Mindersalbum Well, new to me at least. Been listening to The Minders (hit play in the bottom left corner), Tullycraft and I finally got the re-release of Jawbreaker's "Dear You" after having only Sluttering (May 4th) to go by for a few years now.

I also picked up the Exploding Hearts, which were a band I had only heard about because of a small article in Rolling Stone Magazine a while back. While picking through the racks at Amoeba I remembered the story and figured if they were good enough for Lookout! they were good enough for me. So I bought it and I'm not the least bit disappointed. They probably weren't the greatest band ever, but I'm pretty glad I have this album. It's good.

Traffic Gauge Holy crap. I am seriously ordering this.

One of the difficult things about leaving for work in the morning is making the choice between the 605 and the 405—as well as knowing if a slowdown is going to take 5 minutes or 30. If you drive in LA for any length of time you know there are phantom slowdowns that make you feel like you got ripped-off as there is no burning wreckage or dancing penguins at the end of it.

Having the ability to route around a problem on a map, either via surface streets or a different freeway, is much easier than trying to catch the traffic reports.

This is my kind of Mac site. MacGeekery is a site for more advanced Macintosh tips and hacks with a moderated submission policy. Partitioning the iPod turns out to be something I was looking for, and RAM Disks Made Easy was something I didn't even know I wanted to learn about.


Probably nitpicking, but I just noticed that when I mouse over the built-in Google search box in Safari I get a poorly worded (?) tool-tip.

A couple other people noticed it too. That seems like a pretty big bug to just miss.

I am currently in San Francisco visiting friends and waiting for my flight back on Tuesday. The bartender at the bar down the road noticed that my drivers license was expiring today (my birthday) and I realized that attempting to fly with an expired license was probably a bad idea. (Terrorist are notorious procrastinators. It's a fact.)

While waiting for my giant, bingo-like number to be called—G241—I had time to think about the last time I renewed my license. It was my birthday and I didn't have a house. I hadn't created FilePile. I hadn't written five years worth of code at work or solved five years worth of problems. I lived in the heart of LA and spent Sundays on the floor picking through the LA Times while I drank coffee.

I was 27 and had recently made a bit of money by cashing in some stock. Life was pretty good and I remember feeling like my future was still pretty wide open. Lot's of people were pretty optimistic.

Of course, life got even better. It keeps getting better. There's a bit of excitement when your number gets close...G237...G239...G240...

When I'm 37 and it's my birthday, and I've forgotten to renew my license again, I just know I'll be at the DMV, smiling at how fortunate I've been.

I saw the Pixies last night at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. It was hot but once the show started I forgot about the heat. Great show, great sound (when it was working), lots of nice people who really loved the Pixies, and a great Indian dinner afterward with friends.

Since the concert was above the UC campus we had to walk through the north end of it and I got to see parts of the campus I hadn't seen in nearly 13 years. It's definitely been cleaned up and buildings that had been hidden behind ivy have been landscaped and painted. It made me wish I had finished college.

That was quick. I switched back to NetNewsWire after just a few hours with it. Nice and light-weight, hooray Ranchero.

As a plus, because I own a license for NetNewsWire, Ranchero gave me a license for MarsEdit as well. This is my first test of that software.

Update: seemed to work okay. I like the integration with NNW and BBEdit, so I'll probably keep using this.

I was seriously addicted to Encyclopedia Brown stories when I was a kid. Someone brought up the books on a discussion board, and I was amazed that I could still remember the ending explanations.

"How can he know the knife was short if it was still buried in the watermelon?"

"He was punched in the chest yet he put his glasses on right after the bully ran away!"

"The happy baby is dancing on a hot car hood that was just driven for hours."

"The guitarist without pads on the tips of his fingers is the fake. Guitarists develop calluses on the tips of their fingers after years of playing."

Were you a fan, and can you still remember the endings?

Dropload Hits 55,000 users. That's a lot of people.

Jon has pretty much taken administration duties over there and added lots of neat features which I think has added to the growth. You can see the files you've dropped and are given the chance of resending the file in case it wasn't picked up by the receiver.

When I first came up with the idea for Dropload it was because I couldn't trade files with my friend Sean over AIM. The trick about coming up with web ideas is (I think)–when faced with something you can't do in your daily work–rather than solve the problem for yourself, solve it for others as well. But don't get bogged down in the implementation because you can architect the greatest Dropload web app of all time and very few will be able to use it or understand it or care.

RSS used to be like that until people were educated and the little orange XML buttons disappeared (or at least don't give you XML when you click them). PGP is definitely like that. I would very much like to solve the PGP problem because I think it's something people don't know they need. If there's an idea there, it'll present itself I think. Sorry to ramble.

I had been meaning to set up PGP for Mail.app for a while now. PGP is another one of those concepts that has always been out of reach of the average user. Only two people who regularly email me use PGP, and they're both programmers.