Universal Hub: Now that’s a wide-screen TV. Looks like WGBH is going to get into the lit advertisement space with a VERY large (30′x45′) outdoor display. Visions of 25′ tall Ernies aside, it looks like you won’t actually be able to watch television on the display; it’ll show a different image each day. That relieves [...]
New mix up at Art of the Mix: a young escape to find you. Been working on this one for a while, finally got it put together tonight. Copies out soon to the usual suspects. Two or three superb cuts on this—the return of Black Francis on “Threshold Apprehension,” Sonic Youth’s “Do You Believe in Rapture?,” [...]
Sixty years after its conclusion, World War II continues to provide an inexhaustible flow of stories. While many follow traditional narratives of Good vs. Evil on the world stage, a set of quiet television dramas from England have told a different story: what does the Last Just War look like from the home front? Foyle’s [...]
First, congratulations to Cluetrainer, Linux Journal editor, and Berkman Center fellow Doc Searls on hitting his swingin’ 60s. Second, I feel like I should welcome him to the neighborhood—though he hasn’t settled in yet, he reports he was looking at apartments in Ahlington yesterday. Doc, if you do take an apartment here, we’ll have to [...]
I started, and finished, Deathly Hallows last night. Don’t worry: no spoilers from me. Just a note to mark the end of that particular journey. But one thought: how the hell are they going to make that a movie? Jo hardly managed to fit it all into just one book.
Just to show you that you never know when you’ll follow a reference down the rabbit hole: I was struck by a greeting that one of my German coworkers gave another. Looking it up, I was quickly sucked into a maze of Frisian and Jutish dialects and German comic book characters. The greeting used is [...]
I run Windows Vista at the office. Generally I get along with it just fine, and our company’s software plays pretty happily with it. But every now and then in my daily work I hit some kind of wall. Sometimes it manifests as a problem with Microsoft Outlook: when I try to launch Word to [...]
I uploaded a bunch of photos last night to Flickr, including some from our vacation in North Carolina: some purely family photos and one large set of a visit to the place I will always remember as Grandmother Jarrett’s house. As you can see in the photos, it’s not really a house so much as [...]
After a long week, Lisa and I headed down to Harvard Square tonight to take in the Pottermania. We’re both a little too old, now, and have too many other responsibilities to stand in line until midnight to get a copy of The Deathly Hallows, so ours will arrive from Amazon sometime tomorrow. (And I [...]
While on vacation, I borrowed Björk’s Homogenic from my sister Esta. Listening to it reminds me of nothing so much as the conversation between Björk and Diddy, as imagined by Milkfat.com. “Sometimes… I climb into a laundry basket and tickle my ears!” Then of course there’s the sequel, featuring the conversation between Diddy and Snoop: [...]
Having spent a good 17 hours or so spread across two trips in the few days since I posted last, I have still not recovered from my vacation. I think it will take a few days for the soreness to go away from the drive. My soreness, however, must pale in comparison to the feelings [...]
Ten years ago, I was in North Carolina—specifically, in a small town outside Camp Lejeune—on a consulting assignment. I was bored stiff. The dialup at the hotel was awful—and yes, there was dialup; this was before wifi, before Ethernet in every room, and at least in this hotel before reliable plain old telephone service to [...]
All indications to the contrary, I’m still alive. It has been a lovely, if thundery, few days here in the mountains to the north and west of Asheville. Food has been commensurate with past experiences—steak at my uncle’s on Tuesday night, big southern breakfast Wednesday (eggs, sausage, sawmill gravy, biscuits, grits, tomatoes, cantaloupe, fig preserves, [...]
Anyone wondering where I am is forewarned: it’s going to be a nice quiet vacation for me for about a week. Leaving out the car trips, which render it a nice, nerve-wracking headache of a vacation. Today, for instance, we’re at Lisa’s parents in coastal New Jersey, after a six hour trip holding Joy (our [...]
On this two-hundred-thirty-first Fourth of July, it’s good to know that the president is in favor of clemency. For his pals. That the Vice President is willing to declare his own personal branch of government to avoid laws governing the executive branch. They say every nation gets the government they deserve. Heaven help us.