May 28, 2006
I recently, (yesterday in fact) drove from Albany NY to KC MO. Some thoughts.
Thank GOD BK is making inroads on McDonald's in rest stops.
Dear stupid bints: No, in fact the first/last rest stop from the PA/NY border is not in fact New Jersey. Shrieking and taking pictures against the gas pumps does not change that. Here's a tip: if you aren't sure where you are, and you're pumping your own gas, you are neither in Jersey nor Oregon. I recommend a cartography course, and a friend with a brain on your next trip. Yes, as you surmised whilst shrieking in the bathroom loud enough to be heard in Jersey, you were indeed, "totally fucking lost."
Fog sucks when you're trying to get somewhere. You also have to be really tired to pay a hundred bucks for a room at a Motel 6. But, beggars can't be choosers.
I think that we're only about a year from Catholic churches that are block-specific, and at war with the church across the street.
I cannot stress this enough: Ohio sucks, and it tried to kill me. There was no part of the state that wasn't 8 billion degrees. The roads were jam-packed with: Construction, Ohio Troopers every ten yards, (No really, I lost count at 50 or so. Just on I-70 alond), or the bloated carcass of some deer, burst open from intestinal gas, and acting like some Romero-ish smorgasbord for crows), and people driving SLOWLY. Were we not six hours behind, I would have taken a piss on the "Welcome to Ohio" sign at the Indiana border.
Indiana however ruled. No cops, every road was at least two unfettered lanes, and the attitude of the drivers was rather autobahn-ish. When you're going 75 in a 70, and you're the poky bastard in the right lane, that's a good drivin' state.
WHY DOES THE ENTIRE STRETCH OF I-70 THROUGH ILLINOIS SMELL LIKE UNCLEANED ZOO?!? Dear GOD, it was just wave after wave of fermenting excrement the whole stretch. Also, when two cities butt up against each other, don't tell me that St. Louis is 97 miles away, and East St. Louis is 96 miles away. That's just lame. And Illinois stinks of farm animal shit.
I know that there are lots of really excellent lyricists in the Rap music genre. I love many of them. However, "BOOTYBOOTYBOOTYBOOTYBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH!" ain't doin' much for y'all.
Dear Fundies: Stop trying to refute
The DaVinci Code. <Mencias>It's FICTIONNNN! It's NOTTRUE! DEE-DEEDEE, You're RETARDED!!"</Mencias> I cannot even begin to understand this insecurity they have. Catholics too. You believe? You have faith? Stop getting your panties in a bunch over a work of fiction. Yes, it's inaccurate, (well, if you buy into the Bible, (pick a version) being authoritative it is), yes, it contradicts canon, (why does christianity suddenly sound like Anne Rice and fanfic?), but that's immaterial, because it's a WORK OF FICTION!
FICTION! BIG PACK OF ENTERTAINING LIES! NOT TRUE! GO HOME, STFU, AND DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE!
I'm sure that Jesus has something better for you on the great ineffable "Honey-Do" list in the sky.
God love Krispy Kremes...they will wake your ass up.
You know you're getting close to KC when there's a porn store every exit. I don't want to think about what the truckers are doing while they drive in MO. But I'm not touching the door handle's at a TA Truck Stop EVER AGAIN.
There's a dude in Indiana who sells RVs and, come to think of it, everything else, named Tom Raper. So for about 2 miles, all you see are HUGE billboards for "RAPER RVs". Then again, with a name like that, it's got to be hard to sell women's clothes. "Raper Lingerie" just doesn't sound like the name of a thriving business.
Weird shit becomes hilarious as you drive. Effingham Illinois. I see that sign, and I pop off with "See, I'd just be all up front about it, and call it Fuckingham". By the end of the signs for Effingham, we've changed the accents just a tish, so it's all "Fucking ham!!" That was very funny.
When you see two women standing, sans motor transportation under an overpass, the correct assumption probably isn't, "Now that's some innovating market segmentation in the prostitution arena".
"Judas Scores" as a followup to "Jesus Saves" does not in fact, ever get old.
May 23, 2006
When insane people program...
You know, some days, I like being me. No, not the me I always am, but the rather one sided me that people think of when they think of me. Not John Welch, father, fiancee, friend, lover of peanut butter and Krispy Kremes. No, I mean the me that gets a stream of intense profanity from the masses. Now, to be fair, that's a part of me. I'm…well…I'm an asshole on a regular basis. It's not all of me, but I'm a cranky, acerbic kind of guy.
