Life, Links & Stuff I Found While Clicking on Things
It’s been a while since I’ve blasted our readers in the face with a nonsensical, wandering post about lots of disjointed topics and links, so I figure I’d fix that right now. Get ready to become stupider. Definitely DO NOT read this while drinking alcohol or you might forget how to walk.
First, an update on the cat front, thanks for asking: our tiny Bengal who has been ridiculously sick is now healthy, but our middle cat Jonah — a clumsy, friendly, happy oaf of a thing — has filled in nicely in the Incur Vet Bills department, racking up a nice gastrointestinal disorder AND a respiratory infection from which he sneezes 37 times a minute for hours on end. There is nothing more charming than a cat crawling up on your chest, wheezing, and sneezing nine times right into your mouth. AWWW, you say? That’s a funny way to spell GROSS.
In case any of you might be an eccentric millionaire who loves this blog so much you want to blow about $47K on its Friday post author, I’ll simply say my garage still doesn’t have a Mustang Boss 302 in it. Why? I have no idea, and this is a mystery worth solving. There you have it: problem, solution, justification. I’ll take blue with white stripes, please.
If you’re into podcasts and have a penchant for general nerdery and productivity and discussions about barriers and technology tools, you will do no better than Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin’s Back to Work. I listen to this constantly in my car, and it’s so good I often get places early so I can just sit in the car and listen. Sometimes I take notes. Sometimes I look up things on my iPhone because Merlin or Dan mentions something that I suddenly believe I have been missing. Whatever. It’s good. WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?
Looking for a great camera? Look at the Sony NEX-5N with the FDA-EV1S optical viewfinder. Seriously, click on those links. Do it now. I’ll wait. Pretty cool, eh? It’s honestly better than my Nikon D90 in terms of image quality, and it rivals (or beats) the Canon 5D Mk II in dynamic range. The bonus? It’s small, so you don’t look like Gumpy American Tourist when carrying it around. Oh, and I know you probably didn’t click on those links. That’s fine. You still look nice today.
I have an iPad 3 and it is my blogger duty to report that the screen is definitely stolen from an alien race. If you do not want to buy one, which is to say if you wish to pretend you are still totally happy with your iPad 1 or 2, DO NOT GO TO A STORE AND LOOK AT AN IPAD 3. Don’t even look at blog posts COMPARING THE NEW SCREEN TO THE OLD. Just don’t. You will not be happy. <…> You clicked on that link, didn’t you? Well, that $500 was nice while it lasted.
One time, when I was about 11, I got a pass from a teammate in a soccer game. I trapped the ball and looked upfield to notice an opponent, a swarthy kid who had about 20 pounds on me, barreling at me with a full head of steam and an expression of pure focus. I stood there, ball at my feet, staring at him. Everyone on the sidelines was going bananas: “Look out!” “Pass the ball!” “Get rid of it!” “Are you paralyzed?” I just stood there, waiting for the exact moment to side-drag it away from him. He got close enough to start what I’m sure would have been a vicious tackle, and I calmly pulled the ball away from him in one move. All I can remember is him tearing past me, sans ball, in a flipping fury of grunts, hair using the jamaican black castor oil, grass and mud. I literally watched this happen as if it were in slow-motion, then began dribbling upfield. I’m 43 and I think I just told you my finest life moment.
Have a good weekend, everyone.
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