Archive for October, 2005


Friday, October 14th, 2005

[Also posted on CT.]

I am so glad that somebody finally wrote this piece regarding press fascination with iEverything. (The author does acknowledge Slate’s history with Microsoft.) The article also links to this great spoof ad, which summarizes much of the point quite well.

There is absolutely no need to educate me about the merits of Mac products. I used to and still do own several. That’s not the point here, which you’ll understand if you read the article for what it is.

Blog clock

Monday, October 10th, 2005

This is cute, but I’m not convinced blog readers need even more reminders of how much time they’re spending away from what they were going to do when they sat down at their machines.

Chicagoland time

Budapest trip

Monday, October 10th, 2005
Castle in Budapest

Castle in Budapest,
originally uploaded by eszter.

I just booked tickets to Budapest this morning for a trip coming up in a few weeks. I hope to take lots of pictures although I will be busy attending meetings. In the meantime, check out this photostream by a Flickrite. This set of pictures captures Budapest extremely well.

Tag cloud comes to E-BLOG

Monday, October 10th, 2005

E-BLOG is happy to catch up with blog tag goodness. Thanks to the helpful Jerome’s Keywords Plugin and associated instrudctions, tags are now added to posts and you can even view a tag cloud for tags used on this blog (what’s a tag cloud, you ask?). Thanks also go out to Barb for sending me relevant pointers.

If you are or want to be at the cutting edge of all things tag-related, you may want to attend TagCamp.

UPDATE: Oops, I just realized that this isn’t fully functional yet. Although the links work if you click on them in any one post, the links from the cloud are not functional right now. I won’t be able to tend to this for a few days, but I’ll try to fix it soon.

UPDATE 2: I was able to fix this problem. I just had to change the link specified under all_keywords in the tag cloud plugin file. Instead of linking to


the code needs to say


to work.

Sunday pancakes

Sunday, October 9th, 2005
Sunday pancake

Sunday pancake,
originally uploaded by eszter.

A friend of mine visited a few weeks ago and brought me delicious pancakes made from *drumroll please* over 40 ingredients! We played a guessing game: what’s in it? It had everything you can imagine and then some. It was also great.

Although I haven’t quite adopted her approach to making pancakes, she has certainly inspired me to make my pancakes a bit more interesting. On Sundays, I purposefully take some extra time to enjoy the morning and this allows for some gourmet pancakes. This morning’s mix included the following ingredients in addition to the basics: chocolate chips (I always include those!), dried fruits (cranberries, pineapple, apricots) and various spices (mint (!), pumpkin spice, ground nutmeg).

I didn’t have any fresh blueberries at home, but those are one of my favorite ingredients. In fact, the pancake pictured above is of one such mix.

I recommend experimenting with various pancake mixtures. They make for a very yummy treat. Oh, and I don’t eat my pancakes with maple syrup, I eat them with whipped cream.:-)

Yahoo! &

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

I’ve written here about before. It’s a great free online service that helps you organize your upcoming events and also lets you coordinate with others and find additional events of interest by geographical location or types of happenings.

Last night, its creator Andy Baio announced that Yahoo! has bought Upcoming. This is yet another great acquisition by Yahoo! this year. Congrats to Andy!

Shofar Idol

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Shana Tova!