US Americans

August 30, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Geeky, Internet, Media, USA 893 views

In the instantly ubiquitous video of Miss Teen South Carolina’s response to a fairly simple beauty contest question, she uses the phrase “US Americans”. If you’re in the minority that haven’t seen the video yet, go watch it, cry a little bit, and come back.
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Spanish Current Events

August 29, 2007 By: erik Category: News, Soccer, Spain 5,949 views

A few interesting things happening in Spain lately. Last Saturday, Marga and I decided to try the local pizza parlor for which we’ve said “We should try that place some time” every time we walk by it since we moved here two years ago. It was as expected: mediocre. While we were there, there was a soccer match on a muted television, as normal.
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Tocino – Espresso Bacon

August 27, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Spain, Weird 1,254 views

Today we will continue the series of “Strange things to eat in Spain”. You may recall such delicacies as pig snout, octopus, blood sausage, and cow tongue. Tocino is the layer of fat under a pig’s skin. It’s served salted and grilled.
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Russian Owls

August 25, 2007 By: erik Category: Photos, Weird 1,822 views

Someone at Marga’s work gave her these Matryoshka owls. It’s some sort of corporate propaganda from some company that does business with Marga’s. Each owl has some meaningless (in this metaphor) corporate word like management, control, organization, sanitation, etc. She only accepted it to give to a friend’s kid. Anyway, I figured it was worth playing with and taking a few photos.
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I'm Scrobbling With Last.FM

August 24, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Internet, Music, Reviews, Stuff I Found 1,064 views

I was prodded into trying Last.FM again yesterday. As some of you may recall, I tried it last year and reviewed it in passing on my way to another conclusion:

The absolute simplest way to blog your current song is to use Last.FM. They give you an application that you run on your computer (it stays on the dock), and it will “scrobble” (upload to their website) your currently playing song. They use this information to offer you other music and streaming radio to your tastes. There’s a whole community aspect of their website that fits in with the new “social networking” internet fad. You can meet people that like the same music you do, for example. All in all, Last.FM is a pretty cool service, and I think they will be a huge success (the YouTube of 2007?). But I don’t want another app open all the time.

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Fox attacks Iran

August 23, 2007 By: erik Category: Media, Politics, USA, Videos, Voting 770 views

Learn from our mistakes? What mistakes?
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Design your own merchandise

August 23, 2007 By: erik Category: Reviews, Weird 1,274 views

CafePress has been around for several years now. The idea is really ingenious: it’s a website that will allow you to upload images and then sell t-shirts, coffee mugs, mousepads, magnets, etc. with your image to the public. Just having a site that lets you upload images and have them send you a t-shirt with that image printed would be pretty cool. But CafePress’ success has definitely been in taking it that extra step and allowing people to set up online stores.
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Evil George

August 22, 2007 By: erik Category: Funny, Media, Politics, USA 870 views

Google News (my browser homepage) uses sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms to group news stories together. It does a really excellent job, and any bias shown is that of a whole media. Still, occasionally it makes mistakes, often with humorous consequences. Check out the juxtaposition of the story with the image here:
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Asheville Gestapo

August 22, 2007 By: erik Category: Politics, Stuff I Found, USA 684 views

Civil liberties violation in my home state. This saddens me greatly. I wish it surprised me more than it does, too.
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Crappy Summer Weather

August 21, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Spain, Videos 716 views

It has been my understanding that the reason that we can enjoy such nice green landscapes and such lovely cloudless sunny summers here in northern Spain is because we suffer through the wet, rainy winters. But this summer, the weather has been just awful! I’ve been in the water at the beach just once this year. In previous years, we went to the beach 3-4 times per week in July and August to bask in the sun and play in the waves. Not in 2007.
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