Text to email

by Peter Rojas

Overheard a woman on her cellphone at the Duane Reade on Delancey Street this morning: "I'll text you when I email you so you'll know that it's urgent."

I'm going to start texting people to let them know when I've emailed them about setting up a phone call. Can't be any worse than when PR people call me to let me know that they've emailed me some inane press release.

Me on HGTV

by Peter Rojas

I Want That Tech Toys

I've been insanely busy since I got back from Europe, which is why it's taken me a few days to get around to mentioning that I landed a small contributing role on HGTV's new gadget show, I Want That! Tech Toys, which airs Wednesdays at 9pm EST/PST. (Trust me, I had nothing to do with the name. Or the horrible logo. Or any part of the show I don't appear on.)

I haven't actually even seen the show yet -- I was somewhere over Greenland during the premiere -- so I'm not sure how everything turned out, but you'll have a chance to hear me talk about Samsung's new Helix portable XM satellite radio, as well as see the inside of my apartment, which is where part of the segment was taped. I'm still having a lot of trouble getting used to the, um, rhythms and cadences of professional TV. Everything has to be condensed to just 90 seconds (or less) and you have to project yourself in a way that isn't natural. Or least not in a way that is at all natural for me. I've set the DVR to record this coming week's episode, but if anyone actually caught this past one, let me know.

Back. Sort of.

by Peter Rojas

St. PetersburgThere's nothing like coming home from a two week vacation offline to discover that your cable internet connection is down. Not sure what'd I'd do without EV-DO...

P.S. - That's Jill in front of the Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg.

A former member of the youth brigade

by Peter Rojas


It's cool that Chris Anderson is the editor-in-chief of Wired mag and the author of The Long Tail and all that, but he completely blew me away when he told me at last night's Long Tail launch party that he was in not one, but two obscure early-80's DC bands that I love: Egoslavia (a Gang of Four-inspired post-punk band) and Youth Brigade (an early Dischord hardcore band). Now I'm officially impressed.

Summer kicks

by Peter Rojas

antioch_arrow_12inch.gifChamillionaire - Ridin - Every summer needs a jam. JPod - Picked this up yesterday evening, so far it's entertaining, but I think I should probably read a book that isn't an endless regurgitation of pop culture references. I get enough of that online already.

Call of Duty 2 - I didn't think I'd ever get into this one, but after growing weary of Oblivion's solo style I wanted something that I could play with my crew. The online play is addicting, but let's just say that I'm so bad at it that I abandoned my original screenname ("engadget") because I didn't want to bring any additional shame to the Engadget brand.

Brick - My fave movie of the year so far. Either you buy into the premise or you don't, but I totally get why SoCal and film noir go hand-in-hand. The best part is Lucas Haas as an unwitting caricature of Aaron Montaigne. Portraits of Past - I'm pretty sure the 21-year-old Peter Rojas would despise the 31-year-old Peter Rojas, but I think he'd be really happy that his future self still listens to Portraits of Past.

Babycakes - It's so dangerous having a vegan bakery within a block of my house.

Treo 700p - It's not that much of an upgrade from the 650 (though the EV-DO is sweet), but I bought one anyway. I feel so dirty.