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From the recent archives: Jeff Veen discusses mass-media, miscellany and the virtues of TiVo with Michael Stippey over at stating the obvious. Why is this post worthy? Because Jeff waxes eloquently (as he does in his Jeff Veen sort of way) over how TiVo has evolved his television watching experiences thanks to the little device's collaborative filtering/personal recommendation capability...something I've been evangelizing since the little device appeared on the market in late 1998. A good read, and a glimpse into the future of media delivery. Well done guys.


Random: All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.

Give irobotnik the valley girl treatment...

I'm completely giddy over this announcement...if you listened to "modern rock" in the 80's and lived in the SF Bay Area you'll know why...

Channel 104.9 has found a legend of Bay Area radio and, in just a few days, you'll be able to enjoy his musical choices exclusively on Channel 104.9. Steve Masters was one of the first people in radio to embrace the music that you and I love...and he'll share his unique insight and precious record collection with Channel 104.9 listeners each and every weekday at noon. It's the "3 Martini Lunch."

For those of you that remember when Steve was music director and deejay at the old Live105, you probably remember his late-night Modern Mixes. They're back and better than before. Check out "Steve Masters' Modern Madness" Friday nights at 10pm.

So much to tell, so little time. Lots of updates coming soon...


Speaking of Star Wars, I know this is old, but this ALWAYS makes me laugh till it hurts (this too).


Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to create a U.S. Army JEDI is insignificant next to the power of the Force.


Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

I'm not going to succumb to the kitsch of imood.com, but I've gotta say I'm feeling pretty "dreamy" right now. By some bizarre twist of fate, I've had the good fortune to meet and spend time with an amazing, talented, gorgeous, kind friend. And for the first time in a long time I can say I'm happy. I'm optimistic. I think I could get to like it here...


A cool tool for all the freelancers in the hizzouse.

I pulled out the "Party Girl" CD tonight. Somehow it re-ignited my infatuation with Parker Posey. Maybe I should make it a point to see Scream 3, I'm sure that would extinguish it.


I think this is great (from the SF examiner):

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in May will put up signs telling visitors not to use cell phones. Don Morgan, visitor services manager, said that the museum has been getting "comment cards" complaining of cell phone gabbers in the galleries. Morgan recently had to intercept a woman who'd whipped out her phone and announced she had "four or five" calls to make — all while viewing art masterpieces.

In fact, I think they should go one step farther. I read somewhere that an Israeli company makes short range cellular transmission blocking devices. I think they should be installed in museums, movie theaters, etc. Don't get me wrong. I'm no luddite. I love the freedom that wireless technology affords. But the unfortunate ugly truth is, a cellular phone is nothing more than an amplification device for one's rude, uncouth behavior. Maybe prospective cellular customers should be forced to take a test before being allowed to purchase…Imagine yourself sitting in a crowded theater, your phone rings during the middle of a movie. Do you a) Immediately turn it off and let it go to voice mail; b) quietly tell the caller to call back in a few moments; c) Take the call, but keep it short (others will understand); or d) None of the above, I would NEVER have my phone turned on during a movie. Any answer but d means instant disqualification!

Bad 80's fashion on display over at Blake's.

Looking for amazingly talented graphic artists and creative copywriters in the Portland area to join our rag tag band of misfits. An interest in technology and consumer electronics gizmos is a plus. If you're interested, or know anyone who is, please email me.


Yippee!!! I just saw an ad in the employment classifieds for kozmo.com drivers - that means kozmo is coming to Portland! Woo-hoo. I can hardly wait!

Today I did something I rarely do. I walked. Not that I don't walk often, I often do. But I always have a destination or purpose, trying to complete my to-do list in what always seems to be a fraction of the time needed. Today I just meandered all over Portland with absolutely no agenda, going from street to street, stopping wherever and whenever my interest was peaked. I covered Downtown, the Pearl District, the River District, Chinatown. It was great, I felt totally connected to the city and all the different neighborhoods. Portland really is a great town when the weather is nice. I took some digital pics, I'll post some later.


Some shocking photographs are on display over at the Action Figure Block Party. After seeing all the gory details, I'm pretty certain the aforementioned Jesus action figure is going to have a full house.

I AM A WEB PERSON! This literally made me sit up in my chair and say "yeah!". Well put, Meg. Couldn't have wrote it better myself! It almost makes me not miss San Francisco...almost.

