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There aren’t many things that really make me catch myself smiling. This did:

I’m a big fan of Pixar’s films. The amount of work, effort and planning that goes into their films is truly astonishing and it shows in big ways. I’m reminded of the scene in UP where the mail arrives and the old man goes to pick it up off the floor. Pixar’s animators spent numerous meetings just discussing which direction the mail should have been held (right-side-up or upside-down) and how the stamp should have been affixed to the outer-most envelope. All for a scene that had about 3 seconds of viewing time.

How To: Pimp Your Magic Mouse

For those of you with a new Apple Magic Mouse, I can’t tell you how pleased I am to come across this nifty app called MagicPrefs. MagicPrefs works by digging into the built-in Magic Mouse settings and gives you access to all the things we’ve always wanted: swiping, gestures, pinching, etc.

It’s free, easy to setup and worth a try. I haven’t enabled many of the features it allows you to enable. Mostly because I wouldn’t remember what I set to ┬ádo what anyway. My goal was to make my Magic Mouse function more like my MacBook Air’s trackpad. So, I’ve enabled three finger swipes in all directions to enable Expose, the Desktop, Dashboard and Spaces. I’ve also enabled pinching.

Word to the wise: be careful where you do your gestures. Hovering over open apps like Safari that work well with the Magic Mouse may produce unexpected results with MagicPrefs. For instance, swiping three fingers left is awfully similar to swiping two the left, which is a difference between visiting the previous webpage and enabling Spaces (or whatever your choose).

Would The Senator from Minnesota Kick Some Ass?

Yes, yes he would.

Senator Al Franken (D – Minnesota) recently kicked some serious ass on the Senate floor while debating Sen. Jon Thune (R – S. Dakota). RawStory has some quotes:

WASHINGTON — In a few moments of heated but controlled anger on the Senate floor Monday evening, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) slammed Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and the GOP for essentially lying about the nature of the Democratic health care bill, suggesting they haven’t read it.

“We are entitled to our own opinions; we’re not entitled to our own facts,” Franken said. “Benefits kick in right away.”

My favorite part: “Facts are stubborn things.”

I have my own opinions on the healthcare bill, but as one Digg commenter mentioned regarding this video, “Franken is just goddamned awesome.”

Frankly, I had no doubt in my mind that Franken would make for a great Senator. We need more like him — on both sides of the aisle.

This Week’s Tweets

  • Sorry, here is a working link to the generations past and present infographic: http://tinyurl.com/ylgpgyq #
  • This is eerily true and on-target. A look at generations past and present: http://tinyurl.com/y8mpbkj #
  • I crossed 6 things off my to-do list today. #
  • Happy Friday. #
  • Little upset there isn't a Bond marathon on today. Not much slated for TV tonight, either. #
  • Watching MythBusters with the cats. #
  • Wonderful. Now that its Christmas I can roll out website changes when no one is looking. That's right, America, keep scarfing down rolls. #
  • Holy crap. I just made a website and it worked in IE, FF and Safari for Windows and Mac all on the first test. #
  • Santa would be much more efficient and cost-effective if he just used Amazon.com. The "wish lists" feature is even there, too. #
  • There is *nothing* good scheduled on TV tonight. I reckon I'll watch ER. #
  • At home. Working on this and that. #
  • Girl gets brother in trouble, so brother posts 1pg. from her diary on Facebook & tags all the boys mentioned: http://tinyurl.com/yb8ungh #
  • That would be cool: a tactile keyboard on a smooth surface, only when you need it. http://tinyurl.com/yba5nea #
  • Steven Tyler still pops pills, enters rehab. http://tinyurl.com/yd7ujem. FYI, those mic scarves were 1st used to hide pills on stage. #
  • Pretty productive day so far. Finances are in order, couple projects revised and now I reckon I'll take a shower. #
  • BLOOMINGTON: Feds Uncover Secret Santa Ring http://tinyurl.com/ydttpw9 #
  • BREAKING: Microsoft STILL can't sell Word http://tinyurl.com/ydfsaat #
  • Upon closer inspection, Comcast charges me $47 a month for basic cable and $19 for Internet. Uh. Hello, web-based TV. #
  • Interesting: The median Ind. house valued at $125k, pays $844 per year. That same house in Illinois would pay $3,384; in N. Jersey, $6,320. #
  • Now you can issue a citation to anyone who does a piss-poor job of parking: http://tinyurl.com/yz6qgng #
  • If anyone wants something from Apple, order it online. They're giving free overnight shipping. Order tomorrow, receive by the 23rd. #
  • RT @S_SylvesterGLEE: It turns out you can't just pee on a public bus. Never stop learning, America. #
  • HP webcams don't recognize black faces. http://tinyurl.com/yz4by96. I'm channeling "George Bush doesn't care about black people" #
  • Ho ho ho! Win a Macbook Pro from @dealsplus for Christmas. Details here: http://bit.ly/7kMWCB #
  • Realized tonight's Iron Chef America, hosted by Alton Brown, is "Battle Cranberry". Fitting that Alton is a spokesperson for Ocean Spray. #
  • Iron Chef America is interesting tonight. Iron Chef's Flay and Batali teamed up with Food Network Chefs Ray and De Laurentiis, respectfully. #
  • It's Sunday – that means a nice evening working and watching Andy Griffith. Currently, Barney is training a bloodhound. Hilarity ensues. #
  • Often, when I see folks born in '87 but graduated HS after me, I think I'm a secret government anomaly sent here to be younger than you. #