Can I just say the second most exciting thing happening a week from now is me wearing my fancy new suit? If I could wear it every day to work I would. The list looks like this:

  1. Marrying Amber Costley.
  2. Wearing mah suit.
  3. Fiji.
  4. Packing for a trip and not taking a coat. None!

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The last post reminded me: Did I mention Amber and I are getting married in a few weeks? People have been asking about our registry and I'm happy to say "we ain't got one." We already have too much crap, and asking for more crap when you already have crap is a bit selfish. So we decided to just ask people donate to City of Hope.

If you've ever felt like there weren't any trustworthy charities (are you really buying a cow, a future cow, or the idea of a cow?), you can trust City of Hope. Here's more on what they have done. There's even more on Wikipedia outlining their contributions to the medical community and the different ways in which they provide medical care and support.

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You will likely want to subscribe to Dark Roasted Blend. Updates are curated with such care, and contain a number of parts that add to a single theme. I keep it in my "lotstosee" folder that I read while drinking my morning coffee.

That's where I found this excellent bit of video. A guy tearing the shit out of the buildings of people he had beef with with a tank-like conversion he built.

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All this consumerism got you down? People are pledging online to buy handmade items, and requesting others do for them as well.

If that's your thing go for it. Hand-written checks is about as far as I will go down that road.

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I took this photo the other day while shopping on 24th St. in Noe. When I was younger I'd be too shy to ask for photos or approach people like that, but I gave him some money and asked him if it was cool and he said "sure!" and I snapped it.

A Blogger logo in the wild is notable to me because something like 8 years ago I saw someone wearing a Blogger shirt in Marina del Rey and didn't approach them. I always regretted that because anyone in '99 or '00 who had heard of Blogger back then was probably a pretty cool person to know. I was far too shy and simply went back to my office and IM'd Matt Haughey who was still working at Blogger to let him know I saw someone wearing a Blogger shirt. (Well it was a big deal to me, I dunno if Matt remembers, maybe he was at KnowNow?)

The Blogger shirt is a little symbolic of that part of me that doesn't want to bother people, doesn't want to introduce himself, or bug anyone. So when I saw that guy I immediately walked over and introduced myself.

And Blogger the application is symbolic of the "oversharing Andre" it let me be that was in such contrast to the "undersharing Andre" that I was in real life.

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A wedding invitation sent out on DVDs. thanks justin.

We actually did pretty good on the RSVPs, only three actual declines, and we ended up on the exact number we had originally estimated. It's a weird thing, watching the responses come back and getting excited when you see people accepting. For a few days there it seemed like nobody was going to respond and you get that little panic like, "OMG maybe we can just charge some people off Craigs List for a nice dinner, dancing, and cake!"

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So bummed "Walk Hard" was brought to us by "the guy who brought you Talladega Nights". I just bought the first season of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job" on iTunes and was reminded of how good John C. Reilly is.

Note: if you listen to The Sound of Young America you'll notice a correlation between stuff I watch/buy/talk about and stuff on that show. I just thought I'd point that out before you realized it.

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Needs For Sale is an idea that came out of a project called Wants For Sale. The "needs" idea is that they paint a picture of an item and set the price as the actual price of the item painted. When you buy it, they use the money to buy the actual object and donate it to someone. found on coolhunting.

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I just got home from a nice Thanksgiving with my parents and a really boring drive from Central California to San Francisco. Being in a car that long reminds me why I don't drive anymore. Plus I got my first speeding ticket ever in California, so that added to the disappointment.

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Notcot's 2007 Gift Guide is already off to a good start. Keep checking back as she reveals new products each day. (I want that Mozart ball thing for no reason other than it's made of wood and has a wind-up)

It's been fun following Carrie Brownstein's weblog over on NPR. I keep meaning to link to it but forget. She did a gift guide so now I get to. I love when people write on their site like they're writing me a letter. I can't think of any better advice to new weblog authors. (I forget who gave that to me)

PopMatters' Consuming Consumables will also be updated right up until the Holidays.

Finally, Kotaku's 2007 Gift Guide of Obscene Nicety and Sublime Naughtyness.

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I keep collecting ideas for newsreader features in my head, I thought I should write them down before I do something stupid like try and make my own. I find that if I hold on to ideas too long they take root and start growing like weeds that need to be picked.

