Archive for April, 2009

A couple of my favorite Firefox plugins (screencast)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

(Skip the text and just watch the video)

I think I might do a little mini-series on Firefox add-ons, because I’m geek like that.

If you don’t use Firefox, then wise up and start. You can get it here, it’s a tiny little download, and it’s just about the best browser out there.

There are a few minimalists who will disagree with me, and some of those people actually spend a lot of time on the web, so I won’t denigrate their opinion, but I’ll say this: I spend a lot of time on the web: multiple-digit hours of every day in my browser. I don’t want minimalism. I want a flexible, full-featured environment that provides cool tools for me to build efficient work flows and have all the information in the world at my fingertips.

Firefox does that, through its “add-ons”, and this video demos a couple of my current favorites:

Delicious: Delicious is an online bookmarks site, sort of “social bookmarking” place where you can store bookmarks and tag them up, and you can share them with others or keep them private. They’ve got a really cool add-on for Firefox that does a whole bunch of neat stuff, but in this video I’m only demonstrating one: The delicious toolbar.

I use on average three or four computers a day, and until recently they all had their own toolbar, and the ones I didn’t use much didn’t have anything in the tool bar at all. Today, I use the delicious toolbar to maintain two different toolbars–one for work, and one for home–and to access those toolbars from any computer.

Personas: Personas is a theming system for Firefox that lets you pick popular themes from a pop-up menu, changing the theme on your browser at the touch of a button. Their website has a simple facility where you can make your own themes and share them with others. It’s surprising to me how much a tasteful theme can relieve the monotony of staring at a browser all the time.

The Highest Resolution Possible

Monday, April 6th, 2009

So my brother has this picture as his desktop and he think’s it’s the most awesome picture taken by anybody, ever, in the history of all mankind. I’m not gonna go out of my way to disagree, although really it’s pretty obvious that this is the best picture ever taken in all the history of mankind.

I was sitting up real close to the television and I noticed she was all kind of blocky looking, like she had some resolution issues, and I said something about it and he said yeah it’s not that great quality. So I said did you check for higher resolutions, because I knew it came from Flickr, and he said he did check for higher resolutions, but he didn’t think the one on the desk top was the highest resolution one, even though he’d had the better one right there in his browser.

So–and here’s the important part–so I say: I like my bitches in the highest resolution available.

I didn’t know I could be so profound. But then, profoundly what? Disturbing?

I mean how does that come out of your mouth? Is it a geek thing? An instinctually ironic generation X thing? A consequence of being digital? Or what?

At any rate, it was awesome so I twittered it.

I think I could get into twitter. Not as a serious thing the way it is with all these people broadcasting the minutest minutiae of their day-to-day lives, but as some kind of neo-haiku, maybe. some fiction, maybe, like those cell phone novels you always read about they have in Japan.


Diamonds are Forever

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Yeah, so, I don’t remember seeing Diamonds are Forever with Sean Connery before, but it is now just about my favorite Bond flick. It starts out all kind of low-key, but then it’s like whoa! Blofeld, and then there’s a fucking space laser, and it’s out of nowhere, and it blows up fucking everything. I say, it really is a winner.

I say my favorite Bonds are Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, and Roger Moore, in that order.

Duplicity is full of the awesome.

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

It’s like a spy procedural wrapped up in an adversary romance mixed up with a Hitchcockian twist-a-noir. Paul Giamatti, Clive Owen, and Julia Roberts all put in fantastic performances full of chemistry and lunacy. Very, very good. One of my favorite spy movies ever.