Archive for March, 2008

the kindle experience

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

To those who wonder if reading off a kindle can be as immersive an experience as a book, I’ve been working thru the mountain climb portion of “The Martians”, and finding myself often feeling a sense of vertigo, as if I were halfway up a 25,000km mountain myself.

Anders Walker who are you?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Google doesn’t know anything about you.  I really like the lyrics to track four of “Don’t Cry For Me NYC”. 


Update:  turns out he’s a former bandmate of a friend from the olden days of yore.  Someone should track him down and sign him to a label =p

music affects perception

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I’m listening to Violence by Blink-182 (well, up to the part with the stupid talking bits), while some tests are running on my other machine.  Out of the corner of my eye, I see “painComponent”, which I find oddly synchronistic, and an awfully faux-ironic message for a test program to spit out.    Then I notice it actually says “paintComponent”.

disco lives

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Been listening to a bunch of remixed Bee Gee’s trax lately.  Somehow we got talking about roller skating experiences at work, and I admitted to having taken a roller disco class from the YMCA, as a kid, back at the tail of the 70’s. 

Heart Surgery

Monday, March 24th, 2008

My mom needs heart valve repair, she says.

She says this like it’s just a minor thing, a tonsillectomy level for concern.

I am not convinced it is so simple.

i hate u itunes

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Not all the time, but when you act like some Win95 application….itunes sucking 

rip curtis mayfield

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I knew he’d died semi-recently, if a decade ago can be called recently (no I’m not getting old, now get off my lawn, damn kids!), but didn’t realize I’d been listening to, and liking, his last recorded appearance, the Bran Van 3000 song  Astounded.

vista sp1 happy day

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

FINALLY!!  A “never see this again” checkbox for the new-to-vista warning you get when connecting to a remote machine. So far, SP1 does not appear to have done anything for the terrible stability of wmp11 when ripping dozens of CDs.  Update:  It appears Vista SP1 breaks remote desktop to the console session.  No warning message that it’s making a new session for you.  I had to go into taskmgr and see that there were indeed the expected local apps running after all.  grr. Update2:  It appears I should really search, THEN post more often.  Turns out the just changed the flag from /console to /admin.  Seems silly, but whatever.