Thursday, May 31, 2007

At This Rate, I Could Become A Vegetarian... Or Grow Feathers

Being broke is rough. One of the things you learn to give up is meat. Let's check this week's shopping cart:

  • Black beans? Check.
  • Sliced turkey for lunch? Check.
  • Ground turkey for dinner? Check.
  • Turkey bacon for breakfast? Check.
  • Rice? Check.
  • Eggs? Check.
No hamburger, no fish, strictly turkey -- which is going for ~ $1.99/lb in these parts. Much cheaper than $4.99/lb for beef.

Monday, May 28, 2007

I'm Afraid... (Update)

It was bad. My grandmother has passed into another realm, where she speaks in a different language, and doesn't understand when you're talking to her. She doesn't know who I was, or who my wife was, but she seemed to have this slight idea of who she was. She treated Sonia with love.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I'm Afraid...

Grandma Is Fading Fast, originally uploaded by macfixer.

I'm actually afraid to visit my parents' house this weekend.

For Memorial Day, my sister is having everyone over for a cookout, and my grandmother will be there. She's been living in a nursing home now for a few years, and she's become less like the 'Grandma' I remember as a kid, and more like this... this... this different person -- one who speaks a different language, who doesn't have any recollection of the family, and is just slipping away slowly from this world.

I know she's aged dramatically since she's moved out of her house, but my Dad warned Sonia to expect a 'very, very different' Grandma come this weekend.

I'm afraid.

Transform and Roll Out

The new "Transformers" trailer. This looks SO overdone, SO over-the-top, I just have this feeling that it's not going to do well. Who knows? Maybe I'll eat my words later...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Great Googly Moogly! Rambo Is Back!

Holy love of all that is, umm... holy! This looks like it might be a LOT better than the crap that was Rambo III (warning: this video contains decaptitaions, beheadings, blood, guts, and all that cool stuff that makes movies like 'Rambo' a lot of fun to watch)

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Little Bit About Me

I also posted this over at, where I am a moderator:

1. Name/Username?
-- Kyle / Macfixer

2. Occupation?
-- Technical Tomfoolery

3. Where do you live?
-- Farmington, CT, USA

4. How did you get involved with PDALive?
-- I probably needed some question answered

5. What do you like best about the PDALive community?
-- All the news that's fit to RSS feed

6. How many PDA's do you own?
-- Three: a broken Treo 600, an m515, and my LifeDrive

7. Favorite PDA?
-- My LifeDrive, easily :)

8. What makes it your favorite?
-- That 4 GB hard drive strapped to the back.

9. What is your stance on Palm verses PocketPC devices?
-- Whatever gets the job done. Just don't dis my LifeDrive

10. What other hobbies/passions do you have?
-- There are others?

11. Favorite food?
-- A toss-up between a good NY bagel and a slice from Lombardi's in NYC.

12. Favorite dessert?
-- Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk

13. Favorite season?
-- Spring or Fall, they're both seasons in transition

14. Are you a "morning" or an "evening" person?
-- for 90% of my life, I was an evening person. Now I have to get up early, and I guess Benjamin Franklin was right.

15. Do you have any pets?
-- Four cats. You want one?

16. Favorite places to go?
-- Anyplace with an open WiFi router

17. Favorite movies?
-- "So I Married An Axe Murderer", "The Hulk", "History Of The World, Part I", "Road Trip", anything by Pixar (and I do mean *anything*)

18. Favorite book?
-- "Piloting Palm" by David Pogue and Andrea Butter

19. Favorite band?
-- Run-DMC

20. Favorite song?
-- "Hollis Crew" by Run-DMC

21. What makes you smile?
-- Being with family

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Aluminum Foil: Solved!

"Tinfoil has a shiny side and a dull side. Why is this? My co-worker says you should put the shiny side down when covering something in the oven. This doesn't seem plausible to me. What are the facts?"
Learn the answer here

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Have you had a chance to listen to Q-Tip's "Kamaal the Abstract" album? According to Wikipedia, it was never released -- and I got a [cough] legal copy of it to listen to. Man, is it good! He does some rappin', some singin', and it features more live instruments than the usual Tribe Called Quest stuff. Sounds a billion times better than anything else I've heard all year.

What does that say about today's hip-hop if I am more into a bootleg from 2002?

Listen here

Friday, May 11, 2007

Got Joost?

Hit me up and I'll send you an invite!

UPDATE: I should have made this a LOT clearer, stick your request in the comments!

Harkness Wallpaper

Harkness Wallpaper, originally uploaded by macfixer.

I made the panorama into a wallpaper. Click on it and enjoy!

UPDATE: Yeah, I know, the picture needs some tweaking. I'll post an update when the correct picture is up on Flickr.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

George Clooney Can Do No Wrong

Courtesy of

In true nice-guy fashion, thirsty Clooney whipped out a twenty spot, purchased some lemonada, and told the little guys to keep the $19.75 change.
Nice to see Mr. Clooney doing the right thing.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Harkness Panorama

Harkness Panorama, originally uploaded by macfixer.

At Harkness Park in Connecticut, I took this panorama (my first!) of the incredible vista from the lawn. A terrific way to spend my lunch break.

Dare I say this looks best at full size? Click on it to get to the flickr original.

Best. Headline. Ever.

I swear you couldn't make this up (well, you might -- but what are the odds?):

Skywalkers in Korea cross Han solo

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Market Proves Tough Target For `Ninja' Attack

Green Ninja Day, originally uploaded by macfixer.

Their target, state police say, was the store's office. Once inside, they expected to find enough cash to buy a computer. They were familiar with the terrain, since one of them used to work at the store and his mother still does.

Plan A, in which one of them hid inside a sealed cardboard box that was carried, Trojan Horse-like, inside the store by the other two, failed when the would-be burglar burst from the box before the store was empty.

Plan B, four days later, was less subtle: A masked, ninja-wearing, machete- and-baseball-bat waving frontal assault. That didn't work either.

There won't be a Plan C.

When your robbery plan sounds more like a "Blue Collar Comedy" skit than "The Italian Job", you might want to rethink it ju-u-ust a little.

Virginia Tech Shooting w/ Life Insurance

I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed this, but on the same page as the horrific shootings going on at the Virginia Tech campus, CNN ran an advertisement for Life Insurance with copy that reads, "Dad, What would happen to me and mommy... if you died?" (not that kids actually talk like that, mind you)

AccuQuote, it's bad enough to guilt people into buying your product using kids, but the advertising companies need to realize that having "Death" in the story shouldn't automatically throw up a life insurance ad.

Enough shame to go around here, CNN, AccuQuote, and whomever did the sell for that ad!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Wanted: Rhinos

Is this guy for real? I mean, really?!?
My current staff is the laziest group of individuals you'll ever meet. They manage to drag themselves to work every day to complain about the coffee, weather & the manager. When that's done, they struggle to organize themselves, get in their cars & show up at preset, prequalified appts & suffer their way to earn $55K-$70K per year.
I can't wait to sign up!

Top Ten 8-Bit Games

Tuesday, May 01, 2007