  • I'd like a switch called "window mode" that would allow me to mark as read anything 30 days or older. In case I get behind or take a vacation I don't really care what blog drama happened weeks ago, it's of no use to me.
  • Get rid of "star" and "share" as they are used on Google Newsreader. I just need "bookmark". I bookmark stuff for me, for others, for no reason other than it might be useful later. I don't specifically think I'm sharing something or that I'm promoting something. I just need to know I can get back to it again.
  • WHEN I RUN OUT OF THINGS TO READ DON'T TELL ME TO GO AWAY. It's rude! Look, I am at my newsreader because I don't want to be anywhere else. If I want stuff to read, give me stuff to read. What are the power readers subscribed to? What are the power posters posting? Who is today's biggest "via" link? What are people clicking? Can you sort them by longer vs. shorter pieces? Sometimes I'm about to go out of mobile range and want a long blog post to read.
  • I would like rules I can apply to folders. When this group of people talk about this word, highlight them.

I think this is pretty obvious stuff, but I just need to get it out of my head...to make room for another idea that's been taking root. Whoo!

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I keep wanting to post about Kindle but everyone else has done it better (ob. link to Mark Pilgrim's post).

Instead I will just comment that ebook readers: awesome. Wireless EVDO enabled ebook readers that can download a specially formatted version of the NY Times or other newspaper: awesome. An actual selection of books to buy: way awesome.

I own a Sony eBook Reader. It sits in a drawer underneath my Sony PSP. The reason it's in the drawer is I read every book I wanted to read on manybooks.net and Sony's online book store selection was terrible (I think there were four tech books). After some noodling I was able to set up a workflow for converting pirated found txt formatted books or free books like Cory's library.

The ebook itself, the e-ink never loses its cool. If you have been wanting an ebook I say buy it. I think this has more to do with Amazon's lack of experience with developing and shipping electronic products than people will admit. But I'm biased: I like gadgets and things that are awesome.

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A Beautiful Crowded House Story. I don't care what anyone thinks, I'm requesting our DJ play "Something So Strong" at the wedding.

Incidentally, when I saw that video I told my dad (who is a barber) to cut my hair EXACTLY like Neil Finn. My father, being a complete professional who takes hair cutting very seriously, wouldn't do it. "It looks like they cut each other's hair!" He'd refuse.

They probably did.

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Amber and I picked up our marriage license today. As we waited for the guy to print up the final document we were joking and laughing like newlyweds should. We've gotten pretty silly these days. Afterwards we grabbed a cup of coffee and talked about our future.

I just wanted to write that down somewhere. It was a nice morning.

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A Randall Munroe interview. My favorite type of comedy is the kind that manages to make a joke about something you thought only existed in your own head. It's so rare when someone can consistently do that.

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I think I'm going to be linking to online stores and buying guides as we get closer to that day in December. The one near the end of the month. Ho ho ho.

Might Goods has been pointing to excellent "stocking stuffers for grownups" and budget gift guides.

Did you know XKCD has a store as well? The Internet posters are pretty cool, but the shirts...like most shirts I see on the web I can't imagine actually wearing one. Funny though.

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Sometime in the spring I saw a demo of OmniFocus and got really excited about it. I've been doing a modified GTD with text files and folders for a couple years now and was interested in stepping up to a system with a little more smarts.

While waiting for the release I discovered something that has proven to work very well for task tracking. It's called TaskPaper and when mixed with .Mac's iDisk it's just the right amount of functionality on top of my current system to do what I had hoped to do with OmniFocus.

The core of TaskPaper is text files. If you were to open up a .taskpaper file you'd find it completely readable and not-unlike what you'd type if you were just managing the text files by hand. The app is a very light-weight text editor that has a couple features that help you sort, search, and mark items as complete in your todo lists.

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Ben Brown and Katie Spence have a new site up called I Want To See That! The purpose of the site is to get you and your friends to get out and actually see movies. There's a podcast for the site where Ben and Katie talk about the upcoming movies even though they haven't seen them. It turns out to be really compelling to watch and I'm already looking forward to each episode.

Note: I accidentally posted a rambling piece late last night that was supposed to be a draft. Whoops!

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Remarkable. The XBox 360 managed to outsell (by about 200 units) Sony's PlayStation 3 in Japan last week. That's huge.

