chrome. that may be a deal breaker. benji, how do you get around it?
 

long big update [blog comment]

[27 March 2010]
congrats, man! that's freaking great news! what does it feel like to be a grown up?
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[27 March 2010]
well, chrome on my mac has been pretty awesome so far. i'll need to investigate syncing bookmarks with my MobileMe account, and there are a few other things i'm not thrilled about, but this is really fast.
 

What Chinese Censors Don't Want You to Know [link comment]

[26 March 2010]
via benji, here's a list of their instructions regarding google's departur: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/24/AR2010032402511_pf.html
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog comment]

[26 March 2010]
l4saule: i can't stand FF on XP. it's horrible. but at work, i use a proxy server which was apparently built in the 50s, and most of google's services don't work. so i go back and forth between the two, which is really annoying.
 

NY Times: iPhone App to Sidestep AT&T [link]

[26 March 2010]
NY Times writer David Pogue analyzes a new iPhone app that claims to merge WiFi, 3g, and voice connections on your iPhone to avoid high charges from your cell carrier. Sounds like a good idea, but 3g connections in the states still aren't really good enough to carry VoIP, in my opinion. The nice thing about this over, say, Skype, is that it can use
 

Customer Service [blog]

[25 March 2010]
Back when I worked at a five star hotel, they always told me: what makes a good company isn't how many mistakes it makes (though that helps). Everyone makes mistakes. What makes a good company, however, is how they fix their mistakes.
 

Safari vs Chrome [blog]

[25 March 2010]
Safari has been great for me. But lately it's been crashing (I think because of my 1Password plugin). It crashed today right after I clicked OK for a credit card payment. Did the payment go through? I don't know.
 

Google & China [blog update]

[25 March 2010]
Though they haven't yet blocked google.com, they're already starting to block some results. As of right now, a Google search (on google.cn, google.com, or google.com.hk) for any number of Chinese government officials' surnames (胡,习,温) returns a "server not found" error. Oddly, I'm still able to search for Tianan
 

Steve Jobs Paper Cut-Out [link]

[24 March 2010]
Okay, this may be getting close to cult fanatic... (The actual cutout is here)
 

Opera Mobile Submitted to Apple for App Store Review [link]

[24 March 2010]
This is pretty exciting for any of you living in China and using an iPhone. Why? Because Opera does some trickery that will essentially get around the Chinese Great Firewall... Opera Mini for the iPhone, if approved by Apple, uses server side rendering to make the pages load faster. This is a big reason why I hate Blackberries (mainly because of t
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 March 2010]
if browsers were women...
 

Google & China [blog comment]

[23 March 2010]
Annoyingly, now google.com (in english) redirects to google.com.hk in Chinese. In a way, it was better before, as I don't always need to see unfiltered results. But now it's all in Chinese...
 

Google & China [blog]

[23 March 2010]
Well, it finally happened. Google has announced, on the Google blog, that they will be shutting down google.cn and redirecting Chinese mainland traffic to the unfiltered google.com.hk in Hon
 

Vosotros Made it to the New York Times! [link]

[22 March 2010]
A project I've talked about before, Vosotros: Music For You-All, made it to the New York Times yesterday. The article is based mainly on learning music monthly, a project in
 

What Chinese Censors Don't Want You to Know [link]

[21 March 2010]
The New York Times recently got their hands on a set of guidelines the Chinese government provides to the media. A few worth noting: No negative news allowed on the front pages of newspapers or the headline news sections of Web sites. Delete news related to the youtan poluo flower. [Buddhist lore says this rare and auspicious flower
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 March 2010]
the departed was a perfect selection for this evening.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 March 2010]
to neil young: i don't know how you do it. but wherever i am, whatever i'm feeling, listening to after the goldrush brings me right home.
 

Battle for Sex.com: PETA and Meat Company? [link]

[20 March 2010]
Sex.com, arguably one of the most valuable domains, is going on sale for an estimated value of $18 million. The two biggest contenders? PETA and Bullwhip, a California meat company. This is just bizarre. Check out the PETA video (not safe for work), which claims veg
 

A Small Update to Avalantern: Ellipses are Back? [blog comment]

[19 March 2010]
WJerome: never got into buzz either? I kind of like buzz. I also like how a post to avalantern will go to Twitter which will then go to buzz. neat.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 March 2010]
I'm in a very good mind right now. just watched the season six premiere of house, and now I'm listening to yo-yo ma do bach. life is grand.
 

A Small Update to Avalantern: Ellipses are Back? [blog comment]

[19 March 2010]
sadness. i guess it's pretty slow still. meh.
 

A Small Update to Avalantern: Ellipses are Back? [blog]

[19 March 2010]
I've known for some time that no one cares about Avalantern's ellipses. saulemander thinks it's because no one know what the hell an ellipsis is. Perhaps that's true. I think it's because of all the garbage that was posted to Avalantern via automatic updates to Twitter.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 March 2010]
woah... almost 20% of avalantern traffic comes from mobile safari on the iPhone...
 

Summer and Nickel Creek [blog]

[18 March 2010]
Summer's here! They're calling it Spring in Hangzhou, but that's only because they're crazy and the summers here are miserable. It's supposed to get up to 80 degrees today!
 

Fake Steve Jobs & Seinfeld Producer to Make New Comedy? [link]

[17 March 2010]
This looks like it'll be interesting: The comedy, which will air on the premium cable network Epix, is being pitched by the network as a "riotous satire of Silicon Valley and its most powerful figures." Given that it will be written by Lyons, who created the "Fake Steve" persona, it's likely that the Apple co-founder will be an inevita
 

Grinding Coffee! [blog update]

[16 March 2010]
updated to contain a link to YouTube, not flickr, so as to not require flash.
 

Grinding Coffee! [blog]

[16 March 2010]
For over two years, daisy and I have been buying coffee from Starbucks for work. Not because the coffee there is exceptionally good, or cheap, or easy to get. But because they grind it for you.
 

iPad Day, Part 2 [blog comment]

[16 March 2010]
Hahaha, benji, that was funny saulemander, what I don't understand is how you're completely overlooking the capabilities of the device and looking only at the marketing. I shouldn't even say "the device", but "both devices", as you are obviously comparing it to that video of the couri
 

iPad Day, Part 2 [blog comment]

[16 March 2010]
l4saule: you know, my original post contained parenthesis pointing that out, just for you. but i still think it's absurd that you consider the iPad to be only good at "media consumption" even though that is completely unrelated to the device itself, but more related to the software on the devic
 

iPad Day! [blog update]

[16 March 2010]
Success!
 

iPad Day, Part 2 [blog]

[16 March 2010]
Hooray! I found someone that will carry my iPad to China in the middle of May. This is perfect timing, because the iPad (with 3g) will ship only just beforehand ("in early April")!
 

Programming and Laziness [blog comment]

[15 March 2010]
bentomas: exactly! it's momentum. and i've got very little programming momentum right now.
 

...And YOUR Bird Can Sing [blog update]

[14 March 2010]
so I guess the little poop* lives right below me. I can gear his people playing with him and having a blast. meanwhile I'm ten feet away go
 

Programming and Laziness [blog]

[14 March 2010]
I don't really understand why this happens, but I find myself going through phases where I just get very lazy in some regards. For example, I made loads of progress on petercompernolle.com, a site I've been working on to display my past work and photos, back in November 2009; but for the last several months, I haven't even really touched it.
 

NYT: Olympic Pictograms Throughout the Ages [link]

[12 March 2010]
An animated history of Olympic graphics and logos
 

iGrave [link comment]

[12 March 2010]
hahaha that's funny
 

Evil Genius at the Genius Bar [link]

[12 March 2010]
Kind of funny
 

Logorama [link] [nsfw]

[12 March 2010]
Winner of this year's Oscar for best short film.
 

iPad Day! [blog comment]

[12 March 2010]
no one's got any ideas? anything? i'm staring at the order page, but i don't know what to do!
 

iPad Day! [blog comment]

[12 March 2010]
He's down on them because they are suing HTC for patent infringement, which dampens creativity. But I'll let him speak for himself, if he chooses to...
 

Tiny Desk Concert: Australian Chamber Orchestra [link]

[12 March 2010]
For those of you who don't know, NPR has a show, which I view as a podcast, called "Tiny Desk Concert". The show is pretty much exactly as it sounds: in the NPR office around noon, they
 

iPad Day! [blog]

[11 March 2010]
The iPad goes on sale tonight at 9:30pm my time, or 5:30am PST (tomorrow). I don't want to discuss how saulemander thinks it's a piece of junk, or how benji no longer supports apple, but rather, how the hell do i get one?!
 

On Macs and MACs [blog comment]

[11 March 2010]
maybe, but as an IT guy that deals with having to decipher what the hell people mean all the time, when an IT guy sends me an email saying something about some other guy's MAC, i assume it means MAC address.
 

On Macs and MACs [blog]

[11 March 2010]
Let me please get this straight, for once and for all. If you are one of the several people I work with who think that computers made by Apple come from some strange planet, and the user interface is completely unrecognizable, due solely to the fact that you've never used one, please see below.
 

Google Voice for iPhone... Almost? [link comment]

[10 March 2010]
this is so frustrating.
 

feeling a little punk [blog comment]

[10 March 2010]
you should come here! the weather is marvelous for the first time in what seems like six months! and apparently the grass is always greener. I've been longing for a brisk Chicago winter.
 

Curb Your Enthusiasm [blog]

[09 March 2010]
I remember, way back in 1998, watching the finale of Seinfeld and being slightly disappointed. In retrospect, I think the final was exactly what it should be, but every time I see it, I hope for a bit more of a bang.
 

Education and China's Paranoia [blog]

[09 March 2010]
I just had a great idea. Why not get some good, high quality NOVA or PBS type specials downloaded to my iPhone periodically, for free, as podcasts? That way, when I'm on the bus, I could learn about something interesting and beautiful.
 

You Guys Are Awesome! [blog comment]

[02 March 2010]
bentomas: hahah that just made my day! i mean: that just made my dog!
 

A Simple Story of How I Made a New Friend [blog]

[02 March 2010]
This morning, the elevator stopped at the fourth floor on my way downstairs.
 

You Guys Are Awesome! [blog comment]

[02 March 2010]
hmm. well i guess wjerome is awesome, but maybe not everyone...!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 March 2010]
happy birthday, paul!!
 

iTunes Genius [blog]

[02 March 2010]
I've really been enjoying the iTunes Genius lately.
 

Up in the Air: Down on the Ground [blog comment]

[02 March 2010]
i think the real reason i liked it was because it was comforting to know that someone else thinks like i do. and it pays off! i got a free night at a park hyatt, upgrades to business class (free!), and more! and next month i'm going to see maggie33 in korea for free! woot.
 

a small request [blog comment]

[02 March 2010]
woah! it's been over a year since i claimed to be close to finishing avalantern! but really, i'm pretty sure it took me until summer of '09. yikes. i guess i really am the kind of guy who starts projects and never finishes them...
 

You Guys Are Awesome! [blog]

[02 March 2010]
I've been very busy lately. And feeling a bit down about this and that. So when I came to Avalantern today for the first time in a few days, I was a bit depressed when I saw that nothing has happened in several days. But then...
 

My Journey Back in Time [blog]

[26 February 2010]
Wednesday morning, 3am, something very interesting happened to me. It had a fairly profound effect, and also made me realize how my priorities have perhaps skewed in the last several years.
 

An Addiction [blog]

[25 February 2010]
I may not travel as much as ol' George in Up in the Air, but I travel enough that I consider it a significant part of my lifestyle. Several of my friends and colleagues make comments about how exhausting it must be, and how hard it must be to live out
 

another blog to save avalantern [blog comment]

[25 February 2010]
thanks for helping out man. I need to change that because no one posts but me, and since my router broke I've been unable.
 

Salesman! [link comment]

[22 February 2010]
downloading! thanks!
 

Vegetables [link]

[22 February 2010]
I cant get enough of this song.
 

A New Complaint [blog]

[16 February 2010]
(from the archives. a guy got on the plane next to me headed to Saigon and wouldn't sit still, but had nothing to do)
 

YouTube: Solla Solla Enna Perumai [link]

[13 February 2010]
I don't post YouTube links very often because most of it is only good for about ten seconds. But this is incredible. _This_ is why I want to wear rounded glasses and a plastic vest with no shirt on. (via my friend Anne)
 

Square - Credit Card Reader [link]

[12 February 2010]
Wow, this is really neat. It's a simple little thing you can plug into your iPhone so you can charge anyone's credit card from anywhere you have a data connection. That means if you owe me $20 but don't have any cash, I can swipe your card securely. That is really neat.
 

Cyber Warriors [link]

[11 February 2010]
An interesting perspective on how our [American] perspective of Chinese power could be greatly skewed, noting how the new China has little experience in combat, spends less money on the military than we do (by up to ten times, according to the article), and how most of their equipment isn't nearly as "modern" as ours. It does seem, by reading the N
 

iPhone Typing [blog]

[10 February 2010]
I remember when I first got my iPhone, I made it a goal of mine to learn to type efficiently. I started out using my index fingers because I read somewhere that it was a good way to learn how the screen works, etc. After a while, I started using both thumbs (in portrait mode).
 

On Music and Money, Part 1 [blog comment]

[10 February 2010]
i actually wound up going into the options and changing the start and stop time of the tracks. it sort of worked, but still made me realize there was a gap. either way, it sounds great now. can't even tell when the tracks change!
 

On Music and Money, Part 1 [blog]

[08 February 2010]
Forever ago, back when I was in college and was part of the incestuous music scene, a friend gave me a copy of Neutral Milk Hotel's
 

Traveling, and a Very Pleasant Side Effect to Frequent Flying [blog]

[08 February 2010]
I'm a premier member on star alliance. this doesn't mean much, except that I get free upgrades to economy plus, i dont need to wait to board, and my name is higher on the list when they give out free upgrades. a few other perks, but those are really the most noticeable (until I get premier executive, hopefully by the end of this year!).
 

The 'My Way' Killings [link]

[07 February 2010]
When karaoke becomes something much more than making a fool of yourself. (via anne)
 

Learning Music Monthly [link]

[06 February 2010]
This is a really neat site that tries to promote the musical community rather than the business. The guys who put it together — Vosotros — produce a bunch of it, but mostly promote and organize it. The music is all free, but I suggest you give a donation if possible. I can't imagine putting this together is cheap. You can either stream
 

art show [blog comment]

[05 February 2010]
yes! do take photos! I'm so sad I can't be there!
 

Smile [blog]

[31 January 2010]
"if you smile at me, I will understand. because that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language." —csny
 

iPad chat blog [blog comment]

[31 January 2010]
...and will someone please explain to me how everyone who hoped for netbook like device with a simplified OS and essentially just a browser is so disappointed? I can think of at least five people who wanted almost exactly this. and now everyone is bitching. I'm so confused as to why everyone is so bugged. what does simplified OS mean if not
 

Old World and New World Computing [link]

[31 January 2010]
I just linked to this in a comment on saluemander's post, ipad chat blog, but needed to post it again here because I agree so much with a large majority of stevenf's piece. a choice quote, aimed somewhat direc
 

iPad chat blog [blog comment]

[31 January 2010]
on old world and new world computing, by stevenf (well worth reading): The Old World In the Old World, computers are general purpose, do-it-all machines. They can do hundreds of thousands of different things, sometimes all at
 

iPad chat blog [blog comment]

[31 January 2010]
bentomas and saulemander : a response to al3x payne's blog. the iPad is trying to change the way we see computing devices. this, jus
 

iPad chat blog [blog comment]

[31 January 2010]
I'm actually extremely excited about this. for my lifestyle — constantly moving, basically — it is perfect. when I travel nowadays, I don't even take my laptop. it's too big, and too much to worry about. I rely on my iPhone for everything. in fact, I'd say I spend 80% of my computer time on my iPhone, especially now since I've been too
 

iPad chat blog [blog comment]

[27 January 2010]
it's just like an iPod touch. except bigger. but there's just more space. I'm bummed. also, I was hoping it would default to widescreen, not that silly vertical. vertical works for the iPhone/touch, but I was hoping for widescreen. also, I guess this means they're keeping the iPhone UI the same? I was hoping iPhone 4.0 would be different (and a
 

Der 小 Peon, or: How I speak minimally in two languages an [blog]

[27 January 2010]
I just flew to Hong Kong from Hangzhou. I sat next to a couple, a big white guy with a Chinese — at first, I wasn't sure if she was Chinese or Phillipeano — woman. They were holding hands which clearly gave their status up. After not too long, I noticed that they were communicating in German. The people on the other side of me — t
 

Simple Pleasures: The Water Cooler [blog]

[26 January 2010]
As some of you know, and others have made fun of, every household in China has water coolers. They're pretty useful — not only is the water clean, but it keeps it hot for tea, and another part keeps it cool for drinking. What's better is that a company nearby will deliver it for 8rmb (a little over US$1).
 

The Next Few Weeks (for Me) [blog update]

[25 January 2010]
I just bought my tickets for Vietnam! Head out Wednesday!
 

Drug Money [link comment]

[25 January 2010]
agreed. but i have to note that jewel (or albertsons) brand cheerios taste a lot like the expensive stuff. (but not quite the same. oh man. there's nothing like honey nut cheerios. or team cheerios!)
 

Avalantern: Twitter vs Ellipses [blog comment]

[25 January 2010]
bentomas: i agree. consider it done! (eventually. i leave for vietnam in a day, so i'll be busy for the next week or so)
 

The Next Few Weeks (for Me) [blog]

[24 January 2010]
There's a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks. Here are just a few.
 

Five Journalists Test Quality of 'New' from Twitter and Facebook [link]

[24 January 2010]
The journalists will be handed computers that only connect to Facebook and Twitter, no other browsing is allowed and of course television, radio and newspapers are also kept out of reach. Each day, the reporters from Canadian, French, Belgian and Swiss radio stations will each go on the air on their respective channels to comment on t
 

Avalantern: Twitter vs Ellipses [blog comment]

[24 January 2010]
l4saule: jürk. but thanks for reading! hahahaha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 January 2010]
listening to the decemberists for the first time in forever. enjoying it. castaways and cutouts.
 

Avalantern: Twitter vs Ellipses [blog]

[24 January 2010]
Alright. So I think it's safe to say that no one on Avalantern uses Twitter anymore. Likewise, no one uses ellipses anymore on Avalantern (nor do I), because there are too many tweets mucking it up. As I see it, there are two options here:
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 January 2010]
happy birthday, kate!
 

Apple Fanboys and Rumors [blog comment]

[23 January 2010]
bentomas: i suppose i read too much TUAW. It's not really specific articles that's bothering me, just that my RSS inbox is 90% tablet stuff.
 

Apple Fanboys and Rumors [blog update]

[23 January 2010]
Paul Carr at TechCrunch nailed this one: But until the official launch announcement comes, I would rather not hear another word about Apple and their tablet. Not because it isn’t news – but because so many of the journalists anticipating the launch
 

Apple Fanboys and Rumors [blog]

[23 January 2010]
I may actually agree with you for once, saulemander
 

Drug Money [link]

[22 January 2010]
Not too long ago, I went to India. Before going to India, I went to a few pharmacies to buy ciprofloxacin. It's a hard core antibiotic for when you don't have enough strength to leave the toilet because all of your strength has already left you. I was in Hangzhou at the time, with daisy. The first
 

Quietube [link]

[22 January 2010]
This site takes an otherwise too busy youtube page and only shows you the video. I like that. The video I'm linking to as an example is also well worth watching.
 

