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2016

Thank you Kin Lane, API Evangelist!

Over the past five years, I’ve been privileged to be part of an amazing community of technologists sharing one thing ...

2015

Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" Podcast

I got an excellent podcast recommendation from a coworker and I have to pass it on. Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History” s...

Every Day Carry

Time to out myself. I’ve recently been fascinated by the “EDC community” (no, it is not an offshoot of the “seduction...

2014

Fear and Self-Loathing in the Blogosphere

Remember back when blogs were new and cool and you’d post everything you did, even if it was a mildly-embarassing fai...

2011

Hood River to Toppenish

Join me at Civic Hack Day Baltimore

Now that the Socrata-powered OpenBaltimore is officially launched, I’m excited to be joining the gang from Tropo on S...

One Vim Server to Rule Them All

Or to rule your Mac OS X spaces, at least.I’ve always hated the “vim cruft” that tends to accumulate on one’s machine...

Forwarding HTTP via SSH tunnels for local development

I spent far too long trying to figure this out myself, so hopefully this will help somebody else.There are a ton of a...

2010

And your little dog too...

As is traditional every couple of years, I’ve grown sick of my old blog template and created a new one. Except this t...

Here, let me hold that for you...

~Just a few shots from a wedding I attended this weekend.

Instapaper + Amazon Kindle = A Perfect Combo

This post should only be interesting to you if you’re one of those people who reads things on the Internet.Instapaper...

Getting backspace to work with the Snow Leopard Terminal and remote Linux boxes

This is mostly just a note for myself, since I always seem to forget it when I set up a new OSX machine.When SSH’ed i...

Epic powder skiing in... Pittsburgh?!

Forwarded to me by another ex-burgher:Epic. I love the “first descent” of Mt. Washington. Makes me wish just a little...

2009

chrismetcalf.net... On your iPhone

Today I discovered and set up MobilePress, a great WordPress plugin that allows you to set custom themes for mobile b...

2009 New Years Resolutions

Worry less Play more Lose 20 pounds (and help my cat lose three) Climb Mt. Rainier ...

2008

Happy Holidays

Happy (belated) Holidays to all of you. I hope you got to spend some quality time with family and friends.See you nex...

Quick Hack - "Duh!" Simple Text Preprocessing

Lately I’ve been working on a pretty hefty spec for work (hint hint… it’s a REST API spec). I like writing my specs i...

Salvage Project - Theater Seating

By popular request, I thought I’d write this one up. It’s a quickie.A month or two ago, I was lucky enough to spot a ...

Happy (Belated) Birthday to Me

Apparently I was too busy to even mark the passing of my own birthday.Monday was the big-two-seven for me. My god I’m...

Great customer service is - Closing your accounts fairly

For the last two years, I was a BlackBerry user and a T-Mobile customer. As a whole, I was very happy with their serv...

Quick Tip - GMail IMAP Folders in iPhone Mail

I’ve discovered (quite accidentally) that if you put backslashes (“/”) in your GMail label names, iPhone Mail interpe...

WordPress for the iPhone

Just trying out the WordPress iPhone app (from the bus no less).A deeper iPhone review is on it’s way - I’m still try...

Site update - New WordPress theme

Since I was just about sick of my old blog theme, I spent some time this weekend and worked up a new one.It’s heavily...

Digital Picture Frame Resurrected

Once upon a time, I built a digital picture frame out of on old Thinkpad laptop I was given by my father. He even hel...

10-Minute Projects - Hidden desktop cord holder

Yes, I’m back from hiding with another empty promise to blog more often. :)This one is a pretty simple and “obvious” ...

Goodbye Amazon, Hello blist

After 2 years, 7 months, and 7 days at Amazon.com, I’ve decided to make a major career change.May 16th was my last da...

Pink Elephant

DIY Flash "Snoot"

This one has been done a million times before, but I figured I’d write it up anyway. I also seem to have ended up bei...

Radio Silence

Yeah yeah, I suck at blogging.I have a few posts queued up about projects I’ve been working on lately, and I’ll be po...

Homebrew - "Angry Scottsman" Scottish Ale

A few weeks ago I finished my latest batch of beer, this time a nice Scottish Ale.The results were quite good, and th...

DIY Tripod Leg Pads

This one’s a pretty short one. I wanted some tripod leg pads for the Gitzo Basalt Reporter tripod I picked up used (a...

A Disclaimer

The opinions expressed here are my own, and not that of Socrata, Inc. Content published here is not read or approved ...

Contact Me

Although I read every email that I get, I can’t promise I’ll respond promptly or even at all. Especially if you’re a ...

