Looking Back on 2005

It was quite a year. I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed being a "Dado" this along with the Blogpire doing extremely well. I have also had the pleasure to land that dream game job. I just finished the user interface on Dungeons & Dragons Online at Turbine and soon I will start work on Lord of the Rings Online.

This past year has also seen a tremendous growth in my relationship with Maya and our relationship with both our families. When you have a kid - you really get closer and closer to your family. It's quite amazing.

Here's to a great 2006 - but I don't think it has to be better - I'll just take more of the same please.


Kitchen Contraptions Featured in Metropolis Magazine

The Design-Minded Gift Guide | Metropolis Magazine
: "Jay Brewer, the founder of Kitchen Contraptions, uncovers a slew of kitchen gadgetry and appliances. And since, inevitably, there's bound to be someone you know who's a self-proclaimed whiz in the kitchen, we turned to him for some gift-giving guidance. His top picks include a new way to cook pasta, a better way to grow wheatgrass, and a waterless 'plant' (images 11-15)."


Amazon.com Wish List

Here's my Wish List. The season is upon us and if you need to know what I'd like (yes you can get me a Segway - I won't complain) then click away! CLICK AWAY!!!!


Blogpire Productions featured in Mass High Tech Journal

Yep. Blogpire is starting to get some business press.

Mass High Tech: "Can web logs make money? Ask Blogpire Productions chief executive officer Jay Brewer %u2014 and the analyst community %u2014 and you will get an unqualified %u201Cyes.%u201DArlington-based designer Brewer launched into the blogosphere a year and a half ago with a blog focused on single-serve coffee brewing machines.His company has grown from a single blog, singleservecoffee.com, to 11 titles on niche products that cover coffee brewers, poker chips, T-shirts, GPS receivers, TVs, kitchen gadgets, fast food, cooking news, liquors, tennis racquets and shaving products."


New Shoes for Us

New Shoes for Us
Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

I can only say - I'm becoming a total Dad. We went to the local shoe barn - yep I said barn and all got new shoes for the Fall. Somehow they all ended up black with blue jeans. Hmmm... :-)


Real Restaurants Go to College

Real Restaurants Go to College: "To the college dining staples of Salisbury steak and shepherd's pie, students at George Mason University can now add a $16.99 rack of barbecue ribs, an $18.99 filet mignon and soon, if they are of age, a shot of tequila or a vodka martini, and charge it all to their college meal cards.When a branch of Damon's Grill opened at the Fairfax City campus Oct. 3, it was more than a response to student requests for more dining options. It launched the chain and George Mason food contractor Sodexho USA into an experiment at moving college dining a step upscale, adding a full-service restaurant with a bar to the fast food franchises and burger joints that are standard on college campuses."


Josh Spear Makes Time Magazine

My good blog friend Josh Spear has made Time Magazine.

TIME.com: Messengers of Cool -- Oct. 24, 2005 -- Page 1: "round 100 times a day, a message%uFFFDlands in Reinier Evers' In box, bearing the promise of something new and cool. Sometimes the sender is describing a product that's suddenly generating local buzz, like lipstick-size aromatherapy tubes in New Zealand or cone-shaped pizza in Italy. Other times it's an innovative retail concept, like customized-candy shops in Australia or American T-shirt 'delis' where designs are personalized like sandwiches. The correspondence comes in from trendspotters everywhere--a coffee shop in Istanbul or a library in Taipei--all part of Evers' network of more than 7,000 volunteers, most of whom have never met--and will never meet--their boss. 'I call this effect the global brain,' says Evers, 35. 'People all over are having this international conversation about what's next, what's trendy. Our role is to serve as aggregator and to provide context.'"


Giant squid caught on film for first time

And so...it begins.

Giant squid caught on film for first time: "Giant squid caught on film for first time

For centuries, all we've known about giant squid is what we could learn about them from examining the occasional beached giant calamari. Now, for the first time, scientists have captured film of a living giant squid doing its thing in the inky depths. The photos are incredible and delicious-looking."



Build Your Own Telecrapper & Harass Telemarketers

Are you tired of answering the phone only to find a telemarketer on the other end and wish you could make them as angry as you feel? Now you can build your own answering system that carries on a virtual conversation with the telemarketer and drives them nuts. The Telecrapper 2000 (TC2K) is a computerized system designed to both intercept incoming Telemarketing calls on the first ring, and then carry on a virtual conversation with the telemarketer. The site also features phone calls the device has carried out with telemarketers.


Anya Visits Nantasket Beach

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

Someone had a great time in the sand.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company by MetaEfficient

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company by MetaEfficient: "The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company was started by Jay Schafer, after he decided to inhabit just 100 square feet, because of concerns he had about environmental impact of a larger house, and because he didn't want to maintain a lot of unused space. He calls his methodology 'subtractive design' and he has lectured on the subject around the country. All of the ten buildings his company sells are less than 500 square feet, including the one that he currently lives in, which is 70 square feet. The biggest is 'The Bungalow' at 500 square feet and the smallest is the 'Elemeno House,' which is 50 square feet and is based on Buddhist story of Hojoki which translates to 'The 10 Foot Square Hut.'"

New Marvel Name & Movies

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Marvel, the home of Spider-Man and X-Men, has a new name and 10 new movies in development, Variety reported. With its $525 million debt facility from Merrill Lynch closed, the company is changing its name from Marvel Enterprises to Marvel Entertainment, reflecting its new business producing and financing movies internally without a studio partner.


Treehugger: Nissan Airstream BaseCamp

Treehugger: Nissan Airstream BaseCamp: "We will admit to being partial to Airstream's silver-sleek aluminum style, so imagine our excitement to learn that the free hand given to designers at Nissan Design America (NDA) has resulted in minimalist model which is certain to be the rage in Dutch touring clubs, joining successful European mini-models such as the Eriba Puck, or the Tabbart T@b (see pics over the fold). As reported in Airstream's newsletter, the Base Camp 'was the brainchild of NDA aces Bryan Thompson and Steve Moneypenny, who envisioned a travel vehicle that was a springboard for outdoor adventures rather than a living room on wheels.'"


