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30 Jun 2004 - 2:28:28 PM
Heh. First Gmail upped the free web-based email ante with 1 gig of storage space, then Yahoo took the plunge and increased their free email storage from 6 Mb (or 4Mb, depending on when you signed up) to 100 Mb. Now Hotmail is finally scrambling to catch up by sending an email today saying they'll be increasing free storage to 250 Mb sometime in the next several weeks. Attachment size limitations have increased across the board, too. All I can say is, Google rules. Considering the three players, I think Gmail has the edge -- besides the ridiculous amount of storage space, they don't automatically append those silly Yahoo/Hotmail blurbs on every email sent. Yahoo comes in second -- clean and simple UI and a nice address book. Hotmail is last, even though they'll increasing their stingy 2 Mb storage limit to 2.5 times that of Yahoo, because they have too many annoying ads (including the always highlighted emails from MSN Hotmail Staff advertising MSN services -- grr) and, even worse, they have that horrible "You are visiting a site outside of Hotmail" frame around sites linked to from emails. Hotmail really gets on my nerves. Anyway.
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25 Jun 2004 - 5:15:48 PM
I've been slacking off with the roblog updates again. Shame on me. Last weekend, Kathy and I went down to Oregon to do the hippie thing at a three day String Cheese Incident extravaganza. It'd been a while since I'd last done the hippie thing, and, frankly, I hadn't really missed it. A relaxing weekend, though, capped by my car dying on I-5 very late on Sunday night. It took AAA three fucking hours to get a tow truck to us. Didn't get to sleep until 4:30 a.m. but went in to work anyway (two mile walk -- about 35 minutes) because my new boss was starting Monday. Oy. Took me a couple days to recover from all that, and my car's working again after getting a replacement distributor.
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15 Jun 2004 - 11:08:40 AM
Well, I was all excited last week when I got a Gmail account -- a gig of storage space! I was all set to start the long process of switching to a new primary email account. Today, though, my trusty old Yahoo account decided to stay competitive and increased its storage space to 100 Mb. Not a gig, but plenty big enough. So I guess I'll stick with the Yahoo account, because it's easier than switching.
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13 Jun 2004 - 10:28:46 PM
I heard some interesting news today about drugstore.com, a company I used to work for. Not sure what I want to say here about this, except I'm not terribly upset by the resignation. I know a bunch of other people who probably aren't terribly upset by it, as well.
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7 Jun 2004 - 1:19:18 PM
I caught the Mission of Burma show this past Saturday at Neumo's. I hadn't yet been to Neumo's, so this was a fine reason to check out the space. I hadn't been in there, actually, since it was Moe's. All the old spooky clowns are gone, as far as I could tell, but there's a big, new, colorful clown behind the stage. Kinski, the opening band, put on a good show as usual. MoB were great. Old songs, new songs, and a couple covers. It just kept building up, getting better and better as the show went on. Oddly enough, the first I'd heard of Reagan's death was in their intro to "Class War," which they dedicated to him. Very touching. Oh yeah, in case any fashion-minded readers out there are wondering, Roger Miller wore a MoveOn.org t-shirt.
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5 Jun 2004 - 5:06:49 PM
A big group of us saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban last night. All in all, I was pretty impressed with the adaptation. The pacing was quick, which it needed to be in order to fit the plot into two and a quarter hours -- even so, there was a lot of the book left out. Having read the read certainly helps in knowing what's going on, but also takes away from some of the suspense. Oh well. I think my only complaint was the color palette used, which was a little too stark for the Harry Potter look and feel, in my opinion. The colors sort of reminded me of those in The Lord of the Rings, whose epic proportions benefitted from such starkness. With Harry Potter that gravity just doesn't feel right. So, yeah, I missed the lush colors of the first two movies, but everything else about the third was spot on.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban gets: ***1/2 (out of four)

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4 Jun 2004 - 2:17:10 PM
I saw the QFC ducks yesterday. Rick and Lucy are their names. They hang out by the bench near the west entrance to the north Broadway store. Apparently people feed them, and that's why they keep coming back. Not sure how it all started, but I wish I'd had my camera with me -- they were pretty cute ducks.
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