1. spirited away updated

    i recently blogged here about a clever little app for mac os x called SpiritedAway. well, it's been updated to version 0.3. it added a few features that are pretty handy. the ability to exclude certain apps being hidden. it also changes the icon in the menu bar if its active or inactive. he changed the icon from the cute full colour green ghostie to a black monochromatic ghost with big eyes open when active, little beady eyes when inactive.

    i can't sing enough praises for this app. a really great example of keeping it simple. designing for one thing and doing that thing really well. i'm glad the trend has moved back away from the monolithic-do-everything-really-poorly-including-crap-i-will-never-EVER-use-suite back toward the-small-stay-focused-on-one-task-but-still-play-nice-with-others series of apps.

    the developer's blog is in a language i don't know. so i can't really tell what is being said about it there, but you can download it from the apple mac os x downloads site.

    icon.jpgSpirited_Away_16.pngprefs.jpgSpirited Away 0.3 Menu

  2. don’t just [not] vote

    election time is coming up just right around the corner and everyone seems to care a lot. ok, whatever. i think people should vote or not vote. but regardless everyone, all of us, should do more than just casting a ballot every 2 or 4 years. direct action gets the goods.

    there's a lot of energy being spent by what seems like everyone [the corporate media, the independent media, water coolers, pop culture icons, activists of all flavours, families, friends, et al] talking about and preparing for the election. all discussion of the merits of either candidate or how well n/either one represents you or me. it just seems like there's a lot of inertia caught up in this big spectacle. again, i don't care how you, or anyone votes, i care more that you, and everyone else, does something more than that. voting alone never changed anything. neither did not voting.

    so here's the pitch: go to dontjustvote.com read the intro page and more if you like what you hear. there's a small half-sized little paper/pamphlet you can download and read/distribute, too. (which was produced in conjunction with the folks over at crimethinc fareast.)

    and then on election day, we show the fuckers that mean business. no, not THAT kind of business. both the Republicrats and Demopublicans

    i don't think we a special occasion to come out and party in the streets, (just like i don't think we need a special day to give presents to people we care about) but it certainly presents an interesting opportunity for us to show our force in large numbers.

    cast your vote or not, then hit the streets. neither one of those bastards represent our needs and desires. nor could anyone in that position. the very system itself will always misrepresent people in its protection of the system itself. george w. bush is not our target. if/when he falls, the institution that gives power over our lives to other people will still exist. until we dismantle it.

    no matter what happens that day in those polls, take to the streets.

    keep loving. keep fighting.

  3. geek tattoos

    so i have a few tattoos. puzzle pieces on my wrists that say "we go together" [on right] "just like puzzle pieces" [on left]. and the rebel-alliance symbol on my upper middle back. and i'll admit i have plans for other pretty nerdy/geeky tattoos whose plans are not public yet.

    today i got thinking about what kind of other geek tattoos do people get which led me to find this site.

    and lemme tell you, there are some bad, some good, some AWESOME, but most are all geeky. here are some of my favourites: CMYK, atari + pacman, heart emoticon [ <3 ], his name in braile, PHP tags, NPN Transistor schematic symbol, and the apple logo with power symbol inside of it.

    Song playing in iTunes while i made this post: In Concert by The Faint.