Category Archives: want

Coffee Infused Bourbon

I’ve had this in the queue for a while, not sure why it didn’t get put up. Well, here it is. Get a bottle of a good bourbon. I’m partial to Woodford Reserve, myself, but there’s clearly room for disagreement here. But if I said “good bourbon” and you thought “Wild Turkey” or “Jim Beam”, […]

Destroy Your Legends

The Verge is running a question for their community: “You’ve Just Been Given Control of a Great Video Game Franchise!” What do you remake, and why? I wrote this: Now, I’m an inveterate Legend Of Zelda fan, but if you’re paying attention to the sociopolitical background noise in that series, it’s… well. Literary theorists call […]

Hypothetical Laptop notes

Let’s say you wanted to design a laptop, preinstalled with Linux and for a linux-user audience. This is mostly my own notes about what I’d like, but I wouldn’t mind some feedback. Pixel Qi screen 14″ inches if possible, for power and daylight readability. Arm SOC (Tegra?) User-replaceable battery and RAM. Ideally, off-the-shelf batteries. Are […]

Ideas For Games For Gamers With Kids

Dear Ubisoft – I’m a longstanding fan of your work but like a lot of long-time gamers my life’s moving ahead. I’ve got a family now, but even so I’d like my kids to be able to share my hobbies as much as anyone who’s ever collected a stamp or oiled up a baseball glove. […]

Lazyweb: Kitchen Design

Today, I asked the lazyweb: Where do you go for kitchen design ideas? Good answers include: The Kitchn’s, um, kitchen section. This is a niche in the Apartment Therapy ecosystem as far as I can tell, and it’s kind of neat but you quickly get a sense that their real audience is people who want […]

Café Glacé

I own two French presses, I have a reasonably competent electric grinder and by and large that makes my morning coffee a pretty pleasant thing. I usually brew my coffee in the smaller of the two; as much as I love coffee I don’t have the time or inclination to drink an entire pot in […]

Breakfix Wayfinding

At the November 24th, 2011 TTC Town Hall meeting, it was noted that: The TTC has attempted to make incremental improvements as we provide new entrances / exits or elevators for step-free access. One of the recommendations made by the Customer Service Advisory Panel in 2010 focuses on improving signs and other customer information. We […]

A Short Course On The Tragedy In Act One

Back in 2003 Raymond Chen, noted Microsoftie and venerable author of the excellent Old New Thing blog, wrote a bit about the propensity programmers had for, and problems caused by, reverse-engineering Microsoft’s APIs and hooking into them in unapproved ways: “For example, BOZOSLIVEHERE was originally the window procedure for the edit control, with the rather […]

It’s Hard To Overstate My Satisfaction

A while back, I sent some email to Valve suggesting they should make a shirt commemorating Portal 2′s “Bring Your Daughter To Work Day”. They did. I love Valve a little bit more all the time. So awesome. (Also, the date given – 08/05/85 – it is… very interesting.)

Technical Underdogging

After looking at my budget, looking at my options and looking at who I really wanted to give my money to, I’ve bought myself a Nokia E7. I know. I wanted a physical keyboard, really good bluetooth support and a phone that works with Wind Mobile; the pickings there were pretty slim, particularly if I […]