Monthly Archives: March 2005

Refigerator Horror Vacui

ArtLex defines Horror Vacui as:

The compulsion to make marks in every space. Horror vacui is indicated by a crowded design. In Latin, it is literally, “fear of empty space” or “fear of emptiness.”

My mom has refigerator horror vacui. Every nook and cranny must be filled, even if the condiment or leftover is 4 years old. When I was a teenager, the only time leftovers would leave the family frig is when I would eject them into the trashcan before they evolved into sapient beings.
As an adult, I love a minimalist refigerator. Other than a few condiments, an onion or carrot or apple or two, I like to buy my food as I am going to cook it. I generally don’t keep leftovers past a day or two or three.
Whenever my mom comes to visit for longer than a day or two, the items in my frige multiply. And multiply and multiply, until one can’t get anything in. Last night Lauren and I looked in the refrigerator with horror as it was overflowing with food we didn’t recognize: a whole cooked chicken, fruit salad in a bag, a large container or milk (both of us are lactose intolerant), a case of beer, etc. etc. etc.
Here is the thing: my mom won’t be back to collect the food when she leaves to go home tomorrow. She will leave it. She will take Freckles and his dog accroutrements, she will take her clothes and towels, but she will leave the chicken, the milk, the beer, etc. whether we will eat it or not. These items will join the whey protein shake, the 2 or 3 jars of olives, the pickles, and other items she left last time or the time before.
She will leave happy, knowing that my refigerator is full.

MIR – It Works…

The last few days, I have been running through the various technologies, tricks, and tips that I learned about at SXSWi this year and have been pondering if I should start using the sIFR method for better designed banners and headlines, when I noticed that Andy Clarke debuted the MIR (Malarkey Image Replacement) technique today.
I tried both tonight and MIR won for ease of use, cross browser compatibility and the complete lack of evil Flash. Thanks to Andy, I now have a new and improved logo banner for Black Phoebe.

3 Months and 17 Days in to My Love Affair…

with my Nokia 7610!
On Dec. 10th, 2004, I received my Nokia 7610 from Sandy and Kristin in a little white padded mailer bag at the scoop out of a high-end hotel in Beverly Hills. That afternoon I had a new sim chip inserted and took my first picture with the cameraphone. The next morning I made my first post to Wasabi from the phone.
The first time the phone actually rang, I looked at it in horror – what!?!? Why is my fabulous new camera / email / internet / PDA device ringing?!?! Ugh.
In the intervening 3 months and 17 days, I have taken 1913 photos with the phone, a few videos, made numerous posts to Wasabi, emailed photos to this blog via Flickr, have sent and received email, surfed the ‘net in traffic, texted like no tomorrow, and actually made a few phone calls.
I have done side by side feature comparisons with Sidekick, Blackberry, and Treo owners, with all conceding that the Nokia 7610 trumps all. Until I met Marc from Buzznet at the Gawker Party at SXSWi and he had a new Nokia 6630. Ok, so his phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera rather than the 7610’s 1 megapixel, but the 7610 still has the far superior design (aka way cuter!) and has a mirror on the back! But he also had to borrow my flash a number of times over the course of the party, as he had left his at the hotel and the 6630’s on-board flash was not enough.
My recap is… This smart phone rocks. Ok, bad slang aside, it really is a wonderful phone that is a mini-PC, digital camera, and PDA all rolled into one internet connected device that is well designed both physically and in terms of its interface.

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