IKEA Hacks - Maker Cabinet

Every “maker” (crafty person who makes stuff, in the sense of “Make” magazine) needs a good place to store their supp...

With this screwdriver bit set... I can take apart the universe

Seriously, the last screwdriver bit set you will ever need. I’ve been looking for one of these for a long time. Besid...

Great Stuff - Wind Jammer Caulk-in-a-Can

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30, and you live in a place like Seattle, there’s a good chance you live in an o...

2007

Told You So!

For months, whenever I’ve gone to see a show at Belltown’s venerable music venue The Crocodile Cafe, I’ve looked arou...

Happy Halloween!

Yes, I carved an Apple logo into a pumpkin. I am that big of a nerd.

48 Hours of Leopard

Well, I’ve been playing with MacOSX Leopard for just about 48 hours now, and I have to say that the experience has be...

Arduino Hacks - Using the built-in LED's and button on the LadyAda ProtoShield

This week I finally received my Arduino Starter Pack from Adafruit. The Arduino is an awesome, Open Source, easy to u...

Beer Review - Deschutes "Hop Trip" Pale Ale

I’ve been building up a good collection of awesome local micro-brews to try out, so I’m going to make a regular featu...

Plumb Away - A good excuse to clean your bathroom

So, I thought I was really bright a few days ago at Fred Meyer, picking up supplies to fix stuff around my apartment....

Goodbye Friendster! Goodbye Orkut! Goodbye (Soonish) Myspace!

Just about anybody who spends any time on the web has to admit that there are way too many social networking sites. Y...

Bumbershoot Day 1 - The Shins

Weeks later, I’ve finally started going through the nearly 1000 pictures I took at Bumbershoot, Seattle’s annual thre...

Woot Wine Hacks

Woot Wine ships their wine packages with these frozen “ketchup packets” full of water in them to keep the wines cool ...

Happy Birthday to Me

Today’s my 26th birthday. Am I old yet?Well, old or not, I’m off to Bumbershoot to celebrate.

IKEA Hacks - Corner Wall Unit

I’m mostly posting this for the benefit of the folks on the IKEA Hacker blog because they’ll probably get a good kick...

Making Messenger Bags - The "Beta"

Most people who know me well know that I’m a bit of a bag whore. I seem to accumulate them. Special purpose bags main...

Flat Tire

On the way home from the bar last night I accidentally stepped in a pothole. No big deal, right? Well, that caused a ...

How-To - Repairing Faulty Headphones

Welcome Lifehackers! Looks like another one of my posts has been lucky enough to be featured on Lifehacker! Very cool...

Not Dead, New Photo Sets

As happens way too often, a month has passed and I haven’t blogged.But I’m still around, and today I spent some time ...

Shameless Promotion

Yes… chrismetcalf.net has gone corporate.Well not quite, but close. Given the fact that I’ve been running various web...

Moving to Dreamhost

I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I just don’t have the time or energy to manage my own dedicated host. I don’...

Mini-Review - BlackBerry 8800

A few weeks ago I picked up a BlackBerry 8800 from a friend who’d ended up with a surplus of them after a few lucky a...

Site Updates

I couldn’t sleep tonight so I made a bunch of improvements to my blog:* Switched from using Ultimate Tag Warrior for ...

How-To - Dirt Cheap Wall-Sized Whiteboards

Update^3: Somewhere between Wordpress, TextMate, and the Markdown plugin, my post got corrupted and ended up in mixed...

Boston

Recent photos from my trip to Boston.

Ack! Makezine-Dotted!

So it appears that my post about home-built speaker stands has been featured on Make Magazine’s blog. The sudden inru...

How-To - Dirt-Cheap Speaker Stands

Update: Hello Makers! Sorry about the brief outage earlier. This post has been featured in Make Magazine’s blog and t...

Thrift

Facebook, the social networking site, has released a critical piece of their infrastructure, code-named “Thrift” as O...

First Batch - Results

I know, I know. I’ve been bad about blogging more updates on how my homebrewing attempts have panned out.Well, I was ...

Awesome Find - "Sailing" Category in Netflix

Browsing through Netflix this morning I made an awesome find:Under “Special Interest” of all places, Netflix has an ...

Google Launches "GMail Paper"

I just signed into my GMail and saw this announcement about Google’s new “GMail Paper” service:Intriguing:Is it free?...

The Kegulator

I love the Internet. Why didn’t they have this when I was in college?I don’t normally review other websites on here, ...

First Batch

For months I’ve been talking about brewing my own beer. I bought my brewpot, I started making up beer names, deciding...

