Sunday, 29 April 2007

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Jeff Foxworthy on country music

[Wave of the phin to Dean Barnett for the pointer on HotAir.]

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Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Suburban hippie

A few moments ago, I was watching Seinfeld, folding some clothes, and I looked down at my attire for the day: hemp-dyed Kauai t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, Invisible Children reed bracelet, and new Keen sandals, and the title for this post was what sprang to my mind.

Somebody help me.

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The more things change…

“Quemadmoeum gladuis neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca, circa 45 AD

Translation: “A sword is never a killer, it is a tool in the killer’s hands.”

Just thought this might be somewhat relevant to political and cultural debates we’re having two thousand years later.

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Headline you never thought you’d see

“Arctic Monkeys see slower sales for new album”

I guess they gave up trying to come up with Shakespeare.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Oh, but to love…

I’m not sure if there’s anything to the fact that as George Thorogood’s “Who Do You Love?” was playing, I came across Steve’s great poem, “my convenient social gospel”, but regardless, it’s a good poem. Thanks, Steve!

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links for 2007-04-24

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Monday, 23 April 2007

links for 2007-04-23

  • Corner.js 1.0 allows you to add corners to webpage images. It uses unobtrusive javascript to keep your code clean. It works in all the major browsers - Mozilla Firefox 1.5+, Opera 9+ and Safari. On older browsers and Internet Explorer, it’ll degrade and your viewers won’t know the difference.
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Sunday, 22 April 2007

Twitter time

I found Annalee Newitz’s article on Twitter fascinating, including this breakdown of time:

  • Twitter time: every minute
  • Blog time: every few hours
  • Newspaper time: every day

There’s also a mention of “book time” in the one-line bio at the end of the piece, which I suppose one could translate in to meaning “every few days”, given how long the average person devotes to getting through a tome.

I also thought about how one might define the 24-hour news cycle. Would “CNN time” be defined as “every second”?

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Friday, 20 April 2007

Words that should chill the heart of any comic fan

Spider-Man set to swing to Broadway.”

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And you thought you were a real Star Wars fan…

Have you ever built your own Darth Vader hot air balloon?

[Via Boing Boing via Twitter Vader.]

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Thursday, 19 April 2007

links for 2007-04-19

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Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Blades of Glory: The Ninja Interview

For my Blades of Glory homies, the Ninja interviews Jon Heder and Will Ferrell. Boom!

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links for 2007-04-17

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Monday, 16 April 2007

Not quite in the cellar, but on the steps

Unlike the Texas Rangers, our softball team isn’t at the bottom of our division, but we’re close, being in third place out of four teams. We dropped another heartbreaker yesterday, losing by two runs.

The game found us opposite Faith Lutheran, the undefeated squad in our group, and it was certainly the best game we’ve played against them. Yet again, I believe if we would have had time for one more inning, we may have been able to stage a comeback.

Our defense was much tighter, even with some of the mental errors made. I was guilty of committing one of these; I could have turned a double play and failed to do so. I was playing at short, with a runner on first. The ball was hit to my side of second base, and I jumped on it, coming up toward the bag. I could see our second baseman moving to the base, and I thought she might get there before me, so I tossed her the ball.

She, on the other hand, figured I had everything in hand, so she was surprised to get the ball. We got the runner out at second, but her throw to first was too late. If I had just committed to making the out at second myself, we could have pulled off the double. I’ll know better next time.

As a team, we were much more patient at the plate, and that helped us with getting on base enough to keep the score close. I was two-for-three at the plate, and if I been a little more patient myself on that third at-bat, I may have gone for a thousand on the day. As it were, I did get one run in off of my second single, though my first hit, leading off the second inning, was my best of the day, a shot over the pitcher into center that dropped in front of the outfielders.

I think the fact that team was simply playing better as a unit made this loss a little easier to swallow. Again, winning more would be nice, but it’s great to get out to the ball field for an hour or so and play, sharing time with friends and neighbors. One advantage of playing the same teams over and over again is that you get to know your opposite numbers, which leads to fun and interesting on-field banter. Here’s hoping the weather is as great this coming Sunday as it was yesterday.