Wired News: Some Sex With Your Clone Perhaps?

Wired News: Some Sex With Your Clone Perhaps?: "Two amateur documentary makers say they've infiltrated the UFO cloning sect known as the Raelians and come away with candid videos they hope will further tarnish the group's reputation and even help shut it down."


Giles On Dr. Who

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel:

Anthony Stewart Head, best known as Giles in TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will guest-star in the upcoming second season of the BBC's hit SF show Doctor Who, the BBC Web site reported. Head will appear in an episode in which the Doctor (David Tennant) battles the evil Krillitanes, the site reported.


Traffic Hacking Now a Federal Crime

Wired news is reporting the ability to hack a traffic light has become a federal crime. Traffic hackers have been using a variety of "magic boxes" that could turn red lights to green, but now the Safe Intersections Act transit bill makes it a misdemeanor to change any traffic lights state.


Macworld: Feature: Turn your old Mac into a backup server, Page 1

Macworld: Feature: Turn your old Mac into a backup server, Page 1: "If your home, like mine, has more than a couple of Macs, backing up each one individually can be quite a chore. You can make your life easier%u2014and keep your data safer%u2014by setting up an old Mac or a Mac mini as a dedicated backup server. It%u2019ll do all the heavy lifting of backing up every computer regularly, without requiring your constant assistance."

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Who? Why?

100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Who? Why?: "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America was written by Bernard Goldberg. He wrote bestsellers Bias and Arrogance (both books about media bias). He also used to be a senior correspondent on the CBS program 48 Hours."



Slashdot | Philips Working on LCD TV Ghosting

Slashdot | Philips Working on LCD TV Ghosting

Got another story on Slashdot!

agentfive writes "Philips is working on a new lamp technology to eliminate ghosting. Ghosting is a problem in LCD TVs when tiny pixels creating the image take time to switch on and off and can't do it fast enough. The problem, widely recognized as the main drawback of LCD TVs, is apparent in fast moving objects such as tennis balls, but even slower moving images get fuzzy. Philips will do something similiar to a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) by switching the fluorescent backlight on and off at a rapid pace."

news aggregator | Battlestar Aggregatica

news aggregator | Battlestar Aggregatica


Macworld: News: Yahoo! acquires Konfabulator

Macworld: News: Yahoo! acquires Konfabulator: "Yahoo! Inc. on Monday will announce the acquisition of Konfabulator, a Macintosh and Windows application that allows users to run mini files known as Widgets on their desktop -- the same model used by Apple for its Dashboard application. Yahoo! company executives said they would also be giving Konfabulator away for free, completely doing away with the US$19.95 currently charged for the product."


Shirt Snob.com

Shirt Snob.com - Shirt Snob.com is a weblog dedicated to t-shirts, nice shirts, tank tops, couture tops, and more.: "Lately limited edition T-shirts, most likely made in someone's cellar in Brooklyn, have suddenly become the hipster's preferred mode of expression. Whether produced by college pals with studio art degrees or sold by highly organized Web companies like threadless.com - visitors to the site offer ideas and vote on designs, which are then put into microproduction - the limited edition T-shirt has become impossible to avoid."


Anya Experiences Carpet for the first time at Macworld Boston

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

And thinks it's Elmo. We lasted about 45 minutes before she would not stop rubbing the carpet yelling Elmo. Damn kids!


How to Build A 17ft Wind Turbine - SLASHDOTTED!!!

I got this post on Slashdot.org! I have been trying to write a post or two and see if I could get one up. Nice!!!

Direct link on Slashdot.org.

The people over at Treehugger have found an amazing little article on how to build a 17ft - 3kW+ output Wind Turbine. Apparently this is the latest project of OtherPower.com and the site has a variety of other engergy saving/producing projects including a Homebrew Maytag Gas Battery charger.


Golden Ticket Winner Announced

Golden Ticket Winner Announced: "Warner Bros. Pictures congratulates Kathleen Dunford of Lakeland, Florida, as the grand prize winner in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Golden Ticket Sweepstakes contest, launched in celebration of the upcoming release 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' starring Johnny Depp. Dunford and her 14-year-old daughter will be flown to New York City for a private screening of the film, opening nationwide July 15th, and an exclusive shopping spree in the city's famed Dylan's Candy Bar. "


Net Search? Net.Net Showing Up?

Is anyone else seeing Net Search show up all the time? Is this a mac bug? This morning everytime I searched or put in jaybrewer.net it came up. If you put in toyboxdx.net it shows up - what is it?

gadgetryblog: Dog Disguise Kit

gadgetryblog: Dog Disguise Kit: "I peed myself so bad when I saw this that I actually had to go and clean up. Normally I can get away with just dabbing the wet patches with my mousemat and spraying some screen cleaner. The Invisible Breed Product really should go to market. Basically, it's a 'costume' that you can put on your killing machine to make it look like a pussy poodle. That way, victims the general public won't be so freaked out when they see you walking a 6-foot fur ball. I so love those ankle pieces. Just check out the dog's face and tell me he doesn't know how much of a dick he looks!"


Bnoopy: It%u2019s a great time to be an entrepreneur

Bnoopy: It%u2019s a great time to be an entrepreneur: "There%u2019s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur because it%u2019s never been cheaper to be one. Here%u2019s one example."


Flying a Plane In Your Underwear

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

Well - I just had to do it. We found one of those old d-powered planes you spin around your head. Boyhood magic and as an adult - you can do things like this in your boxer shorts.


Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

My brother bought a Kawasaki 4x4 Mule - it's a tad bit amazing. Totally fun to drive and great for that growing family. :-)


JPButler - 33

JPButler - 33: "I'm 33 today. Call me Larry Bird. Call me Jason Varitek.

32 was eventful. Got married. Bought a house.

Now, we have a little girl on the way. 33 is looking pretty sweet.

