Thursday, 30 April 2009

Today’s Shuffle 10

I haven’t done this in a while, so here are the first ten songs from the iPod’s shuffle mode today:

Remedy” - David Crowder Band
Already” - Rush of Fools
The Fist Fight/The Flying Wing” - Raiders of the Lost Ark Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Once Again” - Matt Redman
666 Degrees” - Ceili Rain
There’s No Way” - Alabama
There’s a Mother Always Waiting at Home” - Johnny Cash *
Go” - MercyMe
Dr. Feelgood” - Motley Crue
The Wall” - Johnny Cash

As usual, all links are to the song on the Amazon MP3 store, except those marked with an asterisk. Those links are to the physical CD, as the song isn’t sold in MP3 format.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

links for 2009-04-29

  • Spike TV's Food Dude shows us how to make a Hawaiian Cheesesteak. I'm thinking this might be a good entree for a pool party…

    (tags: food wishlist)
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

links for 2009-04-23

  • You may have encountered the famous "The earth is out mother" speech attributed to Chief Seattle. Maybe you got it in an e-mail. Maybe you read it in the children's book, Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle. Perhaps you heard or read it in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

    The inconvenient truth here is that while the words are real, Chief Seattle never spoke them. They were penned by a screeenwriter in 1971, over a hundred years after Seattle died, for an ecology film.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

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Sunday, 19 April 2009

Those who don’t learn from history…

“Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands.”

—Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, 1784

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Saturday, 18 April 2009

links for 2009-04-18

  • I know what you're going to say. Eighty-nine bucks for a pen?!?

    Yes, but not just any pen. The Mil-Tac Tactical Defense Pen is made from aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, and has a pointed end, which can be used as a defensive (or under certain code red situations, an offensive) tool. Opposite that is a blunt end, usable as a control device, especially if one has that sort of training. Stash it pretty much anywhere with the integrated clip. Oh, and since it is a writing implement, after all, there's the refillable pen inside.

    I'll take mine in black or grey, please.

  • "From now until when this campaign ends (approximately one month from now), every post will be related to my campaign to raise as much money as possible for Soldier's Angels.

    "Soldier's Angels is a non-profit organization that does more for deployed troops than I can write here. The best way to find out everything they offer is to visit their website.


    "I plan to auction off, on eBay, a signed copy of Homefront. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to Soldier's Angels.

    "I realize I'm a 'nobody.' I'm not someone whose name will really mean anything scribbled inside of the book. However, I put over a year of my time, and every ounce of whatever writing talent I have, into this book. […]

    "It's the best, and most important, thing I've ever written. I'm giving it because it's all I have to give for this effort, and because it's not about the book, anyway. It's about where the money is going."

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Friday, 17 April 2009

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

I guess we haven’t hit our limit yet

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.”

—John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819

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links for 2009-04-14

  • "The central conceit of the 'tweet' in this case is the idea that Ninjas, which are black-clad martial artists who employ tactics of stealth to both defeat their opponents and avoid waking people up at night when they go to the bathroom, could partake in some of the worldy pleasures of the non-Ninja world (e.g., crunchy snacks) if that non-Ninja world consisted entirely of people wearing noise-canceling headphones. Henceforth we refer to this world as Headphone-World.

    "But in a world like Headphone-World, with the rules of the game so casually muted, what of the Ninja? With no need for audible stealth have we not removed from him or her his or her very Ninjaness, reducing him or her to merely one-dimensional specialists with hearing that is, relative to the headphone world, extremely acute?"

    (tags: fun humor ninja)
  • "While many are called to be the front-line hero, the in-the-limelight pastor or the courageous leader, many more are called to be the armor-bearers to those leaders. They will never get the praise or glory, but their role is just as critical as the people leading the charge or taking the shots. Jonathan needed his armor-bearer and that young man had the courage to follow the man he served into what looked like certain death. In the battle, we read that Jonathan’s armor-bearer watched his back and protected him from those who tried to attack him."

  • "'We want fewer and better children … and we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict on us.'

    "That ghastly message appeared in the introduction to Margaret Sanger’s 1922 book, The Pivot of Civilization."

  • Good stuff.

  • "To socialize the American economy, it is not necessary to nationalize every business in the United States. All it requires is to put the corporations that control the finances of all of the companies in the economy under government control. And that is what is happening now…


    "Apparently, members of Congress liked the special treatment that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd received in getting his mortgage through Countrywide. We’re going to see even more of that kind of thing — and outright corruption on a much bigger scale — when the government is in direct control of the financial institutions and making the credit decisions that businesses large and small depend on to survive."

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Monday, 13 April 2009

links for 2009-04-13

  • I think we may be in trouble.

  • "NiceTranslator is a fast, easy to use online translator designed with simplicity and functionality in mind"

  • "Allowing law-abiding people to arm themselves offers more than piece of mind for those individuals — it pays off for everybody through lower crime rates. Statistics from the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Report of 2007 show that states with right-to-carry laws have a 30% lower homicide rate, 46% lower robbery, and 12% lower aggravated assault rate and a 22% lower overall violent crime rate than do states without such laws. That is why more and more states have passed right-to-carry laws over the past decade.


    "That is why I, along with Representative Rich Boucher (D-Va.) introduced H.R. 197, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. Our legislation proposes a federal law that would entitle any person with a valid state-issued concealed carry permit to carry in any other state, as follows: In a state that issues carry permits, its laws would apply. In states that don’t issue carry permits, the Federal law providing a "bright-line" standard would permit carrying in places […]"

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Legalized larceny

“The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. The wise and correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to be successful.” —President Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933)

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Friday, 10 April 2009

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Thursday, 09 April 2009

links for 2009-04-09

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Wednesday, 08 April 2009

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Monday, 06 April 2009

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Friday, 03 April 2009

His conscience made him do it

Tony Woodlief:

Maybe I’m overly cynical, but trusting a politician’s conscience seems a bit like trusting a prostitute’s sense of propriety.

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Thursday, 02 April 2009

ATPM 15.04

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

Mark discovers an unexpected benefit of the iPod nano apparently having a mind of its own, while at the same time dealing with the beta of Safari 4 and problems with paperless billing. As usual, Ed updates the GTD App Master List, while exploring the automation of file management.

Rob brings us photos of the Vasquez Rocks, part of the San Andreas Fault just north of Los Angeles, in this month’s desktop pictures. (Be sure to tune in next month when Rob’s teenage daughter’s photos of Yosemite are featured, and we can all see how much better a photographer she is than dear ol’ Dad. Love ya, Rob!) Linus shows us how Mac users really can be affected by Windows viruses.

Ed expands the capabilities of Photoshop Elements with the extremely capable Elements+, which unlocks big-brother Photoshop features otherwise hidden in the application’s source code. In the quest to protect sensitive data, Linus conducts a little Espionage, while Lee looks at the iPhone app for Facebook, a place where far too many people aren’t sensitive enough with their data.

Frank conducts the Mother of Current Big Three GTD Mac Apps Round-Up™, having a hard time choosing between OmniFocus, TaskPaper, and Things. (I use TaskPaper myself, though I admit I don’t really use it every day, in the way I should be using it. I guess I have trust issues. Which is funny because many times, my brain itself can’t be trusted, so… Oh. Right. This month’s issue. Sorry.)

Chris is a little disappointed with the iFlyz Personal Media Solution Stand, whereas Lee finds KavaServices rather useful. Finally, when he’s not flying the friendly skies, Chris is trying out the Showcase with his iPhone 3G.

As usual, ATPM is available in a variety of formats to suit your reading needs:

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Under any mode or form of government

“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.”

—Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805

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