About Me

Hello.This is chrismetcalf.net, and I’m, obviously, Chris Metcalf. Here I blog about my life, technology, making stuf...

Googe!

Happy Valentines Day…Apparently I’m not the only one that finds that funny…

Review - Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

I didn’t plan on doing another beer review so quickly, but this beer has been a dream of mine for quite some time, so...

Review - Full Sail "LTD" Limited Edition Lager

I have a confession to make…I’m a beer snob. I’ve never been a big fan of lagers. Generally I’ve found that most of t...

The Problem with Feeds

I’m sure somebody has to have bitched about this before, it has to be a common complaint.I recently switched from usi...

Hiccup!

I’m upgrading to Wordpress 2.1, so there may be some issues in the meantime. Stick with me…Update: I’ve fixed the per...

Hello Boss

So I’ve discovered a new delicacy - Asian canned coffees.Across the street from my office is the Seattle branch of Uw...

New Year, New Apartment

For some reason I thought I’d share a few pictures I posted to Flickr of my new apartment.I’ve spent the last couple ...

Del.icio.us "Tagometer" Wordpress Widget

I don’t know if anybody else has already created one, but it seems almost too obvious and simple to not do it.I whipp...

2006

Comments Fixed

So it seems I broke my Wordpress template awhile ago and didn’t realize how easy it would be to fix it. I’d been putt...

When Geeks Go Skiing

Yes, some geeks do actually have active outdoor lifestyles.This past summer I snagged a Burton RED helmet off of Stee...

All Web 2.0 and shizit

So this evening, some friends and I went to check out the Ignite Seattle “unconference” up in Capitol Hill here in Se...

Woz

WozSteve Wozniak came by Amazon last week to promote his new autobiography and sign some books. I had him sign a book...

I didn't drown

I’ve just returned from my first Washington surfing adventure and, despite its best efforts, the ocean didn’t manage ...

Happy Birthday to Me

I’m officially a quarter-century old. Let me be the first to say thats “friggin old.”. That is all. Thank you.

Converting UltimateTagWarrior Tags to Lowercase

Just installed UltimateTagWarrior? Converted all your categories to tags? Dissappointed that your imported categories...

Spit Polish

I upgraded to Wordpress 2.0.4 tonight and decided that at the same time I might as well give my blog a bit of an “ove...

Motherfucking Snakes, Motherfucking Plane

Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing “Snakes on a Plane“… If you haven’t heard the buzz I must say it is the finest p...

Quicksilver/Adium Away Message Hack

Update: My script no longer works with newer versions of Adium, but brnrdbrk was kind enough to update it for 1.3.So ...

Whidbey Island Race Week

In case anybody noticed my extended absense, I was racing in Whidbey Island Race Week, an annual regatta on an island...

550 "Sender verify failed" error with Monit and Exim4

Maybe this will save somebody else some time, because I just spend about 3 hours banging my head against the wall on ...

It might surprise you, but I'm not a professional sysadmin

Yeah, that hurt. Well, everything seems to be working again…

lala - Whoa... this is cool

So a week or so ago I discovered lala. It may just be the simplest and best dotcom idea I’ve seen in a long time.I ha...

San Francisco Trip

Tendrils4th of July weekend I headed down to San Francisco to meet up with my friends and fellow cavemates for a pret...

ValleySchwag 3 - I'm honestly not that impressed

ValleySchwag 3I have to say I was pretty excited about ValleyShwag. As an avid shwag-hound and a self-declared Web 2....

Happy 4th of July

PatriotismI was worried that I’d miss the fireworks since I was flying back to Seattle from San Francisco around suns...

To Vancouver

Après-RaceThis weekend I’ll be heading up to Vancouver to race J/24’s in the WAVES regatta. I’ll be bringing my came...

A Quiet Walk

A Quiet WalkNothing new to report, just a pretty sunset…

Rum & Broke

I’ve been bouncing back and forth as to whether or not to actually bring light to this travesty by blogging about it,...

Move to New Host (Almost) Complete

Almost there… DNS seems to be updated ok, my databases and Apache configurations are migrated, and my email servers a...

Backfilling Old Photos to Flickr

Rainy-day FishingI’ve decided to depricate my photo gallery on chrismetcalf.net. From now on if you want to see my ne...

Not Dead / Moving to New Host

Post-regatta BeerYep, I’m not dead.JVDS is pissing me off so I think I’ll be attempting to move to a new host later t...

WTF is Tilt/Shift Photography

So after posting a few tiltshift fakes to my Flickr account, the most frequent response has been “Yeah, they look coo...