Every once in a while I pine for a simple rut, a break from change, time to catch my breath. My last good rut was in the fall of 2002. The next one may not be until 2022."


Q&A on Mickey D's and Me on National Review Online

Q&A on Mickey D's and Me on National Review Online: "Soso, So Good
Can woman live on Mickey D%u2019s alone? "

Vic Thrill & Curly Oxide on This American Life

I've long been a faithful listener of Vic Thrill. Their debut album is spectacular. Well - riding in the car today and listening to This American Life - there was a killer radio story on about how Vic Thrill discovered this Hasidic Jewish guy and for 2 years it was a wild ride as he discovered the world of music and they became great friends.

I also just read they've sold this story to Paramount Pictures and Tina Fey is writing the screenplay. Wild. The story is great but the radio play was also very interesting as it gave details about Vic Thrill, the Salon, and the main guy in the band (Vic Himself) tells the story.

Movie info here, VIC THRILL, and the Radio Show in Real Audio Format.


Help ME!!!!

I just want a set of Star Wars books for kids of the 6 movies. Pictures. Low amount of words - and plenty of R2.



PCWorld.com - Google Confirms Work on Internet Payment Service

This is the way they describe Google? MY GOD! The backlash begins.

PCWorld.com - Google Confirms Work on Internet Payment Service: "Founded in 1998, Mountain View, California-based Google has been credited with disrupting business models with its innovative services, pushing technology stalwarts such as Microsoft and Yahoo to rethink their search and e-mail offerings."

Weber Flame Grill




Had some tonight. Cheap - but amazing. A little ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and brown sauce - rolled in panko flakes.

Wolfish: "Atlantic wolffish are solitary fish that are only found over a hard bottom at depths varying from a
few feet to over 500 feet.? They eat a variety of mollusks, echinoderms and crustaceans.?
Occasionally, anglers will hook onto one while fishing for more desirable species.?
Atlantic wolffish should not be ignored as table fare, for their sweet, firm meat has lobster-like qualities.?
Extra care should be taken when handling them, because their bite can cause serious injury.?"

Looking Towards The Moon

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

She found the moon this weekend. She was with her uncle Denis and not wearing this outfit - but hey - it fits the idea of her seeing the moon for the first time.

The Birthday

The Birthday


Jay holding Leina

Jay holding Leina
Originally uploaded by awhig.

Richard Cook's daughter Leina and I at the beach.

Slashdot | Halo 3 Rumours Surface


Slashdot | Halo 3 Rumours Surface: "'We're told that Bungie is 'attempting to maintain an online co-operative component for the campaign supporting more than two players at once,' and that Halo 3 'will have a multiplayer mode which pits players against bots in scenarios that are directly connected to the story of the game.' They're aiming to support more than fifty players on Xbox Live for certain maps, too.'"

Happy Tree Friends getting game - News at GameSpot

Happy Tree Friends getting game - News at GameSpot: "The Happy Tree Friends start off like any other cutesy cartoon. Bunnies, chipmunks, beavers, and more hop about with smiles while sucking on lollipops, basically making them disgustingly adorable. Then it happens...the dismembering, bloodletting, and eye-gouging. It's this sort of twisted humor and general gross-out gore that's turned the Internet cartoon into a television show, as well as fueled the creation of toys and other merchandise."


chez pim: How not to drink black tar in Paris?

I can see some of the points - but the overall coffee quality in Paris is so much better than the US that you have to wonder why make that the title.

chez pim: How not to drink black tar in Paris?: "No, I'm not arguing that it's not at all possible to get a good cup of coffee in Paris.%uFFFD That's certainly not true.%uFFFD Verlet, Cafe Amazone, and Comptoir Richard sell the best coffees one could find anywhere.%uFFFD But what is absolutely true is how bad coffees at any random cafes in Paris are.%uFFFD Seriously bad.%uFFFD Burnt asphalt on the nose, black tar on the palate."


Teddy Ruxpin Returns!

He's back and in digital form.

Updated Teddy Ruxpin tells stories from digital cartridges - Jun. 16, 2005: "Teddy Ruxpin, the animated stuffed animal popular in the 1980s, is returning to stores in September after being updated with digital technology."


PBS Previews | Guns, Germs & Steel

PBS Previews | Guns, Germs & Steel: "ared Diamond's revolutionary theories about the course of human civilization come to the screen in GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL: A NATIONAL GEOGRPHIC PRESENTATION, a new three-part television series produced exclusively for PBS. Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning work offers a revealing look at the rise and fall of societies through the lens of geography, technology, biology and economics - forces symbolized by the power of guns, germs and steel. The series airs on PBS Mondays, July 11-25, 2005. Check local listings."


Seed of extinct date palm sprouts after 2,000 years

Seed of extinct date palm sprouts after 2,000 years: "It has five leaves, stands 14 inches high and is nicknamed
Methuselah. It looks like an ordinary date palm seedling, but for UCLA-
educated botanist Elaine Solowey, it is a piece of history brought back to


What Do I Know - Apple and Intel, The Day After

What Do I Know - Apple and Intel, The Day After: "There are two theories floating around concerning the whole Apple / Intel marriage announced yesterday by Steve Jobs at the WWDC. One, Apple was forced into bed with Intel by IBM. Two, Apple sought out Intel as part of a long range roadmap IBM simply wasn't interested in. If I were a betting man, I'd let it all ride on the former. The reason? Say it with me now -- PowerBooks."


My Dad

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

He loves to fish and I love him. Yet another nice looking scrappy bass from the St. John river in Canada.

David Kirkpatrick - Apple's Switch to Intel: The Ultimate Power Move? - FORTUNE

I'm starting to see the excellent thinking in this switch. Okay - I felt burned at first after swallowing the whole PowerPC is better thing for so long, but Steve did admit that it just wasn't getting faster and the fact there wasn't a new "mobile" solution. Well - bring on my Intel based Powerbook.