The XBox 360 is an excellent console. Knock Microsoft all you want but the Xbox team really hit it out of the park on their second try. The PS3 might dominate next year, and the Wii might inhabit a dusty spot in everyone's TV stand, but the 360 owned 2007. found on Wonderland, will not see on Sony Defense Force.

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Geez, Maaaa!!. McCain's 95-year-old mother points out how the Mormons were the reason behind the Salt Lake City Olympic Scandal.

I haven't cared much for the race we're about to be bothered to hell over, but I figured it was time I add a "politics" category on my site so I can start tracking all the fun.

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My friend Mat took a trip home to Alabama and while there snapped a photo of this letter Jimmy Carter sent to his sister-in-law. Jimmy seems to have shot and killed her cat while trying to shoo it away from his bird feeders.

It made the rounds amongst the right-wing blogs with the expected responses, but I just saw it on Kottke so I figured I'd point some things out about it that were interesting to me.

Some facts you might not be aware: this is one way bird shot is used, in .22LR shells. It's not the most effective way to kill anything at a medium or long range. I've seen birds and squirrels hit by it and simply run to higher parts of the tree or fly off to another tree. The shot inside is extremely small and not having much mass it would likely bounce off your skin at a long range if it even managed to get that far.

When my dad and I hunted he'd keep the first cylinder in his .22 pistol loaded with birdshot for snakes. As you climb around hills with low brush you sometimes end up a little closer to rattlesnakes than you wish. Keeping something like that handy means you can stun or kill a snake that feels threatened.

But really, I don't want to defend what he did, it was stupid. The first rule of guns is never point it at something you don't intend on killing. Every 8 year-old kid getting his hunting license knows that.

What I wanted to say about this was Jimmy Carter, when confronted with his own stupid mistake wrote a letter(!) admitting such: "It may ease your grief somewhat to know that the cat was buried properly with a prayer & that I’ll be glad to get you another of your choice." and "I called & came by your house several times."

I think what he actually wrote says a lot more about him than one dumb mistake. He could have done any number of things to shirk responsibility but he admitted it and even allowed it to be displayed in a museum of his letters. I hope when I'm facing a situation like that I have even half that amount of decency as he did.

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I'll be too busy to post links tomorrow, so I'll clean out the delicious queue today.

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Why it's hard to get ready for work. I have this same problem. Unless you know me in person you probably don't know I own nearly 30 plain, black t-shirts.

During the tough building phase of FM I was so pre-occupied with work that I honestly could not dress myself in the morning. It became one more thing I had to think about so I decided to fix it by buying a hell of a lot of plain t-shirts I could just throw on every day and get to work.

Plus I have this whole brand-aversion/addiction issue that just gets worse the older I get.

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A funny Youtube video recorded on the picket lines. Writers and actors (and writer/actors) of "The Office" talk about what this is really about. And it's funny.

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Okay, I had no intention of buying Kane & Lynch, but after seeing Michael's post about working on it, and the accompanying video I think I'm going to pick it up.

Some day, when I have the time, I would like to work on a game with a large group of people. I wouldn't mind just being a cog. I think the experience would be very satisfying. It's just on my list of things I'd love to do some time in my life.

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Sometimes I think I want my own store just so I can have a shopcat. Here's a whole site dedicated to shopcats. Included is Fup, a 19 year-old shopcat at Powell's Technical Books that passed away recently.

Probably for health code reasons, it's rare to see shopcats in restaurants here in the US, but we both noticed they were common in restaurants in Amsterdam and Brussels. The plausible reason for this (we invented) was that it dates back to rats and the plague. Keeping a cat around meant keeping rats away.

Probably very wrong, but it sounded good.

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I'll post my delicious links later today, but I have a meeting in a few minutes so I thought I'd link two things that I read this morning that I think are worth reading.

The first is Ev's first post answering reader submitted questions. Great stuff. Especially the bit about the companies he admires, they're mine too. (Add Coudal's Northmay to that list for me).

The second is Dave Winer poking at Google with an observation of Apple in the late 80s. It was sent to me by a co-worker who did work at Apple in the late 80s.

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If you use Twitter and a Macintosh computer you should check out Twitterrific. The new version is nice and the ad revenue / registration model is well done. You can buy the application or allow it to drop an advertisement into the stream once an hour.

I happily paid for my copy. Not because I minded the ads (they're no big deal), but because I think it's easily worth $15 to me. I do wish Twitter got a bit of that, but maybe I'll just get Alex a drink someday.

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