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Thursday, September 21, 2006


Haven't been able to install this, but it sounds great--

  FoxiPod uses Greasemonkey with Firefox
to make downloading MP3s and music files and adding them to iTunes a single-click process.

This will be help with one-off podcasts which I usually save to the Desktop - and then forget.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Bye Bye Blogger

It's not you, it's me. It's time for me to move on. I need a place of my own...to be master of my own domain.

You were always so...static. I need something more dynamic.

Oh, and quit resizing my images. I hate that.


Apparently I am.  Spurred by a post about Pyrcast, which rips Pandora streams, over at Rod's place, I've been on a jag of researching the various Pandora unboxers.  Pandora's Jar is especially nice, as it sports band info, last.fm integration and of course, MP3 saving.  With java source.

So how am I predictable? I like the band Cake... and I've happily listened to the Cake channel for a few hours now.  Guess I'm a sucker for subtle use of vocal harmony and major key tonality. Mmm, major key tonality. Bishop Allen and Rusty Truck were bands worth noting.  Hopping nodes on the cobweb spun of the long tail.. or something like that.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

PyZine goes Free

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Amazing Ikea Commercial

Use mouse to move around in bullet-time kitchen pics.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Drawing tools for sleepy people

Droom Zaacht - an elegant fun drawing environment.

Do Looks Matter?

Presentation Zen compares Apple/Jobs' and Microsoft/Gates' presentation styles, how they impact the viewer on an emotional level.

Which image communicates better?


Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Details on One Laptop Per Child

Ethan Zuckerman posts some details on the laptop:

  • The screen is hinged to be used as an ebook or turned around. Amazing that this is strong enough for kids
  • NIMH batteries were used because they accept a wide range of voltages
  • The bunny ears are the WIFI antenna and fold down to shield the ports.
  • Will be sold in lots of a million to governments.
  • The WIFI chip can forward packets in a mesh network with the CPU turned off, using only .5 watts of power.
  • EBook mode: screen is in black and white, CPU is off.
  • Has 512MB of flash and 128MB RAM. Code is compressed; jffs2 filesystem spreads swap around the disk.
  • Alan Key is liking Javascript and Python: LogoWiki supports programmable wiki pages (spiral)
  • Comes with mic jack and recording software.
  • Subversive - chat app, wiki, collaborative content. Kids will learn better than teachers..it's theirs to bring home and learn.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Everybody's getting into the Shangrila Diet

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Camera Toss Pictures

I got several comments of "Nice Desktop" at BarCamp Boston yesterday.

The technique is called Camera Toss, and it's just what it sounds like. Bit too risky for me, I'll just enjoy the fantastic images in this Flickr pool .  Some examples:



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Beach Rooftop

Originally uploaded by winkler1.
Taken on the beach on the Cape.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

BarCamp Boston

I'll just post here during the day... NameVoyager - with John of HotKnifeDesign and Jeff of HeyLetsGo.com .. why are there so many guys named Jeff? HeyLetsGo - element55 - auto time capture JavaScript- Venkman has profiler. To get faster performance with Google Maps. Google code not designed to be read.. even after unobfuscate OpenLayers.org - brand new, not Google. BSD license. Layers powered by WMS layers.Google Issue: data is not high-res. Need to switch to Google maps base layer, for better details. Mapstraction.com - wraps yahoo/MC/google map API's. Uses native widgets.

Chris Brogan - http://chrisbrogan.com/
Funny - http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dontbethatguyfilms GrasshopperFactory - goal: be a matchmaker, aggregate by interests. Idea - fill Nano with podcasts, interstitial ads, podsafe music.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Nose Knows

Titus has written a nice intro to nose with examples. I emphatically agree:

the most important part of having unit tests is that they can be run quickly, easily, and without any thought

Thus, I was suprised not to see something like Nosy, to automagically run tests when code changes. To me, running tests by hand requires thought, and a context switch. Nosy keeps me in the flow.

 Pinocchio is an extension to filter out long-running tests so tests may be run quickly. This leads me to believe his test suite was too big to run automatically.

(What is it about nose that inspires bad puns? This blog title, nosy, pinocchio...well, what do expect in a language named after comedy troupe :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Olive Oil (ELOO) - one of the World's Healthiest Foods?

For those of us who are swigging olive oil daily, here's some background on olive oil.

Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant:

"It turns out that people who use olive oil regularly, especially in place of other fats, have much lower rates of heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and asthma."

This is a pretty technical article. The most interesting and relevant bit concerns storage: it should be in a dark place, away from heat. Most olive oil is in glass bottles, so that means I shouldn't store mine by the stove but in a closed cupboard :)

Monday, May 29, 2006

8 Dollar Steak Dinner for Two

I'm finally making good on my promise to do more cooking. Part of this involves signing up the the Cooks Illustrated site, and having an EVDO connection to surf with the laptop.

 Following the recipe from Cooks Illustrated - Great Cheap Steaks-Sept/2005, we got a pound of Top Sirloin steak, $5.95 a pound, and a couple pounds of Yukon Gold potatos for Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes.

 The potatoes were fluffy and sweet, and the steak tasty and tender. We also whipped up a pan sauce with green onions, port and mustard. Three tablespoons of Grey Poupon was far too vinegary. I assume mustard is used for the sauce because it's a good emulsifier...next time we should use a sweeter brown mustard.

 This is an great value, and ready in a half hour- with leftover potatoes to nosh on for the rest of the week.  This is a recipe to learn and get good at.

Saturday, May 20, 2006


Bruce Springsteen did a live concert for the BBC in support of his new Seeger album.

We got the CD/DVD a couple weekends ago, and enjoyed it on Mother's Day.

The concert is up for a limited time, streaming in Real format at rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio2/r2_springsteen.ra. It sounded great streaming through the XBox.

To capture it, I downloaded an eval version of NetTransport. It downloaded the 15 Meg, hour concert in a mere 3 minutes.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Seth Roberts ShangriLa Diet Mp3 Interview

Interview with the book author - in MP3. The interview seems a little disjointed, but good content. The name "ShangriLa" and simplicity (tablespoon of oil) seem too simple and alluring, but it's clear from the interview Roberts is a serious, thoughtful scientist building on previous research.

Kudos to MSNBC for posting MP3, not some annoying streaming DRM'd format.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Neil Young - Living with War

Listen to the full album.

I tried to buy this last weekend, but it wasn't out yet. Here's the story in Rolling Stone.

The most rousing song is Impeach the President (the Miserable Failure). Lyrics here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Improv Everywhere - Best Buy

"Wearing clothing almost identical to the store's uniform, the agents would not claim to work at the store but would be friendly and helpful if anyone had a question."