Commercial Volume

October 19, 2006

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I find it super annoying when the volume on a TV commercial is about 5 times as loud as the show you are watching. I'm fairly certain this is done on purpose. You have to turn up the volume to hear the dialog on a show then the commercial screams at you. The networks have started putting full episodes of some of their shows online with limited commercials in them that I've been checking out. Turns out they use this same volume blast tactic online as well. I applaud the effort to push content online, but am dissapointed by the fact that they use the same thing.


Promo site that's note quite there

October 17, 2006

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One of the current shows on NBC is "Studio 60" which is about a fictional show on a fictional network (NBS). The web page for the real world show is located at: http://www.nbc.com/Studio_60_on_the_Sunset_Strip/ One of the links on that page is to a website for the fictional show: http://www.studio60theshow.com/. The only problem is that they didn't quite finish building out this promotion site. Seems that none of the links work. If you click on "Cast" for example, you get a "404" page not found error. It would have been an interesting marketing piece to look at, but it seems to have run out of steam before completion. Oops.


Monopoly

October 16, 2006

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Fun internet thing. A list of the "rare" monopoly peices in the McD's game. Now you don't have to wonder if you have the one from each group that is worth keeping.


Contact Info - In case of an emergency

October 16, 2006

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Here's a good use of technology. Florida has a system in place now where you can go to this page and virtually add emergency contact info to your driver's license. You simply input the info on the site and if you are in an accident the rescue folks can call in your driver's license ID and get the contact info. Of course, there is a chance that this info will be leaked, hacked, or accidently publised on a web site, but it's probably worth it. Apparently, rescue workers also look on cell phones for any ICE (in case of emergency) listings. This probably isn't universal, but it would hurt to have an entry like "I.C.E. - Mom" in your cell phone.


Cocaine

October 15, 2006

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Eric Clapton's version of "Cocaine" came on the radio the yesterday. I don't often listen to the radio (thank to my mp3 player) and I hadn't heard the song in a long time. For whatever reason, it triggered a memory of the first time I remember hearing the song. I was in probably 6th grade and we were watching an anti-drug video in the gym one day. The video was trying to point out how bad drugs were and at one point talked about how you had to be on guard because there were songs that would try to convince you to use. To illustrate the point, they played a few bars of Cocaine while highlighting the lyrics on the screen. The point of all this was to show how dangerous the music was, but I distinctly remember thinking, "wow, I really like that music". Kinda blew their point saying that both drugs and the music were bad when my reaction to the music was that I thought it was really good off the bat. That's the first time I can remember consciously questioning what I was being told by "The Man". (For those of you who are wondering, No I've never done cocaine.)


Repartition Hard Drive

October 11, 2006

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If you ever need to repartition a hard drive and don't have Partition Magic, you can do it with a Linux LiveCD like knoppix using an application called "QTParted". Basically, what this lets you do is have one physical hard drive that shows up as two separate ones in your opperating system. (Note, I've only tried this with a Windows box. YMMV with Macs.) On my laptop, I setup the one physical drive to appear as a "C" and a "D" drive. This way, I can keep all my applications on the "C" drive and my data on the "D". This makes organizing and backing up a lot easier. Basic instructions for how to use QTParted can be found here. (The article describes using a different LiveCD, but any one with QTParted should work just fine.)


The Booth will soon be no more

October 09, 2006

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This sucks. I heard a couple of weeks ago that The Booth is closing. I frequented a fair number of the bars in Tuscaloosa, but The Booth was far and away the one I considered "mine". For a while, I was playing there just about every weekend with Hillside Harmony. Not to mention that I probalby sat in with a dozen other bands there including the first time I jammed with Planet Jive. I figured that bar would be one of the ones that stayed around forever while others came and went around it. Probably would have happend too, but it seems that the building got sold out from under them. Here's an article about it. I can understand it if a bar just looses it's clientel or the management blows it and the bar goes under, but this is a crap way to go out. One my short list of "if I won the lottery" items is: Move open a bar in Tuscaloosa and bring in as much live music as I can. With the closing of The Booth, that goal just got a little higher on my list.


ATL

October 09, 2006

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Incidentally, I'm in Atlanta right now. Sitting in the hotel lobby at the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel surfing on their free wireless. Technology is cool.


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