How to control iTunes with headphones

Posted April 28, 2010 by Jesse
Categories: Gadgets, Music, Random, Tech

If you own headphones with a built-in remote, such as those that come with the iPhone (or these), you can control iTunes directly from the button when it’s plugged into your Apple laptop.

To launch iTunes, press the button once.

To play/pause, press the button once.

To skip to the next track, press the button twice.

To go back to the previous track, press the button three times.

Amazing, I know.

I have these by Etymotic, and they are fawesome.

Jakob Dylan: Woman and Country

Posted April 4, 2010 by Jesse
Categories: Music

Hosted by

Not even released yet, the new Jakob Dylan album is already No. 1 on Amazon.

In the meantime, stream it for free at SoundCloud.

Casio Analog Watch

Posted February 24, 2010 by Jesse
Categories: Gadgets, watches

Casio Watch

Here is a simple, afford watch from Casio. Like most Japanese watches, it has a quartz movement that will outperform your $5,000 Rolex in terms of accuracy. Best of all, it only costs $10.95. Available at Amazon

How to Turn Off Google Buzz

Posted February 10, 2010 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

SF Food Bank

Posted November 24, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Food, Health, Web

Do it.

Black Friday is almost here!

Posted November 23, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Electronics, Entertainment, Gadgets, Games, Health, Random

Yeah, but I saved $50 on a Sony Bluray player (after rebate) and got The Notebook for free!

Starbucks Coffee Pun Movie Titles

Posted November 17, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Coffee, Random

Dear Starbucks,

Don’t hire this guy. While his movie titles are pretty good, the approach is completely unscalable. Plus, his $500,000 fee is ridiculous.

A better approach is to write software that generates these titles (which is exactly what I’ve done). Here’s a taste:

  • Charlie’s Angels: Full Froth (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle)
  • Creamer: Inspired by a True Story (Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story)
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits With Milk (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within)
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Cider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)
  • Legally Blended 2: Brewed, White Tea and Blended (Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde)
  • Master and Commander: The Far Cider of the World (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
  • Misto Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Tea Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Creams (Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams)
  • Team Americano: World Police (Team America: World Police)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Macchiatos (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
  • The Nutty Espresso II: The Klumps (The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps)
  • 28 Days Latte (28 Days Later)
  • 8 Milk (8 Mile)
  • A Beautiful Mint (A Beautiful Mind)
  • A Misto of Violence (A History of Violence)
  • A Knight’s Tall (A Knight’s Tale)
  • A Pike Place in the Sun (A Place in the Sun)
  • A Walk to Crema (A Walk to Remember)
  • Tall About Eve (All About Eve)
  • Tall Quiet on the Western Front (All Quiet on the Western Front)
  • Tall the President’s Men (All the President’s Men)
  • Along Caramel a Cider (Along Came a Spider)
  • Along Caramel Polly (Along Came Polly)
  • Caramel (Amelie)
  • Americano Sweethearts (America’s Sweethearts)
  • Americano Beauty (American Beauty)
  • Americano Graffiti (American Graffiti)
  • Americano Misto X (American History X)
  • Americano Pie 2 (American Pie 2)
  • Americano Wedding (American Wedding)
  • An Americano in Paris (An American in Paris)
  • Annie Tall (Annie Hall)
  • Arsenic and Old Pike Place (Arsenic and Old Lace)
  • Black Tea Hawk Down (Black Hawk Down)
  • Froth Bear (Brother Bear)
  • Chocolate (Chocolat)
  • Cider de Deus (Cidade de Deus)
  • Cold Milk Mountain (Cold Mountain)
  • Chocolate Damage (Collateral Damage)
  • Darkness Tall (Darkness Falls)
  • Das Leben Cider Grande (Das Leben der Anderen)
  • Cider Untergang (Der Untergang)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Tea Woman (Diary of a Mad Black Woman)
  • Double Tazo Awake (Double Take)
  • Easy Cider (Easy Rider)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mint (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  • Froth Hell (From Hell)
  • Froth Here to Eternity (From Here to Eternity)
  • Full Mocha Jacket (Full Metal Jacket)
  • Scone in 60 Seconds (Gone in 60 Seconds)
  • Scone with the Wind (Gone with the Wind)
  • Grande Torino (Gran Torino)
  • Cider and Seek (Hide and Seek)
  • Hot Tea Rwanda (Hotel Rwanda)
  • Venti (Identity)
  • Latte and Leopold (Kate and Leopold)
  • Kicking and Creaming (Kicking and Screaming)
  • Legally Blended Mocha (Legally Blonde)
  • Lemonade Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Ventis (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events)
  • Little Misto Sunshine (Little Miss Sunshine)
  • Men in Black Tea II (Men in Black II)
  • Misto Congeniality (Miss Congeniality)
  • Mocha Lisa Smile (Mona Lisa Smile)
  • Monster’s Tall (Monster’s Ball)
  • My Big Fat Green Tea Wedding (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
  • Not Another Tea Movie (Not Another Teen Movie)
  • Once Upon a Time in Americano (Once Upon a Time in America)
  • Scone Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
  • Scone Hour Photo (One Hour Photo)
  • Ciders of the Lost Ark (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Cream Window (Rear Window)
  • Red Tea Dragon (Red Dragon)
  • Requiem for a Cream (Requiem for a Dream)
  • Schindler’s Misto (Schindler’s List)
  • Cream 3 (Scream 3)
  • Snow White Tea and the Seven Dwarfs (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  • Some Like It Hot Tea (Some Like It Hot)
  • Cider-Man (Spider-Man)
  • Cider-Man 2 (Spider-Man 2)
  • Tea of the Sun (Tears of the Sun)
  • The Americano Queen (The African Queen)
  • The Bourne Venti (The Bourne Identity)
  • The Count of Monte Misto (The Count of Monte Cristo)
  • The Cider Hunter (The Deer Hunter)
  • The Green Tea Mile (The Green Mile)
  • The Jazz Gingerbread (The Jazz Singer)
  • The Scone (The One)
  • The Tazo Passion of the Christ (The Passion of the Christ)
  • The Polar Espresso (The Polar Express)
  • The Cookie (The Rookie)
  • The Scone King (The Scorpion King)
  • The Sum of Tall Fears (The Sum of All Fears)
  • The Texas Chai Massacre (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
  • The Time Macchiato (The Time Machine)
  • The Wedding Latte (The Wedding Date)
  • Undercover Froth (Undercover Brother)
  • Vanilla Bean Sky (Vanilla Sky)
  • West Cider Story (West Side Story)
  • White Mocha Chicks (White Chicks)

Hire me instead. I’m only asking for $250,000.


LaCie Sound2 Speakers

Posted September 30, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Electronics, Gadgets, Music




30 watts, USB powered, and fucking awesome.

The Accidental Wine Company

Posted September 24, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Food

Here’s how to save up to 40% on wines:

Accidents happen every day in the world of wine. A bottle breaks and stains its neighbors, a new label design replaces an old established one, or a winery just closes its doors. A soiled, retired, or discontinued label is suddenly and simply less valuable… We will choose from a variety of wines with blemished labels that restaurants, wine stores, supermarkets and hotels don’t want to sell for that very reason. Because they are so persnickety we can buy these wines for less and so can you.

The Accidental Wine Company

Laptop Burka

Posted September 23, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

Laptop Burka

Stay classy with the Laptop Burka:

Laptop Burka lets you work or watch movies in your own portable private space, and its made from high-quality, breathable, lightweight fabric. Take it anywhere, anytime. No more eye straining or battery draining from glare. Take your Laptop Burka to the pool … the patio … the park … ANYWHERE!!

Product Page

Happy Saturday

Posted August 15, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Posted August 10, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

Wordle is a tool that generates beautiful word clouds based on inputted text. To experiment, I ran Wordle on a few of the writers at Techcrunch.

Erick Schonfeld writes about information, links, and URLs:


Jason Kincaid likes something called Yammer:


John Biggs has an obvious man-crush on Steve Jobs:


Michael Arrington loves Google Voice:


MG Siegler:


Interesting results.

whup asp

Posted July 28, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Food

whup asp

whup asp = “asparagus in a brine infused with white wine vinegar, pink peppercorns, hot cherry peppers and orange juice.”