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Friday, 13 April 2007

Patrik Stenberg

Earlier today Brian twittered about Patrik Stenberg’s “curious covers”, and I listened to them all. My favorites are “Break-up” and the “Rock Medley”.

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First words

Nearly three months since it was ordered, I received my Valentine’s Day gift today. (Thanks again, sweetheart!) The original Star Wars trilogy on DVD; not just the Special Edition versions, mind you, but the original theatrical versions as well, something Star Wars purists have been clamoring for for well over a decade.

In honor of my revisiting the film which made such an impact on me as a child, I decided to note the first words spoken by major characters in Star Wars: A New Hope, in the order in which they appear. Enjoy!

First words of the movie, spoken by C3PO: “Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We’ll be destroyed for sure! This is madness!”

R2-D2: (Responding to C3PO) Whistling chirps.

Darth Vader: “Where are those transmissions you interecepted? What have you done with those plans?”

Princess Leia: “Darth Vader. Only you could be so bold. The Imperial Senate will not sit still for this. When they hear you attacked a diplomatic…”

Luke Skywalker: “Doesn’t look like we have much of a choice but I’ll remind him!”

Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Hello there.”

Grand Mof Tarkin: “The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I’ve just received word the Emperor has dissolved the council, permanently. The last remnants of the old Republic have been swept away.”

Chewbacca: (soft grunts, responding to Kenobi) “Mmm. Mmm.”

Han Solo: “Han Solo. I’m captain of the Millenium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you’re looking for passage to the Alderaan system.”

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Professional, interesting and well-written and edited

No, the title doesn’t refer to this blog. (Though I’m trying.) It refers to the publication I’m proud to be a part of, About This Particular Macintosh, and comes from Claire Rottenberg’s Quality Mac Websites:

ATPM is a professional, interesting and well-written and edited magazine. It has a large variety of content, ranging from short news bits to in-depth articles and product reviews, so there is something for everyone in each month’s issue. Take a look at the latest issue and I’m sure you’ll find something worthwhile in it and, like me, will become a regular reader of ATPM.

Kudos to the great volunteers we have on staff at ATPM, and thank you, Claire, for the kind words.

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The Big Push

Okay, campers, we’re in the home stretch, and I’m way behind.

As we all know, my wife has the high-earning friends, so with just a few people, she can rack up quite a lot of donations. That means that I need a lot of you to donate to the March of Dimes for this year’s WalkAmerica.

I’m $195 short of the goal of $400 I set to raise this year, and about $350 behind my beloved. While it would be nice, in the spirit of our loving competition, to catch up to her, I’d be pleased if I were just able to reach the $400 goal.

Five hundred thousand babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes is at the forefront of research that helps many of them survive. Our son was among that number in 2003, so we know firsthand the good things this organization does, and this is why we participate each year in WalkAmerica.

My deepest thanks to those of you who have already donated, and for those readers who have not, please consider a donation before this Wednesday, the 18th. The walk is next Saturday, the 21st. Thanks, all!

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Bad Luck and Trouble

Late last night, I learned that Lee Child’s next Jack Reacher novel by will be released on May 15th. Bad Luck and Trouble is the 11th novel featuring the former Military Police officer turned drifter. I’ve been reading the Reacher novels since the beginning, and I’m anxiously awaiting this latest from Child.

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Thursday, 12 April 2007

I wish Dallas would hurry up and score

The third overtime just began in Vancouver, and at 1:25 in the morning, I’m ready for bed.

I bleed green, white, gold, and black, though. Go Stars!!

Update, 1:27 AM: Somewhere about the 2:50 mark in to the third overtime, the game became the longest in Vancouver franchise history.

Update, 1:51 AM: There will be a fourth overtime.

Update, 2:33 AM: With 1:54 left in the fourth overtime, Dallas falls. It sucks to lose when you outplay and outshoot your opponent.

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Sunday, 08 April 2007

He’s Alive!

You can listen to the song.

The gates and doors were barred and all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness and rose at every sound
Half in hopeless sorrow, half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breaking through to drag us all away

And just before the sunrise I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle and a voice began to call
I hurried to the window and looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches and the sound of soldiers feet

There was no one there but Mary so I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me as she told us where she’d been
She said, “They’ve moved Him in the night and none of us knows where.
“The stone’s been rolled away and now His body isn’t there.”