Fake Tiltshift Photography

Tiltshift Fake: Veterans MemorialI’m sure this is an over-used photoblog meme by now, but I just got around to actual...

Reading mailing lists via Bloglines

If you’re a competitive sailor, you can’t get much better news than what you’ll get every day from Scuttlebutt. The p...

Seattle Sun

Why being sick isn’t all that badEvery once in a while the clouds part and Seattle reminds you just why you live in t...

Why I didn't watch the State of the Union tonight

When I started this blog, it had heavy political leanings. I used it as a place to speak my mind about politics and c...

In memory of...

A week ago, Donna Blake, my godmother and the mother of my pseudo-little-sister, passed away after a hard battle with...

Upgrading to Wordpress 2.0

Over the next few hours you may see some hickups as I upgrade to Wordpress 2.o.Update: Well that wasn’t all that bad ...

Duh

Your Inner European is Irish!Sprited and boisterous!You drink everyone under the table. Who's Your Inner European?I c...

Apple Dashboard Ski Reports

Apple Dashboard Ski ReportsI upgraded to OSX 10.4.4 on my Powerbook today and discovered a great new Dashboard widget...

Seattle Downtown Library

Red RoomIf you’re coming to Seattle, or you live in Seattle and you haven’t been yet, you have to check out the Seatt...

Pioneer Square sketches me the heck out

My half-mile walk from where I work to where I have to catch my bus home at night takes me through Pioneer Square. Pi...

Happy New Year

Happy New YearOk so maybe its a bit late. I was too busy watching football and being tired yesterday to post.I hope y...

2005

Happy Holidays

I hope everybody is having a wonderful Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza/Long Weekend. I know I am.

New Toy

Self Portrait FisheyeEarlier this week I got an awesome new toy… A Peleng 3.5/8mm fisheye lens for my D100. You can t...

Las Vegas

The FlamingoI just wanted to point out a great new set (IMHO…) I put up on my Flickr account from my trip to Vegas th...

The World is Coming to an End

Yes. You heard me correctly. Its snowing in Seattle. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, go directly home and start ...

Java Makes You Stupid

Java developers! This is a call to action!Go pick up those dusty computer science “theory” books you decided to save ...

Comments are now unbroken

Well it appears that when I upgraded my version of WordPress recently, I also managed to break the comment form on my...

Find-A-Human

An awesome time-saving database forwarded to me by a friend:The IVR Cheat Sheet: This "QuickBase" from Intuit has ins...

Big Day

Today was kind of a big day for me, so I thought I’d mark it in my blog. Mostly for personal reasons, so I can look b...

Seattle & Amazon.com

So I held off on blogging for a week or two. Partially because I was busy/lazy, and partially because I was waiting t...

DARPA Grand Challenge

DARPA Grand ChallengeIt all comes down to today.Its 3:51AM. The handoff off the official route CD happens in about 10...

The Robot-Human War Has Begun

The Robot-Human War Has BegunToday I was the first casualty of the coming robot-human war. While watching one of the ...

DARPA Grand Challenge

Sandstorm at NQEI’m in Ontario, California right now with Carnegie Mellon’s “Red Team”. Currently we’re at the Nation...

Seattle

Seattle Space NeedleI suck at blogging…So yeah. If I haven’t kept you in the loop through other means, I moved to Sea...

Travel Tips - London

Since I received a lot of very helpful tips from friends before starting my trip, I’ve decided to archive some of my ...

No really, I am still alive...

Street SharkMy plan to blog my way through Europe really didn’t work out the way I’d originally planned. I have, howe...

Dublin

Etchells Irish ChampionshipAnother update. This past weekend I raced in the Etchels Irish Championship at Howth Yacht...

London, Day 3

Paper CranesThree days and I’m exhausted already. I’ve done most of the standard touristy London things… the British ...

Also...

Whenever I can get access to Internet cafes that allow me to plug in my camera, I’ll be posting pictures to my Flickr...

Gone for awhile

Gone for awhileIn about 3 hours I board a plane for London. I’m leaving for awhile to backpack through Europe.But don...

Done!

Yes. That there about sums it up. I’m done. Done with my Masters degree. Probably done with my college career for awh...

One of those days...

You know what sucks?Have you ever had one of those days when you realize that there are forces in the world that refu...

Port Huron - Mackinac Race

Like horses in their stablesThis past weekend I got the chance to go back to Michigan and race with some old (and new...

DNS Issues

For most of the day yesterday JVDS was having issues with its DNS servers so you probably wouldn’t have been able to ...

