Corrugated Speakers

Ed bought some new speakers to hook up with the Rio Receiver in our bedroom. They’re an interesting little toy, unique because they’re made out of cardboard. Yes, that’s right, the corrugated stuff. They have a flashy paint job, but at their heart, they’re paper. They sound pretty good, considering. They’re not as small as we thought they’d be from the pictures, but they are nice and light. Maybe a little to light, as one kept vibrating itself off the dresser until Ed put something heavy next to it. I think they’re cool, but I’m more excited about having music in the bedroom. ;)

Big Dig Milestone

This past weekend, Boston’s “Big Dig” passed a major milestone. The tunnel for northbound route 93 was opened, as well as the new Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. I’ve been admiring this bridge since I moved here. It is gorgeous and unlike any other bridge that I have seen. Especially at night, when it is gleaming and lit with colored lights. Hopefully, Ed and I will get to ride on it this week.

Dreamcatcher gave me no dreams, thankfully

Ed and I went to see Dreamcatcher last Tuesday. I was intrigued by the premise shown in the trailers, even though I generally dislike horror movies. After I expressed a desire to see it, I found out that it was based off a Steven King book, which made me even more wary. So, while I was hoping for a good movie, I tried not to let my expectations get too high. I was pleasantly surprised however. While not perfect, it was a pretty good movie with an interesting premise. It left me wanting to know more about the back story, but I didn’t feel like it was too lacking.

Amazon is Evil

I really should just stop going to Amazon. Their software that guesses what you like is just too good. I go there to look for the track listing of the Crossing Jordan soundtrack. Immediately, I’m confronted with a notification that Stephen R. Lawhead’s latest book, The Mystic Rose, has been published and is already in paperback. (Although a rather expensive edition. It had better be a trade paperback.) Whilst reading some of the user comments about it, I see that there are Lawhead books that I never knew existed, so I have to look up a list of his books. This produces two more additions to the wishlist.

Lastly, I was looking to see what music was played at on a “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” episode and realized that I need some Alison Krauss and Tom McRae (never heard of him, but the song they used in Buffy was pretty good) music in my collection.

I’m doomed. At least the wishlist feature lets me add things and forget about them, since I have zero cash at the moment.

Cell phones: hot or not?

In the past couple years or so, there have been warnings on gas pumps that say that cell phones can create sparks that could ignite gas in the area. I’ve wondered if it was true. It didn’t sound right to me, but like all these sorts of warnings, there is an element of plausibility. Finally, my questions have been answered by Wired, in Cell-Phone Fires: A Lot of Static.

Robert Renkes, a spokesman for the Petroleum Equipment Institute, said he has documented every reported gas station fire for the last several years. “We have not found a cell phone responsible for any fire since the beginning of mankind,” he said.

This would have been just another urban legend that I wouldn’t have given a third thought if gas stations hadn’t been putting the warnings on their pumps. That gave it much more credit in my eyes. Seems that I was right to doubt, though. Good to know that I can fill up without fear.

My site makes me yawn

My web site’s design is so boring. I’m really not very artistic and I’m out of ideas. I don’t know what colors go together and I don’t know how to add images that look good, work with CSS, and aren’t overwhelming. Blah.

Yay, temp job!

I got a temp job today! It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing. It’s a nice little data entry job, so I can make some bucks for a few weeks.