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


Very high production values, very low acting ability – it’s a Star Wars Fan Film

Filed under: — adam @ 11:07 pm

Why, oh why, are every single one of these fan films populated by people with the same stilted “Skinemax” delivery style? I mean – it looks GORGEOUS – great ships, great sets, great costumes. great effects, but… no Alderaan.

Oh wait, it’s just like a real Star Wars movie.

Bonus points: which planet in the Star Wars universe gave rise to the Long Island accent?

Surprise inspection by Lord Vader

Filed under: — adam @ 10:21 pm

A bunch of guys are really into playing Storm Troopers in Star Wars Galaxies. The gamemasters decided to reward them for this, and sent them a virtual Darth Vader to give them a surprise inspection and pep talk. Of course, it couldn’t have been the real Vader, since no one got strangled to death…

Via boingboing:

Lego Batman!

Filed under: — adam @ 4:18 pm

CGI-animated lego batman starring Adam West, Mark Hamill, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Dick Van Dyke.


Buy Adam launch – product reviews

Filed under: — adam @ 2:33 pm

I’ve launched a new blog dedicated to product reviews of things I use. Check it out!

From my about page:

“I am an expert consumer.

Iím that guy that all of my friends go to for advice before they buy things. Iím picky. I wonít keep something unless Iím satisfied with it. I routinely buy things, find I donít like them for some reason or another, and return them. But, even through all that, there are a lot of things I do like, and I see no reason to keep that to myself.”

Paper thin metal furniture

Filed under: — adam @ 2:23 pm

Very cool. Flat, yet not flat. Laser cut sheets of metal folded into furniture:

Astronaut’s dirty laundry

Filed under: — adam @ 2:21 pm

In space, no one can hear you clean.

Interesting story about what astronauts do with their laundry:

How to get Firefox to check cache misses on each page request

Filed under: — adam @ 1:30 pm

It’s been bugging me for a while that Firefox doesn’t let you easily adjust the cache request frequency by default (i.e.: it doesn’t check for new content on every request, which sometimes makes using and debugging web apps difficult).

Here’s a good page on how to fix it:

Listed at Master Blogs

Filed under: — adam @ 12:53 pm

I’ve been listed at Master Blogs.

This seems like a good collection of blogs, judging by the ones listed that I know. I’ll have to check the others out.


Spout Ladles

Filed under: — adam @ 11:52 am

I posted a review of spout ladles for Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools list. (The review hasn’t been posted to the site yet, just the email list.)

Basting Spoon (Spout Ladle)
Spout Ladle Side View

To be honest, I don’t remember at which store I got mine – I picked it up years ago. Sorry about that.

There are a large number of restaurant supply stores in Chinatown (NYC). I’d try one of those. Here’s a big long list of some of them:

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