Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


The most amazing crossword puzzle

Filed under: — adam @ 8:37 pm

There had to have been a better choice of words

Filed under: — adam @ 4:13 pm

Gillette is getting ready to release a vibrating version of their Venus razor for women.

This is probably very cool – as I’ve mentioned before, the M3 Power is much better than the non-vibrating Mach 3.

The Gillette “President for blades and razors” had this to say about the product launch:

‘Our testing indicated that there is an upside potential to penetrate more razors at a slightly reduced price.’

I’ll resist the tempation, but there are just so many places to go with this one.

Is it time for the Gnu Positioning System?

Filed under: — adam @ 3:49 pm

As the US Govt. makes preparations for the ability to shut down the GPS in case of “emergency”, I’m left wondering what it would actually take to replicate the functionality with private satellites.

Two page Firefox ad runs in the NYT

Filed under: — adam @ 3:45 pm

What are you waiting for?

Do I Need a Jacket?

Filed under: — adam @ 3:44 pm

A Star Wars game retrospective

Filed under: — adam @ 3:23 pm

I think Shadows of the Empire remains one of the best games I’ve ever played. Tie Fighter is a close second in this batch.

Spoke n’ light

Filed under: — adam @ 3:19 pm

LEDs mounted on a bicycle wheel create a static message. Like those clocks with the wavy hands.


Business card cutter

Filed under: — adam @ 2:03 pm

I have a need for lots of different kinds of cards (business cards for consulting, business cards for companies, personal cards, cards with just my blog address, photo release cards, among other things). I’ve simply done without rather than get them all printed, but recently I bought a Cardmate business card cutter:

This thing is great! I can print 10-up cards on cardstock, and cut them myself. They don’t look quite as good as professionally printed cards, but they’re a huge step up from the pre-cut peel-off cards (which are probably half the weight of good cardstock). The advantages of print-on-demand cards are numerous – you can vary them with your audience, print special colored ones for the holidays, etc…

(On a side note, I ordered it on the phone from ABC Office first and told them I needed it by a particular date, a week off. They said no problem, then sent me an email three days later saying it was out of stock and would be backordered. Until the week after I needed it. Nice. Laminator Warehouse was not only cheaper, they had it, were very helpful, and got it to me on time.)

Pierced Nez

Filed under: — adam @ 11:09 am

James Sooy has made a pair of eyeglasses that hang from his nose bridge piercing. Apparently, according to the article, he’s not the first to do this, but he has taken pictures of it, which are included. So yeah.

Wraparound scanner

Filed under: — adam @ 11:07 am

Tokyo University researchers have come up with a flexible scanner than can be inserted into the pages of fragile books so they can be scanned without breaking the spine.

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