joost, shabu shabu, and other strange words

Posted on Wednesday 7 March 2007

sense :: taste // veggie stir-fry

hybrid x concept

Isn’t that shiny? It’s Toyota’s Hybrid-X concept car – I’m kinda giddy about it, not because I think the actual car will be put into production in any way (it’s loaded with futuristic displays and curves that would never sell to the mass market) but because people are mumbling that it might be the design base for the 2009 Toyota Prius, which you all know by now I’m curious about. I sent up the story over at Gears and Widgets if you’re interested; specifically here. Clicking through to AutoblogGreen, you get a nice high-res gallery of lots of different angles. Figures it takes a geeky, tech-loaded car to get me really interested in cars.

In other news, Kyle, one of my colleagues who writes for Ziff Davis and is at the helm of the app blog I’m writing for now, AppScout, managed to hook me up with an invite for Joost, a service that brings television content to your computer screen. First impressions? Kick ass. I’ll probably be writing something for AppScout very shortly to describe the installation and configuration, and to chat a bit on how well it works. Right now, I’m about as bullish on it as Kyle is – he loves it, I love it, John C Dvorak apparently hates it, but John C hates everything.

In other news, I’m really really digging on this article on 101 ways to organize your life when it comes to project management. I’m wading through it piece by piece, but I got the article from lifehacker, and to avoid rephrasing myself, this was my comment there:

I like to think I’m pretty organized, but some of these tips are purely psychological, and they help a lot – like using stress as a red flag that things need to get done and might not be, or that it’s time to look for assistance; that’s a good one. I also like the notion that 24/7 availability for a project isn’t just unrealistic, it shouldn’t be the case – if you can set goals and timelines realistically enough that you can get your work done in a timely manner, you won’t HAVE to be available 24/7. I really really like that.

One thing I’ve been struggling with is the fact that I don’t ask for the authority that I need to get the work I have to get done done. I’m a project manager, but I’m not a MANAGER, so I don’t have rank to pull with people who aren’t getting their end of the project done. It’s kind of a tough situation, and it’s one of those things that I should remember to make clear at the outset of any given project. Thanks for all of these, I’m still wading through them!

These are definitely helping.

So away from the office, I’m closely studying this list of goodies that one must have for their bar. I’m this close to buying a wine fridge that will go under the bar, I just need to find it in stock somewhere, but when I do, it’ll be mine. It’s not on the list, but I have to admit that I’ve come to the conclusion that many amateur barkeeps do-cobbler shakers suck, and boston shakers are where it’s at. The one that’s first on the list is pretty swanky, too. Only thing on the list that I’d like is a Jigger to help me decant shots. On the list though, 1 through 4, and maybe 9 and 10 are definitely items I’d like to own. I’m going to have to look for a drawer or something to keep all these things inside that’ll go under the bar.

In other news, you know I’ve been entertained by the notion of Shabu Shabu lately, thanks to the lovely Pastilla, but it was interesting that a few nights ago when we headed into the newly built-up and soon-to-be-revitalized “downtown” of our suburb to scope out what stores had signed leases for the retail space under the condos that have just been built, we passed a place called Bob’s 88 Shabu Shabu (even though the Neighborhood is all wrong, Falls Church is in Virginia, this joint is definitely in Maryland) and apparently is well liked in the area. Several months ago we passed the place and said to each other “what the hell is Shabu Shabu?” Well, now we know. And if you don’t, you should too. Maybe we can convince Tim and Brooke to hit the joint with us sometime they come down to visit. I’m eager to give it a shot.

3 Comments for 'joost, shabu shabu, and other strange words'

    March 9, 2007 | 10:01 pm

    :: grin ::

    There is something so friendly and social about the whole experience. You will love it.

    March 10, 2007 | 7:41 pm

    How interesting. It says “No Comments for ‘joost, shabu shabu, and other strange words'” above my comment. I shall try not to take this personally 😉

    March 12, 2007 | 10:21 am

    So sorry, Pastilla!

    I’ve found that even with some pretty stringent comment controls, some spam has managed to get through, so I have to clamp down pretty hard – meaning I have to approve everything, even if the person has a previous approved comment. I’ve just been lax on going through them and approving comments! ::blush::

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