Onion: Most College Males Admit to Regularly Getting Stoked [link]

[21 January 2010]
God I love the Onion.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 January 2010]
new to my list of things that i hate to do but feel great after doing: flossing.
 

Simplicity & Pizza [blog comment]

[19 January 2010]
l4saule: i've had bad luck in sf too. are there any good places? i want to take layrax somewhere nice to have good pizza
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 January 2010]
this night only: rediscovering regina spektor, the early not-so-annoying stuff. and really digging it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 January 2010]
sadness descends. just realized i can't get 1k status on star alliance — that's only 100,000 miles flown, not just miles (credit cards, etc)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 January 2010]
I'm listening to Sinead O'Connor right now, and really enjoying it.
 

Simplicity & Pizza [blog]

[18 January 2010]
Some things are just left best to their most fundamental elements. Pizza is one of them.
 

Google & China [blog update]

[17 January 2010]
I just noticed that google.cn is censored regardless of your location (in or out of China). So you should all be able to see this yourselves at google.com or
 

Google & China [blog]

[17 January 2010]
As I'm sure most of you have heard, Google recently announced on its blog that it would no longer censor search results in China, going very much against the Chinese government's request (and demands). They have also admitted that this may mean closing their Chinese office.
 

Google to Stop Cooperating with China [link comment]

[16 January 2010]
I'm a little confused. google.cn is definitely still censored here...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 January 2010]
我很高兴回来中国!
 

Stress-Free Problem Solving? [blog]

[15 January 2010]
One thing that seems to be common among many of us Avalantern folk, especially the computer- or math-driven minds, is that we like solving problems. Arguably, that is the one goal for any software design, or, for artist designer folk like saulemander, that is ultimately why we design ne
 

Google to Stop Cooperating with China [link comment]

[14 January 2010]
a lot of people are suggesting google is merely trying to get out of china but doesn't want to lose face. I think it's horseradish, but what do you guys think? even if they're making only a few hundred million a year, it still seems like google wouldn't leave potentially the biggest market just because they're frustrated with only 30% market share.
 

Google to Stop Cooperating with China [link]

[12 January 2010]
An attack on google occurred in December originating from China. Google believes that it was orchestrated by the Chinese government in order to access human rights activists' gmail accounts. So google has announced that they are no longer willing to censor google.cn results, even if it means ceasing to operate in China. We have decide
 

I AM BORED [blog comment]

[11 January 2010]
what? who's the big man? Neil young really told you if no one posts on avalantern it'll shut down?
 

the ladder theory [blog comment]

[10 January 2010]
hell yeah!
 

Poll: Vacation Destination [blog update]

[09 January 2010]
we got the tickets! we'll be in sf from february 15 until February 20. hooray!
 

posting a blog [blog comment]

[09 January 2010]
meh.
 

Two People Detained by TSA for Speaking Native Language [link comment]

[07 January 2010]
WJerome: interesting article, but that website is awful. i think there are 500 ads on the first page alone (and then requires me to click through to a second). for some reason, i found this quote to be odd: The more intractable problem is that terrorists are fiendishly capable of
 

Poll: Vacation Destination [blog comment]

[07 January 2010]
keri: i think you're right. :) wjerome: they'll be in the caymans. i figure we'll have other chances to travel around, so i'd rather daisy sees chicago in slightly better weather. when we can s
 

Poll: Vacation Destination [blog]

[07 January 2010]
We need your help!
 

Two People Detained by TSA for Speaking Native Language [link]

[07 January 2010]
Don't even get me started on how ridiculous aviation "security" is. But here's an example of how counterproductive it is. We all know it's just for show. My friend James introduced me to some guy who worked for the FBI around the time of 9/11. He sai
 

Gate E6 at Bush Intercontinental. [blog]

[07 January 2010]
It's 6:04am on a Thursday. I'm waiting for my flight to Newark en route to Hong Kong to meet Stefan. Yet something seems familiar.
 

Nic Cage as Everyone [link comment]

[07 January 2010]
you know he's farncis ford coppela's nephew, but didn't want to be associated with him, so he changed his name? also, i had no idea his name had no 'k' in it
 

Up in the Air: Down on the Ground [blog comment]

[06 January 2010]
i thought it was great!
 

posting a blog [blog comment]

[05 January 2010]
thanks for posting when i needed it! now start posting when i don't need it!
 

A fun way to extend males' lives [link comment]

[01 January 2010]
hahahahahah i accidentally said "love" instead of "live". man i just keep digging myself deeper here...
 

A fun way to extend males' lives [link comment]

[31 December 2009]
funny?! it's bloody brilliant! daisy? where are you? i need to love healthier! (hahahahaha maybe that's a bit inappropriate...)
 

i guess sophomore really does mean wise fool [blog comment]

[30 December 2009]
WJerome: i'm not really sure, actually. probably just stumbled on my words and said i'm sorry, i can't. we're actually not allowed to. so aside from being morally disgusting, illegal, and just weird, i'd probably get fired too.
 

I Don't Know How People Put Up With This [blog]

[30 December 2009]
I just had a great evening. Went with Hannah, her mom, and my boss (her step dad) to a nice dinner and the Houston Rockets game, followed by a glass of wine with Hannah and her old high school buddies. It was fantastic. The game was actually a blast, the dinner was incredible, and her friends were a lot of fun. In fact, one of them knew several peo
 

A First Class Seat to HELL [blog comment]

[29 December 2009]
WJerome: true. plus the fact that international first class seats are like a hotel. they give you a bed and a huge tv and wait on you hand and foot. not to mention that tickets are generally like $8k. though I did
 

Vampires? [blog]

[29 December 2009]
So you all probably remember the last time I stayed at
 

A First Class Seat to HELL [blog]

[29 December 2009]
I printed out my boarding pass after an online checkin the other day for my flight from Chicago to Houston. Domestic flights are easy. I was in seat 11B, which was as close to the front as I could get, an aisle, and in economy plus, which means I get a whopping five additional inches of leg room.
 

The Man in the Mirror [blog comment]

[29 December 2009]
michael jackson is the man. and it does make me sad how everyone gave him such a hard time. to a degree, i think he asked for the press by being so weird. but i've always tried to just look at his music (and dancing and videos and such) and leave the rest of it alone. he's weird, but it's not my business.
 

YouTube: The Cosmos [link]

[26 December 2009]
I still can't get my head around how big this place is. Even thinking of how small Earth is in this tiny little solar system blows my mind.
 

Google Voice for iPhone... Almost? [link comment]

[25 December 2009]
Note also that because it's not a native app, you can't get push notifications. Which is a drag, because I use the SMS for this all the time, and rely on Gmail's push notifications, which are quite slow (and require that I mark two things as read rather than just one)
 

Google Voice for iPhone... Almost? [link]

[25 December 2009]
A long while back, a company called Riverturn made an app for the iPhone that used Google Voice's free (and awesome) services. It was pulled from the app store, much to everyone's dismay and anger. The guys have decided to write up a web app, which cannot be blocked by the app store, and can provide almost the same functionality to the iPho
 

Festivus! [blog]

[25 December 2009]
Happy holidays, Avalantern friends! Whether you celebrate, Festivus, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Baxter Day, or anything else, I hope you have a great few days to enjoy with your family, friends, or iPhone.
 

Albums of the Year: 2009 [blog update]

[21 December 2009]
You can see a visualization of the artists I've listened to the most via LastGraph, which connects to my last.fm data, here (PDF, 9mb).
 

Albums of the Year: 2009 [blog]

[21 December 2009]
The year is almost over, which means it's time to start thinking about all the stuff that's happened. And of the stuff that's happened, everything always has a soundtrack. And any good soundtrack means that you need to make a top five list! Here's my list of the top five albums I listened or got into in 2009 (not albums that were released in 2009.
 

holiday sighs [blog comment]

[20 December 2009]
computers have destroyed my ability to spell.
 

Stuck in the Middle [blog comment]

[20 December 2009]
bentomas: not only did they not offer, but they even reserved those seats. they knew what they were doing.
 

Stuck in the Middle [blog]

[19 December 2009]
My flight from Shanghai Pudong to Chicago yesterday was awful.
 

Sweet Home, Chicago [blog comment]

[19 December 2009]
kerbbs: thanks Keri!
 

Sweet Home, Chicago [blog comment]

[19 December 2009]
l4saule: back to Hangzhou
 

Sweet Home, Chicago [blog]

[17 December 2009]
In about twelve hours, I begin my voyage back to Chicago. In the event that no one posts anything (surprise!), I'll continue try to keep the few of you who come to avalantern entertained.
 

Spike Jonze, David Cross & Will Arnett: The Increasingly Poor De [link]

[15 December 2009]
Wow this looks exciting. Definitely not safe for work. (via saulemander)
 

Microsoft Steals yet another Startup's Work [link]

[15 December 2009]
Microsoft blantantly stole the code and "essence" of Plurk, a site similar to Twitter, which is apparently the number one networkig site in China (despite the fact that none of my tech-savvy Chinese friends have even heard of it). This is pathetic.
 

Maybe Google Isn't So Bad? [link]

[15 December 2009]
Interesting idea. Google has lots of power. Some of what they do is disagreeable, but they could use their power to do a lot more evil.
 

Beijing Air: an Hourly Pollution Reading on Twitter [link comment]

[14 December 2009]
WJerome: actually, i'm quite pleased. wilmette is something like 27, but chicago is up around 60 or 70, depending on the time of year. which puts it almost right at hangzhou. but the thing to remember is that this scale measures the bad stuff... china has tons of dust and coal soot. so even if
 

Beijing Air: an Hourly Pollution Reading on Twitter [link]

[14 December 2009]
While reading an article in The New Yorker titled "Beijing's Crash Program for Clean Energy", I saw a brief mention about how the US embassy in Beijing monitors air quality and posts it to Twitter every hour. I'm in China now, so d
 

United Seat Assignment [blog update]

[13 December 2009]
despite kate's advice, i took row 20, because it's in economy plus. that way, i figure if i don't drink anything, i can just program and never leave my seat. this will be awful. and united doesn't have personal TVs, so you have to watch whatever the big screen is showing. good thing i have a backup
 

...And YOUR Bird Can Sing [blog update]

[13 December 2009]
oh dear god. it's back. a bit farther away than before, it seems. but back to singing that same song.
 

United Seat Assignment [blog]

[11 December 2009]
I'm flying from Shanghai to Chicago on Friday. That's in a week.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 December 2009]
attempt number 4 of iPhone SDK download: 191mb of 2.5gb. so far so good. but now time for sleep. hopefully i'll wake up with some good news.
 

2Do: Indie Development at its Finest [blog]

[10 December 2009]
I downloaded an app today called 2Do, per the suggestion of a site called beautifulpixels.com. The app is
 

Strange Associations [blog]

[10 December 2009]
my mind is all over the place.
 

Premier Club BS [blog]

[08 December 2009]
I'm in the Mumbai airport right now, killing the several hours before my 1:50am departure. I'm flying Jet Airways, because there are no other airlines that can take me direct to Hong Kong and to Vadodara.
 

For-Pay wireless networks [blog comment]

[07 December 2009]
WJerome: true. I guess I assumed Indian hotels (this is not a foreigner hotel) wouldn't charge so much. the average sallary of the guys at our office here is like $9k. so a couple bucks Is a lot just for Internet
 

For-Pay wireless networks [blog]

[06 December 2009]
We've all used them. And we all hate them. Those darn* networks that broadcast that they're open, and then redirect you to a site to pay money. And the hoops you need to jump through make me wish I could tet
 

THE Lowly Peon [profile photo]

[05 December 2009]
THE Lowly Peon has posted a new profile photo!
 

Best Venn Diagram I've Ever Seen [link]

[03 December 2009]
Thank God. (via daringfireball.net)
 

update on my life [blog comment]

[03 December 2009]
l4saule: hahahaha yeah, other cities never have problems like that. and I've never had problems like that in my two times to la. like when it took me five hours to drive (because I had no choice) from ucla to pasadena, even though google said it would take twenty minutes. aaah, I miss sf
 

Small World: Avalantern Stats [blog comment]

[02 December 2009]
l4saule: my ff on xp has been freaking painful. takes up around a minute to launch the app.
 

update on my life [blog comment]

[02 December 2009]
WJerome: I've never gotten a comment like that...
 

update on my life [blog comment]

[02 December 2009]
hahha that's the look I've got too. now I jutst need to lose the 20lbs belly... and hell yeah for carr's table water crackers!! I found a place in china that sells them just last month!!
 

A Walk in Vadodara [blog update]

[01 December 2009]
you know. on second thought, maybe I am just tired. I was bummed because this stuff made me so uncomfortable while in china it's nothing to me. then I realized I'm more uncomfortable walking through the tenderloine on a tuesday afternoon.
 

A Walk in Vadodara [blog]

[01 December 2009]
I'm tired. haven't slept in almost 36 hours. but my belly is satisfied, and I don't want to go to sleep just yet. so I decided to wander.
 

Small World: Avalantern Stats [blog comment]

[01 December 2009]
l4saule: what do you think of chrome these days? I'm still waiting for the official mac release, but I've been a bit disappointed with the xp one (at work)
 

Another red stamp... [blog]

[30 November 2009]
...brings my total to 34. I'm sitting in the airport on my way to India, looking through my passport at all the places I've been. I remember going to Europe, my first time getting a stamp in my passport, and being angry/disappointed that they didn't stamp for international train travel. Now, I'm looking at extra pages and a whole bunch of stamps I
 

...And YOUR Bird Can Sing [blog update]

[29 November 2009]
To whoever managed to get rid of that bird: Please come by my house for your reward. You will forever be my hero.
 

...And YOUR Bird Can Sing [blog update]

[29 November 2009]
I'm going insane. It's gotten louder.
 

...And YOUR Bird Can Sing [blog update]

[28 November 2009]
For your listening pleasure (and in case Jeremy hears this and can identify the bird, so as to determine the best and fastest way to eliminate it), I've uploaded a small audio file of the bird's call. The recordings were taken from my iPhone, and from my noisy balcony, so you need to listen carefully. Bird:
 

...And YOUR Bird Can Sing [blog]

[28 November 2009]
Yesterday afternoon, daisy and I were hanging out at my apartment for a bit when we noticed that a bird — or something — was making some sort of annoying whistling noise. After a few minutes of making the same call every second or two, we felt sure that it was a bird and laughed at how
 

It's like Twitter. except we charge people to use it. [link]

[27 November 2009]
this is hilarious.
 

Cars & Their Effect on China [blog]

[27 November 2009]
Since I arrived in Hangzhou two years ago, I've witnessed people get richer, which has resulted in many more cars. More cars with an already-weak infrastructure has made many cities in China simply less enjoyable: constant congestion, pollution, pedestrian deaths, and the overall stench of diesel fumes.
 

Bigger Cars Aren't Necessarily Safer [link]

[27 November 2009]
My passionate hatred for cars has been growing lately. I've spent something like 50% of my time in cars stuck in traffic, due to a combination of people not following general rules of traffic and people getting into small accidents and not pulling their cars off the road. (I've actually begun tracking a lot of my time spent in cars, and have found
 

Jimmy Fallon impersonates Neil Young singing the fresh prince th [link comment]

[26 November 2009]
hahaha this is really fantastic
 

Small World: Avalantern Stats [blog comment]

[26 November 2009]
WJerome: you do indeed! so thanks for being awesome, and supplying a large amount of avalantern traffic! you should receive some good karma in the mail in 4-6 weeks.
 

Small World: Avalantern Stats [blog]

[26 November 2009]
You know, perhaps no one comes to avalantern anymore except for three or four of you. But it still is really cool to think that the few of us are communicating, using a couple of tiny little electronic devices, from all over the world. Here are some simple stats about Avalantern visitors.
 

The Economist: Web Wide War [link comment]

[26 November 2009]
bentomas: You raise very valid points. And I think that is very true for me as well. I suppose I'm just scared because the suits have thought of yet another way to close the web a bit more for money. And regardless of whether you (or I) choose not to support them, our web would somewhat get a
 

On Courtesy, Manners, and Online Relationships [blog]

[26 November 2009]
This new generation, where life and relationships are often centered around social networking services, has thrown a little curve ball for those of us who have been raised with a specific rule book of manners. Momma always taught us how to treat people, take your hat off at dinner, firm handshake, etc. But momma didn't really know how to deal with
 

Jimmy Fallon impersonates Neil Young singing the fresh prince th [link comment]

[26 November 2009]
this is hilarious! and it's actually a pretty catchy tune. I've been humming it since this morning
 

The Economist: Web Wide War [link]

[26 November 2009]
A simple idea that is horrifying when thought out completely: restrict search engines' abilities to index your site in exchange for a load of cash from the search engine that can index your site. That's what people are talking about now, after Rupert Murdoch started complaining a
 

fake Steve jobs on apple and smokers [link comment]

[25 November 2009]
WJerome: ...or worse. the wind may blow sand somewhere else! i agree. i really see this as no different than someone who spills something, or even just uses a computer after eating cheetos. no problem if that's you're thing, but it's not something they should need to service.
 

cracked: installing windows 7 [link]

[25 November 2009]
easy to follow instruction guide for installing microsoft's latest OS. was it really that simple, saulemander? as our resident (and, I believe, only) windows user, I'm interested to hear how your installation went.
 

fake Steve jobs on apple and smokers [link]

[25 November 2009]
a little while ago, refused HREF="http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/11/smoking-could-be-hazardous-to-your-apple-warranty.ars">refused to service a mac mini under warranty that belonged to a heavy smoker. apparently, the insides were completely covered with disgusing resin and grossness. it's gotten a bit of press in the apple fanboy world,
 

Avalantern Now Has Notifications! [blog comment]

[24 November 2009]
i guess now that everyone gets notifications when something happens, no one really comes to the site anymore. interesting...
 

on podcasts, npr, and gadgets [blog update]

[21 November 2009]
i'm not sure what changed — perhaps it's because i travel too much — but i haven't exactly listened to a podcast in a while. except maybe the dilbert animated comics, because those are super fast, sometimes funny, and not blocked by the chinese government the same way that the onion is.
 

The Geography of Recession [link]

[21 November 2009]
A disturbing visual of the unemployment rate in the US and how it's grown since 2007. (via daringfireball)
 

Fallen Leaves [blog]

[19 November 2009]
This evening, daisy posted an ellipsis that reminded me of something I wrote a lifetime ago. It was simple, but far more complex than the mere words.
 

litl [link]

[19 November 2009]
Finally, there's a company that's actually trying to innovate. They're taking an idea — in my opinion, based on the success of the iphone's simplicity — and actually making something out of it. Best part? It doesn't run on Windows, OS X, or some bastardized version of someone else's operating system. They wrote it themselves. Sadly, I
 

Microsoft steals intellectual property from Chinese [link]

[18 November 2009]
this is hilarious. not only because I hadn't realized Chinese companies knew what "intellectual property" meant, but also because it happened while obamama was in china, discussing intellectual property rights.
 

business bs academia [link]

[18 November 2009]
where no one cares if you're smart because everyone else is stupid.
 

im sick of... [blog comment]

[18 November 2009]
l4saule: that's quite an axe. though I'm not totally sure how it pertains to this...
 

im sick of... [blog comment]

[17 November 2009]
well I admit. ididnt expect you to say you miss LA after all that. I wonder how many people would read that and think of LA...
 

seriously [link comment]

[17 November 2009]
good fake steve jobs article about this: http://www.fakesteve.net/2009/11/re-our-patent-application-for-an-evil-advertising-scheme.html
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 November 2009]
went to dinner with smokers, so i smell like an ash tray. made the mistake of spraying lots of air freshener. now it hurts to breathe. nice.
 

