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confounding expectations

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:14 pm

Yesterday I saw someone at the side of the road with a flat tire. A guy stopped to help him. What was that guy was driving? A Hummer. Not what I expected.


two three SA links

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:56 pm

The Guardian compares South African cities to American cities. Jo’burg is Los Angeles, Cape Town is San Francisco, etc.

The Atlantic has a lengthy but interesting profile of new SA president Jacob Zuma. It raises the question whether he’s the next Mandala or the next Mugabe.

Update: Ryan Briggs has a cool maps (and graphs) of Africa representing how many stories the NY Times has done about each since 1981. South Africa leads the pack with 4295 but as a point of comparison there were 10905 about Canada and 10161 about Germany.

Nestea/ Coca Cola can’t do math*

Filed under: — adrian @ 4:05 pm

nestea red tea pomegranate passion fruit
click for bigger version

I got a free sample of Nestea’s new rooibos-based Nestea Red Tea Pomegranate Passion Fruit today while walking around Charlotte.

Notice anything wrong with the label? Calories for 8 oz (240mL, which is actually 8.11 fluid ounces): 50. Calories for twice that (16 oz, 473 mL): 110. How’s that work out? Does the bottom half of the bottom have more calories??

It can’t be attributed to rounding. Manufacturers round to the nearest 5 calorie–as demonstrated by various products in the fridge in the kitchen. 240mL is more than half and even if it was exactly half and the value for the full size was 107.5, then 8 oz would have 53.75 calories, which would round to 55 calories. Can they decide to round to the nearest 10 when other manufacturers round to the nearest 5?

*Or, they might just be cheaters.


awesome conversation with a twelve year old

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:49 pm

Twelve year old brother of the groom and fellow groomsman at a friend’s wedding: I’m going to steal your hat and go into the [walk in] fridge.

Me: You’re going to go into the fridge?

12 y.o.: I already went in there. I farted in it.

Best conversation of the weekend so far.


two android app suggestions

Filed under: — adrian @ 1:00 pm

I’ve got a G1 phone. It’s pretty good and has plenty of good applications for it.

I have a couple suggestions for new apps:

  • Location reminder. Where’d I park my car? Get out of your car, click ‘remember location’ and, using the GPS, it puts a dot on the map with your car’s location.
  • Holga-style camera app: Something like this, perhaps.

If I had copious amounts of free time, I might dig into the developers tools myself, but I have other things on my mind right now.



Filed under: — adrian @ 7:44 pm

I don’t know why I just remembered this, but one of my favorite toys growing up were the Centurions toys. I don’t really remember watching the show or particularly what it was about, but these bionic guys were great toys to play with. The swimmer guy (Max apparently), was the one I had and I just loved that guy. My brother had the flying guy.

I’m not sure quite why he was my favorite. I’m still a swimmer now, though. I think I have a point in here somewhere.

Update: My brother just reminded me of M.A.S.K. toys which were pretty incredible, too. I remember having Gator, which was one of my favorites.

Wow. Hours, possibly weeks, of my childhood, right there.



Filed under: — adrian @ 6:28 pm

Is “home” where you have a doctor you like, a car mechanic you swear by and a barber you always go to?

I laughed for about ten minutes

Filed under: — adrian @ 1:25 pm

I saw a banner today in Palo Alto in Lytton Plaza, a spot that often has some activist group or another:

The Truth about 9/11
And Cookies

The ‘O’s in “Cookies” were made of cookies. I’m not sure if they were trying to reveal the truth about cookies or if they were trying to use cookies to lure people in to hear the ‘truth’, but either way, I was laughing.


This week in SF Muni Project

Filed under: — adrian @ 9:26 pm

Powell-Mason Cable Car

I thought I’d give you an update on my SF Muni Project–my project to ride all the bus, light rail, street car and cable car lines in the San Francisco Municipal Railway system.

California Cable Car

Since the beginning of the project I’ve ridden the 26 Valencia, 67 Bernal Heights, J Church, 21 Hayes, Powell-Mason and California cable cars, 19 Polk, L Taraval and 28 19th Ave. I’ve sort of been setting some rules as I go: I have to ride each line for a certain number of stops, maybe 6. I’m not absolutely sure on that point. Also, I can’t drive to take a bus line. I need to walk or take public transit or something like that.

California Cable Car

Cable Cars How did it take me this long of living in the area to ride these? They’re awesome. I’m a big fan. I managed to ride when they weren’t that busy with tourists so it was just sort of a pleasant ride on the old, open-aired cars of the system. Fun fact: the California Street line grows out of the one that Leland Stanford started.

19 Polk

None of the other lines were quite as exciting. The 67 is fun in that it winds through a hill neighborhood with tiny streets. And on the 26 Valencia, the automated stop announcements say it “Valencha”–like the old-school Missionites, particularly the Italian-American ones apparently say.

L Taraval

L Taraval


Filed under: — adrian @ 9:06 pm

There’s something in San Francisco called Privately-owned Public Open Spaces. Under a law enacted in 1985 developers, under certain conditions, had to include some public open space in their buildings. Here’s a list (pdf) which include atriums (atria?) and sun terraces and whatnot. I’ll have to start visiting these when I’m spending more time downtown again.


announcing! april 2009 mixtape (vol. 30)

Filed under: — adrian @ 11:58 am

You can download the zip file with the following:
1. mp3s of the songs
2. liner notes (pdf)
3. playlist files (iTunes txt file and an m3u file)

(for the iTunes file, simply import all the songs to your library and then go to File->import and then select the song list (the txt file). you should now have the 2009april in your iTunes with all the songs in the correct order).

Go ahead and check out the playlist (below) or the liner notes.

Adrian’s April 2009 mixtape (mediafire link)

If you like the artists or songs, I suggest supporting them by buying their music, going to a show, buying merchandise from them or at least telling other people about them.

The playlist:

  1. Seldom Can’t/ Must
  2. Elliott Smith Say Yes
  3. Cymbals Eat Guitars Wind Phoenix
  4. Dr. Dog The Old Days
  5. The Ad Libs He Ain’t No Angel
  6. David Ruffin Anything That You Ask For
  7. Ben E. King So Much Love
  8. Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
  9. Damien Jurado and Gathered in Song Air Show Disaster
  10. St. Vincent and the National Sleep All Summer
  11. Joel P. West Bark and Feathers
  12. Telekinesis Coast of Carolina
  13. John Vanderslice Too Much Time
  14. Garrett Pierce And The Ghosts Boarded Trains
  15. Rural Alberta Advantage Edmonton (Hearya session version)
  16. Songs: Ohia Blue Chicago Moon
  17. American Analog Set New Equation

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