Lets say that for some reason you needed a SATA cable or two. Or six. You think to yourself, “I guess I should head down to the store,” or you mozy your online self over to Monoprice or Amazon or whatever.
Yeah. Don’t do that. I’m pretty sure I have twenty extras laying around. They’re angled and I needed straight, or I already bought some and hooked them up before opening up the mounting cage to find that it came with five, or they’re just attracted to me… I don’t know. Somehow I ended up with more SATA cables than any one person could use in a lifetime. And how did I end up with six or seven extra case fans in various sizes?
While I’m at it, I’m pretty sure I have dozens of HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort cables. And USB (3.0 and 2.0) cables in the hundreds. And at least a couple extra Thunderbolt cables. Don’t even get me started on 4-pin Molex power cables.
Moral of the story: If you need any of this stuff, message/email/call/text. Most of it’s free to anyone who’ll give it a good home. (OK… I can’t give away the Thunderbolt cables for free. But the rest.) Think the cable/adapter/dongle you need is insanely obscure? I probably have six of them. Try me.
Found the above pic in Maurice Sendak’s strange counting book One Was Johnny.
What’s weird is that he looks an awful lot like Freddie (at right), the mascot for MailChimp.
This incarnation of Freddie has been around since 2008, but it seems he was born August 17, 2001. So the monkey in Sendak’s book has got to be a different mail-delivering primate. In case you’re unfamiliar, MailChimp does awesome email marketing (and email newsletters, and that kind of thing). It’s one of my favorite software-as-a-service companies. If you’re using ConstantContact, there are about a gazillion reasons to switch. (If that sounds scary, I can help.)
Anyway, I’ve decided that Sendak’s mail monkey must be Freddie’s dad, since it would make sense that he’d go into the family business.
Look at those two. They just gotta be related.
After spending way too much time sitting in traffic over the past couple months, today I beta-tested () a new way to conquer the 36-mile (ish) commute between my home in San Mateo and my place of work in San Jose. To pass the time, I documented the journey on my iPhone (whose battery is now depleted to 24% — my 5S can’t get here soon enough).