An Escape From Typos

You’d think that, after working at here and breathing everything Apple for decades, I’d pretty much know all there is to know about Mac OS and all the little tips and tricks of the trade. “Novice” users typically watch me in amazement when I work, asking “How’d you do that?” every minute or two. So you can imagine my surprise to stumble across something that’s likely documented somewhere, but I’ve never caught it until today. So I’m posting it to share.

It turns out that, along with the oft used feature of control-clicking a selected word to spellcheck or look up the definition of it, you can hit ‘esc’ when you’ve partially type a word, select the word from a list of words that being with the typed letters, and continue on with your writing.

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08/27/2007 at 11:11 am

Posted in  Miscellaneous 

Are You Lurking At Me?

I can’t help but wonder who’s reading these posts. I’d noticed a spike in my website hits last fall, and the stats continue to surprise me. The number of unique daily visits I’m getting here are well and above the handful or two of friends and family I’d expect to have some moderate degree of interest. Well above. I’m not even close to the ‘real world’ of active websites, where the traffic I get in a month is akin to the hits they see before 7am every day, but I’m definitely getting more eyes then I can comprehend personally knowing, let alone pairs that’d care what i have to write about on any given day.

It’s very complimentary. And a little freaky, too.

Of the 10-20 or so people i might imagine visiting this site, most have, at one time or another, left a comment or written me an email or talked to me about something I’ve written. So that leaves about 80% of the entry views being of unaccounted origin.

Some are probably casual readers, stopping by due to some misplaced search result, but I suspect there’s more. I suspect there’s people out there, friends, ex-friends, old flames, or casual acquaintances that enjoy reading my occasional rant, or more likely, enjoy watching me squirm with my own inner demons. I think they visit frequently enough, read what I have to say while standing perfectly still, breathing as quietly as possible so as not to make a sound or alert me to their presence.

Fortunately, the voices in my head tell me it’s just my imagination. And I trust them. Well, all but one of them, anyway.


PS: Bonus points to the first person to comment on and identify the actor and movie the image for this post is taken from.

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08/23/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Journal 

Passing Thought : Flashing Lights In Shoes

You know you’re a parent when you do a double-take at the office because you thought you caught a co-workers shoes flashing red lights with each step, as do many shoes for toddlers these days.

You know you work at Apple when you’re right.

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08/21/2007 at 3:42 pm


I caught wind of this website and their collection of speaker video’s through some contacts at work. I’ve watched or listened to several of these speakers so far and I have to say that they’re fantastic. The first I watched was the John Doerr presentation and it left a lump in my throat. Julia Sweeney made me laugh out loud with her reflections on encountering Mormon Missionaries, and Gabriel makes a passionate statement about human rights. Bono bowled me over with a powerful and eloquent plea for recognizing the plight of Africa as a global emergency, and Dawkins presses the scientific community on the boundaries of faith with some humorous analogies.

What is TED? Per the TED website:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This collection is in no means narrow in their focus. There’s a broad palette to choose from, everything from Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, Culture, Arts, Global issues and so much more.

You could spend hours here. And you should.

The speeches are available on the TED website to watch online or to save to your desktop, as are the audio files as well. In addition, a large number of the videos are available as free podcast downloads on iTunes. You can even subscribe to receive future postings as well.

Having seen only a handful so far, I wanted to recommend the following. Mouse over for a brief description.

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08/21/2007 at 8:38 am

A Nostalgic Gesture

Recently, while driving home one evening, I was witness to a specific “hand gesture” made by a driver. A gesture that I’ve not seen used in a car for some time, and it triggered a poignant sense of longing for the days of my childhood. No, the hand gesture was not the use of a single digit as you’d typically experience these days. The gesture was a right hand turn indication, done by the driver by extending his left arm out and upwards. We all know it, at least I expect we do, as it remains a part of the DMV Driver’s Handbook and testing to this day and is still used by motorcycles and cyclists. But I don’t know that anybody really uses it in cars anymore, except for those that who forced to do so due to issues with their vehicles turn signals, or simply due to their age and habitual attachment to it.

I remember it, though. I remember it vividly.
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08/20/2007 at 7:07 am

Posted in  Journal 

Crossing A Comedic Line

True story: My wife takes an online I.Q. test. She shares her results and tells me I should take it too. I do, and to her surprise, finish with a 10 point lead on her score. “How’d you get 10 points more than me?” She asks. And without missing a beat, I reply “At the beginning of the test, I checked the box marked “Male”.

If you’re a man, you’re laughing. If you’re a married man you’re likely filing this away in your head for your own use when the opportunity presents itself. If you’re neither, you’re glaring at my website right now with the same “Drop dead, asshole” look I got when I first said this.

It was a joke! How can I have turned away such a perfectly timed setup?

Opportunities like these, you don’t pass up.

And yes, I’m still apologizing.

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08/18/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Humor 

And Everything Under The Sun is in Maroon

Thank you, Brian, for making me aware of the upcoming Lunar Eclipse. This stuff fascinates me. I’ll be working to coordinate a gathering of early risers to join me in getting up to see this through a telescope, and capture it on film as well. This promises to be really something unique.

Early Tuesday morning, August 28th, there’s going to be a colorful lunar eclipse visible from five continents including most of North America. The event begins 54 minutes past midnight PDT on August 28th when the Moon enters Earth’s shadow. At first, there’s little change. The outskirts of Earth’s shadow are as pale as the Moon itself; an onlooker might not even realize anything is happening. But as the Moon penetrates deeper, a startling metamorphosis occurs. Around 2:52 am PDT the color of the Moon changes from moondust-gray to sunset-red. This is totality, and it lasts for 90 minutes.

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08/17/2007 at 2:39 pm

Posted in  Miscellaneous