dead men tell no tales...

...and drink no wine, and are therefore no good at parties

Thursday, June 30, 2005


Bad vodka. BAD! Naughty, evil vodka.

Last night was fun. Until I yakitoried. Yakked. Booted. Yawned, but with feeling. Ugh. Been a long time since that has happened to me. Oh well.

I'm feeling much better now, after seeing Heather at lunch (though I didn't eat) and taking some Advil (thanks hun!)... but of course now I'm feeling a mite peckish. Since I have to be here 3 and a half more hours and it doesn't look like the work is about to flood in, I will probably end up going next door to Whole Foods and grabbing something small. Heather mentioned the mac'n'cheese is super quality.

I'm tired of waiting. I want to go to Disney World now. Yet... still 163 days to wait. I've been counting for the last 93 days.

Did I mention I really really like Flickr?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Okay, yeah, definately, without a doubt

I like Flickr.



In addition to documenting my burgeoning photography hobby on the left hand side of this blog, I will also be keeping this page updated with new photosets I take and like. I'm also looking into that Flickr thing, as it seems rather cool.

See? Even I can be behind the times on things.


i just bought a 1.63lb salad from Whole Foods

Am I messing with the whole concept of eating a salad for lunch?

Actually pretty busy at work...

Had to redo some images and slap on some image maps this morning... now working on some "emergency" emails for the Ferry system... of course, all of their emails are "emergencies" because they forget to tell us they need them until the day-of. Lame.

Posted about yesterday's game at the Heart Foundation blog... didn't go too well, but Heather got some nice pics.

Monday, June 27, 2005


workin' it

I'd say between 60-75% of what I own has made its way over to the new condo. I slept there the last two nights... slowly getting used to it. Heather is about halfway done cleaning all my clothes. It's a good thing she loves doing laundry... because I can't stand it. Taking tomorrow off of work to try to finish the rest of my shit up. We'll see how close I come to that.

Sometimes it can be fun laughing at dumbasses on MySpace... when you log in, there's a section that shows you three random people who are "new" or whatever. Click on one (doesn't matter)... somewhere in their group of friends is some execellent entertainment value. Go. Try it. Report back if you like.

In case you hadn't heard, you can now search for video on Google and, if you so desire, upload your own video(s) to the search engine. It's pretty nifty. I wanted to find a video of a fat guy belly flopping in a pool (I find these things funny), but a search simply for "flop" produced nothing but World Series of Poker clips. There's also an in-browser video player you can download from them to watch the Google'd vids on the fly... seems very cool, only not something I'm gonna delve too deeply into while at work.

First game of the season for The Heart Foundation is tomorrow. Very excited!

More later. Maybe.

Saturday, June 25, 2005


Quote of the night

Is she still a vegan? Because that looks like hamburger ass to me.


moving day, part one

so we moved today. Sort of. i moved about a third of my shit today. Bed, couch (thanks Danny), clothes (thanks Heather and Eric)... and my entire bathroom in one box (love love you Heather). The new place is FUCKING AWESOME. I cant wait to toss a party... a small one, of course. Eric has found some...lets say extremely discounted intarwebs access. Rock. I hope this post comes out good... Im moblogging, and the technology is not something Im confident in. Anyway, the new place is the shit, and the As have won 7 of the last 9... I didnt even hafta use my AK... I must say it was a good day.

Friday, June 24, 2005


a little different

font change, color change, better lens flare, and this one has a transparency around the torn edge so it will work on any colored background... the last was a JPEG that would only work on white.


ain't no drama

I was talking to Heather the other day... well... wait. We talk every day, and I can't, for the life of me, remember when the particular conversation I'm about to reference actually took place.

Where was I?

So I was talking to Heather, and she and I agreed that, among the many, many reasons we are sickeningly happy with each other, one that stands out is this: we're not into drama. Don't want it, don't need it, and it doesn't seem to follow either of us wherever we go. We've both (heck, everyone I know can say this) dated people in the past that either were sources of drama themselves, or who happened to get swallowed up by the drama caused by people around them, through no fault of their own, outside, perhaps, a lack of character judgement whilst selecting compatriates.

Anyway... just one more reason I love my woman with all my heart.

A couple interesting links from around the Intarwebs today...

Over at Something Awful were two great reads today... a Photoshop Phriday pheature on "Sensationalized News Stories," and a scathingly harsh review of what is apparently a sincerely, honestly, and in all other ways shitty German cyberpunk RPG called "Restricted Area."