Music Industry Revenues [link comment]

[17 November 2009]
WJerome: I wonder, though, if smaller bands would make it using the old system either. at least with what we have now, it's easy as hell for bands to "get out there". think Joanna newsom. Hollie got me into her when she was real unknown. she
 

My Indian Visa Adventure [blog update]

[17 November 2009]
Woes no more! I just picked up my visa after a pleasant evening in shanghai with layrax, and I'm feeling good. They gave me six months, which means a few things. If I goof up, I have more than ample time for another business trip there. And I can't go there for vacation next summer (I wasn't plan
 

sudo give me this patent [link comment]

[17 November 2009]
I figured this was a misread. I read the original patent and it only mentioned a function that changed your authority temporarily. http://gizmodo.com/5405753/microsofts-pseudo-sudo-patent (via saulemander, who doe
 

Music Industry Revenues [link]

[16 November 2009]
Interesting data from the Time Online regarding the music industry and how its revenues have changed over the last few years. The title — "Do music artists do better in a world of illegal filesharing" — seems to disregard the simple fact that the current industry is lead by online record sales, both by iTunes (currently the world's to
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 November 2009]
why haven't we evolved to be able to not have headaches.
 

It's not lupus [link comment]

[14 November 2009]
no! they pulled the video! can't watch it anymore!
 

Saturday Morning Joys [blog comment]

[14 November 2009]
that does sound good. i love weekends. it's freezing cold outside now, and i love it. makes me feel warm when i wake up, but that initial step into the morning is that much more invigorating. maybe i'll start a polar bear club in the 钱塘江 river.
 

gPhone [link comment]

[14 November 2009]
...but someone still needs to pay for the cell towers and services. i think that the price we pay in america is outrageous now, but $6 a month probably wouldn't cut it. and if it's limited to WiFi, well, I already have my iPhone.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 November 2009]
what the— my washing machine pipe froze, and now water is everywhere. why is the machine outside in a city that drips below zero?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 November 2009]
thank you, time capsule. rather than spending hours re-configuring my .vimrc file, you were right there, with my years of modifications.
 

MacSlaps: Stickers for your Mac [link]

[13 November 2009]
I've never been one to put stickers on my computer. in fact, I read somewhere that an angel loses his wings every time someone does. but this sure looks pretty neat (as long as it's not on my computer!) these guys make vinyl st
 

sudo give me this patent [link comment]

[12 November 2009]
ooOOoo snap. that's one clever title. I can't believe they'd be able to patent that. especially because it's been around forever!
 

Avalantern Now Has Notifications! [blog comment]

[11 November 2009]
bentomas: yeah i hear ya! i originally had it so you would only get notification from friends. but then i realized that doing so would bring two very different purposes to the avalantern "friends" thing (keeping posts secret, and getting notifications — incoming, and outgoing), so i c
 

Avalantern Now Has Notifications! [blog comment]

[11 November 2009]
meh. you guys are bums. no one has done anything since i enabled notifications, so i can't even test it out! :(
 

Avalantern Now Has Notifications! [blog comment]

[10 November 2009]
well I thought it was pretty exciting...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 November 2009]
happy 40th anniversary, sesame street!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 November 2009]
why isn't the new house episode on iTunes yet?! it's already tuesday night for some of us...
 

Avalantern Now Has Notifications! [blog update]

[10 November 2009]
Sadly, I can't figure out how to send SMS to google voice numbers. Apparently, it's not supported. I'll keep an eye out, though, because I know many of you use Google voice.
 

Avalantern Now Has Notifications! [blog]

[10 November 2009]
I decided to make a few long-needed updates to Avalantern! So maybe you're receiving notification of this blog via email or SMS! How thrilling!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 November 2009]
sometimes web stuff can be frustrating. (but still fun!)
 

My Indian Visa Adventure [blog]

[09 November 2009]
Well, saulemander, I guess you should start reading again, because my travel woes have returned.
 

quiet [blog]

[08 November 2009]
I just had a great night with daisy. went to a nice place and sat on the roof and drank good American pale ale before going down a floor to listen to the coming rainstorm. dinner was pleasant, and conversation was wonderful. the constant sound of the rain drowning out all the noise from the outside
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 November 2009]
feeling a bit more productive. the way i'd really feel productive is if i could get my PHP MySQL library version right. it's angry now.
 

my senior quote [blog comment]

[07 November 2009]
hahaha i still can't believe you did this...
 

it happened. [blog comment]

[07 November 2009]
l4saule: hahaha just came across this old post. and man, you nailed my type spot on. i especially like the "best body out of her coworkers" part.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 November 2009]
i can't decide which is more pathetic: that i'm having a $50 bottle of napa cab with pb&j, or the fact that it's mind-blowingly incredible.
 

My Stuff: My Ode to Materialism 2009 [blog update]

[07 November 2009]
I guess I should remove the "Dinner at Mosto" entry, because if I include that, I should probably include my other amazing dinners that I've had in Tokyo, Kyoto, Scotland, and Chicago. All of those were amazing times that made me grateful for selling my soul to be an IT guy in China.
 

how to hack your brain to sleep less [link comment]

[07 November 2009]
WJerome: haha probably! seems like something he'd do
 

My Stuff: My Ode to Materialism 2009 [blog]

[07 November 2009]
After reading bentomas's Ode to Materialism every year, I've been thinking. I can't say I have everything I want, but I can say I've got some pretty awesome stuff. Here's a list of some of my favorite things I've acquir
 

how to hack your brain to sleep less [link comment]

[07 November 2009]
bentomas: let's do it man! next spring or summer some time when work isn't so busy
 

Hidden Preferences for Macs [link]

[07 November 2009]
Well, someone stole my idea and made it probably way better than I ever could have. For those of you who use macs (most of you — in fact, all except saulemander, i think), you may have come across a common function for changing hidden preferences. You open up Terminal.app, and th
 

how to hack your brain to sleep less [link comment]

[07 November 2009]
warning, ~benji!~ : this guy's RSS feed does that annoying shortening thing, so you can't actually read the article, but need to click through.
 

Mohawk! [blog comment]

[07 November 2009]
by the way! you can post images! so post some and let us see!
 

how to hack your brain to sleep less [link]

[07 November 2009]
this is pretty interesting. despite what ~benji!~ seems to think, i've always thought the idea of polyphasic sleep, where you alter your sleeping schedule and sleep several times throughout the day so as to lessen the total time slept, is pretty incredible. and if i could figure out some way to only spend a few hours a day sleeping instead o
 

Remember Remember! [blog update]

[05 November 2009]
well, the party was a great success. thanks to those of you who came, and to those who couldn't make it, well, daisy and I missed you. viva le revolution!
 

Haircut [blog comment]

[04 November 2009]
sounds like the barber had too much of the free whiskey. my $2 haircut in hangzhou never results in hair in my bed...
 

Remember Remember! [blog comment]

[04 November 2009]
WJerome: yeah, i've always thought that's weird — i think of it more in a v for vendetta sort of way
 

goatee notee [blog comment]

[04 November 2009]
you should update your avalantern photo! lemme see! though i must admit. you looked pretty good in that halloween waldo flickr picture ...
 

Remember Remember! [blog]

[04 November 2009]
Remember, remember the fifth of November, The gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 November 2009]
some days i look at my website in horror and think i should do the world a favor & hang myself. other times, like now, i think it's awesome.
 

you just can't do it, Mary [blog comment]

[03 November 2009]
amen! and what makes it worse for "mary" (interesting code name, by the way) is that she gets angry at the people who are trying to help her. and what is even worse is that even after she realizes she's wrong, she's so stubborn that she keeps bitching about it until everyone else is angry too. i'm exhausted.
 

Mohawk! [blog comment]

[02 November 2009]
...it looks a bit like deniro in taxi driver (but less scary)
 

Mohawk! [blog comment]

[02 November 2009]
that's awesome! way cooler than my fauxhawk (and I guess I forgot to add the img tag to allowed HTML. I wanted to build some defenses but I guess time happened. oops. I'll work on it soon.)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 November 2009]
avalopes aren't posting enough.
 

best snow day ever [blog update]

[01 November 2009]
maybe the best day ever. good vreakfast. good coffee. not hot weather (at last!). pretty girlfriend. good lunch. Michael Jackson video. afternoon tea with Sarah soon. and then for dinner: mosto, the eat restaurant west of that place nell and I went in napa!
 

okay! [link]

[01 November 2009]
I was just wondering where the word "okay" came from. so I checked ol' wikipedia. I have no idea if it's true, but I like the idea that it came from Greek. I've also read that it comes from the okeh record label...
 

best snow day ever [blog]

[01 November 2009]
i'm in beijing today on a business trip. i've been here for about a week, and will leave on tuesday night via train. the great daisy is here with me, which has been a great fun. we saw sarah friday, the forbidden city yesterday, and we had plans to see the wall today. i've seen the wall a handful o
 

google voice [blog comment]

[27 October 2009]
yet another update regarding that above mentioned trial where google willingly gave up a client's information and — worse — disable his account, because a bank goofed up big time and sent an email to the wring address: http://citizenvox.org/2009/10/21/in-google-
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 October 2009]
craziest train ride ive ever been on. I didn't even need to hold on (nor could I if I tried) because everyone functioned as one amoeba.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 October 2009]
i think i'm going to start using launchbar instead of quicksilver. qs has been very disappointing for me on snow leopard
 

10/gui [link]

[25 October 2009]
at last! someone is rethinking the traditional display/keyboard/mouse user interface we've been using for years. this video is really worth a watch. makes you realize how limited we are using technology that was built at a time when computers were so limited. (via benjaminthomas.org
 

GPS: my new favorite thing. [blog update]

[24 October 2009]
i just looked it over and it looks like the tracks stopped with quite a while to go. i'm pretty disappointed. oh well! need to get either a spare battery pack or a real GPS unit!
 

GPS: my new favorite thing. [blog]

[24 October 2009]
raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. using GPS to track everything, these are a few of my favorite things.
 

Washing One's Tired Face [blog comment]

[24 October 2009]
couldn't agree more. i just climbed mountains for 8 hours and my face is covered in salt. i can't wait. also on par is brushing your teeth when you're camping and wake up with the sun. for some reason, brushing my teeth is one of my favorite parts of camping.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 October 2009]
wow. eight hours climbing mountains. i am as tired as a dog. but well worth it. especially because 西湖旁边 is like a zoo...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 October 2009]
life's a bummer when you're a hummer. wise words.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 October 2009]
smashing pumpkins: somehow, in the last three minutes, you've become my best friends.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 October 2009]
chrome definitely doesn't seem as fast as everyone said it was...
 

A Letter to Adobe [blog update]

[22 October 2009]
this also means I've removed the PS app from my iPhone. photoforge takes the cake on that one, no questions.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 October 2009]
an open letter to adobe: http://r.avalantern.com/DubM
 

A Letter to Adobe [blog]

[22 October 2009]
Adobe, I had given you all, and now I have nothing. Adobe, six hundred ninety nine dollars and zero cents, October 21, 2009. I had almost lost my mind.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 October 2009]
i'm in love with DrawIt. this app is incredible.http://bohemiancoding.com/drawit/
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 October 2009]
my favorite letter: definitely LMNO.
 

nytimes: china goes to germany for a book fair [link]

[20 October 2009]
china recently attended, as the guests of honor, the world's largest bookfair in Germany. it seems like they may have missed the implications... The book fair is not the Beijing Olympics and “cannot be controlled,” said Mr. Boos. He apologized for mishandling the symposium, but said: “It is the beginning of a cultural
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 October 2009]
it seems like quite a large percent of the recent activity on avalantern.com is by me...
 

bad joke of the week: an atheist and a bear [blog]

[20 October 2009]
so there's this atheist in a forest. being the logicist he is, he marvels in the beauty of nature, thinking about how wonderful it is that it all can be explained by science.
 

google voice [blog comment]

[19 October 2009]
bentomas: anything is possible (via saulemander)
 

i think i found it! [blog]

[19 October 2009]
after having given up for the last several months, i think i've finally found the hangzhou that i fell in love with back in the spring of 2008. oddly enough, it's all due to the economic crisis the world has been fretting about while china's been holding its head up higher and higher.
 

on memories and their recollection [blog]

[18 October 2009]
my memory sucks. i can't remember people's names (which is why i call everyone "man" or, these days, "bud"), i can't remember when i need to be where (which i why i've become so dependent on my iphone), and i can't remember details of conversations i've had or articles i've read (which i why i exaggerate everything. i can't remember that you said 1
 

fast [blog update]

[18 October 2009]
apparently the "cleansing" process completed this morning...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 October 2009]
i just saw on itunes that there are 104 episodes of LOST. at about 42 minutes each, that's more than 60 hours that i spent watching tv.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 October 2009]
my computer is beautiful now. there is nothing like a clean install.
 

song of the week: it ain't me babe [blog]

[17 October 2009]
song of the week: it ain't me babe by
 

fast [blog update]

[17 October 2009]
okay. time to eat. it's been an adventure. but now i need to go enjoy the beautiful weather!
 

fast [blog update]

[16 October 2009]
33 hours and counting. I'm so ready to have breakfast. think I'll stop this in an hour. I feel pretty good, but my head kind of hurts.
 

fast [blog update]

[16 October 2009]
24 hours and 45 minutes. sleepy. tired. but I really do feel clean. my mouth tastes good and my teeth feel amazing. i wouldn't mind a pizza though...
 

fast [blog comment]

[16 October 2009]
WJerome: I'll try to save it all up for the next time I'm in a 10 mile radius
 

fast [blog update]

[16 October 2009]
18 hours. I'm not that hungry but I really want to eat. put some delicious food in my mouth.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 October 2009]
the smell of sewage and chemical dumping is so strong here it's hard not to taste it. not making my fasting stomach feel good.
 

fast [blog update]

[16 October 2009]
nearing hour 14 and feeling pretty good. I'm hungry, but this tea concoction I've been drinking is making me remain alert and energized. I've been breaking some serious wind. not sure if that means I've already started cleaning myself out or not. I may make this slightly more routing. my dinner yesterday was spectacular, so I must not forget that
 

avalantern update (speed) [blog update]

[16 October 2009]
so if you disable the updates and the recent panel, it's actually pretty fast these days! how exciting!
 

fast [blog comment]

[15 October 2009]
WJerome: perhaps, but sometimes fast isn't a good thing. I mean, two minutes is pretty pathetic, man.
 

New Blog [blog comment]

[15 October 2009]
that gives you a 100% success rate, right?
 

fast [blog]

[15 October 2009]
a few years back, in college, hobbesaroo and i decided to do a full day fast, meaning from dinner, say, wednesday, until breakfast friday. we tried to keep up our normal activity level, as recommended by a professor of ours, which turned out to be difficult. it felt great, pretty refreshi
 

New Blog [blog comment]

[15 October 2009]
I like how you tagged this post with "lame". hahaha. saulemander oils learn from that.
 

New Blog [blog comment]

[14 October 2009]
good luck! (and way to try to kick me off...!)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 October 2009]
woah! i'm on the front page of avalantern.com for the first time in a while!
 

time magazing: Australia engulfed by dust storms [link comment]

[14 October 2009]
or maybe we can get lost on some island and push a button every hour or so
 

time magazing: Australia engulfed by dust storms [link]

[14 October 2009]
great photos of a recent dust storm in Sidney. anyone up for a trip down under? I'm not sure how to time the trip, so apparently we'd need to go and hang out, on standby, for around 40 years.
 

'america' by the great allen ginsberg [link]

[14 October 2009]
on the interwebs recently, stevelawson tweeted a reference to allen ginsberg's america, a personal favorite of mine. i remember when i was younger listening to a copy (
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 October 2009]
hulkamaniac: haha I couldn't figure out for the life of me what you were talking about. then I realized you were playing canabalt. nice.
 

a story from my walk home [blog comment]

[13 October 2009]
l4saule: yes.
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link comment]

[13 October 2009]
I mean comment in your code. very important I think.
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link comment]

[13 October 2009]
(second rule: comment!!)
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link comment]

[13 October 2009]
bentomas: first rule of programming: assume your users are stupid and incompetent.
 

US military switched to mac OS X for security [link comment]

[13 October 2009]
WJerome: except that google's OS is pretty well known for its insecurities...
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link comment]

[13 October 2009]
bentomas: I like the idea of only being able to edit until someone else comments. or, since Im apparntly quite lazy, I could just leave the link there to tease people.
 

US military switched to mac OS X for security [link]

[13 October 2009]
pretty much says it in the title. but wow! the world is changing. I rememer being blown away when the entire Texas government switched from windows last year...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 October 2009]
avalantern.com's recent page is way faster after I disabled the ellipses. interesting.
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link comment]

[12 October 2009]
WJerome: known bug missing functionality. now that i'm back home for almost two weeks i'll try to work on it soon!
 

a story from my walk home [blog]

[12 October 2009]
i'm back home in hangzhou again. first time in a few weeks, and i'll be here for almost TWO WEEKS before i leave again! haha anyway, i'm happy to be back.
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link comment]

[12 October 2009]
WJerome: I'm guessing that's a witty comment I don't understand?
 

microsoft loses everyone's data with no backup. nice. [link]

[12 October 2009]
Microsoft lost all data any t-mobile customers had if using a sidekick. this not only shows how important backups are, but also how even huge multi-billion dollar companies goof up. and, above all, it makes me wonder about the future of cloud computing, if one of its largest advocates can fail to back up data prior to server maintenance.
 

on adaptation and evolution [blog comment]

[11 October 2009]
WJerome: woops. nice catch. not sure how that happened. I was at work when I wrote it...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 October 2009]
avalopes: you can now limit your recent activity page even more by hiding ellipses! check it out in your settings!
 

Cloudiness vs. Cold: The Debate Continues [blog comment]

[10 October 2009]
it's cold in chengdu! i'm wearing my new sweater vest and a jacket, and last night i wore a hoodie and a jacket! i love it!
 

blah [blog comment]

[10 October 2009]
l4saule: yeah, i hear chrome has been pretty crashy, huh? sorry the "save" thing still doesn't work...
 

on adaptation and evolution [blog]

[10 October 2009]
why is it that we tend toward holding something so old as if it were sacred, rather than accepting its need for evolution and adaptation?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 October 2009]
WJerome: no, not the matrix. you are entering a place of not only site and sound, but of mind. a place we like to call the twilight zone.
 