David Kirkpatrick - Apple's Switch to Intel: The Ultimate Power Move? - FORTUNE: "The IT industry is yet another arena in life that often resembles high school: One week you and your friends ridicule a girl and the next week you're going steady with her. Which is a little bit like how Apple Computer acted with Intel. For years, Apple has fought hard against Intel-based PCs in the marketplace and once insulted the giant chipmaker by spoofing its ads. Then on Monday, after weeks of speculation, CEO Steve Jobs announced at Apple's developers conference that it would buy chips from Intel instead of from IBM and Freescale Semiconductor (formerly Motorola's semiconductor division) for its Macintosh computers. The transition will take place over two years."


MoveOn PAC: Tell the Truth About Iraq

Help out and get it signed so we can all find out the truth.

MoveOn PAC: Tell the Truth About Iraq: "Tell the Truth About Iraq Last month the Times of London published a smoking gun memo on President Bush%u2019s lies leading up to the Iraq war. Six months before the invasion the administration admitted to British officials that, contrary to what the American public was told, the White House was determined to go to war and was fixingintelligence on WMDs to justify the move.

Bush has refused to address the evidence in the 'Downing Street Memo,' but pressure is building from the people and the press. Representative John Conyers has launched a citizens petition to demand answers. When we reach 500,000 signers Rep. Conyers will personally deliver your comments to the gates of the White House. Help get out the truth please sign today."

What happened to Polio?

NMAH | Polio: "In the United States, polio was the most notorious disease of the 20th century until AIDS appeared. On April 12, 1955, it was announced that Jonas Salk, using March of Dimes donations from millions of people, had developed a vaccine to prevent polio."


Anya Looking At Camel

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

This was her reaction looking at a Camel. Totally calm. Totally composed.

Web Sites, Blogs Can Boost Your Career - Yahoo! News

Web Sites, Blogs Can Boost Your Career - Yahoo! News: "When the staff at a Scholastic Corp. unit heard that Cindy Eng was being hired as their editorial head earlier this year, they did an online search of her name.

Fortunately for Eng, their searches led them right to her Web portfolio, a personal Web site that trumpeted her professional accomplishments, including the books she helped publish and the companies she's worked for. 'I think it set their minds at ease that their new boss knew what she was doing,' said the Fanwood, N.J., resident."


Anya & The Crocodile

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

She loved that crocodile...

AppleInsider | Apple confirms switch to Intel

This also confirms that my dual g4, powerbook, cube, and mini are obsolete. Great. And who's going to buy a new mac now? I can see the cover of Wired again - "Pray Again."

AppleInsider | Apple confirms switch to Intel: "Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs today confirmed plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by this time next year, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007."


Get your trendwatching hat on.

TRENDWATCHING.COM Newsletter | Global Consumer and Marketing Trends | June/July 2005: "TWINSUMERS morph into mass influencers, or mavens, or whatever you want to call these Master Consumers. From individuals like Josh Rubin, Grace Bonney and Josh Spear to user-generated, curated and edited blogs like gridskipper.com. It's in this space that brands could try to (carefully) connect with the new curators that are influencing so many other consumers, in a multitude of industries. Just don't forget you're the one needing a favor this time. "


Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips | CNET News.com

WTF? No. Not again. Not another long switch from 68000 to PPC. Can they even support this given the size of the mac audience? I hope this is total BS.

Apple to ditch IBM, switch to Intel chips | CNET News.com: "Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it's scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel's microprocessors, CNET News.com has learned.

Apple has used IBM's PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel's chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007, sources said."

Maya & Anya 0605

Maya & Anya 0605
Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

I love apples!


FeedBurner Publisher Buzz: Jay Brewer

FeedBurner Publisher Buzz: Jay Brewer: "Jay Brewer of Kitchen Contraptions.com fame bubbled over with delight after turning on Total Stats Pro and AdSense for feeds. Prior to FeedBurner, he had no idea his popular blog covering kitchen gadgets, appliances, and news was on fire (not literally, but in the 'number of subscribers' kind of way)"


Gates joins Ballmer and predicts Google's demise - Softpedia News

Really? I think Microsoft's success will be short lived. EAT SHITE BILL!

Gates joins Ballmer and predicts Google's demise - Softpedia News: "In the last time, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft%u2019s leaders, have made a lot of comments on the temporary success of companies like Apple or Google."

WSJ.com - Star Wars: A Look Back

WSJ.com - Star Wars: A Look Back: "There's something depressing about seeing all these impressive cinematic gifts and all this extraordinary technological skills lavished on such puerile materials. %u2026We enjoyed such stuff as children, but one would think there would come a time when we might put away childish things. -- Joy Gould Boyum, The Wall Street Journal"


Vader Awaits

originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.
This was on the table just prior to seeing Revenge of the Sith at the charity premiere.

Anya Easter Pictures

Anya Easter Pictures
Anya Easter Pictures,
originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.
Dr. Evil?

I Love My Snacko

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.
Okay - just trying the flickr integration - but I do love her so.


Can you say Blogpire?

This is the most likely place to announce a new change in my work life. I'm moving on from the last 4.5 years working for someone else and for the foreseeable future moving forward on my own business - Blogpire Productions.

What am I going to do? What is this Blogpire thing? Well, I'm sure you all have been to Fast Food Fever! over the past couple of years and enjoyed it. I've enjoyed it too, and that site made me realize how much I like writing, and creating sites for people to visit, have a good time, get their news, and also - find other people that like the things they do.

So, last year, May 2004 specifically, I started to focus my blogging on more precise topics - things like Single Serve Coffee? Sounds crazy, but I had read an article that PVRBlog.com was doing really well and it was focused on just mostly TIVO and Replay. I had seen the Senseo Single Serve Coffee machine in Wired and other publications that seemed to be inventing a new category - a coffee machine that makes single cups of coffees using coffee pods. Maybe a blog on just Senseo and Single Serve Coffee would work? Maybe other companies would make machines and in a year or so it would be a big new product category with lots of stuff to write on?

