At a coffee shop (still Thunderbird), and they’re playing Morrissey. I can hear it through my earplugs. Shoot me now.
i’m sure this topic has been expounded upon numerous times, but why is it that tornadoes seem to mostly target trailer parks? Apparently, tornadoes hate the economically less fortunate.
one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced is the AC ramping up at my office after business hours are over or on weekends. like most buildings, AC is turned off or the thermostat is turned up after business hours to save on energy costs, but it is turned on at intervals to keep the temperature relatively acceptable and to flush the building’s air. well, when it ramps up at my office it sounds like an airplane is roaring toward the building, aiming for a spectacular crash. it is seriously loud. i work on the 22nd floor of a 23 story tower, so it scared the shit out of me the first time i heard it. i ran for the window to see if there was anything outside when i noticed the ‘airplane’ sounded much quieter by the window. then i realized it was just the AC.
i’ve written about Metro coffee before – it was pretty much where i started drinking coffee when i started architecture school. it was conveniently located across the street from school, was open 24hrs, and had free wifi. slowly, as all the independent coffee shops on the Drag begin to wither and die, so too did my love for Metro. their coffee became brown water. they stopped staying open 24 hrs (in their defense, they claim that the smoking ban killed off most of their late night business, which is probably true). they stopped accepting credit cards – this one i can’t understand at all. the amount of money that they save in credit card transactions probably doesn’t compare to the amount of business they lost. but they’ve stayed open on that policy for over year, so i must be wrong. for all of those reasons (mostly the shite coffee and lack of credit cards), i stopped going to Metro.
aside from Metro, the only places to get coffee in walking distance of the architecture school are Starbucks at 24th st. and Java City in the Union. both are corporate coffee chains, but obviously Starbucks is the larger of the two. a few weeks ago i found out (from a Java City worker) that they’d be closing up shop this summer. why would they close up? they’re the only coffee shop in the immediate vicinity. wait for it… wait for it… b/c this summer Starbucks will be opening up in the Union, directly next door to where Java City now stands. fantastic. we will now have 2 Starbucks w/in 2 blocks of each other, and no other coffee shops in walking distance.
i only have 2 things to say to this dastardly turn of events:
- thank god i’m graduating next month and moving to a firm downtown where there still exist a few independent coffee shops.
- go read my friend’s new novel: National Darkroast Day.
i couldn’t log onto my MSN IM account through Meebo today – it said my password was incorrect. that’s pretty odd since i haven’t changed it. so i decided to try to log in to any MSN page that uses Passport, the username and password system for most Microsoft services. i immediately found that MSN provides a web based messenger, but lo and behold! what a shock! i could not log on b/c i WASN’T RUNNING WINDOWS. microsoft continues to baffle me for the way they alienate users. instant messaging is an internet platform. it is not, ideally, platform specific. there are loads of different clients out there already that allow you to log into nearly every IM service, and microsoft does, in fact, put out an MSN Messenger client for Mac – though why anyone would use it when there are lighter and cleaner options like adium (which connects you to nearly every IM service in existence) is beyond me. so why stop there? why put the restraint on web users that you be using windows in order to access the web messenger?! the whole point of web based apps is that they are accessible anywhere, from any platform!
here’s the message from the MSN web messenger site:
You must have the following to use MSN Web Messenger:
- A web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Netscape 7.1 or later, or Mozilla 1.6 or later, running in Microsoft Windows.
- An Internet connection (56 Kbps or faster recommended)
- A Microsoft® .NET Passport. If you have a hotmail.com or msn.com account, you already have a Passport.
- Popups enabled for this web site if you are using popup blocker software like the MSN Toolbar
i heard this theory in my American Architecture class last semester. the idea was that the golden arches were designed to subconsciously resemble breasts, causing a primal desire to eat – ideally at mcdonalds. the professor echoed what we were all thinking – this theory is ridiculous. but he acknowledged that every time since he’d heard the theory he couldn’t help but think of boobs whenever he saw a mcdonald’s sign. now i have the same problem. and maybe you will, too.
it strikes me as odd that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessing to be the mastermind behind 9/11 and other terrorist attacks does not warrant a red or yellow ‘BREAKING NEWS’ banner on CNN’s homepage, yet the death of Anna Nicole Smith does.