Archive for October, 2005

Edna C. Shalala

Monday, October 31st, 2005

is the greatest name I’ve ever seen printed on the side of a building.

Good Design: Vonster.com

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Vonster.com is one of the best illustration sites I’ve seen. It’s treated in much the same way as Von’s illustrations, colorful, concise, and fun. The use of Flash is subtle and well executed. The most important information is presented above the fold; the purpose of the site, information about the creator, and a newsletter signup. […]

Poor Design: Diesel Online

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Diesel makes the best shoes I’ve ever owned. I bought my second pair this weekend, because my white pair went grey the way white shoes are prone to. I’ve never put anything more comfortable on my feet, and they’re surprisingly durable. I put my old pair through all kinds of weather, and they show little […]

Today’s post brought to you by the letter C.

Monday, October 24th, 2005

What goes around comes around, but what if it never came around to begin with? I realize my blog has a bit of a negative spin to it. I guess I just feel more empassioned to vent rather than praise. However, I’ve never offered criticism where criticism wasn’t due. One might say that’s subjective, but […]

Vehicles and anonymity

Friday, October 21st, 2005

What is it about cars that make people behave the way they do? I’m not just talking about the people who pick their noses or check their teeth for lipstick, I’m sort of talking about road rage. I don’t mean the kind of road rage where people pull guns out, I’m talking about people who […]

Site Problems

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

If you’ve experienced any trouble with my blog today, that’s because I somehow managed to break it. I was messing around with mint, and screwed something up apparently. All should be fixed now after a few reinstalls, so I do apologize if this has created any problems for anyone. I would like to thank J […]

Xiu Xiu: La Forêt

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

When I heard these guys’ gear was stolen, I thought to myself “What, you can’t go out and buy some more pots and pans?” The first time I saw Xiu Xiu was at More Than Music in 2001, and their erm, percussionist, had a rack with pots and pans strung from it. Yeah, pots and […]

Heyyyyy You Guuuuuuuuuuuys is it just me…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

…or were Sloth and the guy from Modest Mouse separated at birth?

Apple I Hate You or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mac

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

››Your computers are ridiculously overpriced, anyone beyond your power users are paying for an accessory they saw in Vice that might look cute next to their Vespa. ››People that swear by you cannot give me one good reason why I should use a Mac instead of a PC, and yes I know the reasons, but […]

Cat Power: Oberlin College, Chan manages to frighten even a school full of hippies.

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Scores of shaggy haired students packed Oberlin’s Dionysus club, while patchouli scented lines of the ticketless overflowed out the doors. An hour late, a glassy eyed Chan Marshall plops herself down onstage, and proceeds to stare into space for the greater part of five minutes. She lazily instructs the crowd to sit before strumming a […]

Poor Design: Oberlin College

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

What is the objective of a college or university website? Is it to get applicants, is it to get alumni money, or is it simply to tell people about the school? With Oberlin’s site, I’m not really sure, which can only mean they aren’t either. I wasn’t visiting Oberlin’s site for academic purposes. Oberlin happens […]

Two Sites that suck but shouldn’t

Monday, October 10th, 2005

1. Last week Google launched it’s own feed reader. The reader is integrated with gmail, so I was really excited to be able to check all my feeds from any computer, in Google’s no-clutter format. Unfortunately, I can’t get the damn thing to work. I’ve tried adding feeds several different ways, and usually I just […]

Keep your big fat mouth shut

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Does anyone even watch The Apprentice before auditioning for the show? All signs point to no, as Shawn got a boot this week she could’ve easily avoided. She declared she would willingly go home if her team lost the task. Yeah, I bet you regret that one now Shawn. Is this the face of confidence? […]

iTunes + Amazon Affiliates + WordPress

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Someone please make a plugin that takes whatever I’m currently listening to in iTunes (or even Audioscrobbler), and displays an album thumbnail with my Amazon Affiliate link, without me having to go to Amazon and generate the URL myself. I know this must be possible, however I don’t have enough PHP under my belt to […]

CMS

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Can anyone refer me to a CMS that allows you to create templates or stylesheets for the admin area? (Besides WordPress.) I tried to email Mambo about it, but got an automated reply saying they don’t answer support questions via email and to try the forums. You have to register to post to the forum, […]