Great Flickr Photo

Now that I have started using Flickr, I am really into it. I can’t believe all the great photographers out there… I was surfing around today and found this incredible shot:

— from romsrini

David Brent is the greatest

Now that I have watched both DVDs of The Office (BBC), I can say with all certainty that David Brent, the Ricky Gervais character, is in my Top Five Funny People. He just edged out Carrot Top.

Stuck in Customs Blog Update (from loosely related Blog Name Redundancies)

It’s just not easy maintaining the tech side of the blog. I spend more time than I like using FTP programs, much like I did back in 1994. It’s been 12 years! Why aren’t things more transparent… Actually that new iLife iWeb looks really nice (watch that flash demo) – that’s how all blogging should be. Even though I am an Apple guy, I don’t think I will switch because I am sure the WordPress / .Mac integration is a disaster.

The refresh problem on my blog should be better now that I took off that Wordspew Shoutbox… so now you should be able to see the videos without a problem.

Most of my old entries still do not have pictures since I moved everything to Flickr. Flickr is really great and I am digging it. Be sure to Friend me on there if you are a Flickr user – my username is stuckincustoms.

Coffee at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

This Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is where I come some days in Austin to drink coffee and hop onto the wireless broadband pro bono. It’s right on Lake Austin and they have a huge deck where you can hang out, look at the lake, and drink coffee. 90% of the tables here are filled with people on their laptops doing god knows what.

It is almost surreal… everyone could be at home, drinking coffee, online with their laptop, totally alone. But instead they all come here to be by other people who are doing the same thing. As strange as this human behavior is, I can’t help but notice I am part of it.

Fox 7 Austin Numbnuts

I was trying to watch the NFL playoff game last night on Fox, and they decided to split screen the UT Longhorn celebration. It was so insane, that it spawned the following complaint email to the station:

Who’s stupid idea was it to split screen the UT celebration? That is the most inane decision I have ever seen. Consider these indisputable facts:

1) You could not hear anything about the UT celebration
2) Both were so small you could barely see either
3) The UT stuff that was shown was completely boring – just a bunch of extroverted girls standing in a pile of nonsensical patterns
4) After you made a bad decision, you repeated it again 10 minutes later (as I am now seeing)
5) The second time you showed it, you showed a chubbyish Barry Switzer giving some speech that no one could hear
6) The pans to the football players majoring in American Studies and Hungarian Cabinet Making was really great television
7) I’m going to watch 24 anyway, but I hope the first episode is Jack Bauer coming into Fox 7 to blow up the control panel that controls split screen activity.

For Shame… my travel gallery is so sad

My Gallery2 installation has officially bombed. There is nothing I can do. I had my crack staff try to fix it, but instead they decided to get on crack. This is going to be a pain in the ass, but I am going to move everything over to Flickr. Flickr is better anyway… and I have some automated plugins for my iPhoto to make it easy – but it is still somewhat of a drain. Most of my old entries will probably be broken too for a while.

I am catching a plane later today for Palm Beach then Chicago. I don’t think I will be anywhere interesting enough to grab cool pictures, but I will try.

Bloggies, go vote for a broken blog

Well my blog is broken and I don’t know why…all the pictures are down. I have my crack staff working on it.

Anyway, imagine that this is a great blog and it is working, and with that image, go votefor Stuck in Customs at ! Put me in the humor or best tagline or whatever. I don’t know what category this is.

Oh and I am getting on a plane to Vegas for CES to see what cool stuff is there. There is also a porn convention so I will get some good pictures for GFailure, since I know he is has huge hard drives for some reason.

This Place Angers Me

I’m not sure what it is called, but I think it is the Austin Design Center. It has a generic name, but it is that place that is off 2222 that looks like a nice house. Anyway, I had to stop by there this morning to drop off a sample for them. I have been waiting on our living room to get painted red with a faux finish for FOUR MONTHS. These people are so slow it is amazing…

I think they are trying to roust Michelangelo himself from the grave to come over and set up scaffolding. I told them I honestly don’t understand why it takes so long. If they don’t get over here next week, I am gonna go over there and go postal. You don’t even want to ask what kind of retainer we had to pay this guy that I know watches a lot of Bravo.

In fact, that is why I hired him as an interior decorator. I went in and asked what TV channel he watches the most. He said, “Bravo,” and I said, “Good, how much do you want.”

I should post a picture of our mega-white Kremlin-Stalinesque walls, but I can’t find one of those now… Anyway, I just realized none of this is very interesting except to my mom.

Cool Haircuts

Since whenever I grow facial hair, I look like I am getting chemotherapy, I wanted to send a shout out to this guy on the right with the sweet handlebar mustache as he stands suspiciously close to the girl that is well endowed and fairly shiny in her upper inner quadrants.

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