Phantom limbs [link comment]

[09 October 2009]
also a fantastic song by the shins! ( phantom limb )
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 October 2009]
arrived, at last!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 October 2009]
WJerome: I slept for about 20 minutes in the airport but was too afraid I'd miss it. they did the "delayed til further notice" bullshit
 

the invisible man [link]

[08 October 2009]
this guy paints himself. that's it. no tricks. pretty wild stuff. reminds me of Tobias, except slightly more tasteful. (via digitdog, aka my uncle)
 

blah [blog comment]

[08 October 2009]
nice.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 October 2009]
WJerome: been blocked for several months. on and off for at least a year
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 October 2009]
looks like Twitter is still blocked in China. I was hoping the end of the national days would lighten them JP a bit
 

weird pile in garage [blog comment]

[07 October 2009]
hahaha that's actually pretty funny. did it come from above, perhaps?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 October 2009]
happy birthday poppy!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
hulkamaniac: I haven't but I'll check it out!
 

song of the week: watching the wheels (acoustic) [blog comment]

[30 September 2009]
god I love this song. please. all of you. if you've not, please download this song. the acoustic version!
 

the amazing incredible apple [link]

[30 September 2009]
YouTube snippits of the recent apple keynote. (is daring fireball )
 

adobe and its mac-like-ness [link]

[30 September 2009]
this one is for you, saulemander. this is one of the more accurate, and funny, mac geek articles I've read for some time. I've always thought adobe was one of the most incredible devoping companies, only for Photoshop, really, and still do. but I can't really use any other app they've
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
I think this is where they would film the Chinese "I know what you did last summer" (我知道你去年夏天做什么了). huge hotel. apparently one guest.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
just went to the lobby bar, full of bored waiters and a square mile of empty tables. the barkeep knew immediately what I wanted. impressed.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
and now for a swim, followed by some good ol' scotch whiskey!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
step one complete. arrived Chengdu airport hotel. tomorrow at 5am: airport then to shanghai.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
heading to san francisco in less than 24 hours!
 

Cloudiness vs. Cold: The Debate Continues [blog comment]

[30 September 2009]
i felt a little cold on my way to work today, and i got very excited. so i'll take cold.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
hulkamaniac: check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upgejnlYgSE (via wjerome)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2009]
woah! avalantern is really fast now! (for at least a few minutes I hope)
 

Cloudiness vs. Cold: The Debate Continues [blog comment]

[29 September 2009]
clouds are tiresome. I live under constant pollution, which is like clouds. it doesn't bother me to not see the sun as much as it does that I'm walking around in soot and grossness. so maybe it doesn't count. and cold doesn't bother me right now. I just don't want hot. china's hot. Houston is hot. I hate hot. so cold sounds amazing.
 

Three Accidents [blog comment]

[29 September 2009]
I still can't believe it all happened in one day! crazy!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 September 2009]
why do I have that Pocahontas song in my head? (not the Neil song. "have you ever heard the wolf cry...")
 

the night sky in 360 degrees [link]

[29 September 2009]
this is pretty amazing. this guy went to the top of a volcano in the canary islands and took 1200 images, each a 6 minute exposure, and merged them together to make a 360 degree view of extremely high quality. the site is really slow, but worth checking out.
 

how often do you check your email: productive or pathetic? [link]

[29 September 2009]
an interesting, and completely accurate, description of how we often delude ourselves into thinking we're productive by checkig and responding to our email all the time. I check my email, I admit, because I like when people write me emails. I rarely check my work email, and when I do, it's because I'm bored and want someone to tell me what to do.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 September 2009]
my blog made it to the http://avalantern.com home page! I think that's a first!
 

Song of the Week [blog comment]

[28 September 2009]
I still think I like lisztomania more. so perky! haha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 September 2009]
PC load letter? what the sexual intercourse* does that mean?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 September 2009]
blabby11: what happened?
 

Song of the Week [blog comment]

[28 September 2009]
WJerome: yeah I'm really digging these guys
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 September 2009]
I'm very sore these days. not sure why. but I really want to go for a run and stretch and do taiji for a while.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 September 2009]
WJerome: good luck bro. it'll feel good to get back on track.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 September 2009]
happy birthday on this side of the world, blabby11!! hooray!
 

theory and practice [blog comment]

[26 September 2009]
bentomas: that's an excellent idea!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 September 2009]
春熙路 shopping district in Chengdu. security everywhere. just saw one playing the the safety on his Uzi. yeah. I feel safe.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 September 2009]
I always forget that spicy Sichuan hot pot is spicy two times. and the second time is quite a bit more uncomfortable.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 September 2009]
feeling a hundred times better after a great night's sleep. I love this hotel.
 

et tu, judy? [blog comment]

[26 September 2009]
WJerome: that would be very problematic.
 

So Im bored at Work [blog comment]

[26 September 2009]
hell yes! sounds like your job is treating you pretty well. you think it'll stay a job after the internship is over? I assume that's the goal? and I can't wait for our little tasting adventure. only a few mre days! (and a long bottom
 

google voice [blog comment]

[25 September 2009]
According to the onion, you can opt out of google's services by living in the google opt out village
 

song of the week: watching the wheels (acoustic) [blog update]

[24 September 2009]
I may need to change the title to "song of the century..." or maybe even "best song ever." yes. it's that good.
 

et tu, judy? [blog]

[24 September 2009]
today has been a weird day. lots of little things just feel not quite right. little bad things have happened. woke up with a headache. ran out of granola yesterday but failed to realize until i was hungry this morning with no other food. my bathroom smells like someone's kitchen drain with a broken disposal.
 

gmail push for iPhone! [blog]

[24 September 2009]
at long last, the wait has paid off. google finally offers push email for the iphone, as well as contact and calendar syncing. if you don't have an iPhone, you probably won't care about this.
 

have your own &$&%#&@ party [link]

[24 September 2009]
so windows recently made a horrible excuse or an ad that showed four people (of course racially and culturally diverse) preparing for a "windows 7 party". then this guy cabel decided to have a little fun with it. be sure to watch the original too. it makes the modified one much funnier.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 September 2009]
bentomas: I'll post them on Flickr soon, don't worry! but thanks! I'm glad you're think theyre good
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 September 2009]
I need to sleep more these days. I haven't been sleeping enough. (which does, however, make for some interesting dreams...)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 September 2009]
still no house in iTunes. so I got it via torrent. I tried, karma police. I tried. but legality just couldn't deliver. I'll pay when I can
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 September 2009]
I've stepped in and out of this shower probably 1100 times. and only now was I mindless enough to stub my toe getting out.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 September 2009]
WJerome: welocome back!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 September 2009]
this wine is amazing. and so are these raspberries! mmmm!
 

house season premiere! [link comment]

[22 September 2009]
it's not on iTunes, and i'm having a hard time finding it. come on, apple! show me house!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 September 2009]
three questions: 1. why the hell isn't house in iTunes yet? 2. red or white tonight? 3. why do i have a strange desire to watch friends?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 September 2009]
hulkamaniac: interesting... sounds useful, I suppose
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 September 2009]
new house episode!
 

avalantern update (speed) [blog comment]

[21 September 2009]
WJerome: really? only the recents? i've been thinking of redoing the recents. making it so only the last 15 or so items are there, and the rest are stored in an "archive" to make loading faster. that'll be a project though. i think what it may be is just that the server needs to load it all i
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 September 2009]
some stupid jürk face called me at 6am.
 

To be or Not to be... [blog comment]

[21 September 2009]
or maybe i'll just quit my job and go live in a forest for a while. (...but what about the travel and the salary and the whiskey in the hotel lobbies...)
 

To be or Not to be... [blog comment]

[21 September 2009]
i want a simple life too. i think i'll become a daoist monk. (....but what about my iphone and my family and my girlfriend and my wine and my music and my...)
 

avalantern update (speed) [blog]

[21 September 2009]
the speed of avalantern has been unbearably slow. i know. i think that may be why only a handful of you are ever really doing anything on it (and i love you for it!). i sent a request to my hosting service to see if they could figure anything out. i'll let you know what they say.
 

theory and practice [blog]

[21 September 2009]
q: what the difference between theory and practice? a: in theory, there is none.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 September 2009]
just opened a ticket with my hosting service for av.com. hopefully they can either tell me what i'm doing wrong or figure out what else is.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 September 2009]
i'm depressed. somehow my digestive schedule got thrown out of wack. and avalantern is slow. and i can't get motivated to run. gah. whiskey?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 September 2009]
just found out my connecting flight from shanghai to chengdu next month was rescheduled. i get in at 1am now.
 

house season premiere! [link]

[21 September 2009]
the two hour season premiere of house is tonight (well, tomorrow for me)!!! I can't wait. I've already updated my email signature so no one mistakenly tells me what happens. and I request (seriously, saulemander) that no one tell me anything about it. it'll be weird to see how they
 

Haha, if only this was true... [link comment]

[21 September 2009]
hahaha didn't they have something just like this in the trib?
 

associations with google voice [blog]

[21 September 2009]
a few weeks ago, I went to Chengdu to bring one of our sales offices onto our wide area network. I stayed at the sheraton because of a miscommunication with my colleague (ha. life is rough, eh?). at the Sheraton, they have a small little French style cafe in the lobby, with decent coffee/espresso drinks, and a bunch of super-sweet pastries. 
 

song of the week: watching the wheels (acoustic) [blog]

[20 September 2009]
i really should call this my song of the decade. this is such a great song, and the rendition on lennon's acoustic is just incredible.
 

The Onion TV is great. [link comment]

[20 September 2009]
blast. i just tried to subscribe to the onion podcast on itunes, but it's apparently blocked by china. i can get it using VPN, but VPN on my mac mini means i can't remote into it on my iphone. sadness.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 September 2009]
holy crap! josh plays adrian monk in a game of chess in "searching for bobby fischer"!
 

The Onion TV is great. [link comment]

[20 September 2009]
also good: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/in_the_know_do_you_remember_life
 

The Onion TV is great. [link comment]

[20 September 2009]
hahahahahah i am fitting in for this guy who is being fitted for a sarcophagus. hahaha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 September 2009]
freedom's just another word for nothin' left to do
 

photos of emei shan [link]

[20 September 2009]
photos i took on my trip to emei shan (峨眉山) a few weeks back. it was nice to get above the pollution and into the some clean air.
 

emei shan, part two [blog]

[20 September 2009]
a few years older, a few pounds fatter, and a few experiences wiser, i returned to chengdu for one purpose: to once again conquer emei shan [...and to work, i suppose]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 September 2009]
I think I may completely reorganize the apps on my iPhone. that'll be a project.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 September 2009]
back at 和乐亭 eating sushi. good to be home.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 September 2009]
I just bought a tie. yeah. that's right. I bought a tie.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 September 2009]
i think i may have figured out why avalantern is slow these days. i think the twitter connects (every few minutes) are screwing it up. gah.
 

Song of the Week: In Houston by Tapes n' Tapes [blog comment]

[18 September 2009]
i think i got it. it reminds me of a combination of the specials meets the punk/ska bands i was in in high school. except, unlike the latter, and like the former, these g
 

on podcasts, npr, and gadgets [blog comment]

[18 September 2009]
WJerome: nice.
 

on podcasts, npr, and gadgets [blog comment]

[17 September 2009]
NPR just released a new iPhone/iTouch app iTunes link, with which you can listen to any radio station from anywhere. haven't had time to check it out uetc but sounds pretty neat (assuming the government here doesn't block it)
 

on podcasts, npr, and gadgets [blog comment]

[17 September 2009]
WJerome: I agree about the music zone out thing. I guess NPR is like driving for me — it allows me some level of zone out, but still keeps me a bit focused.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 September 2009]
phew! avalantern seems faster now. maybe it just needs a bit more love...
 

Song of the Week: In Houston by Tapes n' Tapes [blog comment]

[17 September 2009]
verdict: pretty groovy. reminds me of lots of stuff I can't put my finger on. perhaps a bit more modest mouse than I usually go for. but still not bad
 

Late Bloomers [link comment]

[17 September 2009]
that article just made my day. i particularly like a quote by ben fountain, the author who was a "young" bloomer in his late forties: But there were other things I didn't really need to know. I met a fellow who was with Save the Children, and he was on the Central Plateau, which takes about twelve hours to get to on a bus, and I had
 

Song of the Week: In Houston by Tapes n' Tapes [blog comment]

[17 September 2009]
wow, that is a really hip sounding song. i'm not sure i'm hip enough to listen to it. but i just bought it on itunes, and will check it out.
 

Painting [blog comment]

[17 September 2009]
any new good ones to share? have you been trying that quantity vs quality thing?
 

early morning [blog comment]

[17 September 2009]
you know what kind of pet doesn't bark and wake you up at 5:19 in the morning? fikus trees.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 September 2009]
back to hangzhou!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 September 2009]
WJerome: I've got a copy. I could send it to you. I actually was just thinking about that movie other day. weird.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 September 2009]
back to beijing.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 September 2009]
avalopes: you post way too little. i'm dying here! no pancake lady and no avalopean posts!
 

artist of the week: bon iver [blog]

[13 September 2009]
hulkamaniac recommended quite some time ago that i check out bon iver. in fact, i think i was in houston at the
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 September 2009]
i love juice. it's so delicious.
 

on podcasts, npr, and gadgets [blog]

[13 September 2009]
i recently bought a completely unnecessary iPod shuffle, a small $70 purchase with 4gb of storage, no buttons, and replacements headphones in case my iPhone headphones break (which is the main reason i bought it. it's $40 for the headphones, $70 for the shuffle, including headphones). i love it. the battery life is significant, it's small enough th
 

Song of the Week [blog comment]

[13 September 2009]
are these guys associated with they might be giants? they sure sound like it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
iTunes 9 has crashed on me several times today.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
wow. van halen cam really whale. like christopher walkin in wayne's world 2.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
life is beautiful.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
just had some delicious dumplings at a little stand on the street. I'm feeling a little better, but still depressed about my pancake lady.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
I seriously can't remember feeling pain like this in a long time. my pancake lady's shop closed. that was one of my favorite things.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
hulkamaniac: i can still use my previous time machine backup, though, right? (if i erase and install)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
hulkamaniac: seriously? that's a drag... i hope i can find them...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
recent realization: the internet speed in china is not only related to the govt filters, but even more related to the time of day you're on
 

The Air Up There [blog comment]

[12 September 2009]
my favorite part is when the ritually cut his stomach to make him one of them, even though he's kevin bacon!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 September 2009]
cut my beard off: http://avalantern.com/thelowlypeon/
 

THE Lowly Peon [profile photo]

[12 September 2009]
THE Lowly Peon has posted a new profile photo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 September 2009]
I am so tired of being hot. when the hell will summer end?!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 September 2009]
holy moly it feels good to be back home, even if I'm leaving again the day after tomorrow. and iTunes 9! iPhone 3.0! pbj!
 

two Bangladesh papers printed satire as fact [link comment]

[11 September 2009]
bentomas: very true. however, I think one point the onion tries to make is that you shouldn't believe everything you read
 

big news [blog comment]

[09 September 2009]
l4saule: ooOOOo tell us! hahaha
 

Song of the Week [blog comment]

[09 September 2009]
WJerome: the warning, on the album of the same name
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2009]
meeting sarah at beijing's best restaurant! mmmm!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2009]
quickly growing on my list of the least enjoyable activities on the planet: Chinese domestic flights. if you've been on one, you know why.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2009]
farewell chengdu. beijing, see you in a few hours. hangzhou, I miss you, but I'll be home soon.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2009]
not being able to read my rss feeds with links to their source (Flickr, YouTube, wordpress, etc) makes me really hate china.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2009]
WJerome: you're still in chicago, right? when do you go back to school?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2009]
heading to beijing soon. i get to see sarah! hooray! then a day of work, night train home, weekend with daisy, then back to beijing.
 

song of the week: volcano [blog]

[09 September 2009]
i can't stop singing volcano by
 

Song of the Week [blog comment]

[09 September 2009]
i do like that band. i got into them at the same time as hot chip. they're kind of similar. simonite was the one who
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 September 2009]
back eating dumplings on the street with a bottle of baijiu in hand. good to be back, old china! I've missed you!
 

from on top of emei [blog comment]

[08 September 2009]
WJerome: I thought it was a compliment...
 

from on top of emei [blog]

[08 September 2009]
a cool old Chinese guy just walked up to daze and me and struck a quick conversation about where I was from, etc. he asked how old I was, and guessed I was 35-40 years old.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 September 2009]
avalantern sure seems dead these days... didn't take long...
 

two Bangladesh papers printed satire as fact [link]

[08 September 2009]
news is scary these days. The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an "elaborate hoax". Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site. (via
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 September 2009]
blabby11: facebook?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 September 2009]
sunrise on emei: http://flickr.com/#/photos/pcompernolle/3895561814
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 September 2009]
farewell, emei
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 September 2009]
depressed. reached the top of emei (10,000ft from 1500) to be greeted by about a hundred buses and two million people
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 September 2009]
going to climb 峨眉山!hooray!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 September 2009]
my iPhone is having some really strange problems. may need to restore. SMS timestamps, battery life, voice control. all new since last week.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 September 2009]
hulkamaniac: happy 9131 dayth birthday!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 September 2009]
I love going to a western place in china, being approched in broken English, and replying in Chinese. not even Paul Newman was that cool.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 September 2009]
why is it that coffee places in china open after everyone goes to work? I woke up early could enjoy a cup at the hotel cafe. opens at 9.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 September 2009]
i feel like I've had my lips wrapped around a freaking exhaust pipe for the last 24 hours.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 September 2009]
kerbbs: me too!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 September 2009]
my lungs hurt. this city is among the most polluted cities I've ever been to.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 September 2009]
I'm so happy! since I fixed my contact syncing problems, my google voice ontacts are finally all correct! before it only had like 10%...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
blabby11: that's great news!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
anyone else having crazy weird timestamp issues with SMS on their iPhones? every few texts get stamped as ~15:30 off. which makes no sense.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
note to self and others: do not ever have Chinese "black beer" (黑啤). it is coffee, regular chinese beer (小便) and cola/sweetener. yuck.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
and one of them was a railroad designer!! if that's not the best job in the world, I don't know what is.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
just had a nice spicy dinner with some very nice sichuan folk. and the weather was great, after a long hot day.
 

completely sober in economy class [blog comment]

[02 September 2009]
WJerome: sorry, it's for the iPhone. but it's a fun game! so you should get one!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
I hope it gets cold soon so I can start wearing my hat again.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 September 2009]
attention avalopes: just noticed a small bug re: tags. it only affects about 10 posts, and they're probably all mine anyway. will fix soon.
 

completely sober in economy class [blog]

[02 September 2009]
a sequel to a bit drunk in business class, which was a much happier flight. as a preface, this is very boring. i used up all my brain juice programming on this flight. and wow was it a long flight.
 

On iTunes, Playcounts, and Strategies [blog update]

[02 September 2009]
I worked up a solution. not necessariy pretty, but I've got way more control now. I made a smart playlist for each show I want on my iPod (currently seven), with the following criteria: video kind is tv, show is name, and last played is before the day I started this time around, ordered by the show title, which then pulls in
 

On iTunes, Playcounts, and Strategies [blog comment]

[02 September 2009]
bentomas: you had already noticed? iguess it makes sense, but I like the idea of playcounts being more like an odometer. impossible to reset.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
kind of bugged. my iPhone 3gs voice control only works for calling people. but I like to use it for the iPod when I run. and now, kaputt.
 

