- I wonder if the guy at Palm who decided to cancel the Foleo is kicking himself right now (or has other folks kicking him.) The Foleo was a planned ultraportable that would have placed Palm six months ahead of the netbook wave kicked off by the Asus Eee. The specs (flash memory and storage, Linux OS, 10″ LCD, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth) would have been right in line with current netbook specs…and those things are selling extremely well right now in the economic downturn.
- I found some really nice paper at Staples: bagasse paper, made of sugarcane waste. The sheets are thin and smooth, and they hold fountain pen ink extremely well. The feel of it reminds me a little of onionskin paper, and I like the light brown lines, which are less obtrusive than the blue lines and red margins of the standard writing pads. Staples sells it as “eco-friendly paper” (their salespeople usually have no idea what “bagasse” is), and it comes with brown cardboard-looking wrappers that say “sugarcane-based” in front. They’re $1.99 for a two-pack of 50-sheet writing pads, so they’re a bit more expensive than the Staples pads, but the paper is brighter and much more smooth than the cheap wood pulp variety.
- I haven’t been in a gun shop in a year and a half. My ballistic toolbox has been completely static, with no new acquisitions, and nothing sold off or traded. As a side effect of my lack of gun money, I’ve gotten really good with the stuff I have.
- I finally had a chance to watch a few movies that have been in my queue for a while: Iron Man and Casino Royale. Verdict: I love the new Bond and the franchise reboot away from the corny 007. The new Bond is a rough-around-the-edges killer, and Daniel Craig is pretty freaking awesome. Iron Man was fun, too, mainly because of Robert Downey Jr.’s performance. The man may be a recovering cokehead, but he plays a great Tony Stark. I especially loved the all-out Arrogant Playboy Genius phase before his conversion.
- When your work involves sitting down with a pen in hand for several hours a day, try not to use a slicing mandolin to slice onions without the little safety carrier. The safety device is there to keep you from cutting the shit out of the tip of your thumb, and you won’t have to try and produce legible writing with a heavily Band-Aided thumb on your writing hand. Just sayin’, is all.
- I’ll be at the Northeast Blogger Early Spring Meet in Saugus, MA, on March 22nd, to try out that “socializing” thing that seems to be all the rage these days. This is despite the fact that Saugus is in a Victim Disarmament Zone, and that I’ll have to leave Messrs. Smith and Wesson at home altogether because even bringing them into MA in a locked case in my trunk would be a dreadful offense. On the plus side, the Hilltop Steakhouse on Route 1 is pretty good, and Ambo Driver will be there as well, so there’s that.
Well, that’s my exciting Thursday. I have to iron out some stuff that really needed to be ironed out before getting all the way to Chapter 19, because now it’s kind of stopping my workflow. I’ll have to spend some time tonight hammering out the kinks in the denouement. The writing life, it’s full of glamour and riches. (Whoops…you’ll need to excuse me. Jeeves bumped the Bentley into the Money Bin again. Gotta go.)