Andrew Sinclair


Wirefly is Legit

+ (July 6, 2006)

I got a new cell phone (a RAZR no less) from Wirefly... and it really was free! It's understandable that someone would approach a cell phone website with "too good to be true" offers with some skepticism, but I'm a... more

IKEA Stoughton Opens

+ (November 14, 2005)

After years of waiting, IKEA comes to the student metropolis of Stoughton, Massachusetts. It's here, no doubt, to serve the greater Stoughton metropolitan area - namely the student meccas of Boston and Cambridge. I've actually earned a degree in the... more

Sidewalk Chalk

+ (May 10, 2005)

Yale's Luis Vuitton sidewalk chalk advertisement has survived three days of rain. That's some durable chalk. The chalkers where apparently "raising awareness about this issue." This isn't the first corporate chalking I've heard about. IBM's "Peace, Love & Linux" campaign... more

The Hollywood Day

+ (March 19, 2005)

Before Sunrise High Noon Before Sunset Before Night Falls After the Sunset Midnight After Midnight... more

Bus Stop Spam

+ (February 20, 2005)

I saw this at the bus stop last week and I found it rather amusing. First of all, while there are some hospital shuttle buses around Boston, there's a pretty low probability of a heart doctor standing around in the... more

New Marketing Tactics

+ (December 13, 2004)

I’ve seen a couple of innovative consumer marketing tactics recently that have caught me by surprise. I don’t know if these are actually new ideas or if I just haven’t done enough Saturday shopping to notice, but these are certainly... more

New York Times Year in Ideas

+ (December 12, 2004)

I’ve been waiting all year for the new Year in Ideas issue of the New York Times Magazine. It’s out in today’s Sunday Times and available on their website as well.... more

The Microsoft advertisement (shown first) appears in this month’s issue of Wired Magazine. The Citi advertisement (shown second) appears in this month’s issue of “Fashion Rocks - A Supplement to Wired Magazine.” Apparently women playing basses alone with laptops nearby... more

Finding Nemo on Ice

+ (September 28, 2004)

The life of any successful Disney movie usually ends at the home video re-release, but Nemo may have suffered a worse fate. Tickets are now available for Finding Nemo on Ice. Never mind that a song and dance on a... more

Ikea Pilgrimage

+ (September 21, 2004)

No apartment is complete without some high-design, low-budget furniture from the world’s allen-wrench headquarters: Ikea. Despite Ikea’s popularity (and no-doubt profitability), they’ve been unable to open a store anywhere remotely near Boston. (Some theorize this is the result of the... more

I’m amazed at how long it took me to find a channel guide for Comcast in Cambridge. The Comcast site kept telling me there was no local information. Finally looked like it might have the lineup – but generated... more

Crazy Cat Outfits from Japan

+ (June 17, 2004)

This cat outfit link has me immediately bewildered as to one thing: what’s the dollar / yen exchange rate! (moments later..) It’s around 110 Yen to the US Dollar, making these crazy cat outfits a very reasonable $25-$30. Now there’s... more

Ads on Pringles

+ (June 8, 2004)

According to this article, Procter and Gamble will soon be putting advertisements and images directly onto Pringles brand fried potato snack product (I hesitate to use the word “chip” because Pringles are really a collection of potato particles pressed together).... more

Pottery Barn Rule

+ (April 22, 2004)

The Trademark Blog notes that the Pottery Barn is a little upset that Colin Powell’s misattribution of the “you-break-it = you-buy-it” policy. It seems Pottery Barn’s real policy is simply to write down a record of the broken items. This... more

Don't Gimme No Smac

+ (February 17, 2004)

As promised, here is some international SPAM. Please excuse the slightly unclear picture; it was taken under intense field conditions (I didn’t want to actually buy this stuff). Hormel Foods, the makers of SPAM in the United States, note that... more

No One Beats UC

+ (February 10, 2004)

On Monday the USPTO announced that the University of California received more patents last year than any other university. The University of California beat MIT (number 2) by a margin of almost 4 to 1! Well I guess technically the... more