Inglorious Basterds [blog comment]

[01 September 2009]
you know, i was just thinking. that scene in the basement pub was incredible.
 

Inglorious Basterds [blog comment]

[01 September 2009]
nocturtle: i agree that it was a bit graphic. i sort of expected it though, being a tarantino movie. my advice: don't see
 

'News' Can Be Funny [link comment]

[01 September 2009]
hahah that's funny
 

On iTunes, Playcounts, and Strategies [blog]

[01 September 2009]
i just learned some startling news. i've been up since about 4am, jetlagged, playing around with my computers because i haven't been able to for so long. in organizing some of my tv shows for my upcoming two week trip (in a few hours, only about 18 hours after arriving), i noticed something horrible.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
it's 5:43am. i've been up for about two hours. and i'm starting to get really hungry.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
wow, so gmail was down for about an hour and a half.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
the govt seems to be blocking a lot more now. I couldn't even update my iPhone to 3.1 without VPN (couldn't connect to activation server)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
so tired...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
i also forgot how slow the GPRS is here...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
我忘了。杭州每天堵车这么多
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
everyone is so much more not fat here...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
I feel like crap. greasy and green and not very clean. like the Limpopo river.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 September 2009]
made it to shanghai! and wow! 14.5 hours is a long time to be on a plane. now: bus then train then bus then home.
 

European vacation [blog comment]

[31 August 2009]
hong kong? it was sort of part of Europe until just reently. I'm sure they could make an exception and call it part of England if that's what is required to make you go there...
 

new artist of the week: phoenix [blog update]

[29 August 2009]
quade should have been spelled quaid. sorry for the confusion. see here for reference and reason why we make fun of him constantly. quaid. meh.
 

new artist of the week: phoenix [blog]

[29 August 2009]
just yesterday, i was in barnes & noble, aka such-a-rip-off-i-can't-believe-it's-still-open & noble, with wjerome, to look around at some CDs. i was more interested in DVDs, because i can get almost any music from the itunes store or amazon.com mp3 downloads, but DVDs are difficult (or too expe
 

Inglorious Basterds [blog comment]

[28 August 2009]
i'm going to see it tomorrow with klcomp and paul!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 August 2009]
snow leopard comes out tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 August 2009]
hulkamaniac: forget emacs, man. go for vi! (I use gvim)
 

google voice [blog comment]

[26 August 2009]
WJerome: an update to the story where the model sued google (and win) to see who was criticizing her is on slashdot here. shedropped the suit. what bothers me about this is t
 

an alternative to the big mac index [link]

[26 August 2009]
many of you are likely already familiar with the big mac index. the idea is that currencies' values may change, cities' economies may change, etc. so rather than comparing currency or gdp or debt, compare the price of something that is somewhat universal (within china, I find myself comparing the price of a single brand's bottle of water: in Hangzh
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 August 2009]
blabby11: I'm heading downtown now, and wjerome and I went to grab a cup of coffee beforehand. you were asleep when we left...
 

why swearing helps ease the pain [link]

[26 August 2009]
according to a British study, swearing actually helps people withstand pain longer. Richard Stephens, british pyschologist: In swearing, people have an emotional response, and it's the emotional response that actually triggers the reduction of pain what's interesting too is that it seems to have a greater effect for wom
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 August 2009]
contrary to what klcomp says, not all people are good. apparently, i'm an sphincter*.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 August 2009]
WJerome: nice.
 

MY Song of the Week: Ragged Wood [blog comment]

[25 August 2009]
a bunch of my friends have tried to get me into fleet foxes, but they've never quite grasped me, except for a few tracks off their self-titled disc. but if this is your so
 

end of summer [blog comment]

[25 August 2009]
i just can't bring myself to get a haircut in the US where it costs $30 rather than the $3 that it costs me at daisy's friend's place in hangzhou....
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 August 2009]
nocturtle: me too! I miss it!
 

computer sketching circa 1963 [link]

[23 August 2009]
this is incredible. in 1963, this guy wrote essentially the first photoshop, complete with instances (object oriented), grid snapping, and scaleability. this really is worth checking out.
 

a bit drunk in business class [blog]

[22 August 2009]
[from the archives] travel strories from my adventure across the ocean. including 30+ hours, four planes, lots of booze and no sleep
 

iGrave [link]

[22 August 2009]
where steve jobs will be buried when he dies...
 

so-long so-cal [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
l4saule: excellent!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 August 2009]
hobbeseroo's sister gets married tomorrow! hooray!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 August 2009]
WJerome: exactly!
 

one of my pastimes is sailing. [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
i've got notifications set up for any time you're referenced. so yeah, it'll happen soon. maybe i'll set it up on the plane tomorrow.
 

mother effer [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
sorry man. i'm working on the save thing. you know, some browsers won't delete anything. like safari. or even camino. or another solution is to not hit the freaking back key. moron.
 

so-long so-cal [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
woooooo!
 

so-long so-cal [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
holy poop*! that's fantastic! so you got the internship!!! why don't you stay at nellie's old place? have you talked to her? also, this means we're defin
 

razors [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
you can't bring anything on planes these days. we should be grateful about it though. the security is so good that no one can stab you to death with a toothpick, but they still can
 

one of my pastimes is sailing. [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
WJerome: that was a hybrid, right?
 

razors [blog]

[21 August 2009]
i've been traveling a lot lately. in fact, in the last two months or so, there has only been one time where i've spent ten days in a single city. i also don't really care for shaving. i've mentioned it before. this is especially true when i travel. if i generally shave
 

google voice [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
(and that was just because of some rude comments. imagine if someone really needs to see it)
 

google voice [blog comment]

[21 August 2009]
WJerome: check this out. google isn't always in charge: http://www.loopinsight.com/2009/08/20/model-forces-google-to-reveal-identity-of-offensive-blogger/
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 August 2009]
adium isn't working for posting tweets anymore...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 August 2009]
blabby11 did you know that roughly 64% of all statistics are made up on the spot?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 August 2009]
going to BJs brewery with shelley! i was afraid she couldn't make it! hooray! avocado eggrolls, good brew, and good company!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 August 2009]
i like how in fake empire,
 

one of my pastimes is sailing. [blog comment]

[20 August 2009]
WJerome: but what is profound really? it's just a label we put on something we can't understand.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 August 2009]
WJerome: apparently you have never been to texas...
 

song of the week: love dog [blog comment]

[20 August 2009]
he's also the secret identity of quailman.
 

song of the week: love dog [blog update]

[20 August 2009]
just found an awesome photo of kyp, the dude with the fro beard. view it here
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 August 2009]
hulkamaniac: i'll be heading there on saturday! (well, sort of. to michigan. i'll be in chi-town on wednesday)
 

song of the week: love dog [blog]

[19 August 2009]
song of the week: love dog by
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 August 2009]
bentomas: don't worry, brother. I hear you. I threw together the rss feed for my real brother, but didn't put the contet in YET. I will.
 

zune [blog comment]

[18 August 2009]
i personally don't see why everyone bitches about itunes so much, but i do think it sucks how iphones and ipods are tied to itunes, and, likewise, nothing works with itunes except for those two. there's no argument there. that's lame. (understandable. but lame.)
 

one of my pastimes is sailing. [blog comment]

[18 August 2009]
that was a surprising turn of events...
 

muse [blog comment]

[18 August 2009]
hahaha slept with MTV and had an affair with queen. not a bad way tk describe it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 August 2009]
almost finished with the av.com notification system, at Keri's reqest
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2009]
going to defattify. i guess.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2009]
bentomas: they do! they'll even convert user names, given that the other user is authorized with avalantern!
 

夕暮 [blog comment]

[17 August 2009]
bentomas: hahaha i feel the same way!
 

hmm [blog comment]

[17 August 2009]
bentomas: agreed. curses to you, saulemander!
 

childhood fears [blog comment]

[17 August 2009]
saulemander: hahaha, yeah, that scared me to death. why don't people realize how scary it is to get stuff in your eyes?! do blind people worry as much as i do? and you're right, will. they always said "you can't make this kind of mistake
 

africa [blog comment]

[17 August 2009]
yup! i can't stop singing that song!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2009]
avalopes: if you're posting a blog, don't click the save button. just go straight ahead and post it. the save is a little funky.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2009]
blast. just found a bug.
 

childhood fears [blog]

[17 August 2009]
when i was a small child, there were lots of things that scared the hell out of me. some of these have lingered up until my young adult life, while others sort of fizzled out when i realized that people make a lot of stuff up (the easter bunny, santa, god, etc)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 August 2009]
just rode an exercycle. those things are so unnatural feeling.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 August 2009]
grumpy. very grumpy. and very drunk.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 August 2009]
it's very hot in austin. I give myself until 3:00pm to realize how dehydrated I am.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 August 2009]
Daisy: cool! with 大那?worth going back to?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 August 2009]
Daisy: delicious! where'd you go?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 August 2009]
blabby11: no way! like the old 8C from a past lifetime?!
 

africa [blog]

[14 August 2009]
i know that i must do what's right, sure as kilimanjaro rises like olympus above the serengeti. i seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that i've become
 

a big fat greek failure [blog]

[14 August 2009]
i just watched my big fat greek wedding for the first time. i remember hearing hype about this movie since it came out a milli
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 August 2009]
i was excited to have a fat tire and relax tonight, but i got fat a few days ago and i'm afraid to drink now.
 

squirrels are funny [link]

[14 August 2009]
a picture of a squirrel popping up in front of a timed picture. it's cute. and i thought katelin may like it...
 

china scales back on software filter plan [link]

[13 August 2009]
the chinese government apparently realized how foolish their green dam software is, and they've decided to not require consumers to use it. (however, internet cafes, schools, and other public places will still need it) Although Mr. Li’s concession is a step backward for the Green Dam program, the software remains mandatory in sch
 

there is nothing more funny [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
yeah, that's up there with man getting hit by football
 

i concur [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
hahahahahaha!
 

oh man!!! [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
yeah I know. but I still like shiny apple products. obviously that's a fake. come on.
 

oh man!!! [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
looks beautiful. you can have your zune HD. I'll take one of these. however, I maintain the "believe it when I see it" stance. I've heard so much about this and other apple stuff that turned out to be bogus (usually from gizmodo or slashdot) that I sort of stopped caring. that photo is really beautiful though.
 

song of the week: 'think I'm in love' [blog comment]

[13 August 2009]
that song is awesome. maybe next week's.
 

song of the week: 'think I'm in love' [blog]

[13 August 2009]
song of the week: think I'm in love, by
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 August 2009]
blabby11: you were up late!!
 

sooo pretty! [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
(I'm just kidding)
 

sooo pretty! [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
haha don't post that poop* here! you know I hate flash! haha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 August 2009]
oh hahahahaha nope. i'm just an idiot. niiiice...
 

did I do this link right? cool facts [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
well done, ma! now you know how to in the future! wooo!
 

american phone companies [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
just seems bizarre to me that everyone seems okay with this.
 

american phone companies [link comment]

[13 August 2009]
i was talking over a few beers with a friend of mine regarding alternative service providers like cricket, who offer unlimited everything for only a handful a month, no contract required. he said he wouldn't switch to cricket even if it was free. i really don't understand why.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 August 2009]
just found a strange bug with link comments. a bit depressed about it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 August 2009]
I feel it in my fingers...
 

american phone companies [link]

[12 August 2009]
apparently, the average US phone service is about $60 per month. for what I pay ~$12/month in china, AT&T would charge me over $100/month here. not to mention the fact that you have to guess how much you'll use it, and get screwed if you use it more or less. I can charge my Chinese phone card via text message for almost any value at almost any ti
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 August 2009]
blabby11: isn't that the only six flag great america? that'd too bad. that place rocked the house.
 

fat fat [blog comment]

[12 August 2009]
WJerome: unfortunately, it may mean that. February is apparently the best time to go, and I have a week off. but there are lots of opportunites for hk, right?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 August 2009]
I think I'm ready to leave Houston. friends, it's been fun, but I just can do cars and fast food anymore.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 August 2009]
i am so depressed from that drive home. i really don't know why i keep doing this to myself. i should just stay at home and walk to work.
 

with no direction home [blog update]

[12 August 2009]
i really don't get how people tolerate this. it just took me over an hour to get home, when it should have taken me 25 minutes, and in any other city, 15 minutes by subway/bus. people here laugh that if the traffic gets too bad, they'll just add a new lane. well. i was just on an eight lane highway (eight in each direction!), and a semi fl
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
blabby11: you mean schwimmer's ear? i think you'd know.
 

fibonacci in lateralus [link]

[11 August 2009]
i've always know tool was awesome. (though perhaps not as awesome as trent
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
I added a setting to show only unread recent activity by default. the coolest thing about this is that I added it using an FTP app on my iPhone
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
it's like flickr's interestingness page. based on views comments etc
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
hey you're post made it to the home page!!
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
also, you think the recent activity link should take you automatically to the unread section? I think I'll make it a setting so you can choose. but Im on my iPhone a lot and the unread page makes It very easy to see if anything new happened (so avalantern.com/recent/ vs avalantern.com/recent/unread)
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
l4saule: okay, consider it done. I'll try a few options tonight and will check back with you. thanks again!
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
do you still think clicking the user name should view? if not, what should it link to?
 

av mail [blog comment]

[11 August 2009]
thanks for the input! profile details "name": gone. i appreciate the input. i may keep this because i like how it's smaller. however, it also looks like it's something missing or something. just a bit confusing. so yeah, probably change it. thanks! i
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
Daisy: holy poop* a talking muffin!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
the nice texans behind the counter said they'll give me a free muffin if I come tomorrow morning!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
gah. no pumpkin muffins today. truck is late withthe goods.
 

with no direction home [blog update]

[11 August 2009]
i forgot to mention that the one restaurant remotely close to my house that served booze closed down and was replaced with a conveyor-belt sushi bar that charges 15% "service charge" even though you may or may not ever interact with a server.
 

untitled [blog]

[11 August 2009]
i can't understand how more people in this state are not dying left and right due to the fact that everyone drives enormous vehicles and are probably well drunk at least half the time and sucking down their big gulps and talking on the phone the other half the time.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
enough tine and energy to run and grab a pumpkin muffin? I think so...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
i really wanted to write some blog today, but i'm just too tired. it's time for sleep.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2009]
i hate cars. i hate driving. i hate not being able to have a beer because you need to get home. why the f@#$ won't houston figure this out?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
going to baba yaga's tonight! woohoo! sesame encrusted ahi tuna! avocado! California wine!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
wow... 15% of avalantern's traffic comes from the iPhone/iTouch!
 

THE Lowly Peon [tidbit]

[10 August 2009]
I write and file TPS reports for a living.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
l4saule: how was your trip?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
looks like daisy synced up her Twitter with avalantern!
 

Another Me [blog comment]

[10 August 2009]
it's strange how much things can change, but it's so exciting to see what'll happen next! one of my favorite poems is by an old buddhist monk. the idea of buddhism is that nothing lasts forever, so they meditate on that one idea all the time. then this guy's beloved dad died. the monk part of him knew it was going to happen and that he should embr
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
a bunch of poo heads: I too can write a haiku. I am THE peon.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
i don't want to go to sleep. i want to play on avalantern. i'm just too excited about it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
Daisy: the typhoon is gone?! but i wanted it to be there when i was... i love rain....
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2009]
kerbbs: me too. but this is so much cooler! and there are two layouts now, with two more coming soon :)
 

hot town! summer in the city [blog comment]

[10 August 2009]
it sounds awful! it's hot here. i miss chicago winters. where is winter! why didn't i get one!
 

Avalanche Lantern [blog comment]

[09 August 2009]
nice. i especially like your detailed "abstract" section, which saved me so much time from reading the whole post.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 August 2009]
and i guess i should test in IE...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 August 2009]
i'm excited to go through all my old blogs, reminisce, tag them, and edit them into avalantern.com's format.
 

iPhone: 8794, Blackberry: 0 [blog update]

[09 August 2009]
it turns out that, at that particular time, they just reopened twitter in china. but now it's restricted again, and my blackberry can still access. good thing i'm in uncensored territory and can use my iPhone again!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 August 2009]
happy birthday, avalantern.com!
 

Avalantern.com! [blog comment]

[09 August 2009]
hulk, hell yes! i'll bring the binary booze. poppy, i'm not totally sure when i'll finish. i still have some work to do, and want to make sure it's perfect. i'll be working all day tomorrow, and hope to have it finished before dinner!
 

Avalantern.com! [blog]

[09 August 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 August 2009]
in Texas
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 August 2009]
absinthe
 

never pay for what should be free [blog comment]

[01 August 2009]
hahahahaha oh man how i love my iPhone. i just used my iPhone's gprs connection to remote into my mac mini, to which i emailed the file, and then uploaded from there. iPhone, you will always have a place in my heart. PCCW, you will rot in hell.
 

never pay for what should be free [blog comment]

[01 August 2009]
or VPN. this is the most worthless internet connection i've ever used. or tried to use, at least.
 

never pay for what should be free [blog comment]

[01 August 2009]
do not ever pay for PCCW internet access. several protocols are blocked. i can't freaking believe this. i can use VNC either.
 

never pay for what should be free [blog]

[01 August 2009]
 

why I may never want to leave this lifestyle [blog comment]

[31 July 2009]
you can see my hotel room (and my first YouTube video posted from my iPhone using nothing but cell traffic!) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olbjTnu_ua8
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 July 2009]
yup! wanna hang out?!
 

why I may never want to leave this lifestyle [blog]

[31 July 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 July 2009]
back to chicago in three weeks!
 

google voice [blog comment]

[29 July 2009]
I think I'm gonna do it. but will probably hold some information back for a while til I can feel it out. though AT&T apparently forced apple to reject google's native voice app for the iPhone. that would have sealed the deal.
 

sports. [blog comment]

[28 July 2009]
no, i hated it in second grade. because little leagues put two years of kids together, i sucked every two years. but then the other year, i rocked. i think i pitched more perfect games in third grade than buehrle has in his life.
 

google voice [blog]

[28 July 2009]
google voice
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 July 2009]
from his boots to his pants, from his comments to his rants...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 July 2009]
i need to sleep more. but sleeping's for dead people. i'm torn. sitting clothed on this chair.
 

sports. [blog comment]

[27 July 2009]
hell no! are you kidding?!
 

sports. [blog]

[26 July 2009]
 

a fish out of water [blog]

[26 July 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 July 2009]
happy birthday, klcomp!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 July 2009]
congratulations to benji & keri! yay!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 July 2009]
i'm very tired today.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 July 2009]
will why are you going to new york? that's awesome!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 July 2009]
i need to take a break from av.com. my eyes are burning.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 July 2009]
i feel like peterdot's been a ghost-town lately....
 

a true salesman [blog comment]

[11 July 2009]
meh. i guess meh.
 

a true salesman [blog]

[10 July 2009]
i just went out for dinner with two colleagues and a supplier of ours. he's from taiwan, which is where his company is, but he's been living in houston for the last ten years.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 July 2009]
anything new, anyone?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 July 2009]
a word of advice: next time you're in shanghai xintiandi and go to vabene, and the guy your girlfriend thinks is handsome suggests a cab/merlot blend, get the Pinot.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 July 2009]
meh. i guess it's already in alpha. jerk.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 July 2009]
i may have said this before. but i actually think beta.avalantern may be up in the next two or three weeks.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 July 2009]
oooh avalantern. you make me happy. and on occasion, so frustrated.
 

a final decision: photo organization. [blog comment]

[02 July 2009]
okay, bad example. i suppose this is why there are lots of photos of daisy, but close to zero of you, Saulemander ...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 July 2009]
is it really only wednesday?
 

a final decision: photo organization. [blog comment]

[01 July 2009]
true. uploading to flickr is easy, the reason I was hesitant to doso before was that it doesn't keep good track of photos you've already uploaded. in the past, I just tagged each of them with "flickred". but yeah, I think thus will work. also, iPhoto has a way to publish to flickr. if this is similar to the mobileme publishing, then I've got lots
 

a final decision: photo organization. [blog comment]

[01 July 2009]
i did some searching in the app store and found a good app for flickr uploads on my iphone. works pretty well. doesn't work in the background (emailing does, however), but this looks like a good solution!
 

a final decision: photo organization. [blog]

[01 July 2009]
[warning: to most (all?) of you, this will be really boring. it is about how i have chosen to organize my photos on the internet]
 

watermelon baby [blog comment]

[30 June 2009]
that's horrible! you like eating dead babies [watermelons]?! like all the dead baby watermelon jokes? what's the best way to get a bunch of dead baby [watermelons] out of a blender? with a straw. (or something. i hate dead baby jokes)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 June 2009]
someone made a crack today about me looking slobby at work. so i'm wearing my suit tomorrow. eat that!
 

watermelon baby [blog]

[30 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 June 2009]
mj to be plastinated. plastinate - v. to preserve tissue with plastics, as for teaching and research purposes.
 

secrets [blog]

[26 June 2009]
 

all in the timing [blog comment]

[26 June 2009]
sidenote: if you're interesting in some hilarious political reading, check out the article in the times that i linked to.
 

all in the timing [blog]

[26 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 June 2009]
we'll miss you buddy.
 

solitary dining [blog comment]

[25 June 2009]
hahaha oh come on. i mean i like people. and right now, most of my people are far away.
 

solitary dining [blog]

[24 June 2009]
 

abolsutely no decency [blog comment]

[22 June 2009]
"hahahaha."? that's it? this is hysterical! come on!
 

abolsutely no decency [blog comment]

[22 June 2009]
what else is pathetic is that the fake site isn't exactly, well, worse than the real one.
 

abolsutely no decency [blog]

[22 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 June 2009]
how did av.com fail in your dream?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 June 2009]
[whisper] i'm right here....
 