We both ran t’ward the garden and then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and the empty tomb just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in was just an empty shell
And how or where they’d taken Him was more than I could tell

Something strange had happened there just what I didn’t know
John believed a miracle but I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation didn’t lift me very high
‘Cause I’d seen them crucify Him, and then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again the guilt and anguish came
Everything I’d promised Him just added to my shame
When at least it came to choices I denied I knew His name
And even if He was alive, it wouldn’t be the same

Suddenly the air was filled with a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere drove shadows from the room
Jesus stood before me with His arms held open wide
And I felld own on my knees and I just clung to Him and cried

He raised me to my feet and as I looked into His eyes
Love was shining out from them like sunlight from the skies
Guilt and my confusion disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I’d ever had just melted into peace

He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive and I’m forgiven
Heaven’s gates are opened wide

(Repeat chorus two more times)

He’s alive, He’s alive, He’s alive…He’s alive!

Don Francisco

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links for 2007-04-08

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Thursday, 05 April 2007

Quote of the day

Stef: In fact, if the weather gets better, Jeff and I were thinking of breaking in our new picnic basket tomorrow.
Jeff: Yeah. We have a secret spot, so if you come with us, we’ll have to blindfold you.
Eddie: Yeeeeaaah, well, unless that’s followed by a gunshot, I wouldn’t count on it.

That is why you should be watching ‘Til Death.

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Tuesday, 03 April 2007

Quote of the day

“I’ve got the attention span of a 2 year old on crack today.” —Eric Blair

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Monday, 02 April 2007

The Compassion Store

Compassion now has a store where you can purchase Compassion-branded merchandise, as well as music and books from artists who support Compassion. This is a great way for those who may not be able to support a child on a monthly basis to make a contribution to Compassion’s ongoing ministries.

My personal favorites are the “Changing the World” t-shirt, the “The opposite of poverty” t-shirt (the front reads “The opposite of poverty is not wealth” and the back reads “The opposite of poverty is enough”), the Men’s Dill Polo, and the Vintage Cap, which is apparently so popular, it’s already on backorder.

Now they just need to add a wishlist feature to the Compassion Store, and I’ll be set!

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Sunday, 01 April 2007

ATPM 13.04

The April issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available.

Chris Dudar, the staff’s resident 3D artist, provides us with some great cover art this month. Good work, Chris!

Wes kicks things off by noting the response from a lot of the tech crowd to Windows Vista: yawn. Those that have given a flip have turned on those who don’t care for it, like Chris Pirillo, and prominent switchers think it’s time for Pirillo to get a Mac. This and more in Wes’s monthly blogosphere roundup. Mike notes that while it’s not all all roses all the time with Macs, it still beats the alternative.

Mark notes that there is scientific evidence that size does matter. For display size, you plebeians! Display size! Sheesh… Ed returns with another GTD column, focusing on the hunting/gathering aspects of information collection. Lee continues Photoshop for the Curious, this month exploring levels and curves. Miraz looks at the browser side of things when it comes to web accessibility.

Chris Lawson manages to tie together Billy Madison, blogging, reviews, and business ethics, all in one tidy package. Lee provides us with this month’s desktop pictures, shot in New England in 1997. In this month’s Cortland, our hero finds himself traveling to other dimensions, while persons from other dimensions travel to ours, and the Dark Lord I.T. is trying to travel to other dimensions, or our dimension, or…Heck, there’s just a lot of dimension-traveling going on this month!

Matthew picks apart the open-source sound editor, Audacity, while Lawson pores over an accessory many a business traveler will want to take a look at, the Keynamics Aviator Laptop Stand. Linus plays around with Dodge That Anvil!, and Lee is less than impressed with the new HomeDock Deluxe from DLO. Ed peruses Joe Kissell’s Take Control of Mac OS X Backups 2.0, a tome I heartily recommend. And the man that leads off the April issue closes it out for us, as Chris Dudar reviews the app that helped make this month’s cover art, Wings3D.

As always, ATPM is available in a wide range of choices for your reading pleasure.

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