The head of "privacy" (yeah, right) for internet advertising giant DoubleClick is now spreading the paranoia that ad-blocking software will signal the death knell for free content on the 'web... right... and Open Source Software died long ago. Really, it doesn't exist! Put down that copy of OpenOffice, you're ruining my theory! via MarketingVOX, who got it via Slashdot.

Those of you who use Blogger (like, say, me... and Eric, and Heather, and Russ, and Vogue, and who-knows-who-else...) may be interested to learn that Blogger now gives you 300MB worth of free image storage for use in your blogs. Be sure to follow that link... there's a cute cat there. via Lifehacker.

If you haven't yet, go read my girlfriend's account of her harrowing blood donation experience. As if I needed another reason to be terrified of needles!

Greg and Danny... if you two are reading this, you know who you are... where are your blogs? C'mon, get on board here!


"SP Mediadesign" is now "Apollo Admedia"

Thanks to Heather for the idea to use "Apollo" as a substitute for my last name, "Paulo," in the invention of a dba name... Apollo is the god of the sun, of light, healing, poetry, music, fine arts, and creativity. Hence the sunburst-style lens flare and the use of yellow to separate the words in the logo. Comments? Lemme know...

Adam will get a kick out of this:

It's called The Photographers' Railroad Page... when Adam gets his computer working, someone point him to my blog so he will see this. Dig it.

stuck the WDW trip countdown up there

So now it's like Heather's blog... Word.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


trying to fix my own comments stuff,

on the other hand, sucks.

I am sooooo good at this crap

I just added comment functionality and a countdown to our Walt Disney World trip to Heather's blog. I was actually kind of hoping it would take me longer...

from Seth Godin today...

This guy is full of good shit to say. Today is no exception.
To date, with the exception of easy (and juicy) black and white scandals, consumers of all stripes have been resistant to taking action with their dollars. Part of it is laziness, part of it is selfisness and part of it is a long history of a laissez faire disconnect between what we spend and what we believe. I think that's about to change.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Never trust an "expert."

Are you looking to experts to let you know what might happen with gas prices? We're between $2.30-$2.50/gal for the 87 octane stuff here in the Bay, so it might be on people's minds... But whatever you do, don't listen to "experts." From CNN Money:
Two prominent investment banks have come out with very different forecasts on where oil is heading. In March, Goldman Sachs said oil could top $100 a barrel, dubbing the phenomenon a "super spike." But earlier this month, an economist from Morgan Stanley predicted oil prices could collapse. So who's right? Well, maybe nobody. Despite these headline grabbing reports, most economists and energy analysts say the price of oil will probably float between $40 and $60 a barrel for the foreseeable future. Whether that hurts economic growth at home and abroad is another concern.
The Fark headline said it all: "Experts predict oil prices to rise, fall or stay the same. Thanks for the heads-up, asshats" Asshats. Indeed.

softball blog

My summer league softball team, The Heart Foundation, now has its own blog thanks to me. Should be fun to follow along for the season, n'est-ce pas?

In the morning...

Every once in a while, AdRants really says something that intrigues me. I was in no way an early adopter of the blogonemon, despite my running of what we called back then an "e/n" (everything/nothing) website in 2000/2001, but I can see the attraction people have to blogs when you get some great insight like this. The passage I'm referring to specifically is:
...we just can't get past the fact that trucker hats became unhip before they were hip, that viewers turned so quickly on the second season of "The O.C.", that next year, people will begin to crap all over "Lost", that we suddenly hate Tom Cruise because he's happy, that every ad campaign sucks unless it's the one you worked on, that Cannes still matters, that no one will remember that Ashlee Simpson got caught lip syncing when she hits the top of the charts again, that Lindsay Lohan's boob size is news, that Paris Hilton actually increased sales for Carl's Jr., that Hooters is an actual restaurant. Two years of intellectual stimulation is a lot to ask of a society where stimulation is a Hollywood movie as opposed to a well written novel.
So true.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


This is a tellnotales Public Service Announcement...

These days, if you're going to wear t-shirts that say stuff on them at all, you're best off getting something clever, or not remotely clever, from someplace like this: (i mean, some places like these) Rockstartees Snorg Store Shop Odd Dusty Brand T-Shirt Humor Busted Tees Defunker This has been a tellnotales Public Service Announcement.


Monday, June 20, 2005


I came up with a d.b.a. name for myself...



