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March 2009

Elevator update

Yesterday I spewed bile all over people pushing the button for an elevator whilst on the ground floor when someone else is obviosly waiting for an elevator (I'm sure you recall).

Today I saw a man standing in front of a bank of elevators, which I was approaching. He was just standing there, so I assumed he was waiting for an elevator, until I saw one come and go (I was several yards from the elevators when this happened) and the dude didn't get on. I walked up and noticed the call button hadn't been pressed, but the guy was still standing there. I pressed the button (against my normal rules) and got onto the elevator when it arrived. The dude remained standing in front of the elevators making no movement towards the elevator.

I blame this dude for skulking about in front of elevators and ruining it for the rest of us.


Elevators still piss me off

Almost nine years ago I first wrote about my problems with people and elevators. Since then I've moved into an apartment on the 20th floor of a building and I work in the tallest building in Philadelphia, so I ride in an elevator several times a day. This means that several times a day I am befuddled by people's behavoir when it comes to elevators. If I'm standing on the ground floor of a building, in front of the elevators, it is a safe bet that I want to ride said elevators up to a higher floor. Since I am not brain dead I am aware of the finer points of calling an elevator:

  1. Push the button
  2. There is no step two!

Why is it, then, that people look at me when I am obviously waiting for the elevator and proceed to push the button once more. Do they think that perhaps I didn't push the button hard enough? Or maybe I just enjoy watching people get into elevators!

All I know for sure is that in nine years I'll be writing about the same darned thing.


A Chestnut Hill Afternoon

Isn't great when your hobbies and your professional life line up? I'm a fan of taking random pieces of video with tiny video cameras, and it just so happens that for my day job I needed to figure out how to use a tiny video camera (specifically the Sony Handycam HDR-TG1) for some future stuff we have in the works.

Since I was out and about today I thought it would be fun to take some video to see how the camera works. This is the result. You can watch it in HD here.


TypePad, you disappoint me

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I've been a happy TypePad user for about six years now (yes, I wrote a book about WordPress, which  you should buy, but that doesn't mean I can only like one blogging engine. If anyone wants me to write a book about TypePad let me know and we'll talk) and for most of that time I've been extremely happy with it.

Today I'm hanging out at Barnes and Noble and using a laptop that doesn't have MarsEdit on it, so that means I had to log into TypePad to compose a post (this post isn't the reason I logged into TypePad, but I figured I might as well post whilst I was still slightly miffed). My blog is using TypePad's new interface which is pretty snazzy (though this text field I am typing in is pretty laggy which shouldn't happen on a new MacBook Pro with 4 gigs of RAM). One of the new features, it seems, is an alert system that SixApart can use to try and get me to visit their TypePad blog when I am composing a post. Sweet!

You can see it up there in that image, it is that yellow banner suggesting I check out this post for some bloggerly inspiration. Now, there is a red 'x' that allows you to close the alert but why the heck is TypePad advertising their blog to me when I am trying to post something to my own blog? I could understand if TypePad were free, but it isn't. In fact, TypePad positions itself as the service for 'serious bloggers.' Should serious bloggers be pandered to with yet another pointless top ten list right at the moment when inspiration has struck (otherwise why would I be on the Compose a Post screen)? I think not.

Now, there might be a preference somewhere to turn this annoyance off (which would be great) but I don't think this sort of thing has any place on a paid blogging service.