Well, right out of the gate in May and June 2004, Single Serve Coffee.com was a hit. Philips had just released the new Senseo coffee machine, and I went and bought one to review on the site. Traffic doubled. And in July - it doubled again. Also, something else started to happen, as I covered more information on the topic, companies started to send me their products to review on the site and they wanted to advertise if I would let them.

Let them? Sure! And, that's when I started to realize that blogs focused on certain product niches and categories might just work and work well and most of all - be fun. I decided then to start to look for more topics I could write on and to get other people to write on topics they were passionate about. Blogpire Productions was born.

Well - a year later, here I am. Blogpire Productions has 7 titles, and 3 coming over the Summer. We cover Kitchen Gadgets, TVs, Poker Chips, Single Serve Coffee, Shaving, Tennis Racquets, and of course Fast Food. We have over 20+ advertisers, and also make money through Google ads, and Amazon and other affiliate programs.

Hopefully I won't have to return to the regular working world too soon. And I invite you to tell everyone you know about the blogs you can. If you're interested in writing on a product or category niche - let us know. Also - if you know of companies or web sites we should look into, let us know.

Wish me luck.

- Jay Brewer


Russell Miner.com Updated

Russell Miner.com : "This past weekend, I had the chance to hike up Mt Washington with my friend Dave Ficociello, his brother Mike, and his friend Alex, and we had a spectacular time."


Help A Fellow Blogger Win!

You can help a fellow blogging friend of Fast Food Fever! - Josh Spear. Josh (who runs one a web sites on all things cool and urban) has a shoe he designed at Nike ID. Please visit the Nike ID web site, and vote for Josh Spear's shoe. If he wins - I'm sure I will be able to get a pair of shoes to give away on Fast Food Fever!

Remember -you can vote everyday 24hrs from the last vote you placed. The contest ends June 3rd.


Donald Trump - Bottled Water - Intelligencer

Donald Trump - Bottled Water - Intelligencer: "Nothing says cool refreshment like a loud, badly coiffed real-estate mogul. That must be the theory, anyway, behind Trump Ice, Donald Trump%u2019s new bottled water%u2014straight from the source in exotic Laurel Run, Pennsylvania, and available at places like Fresco and Limoncello. The label features the Donald%u2019s face and his coat of arms against a bright red background. Between gulps (delicious!), we gave him a call."

Mountain Spring Waters of America

Mountain Spring Waters of America: "Spring Waters of America, located in Marlboro, New Jersey, distributes

mountain spring water under the Glacier Hills and Trump Ice brands. Mountain Spring Waters of America is also the proud sponsors of both the American Cancer Society and MS
Society Walk-A-Thons in Central and Southern New Jersey."

core77.com's design blog: And Newsweek too!

core77.com's design blog: And Newsweek too!: "'Look at kids who are toilet training,' Kotchka continues. 'Their line is 'I want to do it myself.' So, we said, 'OK, we know how to make a great wipe%u2014what can we do to empower kids to use it themselves?' We made this clever pop-up box that lets a kid grab a wipe with one hand. And the kids went nuts for it.'"


Savetoby.com | Only YOU have the power to Save Toby!

Eat Tony. I hate rabbits.

Savetoby.com | Only YOU have the power to Save
: "Toby is the cutest little bunny on the planet.
Unfortunately, he will DIE on June 30th, 2005 if you don.t help. I
rescued him several months ago. I found him under my porch, soaking wet,
injured from what appeared to be an attack from an alley cat. I took him
in, thinking he had no chance to live from his injuries, but
miraculously, he recovered. I have since spent several months nursing
him to health. Toby is a fighter, that.s for sure."


Anya 051205

We know we are indeed bad parents - here's some pictures of Anya today - this morning - in jammies walking around eathing an apple (which is a word she can say).

Visit Anya 051205

Developers uneasy about new game consoles | CNET News.com

Developers uneasy about new game consoles | CNET News.com: "Warren Spector, who's been developing games for more than 25 years, has mixed feelings about the eagerly anticipated Xbox and PlayStation game systems.

How Do Japanese Dump Trash? Let Us Count the Myriad Ways - New York Times

How Do Japanese Dump Trash? Let Us Count the Myriad Ways - New York Times: "Lipstick goes into burnables; lipstick tubes, 'after the contents have been used up,' into 'small metals' or plastics. Take out your tape measure before tossing a kettle: under 12 inches, it goes into small metals, but over that it goes into bulky refuse."


The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): "My take: Browsing without any history or tracks of your browsing? Porn mode."

High Paying Google Adsense Keywords - Sorve.com

High Paying Google Adsense Keywords - Sorve.com : "Google Adsense is
a popular affiliate program to make revenue from
a website. Here is a list of the known high
paying keywords on the Adsense network to
maximize revenue from your websites."

Learning Movable Type: Concerning Spam

Learning Movable Type: Concerning Spam: "One way that spammers can cause trouble is by repeatedly pinging your server, hundreds of times an hour, trying to leave their comment spam. This can cause server CPU overloads and crashes and can even have your web host shut down your account."


Welcome to Brightcove

Welcome to Brightcove

50 Random Observations on Mac OS 10.4 Tiger

Assorted Geekery ? Blog Archive ? 50 Random Observations on Mac OS 10.4 %u201CTiger%u201D: "50 Random Observations on Mac OS 10.4

Looks like Tiger information is slowly making its way onto the net, so I figured I%u2019d post some of my own observations."

CampusProgress.org | Art is Not a Loaf of Bread

CampusProgress.org | Art is Not a Loaf of Bread: "When Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy finally took his seat onstage at the New York Public Library, his attire contrasted sharply with Stanford professor and intellectual property lawyer, Lawrence Lessig. One wore scuffed work boots and a beaten-up windbreaker while the other selected a suit jacket and shined leather shoes. These two don’t hang out in the same neighborhood – that much was clear. Despite their disparate careers and backgrounds, the two have cultivated similar ideas on the Internet, downloading, and artistic freedom."