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Number 80Today I went over to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. I was volunteering at the Red Team booth but I also ...

Easy ACPI under Linux with "Hibernate"

For the longest time I avoided using ACPI for power management on my Thinkpad X31 (instead I stuck with APM) because ...

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Debian - Integrating applications installed in /opt using Debian "alternatives"

Some Debian developer will probably see this and yell at me for doing something very evil, but I find this trick qui...

Del.icio.us Plugin Possibly Broken

Well, it looks like the boys and girls at Del.icio.us may have made some changes to their RSS feeds that break my plu...

Lake Huron Doublehanded Challenge

Light AirWell, this past weekend I had the pleasure of racing in the Lake Huron Doublehanded Challenge with my father...

Flickr Pro

CompassWell, I finally took the leap and signed up for a Flickr Pro account. So expect to see me posting a lot more p...

Window Office

So since I haven’t been blogging, what have I been doing instead?Well, as usual, I’ve managed to find way too many th...

Top Gear

I just had to write a short post on my latest TV show addiction.Top Gear. I recently acquired the first season and I’...

Technical Difficulties

My ISP decided to move my host without telling me, so things will be weird today. As my new DNS setting propogate, va...

Concrete Canoe

Concrete CanoeI found an old concrete racing canoe in the bushes near campus.

Sky on Fire

Sky on FireWe had a nice big thunderstorm today in Pittsburgh, and just after the thunderheads moved by the sky opene...

Mini-HowTo - Installing Java on Debian Unstable

Every time I set up a new system I have to figure out how to do this again, so I decided to post instructions for my ...

Funny Hats

A Public Service Announcement

Make sure you check your pockets for MP3 players before you do your laundry. They really don’t like the spin cycle.

Vacation

Well, I had a hectic final two weeks of the semester followed by a my one week long “summer break.”I had planned to p...

Fundable.org

I thought I’d take a minute to plug my friend’s new startup, a project that I think has a lot of potential and that c...

The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats new EP, Dilaudid, is available for digital download in DRM-free AAC or MP3 format for about $5.72...

The Chris Metcalf Method

Apparently I’m a productivity guru now:"I really need to spend a day sitting down doing the Chris Metcalf lifehacks t...

New Album - CMU Carnival

I put up a few of the photos I took this weekend at Carnegie Mellon’s “Spring Carnival”

Automated PGP-encrypted MySQL backups

I’ve been bad. Until recently I haven’t been backing up my MySQL database. Bad things could have happened.Today I fin...

Mobile File Cabinet Hack - Folders

Mobile File Cabinet Hack: FoldersAnother Lifehack:I keep track of my projects and assignments for school using clear ...

Leap of faith

Well, after spending a little time learning about it, last night I made the jump from Debian Sid (“unstable”) to Ubun...

Lifehack - "Don't Forget This" Hook.

"Don't Forget This" Hook.Originally uploaded by krezel.Lately I've gotten into the GTD/43folders/Lifehacks craze an...

GtdWiki

I’m proud to announce the first “preview” release of GtdWiki.GtdWiki is a specially tweaked version of PhpWiki I’ve b...

Boxing Kangaroo

Testing the Flickr photo blog feature.

Whats in my bag?

Whats in my bag?Originally uploaded by krezel.The recent "Whats in your bag?" flickr tag caught my eye and I though...

New Album - Roberts Hall

Its a small album, but at least one photo is cool.

New Album - Duquesne Incline

Just some photos I took over winter break that I finally got around to putting up.

Upgraded to Wordpress 1.5

A few days ago I upgraded to the new WordPress 1.5. Very nice.Most of the changes you won’t be able to see since the ...

Holy Crap!

Mark Jen, the Google blogger who was just fired for blogging about his job, is a buddy of mine from high school and c...

TivoBlogging the State of the Union

I know everybody else will be doing it, but I figured I’d post some thoughts as well.The nice thing about doing this ...

Trackback Spam

Ok so I fix my problem with comment spam by forcing my commenters to jump through hoops with a captcha.Now they’ve re...

Del.icio.us Plugin for WordPress

The dynamic links on the left-hand-side of my blog are pulled dynamically from Del.icio.us. This makes it easy for me...

Take that, spammers!

After getting home from a trip I took with some friends to celebrate New Years, I discovered that I’d been absolutely...

2004

New Site Theme

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’ve completely redesigned my site. Sometimes you just need to change things up.If you ha...

Merry Christmas to All

… and to all a good night.

Words to live by

Ever notice that “liver” backwards without the “r” is “evil”?

