Monday, June 20, 2005

New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #8: Entry

Boy have I slacked off. Every since my Elizabeth City Doppelganger won out in Week #2, I've had a hard time getting re-motivated. Where did I misfire?

mine: "Unfortunately, I must resign as CEO, effective as of Thirty-third Street."

winner: "This is my stop. Phil, you'll be C.E.O. till Sixty-third Street."

I mean, the similarity is just eerie. Must've been those "as"es too densely packed together. I like to think mine makes more narrative sense; why would the organization pass an executive office around like a floor fire safety marshal's blaze orange vest? There's even more comedy gold to mine in local vs. express. Lewis' caption is a winner, but this New Yorker contest is a black box. And don't get me started on "neither the time nor the place, doug!"

Enough with the bellyaching already. On to Week 8.

I go with: "Henry craves the routine. I just worry about overfeeding."


Friday, June 17, 2005

This is (sort of) broken

I ordered a new "IPass" — a wireless tollway collection pass used here in Chicago — a couple of days ago. The website that processes these orders isn't beautiful, nor is it awful, but one dropdown in particular caught my attention:


I had to stop and think about this for a second. My car has...2 axles, 4 tires? Yeah, that's it. So, how many sidecar motorcycles are there out there running the tollways (2 axles, 3 tires)? More than I would've guessed, apparently. Why should Sgt. Schulz's ride get higher priority in a dropdown list than the far likelier (2x4) combination? Plus, who beyond the secretive fraternity of interstate weigh station technicians thinks about vehicles in terms of axle counts?

If axle count is somehow an absolute requirement, I figure they could've gotten away with re-ordering this list with the most common options in popularity order at the top, possibly followed by descriptive labels (example: "Passenger Car/Truck/Van - 2 axles 4 tires | Motorcycle - 2 axles 2 tires | Dual Wheel Truck - 2 axles | 6 tires" and so on). Then, after a divider of some kind, list all those other esoteric options.

Such are the minutiae that consume my free time.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

Dress Your CEO in Corduroy and Denim

stevejobs.pngThanks to BoingBoing and Eric for pointing this out — Steve Jobs Dress-up! Another most excellent use of Flash for fun and mayhem.

My entry is over there →; it's not much to show for five minutes' work, but the fun's in the creation. Guess I should post mine to this thread, as suggested.


Friday, June 3, 2005

It Finally Happened

I finally clicked on an ad in the GMail right-side panel. I was reading an email from AOPA, the pilot's association I belong to, and one of those innocuous little links on the right-hand side made its siren call:

Free Flight Planning Software!

I clicked through to check out some interesting desktop software, presented with an exceptionally annoying Flash site nav menu. (Don't believe me? Here.)

If you're a GMail user, I'd be interested to know if you've ever gotten anything particularly useful out of the Sponsored and Related Links sections -- or if you've ever seen anything that raised your privacy hackles. (If you're not a GMail user, and you wanna be, let me know. I've got 50 invitations gathering dust.) I still believe GMail is the best web email user experience going. I just wonder how much longer they're going to sit on whatever RSS subscription application they've got in store.