So Sad - Blad Trinity Troubles

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Blade: Trinity star Wesley Snipes has sued New Line Cinema, writer-director David Goyer and executive producer Toby Emmerich in a wide-ranging federal lawsuit seeking more than $5 million in damages, Variety reported. In the suit, filed April 18 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Snipes alleges that, in violation of his contract, the director, screenplay and supporting cast of Blade: Trinity were forced on him. He also claims he's still owed a portion of his fee and that he was harassed and defamed because of his race, the trade paper reported. New Line declined to comment to Variety.


Mac Rumors: Adobe Acquires Macromedia

All I can say is...wow.

Mac Rumors: Adobe Acquires Macromedia: "Adobe and Macromedia announced today that Adobe would be acquiring Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion."


Safari Tabbed Browsing Woes in 10.3.9 Mac OSX

I'm having issues now with browsing on the mini-using safari tabs.

I have on my bookmarks bar root level tabs and then some folders in the bookmarks folder. When I say open in tabs - it now recursively opens all tabs in a folder if there are folders within.

What gives? this is awful. Now most of my bookmark folders open with too many tabs and crash safari.

Is anyone else having this happen to them?


Goo-Ga - Stylish and Unique Products for Moms and Babies

Goo-Ga - Stylish and Unique Products for Moms and Babies: "The Peanut Shell™ sling is a tube, pouch style baby sling.  It is worn over one shoulder and the opposite hip, like a sash.  Made from incredibly soft, stretchable fun fabrics with no buckles, padding, adjusting or metal rings necessary! If you are tired of how long it takes to put on a baby carrier, need a fashionable way to carry your baby or want just your baby to be more snuggable, look no further. Our fabulous colors & patterns and ease of use will make"


Boston.com / Your Life / House & Home / Karaoke crowd brings it home

Looks like Neufeld, Cook and others made the paper singing their brains out. Nice work!

Boston.com / Your Life / House & Home / Karaoke crowd brings it home: "When the mood strikes her, Molly Froelich pops a CD into her karaoke machine and belts out ''Dream a Little Dream' by the Mamas and the Papas or ''Blackbird' by the Beatles into the microphone, which is then broadcast through her television set and throughout her Somerville condominium unit."

0x2a: Trading Cards

0x2a: Trading Cards: "Then, after it became a del.icio.us meme (Thanks, Fraser), Buzz hit the nail on the head: 'Someone should make trading cards!'. Yes, trading cards, that's what it reminded me of. And thinking about it… that someone he mentions sounds about as crazy as me. So, after a bit of laying out the cards, adding cheesy trading card / Magic the Gathering inspired humor to it and waiting until the backdrop artwork is public, I present you with the full set of the WWDC 2005 Engineer Trading Cards game."


innovation, Brown University, sleep patterns, Axon Sleep Laboratories

innovation, Brown University, sleep patterns, Axon Sleep Laboratories: Axon Sleep Laboratories of Providence is developing a headband that can monitor your sleep patterns by tracking brain waves through special sensors. The device can then communicate wirelessly with an alarm clock and wake the user out of a lighter stage of sleep."

gadgetryblog: Official Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers

gadgetryblog: Official Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers: "What else does the aspiring Jedi need? Available in a galaxy near you now (isn't the Internet great?), the FX Lightsabers (£99.95) are an official reproduction of real Lightsabers from Star Wars. Real Lightsabers, ey? Tell that to the masses who dress up every day as Darth Vader and Princess Leia across the globe...tell that to the folks who build droid replicas in their garages, study Sith history, and practice their Huttese. Featuring 'realistic' lighting and sound effects, these close combat weapons of the Jedi and Sith from the Star Wars saga also feature four motion sensor controlled sound effects (power-up, idle hum, clash, and power-down), and come with a custom-designed display stand when you need a break from duelling."


pasta and vinegar » Nabaztag: a WiFi rabbit as awareness tool

pasta and vinegar » Nabaztag: a WiFi rabbit as awareness tool: "Nabaztag is a WiFi rabbit designed by Violet (a company focused on the design of products and services based on calm and emotional technologies). This rabbit can access the Internet. The most interesting part is that the colors change deppending on various parameters: the weather, car traffic or reception of emails. There is also different sounds as well as ear movement modified by those variables! It can also communicate with other rabbit located elsewhere thanks to a coded language you can create (like: a specific posiiton of the ear to show that you’re busy…). 95 euros!

GoogleRankings.com - Check Google™ page ranking

I use this thing all the time. Just sharing. GoogleRankings.com - Check Google™ page ranking


Dr. Who Leaving Cleared Up by BBC

I guess he's not an ass then.

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "The BBC, which earlier reported that Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston was leaving the show after the first season, issued an unusual apology to the actor for mischaracterizing his reasons for departing. The BBC said that it failed to consult Eccleston before confirming the actor's departure and that it erroneously attributed statements to the actor that he was leaving because he feared being typecast and found the show's schedule grueling."


Wired News: Galactica: Best Sci-Fi TV Ever

Wired News: Galactica: Best Sci-Fi TV Ever: "The new Battlestar Galactica (whose season finale airs tonight at 10 p.m. on the Sci-Fi Channel) is the best sci-fi TV ever. And that's because it's not merely great science fiction -- it's great TV."


Wired News: Cousteau Sub Mimics Great White

Wired News: Cousteau Sub Mimics Great White: "The grandson of famous oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau believes the best way to learn about sharks is to become one.


Star Wars TV Confirmed

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "'We are looking into all kinds of things for the future,' Sansweet, Lucasfilm's director of content management and fan relations, told the magazine. 'We're looking for television clearly—animation [and] we are looking into live-action television.' Sansweet declined to say what kind of live-action TV programming the studio envisions.

Anya Walking Movie

If you haven't seen her walking in person - now you can at the Children's Museum in Boston.


