Rarest Tapioca

One of BoingBoing’s memes for this week has been anagram transit maps — hilarious, to be sure, but here in Seattle we have no subways, no metro, and certainly no monorail. So while I felt slightly inspired to anagrammize a transit map for my own beloved city, that just didn’t seem possible. Enter Metroblogging Seattle with the answer: remix Sound Transit’s planned light rail route! And so I did. (Click for the full-size image.)

Best Overlooked Album of 2005

  1. Youth Group – Skeleton Jar
    I heard Youth Group for the first time less than two weeks ago, but they’re good enough to merit a special post of their very own. Sounding like James with a little Built to Spill and Coldplay thrown in, then mixed with a dash of U2, Youth Group feels familiar and comfortable to my ears. But they’re not derivative. Just awesome.
    • One great track: “Shadowland”

Mudslides Discovered

On the beach at Discovery Park last weekend we came across some rather impressive mudslides. It’s difficult to tell from the photos, but these 50-foot cliffs were literally disintegrating before our eyes. The earth was reconfiguring itself into four huge puddles. We watched nervously from a safe vantage point as clumps of wet mud tumbled sloppily down the hillside. There wasn’t much moving water — just a few dribble-sized waterfalls — but there was no question that our rainy weather had caused an abnormal amount of destabilization. Thankfully nobody ever built a house up there; it’d be in Puget Sound by now.

Apples and Beige Boxes

Here’s some recent news from the CPU world to consider.

Apple Computer has, as promised, begun converting their entire product line to an Intel-based architecture. In January, they started with the Intel Core Duo iMac and the MacBook Pro, an update to the PowerBook line. The old PowerPC iMacs disappeared from the online Apple Store late last week and I’ve heard that most Apple resellers have placed them on clearance for quick sale.

Meanwhile, more and more of those “dull” beige PCs running Windows and Linux have AMD CPUs rather than Intel inside. The latest market share numbers indicate that over 21 percent of PCs now being sold are powered by AMD chips. Even Sun Microsystems has jumped aboard the AMD bandwagon, abandoning their very own SPARC line of processors in their entry-level offerings.

Oh, how the times they do change! Personally, I’m looking forward to the day when most Macs run on Intel and most PCs run on AMD. That will be deliciously ironic.