Jun 102008
 

The group workout is my favorite part. I love making movies with Justine.

A big thanks to the guys who were willing to be fun and silly on camera. They got adorably excited when they found out Micah designed the new comment system at Digg. Many of the guys in the video developed Tooble. They’re high school kids! Quite impressive. I didn’t try the app, as I have little interest in downloading shitty quality content off youtube. It would be cool if they could hook up rss subscription to it so you don’t have to individually pick each video. With all the rss converters out there you could make youtube feeds for any interest. Neat.

Feb 222008
 

The sexy Steve Sleeve

I love Timbuk2. Their bags are too sporty/casual for my everyday style, but I appreciate the fun colors and abundance of well-placed pockets. The Steve Sleeve makes me love them a little bit more.

Anyone who has the Air should definitely have this absurd accessory. I’m tempted to buy one–I could store my precious chicken hat in it, or an extra pair of socks, or really flat snacks (skor, laffy taffy, fruit leather, mmmmm).

Jan 212008
 

Here’s a little video from the Macworld floor. The new macbook air is mighty sexy. As soon as I touched it I wanted to buy it. Thinking it over, though, it’s not designed as a primary computer for people like me. Video processing on that thing would drive me crazy. Still, I can’t help but want it.

Nov 092007
 

The day that Leopard launched I had to run out at 6pm to get my hands on a copy. For those who haven’t upated, it’s probably not a bad idea to wait for them to work out the kinks. I had some issues because:

1. I recently replaced my 80g drive with a 120g, and it wasn’t partitioned correctly for Leopard. Since I didn’t have the patience to image my machine, I ended up doing a clean install. There went iLife.

2. After the clean install, the ops guy tried to install ilife 08, and it failed with a mysterious and completely unhelpful error. Thanks, apple. On a macbook pro, with a legit version of leopard, I can’t install a legit copy of ilife? Oh well, imovie 08 sucks anyway. Good thing I have a mac mini so I could use imovie 06 for a few videos.

3. Leopard broke flash upload. This made it really hard to upload to Jumpcut and Flickr. Fortunately, Adobe has since released an update (it’s in beta right now).

A few days after the clean install, the ops dude copied the image he still had from the hard drive replacement. I then installed Leopard again with no problems. Yay! Last step is to install ilife 08, just so I can try it.

Sep 062007
 

Or not. I don’t understand why there is so much anger around the price drop. Cars steeply drop in value as soon as one drives it off the lot. I’ve already paid for the phone. It’s a done deal, a sunk cost. I have not forgotten the horrible experiences of my v3 razr, and it was absolutely worth abandoning it for the iphone.

I’m very glad they dropped the price. It makes me uncomfortable when people ogle my phone–It reinforces the belief that iphones are status symbols. The more owners, the better. We can all be corporate consumer whores. Yay!

To cover their asses Apple’s going to give out $100 store credit to iphone early adopters. Yum.

Sep 062007
 

Or not. I don’t understand why there is so much anger around the price drop. Cars steeply drop in value as soon as one drives it off the lot. I’ve already paid for the phone. It’s a done deal, a sunk cost. I have not forgotten the horrible experiences of my v3 razr, and it was absolutely worth abandoning it for the iphone.

I’m very glad they dropped the price. It makes me uncomfortable when people ogle my phone–It reinforces the belief that iphones are status symbols. The more owners, the better. We can all be corporate consumer whores. Yay!

To cover their asses Apple’s going to give out $100 store credit to iphone early adopters. Yum.

Jun 102007
 

I’ve been wrestling with a difficult question lately: Should I try to get an iphone? Though my v3 razr is sleek and sexy (and red. I’m quite fond of red) the iphone is the new hotness. I have a feeling that many early adopters do not pay out of pocket for the latest gadgets–they can expense it as part of their job, or perhaps they are sufficiently connected to receive them gratis.

Advertising: it helps me decide

What is it about this toy that I find so hard to resist? Apple products are beautifully designed and I would expect no less of the iphone. The excitement of my peers reinforces my desire. Perhaps I need to remove myself from the geekfest in order to get a clearer perspective. The phone is just so very shiny.

I snobbishly look down on LV bags and comically expensive jeans. The label on my pants does not define who I am, and yet the labels on my gadgets do? Do they? No, I don’t think so but that’s what advertising is designed to make you believe. I’m loyal to brands that have proven results, though those slick commercials certainly don’t hurt. The real problem is that I’m a young, techy apple-product loving professional. Hello disposable income. After all, I am going to spend the money anyway on something that I don’t actually need.

The economics of it all
How much value does an iphone provide versus the value of some other product? Ignoring monthly cost (since I have to pay that anyway) alternative purchases include:

day trip to the wine country including massages, booze and food
tix to the black and white ball (which was, for whatever reason, not held this year)
welding class

Donating to charity is not an option since it’s already a line-item in my budget and therefore not a part of play-money. I have trouble assigning value to each item because utility changes over time and the function is not constant. One could argue that I don’t need to buy any of these things. I could contribute the money to something practical, like 401k. Yawn. There is so little fun in pragmatism. My rash and youthful mind knows that I will not make these impulse buys when I have those dreadful-sounding responsibilities. I ought to enjoy my freedom now.

Reality check
I don’t even know if I want to be that connected to the internet. Will people start to expect immediate response from me? I’ve watched my addict-friends start to twitch if they don’t check their email for 5 minutes. I’ve rolled my eyes when they stop conversation in order to verify a fact. I’ve been annoyed by slow walking as a direct result of furious keyboard punching. On the other hand GPS would be quite handy for someone with such a knack for getting lost.

After all this musing, I still don’t know what I want. I do not want to do nothing (that does not count as making a decision) and I do not want to half-attempt to procure an iphone and fail. Is anyone else having a similar dilemma?

May 102007
 

Tribeca has long finished, but I still wanted to share a few stories

Tardy
I arrived Wed eve so that I could document the opening party. The traffic was horrendous from the airport, so I was running late. I quickly get ready, rush out the door, hop into a cab, and… sit in more traffic. I am almost at the BMCC theater when I realize that I had left my cell at the hotel. With no way to meet up with my contact (who had my press pass) I turn around and go back. I burst into my room, madly looking for that little chunk of plastic and metal to which I am completely enslaved. It’s shiny red surface laughs at me as I scoop it up from the bathroom sink. I dash out of the room as I call my contact. Downstairs in the full lobby I head straight for the escalator at full speed–*smack!* It was me versus the glass pane and I lost. On top of that, the event is wrapping up, so there’s no need for me to go anymore. Waiting for the elevator I notice that the elevator-man is looking at me. “It’s one of those days,” I sigh. “I saw,” he says sympathetically.

Yummy apple
After some moping, dinner, and more moping I decide to go to the apple store. That’ll cheer me up. What’s more fun than the apple store? A 24/7 apple store! After my brilliant performance of Agorophobia I do some more dancing and singing on ustream (9 minutes in I sing What a Wonderful World, 26 mins I make funny faces, somewhere in there I sing grr’s song).
When I decide to stop streaming, several people come up to me to chat. *blahblahblah* Finally I walk back to the hotel around 3am. I manage to upload a bunch of video as I prepare for bed.