Monthly Archives: September 2006

Free Macworld Expo admission

Free admission to Macworld Expo in San Francisco, January 9-12. Use priority code E-SFVA.

Writing the DMV

I emailed the director of the California DMV to see why new license plates take so long to arrive. Let’s see if he writes back: From: Paul Schreiber Subject: DMV’s great (and terrible) efficiency Date: September 27, 2006 9:09:18 am … Continue reading

Who Killed the Electric Car?

I had the privilege of seeing Who Killed The Electric Car alongside the director back May at the Tribeca Film Festival and was very impressed. There are several good stories here, and I was particularly disappointed with the actions of … Continue reading

Vote for my SXSW interactive panel proposal

I’ve proposed a panel for SXSW interactive 2007, “Getting to Consistency: Lessons Learned from Big Cats.” The panels will be decided by an online vote. Head over to the 2007 SXSW Interactive Panel Proposal Picker and vote for me. :) … Continue reading

Free Kendall Payne Concert

Theresa Ballin writes in to let me know Kendall Payne will be performing a free concert as part of St. Joseph of Cupertino School‘s “Family Fun Festival.” She’ll be on from 1-3 pm on Sunday, October 8.

So the idiots at Sprint send Joel Splosky an LG Fusic phone to review, thinking he will promote their service. Phone companies, as Joel points out, have a history of bad decisions: And it’s 2006, and I almost can’t believe … Continue reading

Mixing your metaphors

One of my favourite mixed metaphors—which I had somehow internally misattributed to David Johnston—was this one, from University of Waterloo registrar Ken Lavigne: Admissions is a crap shoot, and this year we won in spades This week, Peter Lewis of … Continue reading

Keith Olbermann’s 9/11 commentary

Keith put together an impressive, impassioned commentary on September 11, five years later.

Lessons from interviewing

As part of my job, I perform technical phone interviews (“phone screens”) for our group and a couple others. The basic phone screen is more about breadth then depth, touching on C, Unix, object-oriented programming and some data structures and … Continue reading

MySpace’s math is getting worse

According to Fox Interactive’s new math 1 + 2 – 2 = 2: