Free Music from download.com

November 16, 2005

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Kick around music.download.com and you can check out some new music. Most artists have at least one full MP3 track that you can download.


Aural Assault

November 15, 2005

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The paranoid part of me is kicking in. I think I'm the subject of some twisted psychology experiment. Last week they kept weed eaters and lawn mowers going outside my office all day. Today, it's an air compressor. Sure, it looks like they are putting new shingles on the building next door, but I don't buy it for a second. They are just trying to see how much I can take before I run out the door screaming.


Civ is back

November 15, 2005

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This is bad things. Civ IV is out. If I buy this game there is a good chance my average amount of sleep will go from 6-7 hours a night to 2-3. So much for my productivity. Maybe I should take a vacation and play it for a week. It would be cheaper than going somewhere and might get it out of my system. Pesky games and obsessive personalities.


Identity Theft Protection by opting out

November 14, 2005

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Aside from snuffing out a huge portion of you junk mail another benefit of opting out via optoutprescreen.com is that it reduces the chance of identify theft from someone filling out your info to apply for credit. I went to Home Depot this weekend and applied for a credit card. The idea was to use their store credit card to purchase some hardwood flooring since I would get 10% off and no payments or interest till 2007. By which time I should have easily sold my house which means I would have gotten a 0% loan for an improvement. Anyways, after filling out the little pamphlet to apply for the card the lady came back out and asked for my drivers license. Generally they don't require any idea just a name that matches a S.S.N. Because of the opt out, she had to call the credit reporting agency and verify she was looking at my drivers license and read the number over to them. The Home Depot lady said that's the first time that had ever happened to her and that she never had to ask for an I.D. for someone before. Very, very scary. So, if you haven't opted out yet. Do it now, and spread the word.


Computer upgrades that hurt

November 10, 2005

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At work we just did a round of computer upgrades. My machine didn't like it and took two days of work to get back to the point where I could get it to start. Oh yeah, a bunch of stuff still isn't working right.


Some Miles Davis

November 10, 2005

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If you don't own a copy of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, go pick one up.


How to stop credit card offers

November 09, 2005

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After I got my house the number of credit card, refinance, home equity line of credit, etc… went up to between 20-30 a week. After doing some checking I discovered how to basically put an end to this. Go to: http://www.optoutprescreen.com/ and walk through the "Opt-out" process. Basically, all those companies that send you offers have pulled your credit report along with a batch of other folks to screen for people they want to extend offers to. When you opt-out, it prevents companies from doing this without your permission. The net effect is that within a couple months the majority of that type of junk mail will end. Better for the environment and a time saver for you. Another benefit is it reduces the risk of identy theft by someone stealing your mail. I did this a while ago and it's been oh-so-nice.


Photos from the air show

November 08, 2005

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I just posted the images from last weekends air show which was very fun to shoot. Next year I'll bring a monopod though to make tracking with the 300 a little easier. Nuge is trying to switch his shooting eye which brought up some conversation about keeping both eyes open when shooting. Generally I don't, but for the parts of an air show where jets are closing on each other at ~900 MPH you kinda have to. Even if my camera had a fast motor drive you only get one shot at these. By the time a second shot would go off the planes would be well outside each end of the frame. image


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