CNN.com - Shark tears man in half - Mar 20, 2005

CNN.com - Shark tears man in half - Mar 20, 2005: "CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Authorities were hunting Sunday for a six-meter (20-foot) shark that tore a man in half as he snorkeled off Australia's west coast, an official said."


I am a Kottke.org Micropatron

Here's a guy doing exactly what I long to do. Write on the web and interact with thousands of people each day. Nice work Mr. Kottke!

Micropatrons and contribution gifts (kottke.org): "kottke.org micropatrons
Here are some of the wonderful people who have supported the site by making a contribution. Want to join this list? Find out how you can contribute or if you've already done so, email me with your name (and url if you've got one)."

Lucas: Star Wars Due In 3-D

Just when I thought Denis, Maya, and I would never see Nemesis in line a the Cheri again, it appears Lucas will re-release all the movies one per year in 2007. Will they be in order? I-VI? Hmmm...30 years since Star Wars in 2007 also brings into question how incredibly old I am getting - however Anya will be 3 and some change by then - perfect for 3D Star Wars.

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Lucas: Star Wars Due In 3-D

George Lucas told ShoWest that he is planning to remaster all of the Star Wars films for rerelease in 3-D as a way to promote the technology, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Appearing as part of a panel of high-profile directors promoting 3-D and digital cinema at ShoWest, Lucas said he hadn't yet committed to a precise schedule, but hoped to have the first film ready for the 30th anniversary of the original Star Wars movie in 2007 and that he would then rerelease one Star Wars film per year in 3-D, the trade paper reported.


Whedon Signs For Wonder Woman

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Whedon Signs For Wonder Woman

Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct the movie version of Wonder Woman, Variety reported. Producer Joel Silver first confirmed that he was in talks with Whedon to helm the Warner Brothers feature film in an interview with SCI FI Wire last month.


Comcast and TiVo Announce Strategic Partnership

Comcast - Investor News: "Comcast and TiVo Announce Strategic Partnership

PHILADELPHIA, and ALVISO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that the companies have reached an agreement to make the TiVo(R) service and advertising capability widely available to Comcast customers in the majority of its markets around the country."

Gizmos for Geeks | New Lego Set: Death Star II from Star Wars: Episode VI

Gizmos for Geeks | New Lego Set: Death Star II from Star Wars: Episode VI: "ming this Fall to a Toy Store near you... the Death Star II from Star Wars: Episode VI Lego Set weighing in at 3441 pieces and a price tag of $299... this ain't your kids Legos!"


Fast Food Fever in FHM Magazine (and me of course)

If you didn't know - because I didn't show you a copy of the Teri Hatcher FHM Feb issue - well - Fast Food Fever had an entire page of the Pop 'N Taco featured in it - along with yours truly with a whole face full of "taco". BOOO YAH!!!

I got interviewed in December and they even featured the pictures from one of our Fast Food Fever Photoshoots. I'm a very proud 30 something married guy with a kid in FHM. I wonder when Maxim will call me up to have a photoshoot with actual models eating hot dogs? Who knows? It might just happen.

Click here to view the entire PDF of the article or buy the Feb Issue of FHM magazine in the US.

Thanks again to Philip Crandal of FHM for making it happen!

George Lucas's Neck

George Lucas's Neck: "George Lucas's Neck Size is in Inverse Proportion the the Quality of his Films"

The Morning News - That’s My Vader…

The Morning News - That’s My Vader…: "That’s My Vader…Some days you’ve got it, other days you don’t. And some days, you’re the dark lord of the Sith. Rob Eccles knows what it would be like if Darth Vader spent a day in his shoes, speaking only in memorable quotes from the original Star Wars."


Chewbacca Rage

I'm watching Return of the Jedi on DVD right now...WHY IN THE HELL DOES CHEWBACCA WEAR THE BANDOLIER? Name one time the damn wookie ever uses the ammo on it for his gun? NAME ONE! It's driving me nuts!

Star Wars: Databank | Chewbacca



JudasPriest.com :: Angel Of Retribution

This album simply kicks major ass.

JudasPriest.com :: Angel Of Retribution: "ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will be issued in two configurations: the first is a dual-disc set featuring the full album and an action-packed DVD. The 30-minute disc amplifies the album with behind-the-scenes documentary footage and classic live tracks filmed on June 24th and 25th, 2004 in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain. The concert material was shot during the two Spanish shows. ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION will also be released as a limited edition double-disc set featuring the new tracks and a long-form DVD bundled in special hardcover packaging. The total running time of the DVD is 1 hour, 12 minutes, highlighting the seven live cuts and 40 minutes of documentary footage"

Diamond Select Announces Serenity

Diamond Select Announces Serenity :: Action-Figure :: Toy, Collectibles and Action Figure News and Reviews from across the Globe: "Diamond Select writes in with this press release officially announcing that Diamond Select is to produce figures based on the upcoming Joss Whedon movie: Serenity...Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles announced today its licensing agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to produce action figures inspired by Universal Pictures' upcoming futuristic action-adventure film, Serenity. Directed by Oscar®- and Emmy-nominated writer/director Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel), the film is scheduled for release on September 30th, 2005.


TrekWeb.com - Brent Spiner to Star in Brannon Braga's New Sci-Fi Series

TrekWeb.com - Brent Spiner to Star in Brannon Braga's New Sci-Fi Series : "According to the Hollywood Reporter, TNG actor Brent Spiner ('Data') has signed to star in THRESHOLD, the upcoming CBS science-fiction series produced by former STAR TREK producer Brannon Braga. It is his first regular role in a television series since STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION ended its run in May 1994.

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Episode III To Benefit Kids

Lucasfilm Ltd. and 20th Century Fox announced that Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith will have its world premiere on May 12 in 10 U.S. cities to raise funds for charities that benefit children and families. 'These charitable organizations are the leaders in direct services and advocacy for children and families,' director George Lucas said in a statement. 'I'm delighted that the screenings can help these amazing organizations, which do such important work.'"