From the past regrets department: I had always regretted never seeing The Smiths perform live. After watching my new DVD, "The Smiths - The Complete Picture" I think it may have been a blessing. The performances on the disc are worse than awful, they're downright embarrassing. I can't believe the members of this great band allowed these lip-synched top-of-the-pops pseudo concert abominations to be unleashed upon the masses. Don't get me wrong, the music is still as good as it ever was, even the "produced" videos are only mildly obnoxious (with the exception of "How Soon Is Now?" which isn't bad, just overplayed). It's just those horrific quasi-live performances that make me wince. I guess the album residuals just don't pay the bills anymore. Of special note are the performances where Morrissey has branches sticking out of his ass. It's a damn shame.


New mantra: "you can't please everyone, so you got to please yourself."

Today my new email buddy, Kirsty was conveying her enthusiasm for a local resturant. She wrote, "Besaws (name of resturant) is definitely a benny". I've never heard of anything being called a "benny". Am I getting that old? Am I that unhip? Maybe it's a Portland thing? I suppose it doesn't matter, she was totally cool and took the time to list lots of happenin' hangouts here in p-town. Sadly, still no progress on the juice bar issue...

Don't get me wrong, I *love* my Palm VII, but I've always had a certain amount of envy over the Palm V's stylish good looks. Well, according to the folks over at news.com, I may be able to have my cake and eat it too. It was announced that Palm will market versions of the Palm III and the Palm V that contain built-in capabilities for wireless communications. Check out the full scoop.

I consider myself a pretty fashion-forwad type of guy. Still, I just can't seem to accept the clog.

No offense, but the TV you have now pretty much sucks compared to these.

If only I were a headlight...

You know how you always want to reenact your favorite bible stories, but you just don't have the right action figures? This Jesus Action Figure can help. He even comes with his own backdrop so you can play Sermon on the Mount. Make sure your Darth Vader figure attends; as you know, he needs a little help in the morals department.

Correction. It does not work at all in IE 4.5 for the Mac. Ugh.

Note to mac users. The webcam is a bit buggy on both NN 4.x and IE 4.5. I haven't tried IE 5 yet. Pee cee users should have no problems. I'll investigate as soon as I have time.

The web cam is up!
Note: I refuse to be held responsible for damage to display devices or nausea caused by viewing the webcam


Useless trivia for today: That weird metallic taste in your mouth when you chew on aluminum foil is electric current (c'mon, fess up - you know you've done it). The aluminum reacts with the water and fillings in your mouth to form a tiny battery.


Thank you Blake for the awesome Murray Head MP3. You are the man!


Thinking about buying a Zappy. Any opinions?


Finally, consumer electronics manufacturers are starting to get a clue. Kenwood announced CDDB functionality in their new line of home audio CD players.

This can't be real!

I know this weblog is supposed to be about my musings and misadventures at work, but honestly, I've felt very little impetus to write about anything remotely related to work. By the end of the day, I'm completely spent. Not that I don't *love* working the web, and designing a best-of-breed commerce site with a real live voice, personality and a soul. It's just lately I'm not really in a very narrative mood when it comes to that subject. Maybe it's just the fact that all the good Karma stuff that made everything flow so smoothly in the beginning is finally wearing off. Maybe it's that I've been inundated with the reality of all the draining, time consuming tasks that consume you while working at a startup (interviewing, hiring, interviewing again, buying supplies, scouting out office locations, preparing BS fluff for the board of directors, ugh!). Take one reality pill, combine it with the uncertainty of start up life, the fear of failure, the paranoia over competition. It's enough to drain the creativity right out of your body. Hopefully my mood will improve soon.

Over at space.com they have the inside dish on a new, fifth series in the Star Trek legacy, Star Trek: Birth of the Federation. ST-BOTF (as I'm sure it will be known) will focus on the early days of the Federation, where First Contact left off, continuing to the time period portrayed by the original series. It's tentatively slated to air in the fall of 2001. Of course, this raises many important questions such as; Will the Klingons in ST-BOTF have the TNG-style tortise-shell head, or the earlier '60's Fu-Man-Chu look? Will the uniforms revert to groovy miniskirts and disco-adventure boots? I suppose we'll all have to wait and see!


One thing Portland is sadly lacking, is the availability of neighborhood juice bars (e.g. Jamba Juice and the like). I've found one good one called Bibo Juice, but nothing located close to my 'hood in Northwest Portland. If you know of one, let me know.

Read a couple of interesting tidbits today. Apparently, researchers have developed a new way of converting light traveling over fiber optic cable into electrical signals. The result? The Opto-chip, which could make it possible to achieve 100GB per second transfer rates (imagine a 2-hr digital movie downloading in a fraction of a second). The whole scoop is covered in detail at ZDNN.

And speaking of movies, it's confirmed. Angelina Jolie will play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie.

Woo-hoo, blogger actually works! Wow, I'm a convert. This is cool!

This is my first blog, and the first official post to the irobotnik site. I have no idea if it will work or not, let's see...




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