Jan 31, 2002
Michael Anthone Jacobs: "I'm not cut out to be a criminal, I'm just a nice, cool guy." In a heist attempt earlier this month, Jacobs dropped and broke his fake gun at a Walgreens' drugstore. Then, "He stopped, picked up the pieces, and ran out." At least he cleans up after himself, he's got that going for him in court.
Jan 30, 2002
Plan B is a movie about a bookeeper (Diane Keaton) who thinks she's killed three mobsters and is thusly promoted by her boss (Paul Sorvino) to be a hitman. It screens tonight in Los Angeles—Greg, Lisa, and Bill will all be there, so I can begin to implement various strategies that depend on their future whereabouts. Good luck you three!
Jan 29, 2002
Jan 28, 2002
"Synesthesia, the phenomenon whereby one sense is stimulated and another also responds i.e., when words have colors or tastes have shapes is not newly discovered (Rimbaud, Liszt and Nabokov were famously synesthetic), but the condition has hardly been discussed, much less systematically researched." That's why I put a link to Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds above. Buy the book! It's weird stuff.
Jan 27, 2002
Jan 26, 2002
Jan 25, 2002
"Blogger Pro™ is for users who are willing to pay for increased reliability, higher performance, new tools, and advanced features and flexibility. Regular Blogger will continue to be available and free." It'll cost you $35 if you get in early. If you're wondering what it looks like on the inside, here's a mac IE 5.1 screenshot of Blogger Pro's editing interface in action.
Jan 24, 2002
I saw a sign on the outside of what looked like a house that said "Little Art Cinema" a block away from our new place. There was a guy unloading reels off a truck and he said it'll open in a month or two and I could go up and check it out. It was so cool! A tiny little movie house that can also be used for live theater. I'm psyched to catch some movies there this spring. I love that kind of place.
Jan 23, 2002
Jan 22, 2002
My 1989 Trooper broke down on me today. I managed to get it to a mechanic in Manchester who said he couldn't fix it, I couldn't leave it, and I shouldn't drive it. So I drove it (kind of) to a mechanic in Gloucester who told me to leave it with him so he could fix it. Then I walked home. A sign read "Rockport 5." Then, three miles later, it read "Rockport 5" again. Phantom miles? Conspiracy? Signs on wheels? Only time will tell.
Jan 21, 2002
Jan 20, 2002
The SCI FI Channel has given the green light to begin production on Children of Dune, a six-hour miniseries sequel to its Emmy-winning Frank Herbert's Dune. The miniseries begins production in Prague in April 2002 with friend of Genius Labs Greg Yaitanes directing. It is the general consensus, here in the lab, that this is the coolest movie Greg has ever signed on to direct. Stay tuned for future details!
Jan 19, 2002
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Jan 16, 2002
Jan 15, 2002
It's Barnes and Noble, not "Nobles" and it's Norm Abram, not "Abrams." I met a guy on New Year's Eve who said he works at Beldens Jewelers. I pointed out the fact that people in the Boston area like to add an extra S onto certain words. It turns out he's been working at Belden Jewelers for the last three years, not "Beldens." It's okay, it's only his night job.
Jan 14, 2002
Jan 12, 2002
In Massachusetts, you can't get car insurance without a title number. In California, Chase Automotive Finance has "never heard of" a request for a title number. It seems that I am at an impasse. Can I fool them by making up a fake number? How about this: AG100056789-D. Convincing?
Jan 11, 2002
I'm in my new place now. It's echo-y and it needs paint. The last tenant had a Ye Olde English Tavern type of thing going on which is fine, if you're into that kind of thing but I'd rather have it a little brighter. We're gonna walk down to the harbor and check it out. If I fall in, this will be my last post—Jay, you can have my TiVo.
Jan 10, 2002
I haven't written much lately because I've been moving around a lot. I'm finishing an article on on self-serve advertising this weekend though. So email me if you're running a self-serve advertising program. Then, I'm working on a big writing project starting the end of January—more on that later. I'm moving into a barn tomorrow, wish me luck.
Jan 8, 2002
We're moving into a converted barn in Rockport, MA on Friday. Glass atrium, enclosed sleeping loft, cathedral ceilings, and a spacious fenced in yard—cheaper than New York or Los Angeles—and it's right next to the water! The commuter rail goes into Boston in 35 minutes but I don't have anything to commute to so I won't worry about it yet. I guess it's time to bust out the aerobeds again.
Jan 7, 2002
Jan 4, 2002
Jan 3, 2002
The air molecules at your local Dunkin' Donuts might be smaller than ordinary molecules. This would explain their unique ability to permeate even the seemingly unpermeable plastic of a bottle of spring water. You may read about this later in the New York Times, but you read it hear first!