Mmm. This would go great with a Bloody Mary.

Words of wisdom from John Daly

Posted July 20, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


“I believe nicotine plus caffeine equals protein.” – John Daly

Split Ring Key Blank – $7

Posted July 9, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Carry your keys on your other key. Great idea, terrible name.

Product Page

Top 5 “I Want You Back” Covers

Posted July 8, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Music, Random

As a tribute to the King of Pop, I’ve compiled my top 5 “I Want You Back” covers from his Jackson 5 days. Enjoy.

#5. Super Guitar Duo Acousphere

#4. Marty Schwartz

#3. DJ Z-Trip

#2. Discovery

#1. KT Tunstall

Steve Jobs liver transplant

Posted June 24, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

This is slightly off-topic, but…

Leave Steve Jobs Alone

Free Pinhole Camera

Posted June 19, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

Pinhole Camera

Print out your own pinhole camera here.

“Left Right Left Right Left” by Coldplay

Posted May 18, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Music, Web

I’m happy that more and more bands are starting to embrace the free Internet culture. Today’s post is for a free Coldplay live album. Download all 9 tracks here.

“The Stream” by Wilco

Posted May 17, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Music, Web

Wilco is streaming their latest album from their site. Win.

Update: Holy tits this album is good.

“Dark Night of the Soul” by Danger Mouse

Posted May 17, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Music, Web

NPR is streaming Danger Mouse’s new album on their website. Take a listen.

Friend Feed

Posted April 21, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

Tags: ,

Friend Feed: Like Twitter, but without Oprah or Ashton or any of that other crap.

Twtbox – Jukebox Powered by Tweets

Posted March 29, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Twtbox is a music video jukebox that takes requests via Twitter. It’s fucking magic.

LaCie itsaKey USB flash drive

Posted March 10, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

Lacie USB Key

It’s a key.

American Pastoral

Posted February 26, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Philip Roth is a genius. Read this book now.

Nintendo Controller Soap

Posted February 19, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

Nintendo Controller soap

Nintendo Controller soap



Posted February 11, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Games

KenKen is a new logic puzzle from Japan. Will Shortz of the New York Times explains how to play it.

You can try it out here.

Boxers vs. Briefs vs. Boxer-briefs

Posted February 10, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random

The Underwear Matrix:

Underwear Matrix

Boxer-briefs is the clear winner. It’s time to move on.

I personally prefer Hanes Classics with the soft band.

GoGirl – $4.99

Posted February 10, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Um, yeah. GoGirl.

Courtesy of @nickmiller23

Fundies – $9.99

Posted February 9, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Um, yeah. Fundies.

Charlie Wadhams: Free Up Your Schedule – $9.99

Posted February 2, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Music

Charlie Wadhams

This album by Charlie Wadhams is a gem.

For the skeptics, listen to it free on MySpace here, then buy it on iTunes here.

Zildjian T-Shirt – $5

Posted January 24, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Random


Hello, drummers. Get this classic Zildjian t-shirt for only $5 with 70% off promo code ZSTC09.

Potato Gun – $1.13

Posted January 23, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Entertainment, Food, Gadgets, Games

Potato Gun

“This toy was an awsome toy. I am glad I asked my mom to order this for me because once I tried it out it shot far away. I think kids around the world should order or buy this gun because it is really cool.”Some kid

The Douche Card – $5

Posted January 21, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Music, Random

Douche Card

Let complete strangers know how you feel about them with these Douche cards. Also available in Cock Block.

Murray’s Beeswax – $4.95

Posted January 16, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Health, Home

Murray's Beeswax

It’s beeswax. In a jar. From Australia.

What could you possibly do with it, you ask?


Calendar Tape – $10

Posted January 3, 2009 by Jesse
Categories: Office


Calendar Tape is FAWESOME!

lala – $0.10 – $0.89

Posted October 23, 2008 by Jesse
Categories: Music, Tech, Web

LaLa - Where Music Plays

lala is a new music service that puts your music in the “cloud”. Don’t ask me what that means. But here’s what you can do:

  • – “Upload” your entire music collection to lala and listen to it on any computer with an internet connection.
  • – Buy “Web Songs” for 10 cents. You can’t download them, but you can listen as many times as you want on your computer.
  • – Buy full songs for 89 cents. You can download these to your iPod and listen to them as many times as you want on your computer.

