this election . . . .

2004.10.20

this election scares me; actually, living in this country scares me at this point. it is so obvious that W lied to us and continues to do it; many of us knew it as it was coming out of his mouth/pressroom, but even those gullible enough to buy it the first time around, should have caught on by now . . . . and yet i keep driving by these Bush/Cheney 2004 signs . . . who are these people? do they just not read/watch tv/think/listen? whoever came up this this whole democracy thing was counting on some basic intelligence/awareness on the part of the populace…in it’s absence, we get alfred e. newman as president . . . .

other cars i’d consider….

2004.10.20

considering that this is largely a design issue, the only other cars of the type thqat interest me are the Volvo XC90, The VW Toureg, and the Infiniti FX and most if not all are very much out of the price range….anyway there is some thing about Jeep, a brand that only builds one kind of car, doesn’t try to be all things to all people….

Categories : jeep

2005s

2004.10.20

Okay, saw the 2005s ther other day….very cool. Prices have not gone up, but I’m still not sure I can affford a new one. In addition to leaking when it rains, mine is also developing noisy and otherwise problematic door hinges (already had one replaced). Also need brakes and new tires. My one tire was down to 10psi the other day (sposed to he 32+); filled it up and it was down just a little today, so I guess we’re okay for a little wile; till i make up mind what i’m doing about buying . . . also a bunch of road noise….

Categories : jeep

Macs Are More Expensive, Right?

2004.10.14

Companion article from Linux Insider:http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/36120.html

Categories : apple

But Macs Are Slower, Right?

2004.10.14

Very interesting article from Linux Insider: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/But-Macs-Are-Slower-Right-36964.html

Categories : apple

apple design

2004.10.14

apple is perhaps the ultimate example of a company that takes design seriously–very seriously–without sacrificing the actual function of the object.

for instance, the ipod is the best mp3 player in the world; no one really disputes that (which is pretty remarkable if you think about it) it has the best software, the sleekest visual design, the most substantial feel, and it integrates all those things–and others–seamlessly. there is nothing–except perhaps price (and that’s even questionable)–that you can fault it on.

i guess the thing i value the most about mac computers is that the company continues to be the only one in the world the builds the whole widgit: hardware, monitors, OS, software, and now camera, music player, etc. sony makes some nicely designed computers but relies on microsoft for the OS; ms has captured the world market in OS and other software, but its ventures into hardware are hardly worth mentioning.

but making the whole widgit isn’t enough: they also do it best. hands down the best OS. remarkably designed and fuctional hardware. final cut pro and dvd studio pro are industry standards. imovie and idvd are without any challengers in the consumer video editing/dvd creation market. the ipod has blown the mp3 market away. the music store has changed the way the world buys music. and all of it is beautiful. the boxes apple products come in are beautiful. i kept the box my original ipod came in because it was amazing…they spent more time designing the package than most companies spend on the product itself.

Categories : apple

2005 jeep grand cherokees

2004.10.14

been reading a lot about the upcoming release of the 05jgc; was not looking seriously until recently, but my 98jgc is showing its age in ever more maddening ways; when i have time i’ll lsit them here….

anyway, the official jeep site is

this category (ineedtofeelsmugaboutmyobjects)

2004.10.14

i shamelessly stole this phrase–“I need to be smug about my objects”–from a review I read about a computer bag, specifically the Cargo bag from WaterField. The reviewer used the phrase to introduce his fascination with issues of design, with the notion that there are objects that are worth having because of the way they are designed. Anyway, I loved the phrase cuz it sounded like some thing i’d say or at least something i wish i’d said. Anyway,the category is for putting news/links etc. about stuff i like, specifically the manufacturers of devices/vehicles/objects that i like/want/lust after for design reasons.

btw, I bought the bag.