I should know better than to leave home without paper and a pencil

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately. I gave myself a deadline of today to finish an article I’ve been thinking of for a week and spent the whole day having writers block.
As soon as I walked out the door to pick up our Chinese takeout for the evening, 100 ideas came swarming into my head. In my Jeep was a pen, but I cleaned it over the weekend and there was not a scrap paper in sight.

The moral of the story is twofold:

  1. If you have writers block, a simple change of scenery can unblock you
  2. Never leave home without some 3×5 notecards in your car

Twitter Updates for 2009-03-06

  • At an RV show today #
  • “CBS Beams ‘Star Trek’ Episodes to iPhones”: http://bit.ly/11Hk04 (via @motionblur) in reply to motionblur #
  • There goes my sunday: http://www.2600online.com/ #
  • RT @whitelabelspace: China to Launch Space Station in 2010: http://tr.im/gU0q #
  • restless #
  • RT @tferriss: “Freedom” disables networking on a Mac for up to 8 hours. Get some real work done: http://ping.fm/uxJjE #
  • “Freedom” disables networking on a Mac for up to 8 hours. Get some real work done: http://ping.fm/uxJjE #
  • This thing is sweet: http://ping.fm/peek #
  • oh ping.fm how I love thee #
  • RT @tferriss From 21K followers – Best for selling downloadable anything, in descending order: http://www.e-junkie.com, http://www.clickbank.com,lulu.com #
  • RT @whitelabelspace: Brinley’s Rocket Manual for Amateurs: Captain Bertrand R. Brinley1960 book, Rocket Manu.. http://tr.im/gVK0 #
  • Brinley’s Rocket Manual for Amateurs: Captain Bertrand R. Brinley’s 1960 book, Rocket Manu.. http://tr.im/gVK0 #
  • Plea to #apple, please allow me to trial paid iPhone apps for 24 hours. I’m tired of paying you for crap that doesn’t do what I want. #
  • Plea to #apple, please allow me to trial paid iPhone apps for 24 hours. I’m tired of paying you for crap that doesn’t do what I want. #
  • RT @nealcampbell: Please vote for Cali http://islandreefjob.com/cali – She really wants this. You can vote once a day. THANKS! #
  • RT @CaliLewis: If you would like to see what would happen if GeekBrief.TV was shot on an island for 6 months: http://bit.ly/islandreef #
  • What is Linux, you ask? http://is.gd/bROq (via @linuxjournal) in reply to linuxjournal #
  • Building a time machine… Anyone know where I left my Delorean? #
  • RT @chrisod: Happy Square Root Day http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2009/03/02/wtf/doc49ac9848212a9432970656.txt #
  • RT @tedtalks: New from TED2009, Willie Smits shares a 20-year tale of hope: How we re-grew a rainforest http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/475 #
  • RT @jasonfried: Last quarter AIG lost $465,421 a minute. #
  • RT @ambermacarthur: 13-year-old boy playing Call of Duty without violating Geneva Conventions – great story – http://tinyurl.com/cu35sk #
  • RT @whitelabelspace: Michio Kaku: Is Time Travel Possible?: Is time travel possible? Physics of the Impossible http://tr.im/gXYs #
  • RT @linuxjournal: Playing Restricted Media When Using Ubuntu http://tinyurl.com/aufc4r #
  • New Imapenguin blog post: OSS Database in iPhone view http://ping.fm/7q2G6 #
  • Upgrading the firmware on my Blackberry, let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a brick. #
  • I may be dead. And in heaven: http://ping.fm/IZxvZ #
  • RT @whitelabelspace: NASA to launch Apollo 11 40th anniversary website soon: Neil Armstrong outside the LM Eag.. http://tr.im/h08m #
  • Ahh, new workstation installed with #debian and #xfce, hacker bliss…. #
  • RT @timlaytonsr: Linux Foundation takes on Linux.com http://tinyurl.com/c5t4vh #
  • I just discovered how useful the USB startup disk creator is in #ubuntu. Kudos to whoever wrote that. #
  • Trying to launch a new website this week, but having issues. Rather not push it to next week but it’s looking like I’ll have to. Bleh. #
  • RT @jasonfried: Sweet, now the FDIC needs a bailout: http://tinyurl.com/dgrftu #
  • RT @linuxjournal: Linux Journal Announces Contest with Prizes to Begin March 9 http://tinyurl.com/bwuucf #
  • Just added it up and I passed 20 miles in the pool for 2009 this morning. 100 miles in 2009 might even be doable. #
  • These 1/3 screen ads on #arstechnica and #wired are driving me nuts #
  • RT @whitelabelspace: Popular Mechanics: International Space Dominance: 7 Nations Launching the Next Space Race http://tr.im/h3fC #
  • No Mr Advertiser, I don’t want to be a fantasy fisherman. I want to be a real fisherman. Sheesh. #
  • Did I just read in more than one place that GM thinks it’s survival is in doubt? I’ve been doubting it’s survival for years… #
  • The floor of the stock market is around here somewhere. Crap, where did I put it? Stupid messy house. Don’t worry everyone, I’ll find it. #
  • RT @spacecom: China to choose new taikonauts, India aims for sun, Mars; Russia pursues space weapons – http://www.parabolicarc.com/ #
  • RT @whitelabelspace: Researchers develop flying WiFi robots for disaster relief: http://tr.im/h3Lb #
  • We’re Ready to Fly!: Kepler Mission is ready to go! That’s the word from NASA http://tr.im/h4bL (via @whitelabelspace) in reply to whitelabelspace #
  • Twitter search for everyone tonight http://tr.im/h4iI #
  • Make sure to follow @NASAKepler as it launches tonight. #
  • RT @mashable: Firefox Has Got a 100% Market Share…In Antarctica http://tinyurl.com/acw3y8 #
  • Illinois plutocrats are frakkin’ goofy http://ping.fm/kjJP8 #

