On New Year’s Eve, Morah and I had dinner at Fugazzi, I really classy restaurant in downtown Spokane. The food was good, but the wine was what really caught my attention. I’m not sure our meal was really worth $100 (we only paid half of that thanks to a gift certificate I won at the Fox company picnic this past summer), but at least we got to feel really classy and have our last meal of 2004 at a nice restaurant.
I’m way behind on my magazine reading (again), so I just read this in December’s WIRED Magazine:
New words I like:
Mobile Speed Bumps: Community-group members who drive the highways at the posted speed limit in an effort to force the cars behind them to do the same. <- That's totally me. -) Fabjects - Objects made in fabrication laboratories (fab labs). Think 3D printer. ---- More Crap I Found in WIRED: Neven Vision's idea for a "visual Google". From WIRED:
Travel guides are next: Snap a picture of the Pantheon to learn its history, or click a road sign you need translated from German to English. “The system hyperlinks the visual world,” Neven says. “Eventually every building and object will be in the database.”
For some reason the DVD player on my computer won’t play DVDs (I can use it as a normal drive, so I think it’s just a software issue, but no software seems able to play them) and our set-top DVD player has also crapped out.
Last night Tom Dineen and I were tooling around and stopped into Best Buy where I found this DVD player for $41. At first, I thought it would be a crappy DVD player. I mean, look at it, it’s only $41! I asked one of the employees if it had an assigned region and not only is it region free, but the guy said he bought two of them himself.
I also bought Bowling For Columbine; Sex, Lies and Videotape; and The Family Guy Seasons 1 & 2. So far, the DVD player works extremely well and we =finally= have a remote control! Now we can access all the special features we haven’t been able to watch on other discs.
I wrote another entry about my trip to Hawaii this morning, but it’s going to be overshadowed by this post. If you’re interested in reading it, you can find it here. Kris, make sure you read this one.
High school chum Daniel Akiyama recently sent me the following in an e-mail. It contains references to people you likely won’t know, but you’ll still get the point.
Some of us — me, for example — never outgrow that stage. I felt so strange coming to the realization that yes, people exist, grow and change, even when I’m not there to witness them. Rachel Antal got married and taught high school! Matt Johnson is writing plays! etc. Weird realization of 1) how successfully everyone is getting on with their lives, and 2) how oddly self-centered I think I’ve been all this time.
Earlier today I participated in a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of the tsunami disasters. THAT helped put things in perspective.