Do I sound like Madonna?

madonnaAt the moment I am still in San Francisco, sitting the hotel lobby using my computer thanks to the wonders of EVDO. I had lots of fun at Macworld this week, and did lots of work as well. One of our goals for this Macworld was to shoot lots of video, and I think we were partially successful. We shot lots of good stuff, but it is taking us a little longer than I would like to get it up on the site (though that is mostly due to a number of technical problems). Anyway, some video is up at TUAW, like this hands on with OWC's ModBook. I had fun doing this video, and I didn't think I was half bad interviewing folks. Leave it to TUAW commenters to crush my dreams:

scott, where are you from??? you've got that quasi british-madonna accent going on. passable job? stay away from cameras and stay in front of your computer. you just went down 10 steps in my book.

This marks the first time I have ever been compared to Madonna, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I don't think I have a 'quasi-british' accent at all, though I do enjoy speaking the Queen's English from time to time. At least I can console myself with the fact that this comment is from the small, but vocal, minority of people who read TUAW and think that everything we do sucks (though why they continue reading is anyone's guess).

Pip pip and all that.

Moleskine City Notebooks

MoleskinecitybookI'm a card carrying member of the cult of the Moleskine notebook. Sure, they are over priced and just a tad pretenious, but then again so am I. It is a match made in heaven.

Imagine my glee when I read about the Moleskine City Notebook. It is billed as 'the first guidebook you write yourself,' and has a number of clever features. They are each city specific and feature a map of the city, zone maps, a bunch of note taking space, tabbed pages, and removable sheets (for handing out your phone number, no doubt). At the moment they are available for a number of European cities including:

  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Dublin (I so want to go to Dublin)
  • Paris

You get the idea. However, starting in the Spring of 2007 US cities will get their very own Moleskine Citybooks. The US cities are:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Washington

I have been to each of those cities (expect LA) and they have their charms, but where the heck is Philly? Come on! We have the Liberty Bell, Blankbaby Manor, Independence Hall, and cheese steaks! Surely, the Nation's first Capitol deserves a frickin' City Notebook.

Go to space on the cheap

That's a buttload of Frequent-flyer miles:

Watts has racked up 2 million flyer miles and plans to travel on the world's first commercial tourism flights to space, Virgin Atlantic Airways spokeswoman Katie Francis said.

He will be among the first 1,000 people to travel on a space tourism program in 2009 with Virgin Galactic, an offshoot of British entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic. Flights cost $200,000 (about 100,000 pounds, euro155,000).

My first digital pictures

Originally uploaded by blankbaby.

The weekend of Sept. 21st, 2001 I had to go to a meeting in Washington, DC. This was when I was still living in NYC, though my Mom had moved to VA. So I thought I would visit my mom and then go to the meeting.

That's what I did, but being in Washington, DC so soon after September 11th was a very surreal experience.

Anyway, here are the pictures I took whilst there, and they are amongst the first digital pictures I have ever taken.

If only I had $8,448 to spare


I have found the perfect vacation, though like many things that I desire it probably won't be mine. The good people at International Expeditions have scheduled a British Isles trip which they describe thusly:

Our superb 96-guest expedition vessel, the M/V Polar Star, was designed to navigate remote regions, and provides remarkable luxury along the coastal waters of Britain and Ireland. She is large enough to travel to isolated islands and ports in comfort, yet small enough to enter otherwise inaccessible areas that larger cruise ships can only sail past. Aboard the M/V Polar Star, we’ll experience this region’s remarkable combination of natural and human history that reaches back 6,000 years, all in a casual and enriching environment. Our ship is equipped with a fleet of Zodiac landing craft, allowing you to venture close to nesting sites for gannets and other birds, cruise along the beaches of small islands, and land securely at remote sites so you can explore Neolithic villages and centuries-old monastaries.

Now, that sounds like a vacation that I would enjoy the heck out of. Sadly, it would cost me at least $8,448 if I went by myself, and at least $5,598 if I found someone who wanted to go with me (and at that price I doubt I would have any luck finding a partner, but it would be super cool).

Well, it doesn't depart until May 11th, 2007 so I still have time to not go.

