Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Today’s First 10 Shuffled Songs

  1. “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad” - Def Leppard, Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
  2. The Big Chair” - Tears For Fears, Songs From The Big Chair
  3. Joe Bean” - Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison
  4. Blue Train” - Johnny Cash, The Complete Sun Singles, Volume 2
  5. The Cross Has Said It All” - Matt Redman, The Friendship And The Fear
  6. “It’s So Easy” - Harvest, 41 Will Come
  7. Call Back When I’m Honest” - The Almost, Southern Weather
  8. “The Planets: Mars, The Bringer Of War (Conclusion)” - London Symphony Orchestra, Heavy Classix
  9. Flashpoint” - Whitecross, Triumphant Return
  10. Never Been Unloved” - Michael W. Smith, The Second Decade 1993-2003

As with yesterday, all links are to the Amazon MP3 store, with the exception of Heavy Classix, which is only available on CD.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Today’s First 10 Shuffled Songs

From earlier this morning, when I was in a music-listening mode:

  1. The Steward of Gondor (Featuring Billy Boyd)” — The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  2. Flicker” — Audio Adrenaline, Some Kind of Zombie
  3. Invisible Sun” — The Police, Every Breath You Take: The Classics
  4. Dirty World” — The Traveling Wilburys, The Traveling Wilburys Collection
  5. I Hate Everything” — George Strait, 50 Number Ones, Disc 1
  6. Big Yellow Taxi” — Counting Crows, Hard Candy
  7. “Before My Eyes” — Tesla, Five Man Acoustical Jam (Live)
  8. “Least of These” — Justin Nevins, Nada One
  9. Hallowed” — Jennifer Knapp & Phil Keaggy, City on a Hill: Sing Alleluia
  10. Raise Him Up (Electric)” — Lost And Found, Something Different

All links are to the Amazon MP3 Downloads store, with the exception of Tesla’s Five Man Acoustical Jam, which is for the CD, as it’s not available as a download. Why Amazon over the iTunes Store? For a lot of songs, Amazon offers the same or better bit rate than iTunes, which means a better listening experience, and there’s absolutely no DRM on Amazon’s songs. This is the case only with certain songs, not all, on the iTunes Store. And I’ve just been buying more music of late from Amazon than from the iTunes Store…

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Monday, 28 April 2008

At least there was no “Ebony and Ivory”

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Today’s proud parenting moment

Me: Let’s get your Crocs on so you can go play on your swingset while I scoop the dogs’ poop.

Him: No, thank you. (This from the child who hasn’t met a slide he hasn’t liked.)

Me: (walking in to the living room where he is) Why, what are you up to?

Him: I’m picking up the pieces of the puzzle that spilled out.

Me: (aghast) Okaaayyyy…..

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Friday, 25 April 2008

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Thursday, 24 April 2008

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Wednesday, 23 April 2008


I’ve had this playlist since, well, since before there were playlists. It started as a mix CD I put together in the very early aughts, before the iPod was released. It has continued life as a playlist in iTunes, and I put it together today as a Mixwit mix to try out that service. Enjoy!

Unfortunately, the services which Mixwit uses to pull tracks didn’t have everything in my original “Phischmix”. Here’s the full playlist, with the missing songs in italics:

“Girlfriend” by Matthew Sweet
“Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down
“Everything to Everyone” by Everclear
“My Hero” by the Foo Fighters
“Push” by Matchbox 20
“Closing Time” by Semisonic
“Man on the Moon” by R.E.M.
“Three Marlenas” by The Wallflowers
“Come On Eileen” by Save Ferris
“Walkin’ on the Sun” by Smash Mouth
“Fire Escape” by Fastball
“She’s So High” by Tal Bachman
“John Hughes 2000”by Menthol
“Heroes” by The Wallflowers

One of the little eye candy things I like about Mixwit is the fact that as you go through the playlist, the tape moves from one side of the cassette to the other, just as its analog predecessor does. It’s those little things developers pay attention to that make the whole experience.


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One Gallon Axe

This is fairly awesome.

Doesn’t that make you want to drink milk?

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Sunday, 20 April 2008

I don’t want to be at war a hundred years from now, either, but…

Clifford D. May, A Hundred Years of War?:

A hundred years from now, Americans might still be fighting militant Islamists in Iraq and other places. What could be worse than that? A hundred years from now, America and the West could have been defeated by militant Islamists.

Al-Qaeda, Iran’s ruling mullahs, Hezbollah, and others militant jihadis have told us what they are fighting for. The well-known Islamist, Hassan al-Banna, described the movement’s goals succinctly: “to dominate…to impose its laws on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.” He said that in 1928. Who would have believed then that his heirs would acquire the wealth, power, and lethality they enjoy today? Who can say where they may be 100 years from now? Who can say where the West will be? Survival is not an entitlement. Freedom must be earned by every generation.

