Monday, June 30

Need a laugh? You know you have a good chance at Defective Yeti, right? A couple notable posts:

Matt's having his wife cut his hair (complete with pix). Christine has developed a complex about cutting my hair with clippers and can't even be in the same room with my getting my hair clippered anymore. Hmm. Maybe Aunt Mary will cut my hair when we move.

And there's a post (you must read, Jason) about 10,000 Maniacs. Anyone else who wants a laugh should read it, too.

Saturday, June 28

I had dinner last night with Dorothea and David. I really enjoyed myself (Dorothea gave me a good review, which was nice). I have been continually surprised by how much I'm interested in that gets posted to Caveat Lector.

Something Dorothea didn't mention is that we also talked linguistics, which I am fascinated by. Understand: I am a hack and a poseur compared to D and D, but I enjoy it.

Hmm. What books should we discuss next time? I finished 'Cryptonomicon' recently and enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm currently slugging through 'The Elegant Universe', which I really like but, again, is a little over my head. Literature-wise I've given up on 'The Brothers Karamazov' again. I can hold my own in British Literature. Maybe D and D will have some ideas.

Friday, June 13

BillH had a post on May 10 (permalinks not working) on what he uses instead on Microsoft products. Right on. I'm planning on trying out OpenOffice.org (I said this on 5.9, but now my permalinks aren't working.).
We're in the process of moving. Posting will be light until at least the 19th.
Word of the Day: puissant

Means 'powerful' in French, right? Doesn't look or sound powerful to me. It looks like the least powerful word I can think of, except maybe 'pantuflas' (the Spanish word for 'slippers'). It looks more like 'piss-ant' than anything, and we all know those aren't powerful.

(I thought of this while reading 'Cryptonomicon' by Stevenson. Can you tell?)

Tuesday, June 10

Collaboratory is on fire!

And nothing is too esoteric, as we have sometimes been accused.

Monday, June 9

Jaq wants to know how he can be out of the new Blogger loop.

How do you do your editing? Do you go through the front page on Blogger? If so, you should have seen the posts in the center column about the new blogger. You click through to the new Blogger home page. You read the documentation, you click on one of your weblogs, you see the new interface. It looks to me like you had to do that during the demo at some time or you're still locked out. Are you locked out? All of my weblogs use the new Blogger except Collaboratory, and I don't know why.

If you go straight to your editing page, you could have missed all of this stuff, or if you post some other way (eg, email). Or if you never clicked through on the links in the center column.

So, explain yourself.

Heads up: Technorati keyword search (via kottke's remaindered links)
Wartburg Weblogs

Someone came to Collaboratory using the Google search Wartburg College blogs. So I checked it out. Here's what I found:

View from the bench

Antioch Road

Byzantium's Shores by Jaquandor (Jaq and I were at school together, but were not friends then.)

Collaboratory (Jaq and I work on this together, along with some other guys.)

twinlog (Christine and I write about the twins here.)

A Blog of His Own

and me: interact


Know anyone else from Wartburg who has a weblog?

By posting this list, I have become the expert on Wartburg College weblogs. This should be the definitive list, right? Still, I do not expect to be called to the lecture circuit yet.

Sunday, June 8

Kottke's got the 4-D Rubik's Cube in his remaindered links. I'm not going to fool with it much, but I enjoyed reading the first part of the introduction. I'm interested in 3+D space and extra dimensions of time. (More on this later.)
Have you seen the TV Games Video Games Systems? Atari, Activision, and Namco. Looks fun to me. (via Plinth on MetaFilter)
I assume it's John who's posting as Andrew Carlssin, the purported time traveller, over on Laputan Logic. John is, after all, responsible for making Collaboratory the seventh link in a Google search for AC.
What Jaq said.

Of course Blogger isn't an ideal solution. It gets messed up all the time. Archives go up and down. Permalinks are often broken.

And I'm too poor to move to any of the other solutions. Alas. Even TypePad will probably cost more than what we can budget.

Jaq was reacting to a long screed by Steven den Beste. Why does Steven have to eviscerate Blogger?

There are work-arounds for most of the Blogger-imps. You don't have to lose your whole archive (probably the guy didn't really lose them anyway. They can just be hard to get to.). Any of us couldback up our archives pretty easily. Seems reasonable.

Yes, Blogger goes down a lot. But it's free.

CityDesk sounds great. The WYSIWYG editor sounds great.

Here's the work-around for losing entries, especially if you're on a budget. Just ctrl-A, ctrl-C before you post (ctrl-enter). Then you've got a copy of what you said on the clipboard if anything goes wrong. This works for the free commenting systems, too. Even better, download a clipboard extender (I have finally settled on Yankee Clipper III and like it very well.) Then it's on the clipboard for good if you want to go back to it. I have found this is a cheap and easy way to avoid ever having to lose an entry. It becomes an easy habit.

You don't usually have to manually republish your archives to get them to work, and certainly not after every post.

Another advantage of Blogger is that, for all it warts, many of us don't want to get into server management, locally or remotely. Sure, we could probably learn it, but for whatever reason, and not just financial, we don't want to mess with it. One of mine is: I probably spend too much time logging as it is. I don't need to invest anymore time or money in it. In fact, I could really stand to be a little more judicious in my surfing and logging.

Saturday, June 7

I must say, after all of the times the Times has trashed weblogs, I'm feeling a little schadenfreude that they can't keep their own house in order.

