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Quality Surfing July 6, 2012 | 12:47 pm

When the pressures of the world get to you, some quality time with your computer may be in order to let you drift off and clear your mind.  Yes, you could go with the latest angry birds, warcraft, or other gay-ming option. But that would be it bit blase, now wouldn’t it?

Why not get lost in the world of super-uber-cool product blogs? Try out some of my favorites, like gearpatrol, cool material, cool hunting, werd, bless this stuff, well, this gets kind of endless and out of control.

Now being a blogger, and having been so since back in the day, I know a bit about how these things work. Many of these sites are trying to rush to you a gadget link or product review before the other, so there is often overlap in the products you’ll see. Being blogs and link sites, they want to try and capture your attention and eyeballs on a regular basis.  That’s what they want.

But for you to maximize your downtime escapism surfing ability, you need to find one of these sites that you’ve never visited before and devour it whole. Most of these sites have been around for a few years (maybe even back into the aughty aughts!) you can view upwards of a hundred or two hundred pages of crazy super hip gadget wisdom.  Much like looking at old fashion magazines, you can start at the back and come forward, or move backward in time, all the while seeing that the absolute bleeding edge gadget and tech trend from just three years ago now seems so hopelessly outdated.

Some of these sites have more art or culture bent, some are purely on gadgets or products.  But the level of balance between hand produced and ultra expensive stuff combined with the silly and profane is fun.  I tend to find a site, scroll through opening things that look neato mosquito in a new tab, and then wandering around my tabs when I get ten or twenty open at once. It’s power surfing, completely engaging, and daydreams of absurdly expensive items and news that you never would see otherwise.

Or you could read your NYTimes and listen to your NPR and keep up on current events and get very depressed with all your “real” knowledge. Or just drift away in a calgon bath of warm internet-y gooey goodness. Enjoy!

Cool Car July 3, 2012 | 01:41 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is totally impractical. I am a large man. I have a wife and 2 not-small boys.  This tiny old tin BMW cooker is not the family car. It’s not a totally midlife crisis porsche either, but there you go. It’s for sale amazingly. At the end of the day I’d probably get tired of driving this, and it’s likely a mess in the snow. But the pic had me smiling, maybe you too.

Telecaster Drooling June 30, 2012 | 09:29 pm

 

This is one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve ever seen. It has the maple neck with no skunk stripe that I now think is essential. It doesn’t have the toploading bridge, but it looks awesome. Man, I’m drooling over this one.

Current Guitar Daydream June 30, 2012 | 09:18 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olympic white hard tail stratocaster.  I would like this with a custom two piece next which doesn’t have the skunk stripe down the back.   This would be an all white dream.  Maybe put a charlie christian pickup in the middle position, a soapbar in the next, and then change the dials to have three volume and one tone knob with no pickup selector (totally custom pan in and volume control).

Sound like a good use of the guitar daydream? I thought so.

Giants and Other Team Stuff June 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm


Of  course, when your team wins the world series you have to blog it. And try and do something special.  But it’s hard to buy plastic stadium cups on ebay (my preferred souvineer) so I had to look for something else.  I got a great t-shirt that I sometimes can’t find anymore too. Man that’s a great shirt, wherever it it!  So when I went to go put the logo on my page, I couldn’t find one that really fit.  The old school “Humm Baby” Giants looked too goofy for me, but the new overstyled and quasi-retro ones didn’t work either.

Having my computer up, I made this and a few logos.  Well there you go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And while I was at it, I made one for the Niners:

 

and this one for the Cougs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A guy has to have all of his teams covered, even if it is using the free College font and an old photoshop knockoff program.

Team Poppy June 30, 2012 | 04:52 am

Team Poppy is a great t-shirt I got for father’s day a few years ago. My oldest has called me Poppy on and off for a while. It is very sweet   and you never know how long that kind of thing is going to last. So I made a logo for it.

Image post June 30, 2012 | 04:47 am

You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc. You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc. You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc. You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc. You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc. You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc. You really can’t go wrong with an old Jasper Johns google image snatch to test out how an image looks in a post. This is is encaustic over newsprint in a very intersting work of art now cut and pasted digitally adds to the irony/etc.

 

Now we’re cookin… June 30, 2012 | 04:43 am

The rush of getting my url back was replaced with the crushing tedium of html code editing. So I ran across this theme which I really like.  I would gush about the author, but it is some fairly unknown Russian link and I can’t find any support or understanding. I think the look is lo-fi and clean and a great fit for my sporadic nonesense.

I figured out how to monkey around in editor enough to turn off a little avatar/author link button. Now it’s good.

 

You came! June 27, 2012 | 12:50 pm

Okay, so you probably didn’t come and I’m likely typing out in the wilderness.  If you’re here, you’re likely a friend or family member (or paid link wrangler pumping up my stats!) checking out what crazy junk I’m into. Of course, I still talk and type like it’s the 90’s, which you don’t think of as another era, but it certainly is.  The “crazy junk I’m into” in 90’s lingo means that I’m using my Netscape to login to my aol account.  “Crazy junk” refers to junk or stuff generally that may or may not actually be crazy.

Updating this to today, you can see the problem.  Crazy junk means that your junk (which we all know what this now means, right?) is kind of crazy, and everyone will be wondering if it’s in a box, if you have a disease, or what have you.

See, there it is again.  That stilted early proto-journalistic style of early blog posts comes out. Like my habit in college of trying to call everyone by their last name.  Very “post Cosby show era” and all.  Now, it kind of seems lame.  Or it may just be lame.  At any rate…

I will try and flesh out the history a bit in the about page.

There is a little picture bubble next to each post that I can’t figure out how to get rid of yet, but I’m smitten with the overall design of this great template so I’m not inclined to change it. I don’t know how to add a picture or create a page with the custom url needed, so don’t click on it yet.

 

I own this! June 26, 2012 | 11:26 pm

After many years, spovegas.com finally has fallen into my hands once again!