All my bags are packed

As I mentioned in the latest episode of Blankbaby Radio (you have listened, haven't you? My fragile ego requires an audience) I prattle on about needing to get out of Philadelphia. It is true, I need to go somewhere, but the question is: where?

So, dear readers, leave suggestions in the comments. Keep in mind:

  • I don't want to spend lots of money
  • I can't drive
  • I only have a week with which to do this in

Other than that I am open to suggestions.

Luxury hotel in a Lighthouse? I can die now

LighthousehotelI can now add Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel to the list of romantic places I would like to go with a special someone (the Ice Hotel is the only other entry on the list).  Any woman I want to find myself with has to love lighthouses (or at least indulge my odd love of them) and who wouldn't want to be amongst the raw elements of Scotland?

Ahh, perchance to dream.

Plus they will even pick you up from the airport in the Hotel Daimler, which just sounds so decadent (though it'll cost ya too).

My Final Easter pictures are up

They were replacing some of the stones
Originally uploaded by blankbaby.

Check out the whole set, if you like.

My mother and I spent a few (4.5 hours or so) walking around Arlington National Cemetery, and I took a little over 180 pictures (that makes about 250 for the entire trip).

I love walking about cemeteries and looking at tombstones (ladies, I'm still single!). Some of my pictures came out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

The last time my mother and I were at Arlington I was a wee lad. I do remember visiting the Eternal Flame, and that is about it. This time I recall lots more, and I am very glad that my mom wanted to go.

Easter 2006 Day 2 pictures

Fine, I'm welcome
Originally uploaded by blankbaby.

My second set of pictures from my Easter trip to see my mom are up!

We spent some time in Old Towne Manassas, a place my mom always talked about visiting whenever I was there. So we finally headed over there, and it was a bit of a let down. In the words of my mom, 'This sucks!'

However, we did have a nice lunch and got to spend some time enjoying the lovely weather.

Future Liner


If I had more money than I knew what to do with, or I was a successful touring person of some kind, I would buy this General Motors Future Liner. I love the idea of looking at someone's vision of what the future (i.e. our present) would look like. The 30's vision of the 21st century is all curved lines and chrome and we consider that look to be 'retro' now.

Can you imagine me tooling around the country in the bus wearing one of these shirts spreading the gospel of Blankbaby?

I could, if only I had a rich patron.

Pixar at MoMA

Pixar at MoMA

MoMa (that's the Museum of Modern Art in NYC) is hosting an exhibition called 'Pixar: 20 Years of Animation' which features art from Pixar, makers of many fine feature length films and delightful shorts. MoMA says:

In keeping with the Museum’s long tradition of presenting animation, this is the most extensive gallery exhibition that MoMA has ever devoted to the genre. Featuring over 500 works of original art on loan for the first time from Pixar Animation Studios, the show includes paintings, concept art, sculptures, and an array of digital installations.

The show runs from December 14, 2005–February 6, 2006, so my only question is who's up for a day trip to the city? I know I am!

Moleskine Pocket Reporter Notebook

The good folks (folk?) at Uncrate opened my eyes to the Moleskine Pocket Reporter Notebook. I have become a convert to the Moleskine as of late, and it is making me feel so much cooler (ok, it isn't making me any cooler but I like the darn things).

I will be sallying forth to some god forsaken state park for New Years (at least I still think that is on, I should ask Julie about that. Hey, Julie! Is that still on?) and I have decided that (other than my camera) I will not be bringing any tech gear with me. Since I am not exactly an outdoorsy dude I think I'll be purchasing a large Moleskine notebook to encourage me to write whilst 'enjoying' the rustic life.

Observations made on Flight 1652 from Chicago to Philadelphia

  1. The man depicted in the 'US Airways Express EMB 170 Safety Instructions' jumping off of a downed plane using the inflatable escape chute has an undeniable look of enjoyment on his face. I view this man as a bastard.
  2. Male stewardesses, I mean stewards, no wait! Flight attendants, make me nervous. I have no explanation for this.
  3. The woman next to me didn't fold down the armrest when I sat next to her, allowing me to sit in much more comfort. It is true that she seems unaccustomed to flying and may not have known that she could have put the armrest down. I didn't tell her because sins of omission like that make life much more livable.