Fig Newton Lofts

+ (December 1, 2003)

It’s not as cool as the Charleston Chew lofts, but apparently you can also rent space in an old Fig Newton factory in Cambridge. Not that I’m obsessed with lofts or anything…... more

Charleston Chew Loft Space

+ (November 18, 2003)

Dougie Howser had the right idea when he chose to live in an old industrial loft instead of a cookie-cutter condo. In my opinion, the only residence cooler than a converted loft is a famous converted loft. You can now... more

Sublet Available in Boston

+ (November 16, 2003)

I’m off to The Netherlands next semester so my room is available as a sublet. If you know anyone looking for a place in Boston from January to the end of April, please point them here: Boston Sublet.... more

Famous Hands

+ (October 5, 2003)

I've been listening to a lot of Spiritualized® lately in preparation and anticipation of their concert in Boston this Saturday. The tour supports the new Spiritualized® album Amazing Grace. Spiritualized CDs are always innovative in their artwork and packaging. The... more

Dude, Move Your Car

+ (September 27, 2003)

What do you see?

+ (September 15, 2003)

Television commercials have scripts right? The decisions are made by more than one person right? How then is it possible that a commercial can be so mind numbingly bad as to contain the following dialog? Announcer: “What do you see... more

Dollars and Common Sense

+ (September 14, 2003)

This $200 note is blatantly fake, but I’ve known plenty of people, since elementary school, that think $500 and $1000 notes exist in the United States. Of course they’re correct. There are $500 and $1000 notes around, but they tend... more

Speaking of Nintendo controllers, it has been brought to my attention that I have been holding the controller the wrong way for all these years. I was grasping the controller with both hands and using my thumbs to operate the... more

Nintendo Phone

+ (August 12, 2003)

Cell phone design has come a long way since those big Zach Morris style boxes. They have all sorts of crazy smooth angles now, but as they get smaller and sleeker, the keypad and screen get needlessly complicated. How... more

I got this credit card ad yesterday that purports to be an “instant message”. The envelope has a graphic of an IM window containing a rather boring correspondence. I’ve heard of spammers using IM to advertise, but this credit... more

It turns out that animal I refer to as “Rare African Death Centipede” has actually been scientifically identified as a House Centepede (warning: the link contains a picture of horrible creature). Apparently they’re not (a) rare, (b) African, (c) harmful,... more

For the third year in a row, an unwelcome bat has entered my abode. I’m getting calmer about the situation, but it’s still rather annoying to have a bat flying in a figure-8 around the room when you’re trying to,... more

The Same People Everywhere

+ (July 12, 2003)

I added some pictures to the entry page of law school discussion about a month ago. I think pictures are a great way to make a website feel more human (if there are actual humans behind it). Those pictures are... more

$30 Clicks!

+ (June 23, 2003)

Back in November I reported on my findings that people were paying a whopping $8 for search engine clicks for the term "data recovery". I did a little checking around today and found the most expensive clicks I can comprehend:... more

Best Chair in the World

+ (June 2, 2003)

Another cool discovery at the Mary Baker Eddy library was these really cool stools. These things are a cross between an actual office chair and those spring-loaded horses at the playground. The website markets them as ergonomic and healthy, but... more

Street Wart

+ (May 17, 2003)

During the winter I noticed a small hole in the street next to the drain-grate. The whole got bigger and bigger until one day it collapsed, forming a pit about two feet wide and three feet deep: The city apparently... more

New Shaw's Supermarket

+ (April 26, 2003)

I checked out the grand opening of the brand new Back Bay Shaw’s yesterday. I don’t know why I get excited about new supermarkets opening, but I do. Plus, in these final days before exams, there’s not much else going... more

Super Soaker

+ (April 11, 2003)

There’s a famous patent case that involves the Super Soaker water gun that I recently read for my IP survey course. I think I was close to the ideal water fight age when the Super Soaker was introduced, and I’ve... more

April Fools

+ (April 1, 2003)

