What’s Eating the 43? Sunday, Mar 11 2007 

It seems that Muni’s 43 line has been running a lot less frequently lately, while the 36 has been running a lot more frequently. The buses are supposed to come every 10 to 15 minutes, but lately it’s been more like every 45 minutes to an hour. I demand an explanation! Frankly, if this keeps up they deserve to be losing money.

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The F-Line: Form over Function Thursday, Feb 1 2007 

I rode the MUNI F-Line for the first time today. I’ve heard a bunch of people saying how great it was to have old streetcars running again, and keeping San Francisco history alive.

Now I love history, but there’s a reason these old streetcars went out of style: They just plain suck. If you’ve been stuck behind one before, you know what I mean. They run way too slowly for a downtown San Francisco street, much less the busiest street of them all (Market).

The fact that Market Street already has the MUNI Metro makes the line even more superfluous. This is what happens when people put form over function. The cars are nice to look at, but are simply not practical. Let’s leave them to the Embarcadero and off the busy downtown streets.

Yawn Tuesday, Jan 30 2007 

I don’t know if I’m alone here, but I’m not the least bit excited about Windows Vista. I saw Bill Gates’ interview on the Daly Show with Jon Stewart (“What does the F12 button do?”), and it really didn’t make me want to go out and buy Vista. Furthermore these rumors I hear of DRM are even more discouraging. What I’d really like is OS X.

I think I’ve lost hope in Microsoft. (Although IE7 isn’t completely terrible. On the other hand it did take about 5 years to fix IE6…)

Only in San Francisco Sunday, Jan 7 2007 

I don’t know if it’s still there, but a couple weeks ago there was a Gay.com Billboard (“Are you?”) on one side of the Bay Bridge on-ramp, and a billboard congratulating Nancy Pelosi on the other.*

I wonder how many conservatives’ heads burst into flames upon seeing that.

*Update: The billboard is no longer there.

Best of 2006, Predictions for 2007 Friday, Dec 29 2006 

As always, let’s look at how my predictions for last year fared (posted exactly one year ago):

  • AJAX is very popular now, and everyone seems comfortable with JavaScript.
  • “WordPress will continue its work towards a monopoly on blog software. Movable Type just sinks into the background, but around August tries to make a big comeback. I predict Six Apart will slash Typepad late in 2006.” 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.
  • I was right about not too much Terrorism I guess, from this west-coaster’s point of view. I sincerely hope that this “War on Terror” will be exposed for this sham it is by this time next year.

Music

While in Ireland I discovered some great music, including David Morales’ “Needin’ U”, and the Shapeshifter’s “Sensitivity” (featuring Chic, believe it or not). I also liked “Mas que Nada” by Sergio Mendes and the Black Eyed Peas, and “Somebody’s Watching Me” by the Beatfreakz.

People of the Year

2006 will be remembered by me as a very important year because of the discovery of 3 great composers: Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, and George Gershwin. These guys definitely shaped my year. They are the 3 people of the year for 2006. Maybe they didn’t affect you, but they did affect me, and gosh darn it this is my blog!

Top 5 Blogs of 2006

  1. Kottke.org
  2. The Education Wonks
  3. Decrepit Old Fool
  4. Stupid Evil Bastard
  5. Think Progress

This year pretty much rocked. I hope yours did too. Roll on 2007!

Car Alarms Saturday, Dec 16 2006 

I was walking out of Safeway this evening, and this car alarm kept going off. This one guy started swearing at it, then shortly after that it stopped. He turned to me and said “See what a little cussin’ does?” Then he proceeded to explain to me this idea he had for a commercial. A guy is sleeping during the day (because he works nights) and this car alarm keeps going off while he’s trying to sleep. He takes out a rocket launcher and fires a rocket at the car, then goes back to sleep.

I kinda like it, don’t you?

(P.S. I totally forgot, but as of Wednesday, December 13 I have been blogging for four years. Wow.)

One Year of Yahoo’d del.icio.us Saturday, Dec 9 2006 

Exactly one year ago today, one of my favourite websites and a mighty useful one, del.icio.us was purchased by Yahoo. What’s happened in the year since then?

Well, my early fears regarding this acquisition do not seem to have come true. When the deal was originally announced, I wrote “I’m 25% happy and 75% worried about this.” My worries obviously were a little overblown. My main concern was that Yahoo would consume del.icio.us and make it no longer an independent website, but a complete facet of Yahoo, much like Geocities. Now look at the front page. If you’d never heard of del.icio.us, could you tell it was owned by Yahoo?

I still use del.icio.us and am really happy it exists. Forget second-rate competitors. Long live del.icio.us!

On QuirksMode Monday, Nov 27 2006 

I like Peter-Paul Koch. Great guy. Wish there were more people with as much JavaScript and browser knowledge out there. But I simply can’t stand his new design of QuirksMode.

The old design was much, much better. Sure, it used frames but goddammit it worked! If he had maybe opted to use Server-Side includes instead of frames, or maybe some XMLHTTPRequest script thingy to load the menus for the subdivisions of his site, he could’ve kept his old design. If you’ve ever visited the old QuirksMode, you know what I mean. The old design was brilliant. Even the colour scheme was pretty good for a self-described non-designer.

The new serif-heavy design is just plain ugly compared to the old one. Can I at least get some Lucida Grande? I know asking PPK to change the design is a waste of my breath, but will you at least consider bringing all the fake browser quotes back? And maybe configuring your site so that I don’t have to type www.?

Please?

If Everybody Had… Saturday, Nov 18 2006 

For many years of my life, I always sang that line from Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys as “If everybody had a notion”. Today I learned it’s actually “if everybody had an ocean”. Surely I’m not the only person who has made this mistake!

There goes my prediction Tuesday, Oct 24 2006 

Before the World Series began, I said the Tigers would win in 5 games. Looks like I was wrong.

I was rooting for the Tigers, but I really don’t care; as long as I see some good baseball being played, I can’t complain. It’s not like any “curses” are being broken like two years ago.

That said, that wild pitch to 3rd base that went into the stands (allowing to Cards to score), that was most certainly not good baseball.

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