MobileMe [blog]

[20 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 June 2009]
michael jackson: why are you so freaking amazing?
 

to mobile me, or not to mobile me? [blog]

[19 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 June 2009]
gizmodo: "There have been some rumblings that iPhone OS 3.0, scheduled for release today, is actually coming out tomorrow. Don't panic! It'll still come out midday today, so long as you don't live in East Asia." well poopie.
 

HOT [blog]

[17 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 June 2009]
i am so freaking excited for this.
 

safari 4 [blog comment]

[17 June 2009]
i'm excited for html5. sounds like once everyone uses html5, the whole world will be a better place
 

priorities (of a commun!st country) [blog comment]

[16 June 2009]
oh. i guess that comment was on the wrong post. oops.
 

priorities (of a commun!st country) [blog comment]

[16 June 2009]
update, via Saulemander: according to Solid Oak Software, makers of CyberSitter, this software completely rips off the code of CyberSitter, the internet filtering app. view article on hothardware
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 June 2009]
it's making good progress, everyone! it really is! i promise! i can't set a date, but i'm working on it every day!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 June 2009]
but when i do finish avalantern, i think only a handful of people will ever use it... (and you guys are awesome, by the way!)
 

where does the time go [blog]

[15 June 2009]
 

priorities (of a commun!st country) [blog]

[15 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 June 2009]
hahahah the funny thing is that that message was from last september! hahaha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 June 2009]
heading back to Hangzhou. shanghai, it's been fun. but now: programming!
 

safari 4 [blog comment]

[14 June 2009]
looks like these are all on windows... I'm sure it's a world apart for mac. maybe I'll run my own tests. or maybe I'll try chrome...
 

safari 4 [blog]

[09 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 June 2009]
safari 4 is so fast!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 June 2009]
weird weird weird weird evening.
 

iPhone: 8794, Blackberry: 0 [blog]

[08 June 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 June 2009]
hmmm. no one seems to do post-its these days. :(
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 June 2009]
still no twitter. daisy thinks it may down until October. OCTOBER!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 June 2009]
sooo tiirrd
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 June 2009]
goodbye censorous china! hello, free and happy hong kong!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 June 2009]
hong kong tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 June 2009]
mein kopf tut mir weh.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 May 2009]
i feel groggy this morning.
 

oh! united [blog comment]

[29 May 2009]
funny addition: they did have tickets that could have gotten stefan from ulan bator into shenzhen (the to hk by bus), and then shenzhen to beijing. but, i still can't believe this, i would have had to go to beijing to get the tickets, and mail them to him overnight. WTF. so i'd need a plane ticket to go get these plane tickets? what the hell
 

oh! united [blog]

[29 May 2009]
an ode to united airlines
 

were we just stupider back then? [blog comment]

[28 May 2009]
sidenote/correction: abby is reading into thin air. sorry for the confusion
 

were we just stupider back then? [blog comment]

[28 May 2009]
wow, poppy, that's actually a really interesting article. but i think you're right to say "from some perspectives". i'm no expert on the topic, but based on that article alone, it seemed like IQs are rising merely because the test scores are going up. while i assume IQs are going up as a whole, it seems odd to hear the numbers they mentioned at how
 

were we just stupider back then? [blog]

[28 May 2009]
 

chinese guy pushes potential suicidal guy off a bridge [blog]

[27 May 2009]
 

a good night [blog]

[27 May 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 May 2009]
welcome home, Will!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 May 2009]
happy birthday, Saulemander!!
 

what the hell is wrong with the RIAA? [blog]

[24 May 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 May 2009]
sounds like a blast!
 

international relations [blog]

[24 May 2009]
 

google vs yahoo, part II [blog comment]

[23 May 2009]
i hope i don't get sued for this.
 

google vs yahoo, part II [blog]

[23 May 2009]
i decided, based on the fact that google charges a lot more money to use a lot of storage space, to go with flickr's unlimited space for $25/yr. this is something i've been debating since about two weeks ago, and it came down to the fact that i don't like being limited for stuff like
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 May 2009]
wow. yahoo is maybe the slowest web based service i have ever used.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 May 2009]
waking up tomorrow at 6:15... ugh... i wonder if the pancake lady will be there
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 May 2009]
whaa? original cast doing ghostbusters III?!
 

a lot of detail [blog]

[21 May 2009]
 

a small detail [blog comment]

[21 May 2009]
you've got to grow a big ol' latvian beard. i mean no shaving, no trimming, for at least six months. if you've got the genes, you're obligated to.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 May 2009]
it's time to pull out some wine eternal sunshine and have a good ol' movie fest. maybe tomorrow.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 May 2009]
i love nickel creek.
 

a small detail [blog comment]

[19 May 2009]
have you got a beard now?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 May 2009]
hmm. tough question. i'm about to go to work
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 May 2009]
woah... i was born on a full moon?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 May 2009]
agreed, Will. though it does help me keep in touch via iphone very easily. if only peterdot had something like that...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 May 2009]
why won't wolframbeta load? boooo
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 May 2009]
since this whole twitter craze, no one seems to post postits anymore (i'm guilty too, i know)
 

a small detail [blog]

[18 May 2009]
 

belgians: the smartest breed? [blog comment]

[16 May 2009]
hahahaha yup!
 

belgians: the smartest breed? [blog]

[15 May 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 May 2009]
yay!
 

dancin' days [blog comment]

[11 May 2009]
well, i actually wrote this to test some stuff out on avalantern. i was listening to zeppelin's dancin' days, so that was my title. then, after i wrote the whole blog and posted it on avalantern, i decided to post it on peterdot too :)
 

dancin' days [blog]

[10 May 2009]
i'm not really sure what to say. the last few days, i've been wanting to program. now, at last, i finally have time to do so. but what do i do? i sit here and dawdle. it's depressing, quite honestly.
 

photos: google vs yahoo [blog comment]

[10 May 2009]
yikes. i've uploaded pictures from my trip to japan and my trip to scotland, and i'm already at 21%. i don't think this is gonna work, picasa...
 

photos: google vs yahoo [blog]

[10 May 2009]
i've been doing some development on avalantern today. yes, that's right. i'm excited too. and i'm actually making some progress. now just wait for me to finish season two of LOST and maybe i'll be able to work on it some more.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 May 2009]
yeah, you can have email or (if in the US) SMS notifications for new posts or for messages
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 May 2009]
oh wait! the emails weren't showing up because they were in my spam folder! everyone check your spam for peterdot!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 May 2009]
ugh. not only is peterdot broken and not sending emails for new blogs, but also for messages.
 

music sampling [blog comment]

[07 May 2009]
poppy, i'm not saying it's a crime... i'm saying it's a cop out. i'm not saying it should be illegal, it's just against myrules. do you know what i mean? see the difference? i'm not saying it's morally wrong, just wrong by me. sorry i pushed your buttons. but i feel kinda strongly about this too...
 

organization [blog]

[05 May 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 May 2009]
thanks guys!
 

LOST [blog]

[05 May 2009]
 

music sampling [blog]

[03 May 2009]
 

more on cravings [blog]

[03 May 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 April 2009]
you guys are awesome! okay, i'll post something about my boring life tomorrow :)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 April 2009]
Saulemander: for everyone. what can i do to give peterdot a jumpstart?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 April 2009]
congrats for your track meet, The Invincible Blab!
 

why is my life so hard [blog comment]

[24 April 2009]
probably. monk would have cried if he saw me stop at 5.1k.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 April 2009]
anyone seen the tv show "lost"? how is it?
 

why is my life so hard [blog]

[23 April 2009]
 

scotland photos! [blog]

[19 April 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 April 2009]
hi benji!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 April 2009]
congrats Saulemander!
 

apple vs amazon [blog comment]

[18 April 2009]
and i really wasn't exaggerating about the .2kb/s.
 

apple vs amazon [blog comment]

[18 April 2009]
yeah, i turned off the sleep thing. i should have done that. it was a mistake. but what if my network lost connection? that's not necessarily something i can control. update— i heard back from them. they made me uninstall the downloader, reinstall it, and then download the other tracks. but then i noticed that ALL of the tracks were gone. an
 

sorry? [blog comment]

[18 April 2009]
hahah yeah sorry about that one again. 24 hours / day just isn't enough
 

apple vs amazon [blog]

[17 April 2009]
 

sorry? [blog]

[17 April 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 April 2009]
i'm pretty bummed that trip had to end. i could really go for a pastry right now.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 April 2009]
happy birthday, Keri!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 April 2009]
and yes, Will, i'll post some soon. i just have some other fish to fry first
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 April 2009]
wow. glad to see there was at least some activity while i was gone!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 April 2009]
tonight: shanghai. tomorrow: london!
 

passwords [blog]

[01 April 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 March 2009]
i can't believe i lost my rook in that stupid stupid move. gah!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 March 2009]
while you fyl, Saulemander, i'm gonna play chinese chess and drink tea!
 

age and beauty [blog]

[27 March 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 March 2009]
days... (sort of)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 March 2009]
i'm not sure that phrase — "social life" — is even in my vocab anymore...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 March 2009]
not sure, exactly. maybe my cold just cleared up and i smell now...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 March 2009]
i smell kinda funny today.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 March 2009]
i hate rude people.
 

the uk [blog comment]

[22 March 2009]
waterloo is the UK thing... and i wish you had told me before i bought tickets... i may not come now...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 March 2009]
interesting. apparently, the male:female ratio at conception is 124:100, and 105:100 at birth
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 March 2009]
iPhone 3.0!!! and poo on all you naysayers! this is amazing!
 

the uk [blog]

[18 March 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 March 2009]
well, Poppy, that's a difficult question to answer. i'll answer it with a question: "what the f@#$ is an avalantern?"
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 March 2009]
daisy is in america! wooo!
 

motivation? [blog]

[16 March 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 March 2009]
and you beat cambridge! haha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 March 2009]
happy birthday Will!! beware the ides of march!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 March 2009]
there are awesome people in my life
 

chores [blog comment]

[11 March 2009]
i'm starting to treat my two or three favorite outfits as a uniform. does that count?
 

pants [blog comment]

[11 March 2009]
Saulemander, trailguru is free. it's awesome. just need an account. it's in the app store, and well worth it, i think :)
 

pants [blog comment]

[11 March 2009]
black pants go with everything, yes, but not if you're me. i wear hippy earth colors, and the black seems to clean and colorless. meh. i guess i'm just a brown-pants guy.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 March 2009]
and i don't even own a tv
 

chores [blog]

[10 March 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 March 2009]
been around the world and found that only stupid people are breeding
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 March 2009]
woooo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 March 2009]
i always get a little depressed when peterdot hibernates...
 

pants [blog comment]

[09 March 2009]
and yes, i am aware, luke, how pointless this post is.
 

pants [blog]

[09 March 2009]
 

strange days [blog comment]

[08 March 2009]
yeah, thirty days in houston. i tried to get her to go to san fran for a bit, but i don't think that'll happen
 

strange days [blog comment]

[07 March 2009]
(...for her, at least... it'll be miserable here for a month....)
 

strange days [blog comment]

[07 March 2009]
march 21! woooo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 March 2009]
my mind has been racing these last few days
 

strange days [blog comment]

[05 March 2009]
here's an even more disturbing article about the murder: view here
 

strange days [blog]

[05 March 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 March 2009]
daisy got her visa! she's going to the states!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 February 2009]
rabbit rabbt rabbit!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 February 2009]
klcomp did you see the rising sun?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 February 2009]
so a pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel in his pants...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 February 2009]
okay! it's a new day! and i've got two left before the bosses show up
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 February 2009]
Benji!'s question
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 February 2009]
"i'm sorry, but i don't want to work for this project anymore. i'll work with you until we can find a replacement."
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 February 2009]
sometimes routine can be really boring
 

cleanliness [blog]

[22 February 2009]
emptiness is loneliness and loneliness is cleanliness and cleanliness is godliness [and god is empty just like me...]
 

found in translation [blog comment]

[20 February 2009]
poppy, i disagree with you on the pistachios and the pecans. but amen! avacados should be called best-ever fruit!
 

a small request [blog]

[19 February 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 February 2009]
woah again. stephen stills was MY AGE when he released csn. that's depressing.
 

found in translation [blog]

[18 February 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 February 2009]
woah. i did not realize astral weeks was from 1968!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 February 2009]
i'm sorry i've let all you down with avalantern. i hate being busy.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 February 2009]
happy valentine's day!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 February 2009]
ahahaha i love apple!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 February 2009]
ah! friday! life is good again!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 February 2009]
yeah, they like to do both. the crackers bug me more, but the fireworks just get higher (closer to my apt). but they're [mostly] gone now!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 February 2009]
strange day
 

japan chronicles: gone fishin'? [blog]

[10 February 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 February 2009]
why won't these people grow up?! fireworks are nothing but noise! buy some freaking headphones!
 

japan chronicles: a small city of several million [blog]

[08 February 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 February 2009]
oasis is the next beatles?! who the hell is crazy enough to actually think that?!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 February 2009]
wtf. house changed the opening theme song to the ending theme song? and kept the ending theme the same? whaa?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 February 2009]
according to the chinese lunar calendar, it's spring already
 

japan chronicles: for relaxing times, make it suntory times [blog]

[06 February 2009]
 

japan: the chronicles [blog comment]

[05 February 2009]
all of the photos i post will be available here (http://petercompernolle.com/photos/collection/japan)
 

japan: the chronicles [blog]

[04 February 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 February 2009]
in case anyone wants to get me a [really] early birthday present: click here
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 February 2009]
i'm back! sad to go, but glad to be home again
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 January 2009]
sorry everyone! wifi is oddly very hard to come by in japan! but I just posted a bunch on flickr!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 January 2009]
next stop: japan!!
 

new year [blog]

[25 January 2009]
 

japan [blog]

[25 January 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 January 2009]
happy birthday kate!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 January 2009]
i'm want some more of that delicious wine from this evening...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 January 2009]
ding dong the witch is dead!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 January 2009]
sometimes dreams can really throw me off
 

sheltered [blog]

[18 January 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 January 2009]
home at last. now it's time for some curb your enthusiasm. with my phone(s) off.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 January 2009]
i'm tired of traveling. until japan next week, that is!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 January 2009]
heading back to HK
 

pissing money [blog]

[14 January 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 January 2009]
or maybe if you just played the wii!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 January 2009]
soon, i hope! i've just been so busy getting back from my trip!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 January 2009]
i feel the activity on peterdot has lessened a bit. are people angry that avalantern.com isn't ready yet?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 January 2009]
actually, it was a bunch of weird robots. seriously.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 January 2009]
going to get probed by a big ugly chinese doctor for my visa
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 January 2009]
just unlocked my old iphone! and sold it! for a lot!
 

on the way home [blog]

[11 January 2009]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 January 2009]
because real gansta bottom* white boys can't run fast?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 January 2009]
back home! i miss you guys already, but man it feels good to be back!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 January 2009]
heading back to hangzhou tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 January 2009]
curb your enthusiasm is freaking hilarious.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 January 2009]
Saulemander: you're an art student. deal with it. Benji!: i hear you man! i feel guilty! Will how many vegans were civil rights leaders? app
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 January 2009]
it was so great to see you, simonite and kate! i wish it could have lasted longer!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 January 2009]
hahaha even google hates IE!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 January 2009]
happy new year!
 

traveling [blog comment]

[01 January 2009]
no, not yet. but i'll keep an eye out for it! the seinfeld episode with the doll is fantastic, by the way
 

the REAL mile high club [blog]

[30 December 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 December 2008]
my sweater vests shrunk in the laundry this weekend
 

traveling [blog]

[29 December 2008]
i think i should rename the site from "peterdot" to "somehow nothing seems to go right while i'm traveling yet i travel all the time what the hell am i doing-dot".
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 December 2008]
i hate houston. i am NOT excited about going back.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 December 2008]
i'm going to japan in a few weeks with stefan max!!
 

surprise! [blog comment]

[26 December 2008]
update: a lot of people are pretty bugged that i posted this before a small handful of people knew. oops. so don't tell anyone.
 

surprise! [blog]

[26 December 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 December 2008]
merry christmas, everyone!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 December 2008]
maggie33's home!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 December 2008]
happy festivus!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 December 2008]
tomorrow: blue man group!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 December 2008]
welcome home, Will!
 

mark/space: aka 'failure' [blog comment]

[20 December 2008]
update: i figured out how to read the SMS database myself. i hope to write a simple web app to convert this into text soon, in case you're interested. however, i have other projects on my plate right now...
 

mark/space: aka 'failure' [blog]

[20 December 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 December 2008]
yup! got home last night. tired, but feeling great!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 December 2008]
i got my drobo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 December 2008]
3G unlock!!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 December 2008]
it will be a very merry christmas!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 December 2008]
two more days!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 December 2008]
and you're only hurt by the ones you love
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 December 2008]
you're sick! oh no! get better before next week!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 December 2008]
let's be bummer buddies together, Poppy
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 December 2008]
today is a bad day.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 December 2008]
my friend is pregnant! yay for her!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 December 2008]
who's "the real world"? and why does he have to wait so long?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 December 2008]
watching the new house episode! woo!
 

on rejecting the devil and all his works [blog comment]

[10 December 2008]
so i suppose a big reason (the only reason?) IE has been so popular is because no one realizes that they have a choice. now that people are starting to get that they can use better ones, they are. but a guy at work just sent me an email saying his internet had problems. he didn't even know the words "browser" or "internet explorer". instead, he c
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 December 2008]
looks great, luke!
 

visual music history [blog comment]

[09 December 2008]
it depends on the "Scrobbler" app you're using. i have it set to scrobble only if i play 70% of a song (if i'm listening on my computer). i think some scrobblers only scrobble if you play the first instant and the last instant of a song. since i play mostly on my iphone, ipod, or apple tv, and itunes only registers a "play" if you listened to 100
 

visual music history [blog comment]

[09 December 2008]
august was when i was with you, of course! and actually, yeah, those times probably are when i'm programming! or when the weather's bad and i can't ride my bike. one thing that's difficult for me to accept is that the size of the sections is related to the number of times a track is played, not the time spent listening. that would be much
 

visual music history [blog]

[09 December 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 December 2008]
my music for the last 8 months
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 December 2008]
you guys are great!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 December 2008]
i'm so excited for avalantern.com!!
 

on rejecting the devil and all his works [blog comment]

[08 December 2008]
note. i think i may disregard all the bug-testing for avalantern, meaning it would look crazy weird if you visited using IE. i figure it'll take me quite a while to debug for IE, so maybe i'll just save the time and frustration. hmm. i should have include
 

on rejecting the devil and all his works [blog]

[08 December 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 December 2008]
10 more days til i come home!
 

if django did the super mario bros 2 soundtrack [link]

[06 December 2008]
this is great! and the guy looks oddly like john gillilan...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 December 2008]
Saulemander... your site has been 8 days away for a couple days now...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 December 2008]
the mountains are high and my boss is far away!!
 

toilet paper [blog]

[05 December 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 December 2008]
happy birthday, Benji!!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 December 2008]
happy birthday nellie!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 December 2008]
happy birthday, maggie33!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 December 2008]
in the oh-so-simple words of Saulemander, fml.
 

mapple [blog]

[01 December 2008]
 

sleeveface [link]

[01 December 2008]
cool! people filling in the rest of the album cover. some of these are really neat!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 December 2008]
my new iPhone arrived in hong kong! just four more weeks til i can use it!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 November 2008]
i want a really big thunderstorm tonight.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 November 2008]
what?!! maybe a new buffy movie?!!
 