The goddamn Build a Better Burger competition, held at Sutter Home Winery in Napa every September, isn't open to residents of California, for chrissakes! WTF?! Oh well... I guess even if I got my Kung Pao Stir-Fry Burger recipe down, it wouldn't win me 50 large. Sunuvabitch...

another monday

Not much to say today. Weekend was decent. Went with my dad to the A's game yesterday, which the hometown boys won, very nice. Took a few pics with the new camera, but without a telefoto lens, well, we were just too far away to get real good shots... here a couple faves, first of Mark Kotsay, second of Justin Duchscherer:

Happy birthday, Eric. You old man.

Saturday, June 18, 2005


new photos

new photos with the new camera. linked to the left, and also right here. I love this thing.

Friday, June 17, 2005


Warning: Large file size!

Check out the first shot taken with my new baby. Saweet.


oh yeah i did...

Yo la tengo.


In the event anyone actually uses an RSS reader to read my blog, I have started using FeedBurner instead of the standard Blogger Atom feed... so now my blog is available in RSS 2.0 as well as Atom, and I get some stats and such, and a feed image, so forth and so on... if you are so inclined, please point your reader to the location of my new feed. Thanks!

Don't ever deposit your paycheck in the ATM

Just trust me on this one. Headache you don't want. Get direct deposit if you don't have it, and if you do, but you change jobs and they can't DD your first paycheck, go into the bank to deposit the check, even if it means waiting until the next day. Otherwise, things might get ugly. You've been warned. News in Brief: Disneyland's (and other theme parks') rides are held to the same safety standards as buses and trains, no matter what their druthers be. via BoingBoing. There was a cat in Oregon born with two faces. I always hated that place. No pic, unfortunately. via Fark. A London sushi join is providing iPods for use by their diners while they eat. Wonder if this could come across the pond. Not only that, I wonder what a guy has to do to get a place called "Yo! Sushi" opened up in his hometown! The Creek needs more sushi joints! EIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH, GODDAMMIT! via PSFK. Your favorite potato chips may be giving you the cancer. via Fark, again. Steve Jobs may be the most inspirational speaker in the world. Tony Robbins quits. via Lifehacker.

Thursday, June 16, 2005


thank god...

I just found out our deal next tuesday down in Dublin is a practice, not a game... thank the maker. I am sure to be ruuuuuuuusty. Gonna try to hit the cages this weekend some time. I wonder if I could start doing that at lunch? Probably take me 15 minutes to get down to Grand Slam USA in San Ramon, which would give me a half hour to swing the bat and grab something to take back to the office to eat. Could work.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


oh goody

From the Department of That'll-Never-Pass: There is now a proposed bill in the House to repeal the 22nd amendment of the Constituion. That's the one that limits the President to two terms.

the Heart Foundation... back again!

Awwwwwwww YEEEEAH, BOYEEE! Ahem. Starting next Tuesday, the 21st of June, at either 6:30pm, 7:45pm, or 9:00pm, a new season of City of Dublin Adult Summer League Softball, Men's D1 begins. And who will be there? Last year's undefeated, 12-0, City Champions at the D2 level, The Heart Foundation! Time for a title defense, rock on! I hope to hit a double before the last game of the year this time... I hit something like .480, respectable... but all singles until the very last game. The season lasts about 11 weeks, so maybe I can get in shape during the season, since I obviously didn't do so in the off-season. I will post our schedule here when I get it.

Monday, June 13, 2005


Help me name myself...

So my good ol' buddy Kaveh has an idea for some kind of product (waiting to patent/trademark so I can't say much... because I don't know much...) and has asked me to help him with some marketing/branding stuff... starting with naming the company/product line. I gave him some decent ideas to mull over, he seemed rather fond of at least one, and I'm sure we'll continue on that path in the future... My problem is... if I'm going to be doing some freelance stuff, I want a DBA name... and "Steve Paulo Marketing" is booooring... I can't come up with a business name! Anyone have any ideas? There are some names I've used in the past, like: Statesponsored Press Fourfinger Industries Opal Epoch (I can't remember how I came to this name...) Oakgate Media I guess I could use one of those and slap "Marketing" or "Advertising" or whatever on the end... and I could always pretend I'm more than one and go with "Paulo and Associates" but that too bores me. My current boss, Rob Stankus, went with his first and middle names to name his firm ("Robert Anthony") and "Steven Roger" just doesn't have the same ring to me. Someone help!!

last one out Friday...

and the first one in Monday... though, admittedly, I still got to leave early on Friday, and I am actually in early today. Besides, I don't mind being the last out and the first in. I actually enjoy this job.