A little perspective

Here’s a quote I overheard this week about the economy in the US:
“You have to close your laptop because you can’t stand to look at your retirement fund any more.”

Let’s think about this for a second. This one sentence is very indicative of many of the situations I hear people in. This sentence indicates a few things:

1. You have power in your house (ie, it’s warm)
2. You have internet connectivity
3. You have a portable supercomputer ON YOUR LAP that is connected to a global network of computers that allows unlimited communication with almost anyone in the world
4. We assume that if you have the 3 above, you have some sort of food.

For you, it’s not THAT bad. You’re smart. Really you are. DO SOMETHING. Invent something new. Start that novel you keep saying you’re going to write. Solve the world’s energy problems. Pick something and DO IT.

And while you’re at it. help your neighbor out, I know you know someone who has lost their job and might not eat tonight but would never tell anyone. That is a real problem.

Your retirement will bounce back. And if it doesn’t, you’re not starving, so keep that in mind.

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-27

  • I don’t often laugh out loud at stuff, but this is hilarious: http://tinyurl.com/aqp8ta #
  • The further south we travel today the nicer people get. I think we should move. #
  • coloring outside the lines #
  • Retweet @motionblur: Apple introduces Safari 4 beta: http://bit.ly/jteBY #
  • Looks like we’re going to have clear skies to observe Comet Lulin tonight. #
  • WhiteKnightTwo to Make World Debut at Oshkosh: http://tr.im/gK7P #
  • Shh, the recording light is on at Imapenguin. Can’t you see the red “On Air” light? Sheesh. #
  • RT @battamer: At least I got rid of my blackberry, they were becoming too popular. Thank God Android is Linux based, it’ll never be popular. #
  • RT @OnOrbit: Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project Progress Report: More Lunar Boulders http://tinyurl.com/df3nbr #
  • OmniWeb, OmniDazzle, OmniDiskSweeper, and OmniObjectMeter are now available as freeware: http://bit.ly/pq6A3 #
  • I love that I got excellent customer support from @linuxjournal via twitter. Kudos to those guys for “getting it”. #
  • Holy crap Safari 4 is fast #
  • Thank you @1Password for making a Safari 4 beta solution so quickly. I’m in love with both. #
  • RT @yatinsactivity: A fully functional 5 watt Linux server http://ff.im/-1delR #
  • RT @StephanieBamBam: hahaha get a shirt with your twitter profile: http://shirt.social-shirt.com/index.html #
  • RT @tferriss: Love this track – Ghostwriter by RJD2: http://ping.fm/6HUR5 Great for writing. #
  • BlobLive: I am continually surprised by how many venture ideas come after people backpack the world. (via @BrianReich) in reply to BrianReich #
  • RT @hotdogsladies: Hooters should do a Sadie Hawkins Day where chickens get to gnaw on fat guys while skanks pretend to like them. #
  • RT @Veronica: My idol, Mike “Dirty Jobs” Rowe, is on Twitter. Show the man some love! @mikeroweworks #
  • RT @delucajared: M$ sees Piracy & Linux as biggest threats “Ballmer: Linux Bigger Competitor than Apple” http://tinyurl.com/debyky #
  • Fighting with a clients #scalix server this morning #
  • “Carrying around an iPhone in Japan would make you look pretty lame.”: http://bit.ly/oqILw #

Netflix To Offer ‘Streaming Only” Plans

Netflix Inc Chief Financial Officer Barry McCarthy said on Wednesday it plans to offer its online streaming service on a stand-alone basis.
“We’re likely to do that in the foreseeable future,” McCarthy said at the Jefferies 5th annual Internet and Media conference in New York.

via Netflix To Offer ‘Streaming Only” Plans .

