Stuff on Pluto

After about a year of waiting, my cat, Pluto, the Twisted Black Maxta, has finally made his way onto Stuff on My Cat! He joins Simon on the list of doadly kitties to be immortalized at SOMC. Big thanks to my brother Voidious for taking the photos and submitting them.

Actually, I’m even more fond of this photo (tentatively titled “Recursive Kitty” :). Voidious sent that one in some months later, thinking perhaps the first had been lost somehow. Hopefully it will be posted at SOMC sometime down the road.

Click here for Pluto’s fifteen minutes of fame.

Stuff on Pluto

If You Don’t Do It, Someone Else Will

In light of persistent problems lately with Twitter I decided to try out Jaiku, a similar SMS-compatible “micro-blogging” service. I love Twitter–it has allowed me to keep in touch with my doads in ways I never would have imagined–but lately the frequency of errors in their web interface has sent me looking for alternatives. Twitter’s service is free, true, but in this day and age if you can’t do something right, you better believe someone else is ready and waiting to take your place. In observance of this fundamental law of the universe, I will be investigating the competition, beginning with Jaiku and Pownce.

To be honest, the original purpose of this post was simply to to test out Jaiku’s embedded feeds feature, but you know me. Once I start spewing out seemingly-coherent-yet-meaningless bullshit I find it difficult to stop. So, I’d like to talk about another issue of some importance to me–the infamous “Bookmarks Toolbar” that is a standard feature on all modern web browsers.

I always disable my Bookmarks Toolbar. It’s a practice dating back to the era of 800×600 screen resolution, when I needed all the browser real estate I could get. Well, time went by and screens got bigger. but I’d already become accustomed to not having my browser cluttered with that ugly toolbar. My colleagues will often hail the virtues of the toolbar, and sometimes chastise me for shunning it. When I started using Firefox 3 a few days ago, I even thought I might give it another try, but I lasted all of 30 seconds before disabling it. It’s nice that FF allows you to do this, but what I really want is to eliminate the toolbar completely (it clutters up my bookmarks menu) but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be possible.

Sometimes words are not adequate for conveying one’s feelings on a particular subject. Therefore, please allow me to demonstrate my opinion in a more visual manner:

If You Don’t Do It, Someone Else Will