GM [blog comment]

[28 November 2008]
wait. people really wonder why GM is having a hard time? just look at their products.
 

kung fu panda [blog]

[28 November 2008]
 

on being grateful [blog comment]

[27 November 2008]
...and i'm almost finished downloading the new house, so i'm gonna have a great weekend! wooooo!
 

on being grateful [blog]

[27 November 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 November 2008]
i just bought a legitimately unlocked iPhone 3G!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 November 2008]
i'm buying a legitimately unlocked iphone 3g! and it's practically costing me nothing!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 November 2008]
happy thanksgiving everyone!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 November 2008]
i smell horrible. i hate smokers.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 November 2008]
what?! how can it only be wednesday morning?!
 

multi million dollar spam [blog comment]

[25 November 2008]
well yeah! if a prince offers me two million dollars (was his email sj27hdb2@hdue35.com?), I don't really have a choice!
 

multi million dollar spam [blog comment]

[25 November 2008]
yeah, that's what i was trying to get at. i just mean lately all the articles i've read have been about huge companies destroying the little guy. but this one's different. i'm glad as hell he lost. i guess i'm just hesitant because $873mil is a lot of money. and it's not like they sued microsoft or something. it was a guy. so he's gonna have a head
 

multi million dollar spam [blog]

[25 November 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 November 2008]
man, programming can be tough sometimes. i need a beer.
 

tarantino's mind [blog]

[24 November 2008]
an excellent short i came across while reading old rss feeds. it's a brilliant way to tie a bunch of far out theories together without just throwing together a youtube video to some lousy soundtrack. and it makes me love seu jorge even m
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 November 2008]
thanks, Will! soon!
 

number of smokers declining [link]

[23 November 2008]
great! fewer than 20% of people smoke in the states now! we are so close!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 November 2008]
back in the midwest in less than a month!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 November 2008]
holy moly it feels good to be home!
 

not the way it looks... [blog]

[21 November 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 November 2008]
: (
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 November 2008]
wooooo!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 November 2008]
wooooo!!
 

google voice search [blog]

[19 November 2008]
 

the greatest music video ever [blog]

[19 November 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 November 2008]
he's really cute and little. and if you listen closely, i swear he can talk!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 November 2008]
twirly is my pet turtle. tomorrow, i'll need to wake him up.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 November 2008]
i have to wake up way too early tomorrow. to "beat traffic". trains, people!
 

travel story (part IV) [blog]

[17 November 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 November 2008]
off to vietnam tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 November 2008]
off to hong kong tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 November 2008]
off to shanghai with daisy!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 November 2008]
i, too, like house.
 

a travel story (part III) [blog comment]

[13 November 2008]
update: i should get my passport, with visa, tomorrow! super fast! thanks, guangzhou anna!
 

a travel story (part III) [blog comment]

[13 November 2008]
hahahh you caught that?! amazing!
 

a travel story (part III) [blog]

[12 November 2008]
so i guess that shuffle god has more power over my life than just my apple tv's playlist. for some reason, he really does not seem to want me to go to vietnam.
 

bicycles! (part 3?) [blog]

[11 November 2008]
you say black, i say white
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 November 2008]
back to the mines...
 

GM [blog]

[09 November 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 November 2008]
holy moly it's so nice outside! it's a perfect autumn day! (and little pollution!)
 

the shuffle god [blog comment]

[07 November 2008]
yes of course. but i will continue to worship my shuffle god. because my life is so much better when (s)he's good to me
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 November 2008]
weekend!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 November 2008]
i know of no reason why gun powder treason should ever... be... forgot.
 

the shuffle god [blog comment]

[06 November 2008]
true, but benji. can you explain why my apple tv sometimes gives me the greatest playlist, and other times a horrible one? can you explain that?! if you can, please tell me. if not, i've just proved the existence of my shuffle god. booyah!
 

the shuffle god [blog]

[05 November 2008]
the presence of god has always fascinated me. no, not the presence of some super natural being that somehow created you and me and love and hate and music and numbers. the presence of the idea among people. usually people in the west (and within america, usually more the south).
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 November 2008]
yay! congrats holly! that's so exciting!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 November 2008]
that looks great Saulemander!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 November 2008]
ILML!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 November 2008]
i guess no one else thought that was funny...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 November 2008]
LET OUR POWERS COMBINE!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 November 2008]
I AM BREAKING WIND.
 

happiness [blog comment]

[01 November 2008]
sorry, bud
 

happiness [blog]

[31 October 2008]
 

welcome to my new page! [blog comment]

[31 October 2008]
hahaha looking back, this site has almost nothing to do with phi, and i'm pretty sure i took peter's galaxy quest down some time ago...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 October 2008]
happy halloween everyone!
 

bad timing, again [blog]

[31 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 October 2008]
hahaha especially because of the snippet it took from your site...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 October 2008]
i was doing a google search for tsp and that was like the third hit
 

frozen [blog comment]

[30 October 2008]
i really only saw her hair and her purse, so i'm not sure. but i'm not sure that was the point.... :)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 October 2008]
hahaha look for the scruffy pirate on this page
 

time for some campaignin' [blog comment]

[30 October 2008]
also, the song is to the tune of "the times they are a changin'" by the great bobby d
 

time for some campaignin' [blog]

[30 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 October 2008]
just like lucille two?!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 October 2008]
woah. Saulemander, seriously! wtf!
 

frozen [blog]

[29 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 October 2008]
i'm not so sure about today...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 October 2008]
i hear that, Lizerbeam! i am tired as hell right now! (i just woke up)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 October 2008]
good save, Saulemander
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 October 2008]
holy moly! they're close!!!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 October 2008]
me too!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 October 2008]
hahahahaha ahahahaha a hahhahahahaha ah ha i just got that
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 October 2008]
hahahahahha sorry about that. it isn't really an exciting product. just needed something to fill up the newly naked homepage
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 October 2008]
thanks guys! the real reason for that was so i could finally fix the load time of the home page. it's fast now! (and i'm too lazy to add other stuff to it)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 October 2008]
kate... i'm sensing some sarcasm...
 

the greatest song ever [blog comment]

[24 October 2008]
ha. ha. :P
 

the greatest song ever [blog]

[23 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 October 2008]
holly, i meant something like this
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 October 2008]
for some reason, when trying to imagine a tie you could make, i thought of a big weeping willow. like a neato silk screened image of a weeping willow tree. i'd buy that. on the river. with a guy sitting up against it reading a book.
 

success of iPhone [blog]

[23 October 2008]
i'm sorry to keep going on about this. but i've been reading articles and i just don't get it. why was everyone so pessimistic about the iPhone? and why is everyone so pessimistic about apple? why does my stock keep going down (or at least not up) even though apple is
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 October 2008]
i'd buy it! (i wouldn't buy anything with a gun, plane or grenade on it though. sorry)
 

mac tax [blog comment]

[23 October 2008]
no, holly, no sarcasm. i really do want to buy movies on my apple tv. in china, it's impossible to find any movie, so if i could buy it (i'll pay what they ask), i would without question. i was listing those five things because apple's DRM only allows use of five "authorized" devices. which is silly. i know there's no way to say only one person can
 

mac tax [blog comment]

[22 October 2008]
and to the both of you, i give a hearty hear hear. i really want to buy movies on itunes because it's so darn* easy with my apple tv, but i can't handle the idea of spending the same price that i could on a
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 October 2008]
woah! do you see what time it is! i've already been grocery shopping AND i'm still home super early! i love bikes!
 

mac tax [blog]

[21 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 October 2008]
yeah, i'd go for solid black or solid burgundy
 

bikes! (part 2) [blog comment]

[20 October 2008]
sorry. sql error, i think.
 

bikes! (part 2) [blog]

[20 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 October 2008]
hahaha! as soon as i say crazy stuff like windows is good, then consider me long gone. until then, it's still me :)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 October 2008]
my head and stomach are achy because of the pollution here... yuck.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 October 2008]
me too, benji!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 October 2008]
sunday: a day for running, some coffee, and hours and hours of programming!
 

bikes! [blog]

[19 October 2008]
 

grammar [blog comment]

[18 October 2008]
hahahahaha good work luke!
 

grammar [blog]

[17 October 2008]
 

fabric softener [blog comment]

[17 October 2008]
it works! you can laugh, but i've gotten more compliments this week about how i smell than since before i can remember! (i guess i don't smell great most of the time...)
 

little convenient [blog comment]

[17 October 2008]
this has a sensor to flush when you arrive at the little convenient place, and then to flush once you walk away after you've made your convenient.
 

heartbreak [blog comment]

[16 October 2008]
i don't support walmart. that comment was not to make myself look better by any means. i do not support walmart. i do think it's fairly evil. i haven't shopped there in over 9 years. and i don't ever intend to again. sorry to offend you, that's not what i intended
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 October 2008]
i love bikes!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 October 2008]
holly, you can afford anything too!
 

little convenient [blog comment]

[15 October 2008]
yeah we had those at CC too. the super eco-friendly ones.
 

little convenient [blog]

[15 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 October 2008]
i think, for your use, it'll be great. i read a few articles about it, and they all said that for large files (like video or music), there was little benefit. but you do lots of small files (text, code, etc)
 

heartbreak [blog comment]

[15 October 2008]
i still love apple. but i just hope they don't go too far. they're already really close. best buy was fine. but why, if you only have three retail outlets, would you choose walmart? for a company that considers itself classy and elite, they sure seem to be targeting a not-so-classy audience.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 October 2008]
hey do you guys think you should be able to post a comment on a website where you're not a user?
 

cravings [blog comment]

[14 October 2008]
i don't think i've ever said this before, but: i really want a doughnut right now.
 

heartbreak [blog comment]

[14 October 2008]
ha. yeah. well at least steve doesn't drive a hummer.
 

heartbreak [blog]

[14 October 2008]
 

fabric softener [blog comment]

[13 October 2008]
just an update: i smell so good! i love it!
 

cravings [blog]

[13 October 2008]
 

useless knowledge [link]

[13 October 2008]
i question their statistics purely because their english is awful
 

smart friends [blog]

[13 October 2008]
 

fabric softener [blog]

[12 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 October 2008]
we don't dance, we don't talk much, we just ball and play. then we move like tigers on vaseline!
 

confidence [link]

[12 October 2008]
i think you may like this, luke
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 October 2008]
i might shave.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 October 2008]
Saulemander, i remember those dead pixels. they lived a good life. they, too, will be gone but never forgotten.
 

a quick thought. [blog comment]

[10 October 2008]
well, it's nice not feeling pressure like i did before. the last few months have been full of pressure. so now, not only am i not as busy, but my busy time isn't stressful really. so that's what's refreshing. dig?
 

a quick thought. [blog]

[09 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 October 2008]
rest in peace, hank. gone but not forgotten. never.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 October 2008]
oh nice detective work Benji!! i never would have guessed that (since peterdot censors so beautifully to gdml)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 October 2008]
what's f.m.1.?
 

sick [blog]

[06 October 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 October 2008]
what?!! Benji! and Will get to hang out together?! (well i'm with klcomp and
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 September 2008]
the 'rents come to china tomorrow! woooooo!
 

flickr [blog]

[19 September 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 September 2008]
i've started posting on flickr again. they'll all be my iPhone photos though
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 September 2008]
woah!! house is on the itunes store! in HD!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 September 2008]
you crazy bastard.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 September 2008]
integral is the greatest! i can access phobos.apple.com now, so i can use the itunes store, my apple tv and update my iphone at home!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 September 2008]
fun weekend, but holy moly it feels good to be home!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 September 2008]
abby made the field hockey team! yay!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 September 2008]
bray wants me to take the "(via iPhone)" out of my iPhone email signature. :(
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 September 2008]
i've always been a much bigger fan of Plus the Cheetah.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 September 2008]
i've got a cold. gosh darnit.
 

hostage [blog]

[06 September 2008]
 

american cell phone companies (part 4?) [blog comment]

[05 September 2008]
note also that in china, i get 80MB of (somewhat slow) data, 500 text messages, and 500 minutes for 100RMB/month. about $15. compare that to the $80 minimum in the states. god it makes me angry.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 September 2008]
my first weekend in three weeks!
 

american cell phone companies (part 4?) [blog]

[05 September 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 August 2008]
woah. i had another dream about neil young last night. that guy is so freaking cool
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 August 2008]
i'm jealous! i wanna go to shuga's to see your art!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 August 2008]
the next two weeks will quite certainly be awful.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 August 2008]
last.fm is scrobbling my iPod tracks again! yay!
 

beijing, 2008 (part 1) [blog comment]

[25 August 2008]
i guess i just forgot those transition words they teach you about in grade school...
 

lifestyles of the rich and famous [blog]

[24 August 2008]
 

beijing, 2008 (part 1) [blog]

[23 August 2008]
 

wrinkles [blog comment]

[23 August 2008]
I took a shirt to Beijing, hoping that the hotel had an iron I could borrow. I told that to my roomie, who said "what?! but your image!! it reminded me of that simpsons where elvis costello broke his glasses ("ow! my image!")
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 August 2008]
that's exciting, Will! tell nellie to start coming to peterdot more!
 

wrinkles [blog]

[20 August 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 August 2008]
well i am going to the olympics tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2008]
i just watched the constant gardener. i really like it. rachel weisz was supposed to be 24 (she was 34)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2008]
broooooce?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 August 2008]
okay, but texas has some awesome people
 

illogic [blog]

[17 August 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 August 2008]
hahhaa! I was just on the bus and saw a china mobile commercial (that's the company I'm illegally using my iPhone on) and they were using an iPhone! hahaha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 August 2008]
today is a good day. and congrat Saulemander!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 August 2008]
what is wrong with peterdot today. it's not even loading completely. i hate today.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 August 2008]
i love your scooter too, Lizerbeam!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 August 2008]
i hope, Saulemander, that you wrote "gosh darnit" the first time...
 

pointless update [blog]

[11 August 2008]
 

bad apple [blog]

[10 August 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2008]
it hasn't been scrobbling ANY of my iPod/iPhone plays, which make up for 95% of my music playing. i'm furious!
 

small world after all [blog]

[10 August 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 August 2008]
i wonder how long my blasted last.fm hasn't been scrobbling properly...
 

macs are same price as PCs! [link]

[08 August 2008]
an interesting review, comparing the costs of macs and PCs
 

lightning! amazing! [link]

[07 August 2008]
slow motion video of lightning. AMAZING!
 

opinionated or wise: the curse of being right all the time [blog]

[07 August 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 August 2008]
whaaa?! $20 wiis?!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 August 2008]
back in hangzhou, back to work.
 

sadness descends [blog comment]

[06 August 2008]
i liked it! is that the only season? i did think it was a bit slower and less detailed than something like, say, freaks and geeks. but i still like it!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 August 2008]
goodbye America! I'm so glad I got to see so many of you! (and nellie, an hour is better than nothing!)
 

sadness descends [blog]

[04 August 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 August 2008]
raspberries!
 

they found water on mars! [link]

[01 August 2008]
woah!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 August 2008]
yes. dallas is where walker texas ranger was, houston is where walker texas ranger is!
 

american cell phone providers (part III) [blog]

[31 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 July 2008]
seriously. why do people live in Houston. what's the appeal? I honestly don't get it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 July 2008]
back to houston. :(
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 July 2008]
happy birthday, katelin!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 July 2008]
congrats, Jeremy and amy, on your special day! wooo!
 

dude, where's my vacation? [blog]

[27 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 July 2008]
armadillo tails
 

ecological footprint [blog]

[25 July 2008]
 

bucket list [blog]

[25 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 July 2008]
happy birthday, klcomp and simonite!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 July 2008]
hahaha. google just suggested i check out this link. meh. win some, lose some.
 

fishbowl reunion '08 [blog comment]

[25 July 2008]
i'm pretty bummed we didn't get a big picture. and even though there was no time when everyone was there, we could have worked some photoshop magic... put that on the list for next time, benj
 

fishbowl reunion '08 [blog]

[25 July 2008]
 

lost data makes me very sad [blog]

[24 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 July 2008]
perhaps, but its going by way too fast...
 

the moon [blog]

[19 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 July 2008]
i got an iPhone 3G! wooooo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 July 2008]
holy moly wall-e was freaking amazing!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 July 2008]
i'm buying an iPhone 3G this afternoon after seeing wall-e! what a day!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 July 2008]
i'm in the US of A!!!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 July 2008]
well holly, i agree that it is a good feeling to be satisfied with your service provider. until you realize that all american cell phone service providers are EVIL!
 