Ed Bott: TiVo versus MCE versus my cable company

Ed Bott: TiVo versus MCE versus my cable company: "TiVo versus MCE versus my cable company

These are rough times for a TiVo fanatic. The company and its groundbreaking box are getting squeezed into irrelevance. On the one side, cable companies offer their own DVR boxes, which may not be elegant but are easy and cheap. On the other side, you have PC-based solutions like Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, which do more than a TiVo and are improving by leaps and bounds every year."


Syntax Launches 26" Olevia LT26HVE LCD HDTV @ CHAITGEAR

I have the older (old...2 months ago) 30" version. I highly recommend this brand.

Syntax Launches 26” Olevia LT26HVE LCD HDTV @ CHAITGEAR: "The new Olevia LT26HVE is a 26? hi-def LCD TV, sporting a 1280x768 resolution (15:9, like the 27? and 30? units), 750:1 contrast ratio, 700nits brightness, a 170-degree view angle, and 12ms pixel response time. That should make for a great smaller-room HD experience."

Xbox 360 Mockups

Just plain cool.

Gizmodo : Home Entertainment : Xbox Archives: "These mock-ups of the Xbox 360 are obviously not real (there's a copyright attributed to them) nor are they practical, but they are pretty imaginative all the same."


Boston.com / News / Local / Maine's split personality

Boston.com / News / Local / Maine's split personality: "In the shrinking towns and one-store hamlets of northern Maine that once hummed with frontier bravado and a sense of opportunity, there is grumbling about what many consider the region's undoing: southern Maine."


Jayhawks to Call It Quits

Fine. Just do a solo album Louris.

E! Online News - FIRST LOOK: The News in Brief: "THAT'S A WRAP: Gary Louris, frontman for the Jayhawks, stating that the band has more or less decided to call it quits and pursue other projects."

Nap Software for OSX

I will be trying this very soon...maybe even this afternoon.

Xeric Design, Ltd. | Product Information | pzizz: "Developed by Xeric Design on behalf of Brainwave, pzizz is a remarkable new application that combines several proven techniques to give you the most refreshing and revitalising 'nap' possible. We have combined Neurolinguistic Programming with enchanting music, voice, sound effects and a binaural beat to induce a wonderfully relaxed state."

Battlestar Galactica Blog

Battlestar Galactica Blog: "Season Two and Q & A

So it's official: we're doing a second season.

To say that this is happy news is to indulge in a display of understatement. The road to television success is a long one, littered with various hurdles, all of which must be vaulted: the studio pitch session, the network pitch, the story outline, the first draft script, the second draft script, the green-light to produce the pilot, casting the pilot, making the pilot, ordering the series, producing the series, getting the reviews, getting an audience, and then.... getting a second season. We've managed to clear that hurdle and it feels frakking good."

Elgato Systems - eyhome

Trust me. This thing - if you have a mac - will change your life.

Sure - it's not perfect - but it does provide a simple to use interface that works for under $200 bucks to watch, play, view - whatever iLife content and content your download on your TV.

I bought it because I wanted to watch DIVX and MP2 and MP4 files on the TV and use a remote to pause - play and fast forward. You can't do this (and don't bring up Remote Desktop or Remote Wonder) with any other product with any ease.

My old set up was using Remote Desktop (see I brought it up) and controlling a G4 Cube 450. There are tons of use issues here and you don't want to open the laptop - login into the cub - etc everytime.

In general though the interface is not great - it isn't bad either. Maya can use this but couldn't deal with the straight remote desktop solution which was much slower.

The 1.5.2 update also is a big move forward - and though it's not a mac interface - hey it's on my TV and it's easy to use. It plays my files - it references my iTunes and iPhoto - and until Apple makes something better (or ever does) - then it's the best solution for this content and control / aggregation issue.

Great job Elgato - keep updating it and making it better.

Elgato Systems


Netflix: Deadwood: Season 1

The best show on HBO - now on DVD. Rent it or buy it. You won't be sorry.

Netflix: Deadwood: Season 1: "It's 1876, the height of the gold strike, and rebels and outlaws have been drawn to Deadwood, an ad hoc town cradled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Everyone there, including ex-marshall Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), the infamous Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and investor Brom Garrett (Timothy Omundson), is out to make a name for themselves at whatever cost. Catch the madness in this collection of Season 1 episodes."


McDonald's to pay $8.5 million in trans fat lawsuit

CNN.com - McDonald's to pay $8.5 million in trans fat lawsuit - Feb 11, 2005: "SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- McDonald's has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit over artery-clogging trans fats in its cooking oils, the company said Friday.

McDonald's said it will donate $7 million to the American Heart Association and spend another $1.5 million to inform the public of its trans fat plans."


Life Times Voice | Amy Gow

I love finding a post such as this where someone has made the switch. Nice work Amy!

Life Times Voice | Amy Gow: "New Apple and Florida here we come....
Well, Scott and I have made the switch over to an Apple. So far so good. Also Peter and I are going to Disney World March 12 thru 16th. We are going with his friend Jack (and mom Maureen) and Brian (and grandma Gail). We will go to Gator Land, Sea World, and the Magic Kingdom. It will be a short trip, but hopefully lots of memories."


And For Steve Jobs's Next Trick...

And For Steve Jobs's Next Trick...: "By far the world's most popular design for a personal computer is a box for the processing unit with a separate monitor and keyboard. Strangely enough, it has been seven long years since Apple Computer (AAPL ) offered such a computer aimed at consumer and educational markets. But having finally done so, Apple has come up with a product worth the wait."


Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel: "Rick Berman, executive producer of the just-cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise, told SCI FI Wire that he was surprised not by UPN's decision, but by the fact that viewers continued to tune out the series despite a marked improvement in quality, strong reviews and guest appearances by the likes of Brent Spiner. 'Nobody is more surprised about that than we are here,' Berman said of the precipitous fan drop-off in an interview conducted after UPN announced Enterprise's fate. 'We've always seemed to have a big drop from before Christmas to after Christmas, which I've never quite understood.' "