Friday, November 27, 2009
I think I'm going to take a sabbatical from this blog for awhile. I've got a lot going on with work and volunteer work and holiday stuff. Also I'm just not that into it right now. I'll still post from time to time I'm sure, but not as regularly as I have in the past. Have a great Christmas!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Without great solitude no serious work is possible. ~ Pablo Picasso
Being solitary is being alone well being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. ~ Alice Koller
I am happiest when I am alone. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself. ~ Laurence Sterne
I treasure solitude. One doesn't have to have human contact. ~ Doris Lessing
The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. ~ François Voltaire
In solitude especially do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who knows how to think. ~ Henry David Thoreau
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. ~ Johann von Goethe
In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us. ~ Virginia Woolf
Stop a moment and look around you. ~ Thomas Carlyle
Spend some time alone every day." ~ The Dalai Lama
Thursday, November 19, 2009
New car, new computer. And by new, I mean new to me. They are not new by any stretch of the imagination. You've met the new car already (which I'm trying to name -more on that later); the computer I picked up from a repair company on the Island. It's an old HP laptop, 512 MB RAM and a 40 GIG HD. Not exactly blowing the proverbial technology doors off, but I got it for sixty skins and it sure beats having nothing. Thanks to the boys at User Friendly!
In terms of naming the car, I've always had a penchant for giving my cars old fashioned women's names, like Dottie or Rose or Millicent, but all of that got thrown into turmoil once I got my new license plate. Look at those letters! I don't think I can pass up the opportunity to incorporate "The Fonz" or "Fonzie" or "Arthur Fonzarelli" in some manner or another. All recommendations are welcome. Time for some quick hits!
1) If you're looking for some quick and interesting facts about the goofy world we live in, check out What I Found When I Was Bored.
2) If there is one tip about Gmail that you must know, this is definitely it.
3) Google Maps has created a flu shot finder to help people find the nearest locations to get their shot.
4) My Parents Were Awesome posts photos of peoples parents when they were young and cool.
5) Renowned download site FileHippo has now offers a program that checks for updates on all (well... most) of your software. It's AWESOME.
6) Numbr – This is a really good one. Basically, Numbr gives you an anonymous disposable phone number that can be set to forward all incoming calls to any provided landline or mobile number (US only). Absolutely free. It’s an ideal solution for times when you want to keep your phone private but want to list your contact number in places like classifieds listings, social networking sites, blogs, etc.
7) I'm a little late with this one, but it's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. So get off your ass and do something for the less fortunate, you ingrate.
8) Ever wanted to find a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, or ad campaigns? Well now you can, using the WhatTheFont font recognition system. Upload a scanned image of the font and instantly find the closest matches in their database.
Here's one of my all time favorite songs, Dance With Me by The Drifters.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I can appreciate that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are both great NFL quarterbacks. They and their teams are the Stuffed Chicken Marsala and Tour of Italy of the NFL–perennially delicious and on the brain without so much of a glance at the other fare on the menu. They’re always good. And I understand that, yes, these teams have played each other every year since 2003 and occasionally meet in the playoffs. But does that really make Colts-Patriots a rivalry?
Merriam-Webster defines rival as simply, “one of two or more striving to reach or obtain something that only one can possess.” But doesn’t that apply to all 32 teams in the NFL? You know, besides the Browns? What makes this “rivalry” different. Well, aside from the fact that the Colts and Patriots shared a division until the 2002 season, not a whole hell of a lot.
The teams don’t exactly share similarities–the Patriots are a shrewd, defensive-minded team cast in the image of their maker/videographer Bill Belichick. The Foxboro defense relies on both exuberant team speed and sometimes parts discarded from other clubs. The Colts, conversely, let it all hang out, and are happy to let Pey-Pey lead the offense’s expeditions to the end zone and hope that the defense can keep up. It’s the same blueprint that the Saints have used in their own digs; when a team plays more than half their games in favorable climates, you can do that.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be a badass game. But that’s all it is. There’s no turf war between Boston and Indianapolis, no bolstered competitiveness that can’t be found in any other game involving great teams. But when two of the league’s best get together on national TV, there’s doesn’t have to be.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
A few things have happened since the last time I checked in. Andre Agassi smoked a bunch of crystal meth, Sammy Sosa is white, and I am sans car. That's right. The car I was driving went back to the dealership and now I'm looking for a little cheapy to buy to get me through the next little while, or until I move to wherever the hell I going to move to. I've been checking the Hilton Head/Bluffton Craigslist posts and there have been a few possibilities but they have all gone very quickly. I'm trying to keep it under two thousand which leaves the options VERY slim. Thppt. I'll keep you updated. Time for some quick hits!
1) Have a look at Lamebook, a blog that posts the worst that Facebook has to offer. VERY funny stuff.
2) Pulp International has a fascinating post on Hollywood icon Gene Tierney, and the tragedy of her first child.
3) Cheap Ass Gamer, a site for used and discounted games, has started a service called Games For Canada, which allows Canadian gamers to buy used games from the US without having to pay out the ass in shipping.
4) Maggwire is a site that compiles magazine articles for online viewing. Fully customizable - very cool.
5) People who have been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live.
6) 20 essential Firefox tweaks that everyone should know (from AntB). If you haven't ditched Internet Explorer for Firefox yet, get on the bus.
7) Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has opened a free music conservatory. Awesome.
8) How to make salads interesting.
9) AudioRaider is a Google-powered MP3 search engine that lets you find and download MP3s. All AudioRaider search results are pulled out directly from Google Index. Once you find what you’re looking for you can save it to your system using “right click” and “save target as” option.
That's it! Have a listen to Decepticon by Le Tigre.
Special Jay says,
"I'll take you on my trikecycle, Mr. Andyboy!"
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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Sunday, November 01, 2009
Great news today for those of you with a Playstation 3. You're getting Netflix*!
This will mean Microsoft no longer has an exclusive relationship with Netflix, which has been available for a year for Xbox Live gold accounts. It's worth noting that whereas you need a $50/year paid account on the Xbox 360 to take advantage of Netflix (pictured), now it will be a part of Sony's free online service. However, Netflix won't be built into Sony's media crossbar interface. Instead, you have to put a disk into your PS3 whenever you want to watch an Instant View movie.
The service will roll out later this year. Sign up here to receive one of the disks as soon as they're available.