Only in Detroit

I thought I’d relate a story about something that happened to me today that I don’t think you’d find it outside a cul...

My 8 points of fame

You may or may not have heard, but a few days ago the Mozilla Foundation ran a full page advertisement for Firefox 1....

Home for the Holidays

Class is done, finals are over, and I’m back home in Detroit.So hopefully I’ll be able to blog some more. We’ll see h...

More Gmail invites to give out

I’m probably asking for another title wave of invite requests, but I need to get rid of these things somehow.I just s...

Gmail not the first Gmail?

I was doing some googling looking for a Gmail applet for Gnome, and found the project page of the (probably dead) app...

Why do the rules only apply to us?

With the recent shooting of an injured insurgent in Iraq by an American marine, the usual shouts of American war crim...

Seattle

Well, I got back from Seattle this afternoon. It was a great trip. Amazon was awesome, Seattle was awesome, and I was...

On my way to Seattle

I’m on my way to Seattle right now. Well, not quite yet, but I’m sitting in Pittsburgh airport waiting to board. They...

Favorite Quote from "The Future of Ideas"

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thi...

San Francisco leaves denial behind, jumps directly to the "anger" stage

I finally found a reason why I don’t miss San Francisco:On November 3rd, those lovable San Franciscans decided to rem...

Michael Moore Confuses University of Michigan with Michigan State, Football with Soccer

From the message “17 Reasons Not to Slit your Wrists,” on Michael Moore’s email list, forwarded to me by a friend:7. ...

Other good post-election wrap-ups from the blog world

I did some surfing this afternoon (Thursdays are my easy day) and found some other good reflections on Tuesday’s elec...

Obligatory post-election reflection post

So it looks like Bush has won once again, and by better margins than I ever really expected. He just has to wrap up O...

Obligatory election day political post

Well, its that time of the year again. As a responsible blogger, I feel I’m supposed to post something deep and intel...

And the pathetic use of technology award goes to...

… Tim Russert for doing electoral college calculations by hand on a Tablet PC:Update: Engadget noticed too…

Internet Archeology

Today a friend and I decided to do some digging and see how far back we could find references to ourselves on the Int...

Foos

Turn on the blue light

(the beacon light on an emergency phone near Smith Hall)

John Stewart on Crossfire

I know I’m just feeding the blog frenzy on this one, but its too good not to highlight.John Stewart was on CNN Crossf...

Epox Bluetooth Mouse and Linux

Today I got a cool new toy:An Epox Bluetooth wireless mouse. Uber cool. And only $41 on Newegg.comI also found it qui...

Digital Picture Frame

Today I finally got around to work on something that I’ve wanted to get done for a long time…Pretty cool, eh? I final...

Food From Trucks

There’s something uniqe to Pittsburgh that I don’t think I’ve ever seen this big outside the Pittsburgh area…Food fro...

Free Microsoft Food

You might have heard that Bill Gates just donated 20 million dollars to the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Scienc...

A comic footnote

Did you know that Carnegie Mellon offers Bagpiping as a major?

Happy birthday to me (now get back to your friggin' homework)

Wow, almost a month since I last posted to this thing. I really shouldn’t let it slip this much anymore.Well, as of a...

Defcon 12 notes now online

I’ve dumped all my notes from Defcon 12 into my online wiki:How Do We Get The World To Use Message SecurityReal World...

I survived Las Vegas and Defcon12 and all I got was this stupid blog posting

Well, my trip to Las Vegas was successful. Although I didn’t cover the cost of my trip with my gambling winnings (the...

Braindead simple Bluetooth tricks

Jealous of the Mac-freaks and all the cool tricks they can do with their Bluetooth cellphones, like locking their com...

No more Gmail invites

Stop sending me requests for Gmail invites. I have no more invites, so no matter how many times you email me or how m...

WhoAt

James Byers, a sailing friend of mine who also happens to be quite the successful techie, tipped me off to his new st...

Remote control for Rhythmbox

Lately I’ve switched Linux music players from XMMS to the new upstart iTunes clone Rhythmbox. Rhythmbox has grown up ...

And I shall call her "Widget"...

James was the big winner in the name-my-cat sweepstakes with the suggestion of “Widget”. That one stuck. And even non...

Kitten Naming Conventions

I am now the owner of a beautiful little female kitten.But she has no name.So I’m looking for good names. Geeky names...

I saw it

Last night I went to see Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.Its a good thing Laura took me out for pizza & beer afte...

Free Gmail Invites

Just after my last Gmail posting, Google opened up so many new invites that now just about everyone that wants one ca...