I’ve been using lala for the past 2 days, and it is the greatest thing ever. Ever!

Sign up now and get 50 free credits (that’s 50 free Web Songs).

A Picture Everyday – $0

Posted May 5, 2008 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

Tags: , , , ,

A Picture Everyday is a cool little Facebook app that lets you take a photo of yourself each day with your web-cam. Check it out if you have a built-in iSight or USB web-cam.

Howcast instructional videos – $0

Posted February 6, 2008 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

Like learning, but hate reading? Watch free instructional videos at

Joost – $0

Posted May 1, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

joost invitation code

I’ve been playing around with the beta version of Joost for the past few weeks. If you haven’t heard already, Joost is a “new way of watching TV on the internet.” You can choose from over a dozen channels and pretty much watch TV completely free from your computer. It’s definately a cool concept, and there’s no surprise that Joost has been receiving plenty of hype from the media and Internets. But there’s only one problem: Joost sucks.

The biggest flaw with Joost is the content. Honestly, who wants to watch National Geographics and GameStar TV. And if you like sports, you’re stuck with Indy racing, soccer, and some crappy extreme sports channel. They’ve also thrown in big names like MTV and Comedy Central for good measure, but you only get the reject programs like Laguna Beach (wtf?) and Stella.

There are also problems with the actual software. I’m currently running on a 6 month old Macbook with plenty of RAM. When I fire up Joost, I feel like my laptop is about to explode. So don’t even think about running any other application if you have Joost open. Although I’ve upgraded to the latest version of Joost, I’m still experiencing random delays and crashes. Not good at all.

But enough bitching and moaning from me. Joost is currently invite-only, and I’ve got a few invites left. If you want to see what the hype is all about, leave a comment and I’ll send out invites on a first come first serve basis.

Update: You can manually invite yourself to the Joost beta here. Joost also came out with a new software upgrade today, which crashes your computer even more. Folks, it still sucks. If you want a real Internet TV solution, get yourself a Slingbox. I’ve had mine for over a week and it seriously kicks ass.

Shrek the Third advanced screening – $0

Posted April 24, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Entertainment, Movies

shrek the third screening

Shrek fans rejoice! Below are a list of free advanced screenings for Shrek the Third, courtesy of Fox Search Light (source). Update: Neel Mehta has pointed out that the listing I posted before was for Waitress. Doh!

Entertainment Weekly is also offering free screenings. It’s first come first serve so sign up now!

Thanks Dana!

Start a business with Cambrian House – $0

Posted April 17, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

cambrian house

Today, I attended the Web 2.0 Expo at the Moscone Convention Center in SF. In a nutshell, it was a gathering of online companies – many with dumb names – trying to promote their latest and greatest by luring you in with free t-shirts, candy, and beer. I visited a ton of booths (and got a ton of t-shirts) but usually walked away feeling bored and unimpressed. However, one company by the name of Cambrian House did catch my attention.

Cambrian House dubs themselves as the “home of crowdsourcing”. Crowdsourcing is a term used to describe getting something done using the collective effort of a large group of people usually over the Internet. For example, if I have an idea for a business, I would post it on Cambrian House and find other users to critique, collaborate, and eventually form the business with. The lady at the booth described it as an easy way to get your ideas out in the air and see how people respond. If people like it, you can potentially search within the community to find those who fit the skill-sets needed to execute the idea (partners, programmers, designers, etc.).

To test the effectiveness of Cambrian House, I’ve decided to share an idea that has been brewing in my head for months. I’ve guarded this idea with secrecy and have told only a handful of trusted friends. So here it is folks: Carbon Dating Service. Let me know what you think.

Online bargain hunting – $0

Posted April 16, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Sponsored, Web

apple hifi

For the past year, I’ve been listening to music mainly on my laptop speakers. The sound quality is pretty crappy, but that’s what you get when you’re too lazy (and broke) to buy a decent set of speakers. But now that I am less-broke thanks to a new job, it’s time for a long due upgrade.

