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Best of April Fools

April 1st, 2007

Google TiSP – Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.

Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter – The Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter allows anyone to quickly and easily test the working condition of any wall socket. Simply insert the Vilcus into the socket in question… insert two fingers and the use becomes apparent instantly.


TechCrunch Has Acquired F’ – Tomorrow we will announce that we have acquired Philip “Pud” Kaplan’s F’ in a stock for assets transaction.

Blizzard Introduces the Tinfoil Hat – Every engineer knows that in order to achieve true greatness, it is imperative to always keep a clear, unclouded mind and to protect one’s secrets from those who would seek to steal or plagiarize the radical new designs of a hard-working genius. The Tinfoil Hat is the logical result of this profound insight, combining tinfoil’s powerful mental shielding properties with the excellent counter-hexing effect of troll tears and the outstanding mind-focus powers of one of Azeroth’s most precious gems.

Webkit Shutting Down – IE has often been criticized for its lack of standards compliance and long gaps in development. But Microsoft says they will do way better in the future, and we see no reason not to trust them with the future of the web.
It’s been a great ride these past five years. Please join me in giving a fond farewell to WebKit, and a hearty welcome to our new Microsoft overlords.

These are just some of the April Fools going on. What are your favorites from this year?

One on one with Eric Meyers

January 31st, 2007

Lunarpages own Amy Armitage gets the scoop with “CSS Guru” Eric Meyer.

Eric Meyer on CSS More Eric Meryer on CSS

I decided to hit up Eric for an interview, but not one filled with only the geekspeak that web designers and developers can relate to. This was going to be an investigative story.. asking the hard questions…

Just as I’m fervent about web hosting and ensuring our hosting plans have a kind and loving owner who doesn’t abuse the server ;), Eric is well regarded and respected for his passionate advocacy when it comes to web standards, particularly Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

But what don’t we know about Eric?

Did you know that Eric detests the taste of chocolate and coffee, and can’t stand carbonated fluids? That’s right, his entire career, and indeed his life, has been conducted entirely without the use of highly or even moderately caffeinated beverages.


I even got to ask him a few questions. Read the rest at Lunartics, the blog.

Dazed and Confused

January 24th, 2007

Well, looks like I finally get to take a few days off. After the last couple of months of late night coding and design, it will be nice to finally get away from the keyboard. Gonna hit up the slopes for the first time this season. I can’t wait. Got my board all tuned and ready to rock! I’ve been snowboarding since 1988, and no, I’ve never ever been skiing. Hence the great saying below.

Used to Snowboard

The pics below are from around 1992, when I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. I worked nights so I could board during the day. The right pic is me at Brighton, one of my favorite places to board. My buddy and I took a pre-season hike up Alta (left pic) and did some backcounty boarding. It was awesome, at least till they kicked us out. Luckily they didn’t confiscate our gear, but just told us to go home. Alta, you see, is a snobbish “Ski Only” resort, but they have some really nice hits and cliff jumps.

Snowboarding Utahhhh

I really love to go backcountry, and love to go full speed, while still hitting every hit/burm/jump I see. So here’s hoping the coverage is good, so I don’t come home tweaked. Heard good things from my cousin about the conditions at Brighton and SnowBird in Utah, and well Big Bear in So Cal, is well, So Cal, so I will hope for the best there.