GMail invite up for grabs

I just got a few more invites to Google Mail and I’ve decided to give one of them away to a lucky visitor.Leave a com...

You mean the media is liberal?

On my way to work this morning I was listening to NPR and they had a piece on a recent Pew study on the bias of membe...

Dead Bodies

So I just got a call from a pretty shaken up friend back in Detroit who just had to swerve around a dead body in the ...

New Apartment

Last week I finally moved into my new studio apartment. Its about what you’d expect for $875/mo with utilities near d...

The problem with snail mail...

Latency.Why, if I want to mail a letter to someone, do I have to mail it five days in advance, and I’m not even guara...

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

WordPress 1.2 is out!! WordPress 1.2 is out!!Now its time to upgrade…Update: Finished upgrading… Yayyyyyy…

Not dead

Somehow my friend Brandon and I managed to make it from Michigan to San Jose, California without killing ourselves. I...

Yay for wireless hotels

Well, I’m in Omaha, Nebraska, and the hotel we’re staying in has wireless.Other than that, there aren’t many redeemin...

I'm done.

I’m done. All that remains for me to do is to pick up my $60,000 diploma.I loved every second of it. I’ll miss Ann Ar...

GMail - First Impressons

So I’ve been using GMail for about a week now after getting set up with a beta account. I thought I’d spend a few min...

CMU

So I got to Pittsburgh this afternoon and spent a few hours walking around and exploring the university area. Very co...

For Rusty - 1988 - 2004

Today we had to say goodbye to a loyal friend.Today we had to put one of our family’s favorite pets to sleep. As he a...

Hot Abercrombie Hoax

If you’ve been watching Blogdex over the last few months, you’ve probably noticed that one person always seems to be ...

Michigan Sailing in the Michigan Daily

The UofM Sailing Team was featured in the “Sports Monday” edition of todays Michigan Daily:You may have seen him at t...

Google's "GMail" Beta

Clay Wood, an alumni from Eta Kappa Nu, was cool enough to hook me (and a bunch of other Michigan EECS kids) up with ...

New Nikon D100

Today I went home and picked up my new Nikon D100 digital SLR.A light bulb on a string of party lights hanging from t...

Least Unwired Campus

Intel just released their list of the most unwired college campuses…UofM didn’t even make the top 100. We’re being be...

Score one for RSS

I finally got around to setting up Feed on Feeds. Its a great server-side RSS aggregator. I’ve got it set up on my we...

Barsuk Records

While you’re at it, check out Barsuk Records. The Long Winters are on that label, along with a few other classics lik...

The Long Winters

I just got back from The Long Winters show at the Blind Pig.Awesome show. Very much worth the $10 cover, plus the $3 ...

IBM's "T-Rex"

SFGate.com has a fun article today on the 40th birthday of IBM’s System/360 mainframes.Mainframes came to be associat...

Whew.

Exhausted, sunburnt, and running on about 8 hours of sleep in the last 3 days. Feels like a regatta weekend.

No way...

I just finally noticed that The Long Winters are coming to the Blind Pig next week. Now I need to find somebody to go...

I'm retreating.

Remind me to never post comments on a blog with the word “Revolution” in the title.Ok guys, you win the battle, becau...

This is not an April Fools joke.

Can somebody please explain to me why my housemate is buying baby food?Update: If you’re wondering, the top one is “p...

Makes me sick.

I’m sure by now everybody’s heard about the killings in Fallujah.I’m just about sick of liberals saying we should get...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Daniel Adams finally hit the nail square on the head in todays Michigan Daily:When I heard that there was a new stude...

Air America Radio

Apparently Air America Radio launched today. Somehow the idea of listening to Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo all day...

What is a GMTB?

Hmm…Q: What is a GMTB?A: The short answer is "Gay Movable Type Blogger." This does not quite paint the full picture, ...

Beer

From the “Liquor Laws” section of the Guide to Living in Pittsburgh sent to me by the CMU Computer Science department...

Good day...

So its been a pretty good day. Beautiful weather, nice breeze, got out on the water for the first sailing team practi...

Yep, we're all screwed.

RIAA is coming after nine UofM students in their witch hunt for file swappers:Following numerous lawsuits against Int...

Lessons learned from "The Last Jihad"

So I finished The Last Jihad last night.I think there are a few important lessons we should all learn from the book: ...

Whoa... books are cool...

For the last 4 hours or so I’ve been doing something I haven’t taken the time to do for months… read a book.My father...

Ypsilanti? Cool?