So when I see this from Andy Stone, I'm glad I have the experience I have in being me. Because sometimes, I just gotta be me. I mean, really be me. I've heard it said before, and I'm going to say it again: Andrew Stone's batshit insane. I mean, 'round the bend. Yes, I've talked to him. I don't like doing it anymore, because it's like talking to a cultist or one of those people who think that because they watch all the anime, and can ask for a blowjob in Japanese, that they have some deep understanding of Asian culture. They'll talk for hours, but it's all insane crap.
I'm not the only one who thinks Andy's a nutter. It's been said, or hinted at a few times. Andy Stone may be an absolute Cocoa savant but the man simply can't design a UI to save his ass. It's not just Videator. (Okay, I have to say this..."VIDEATOR"??? It sounds like a description of an attack on a sorority sister by a cannibalistic Mafioso delivered by someone with a bad cold..."Oh Dancy? Yeah, Viddie ate her", or something from Doc Johnson:
The new VIDEATOR…ribbed, for her pleasure!. I know that naming stuff is hard, but come on!). Create? Whee! Random buttons for all! iMaginator? Not only ugly, but hey, it sounds like that lame Transformer Prime makes clean the Ark so that he doesn't keep asking to go out on missions.
Even better, Andy is seriously positioning his crap as an alternative to things like iWork, or even more laughably, CS Suite. Yes, I'm sure that in Andy's mind, the hundred bucks you'd pay for Videator and iMaginator is far more of a value than such nonsense like oh, iLife, or CS Suite. (Then again, in Andy's mind, flying monkeys are a real danger, and always carry water in case you encounter a witch, unless she's in a flying bubble, in which case, sparkly red pumps are called for.)
However, out here in the real world, no, wrapping a craptacular, ugly, cluttered, unintuitive, lame UI around Core Image and Core Video is not in fact the same thing as creating a suite of integrated applications that work well together and allow you to easily work with photos, film, music, blogs, and DVDs in an intuitive, fun manner. Besides, the screen shot is giving me 7th Guest flashbacks. As far as Andy's concerned, Cocoa is Hottentot for "Magic spell that makes all software perfect". I'm sure that he can marshall all kinds of reasons why his UI is just oodles better than Apple's or Adobe's. Of course, in Adobe's case, his answer is "All Carbon applications suck, all Cocoa applications rule". So yeah, I'm not really taking him all that seriously on that. When someone cares more about the frameworks the application uses than if the application is usable, that's a sign to close the browser window and find a developer with their head attached to the correct part of the body.
Do yourself a favor…just say no to Stone. But make sure you back away slowly and smile in an unthreatening manner as you do.
What do you call a store that has nothing for sale?
Evidently, you call it the Dell store. Dell is opening up stores, but you won't be able to actually buy a computer in them:
The new stores will allow Dell to display more products, with employees who can answer questions and demonstrate products, Skelding said. But they won't have products in stock, so customers won't be able to buy products and carry them out the same day.
You just know Best Buy is happy about that:
Customer: "Wow, that's a neat computer. I'll take one."
Dell Dude: "Great, let's just order you one, and it will be at your house in a day or so"
Customer: "But I want one now. If I had wanted to order it online, I could have done that from anywhere"
Dell Dude: "Yes, but now you know what you're buying."
Customer: "I already knew what I was buying...a computer. But you won't sell me one"
Best Buy Boyz: "WE WILL! WE HAVE COMPUTERS HERE! LOOK, IT'S A BOX...WITH A COMPUTER INSIDE! IF YOU GIVE US MONEY, YOU CAN TAKE IT HOME! RIGHT NOW!"
Customer: "Maybe you should rethink this strategy, Dell Dude...hey Best Buy Boyz, look, money!"
Dell Dude: "I hate those guys"
Best Buy Boyz: "Every time you open a Dell store, our sales go up!
Apple Associates: "Ours too!"
Both: "Thank You Dell Dude"
Come on, didn't Gateway's failed retail outlets already show how stupid creating a negative retail experience is? Is this just a PC thing, this inability to not repeat the same bad idea over and over again, hoping for a better result? Isn't that the definition of insanity?
