March 2011

[watch Travel baggie hack on YouTube; running time 3:01] Amazingly simple tip that has helped quell my (considerable) anxiety about arriving or departing without mission-critical dongles, USB cords and other electronic doodads when traveling. Required: the appropriately-sized zippy freezer bag for electronic crap an index card and writing device What you do: make list of […]

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Warning: while this essay is really about writing, it contains highly descriptive talk, and quite a bit of it, about poop. If you’re very sensitive to poop-talk, you may want to skip it. Plenty of other stuff for you to read on the interwebs! Back when I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and trying […]

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An end-of-weekly roundup collecting fffffive of the fffffoxiest things I fffffind stumbling around the web. More about the genesis here. Every dang Friday Round-Up here, you procrastinating slacker! RIP, o Volvo wagon! [Facebook-ed, via Rob Walker] What would happen if you took all the photos people took of landmarks and smooshed them together? It’s even cooler […]

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[Watch “Create your own ‘flix’ queue” on YouTube; running time 3:34] I’m a big fan of Netflix streaming video, but there are also other groovy things on the Internet that I might want to watch sometime, “sometime” being “later, not now while I’m busy trying to stop procrastinating with these other five things and get back […]

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There’s a moment in The Jerk that’s definitely not the funniest from that excellent Steve Martin film, but that’s stuck with me the longest. Navin Johnson, the lovable, Candide-like fool played by Martin, sits across from his beloved Marie in what is for him the scenario of his dreams: through a combination of optimism, hard work […]

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An end-of-weekly roundup collecting fffffive of the fffffoxiest things I fffffind stumbling around the web. More about the genesis here. Every dang Friday Round-Up here, you procrastinating slacker! This bit on the high-WASP diet is a shining example of why Lisa is one of my favorite writers on the interwebs. [Facebook-ed] Yes, George Carlin got off […]

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A few months ago, I had occasion to take an unusual and particularly interesting inventory of my life. I say “unusual” because as a chronic self-dev-junkie-(slash)-overthinker, my default setting is “taking inventory.” Taking Inventory is a sort of state of being, an always-on operation that provides a constant, low-level background hum.1 (Which, given this hearing […]

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An end-of-weekly roundup collecting fffffive of the fffffoxiest things I fffffind stumbling around the web. More about the genesis here. Every dang Friday Round-Up here, you procrastinating slacker! Ambient music + a live feed of the LAPD radio stream, an eerily perfect soundtrack for the postmodern age. [Facebook-ed, via Daniel Shriver] A charming and very, very […]

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A mostly monthly but certainly occasional round-up of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the hopper. For full credits and details, see this entry. Colleen of the future (stuff I’ll be doing) March L.A. Biznik Mixer at Jerry’s Famous [Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 16] , Fun, free, low-key networking plus great tips, tricks and ideas […]

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A good friend of mine has some issues with language. She is, by her own admission, a lousy speller. While her vocabulary houses more than a few five-dollar words, they’re as likely as not to turn up as malapropisms when hauled out. Her sentence construction can be choppy, her grammatical structure inelegant and her punctuation, […]

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