blackberries (again) [blog]

[13 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 July 2008]
agreed.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 July 2008]
apple succeed...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 July 2008]
i can't find the software anywhere in this country. every torrent site is gosh darniting blocked. i guess i'll have to wait a few more days (!!)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 July 2008]
woooooooooo! less than a week!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 July 2008]
how the hell did i manage to catch a cold considering it's been over 100 degrees the last four days.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 July 2008]
you mean like the ones we're gonna be going on in a few weeks in denver?!! wooooo!
 

heat [blog]

[05 July 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 July 2008]
i really like that israel guy's cover of somewhere over the rainbow
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 July 2008]
welcome back, holly!
 

is nothing sacred? [blog comment]

[30 June 2008]
hahahah oh yeah! i remember that!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 June 2008]
happy birthday daisy!
 

microsoft is evil (another rant) [blog]

[27 June 2008]
 

is nothing sacred? [blog comment]

[27 June 2008]
hmm. i guess you're right. never occurred to me. maybe it was even just my family that shouted front. haha
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 June 2008]
two and a half weeks til i'm in the states!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 June 2008]
yay! hong kong maggie is here!
 

is nothing sacred? [blog]

[25 June 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 June 2008]
yeah! it's a blast! it's really small, so you can do the whole thing in under 4 hours, as Lizerbeam and i learned last year
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 June 2008]
what aren't you learning?
 

ignorance is worth 20 yuan. [blog comment]

[23 June 2008]
yikes. and no, i haven't seen the new $5s. are they still green? or are they weird and shiny?
 

ignorance is worth 20 yuan. [blog comment]

[22 June 2008]
no, not really. i'm guessing it was a big place that doesn't check their money at all, and moves too much to notice. like a big super market. i figure that's where i'll return it :)
 

ignorance is worth 20 yuan. [blog]

[22 June 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 June 2008]
i don't get it.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 June 2008]
have you ever seen one pee?! i'm pretty sure that getting caught in that line of fire could kill anyone!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 June 2008]
unicorns seems really dangerous. i mean, horses are scary enough, but just throw in a big ol' pointy horn to skewer you with
 

tsp [blog comment]

[20 June 2008]
by "pay the bills", do you mean for vacations to other people's apartments where you sleep on their couch (the bills for which, i assume, they pay)? and by two "jobs" do you mean going to summer camp and coffeeshops? oh, and by "make ends meet", i assume you're making some sexual reference that i don't want to further explore...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 June 2008]
i love it when people just understand
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 June 2008]
poopie. i just realized i should have done ;-) or something when kate asked if i'd ever blinked. or ^_^ or something
 

tsp [blog]

[19 June 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 June 2008]
i need a looooong weekend.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 June 2008]
hahaha yeah i've heard good things about it
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 June 2008]
that's right. never blinked. just like ze frank.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 June 2008]
just restored my iPhone! i feel so refreshed!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 June 2008]
back from hong kong. back to work tomorrow.
 

hong kong with the magster! [blog]

[11 June 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 June 2008]
i actually meant π/6
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 June 2008]
hong kong will be 30 degrees, humid as hell, and dumping rain until I return to Hangzhou. where it will also be hot humid and rainy.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 June 2008]
i moved this iPhone convo to the wall... let's continue there, eh?
 

reality check [blog]

[08 June 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 June 2008]
what was it that big rapper guy said? mo women, mo problems? or is it something else, Saulemander?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 June 2008]
which really is probably as good a reason as any to raise hell
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 June 2008]
wow! that empty garage books is gorgeous! who wrote that site?!
 

rules (a preface) [blog]

[05 June 2008]
 

the godfather, part IV [blog comment]

[04 June 2008]
hahaha good point. i just kept imagining luca brasi saying it...
 

the godfather, part IV [blog]

[02 June 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 June 2008]
gah.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 May 2008]
holy moly it's exhausting having all the big bosses in town
 

...a better life [blog comment]

[29 May 2008]
hahah maybe... maybe i just never go in that elevator... hahaha
 

...a better life [blog]

[29 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 May 2008]
i'm sorry bud. you should go buy some really expensive sushi. or a really nice pen. always makes me feel better. (so does neil)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 May 2008]
you mean your clever little "zing"?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 May 2008]
working sucks hard.
 

james bond marathon [blog]

[27 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 May 2008]
i'm going to a black tie dinner on friday! wooooo!
 

my jap wii (part II) [blog comment]

[27 May 2008]
i think golf is a lot of fun! putting really really short distances (like under a foot) is really really hard. but i think that golf game is way more fun than real golf! (except you can't drive a cart. harumph.)
 

my jap wii (part II) [blog]

[25 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 May 2008]
happy birthday, Saulemander!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 May 2008]
klcomp, that's not something we joke about it this family.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 May 2008]
52 days til i can eat pierro's!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 May 2008]
life is grand!
 

buffy the vampire slayer [blog comment]

[22 May 2008]
oh yeah! the whole musical episode!
 

my ponytail [blog]

[22 May 2008]
sorry mom, it just might be coming back.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 May 2008]
darn* season finales.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 May 2008]
i get to watch house in a few hours! woooo!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 May 2008]
very funny, guys.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 May 2008]
good trick, Saulemander!
 

buffy the vampire slayer [blog]

[20 May 2008]
well, i have officially seen every single episode of buffy the vampire slayer. i started watching from the first episode a few months ago, and just watched spike save the world.
 

having a bad day? watch this [link]

[20 May 2008]
courtesy of saulemander
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 May 2008]
you mean indiana jones and the saucer men from mars?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 May 2008]
nobody spoil house! some of us need to download it at 50kb/min!
 

cool animation [link]

[20 May 2008]
courtesy of hulkamaniac's youtube favorites
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 May 2008]
i think it's funny how my heart completely stops when i think i've lost my pen
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 May 2008]
from beneath you, it devours...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 May 2008]
thanks, Saulemander. I can still see it on my iPhone (I guess GPRS uses different filters). and the runts?! today is a bad day.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 May 2008]
it feels like an arby's night.
 

translations [blog comment]

[15 May 2008]
jc
 

translations [blog comment]

[14 May 2008]
you mean about jack connor?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 May 2008]
OMG OMG OMG OMG is gosh darniting right! jesus!
 

translations [blog]

[14 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 May 2008]
don't spoil it!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 May 2008]
i think i might reformat my computer this weekend.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 May 2008]
wouldn't it be cool if your hair somehow looked and acted just like smoke? (only without the burning part)
 

earthquake [blog]

[13 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 May 2008]
and an iPhone!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 May 2008]
wow. that hurt, Saulemander.
 

sundays [blog comment]

[11 May 2008]
hahahaha a boob?!
 

my jap wii [blog]

[11 May 2008]
 

sundays [blog]

[11 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 May 2008]
hmm. i see your point. which is why i'd suggest getting an iPhone instead. those are much easier to protect if you're living on the streets
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 May 2008]
okay okay. they're a bit expensive. but no problems = priceless.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 May 2008]
if i said "apple", kate, would it just be annoying?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 May 2008]
so it went well, then, kate? :)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 May 2008]
trent reznor: 'thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one's on me'
 

minority report [blog]

[06 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 May 2008]
thanks everyone!
 

nanhaizi pis [blog comment]

[05 May 2008]
he just sort of yelled at his kid. it was funny as hell though
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 May 2008]
you're a crook. captain hook. judge, won't you throw the book?
 

the ninth of march [blog]

[04 May 2008]
 

the laughing song [link]

[04 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 May 2008]
david bowie is freaking awesome.
 

nanhaizi pis [blog]

[03 May 2008]
 

the wonders of fabric softener [blog]

[02 May 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 May 2008]
nope! Benj got it for me. thanks though!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 May 2008]
back in hangzhou
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 April 2008]
that macbook air parody is funny, but let's be honest. that IBM piece of poopie is pretty ugly compared to a mba
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 April 2008]
oh word. anyone wanna help me download it? :)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 April 2008]
the fox website said there was one last week...
 

hong kong: the subtle delights [blog]

[27 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 April 2008]
wait... there was a house episode LAST WEEK?! no one told me!
 

miscommunication [blog]

[25 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 April 2008]
congrats, Benj !
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 April 2008]
that sucks, Saulemander. things'll work out somehow
 

bad timing [blog]

[24 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 April 2008]
hahaha now i have four phone numbers i can't remember!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 April 2008]
i can't wait! i'll prob need to watch the last few episodes to catch up, since it's been so freaking long...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 April 2008]
hong kong is awesome!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 April 2008]
off to hong kong (already)!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 April 2008]
i miss my weekend in shanghai already.
 

the coolest guy ever (in hangzhou) [blog]

[18 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 April 2008]
klcomp, way to go! cheer cheer cheer! ( nellie, you get three cheers too)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 April 2008]
shanghai in two days! woooo!
 

manners. [blog]

[16 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 April 2008]
i'm just kidding. we love you. even though you don't love us. or apple.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 April 2008]
yeah, well we're bored with you!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 April 2008]
ugh. back to work. just not enough time.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 April 2008]
!! so when is the new house?!
 

last.fm [blog comment]

[10 April 2008]
i figured out why it wasn't updating my historical data. turns out the last.fm application doesn't "scrobble" music unless it's on a local drive. i've read some forums (briefly) and found that the best way is likely just to use a different scrobbler app. one guy even suggested copying it all over just to update. yikes!
 

last.fm [blog comment]

[10 April 2008]
Benj, i'm with you (and thanks!), but it's so much easier when someone does all the debugging for you! especially when you have web development ADD and just want to always move on to another huge project that'll never finish...
 

last.fm [blog]

[10 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 April 2008]
gah.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 April 2008]
gosh darniting windows. i've spent three days trying to get something to run on windows that literally would take ONE LINE in a UNIX terminal.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 April 2008]
woah! crazy heavy rain in hangzhou! i love it!
 

long time no blog [blog]

[07 April 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 April 2008]
goodbye is too good a word, Beijing, so I just say fare thee well
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 April 2008]
I thought you were 100%?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 April 2008]
Beijing is kinda like Paris, only with less street food. I miss Hangzhou.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 April 2008]
note to self: daisy is deceptively good at wii-boxing
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 April 2008]
i never should have opened the floodgates by saying i could unlock iPhones.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[31 March 2008]
hoorah! Saulemander got "it", holly's got a number, i'm getting a wii, Lizerbeam's got a cute polyneuropathy, and
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 March 2008]
hahah point taken.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[30 March 2008]
gah. back to work. weekends just seem to get shorter and shorter...
 

to wii or not to wii [blog comment]

[30 March 2008]
update: i'm buying the wii. just need to take the bus downtown and fork over the cash. yay!
 

'analysts' [blog]

[30 March 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 March 2008]
how was the trip?!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 March 2008]
the government here unblocked youtube
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 March 2008]
woot! i'm going by night train to beijing! and it's only $35!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 March 2008]
at last! wireless backups every hour!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 March 2008]
i'm ready for today to end
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 March 2008]
but likely better english
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 March 2008]
congrats, Saulemander. sucks for you, Will (i guess?)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 March 2008]
i have a 16gb iPhone! wooo!
 

to wii or not to wii [blog comment]

[24 March 2008]
just the answer i was looking for!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[24 March 2008]
tickets to the states are $2,700! yikes!
 

kisses [blog comment]

[24 March 2008]
gah. you caught me. :)
 

to wii or not to wii [blog]

[24 March 2008]
that is the question.
 

kisses [blog]

[24 March 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 March 2008]
my time capsule and 16gb iPhone are here!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 March 2008]
hm. not sure these can be too much more cryptic. 300%.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 March 2008]
i guess yours fit into the 13% (+/- 3.9%) of true ones, then
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 March 2008]
i'm 70% sure at least 87% of these numbers have been chosen at random
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[20 March 2008]
i'm about 80% sure you've already had too many...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[17 March 2008]
in one word: yes. but there are some things that definitely make it all worth while
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 March 2008]
i knew i should have stayed home today
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 March 2008]
happy birthday, Will!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 March 2008]
photos!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 March 2008]
weekend! at last!
 

pooh [blog comment]

[13 March 2008]
i was frightened inmate #2. well, actually, i never got the part. but i got a vanity license plate just in case.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 March 2008]
holy moly that was quite possibly the longest afternoon ever
 

pooh [blog comment]

[13 March 2008]
i don't think owl's a bad guy. i'm just really down on know-it-alls, since i work with a lot of them. and i think owl's kind of a know-it-all
 

pooh [blog]

[13 March 2008]
what seems like forever ago, i was talking to kate about life and such, and daosim came up in the conversation. i personally find the dao de jing (aka tao teh ching) to be quite beautiful, and we wound up talking about some general ideas of it, which led the conversation to
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 March 2008]
hahah the link was filtered by peterdot's censorship tools
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[12 March 2008]
be careful, bud. just remember what dr dre said
 

finally! tv on the internet! [link]

[11 March 2008]
this is a beta. i hope it'll last until the writers start writing again
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 March 2008]
hahaha my job was ranked the second dirtiest job in IT!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 March 2008]
my new hard drive is super fast! and it got here super fast! woo! FAST!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 March 2008]
...is also the last day of the part of my life that ends tuesday
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 March 2008]
i got my hard drive!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 March 2008]
...is tuesday
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[09 March 2008]
my new hard drive gets here in two days! thanks, klcomp!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 March 2008]
yeah. it's definitely an ambience type album, which gets old unless you're in the right mood
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 March 2008]
yeah, i must say, i dig the new NIN album
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 March 2008]
chinese on iPhone 1.1.4! at last!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 March 2008]
Saulemander, i thought you said you got it from nin.com?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 March 2008]
new NIN album!! (sorry to interrupt the toy story quotes)
 

you can't always get what you want [blog]

[04 March 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 March 2008]
one minute you're defending the whole galaxy, and, suddenly, you find yourself sucking down darjeeling with marie antoinette and her little sister.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 March 2008]
happy birthday, Paul!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[03 March 2008]
can i?!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[02 March 2008]
i love my iPhone.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 March 2008]
happy birthday, Paul!!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[01 March 2008]
is 6.5 microsoft windows?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 February 2008]
sorry, klcomp. that's a bummer.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 February 2008]
wow that "walk" really looked like something else at first...
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[29 February 2008]
yeah, sucks Will. how long will you be out?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 February 2008]
i can finally say goodbye to bray vietnam!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 February 2008]
does anyone have the music from super mario bros? i wanna change my ringtone
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[28 February 2008]
you mean "u'r"? hahaha
 

a blog for the ages [blog]

[28 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 February 2008]
wait, Saulemander, nobody puts milk in where bowl first?
 

saigon subtleties [blog]

[27 February 2008]
a few things i've noticed here in saigon (aka ho chi minh city) that i found to be particularly interesting:when some large buses back up, they play jingle bells instead of that "beep! beep! beep!" american buses play. how festive!i've seen at least eight people walking along the street around midnight rolling a scale that plays
 

coffeeshops [blog]

[27 February 2008]
 

optical illusion [link]

[27 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[27 February 2008]
the darn* circuit went down again. so, yet again, i can't do any of my work until it's back up, meaning i may need to stay even longer.
 

fruit [link]

[26 February 2008]
title NSFW
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 February 2008]
in vietnam one more day. this will never end.
 

one for you nineteen for me [blog]

[26 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[26 February 2008]
I wanna go home. working 15 hours in one day is too much.
 

apocalypse yesterday [blog]

[25 February 2008]
okay, maybe it was far from an apocalypse, but it definitely isn't now.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[25 February 2008]
your iPod died? oh no!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 February 2008]
these three words mean you're gettin' bizay...
 

when 3 + 1 = 8 [blog]

[23 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 February 2008]
woah... almost 6000 visits!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[23 February 2008]
there was a hole in my coffee cup so now I have two big coffee stains right near... um... my lap
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 February 2008]
sounds intense... and as if I'd get emotional watching
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 February 2008]
indiana?! i'd go to far nw indiana... aka chicago
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[22 February 2008]
I dont like windows. have I mentioned that before?
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 February 2008]
not a good start to this trip. I miss Hangzhou.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 February 2008]
I just spent US$11 on an aiport pizza that had pickles and carrots.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[21 February 2008]
on my way to vietnam again. this time, i hope it's for real
 

a little that went a long way [blog comment]

[21 February 2008]
haha I was just kidding, daisy. 开玩笑 :)
 

a little that went a long way [blog]

[20 February 2008]
 

a travel story (part II) [blog]

[20 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 February 2008]
I think it'll stop when you start using C again...
 

a travel story [blog comment]

[19 February 2008]
bottom*.
 

a travel story [blog]

[19 February 2008]
 

awesome dance [link]

[19 February 2008]
thanks luke
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[19 February 2008]
hahaha yeah, it's been a while, apparently
 

religion in a nutshell [link]

[18 February 2008]
hilarious!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[18 February 2008]
going to vietnam tomorrow!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[16 February 2008]
i'm pretty excited about life.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[15 February 2008]
look here
 

a small world that's just barely too big [blog]

[15 February 2008]
i'm going to vietnam next week for work stuff. i'm setting up a new branch on our network (our windows network). very exciting business.
 

microsoft webmail [blog comment]

[14 February 2008]
i've thought about it, but i need it to sync with my exchange server. i've tried to set up IMAP through our server (as i am an IT guy), but it's a bit difficult to do remotely here in china. i've got POP access, but i don't want to mix it with my personal mailboxes. sigh. i may end up just doing that.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 February 2008]
happy valentine's day, everyone!
 

microsoft webmail [blog]

[14 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 February 2008]
you see, maggie33, what is brilliant about that is that it will always be your most recent. you'll never need to update. clever.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[14 February 2008]
ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 February 2008]
work again. so, Saulemander, i second your "blah"
 

free music in china? i love you google! [link]

[13 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 February 2008]
woah, Will Compernoleone... you really botched that link up
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[13 February 2008]
back in hangzhou!
 

my big nose — part II [blog comment]

[12 February 2008]
yeah but it's not the size of the nose that's intimidating.
 

in maggie's shoes for a day [blog]

[12 February 2008]
 

my big nose — part II [blog]

[12 February 2008]
 

busan [blog]

[12 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[11 February 2008]
leaving busan tonight. too quick
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[10 February 2008]
no internet?! i hope you saved a village of small children in exchange for sacrificing internet.
 

karaoke [blog]

[09 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[08 February 2008]
korea has 3g, so my iPhone (and blackberry) don't work. i'll miss you guys, but i'll be back soon!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 February 2008]
couldnt have said it better myself! yay spike!
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[07 February 2008]
going to korea tomorrow!
 

best flickr group ever [link]

[06 February 2008]
because microsoft is trying to buy yahoo, and thus, flickr
 

reelin' in the year (of the rat) [blog]

[06 February 2008]
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 February 2008]
春节快乐!chun jie kuai le! (happy chinese new year!)
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[06 February 2008]
zing.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 February 2008]
this morning i found an orange on my kitchen table. i have no idea how it got there.
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[05 February 2008]
agreed
 

THE Lowly Peon [ellipsis]

[04 February 2008]
i hate microsoft. i just drafted a super long email to my boss, and when i hit send, i was logged out (took me too long). so now i need to rewrite.
 

a true geek romantic [link]

[04 February 2008]