To me April 1 is a haunting reminder that I’m in my final month of job searching before the summer begins (yes, we’re getting out shockingly and awfully early this year). It’s also a reminder that the rent is due... more

Terror Preparedness II

+ (March 18, 2003)

I’m thinking back to a lunch conversation in 2000 (just after the election controversy was settled). Nick Aster asked, “Okay, Bush is going to be the president, now what does that really mean?” Now we know… War is imminent, and... more

Terror Preparedness

+ (March 17, 2003)

It sounds like Bush plans to go war very soon. Are you prepared for terrorist retaliation? The Department of Homeland Security has created a website to help you duck and cover, but the logos suggest alternative measures. (via MemeFirst)... more

Samoas v. Caramel deLites

+ (March 15, 2003)

Samoas v. Caramel deLites We all know what the best kind of Girl Scout cookies are, but we can't agree on what to call them. There seem to be many theories on why there are two different names. Myths: (1)... more

Fat Pad

+ (February 23, 2003)

The mirror image of my apartment is for sale a couple doors down from me. Asking price: $1 million. Mind you, that’s for the whole three-unit building. Still, that’s a lot of money.... more

High Tea

+ (January 21, 2003)

Another airline meal photo of mine is now live within (an example of why not to use frames, to see the whole page as it was intended you'll have to go to and navigate from there)... more

CD Sale

+ (January 11, 2003)

I'm selling some really bad cds on more

Cheap Trains

+ (December 27, 2002)

I was amazed to find (though I wasn't looking) that Amtrak has a buried web page featuring some special rates. Their site is impossibly hard to navigate (I found virtually no information about Amtrak shipping, which is what I was... more

Foreign Tongue

+ (December 12, 2002)

What sweet nanny goat a go run him belly. Huh? Cu pan Patois Dictionary. (with proverbs!)... more

Santa Lives in Colorado

+ (December 9, 2002)

Apparently, FedEx thinks that Santa Clause has relocated to Snowmass Colorado. At least that’s where they deliver his letters. Santa would have felt right at home in Boston today though. At one point it was 17F. My first exam of... more

Lego Scene

+ (December 4, 2002)

The only thing more fun than playing with legos is to make silly scenes with them and put them on the internet. Lego Death (via blogdex) features various death scenes while [link removed] features various, um, sex scenes (warning, rather... more

Six Months

+ (November 25, 2002)

I don't know what happened to the formating yesterday. Does anyone know what I did wrong? Today is my half-birthday. I realize that this is not a big deal for most people. It's not a big deal for me either.... more

Boston Sublet

+ (November 23, 2002)

Anyone need a place to live? (in Boston)... more

“Don’t be a turkey.”

+ (November 19, 2002)

How tired are you of seeing this phrase, accompanied by a clip-art picture of a turkey, on Thanksgiving-related flyers? Some examples from the web: requests that I not be a turkey this Thanksgiving by handling food safely. ESPN requests... more

The Case Against Bags

+ (October 13, 2002)

My new computer came with a free backpack which is on sale this week on eBay. There are tons of computer bags available these days, but they all look the same. Actually, there are some original designs out there. It... more

The Bog Roll Alternative

+ (September 20, 2002)

I was intrigued by part of an adbusters piece that mentioned something called "the pooh-rag system" (number 20 in the article). The idea is that toilet paper is harmful to the environment and that, for much the same reasons one... more

Collective Math

+ (September 10, 2002)

The problem: Collective Math. Math should never be a group activity. Today in class, we could not seem to figure out a very simple problem. There are two reasons why math in groups never works: 1) competition: Everyone, of course,... more

Chicken + Waffles

+ (September 2, 2002)

A couple nights ago I went down to Bob The Chefs and ordered the chicken and waffles. That's right, chicken and waffles. Together. I've never eaten such a thing, but I always hear about this restaurant in LA that is... more

$2 Fare

+ (August 23, 2002)

It's all right there folks. $2 from New York to San Francisco with only one ominous day from which to choose... In other news, the bat has been "taken care of".... more

DSL Down

+ (July 23, 2002)