I’ve looked at a bunch of speaker systems and have narrowed it down to the Apple iPod HiFi, which will go nicely with my laptop and an Airport Express. After obsessing over the Hifi on the Apple site for a couple days, I began my search for cheaper deals elsewhere. There are the usual 2 or 3 websites that I visit, but earlier tonight I received a request on ReviewMe to review a new bargain-hunting website called Dealighted.

Here’s the gist: Dealighted is a site that helps you find coupons, freebies, and other deals online. They basically scan for bargains on other sites like Slickdeals, Fatwallet, and Anandtech and repost it on their homepage. Dealighted also has a shopping search engine that shows you prices for a product at different stores, along with any deals or coupons that might be available.

Here are Dealighted’s results for the Apple Hifi:

apple hifi

Wow! Look at the savings! But wait, let’s see what Froogle gives me:

apple hifi

Hmm.. notice the similarities? To be fair, I played around their site for about 20 minutes trying to find other items, but my final verdict is that Dealighted brings nothing new to the table. If I wanted to use a site like Froogle, I’d just use Froogle. Aggregating deals and coupons from other websites is interesting, but chances are that I’ve probably searched those places already (I did).

However, Dealighted isn’t completely worthless. By requesting a review on Fresh Fodder, they had to pony up $100, half of which goes to me and the purchase of my Apple iPod HiFi. Thanks Dealighted!

Bike Chain Bottle Opener – $9.60

Posted April 13, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Kitchen

bike chain bottle opener

The most frustrating part about writing in this blog is being unable to feature certain items because they cost just barely over $10. I’ve wanted to write about this bike chain bottle opener for a while now, but it’s always been out of the price range. Fortunately, the folks over at Elsewares have cut me some slack by specially creating a coupon for Fresh Fodder readers that will put this item under $10. Nice!

At checkout, use coupon code freshbike for the Bike Chain Bottle Opener.

Jigsaw Soap – $1.50

Posted April 11, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Bath

jigsaw soap

These jigsaw soap pieces fit together like regular puzzle pieces. Each piece is about 1.2 ounces of soap and can also be custom colored and scented (ginger-lime and peach pictured above). Showering is fun again!

Available at Naiad’s

Here’s a larger one if 1.2 ounces is too small.

Ear Light – $6.99

Posted April 9, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Books, Electronics, Tech

ear light reading light

Reading in bed with a night lamp is so 2006. The Ear Light is the all-new futuristic reading light that you wear on your ear, kinda like the Star Trek-ish Bluetooth headsets. The Ear Light contains a white LED light that runs off 2 coin-cell lithium batteries (included).

Get with the times!

LawYours – $0

Posted April 8, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Tech, Web

Attention all Bay Area lawyers and Internet geeks, LawYours is a free event for you to mingle with up-and-coming entrepreneurs and top Silicon Valley law firms.  The event will take place on the evening of May 10, 2007 in Palo Alto, California. Michael Arrington from TechCrunch will be speaking as well. More info available at Entrepreneur27 and geekwhat.

One Trip Grip Grocery Bag Holder – $4.99

Posted April 8, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Random

one trip grip

I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’m somewhat of a pro at carrying lots of grocery bags. Maybe it has something to do with my great physique, or the fact that I own a One Trip Grip grocery bag holder. Seriously, you can carry a ton of bags with this little contraption. Plus, it’s also nice to not have those red grip-marks across your hands anymore.

You can get one at Amazon.

Drip Clips Paperclip Holder – $7.99

Posted April 5, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Office

drip clips paperclip holder

Paperclips are good for three things: attaching to loose papers, making shiny necklaces, and pretending to be water droplets inside a Drip Clips Paperclip Holder. Unfortunatley, I don’t own paperclips, but if I did, I’d probably store them in this faucet-looking contraption.

Available at Perpetual Kid

Glass Jar Chopper – $4.95

Posted March 27, 2007 by Jesse
Categories: Kitchen

glass jar chopper

Glass Jar + Chopper = Best invention ever. This thing chops vegetables in seconds while sealing in the odor for onions and other aromatic vegetables. The dimensions are 3 1/2″ in diameter and 8 1/8″ high. Glass jar is 16oz. Try the chopper with this amazing greek salad recipe.

Available at Sur La Table