Sunday, November 19, 2006

Wait! Where's the urinal??

I've deemed the topic of urinals blog-worthy before (inspired by this list; Wallpaper* Magazine has a similar ranking)... This bit over at Engadget caught my eye. A mere $75K per unit. Weird. Necessary? I dunno...

On a related note, I had the great fortune of seeing this one (complete with tiled "targets" featuring the likes of Bin Laden and Hitler) at a party at Heidi Roizen's house a couple of weeks ago. Although the majority of the conversation was devoted to celebrating the release of Steven's new book, the 2nd most popular topic was the bathroom!


Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Yesterday was an epic day for a number of reasons...everything from the election results to Britney finally cluing in! Through all the excitement, LB and I were focused on more important matters...welcoming our daughter, Ella Pearl Krane, into this world.


Born November 7, 2006 at 3:22 p.m.
7 lbs. 7 oz.
21 inches

Everyone is doing extremely well, and Ari is quite excited to meet his new sister (formerly known 'round here as MicroSeed)...

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sweaty thighs - no more!

Candid confession...I recently took Apple's marketing dept. up on their promise, and switched from a trusty ThinkPad, to a stylish, high-performing MacBook Pro. These gems are becoming commonplace at the Googleplex -- in nearly every meeting I'm in, at least several of the participants are sporting MB Pros. I've fallen quickly in love with a number of aspects of the machine (amazingly clear LCD, helpful integrated camera - iChat video conferencing is excellent, solid battery life, very stable OS -- that even enables me to boot Windows in case I get a hankerin' for some Picasa time).

That's hard to ignore how *extremely* hot this machine runs, especially when it's parked in its traditional position across my lap. After just 20 minutes, I'm confident you could flip the machine over and produce a world-class entree of seared tuna.

The problem clearly lies in the hardware design, specifically the calibration of the two internal cooling fans. As far as I can tell, the MB Pro doesn't ship with any native ability to adjust these settings. Enter a cool (literally) product from Labotomo Software, called Fan Control 1.1...

This freeware download installs itself in the System Preferences, and with a few tweaks*, cools down the underside of the machine significantly. Highly recommended!

(thanks for the tip, Eric!)

* I set the fan base speed to 1500 RPM, the lower temp threshold to 122 F, and the upper temp to 158 F. This did the trick...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Colbert on Google/YouTube...