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Saturday, 19 April 2008

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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Taking commercialization to the grave

Remember Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Yes, yes, it’s still the best Trek film. But do you recall the end, when Spock is “buried” by being shot from the Enterprise within a photon torpedo?

Did you ever think, “Man, that would be a cool casket to be buried in!”


Star Trek Photo Torpedo Casket

Scheduled to be available “mid-2008”, and pricing has not yet been determined.

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The Empire Strikes Back. In 60 seconds.

To quote Geekdad, where I first saw this: “Sheer brilliance.”

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

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Monday, 14 April 2008


Dyspeptic Mutterings:

I don’t know about you, but I prefer my candidates to come equipped without the “High Octane Marxist Cant” option.


[Wave of the phin to Dom.]

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Taken is an upcoming film written by Luc Besson and starring Liam Neeson as the dad you don’t want to make mad by hurting his little girl:

Unfortunately, it doesn’t release here in the States until September. Brent, Nathan, this gets a thumbs-up from me.

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Sunday, 13 April 2008

“Let’s ‘Surge’ Some More”

Michael Yon:

It is said that generals always fight the last war. But when David Petraeus came to town it was senators — on both sides of the aisle — who battled over the Iraq war of 2004-2006. That war has little in common with the war we are fighting today.

I may well have spent more time embedded with combat units in Iraq than any other journalist alive. I have seen this war — and our part in it — at its brutal worst. And I say the transformation over the last 14 months is little short of miraculous.

The change goes far beyond the statistical decline in casualties or incidents of violence. A young Iraqi translator, wounded in battle and fearing death, asked an American commander to bury his heart in America. Iraqi special forces units took to the streets to track down terrorists who killed American soldiers. The U.S. military is the most respected institution in Iraq, and many Iraqi boys dream of becoming American soldiers.


We know now that we can pull off a successful counterinsurgency in Iraq. We know that we are working with an increasingly willing citizenry. But counterinsurgency, like community policing, requires lots of boots on the ground. You can’t do it from inside a jet or a tank.

Over the past 15 months, we have proved that we can win this war. We stand now at the moment of truth. Victory — and a democracy in the Arab world — is within our grasp. But it could yet slip away if our leaders remain transfixed by the war we almost lost, rather than focusing on the war we are winning today.

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Saturday, 12 April 2008

AirHogs Press Conference

The Grand Prairie AirHogs are a new minor league team in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and we have some footage from a recent press conference:

The AirHogs season begins in May, and I’m looking forward to taking in a game or two this year.

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Friday, 11 April 2008

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Thursday, 10 April 2008

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Wednesday, 09 April 2008

Do you know what you’re seeking?

Tony Woodlief, “The City Where Nobody Smiles”:

Millions of people visit every year, and I wonder, does a one of them find what he is looking for?

Do they even know what they seek?

Which I suppose can be asked of us all, not just the poor souls sitting numbly in front of those cold machines with the pretty, pretty lights. The answer, I think, is that we are seeking something that will fill the great Empty.

It runs right through the middle of you, this emptiness, and though every good writer has tried to describe it, and though we all know it is there, we are most of us terribly afraid to think about it, which is perhaps why a place like Las Vegas can exist at all.

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Tuesday, 08 April 2008

Regarding those nasty unintended consequences…

Thomas Sowell:

One of the biggest problems with government intervention in the economy is that politicians usually have neither the knowledge nor the incentives to intervene at the right time.

Bruce Bartlett has pointed out that most government intervention in an economic downturn comes too late. That is, the problem it is trying to solve has already worked itself out and the government intervention can create new problems.

More fundamentally, markets readjust themselves for a reason. That reason is that people pay a price for their misjudgments and mistakes.

Government interventions are usually based on trying to stop them from having to pay that price.

People who went way out on a limb to buy a house that they could not afford are now being pictured as victims of a heartless market or deceptive lenders.

Just a few years ago, people who went out on that limb made money big-time in a skyrocketing housing market. But now that they have been caught in the ups and downs that markets have gone through for centuries, the government is supposed to bail them out.

Solving short-run problems, especially in an election year, often means creating long-run problems. Pumping money into the economy can help many problems, but do not be surprised if it also leads to inflationary pressures and financial repercussions around the world.

In other words, people should bear some personal responsibility for their choices and actions. The government should leave well enough alone. Better yet, perhaps the government would like to admit to some responsibility in the matter, and perhaps rather than bailing out people from their own mistakes, rectify it’s own? (Yeah, I know, fat chance of the latter.)

[Emphasis in the quote added. —R]

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Ride’em, cowboy!