Friday, June 6

Jaq has a big-style post on the top 100 country songs.

My folks listened to country music while I was growing up and, importantly, so did my bus drivers in rural Iowa. Those were the two major sources of listening for me. So I know every country song between 1975 and 1982 and many of the classic ones. My annotations below:


1. "Stand by Your Man"

2. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

3. "Crazy" - Everything by Patsy Cline is wonderful.

4. "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash: good.

5. "Your Cheatin’ Heart"

6. "Friends in Low Places" - over-rated

7. "I Fall to Pieces"

8. "Galveston"

9. "Behind Closed Doors"

10. "Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" - I'd have picked a different Willie Nelson song, like #33

11. "Blue Moon of Kentucky"

12. "Amarillo by Morning" - This is a beautifully melodic and plaintive song that I think of quite often.

13. "Coal Miner’s Daughter"

14. "Dance, The"

15. "Forever and Ever, Amen" - Fun song with a catchy melody.

16. "I Will Always Love You" - Give props to Dolly Parton. Her version's about a million times better than the Diva.

17. "Hello Darlin’" - It's hard not to smile about Conway Twitty.

18. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" - I disagree with Jaq here - Denver's over-rated.

19. "Hey, Good Lookin’"

20. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" - Woohoo! Glad it placed so high.

21. "Okie From Muskogee"

22. "Wide Open Spaces"

23. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"

24. "Chair, The"

25. "Folsom Prison Blues"

26. "Gambler, The" - Agree with Jaq here; this one should probably be higher on the strength of sheer popularity. It is a little (ok, a lot) maudlin, though.

27. "Fancy"

28. "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"

29. "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry"

30. "I Hope You Dance"

31. "I Walk the Line"

32. "Rhinestone Cowboy"

33. "Always on My Mind"

34. "Harper Valley P.T.A."

35. "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"

36. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"

37. "King of the Road" - It'd be hard to find a song that's more of a Meade favorite than this one. My Grampa Bill used to make up his own words and we love to sing it to this day.

38. "Breathe"

39. "Make the World Go Away"

40. "Hello Walls"

41. "Sweet Dreams"

42. "El Paso" - GREAT song by Marty Robbins. Nice Mexican-Country sound.

43. "Delta Dawn"

44. "When I Call Your Name"

45. "Guitars, Cadillacs"

46. "Desperado" - Ugh. Don't these people know that 'Peaceful, Easy Feeling' is the only remotely tolerable song by Don Henley?

47. "Don’t Come Home A'Drinkin’ (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"

48. "Boot Scootin’ Boogie" - Yuck,

49. "I Can’t Stop Loving You"

50. "Independence Day"

and a few more:

58. "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" - Let's hear it for Charlie Pride.

64. "When You Say Nothing at All" - This was our song (mine and Christine's) long before the 'Notting Hill' inspired craze. Beautiful.

74. "Flowers on the Wall" - The Statler Brothers are a family favorite.

77. "You’re Still the One" - Isn't this song mostly about Shania Twain being hot?

86. "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" - It's just one short step from here to 'Feliz Navidad' (and a shorter one to the end of Freddie's career).

87. "Passionate Kisses" - A couple of smart ladies, especially Lucinda Williams who brings us the immortal 'I'm going to Slidell for to find my joy...you took my joy and I want it back.'


Did I miss a song by Jim Reaves? We love him in the Meade family.
Extra added bonus of the new Blogger: it works right in Mozilla.
Look out. We've actually been updating the twinlog some.
Remember, gentle reader, the days when we had Wine Notes? Well, I don’t think I’ve posted about wine since then, but this one deserves it: The Cline 2000 California Zinfandel. I didn’t know you could get a bottle of Cline for 10 bucks. I saw it across the liquor store and walked over to look at it. The sales guy said ‘That’s a good bottle.’, which is what I was figuring.

So, if you’d like a big, fruity PUNCH IN THE MOUTH go out and get a bottle.

Wednesday, June 4

Sure, blogdex is the weblog diffusion index, but what we need is a weblog _confusion_ index.
I heard that Tulsa has lost the second most jobs in the nation in the last few years,after San Jose. And we're not talkin' percentage One source via Google:

Tulsa has lost 16,400 jobs during the 12 months that ended in March, giving the city one of the highest percentage declines in employment in the nation, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

I can vouch for that. I'm one of the statistics.
If Bush helps to broker some kind of real peace in Palestine/Israel I promise to take back every bad thing I ever said about him and to apologize, if appropriate. Should he want an apology from me in that case he will have it.

Monday, June 2

Well, the FCC went and opened the doors for the mega mergers. Blast.

Big article at MarketWatch. The Players. Media Map and Companies.

Who's poised to take over? Fox/News Corp, NBC/GE, Tribune, and CBS/Viacom. Add in ABC/Disney and you've basically got the the Mother Corps of the 4 networks: News Corp, GE, Viacom, and Disney.

Beware your news! You're just another consumer and it's just another product. Make sure you get healthy doese of alternative news, for example, Sean Meade's 'interact'.

To blog or not to blog

Is 'blog' an ugly word or not? I say yes. The discussion over on languagehat is pretty interesting.
No more stand-alone Internet Explorer [1] [2]. Gentlefolk, if you haven't already made a switch, begin contemplating it now. Matt sold me on Mozilla and now I love it.