Long time - no update. I went New York for the weekend ('twas nice) and when I returned... no connection! All systems are down at 462 Park Drive. This is not good timing at all. (It's job hunting season.) To... more


+ (July 16, 2002)

I can't decide, but my current favorite is Memorial Promenade.... more

ATMs for Sale

+ (July 11, 2002)

I never thought about it, but today I found out that you can actually purchase ATMs. There are all kinds of different models which can be hooked up to the banks for a minimal fee (around $10 per month from... more


+ (July 9, 2002)

"Trendy" is, by definition, perishable. Elegance is permanent.... more

4th Report

+ (July 5, 2002)

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty enjoyable day. It was uncomfortably hot, but this factor was forgotten in a sea of conversation, music, and laughter. The Boston fireworks were good, though the recording of President Bush saying "Today there... more

Bird Bomber

+ (June 27, 2002)

Twas quite a warm day today. Luckily, I have air conditioning both at work and at home, so I only had to deal with the heat for my walk to and from the distant orange line. On the way home... more

Filene's Dungeon

+ (June 25, 2002)

Some people enjoy shopping. Some even consider it a hobby. I find it burdensome. I don't want to have to go around and look at ugly clothes and wonder if they'll fit in and if they'll fit me and if... more

Around the House

+ (June 22, 2002)

Still no word on our new roommate. Where are you new roommate? I really don't understand these window-type A/C units. I finally got around to "installing" mine because the morning heat disrupted my weekend slumber. This things weighs about 60... more

Where's Our New Roommate?

+ (June 20, 2002)

I seem to recall that we were supposed to get a new roommate on the 20th. No sign of anyone though.... more


+ (June 17, 2002)

I'm really impressed with this photograph by Steve Garrigues. He has a whole folder dedicated to trees on Really nice stuff. I bought a couple pears this evening to provide restitution for my lunch stock after one of my... more

Subway Simulator

+ (June 11, 2002)

Those present at lunch today agreed that they fall in and out of love several times a day on the T. I would probably agree if I hadn't lately been taking the orange line exclusively. I can vouch for the... more

Haymarket and Fancy Travel

+ (June 1, 2002)

I went down to Haymarket today and took some pictures. Hence the new Haymarket Photo Gallery. The market is interesting because there are so many different types of people buying so many different kinds of food. It's sad that, in... more

Popcorn Fork

+ (May 31, 2002)

"Man who catch fly with popcorn fork accomplish anything." (via metafilter) Make sure you know your popcorn history before consuming. "The folklore of some Native American tribes told of spirits who lived inside each kernel of popcorn." Folklore?... more

DIY Gas Mask

+ (May 19, 2002)

Do you ever find yourself thinking, "Why are gas masks so expensive? How am I going to protect myself from death while I hack into the terrorist network?" Well have no fear, it appears that some people have considered this... more

Vanilla Coke

+ (May 17, 2002)

I got a hold and a gulp of the new Vanilla Coke this afternoon. It tastes just like regular Coke, but with vanilla. I suppose that was to be expected. (Funny that Coke was somehow unable to obtain the domain... more

Reflex Tester

+ (May 4, 2002)

If you're looking for a true waste of time, check out the Reflex Tester. It's not really a game. It's not really that interesting. It's not really very addicting (though the site claims that it is). It's fun for a... more

Mini Putt Game

+ (April 21, 2002)

I've been getting addicted to this mini-golf game. It's a great distraction from studying.... more

Patriots Day

+ (April 15, 2002)

Today was "Patriots Day" in New England. I've never heard of it but school was cancelled so... Happy Patriots Day! It turns out April 19th marks the beginning of the US Revolution, so being the patriotic area that it is,... more

Sublet Available

+ (April 4, 2002)

Today was a long day. And when I finally got home - did I study? Well yes, but not as much as I should have. Instead I was too busy making a web page to find a summer subleasor. Anyone... more


+ (March 25, 2002)

I was thinking today about laundry - and the fact that my apartment has a free washer and dryer in the basement. I've lived in other places where there was pay laundry in the building but I would always go... more