Mid-August Updates

Things have been a little slow around here. What gives? Here’s are a few distractions.

1. I’ve been on the road a bit. Philadelphia & State College, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Vancouver, BC in recent weeks.

2. I managed to rupture a disc in my lower back. This, it turns out, is not a good thing.

3. Vicodin is an excellent pain and productivity killer.

4. Running: not so much. My last run was around Lake Union in Seattle around a month ago.

5. The DQ Mini Blizzards are pretty much the perfect size. I’m currently working my way through the candy bar flavors. Heath tonight. Snickers a few nights ago. The mayorship of the East Lake location is pretty solidly in my hands at this point.

6. Backyard landscape remix. Out with the deck, in with a new patio. It will be ready by the time the first snowflake falls, give or take.

7. Grouponing. I’m sitting on a stack of Groupons that need to be used. The Other Mike has been helping out. If you’re free for lunch or dinner and only mildly care where you eat, let me know.

8. Briefcase conversion. I’ve become a roller briefcase kinda guy. Considering that my briefcase is chock full of copper in the form of a computer, power cords, a 25′ extension cord, and splitter, it gets pretty heavy, which may not be the best thing for the discs in my back.

9. Seward Coop Chalkboard: I’ve been relying on the chalkboard at the Seward Coop for produce choices lately. Frankly, I have no idea how to pick out a fresh peach or avocado, but if the chalkboard says they are the thing to get, they will not disappoint. For example, apricots were killing it a few weeks ago. So good.

10. Bike commute: Did you know that one can coast almost the entire way from the Groveland Tap to the Longfellow Grill on a bike? Here is my route suggestion.

New Deets Feature: My Netflix Recommendations

I’m a big fan of Netflix for movie rentals, but sometimes I question their recommendations. So, I figure if I share what Netflix says is right for me with all of you, I’ll get some feedback on what’s worth adding to my queue and what’s worth passing on. The Wisdom of Crowds at work – or something like that.

So, if you look at the left column of TheDeets.com, you’ll see a new section called “Netflix Recs 4 Me” which lists the 10 latest recommendations Netflix has suggested for me based on my previous watched, ratings, current queue, age, sex, blood type, and special sauce.

Here are the top-10 recommendations from Netflix for me as of this writing:

* Frank Zappa: Apostrophe / Over-Nite Sensation
* Six Feet Under – The Complete Series Gift Set
* Sami Swoi NTSC “Our Folks”
* Amar Te Duele
* CoSM the Movie – Alex Grey and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
* Who Killed the Electric Car?
* Hacking Democracy
* Train Man : Densha Otoko
* Weeds – Season 1 [Blu-ray]
* Nine Inch Nails – Live – Beside You in Time

I can tell you right away that Frank Zappa and Nine Inch Nails can go, since I NEVER rent music related content.

Any thoughts on the remaining 8?

BTW, if you’re interested in adding this to your blog, I built the feed using Yahoo Pipes. You can find it here and customize it by simply adding your Netflix ID in the form (explained at Y! Pipes).

Custom Google Homepage

Here’s how you can make a custom Google homepage:

1. Go to www.google.com/ig

2. Login with your gmail address if you aren’t already logged in.

3. Now you’re logged in, but you probably see some marginally relevant headlines. How about adding The Deets?

4. Click the Add Stuff link along the right side of the screen.

5. Click “Add by URL” near the search box at the top of the screen.

6. Paste the following URL into the box:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheDeets

7. That’s it. Now the latest headlines from The Deets will come directly to your Google Homepage (you can adjust how many headlines you like by clicking the Edit link next to the section’s header).

PS: Consider changing your browser’s homepage to http://www.google.com/ig so it will be the first thing you see when you open your browser.