It's not a hard concept. When physical people give you physical money or a physical credit card in a physical store, they want to leave with physical stuff...right then and there. It's a centuries, nay, millennia-old model. The data's rock solid on this, really.
Quark Xpress 7 released, no one cares
From the story on Macworld.com, Quark rolled out Xpress 7:
New York City’s trendy SoHo district is the setting for Quark’s rollout of QuarkXPress 7, the newest version of its page layout software for Mac OS X and Windows.
Two things stand out in the article:
First, no Universal Binary. That's this summer. Since CS Suite 3 isn't due until Spring of 2007, why not just wait, and do this once? I bet I know...can you say not a free upgrade? I knew you could. Wouldn't be the first time for Quark. Jack the version to 7.5, and make you pay. Whatever.
Second, this quote:
(Quark Senior VP of Desktop Products Jurgen)
Kurz demonstrated how QuarkXPress users could apply filters and make adjustments to layers in Photoshop documents without having to open Photoshop. With the acquisition of ALAP (A Lowly Apprentice Production), no other software has the integration with Photoshop that QuarkXPress 7 does,” he said.
Oh, I just cannot wait to see the spin to justify that one. It won't be as cool as Chairman Fred screaming at a German journalist during a press conference at the last Seybold Boston, right after his keynote on the "kinder, gentler Quark", but it's still pretty amusing.
However, since you still have to buy CS Suite anyway, where's QuarkXpress better ENOUGH over InDesign to justify the price premium that QuarkXpress imposes? I've yet to see that. I'm glad they're still in business, but I'm not sure why other than inertia.
May 18, 2006
New version of the Office:Mac 2004 Resource Kit out.
This is one of the better "M"s for you to RTFM with, and is a practical guide for managing Office.
May 17, 2006
Shel Israel doesn't appear to like me
According to Shel Israel, I'm a proper rotter. No really, he says of me, after I point out to Scoble that no, not everyone who contacts you should be expected to know how you want to be approached during a personal tragedy:
John Welch–you astound me. What a taseteless, insensitive banal creature you are. Please, do everyone a favor and go slither off into the swamp from whence you came.
Now, I've a problem with this. I'm not banal. And I think Shel's channeling Vizzini in his use of it, to which I'll channel I. Montoya and say "You use that word, but I do not think it means what you think it does". Secondly, Miami is technically not a swamp. It's temperate grassland. Shel's behind on his vocabulary AND geography, but he's been busy promoting himself, so you know, you get busy.
However, the truth is, I'm not that freaked by death itself. I dislike the pain it causes the living, even when it's self-inflicted, and in some ways, I think that because I didn't have to watch a parent slowly slide from a functional human being to a tombstone, I probably had it easier than Robert. What he's going through just blows. But death and dying are a part of life, and they bring life a very important characteristic: a definite end. It is the fact that life will end, and we don't have much control over when or how that makes it precious. I was raised to accept that death is a part of life, and that even when it's the death of someone you love, life goes on. We are but specks in the Universe, and I think that accepting our insignificance, oddly, makes it easier to deal with life's twists. We are not the center of the universe, and bad shit happens to good people, because that's how life works. It sucks, but it's life.
But every once in a while, especially when it's done so absolutely pretentiously, (
...the swamp from whence you came. Oh please, I'd pay real money to see Shel put down in the Everglades, which is a pretty wussy swamp. That would be real amusing I bet. Pretentious geek in a swamp. Priceless.), I get this...evil desire to play. Since I don't know, nor do I particularly care about Shel, his feelings matter not.
So here's the deal. Shel, show me you don't just have Intarweb Balls. I'll be in San Francisco from the 5th of August to the 12th of August for the Apple WWDC. Come on down, and repeat what you just said to my face. If you do, I'll buy the beer. Of course, you get to hear the reply that I didn't post on Robert's site, because that would have been as tasteless as you accuse me of being. (Trying to start a personal flame war about a third party on a blog? Tacky Shel, just tacky. Like white after Labor Day. Perhaps thou shouldst cast out the beam in thine own eye before thou pointest out the mote in mine.) No, I'm not gonna hit you or anything stupid like that. I've not been 12 for a long time. I'm just real curious to see if you're that righteous in person is all.
