Musician Josh Rouse

February 25, 2006

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Heard an NPR interview this morning with Josh Rouse about his album that is about to come out. Really liked both the interview and the music. Looking forward to the release. There are a couple sample tracks at the link if you have Real Player installed (which I don't). A favorite quote from the interview: "The best way to learn Spanish is to take a Spanish lover".


Games you can't loose

February 24, 2006

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Book for the wishlist: "Games You Can't Lose" by Harry Anderson


All work and no play

February 24, 2006

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I just looked up my site on the internet archive and looked up my site. Here are two grabs from July 21, 2001 and Dec. 3, 2001. I had a bunch of formats on the home page that updated every few seconds.


Drug Scenarios

February 24, 2006

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Looking around freevibe.com (the federal government's anti-drug web site) you can see what will happen to you if you smoke pot. Be sure to watch all three outcomes for each scenario so you will know all the possible outcomes. Another good read is "Why People Take Drugs".


A.W.S.

February 23, 2006

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I think it might be a moral imparative that I do something with "Amazon Web Services". After all, we have the same initials….


Full Moon Prints

February 22, 2006

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Starting a Wishlist on the blog as single entries. First item in the new format. A print from the "Full Moon" exhibit by Michael Light.

This guy got the original negs and chromes from NASA from the Moon Shots and used the best digital scanner he could get his hands on to make the highest quality scans he could. There is a book out called "Full Moon" that's okay, but I got a chance to see a set of the actual prints hanging at The Newseum in D.C. and they are breathtaking.

I don't like the fact that a print cost a little over a grand because I think the work produced from NASA images should be at cost. Or, better yet, the scans that were made should be made available on the NASA web site. Still, I think it would be just about worth the price to get one of the exhibition quality prints.


Andriod Dreams

February 22, 2006

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Another for the book list: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick This is the book Blade Runner was based on. Love the fact that it was writen in '68. From a lot of what I've heard, I think I'll end up reading a lot of his stuff. I hope that I enjoy his work as much as I have William Gibson's. (By the way, Chris, if you happen to read this, thanks again for the recommendation for Neuromancer.) Speaking of William Gibson, I just went to his site and read his bio. It's a great read. An odd thing to say about a bio, but true.


Customer Service

February 22, 2006

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I had some problems getting my number transfered over from my Cingular account to my T-Mobile because an account number was wrong. I just spent about 10 min with the T-Mobile customer service rep getting it straightened out and it was quite possibly the best service call I've ever had. I generally wince at the cost of cell phone service for how little I talk on the phone, but the experience with their rep just made me a lot less worried about it. It's refreshing to see a big company treat their customers well. There is a bit of contrast to this to me today with a few small companies here in Jax. I'm going to put down some hardwood floor (which I've been talking about for a year) and I sent a note to three local companies yesterday asking for some quotes. Not one of them got back to me. Thinking about it from a small business perspective, if just one had gotten back to me they would have a huge chance of getting my business. Guess they don't understand that I'm lazy and don't want to have to work in order to give them my business.


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