Saturday, June 11, 2005


at Paulas BBQ

Having a great time. Lots of friends, good food, two kegs (Bud and Pyramid Apricot Ale)... And my girl, of course.

having a seriously great time... Not sure if Paula reads this, but CONGRATS GIRL! Not sure what were doing tonight, but after free food and beer, it wont cost any money.

need a refill.

Friday, June 10, 2005


at Heathers parents house...

Were fixin to get ready to start eating some damn yummy quesadillas. Like, sinful yummy. I cant wait.

Tonight, maybe more Scrubs, or Muppet Show...


tee hee

Some people I know should check out this article on how cats control your BRAINS!! Mwahahaha!

another day, another dollar... sorta

I still don't get paid for another 6 days. Maybe I can finagle a meal out of the folks this weekend. I brought a couple ham sandwiches for lunch today... I'm not going to be able to avoid buying some food... maybe more bread or something. I have mac'n'cheese at home, but need milk. Still have a small amount of fish sticks and tater tots. I can't believe I have basically no money between now and next freakin' Thursday. Ugh. Things will get better soon... this paycheck will be the biggest I've ever gotten, and soon, I'll be paying about $160 less every month in rent... which is nice. I'd like to have $160 more dollars right now, I can tell you that! I think I'm gonna be a ghost as far as Dan's goes for the next week...

Thursday, June 09, 2005


i've been at work for 7 hours

...and i've billed seven and a half hours of work... so, even with more blog posts today than in most weeks in the past, no one can say I'm a slacker... This billable hours environment works for me.

ooh yay!

"walt disney world - mgm studios - muppet vision 3d - complete attraction audio" just came on over Subsonic. Ahhh... 15 minutes of bliss...

did i mention i walked to work today?

Yeah, I did... walked to work. Took about 20 minutes, maybe a little less. Then, at lunch, whatever good I'd done I decided was too much for my body to handle so I walked... I was building on a theme... to Taco Bell and ate processed fattening crap. With hot sauce. If I knew what was wrong with me, I could warn the others.

things are looking up...

My days at Carmel Shithouse are numbered, and ticking away. Soon I will be rid of that awful, small, dirty, crappy apartment, my less-than-competant-with-English neighbors, and the complete lack of parking nearby for anyone else... and will be all moved in to my new home... pictures will be available as soon as I can get them. Yeah, taking possession of the new condo will occur in approximately 14 days... two weeks from today. Ohhhh it feels sooooo good. Then of course, there's a little something to look forward to in 175 days, 12 hours, 43 minutes, and 20 seconds. I just want to point out how long ago I started this countdown... quite some time. If anyone knows anything about republishing all your Archive indices in blogger, please let me know... there're still some lingering artifacts from all the changes I made yesterday. Perhaps it takes time, or editing one post per month, or something... if you know, tell me. Thanks. My girl is in Modesto today, visiting family. GIS for Modesto:
Yeah. Thumbs up guys, right... Modesto sucks. Is it lunchtime yet? Not quite... gettin' hungry though. Not sure what the hell I'm gonna do for food tonight, but tomorrow is supposed to be some quesadillas ala Heather's mom... and they are really, really godddamn good.


Just how happy I am with my new blog layout? Oh yeah, this feels right... it does, it really does. There's a few things I may tweak and work on (like posting the date on comments... right now just the time of day shows), but this is basically it. Last night, Heather and I dined on succulent fish filet, breaded, spiced, massaged gently, and baked. To accompany, we had a starch of small, cubed potatoes. Our fish sticks and tater tots were nummy. Then we watched a whole gaggle of Scrubs episodes... is there anyone as funny as John C. McGinley? Dr. Cox makes me laugh my ass off constantly. Dr. Cox: (to Dr. Kelso) You'd better go ahead and enjoy this while you can, Bob, because if your evil genie goes ahead and grants your wish and I'm gone forever then the only one your going to be able to contend with around here is yourself, and when you really get to know THAT person, oh dear God, you'll scream so loud that Satan will want to tear up that contract he made with you at birth just so he can get some sleep. Love it. More later. If there's anything worth saying.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


I just changed back to's comments...

...just because. I think this will help the loading thing. Quodlibet or whatever was slowin' down my shit FO REAL, SON!

I like this a lot better... especially the header banner...

