General

LOVE My TomTom

It’s called “my precious”. And it is. At first, I thought it was just the coolest gadget I had ever been given. Lynn gave me a TomTom GO 910 for Christmas. I had just seen one in the car that picked me up in Scotland when I came to see Read more…

By Brian, ago
Entertainment

Perfume

Wow. What a great movie. Ian had told me the storyline of the book about a year ago and it sounded amusing, but I wasn’t sure what kind of movie it would make. But all I can say is, wow. This movie deserves a Best Picture nomination. It’s working on Read more…

By Brian, ago
Entertainment

Christmas Reading

There is something funny in the microeconomic system of the Netherlands which makes book prices (especially for English language books) extremely inflated. It’s on the order of $20 USD to buy a paperback. So whenever I am in the States for holidays I tend to make two shopping trips, one Read more…

By Brian, ago
General

Welcome Noa Renée Weiner

Wow. This was the closest to an actual birth that I have ever been. I called Darien to get some info about the ski trip that we will be going on in March and after he gave it to me he said, “Oh, by the way, Magreet is in labor.” Read more…

By Brian, ago
Ramblings

iSick of the iPhone hype

My friend Ian is a Macolyte. When he forwarded me this Time article about the iPhone I figured it was just another fluff piece. At a base price of $499 and available only on Cingular, should other handset manufacturers really be worried. Well, yes, of course they should, but what Read more…

By Brian, ago
Europe

(Another) Night at the Casino

So since I moved to the Hague I have been about fifteen minutes from the Holland Casino in Scheveningen. When I lived in Dordrecht I rarely made the journey out to the casino in Rotterdam as I simply couldn’t be bothered. So far I have been to the one in Read more…

By Brian, ago
Ramblings

Saddam Executed

I was walking through a WHSmith’s in Scotland on Dec 30 when I saw the front page headline of one of the tabloids there: “Saddam Hangs Today”. I was mildly annoyed that my New Years thoughts were being interrupted by this spectacle. I was all for the execution of such Read more…

By Brian, ago
Ramblings

Second Life Founder Interview

A video interview with Joe Miller, the founder of Second Life. For my buddy Ian, who first showed me Second Life. And for Mark Lorenc, who first got me into immersive online experiences by introducing me to City of Heroes. I love this stuff. So “sci-fi-comes-to-life”. The stuff of all Read more…

By Brian, ago
Ramblings

French and Germans Can’t Fight Google

According to InfoWorld the French/German marriage initially conceived to fight Google’s book digitization dominance has broken up. I thought this was a cute news item when it first came to prominence almost two years ago. The curator of the French National Library apparently convinced Chirac that it was imperative that Read more…

By Brian, ago
General

Dutch Ban Segways

This news item made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. I was just speaking with Lynn’s son Jamie this New Year about the fact that while technology has advanced and created new opportunities, our laws have failed to keep pace. (As a worker in an industry Read more…

By Brian, ago