May 13, 2006
Yahoo News and Duncan Martell get it wrong...really wrong
Okay, so I try to not do this here at least, but sometimes an article has just so many astounding errors that I have to bring them out, so that somewhere in the great Google database, there's at least one voice calling "Bullshit!"
Yes, it's another "OH NOES, TEH EVUL DRM" article. Normally I tend to ignore such things. However, this one just reeks with stupid errors that show the author has so little knowledge of the subject that I do believe he used a deck of Tarot cards and an old chicken liver as his fact check.
But Apple's FairPlay digital rights management, or DRM, software prevents you from listening to those purchased songs on a music player from Dell Inc., Creative, Sony, or others. The same thing goes for songs you've imported to your computer from CDs you already own.
Really Duncan? So, I really wasn't ripping un-DRM'd MP3s off of my CDs in iTunes that play just fine in Windows Media Player? Oh wait, I was. See, Duncan didn't bother to take a small, but critical step called learning the program before you talk about it, aka "Don't Be Dumb". Because if he had, he would have realized that in fact, you can do MP3 rips in iTunes, then play them on any portable music player that handles MP3s, which would be damned near all of them. But then the alarm level on the article drops, and it's not so much fun to read anymore.
Of course, any time you have someone quoting Rob Enderle, you just know the stupid level is going to be off the hook. Another gem:
Beyond just having songs you bought from iTunes "trapped" on the iPod and in iTunes, it's also not a snap to move songs from an iPod - whether you bought them or initially pulled them off a CD - back up to a computer. While it's possible to do so, Apple doesn't make it easy, right off the bat, because it's trying to discourage piracy.
"They do it to lock you in," Enderle said, noting an example of if you spent $500 on buying songs from iTunes. "You now have a $500 switching cost to pull out of iTunes.
Um...Rob...again, you're...what's the word...oh yes, wrong, with a light dash of ignorance. Yes, it's tedious to de-DRM iTMS songs, but it's not impossible, nor is it trapped. To play a little bit with an old iTunes slogan:
Burn, Rip, Mix.
Burn your iTMS songs to Audio CD. Ohhh, magic! The DRM is GONE! Rip them back in some other application, as MP3, WMA, OGG, or whatever format floats your boat. Dump them into a player that's not an iPod. Wow...I have just told you how to not spend $500 to get your stuff out of iTunes. Hey, that makes me smarter than Rob Enderle. Oh wait, being smarter than Rob Enderle is about as hard as running faster than a fish.
On the "It's hard to move stuff from an iPod" schtick? Duncan, there's a magical place called "Versiontracker" where, for free, you can download more programs than you think possible that turn this "hard" task into point and click. You can point and click, right? Okay, just checking.
So while the old saw about "Just because it's on the Internet doesn't make it true" is a good thing to remember, here's a corollary: "If they're quoting Rob Enderle, other than to mock him, the article and the quotes are full of crap."
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May 11, 2006
Quick hint on spotting the clueless
If you see an article implying that Macs are vulnerable to attack because some Mac users still use Internet Explorer 5.2.X on OS X? They're clueless, and there's a very good chance they've never worked with a Mac on a regular basis. (No, in fact just having reviewed OS X for a week or so is not the same as working with it regularly).
If an article quotes someone with a good job title implying that Macs are more at risk because you see a lot of Macs at hacker conferences? Clueless, with a good chance of stupid. (I imagine that the folks at hacker conferences wear Nike shoes too, however, that does not imply that wearing Nikes makes you more vulnerable to hacking. Monty Python witch - hunting logic is not a valid algorithm for assessing security issues.)
Note that both of these examples of cluelessness come from the same site, billing itself as "Mac Intelligence for the Enterprise". Just because a site uses the word "Intelligence" in its motto doesn't make them a bastion of actual intelligence. Here's another hint...the enterprise doesn't really care about iPods other than what they do for Apple's stock price. (3 of the 10 articles on the home page of MacNewsWorld.com, the enterprise doesn't care about rumor-mongering rebranded as "Tech Briefs", also a story on the home page of MacNewsWorld.com, and they like articles that foment hysteria just to increase hit counts even less.
Yeah...MacNewsWorld has an impressive title, but "Intelligence for the Enterprise"? SO not the case, unless "intelligence" is now a synonym for "clueless".
