Gray Flannel Dwarf

9/19/2007

Fonts not of youth.

Joe Clark has an amazing (and somewhat pointed) paper on the quality, or lack thereof, concerning the typeface usage and decay in the TTC stations across Toronto.

He makes a lot of terrific points. I had to read it fairly carefully, however, because from my thousand-foot perspective, it was too easy to get lost in all the photos, remembering the time I had/have spent in them. Makes me miss the city more.


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9/12/2007

Goodbye KDE, hello Xfce

Well, the love affair with KDE was torrid, full of passion, but it was short-lived, and in the end, wasn’t meant to be.

I liked it… and still kind of do… but it was like, I dunno… too much whipped cream on your pumpkin pie? Too rich an environment, Too many menu items, even when I slimmed stuff down, just… “Too.

Also, I got annoyed at how often I would end up inadvertently closing an applet by right-clicking too fast or something, and having KDE think I wanted to close it. Little thing I guess, but it started to rub at me.

So anyway, I decided to check out Xfce, and I think I really have found what I’m looking for (cue Bono). Zippy as hell and has the right balance of customisation without all the confusion. After the initial hiccups of trying to get functional menus — although I still haven’t found a way to make them autopopulate and I don’t think such a feature yet exists — I was up and running.

There are still a few glitches. I run several Gnome applets and the occasional KDE applet still, and the KDE applets will, on occasion, end up in the corner of my screen versus the system tray when I restart the a session. Oh, and I had to build xfce4-smartpm-plugin from scratch since it doesn’t (yet?) seem to be available in Fedora. Also, the menu editor won’t allow me to move a launcher outside its current grouping to another. For example, I’ve got a few things that are, to me anyway, miscategorized. I can’t move something from, say, “Accessories” to “System”. without just rewriting an entry from scratch.

Overall, however, I think Xfce is the way to go, especially if you want something that’s lightweight. My system isn’t particularly slow at all, but Xfce feels a lot more responsive; I can only imagine the improvement on a slower system. In fact, I know it’s better — my first stab at Xfce was on a vmware image, now that I think about it, a decision which was specifically made due to the nature of the beast.


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The Ukrainians were ahead of the game –ew…?

So, a couple of years ago there was a story flying around the web about this grand new confection in the Ukraine, chocolate-covered salo (pig fat). The link supplied here is from 2004, but I am sure I had seen something similar earlier than that.

Now, consider the boutique chocolatier, Vosges Haut Chocolat has some interesting products in the past, some truffles that are most fascinating. Odd as some of these sound, they are apparently pretty tasty, as they got the approval from the members of my family who received them as a gift a few Christmases ago.

But… well, I guess you know where I’m going with this.

Yes, Vosges is now featuring Mo’s Bacon Bar.

Now, one part of me really wants to trust Vosges on this. I mean, they generally get rave reviews, and they’ve had some other things in the past (beyond their overpriced designer fashion products, anyway) which looked downright terrific. Furthermore, I’ve got a pretty open mind when it comes to food, and I’ve tried a lot of apparently odd delicacies in the past. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like chocolate… or (yum) applewood-cured bacon?

But this… well, quite frankly, it kind of scares me… although after initially revolting me, I’m now kind of curious. It might be an interesting experience, but I’m not sure that I’m quite ready to fork over the $7.00 on it.

I guess I’ll have to put it on my boxedup.com wishlist.


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9/10/2007

Muerte Las Vegas, Britney

I don’t much follow pop music, much less do I pay attention to MTV, but this footage and ensuing commentary about Britney Spears is fairly amusing.

That said, there’s something oddly fitting for this whole thing to have taken place in Las Vegas. I think it’s because, at this point, we can’t possibly be far from the fat and bloated, dead-on-a-toilet ElvisBritney.


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9/6/2007

Once a moron, always a moron

It’s things like this that really make me happy to have moved out of Northern Virginia and specifically, the region of Loudoun County in Eugene Delgaudio‘s jurisdiction.

This, for example, really takes the cake. New mandatory bicycle helmet law passes for kids under the age of 15. Great news! One would think that this would be a unanimous vote — politicians especially love to vote on things which appear to have the safety of their constituents in mind! It’s win-win!

And then you have people like Eugene Delgaudio.

The board voted 6-1-1-1 to establish the ordinance, with Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) voting against the measure, Supervisor Stephen J. Snow (R-Dulles) abstaining and Supervisor Mick Staton (R-Sugarland Run) absent for the vote.

Of course, Delgaudio is nothing, if not a cranky old jingoist:

One candidate who has sponsored measures to prevent illegal immigrants from residing in Loudoun County roused boos from the crowd. Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) delivered his speech by yelling into the microphone.

“I pledge allegiance to the United States of America, do you?” he asked.

Eugene Delgaudio, along with his politics his politics, is totally out of step with the region.. I can’t believe he got re-elected almost four years ago, and I hope someone finally steps in and wipes his smug face off the face of the Loudoun BOS. That said, I don’t have a lot of faith in the people of Northern Virginia anymore, either.

9/5/2007

No you can’t have a job. Not Yours.

Well, looks like someone already beat the rest of us to it in noting CNN’s (well, actually CareerBuilder.com’s) faux pas in their article about…. well, resume faux pas.

Not too cool or swift of either the network or the job site, although their point still stands. If I were them though, I woulda just changed the email… to “furrygoth123″ or something.

Then again, in the internet age, fame comes and goes in fleeting moments. If I were the victim of this one, I’d be trying to cash in on the notoriety.


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I guess the asylums are in Cary

Got this resulting gem of a targeted text ad from Google.


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9/4/2007

Congrats Appstate

I’m not a huge college football fan, but I do like a good David vs. Goliath tale. As such…

michigan = bo0n3d.


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