Autumn Arrives at the University of Illinois

by Scott Cimarusti on September 25, 2008, no comments

Even with just this small glimpse, I can already smell the apple cider, see the ripe orange Halloween moon, and hear the autumn wind whispering through the withering leaves… (photo taken about a block south of the intersection of Goodwin and Green Streets in Urbana)

Not Sure What to Think

by Scott Cimarusti on September 24, 2008, no comments

According to a fake study by the Psychology Department at North Carolina State University, nearly half of the subjects clicked through pop-up windows on their computers without even reading them–even windows with messages like: “You are about to install some malware. Malware is bad. By clicking yes you are failing the Windows Darwin Test.” On […]

TiVo for Everything

by Scott Cimarusti on September 15, 2008, no comments

I was in the car listening to the radio–a football game, I believe–and I actually found myself reaching for the controls to rewind the program back a few seconds to review what I’d just heard, a la TiVo. I’ve had my TiVo for almost two years now, and I can’t imagine going back to the […]

Can We PLEASE Elect Someone Who Can Pronounce “Nuclear” Correctly?!?

by Scott Cimarusti on September 12, 2008, no comments

I can’t take another four years of listening to an elected official mispronounce a relatively simple word… I know some dictionaries have added the bastardized pronunciation of the word–but I would argue they did so because it was easier than trying to correct everyone who mispronounces it. I mean, come on–look how it’s spelled! Sound […]

Thought I’d Died and Gone to…Well, Somewhere…

by Scott Cimarusti on September 9, 2008, no comments

Dinner at my house last night was a surreal experience. All my children were getting along and being polite, courteous, and friendly to each other. Even my wife seemed in a decent mood. In fact, the situation struck me as being so odd, that I made the remark that I must have been killed in […]