This past weekend, we spent a few days visiting my parents in the suburbs of Birmingham. (That would be Alabama, not England. Just in case it wasn’t clear.)

My dad pulled my old rocking horse, Donut, out of storage, cleaned up the parts, and assembled him in the basement, all for my son to ride while we were visiting.

If you want to see a slightly larger version, click on the video.

I got Donut about the same age as the little phisch is now, roughly 1974. The nostalgia from watching my own child ride the same horse I did thirty-three, thirty-four years ago, was overwhelming.

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Monday, 07 April 2008

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Saturday, 05 April 2008

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Friday, 04 April 2008

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Thursday, 03 April 2008

ATPM 14.04

The April issue of About This Particular Macintosh is now available for your reading pleasure.

Wes kicks things off with a look at what’s been popular in the Mac blogosphere of late, and that’s namely been about a product that isn’t a Mac, but works with your Mac: the iPhone. The announcement of the software development kit (SDK for short) for the iPhone has generated quite a lot of discussion amongst developers and pundits.

Mark talks about chips of all sorts, from his uniquely Brit point of view, as well as the latest DRM nonsense across the Pond. Charles has another Filemaking, and walks through relational databases.

This month’s desktop pictures are courtesy of several ATPM readers, and feature views from all around the globe. Thank you, all, for sharing!

Back in meatspace, Todd turns the tables on the enemy with a reprogrammed Lisa. Cortland and Angela arrive safely from the Mudrix, but Cortland has paid a heavy price…

My good friend Tom Bridge returns to the pages of ATPM with a look at The Book of Wireless. Lee rounds up the latest iPhone accessories from Newer Technology, while Ed puts PhotoAcute Studio through its paces. Paul is pleased with Take Control of Permissions in Leopard, and Ellyn closes out the Tome Edition™ of ATPM by digging through Wikipedia: The Missing Manual.

As always, you can read ATPM online, as well as in three other formats of your choosing. Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Life from the Phisch Bowl

Oh, did I forget to mention my wife’s become a blogger?

And that she did so last year?


Well, that takes me out of the running for Husband of the Year™.

(And if you think that’s all I’ve done to take myself out of the running, I have some beachfront property in Scottsdale I’d like to talk to you about.) <rimshot> But enough about me…

The missus began blogging last May as an outlet for the angst and excitement she felt as a result of our seeking to add to our family through adoption. She’s also been talking about our struggles with infertility as we seek to add to our family on our own. At some point she began sharing little tidbits about our life at home, missing her mom, and other things outside the realm of adoption, and I suggested a name change for the blog.

In private conversations with friends, nearly all online, I’ve often referred to our home in general, and the study, from where I compute, in particular, as “the Phisch Bowl”. Seeing how I have no intention whatsoever of allowing the fish (phisch?) meme, courtesy of my anagramed moniker, to die, my abrupt suggestion to her was, “Life from the Phisch Bowl”. So there you go.

A small word of warning. The missus tends to use some shorthand and acronyms she’s picked up from motherhood/pregnancy/infertility forums over the years, and some might not be readily decipherable. Trust me, there was a time when I was constantly asking her what this acronym or that one meant. Should you need similar help, drop me a line, or better yet, drop the missus a line over on her blog, and ask her. Better still, just drop her a line and say hi.

Her latest post also deals with an issue near and dear to our hearts. Once again, Kel will be participating in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies, formerly known as WalkAmerica. Due to a commitment with the little phisch, I won’t be walking this year, but Kelly will, and she’s raising funds.

(Much to my chagrin, she’s already raised more funds for this than I need in total for my mission trip to Juarez, to build houses for the poor there, in June. This includes monies from my own mother, who was asked, along with several friends and family members, to support my trip prior to Kelly beginning her fund-raising. Hrmmm. Perhaps I should outsource my own fund-raising to the missus, since we all know she is far, far more charming a person than I….)

So, drop by her blog and say hi, and if you’re led, help us with the March for Babies.

I love you, sweetheart.

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Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Texas Rangers 2008 Calendar

I was a little miffed to learn the Rangers offer a downloadable calendar for the season, only as a comma-separated .csv file. This is fine and dandy if you’re running Outlook, as apparently the Rangers front office does, but it’s not so good if you’re one of the millions of people—and trust me, there are millions—not running Outlook.

The .ics calendars I found online weren’t quite up to my expectations, either. I ended up taking one and heavily modifying it, notably adding all of the away dates, since this particular one focused only on home games. You can download the calendar by clicking on the link below:

Texas Rangers 2008 Calendar

Simply unzip (decompress) the downloaded file, and follow your calendar of choice’s method for importing a calendar. The .ics format is an open standard, so pretty much any modern calendar app—yes, including Outlook—will read it.

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