App turns iPhone into a credit card terminal – Springwise

As if phones didn’t already do enough, one of the latest mobile apps transforms iPhones and iPod Touches into portable charge card terminals. ProcessAway plugs into Authorize.net’s payment processing platform, allowing entrepreneurs to accept credit card payments anywhere they can access the internet.
via App turns iPhone into a credit card terminal – Springwise.

Some thoughts on Dollhouse

There is a new series on Fox called Dollhouse which I’ve been watching(at least the first two episodes).
An organization keeps programmable humans that you can have customized for any purpose and “rent” for a large fee for whatever you want.
The idea is pretty interesting.  As with most Sci Fi shows, the audience is expected to be largely male, so the main character, Echo, played by Eliza Dushku is overtly sexual.   Once the boobie fixation dies down, the premise of the show is potentially pretty interesting.  Each show has the opportunity to tell a completely different story, and then there is a long term tie in where the programmable people will almost certainly start remembering things.

The show has promise, and tying it to the timeslot after The Sarah Connor Cronicles may help it to survive. Since the audience that watches SCC at least likes the genre Dollhouse occupies.

Eliza is really going to have to work on her acting skills.  She is very girly, but in a part that requires her character to be both tough and sexual, her performance in the first two episodes comes off as a little immature.  This past week she played an outdoorsy type who gets hunted by the man who “rented” her.  Watching her run though heavy terrain in combat boots while flailing her arms awkwardly like a little girl actually made me laugh out loud.

This is painfully obvious partially since it follows Summer Glau’s performance as Cameron just minutes before Dollhouse is on.  Summer has this character nailed in most episodes, in no small part because it’s very similar to the character she played on Firefly: River Tam.  She appears distant, like a Ghost in a Machine, but still present somehow.

With Battlestar Galactica wrapping up, I’ll need to find my SciFi fix somewhere.  I’m not convinced with Dollhouse yet.

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-20

  • Retweet @motionblur: Google Chrome for Mac is on its way. Here’s the first screenshot: http://bit.ly/3Ezh8 #
  • 10 ways Microsoft’s Retail stores will differ from Apple stores. I like #3 and #5 best: http://tinyurl.com/brtan8 #
  • Anyone have any thoughts on the costco executive membership vs the gold star? #
  • Retweet @Veronica: New blog post: The Trilogy Meter http://tinyurl.com/c325ly #
  • Deleting a bunch of stuff from Facebook. Their new Terms of Service suck and I’m not playing along. #
  • I’m loving TweetDeck. It’s replaced twitteriffic. I wish there was something like this for iPhone or blackberry. #
  • just reading that the Palm WebOS is going to support XMPP out of the box. This is huge for multiplayer games. #
  • The 100 requests per hour limit business on twitter is irritating me at the moment. #
  • Checking out Virb: http://virb.com #
  • Retweet @nealcampbell: ScreenFlow 1.5 looks pretty awesome: http://tinyurl.com/5lbvdu #
  • Retweet @OnOrbit: Oil Prospecting From Space http://tinyurl.com/b7qmrf #
  • looking for a breakthrough #

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-13

  • Having fun outsourcing, who woulda thunkit #
  • Anyone know if the Kindle 2 has native PDF support? #
  • Installing google sync: http://www.google.com/mobile/default/sync.html #
  • Full moon tonight. Remember to load your favorite weapon with silver bullets just in case. #
  • Move over Mozy, Sugarsync is here: http://www.sugarsync.com/ #
  • The Kindle and the End of the End of History: http://tinyurl.com/br85an #
  • Favre announced he’s retiring. Again. Again. Again. I’m not watching him cry this time. Again. Again. #
  • I’m spending a lot of time on skype doing overseas calls. I wonder how much money that’s saving me. Quite a bit methinks. #
  • Phew, finally got those TPS reports done. Crap. I forgot the new coversheet. Where’s the memo on that anyway? #