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Posted on September 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Meg has me pegged

Some time last year, my wife’s two daughters observed me retrieving a can of walnuts from a kitchen shelf. About 15-20 minutes later, I was presented with a piece of paper with drawings by the eldest. The drawings depicted me taking the can and eating some of the contents. I was branded as a walnut […]

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Why you need to stop complaining about Facebook’s redesign (hint: it’s a big improvement)

Absolutely true story: an acquaintance of mine was in a water cooler conversation and overheard someone comment that Facebook had undergone a new round of changes. His immediate response: “I HATE when Facebook does that! They change just because they can and won’t leave alone something that isn’t broken.” He was quick to bash Facebook […]

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

The forecast: mostly cloudy

I am really excited about Apple’s new iCloud service, and insanely impressed that it’ll be free. It’s perfect for me because the ability to synchronize my calendars and contacts instantly across my devices is the only part of the now-defunct MobileMe that I cared for. I had other solutions that mirrored the rest of MobileMe’s […]

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Constant conundrums

If you’re one to glance at cutesy sayings that float around social media, you’ve probably seen this one: All generalizations are false, including this one. It’s actually a very insightful statement. Each of us—myself included—would be well advised to keep ourselves in check about making too many generalizations. And while we’re at it, consider a […]

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 11:28 am

Not all iPhone autocorrect stories are embarrassing

This morning, my wife texted a picture to me of her youngest daughter. It was adorable. I went to text back “awwww,” but the autocorrect feature on my iPhone wanted to change it to “sweeter.” Odd replacement suggestion. For some bizarre reason, I don’t generally tap the suggestion to clear it. Various forms of retyping […]

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Companion Language

I’ll say right up front that I have an inclination to be politically correct in my actions and speech. I think it’s important to be sensitive to other people’s feelings and experiences. But I’ll also say I have the inclination to believe that people (Americans, in particular) take political correctness MUCH too far. It’s one […]

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Is Lee going to buy an iPad 2?

I’ll get asked this plenty of times, so I’ll just answer pre-emptively. I’m not saying I would turn it down if someone handed me one and said, “This is for you.” But for myself, no, I’m not planning on picking up an iPad 2. There, I said it. Unlike the iPhone 4 which brought significantly […]

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Tyche is really far out

This afternoon, I caught a news item about a possible new giant planet orbiting our sun, and that the reason no one had ever really seen it before is because of how far away it orbits. This article from The Independent has a link to a PDF which tries to visualize its distance, but doesn’t […]

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I Dreamed a Dream

I don’t commonly have dreams that are vivid enough for me to remember when I wake up, so I’m thinking from now on, when I do remember them, I want to describe them for future giggles. I’m entering Disney’s Magic Kingdom park, except it’s different. For some reason, the entire front section (Main Street USA […]

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Bright House needs to reverse one of the HD viewing modes

Bright House HD cable boxes have a button that toggles three viewing modes. Normal, zoom, and stretch. Zoom mode is helpful when a station broadcasting 4:3 shows widescreen content in letterboxed format. I can zoom it to fill my 16:9 screen. Stretch mode, however, is stupid. Its purpose would be to make widescreen content squeezed […]