But I can't seem to get the sidebar graphic to load any quicker, or the center column to fix itself to its defined width instead of starting wide and then being pushed by the sidebar graphic. Weird. I simply am not cool enough. I took the picture in the sidebar graphic, but not the one up top... though I wish I had. I just photoshopped it to my liking.

new layout

easier to read.

god damn shit

This morning sucks. I'm hung over rather righteously, there is a shitload of construction going on in the parking lot of my office building, so half the lot is roped off, I had to park between two SUVs who were forced to park in "compact" spots, and nearly killed myself trying to get out of my car, and now I get to listen to fucking jackhammers for the rest of the goddamn day. And I can't imagine they'll actually be done today, which means it will be the same way tomorrow. I may walk to work tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


So... you really DO get what you pay for...

Not long ago, I mentioned that the Canon Digital Rebel XT camera I want, normally $999, was available at a place called Express Camera for just $650.

Check this shit out. Apparently, these fellas are the Third Reich of camera sales. It just goes to show, folks... watch from whom you buy, especially on the 'net. It's pretty easy to find examples of others' experiences with a certain vendor or reseller.

Get smart. Not taken.


i am freakin' dying here...

waiting on an image from a client for one email, due out today. waiting on approval from a client for another email, due out tomorrow. waiting on copy from our copywriter for three more emails due out thursday. waiting... waiting... waiting...

there's this song from a parade at Disneyland Paris...

it's ridiculous. I shouldn't like it. I REALLY SHOULD HATE IT. Why don't I?! Some lyrical samples: If you take my hand, just like Alice you're in Wonderland, It's Magic! Hey there, hi there, ho there, it's a Disney kind of day! Dancin' a catchy rhythm! Singin' a happy song! Playin' together on a holiday! I can't get enough. So far I haven't found an MP3 (thank god), but I request it every 24 hours on Subsonic. Someone... please... for the love of God... help me.

it's a done damn deal.

Last evening, Heather and I drove up to Lafayette to drop off my info, Eric's info, and a $500 check to Eric's and my new landlords. Thank god that's over. Now... for the actual moving part... ugh. Anyway, I made a little map of Walnut Creek that shows my old place, my new place, my work, and Dan's... with the old routes in red and the new routes in blue. My new home (330 N. Villa Way) is 0.2 miles further from work, and 0.6 miles further from Dan's... whatever will I do?! So this guys whose blog I read, Seth Godin, wrote a nice article about how "small" is the new "big." As someone who has just moved from a 150-person corporation to a 6-person design firm (well, 6 plus an intern and a part-time accountant), I found it very interesting. Ben's in Europe right now, touring. The band is Funeral Diner, and the blog is totes bitchin.' Now, everybody, go read Russ' blog because he's in Arizona and he misses us.

Monday, June 06, 2005


i'm bored at work

but don't seem to mind, mainly because my coworkers appear able and willing to let me site here, listening to Subsonic Radio and amusing myself on various blogs and message boards. There will be work to do this afternoon, as soon as a client gets their crap to us, but until then... la-dee-da. As for my previous post, there was no hot girl, just some chick who me and Paula were giving L.B. shit about not going up and talking to. That is all.

Saturday, June 04, 2005


bucklet is poop

Right now i am drunk and me too bucklette should have talked to that girl and he never will because hooooo hoooot

Friday, June 03, 2005


Disney is killing me...

They're now offering their Dining Plan... which gives each person in your party 1 table service meal, 1 counter service meal, and 1 snack, per night of your stay, for free for stays of at least 3 nights, between Aug 21 and Oct 8. They had better offer something like this for the time we're going (Dec 11-17)... this deal would save Heather and I $420 on our vacation... would be freakin' sweet. I heard about Disney doing this earlier this year, but only by PIN code (where you have to actually get an email or postcard from Disney, and the PIN is tied to your name or something) but this is a public, anyone-can-use it PIN. I want that, goddammit.

Thursday, June 02, 2005



So it looks like my machine is 99% set up the way I want it... Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, with all my extensions and themes... Feedreader, w.bloggar, Sam Spade, MouseTrack, Gaim, iTunes, Picasa2, FileZilla... looks like I'm ready to rock. Currently have a 1024x768 version of one of my Splash Mountain pics as my wallpaper... since I use Active Desktop to keep the current track playing over at Subsonic Radio visible at all times, stretching the image to my 1280x1024 desktop makes it reeeal grainy... I will have to get my WDW04 CD out and give myself some choices from the original digital images, pre-shrinking...

Anyway, looks like I'm set... which is nice. Feels good. All that.

Seacrest out.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


holy shtiballs

Some place called Express Camera has the Canon Digital Rebel XT w/18-55mm lens for $650. I'm peeing over here... if this deal is available on July 16th, this camera is MINE.


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