May 9, 2006
Attention all bosses
Read this article. If it pisses you off, then you need to think about what you're doing that it talks about.
I cannot possibly emphasis this one point enough: You will never retain people just because you pay them money. Salary is a trade. I do work, you give me money. I will make an appropriate salary from anyone I work for. Really. It is the intangibles that count. Do you treat your people like smart, necessary, critical parts of your company, or is your theme "Sit down, shut up and stop talking to me"? Is your benefit plan one you can point to with pride, or does it meet the minimum level of suck to be called a plan? Do you balance your benefits between what's best for your people and what you can afford, or is cost always the driving issue? Is the only contact you have with your people required or optional?
There's no amount of money you can pay me to hide things like contempt for your employees. When you spend more time orienting me on the history of the company, rather than what the company does and how it does it, you don't want informed employees who get the big picture. You want drones at a desk who will do what they're told without complaint. When things like Corporate Challenge or other such events come up, and every participating company but yours has a loud group of supporters including senior management, you don't care if your company does anything, you're just participating to fill in a checkbox. When the only time people are asked for feedback on major initiatives, or even informed of them is after they're moot, you don't want people to take possession of their jobs and duties. You want them to remember that it's your company, your money, and they should be lucky to have a job at all.
If you think people are happy in an environment where they are treated like little more than drains on your bonus, think again. That's not desire keeping them there. That's a crappy job market, and/or enough time invested in the pension plan that leaving would cost more money than it's worth. Neither are loyalty. Loyalty cannot be bought, imposed, or created by fiat. You must earn it every day, and if you think otherwise, you have none. But if I'm pissing you off, then you probably don't care.
Maybe when your people dump you like a bad spouse, you'll realize your mistake. Then again, probably not. Bad spouses tend to not realize these things either.
What is it with the Microsoft Windows team(s)?
Read this bit of WTF??? first.
I swear, it's like there's some internal "Stupid Alarm" that monitors the Microsoft Windows team's relationships with the rest of the world, and when there's not enough examples of Microsoft being a collection of greedy stupid bastards, it goes off and you get things like this happening.
I'm just glad that the article named names and departments, so if I ever get contacted by anyone who's a software asset managment engagement manager, (I swear, you can tell a Microsoft Windows team member by their TITLE some days. Is that even ENGLISH?), regardless of what their name is, I can tell them to pound sand. Because when I start getting threats of legal action if I don't let Microsoft diddle my IT records, well I stop thinking "Legitimate Concern" and I start thinking "High-Class Extortion".
The Microsoft Windows Team: Shooting ourselves in the foot since 1985.
May 8, 2006
Useful Programs Suck
So here's what I do on the weekends. You have to be running at least Mac OS X 10.3 and iChat. No, there's no windows version. Windows sucks.
May 5, 2006
Sometimes, David Pogue is indeed "The Man"
First, if you haven't, go read David's review of the first UMPC.
Now, before it starts. This was something in development for a while. Microsoft has a ton of experience with direct input devices like touch screens. Tablet PCs and my own smartphone show this. Samsung has a ton of experience with making small, functional devices like smartphones.
But the UMPC? David's right, it's just there. It does nothing well. Bad battery life, too heavy, a "virtual thumboard" that obliterates the screen, a too-small hard drive, not enough RAM, and a 900MHz Celeron. Running Windows XP Tablet Edition.
Yeah, just you go find a 900MHz Celeron PC with a 40MB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, and do work on it. You'll have to buy it used, and you won't like the experience. Even worse, it's got a three hour batter life. I get that on my 1.33GHz 17" Powerbook with the screen brightness jacked to the max. I also get usable screen space, and better input for work. You know, that thing you do when you're not watching DVDs.
Speaking of DVDs, which play rather nicely on laptops, there's no way to play them on a UMPC. Samsung didn't even have the sense to license the PSP's mini optical disc format. So how do you watch movies? Download them. On XP on a 900MHz low-end CPU with 512MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive. Have fun with that. Or, you can hook up a portable DVD player. Of course, now you have two devices taking up as much space as a 12" Powerbook, running at 60% of the Powerbook's speed for only about $300 less.