Apparently the coolest thing about Ypsilanti, Michigan is that its not Ann Arbor…

Photo Blog

So I’ve set up a photo blog through some WordPress template hacking. Everything I photo blog ends up in the “PhotoBlo...

I was worried for a second...

If this political quiz had told me to vote for Kerry, I would have had to kill my friend.Fortunately, it told me to v...

I hate IE

I just thought I’d take a moment to once again talk about how much I hate Internet Explorer.If you’re going to create...

AT&T, I bid thee goodbye.

Deep breaths, Chris, deep breaths…So my Sony-Ericsson T68i is dying. Its less than a year old. Over the last 3 weeks ...

Apparently I'm not alone...

So I did a simple Google search and discovered a number of other people complaining about similar problems.Of signifi...

Construction Zone

We finally convince our landlord to fix our bathroom so it no longer drains into our kitchen, but that means we have ...

Kevin Mitnick talks about "Federal pound you in the ass prison"

I’m sorry if you don’t get the Office Space reference. Great movie, really…Over at thebroken.org, Kevin Rose has an i...

As a Libertarian, I'm still surprisingly pure...

So I just took the Libertarian Purity Test… and it appears I’m not nearly as libertarian as I thought…31-50 points: Y...

X31 Wiki

I’ve set up a wiki for the Linux on the Thinkpad X31 Mailing List.

My shingle has been hung

Well, I’ve decided its about time I start my own business. I’ve done some small jobs, done plenty of development for ...

Huh?!?

Yesterday SCO said they were going to pull out the war club again and sue two more companies.Today they announced the...

You didn't say anything controversial enough. Say something cool for the people at home.

Apparently 3 minutes worth of Bush-bashing by Kerry wasn’t enough for CBS, so they asked him to sum it all up in a so...

Irony.

Now that I’ve installed SpamAssassin sitewide to filter my mail here, I suddenly want to get as much spam as I can, j...

Interplanetary Networking

I just read a great article in AstroBiology Magazine about Dr. Vint Cerf (one of the original inventors of TCP/IP) an...

Random Linkage

A few random links on a random Saturday night: Slow motion coolness Fun with airport announcers God HATES Shrimp.You ...

Hah!

777.1. Beat that!

Social Networks

Driving back from Albion today I heard a great interview with Mark Newman on Michigan Public Radio’s Stateside progra...

Upgrade in process...

I'll be doing a major upgrade to a number of the services on my website, so if things stop working, its because I bro...

Grey Tuesday

Today is Grey Tuesday:DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z's the Black Album and the Beatles White Album, and cal...

Flash Mob Supercomputing

You’ve heard of flash mobs, right?Well in San Francisco on April 3rd, they’re taking it to the next level… Flash Mob ...

Photo page (kind of) themed

I spent a few minutes today and did a little bit of work to theme my photo page. Its not exactly beautiful, and of c...

Wierd Referrers

I keep getting referrals (clicked links from external sites) from “blog.johnkerry.com”. Its starting to wierd me out.

John Kerry campaign using referrer spamming

So about a week ago, I noticed something really funny showing up in my referrer logs. I kept getting referrer hits fr...

Everyone else is doing it, so I guess I will too

I finally went to World66 and made up a state travel map. Kind of reminds me of the map of stickers that my grandpare...

Ouch. Thats just a bit impersonal.

It appears that envelopes and rejection letters are too much of a chore for Berkeley:I regret to inform you that you ...

Fixed.

It appears that the wiki formatting in Internet Explorer is fixed now. It appears that IE, especially version 5, like...

Orkut Geographical Mapping

Recently I got into Orkut, Google’s take on social networking. Its a lot like Friendster with a few extra tricks unde...

Microsoft Code Comments

Kuro5hin has a great piece up showing some of the juciest comments from the leaked Windows 2000 code. Some of these q...

213 Things Skippy is No Longer Allowed to Do in the U.S. Army

This list is awesome. You really have to check it out: The 213 Things Skippy is No Longer Allowed to Do in the U.S. A...

Photos from my drive home

These have been up for awhile, but I decided that they were quite good so I’d highlight them in my blog anyways.My dr...

Ouch

— layout: posttitle: Ouch.author: Chris Metcalfdate: 2004/02/15slug: ouchcategory: generaltags: [ general ]—So its be...

Great anti-valentines day cards

If you've been through blogdex, you've probably seen these, but I'll post them anyways...

Resume, Bio Page Up

I've added my resume to my wiki, and added some information about the page to the about tab.

Look at me! Look at me! I've got a blog!

Yes, in fact, I do. I finally got my new design done and set up. I’ll probably be tweaking it forever or replacing it...