What exactly does this device do well? It's not a useful work tool, as prolonged input on it would be agonizing, and there's absolutely no way to touch-type with your thumbs on a flat, featureless screen. It doesn't work very well in portrait mode, so handwriting recognition is out. You can't easily play movies on it. It's got craptacular battery life. It's slow. It doesn't have any kind of cell phone functionality, (that at least would be SOMETHING). It's overpriced, since it doesn't seem to actually do anything better than well...anything. Every device you buy should do something well. If not better than the competition, it should be solidly competent. The iPod? Music playback. The PSP? Games and movies on the go. The DS? Games, especially networked games. The Xbox360? Baddest console in the land for now. The Gamecube? Solid console with the best selection of kids games, is both small and cheap, and works with Gameboy games.
The only thing that this device appears to do well is give Microsoft yet another way to make money off of OEM licenses. The first example of the UMPC needed to astound people. It needed to be the thing that made people run, not walk, and buy one. Instead, we get a laughingstock. We get a brick that's only going to be cool if you're a technophile who gets IBS if you don't have the latest gadget. The nigh-total failure of this device isn't that surprising, since there's not a lot of focus other than "Bill Gates gets all spazzy when he talks about it" for this thing. Yes, Bill has all the money, but, unlike Steve Jobs, he has no ability whatsoever to relate to the average consumer. None. But this thing reeks of "Let's design it for Bill". It has to be that, because that's the only thing that makes even miniscule sense as a focus.
"Build it, and they will come" only works as a tagline in a Kevin Costner movie. It is not a viable product strategy. Nor, as it turns out is "Bill likes it".
May 4, 2006
Our Top Story, Lucas caves to the people with the money
Evidently, there's not as much call as Hackmaster George thought there was for his cocked-up versions of the original trilogy. (You know, the one that occasionally had, oh, acting, and didn't confuse characters and special effects.)
I'd have loved to have seen that ego deflation.
What do you MEAN they don't want my improved versions! What HERESY is THIS!?!?!?!?
So Lucas will still make a ton of money, and since someone pulled his head at least PARTIALLY out of his ass, I'll buy them, my tape versions are getting muddy as hell.
May 3, 2006
Macworld Expo Blog
While I'm not in the everyone should blog, because blogging is always a good idea, 'cause it's MAGICAL camp, for something like Macworld that is as customer-driven as it gets, this just makes sense. Oh, and there's an entry for all the "Conferences are dead, the Internet killed them". Here's a hint...you're wrong.
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May 1, 2006
Well whaddya know...
So, for whatever reason, when I proposed to Melissa on Friday, she agreed. (Don't ask me how I didn't screw it up, I've NO idea, but I know that I'm luckier than I deserve)
I asked over dessert at The Capital Grille, and she said yes. That part was pretty much as expected, we had talked about it, although, even when you're sure, you're not really sure. Then the waiter brings over a couple glasses of champagne, and we're thinking "Complimentary glass of bubbly, spiffy!" (again, I wasn't terribly surprised at that. When you make reservations online with the Capital Grille, they ask about any special occasion that the meal will have, so I'd mentioned the whole proposing thing) Quick picture with ye olde digicam, cool.
What I was not expecting, and what blew me and Mel away, was when the waiter, (Bill, who was hilarious. When you ask "how big is that cake", "It's approximately as big as my head" is not what you expect as an answer. The restaurant isn't cheap by any means, but I've never had a steak melt in my mouth like the bourbon-marinated wonder they serve did.) said, "Oh, by the way, you're free to go."
"Dessert and the Champagne were on Sly Marton, and dinner was on Web"
"So you guys can stay as long as you like, or leave now, enjoy and congratulations."
Stunned doesn't even begin to cover it. Shit like that don't happen to me, probably used up all my luck for the next decade. If you add in Melissa saying yes, probably all my luck ever. But...wow. I mean, holy shit, wow.
I can say two things though:
1) Sly is a sneaky little canuck when she wants to be
2) I'm SO glad I had decided early in the dinner, "fuckit, I'm getting that hundred buck bottle of Fess Parker Syrah"
That was just beyond cool.
Since I've had some folks ask, here's the ring I got her. No, it's not diamond, she didn't want diamonds. But it's quite beautiful, (like its owner), and for a girl who is into painting and welding, a practical design as well.
No, we are NOT getting married during Macworld. That worked for Shawn and Lesa for very specific reasons that don't apply in our case. Okay? Good, glad that's settled.