So it looks like I’ll be reprising my Purdue LUG
at least two more times — once for the Canterbury High
School student body
(March 8 — email me for time and details if you’re in the area), and
again for the Fort Wayne LUG for their
March meeting (March 16, 7:00pm).
Obviously the content will be slightly different each time. The entire
discussion of metadata and RDF will be excised for the high school
presentation, and the copyright background and context beefed up. The
goal is to leave students with a better understanding of what copyright
is and why they should be outraged.
Slides as usual will be forthcoming.
Apparently I’m cooler
Mike — more accurately my domain is:
yergler.net’s FCR of 2.86 easily best’s gondwanaland.com’s measly 0.95.
Personally, well, not as cool as Mike (more accurately the set
containing all Yerglers is less cool than the set containing all
Linksvayers): 2.66 for Yerglers, stomped by 4.57 for Linksvayers.
dumping Earthlink DSL for Time-Warner cable internet service. I feel his
pain, except I just did a different sort of upgrade. I’ve been a Comcast
Cable internet service customer for years. And it hasn’t been half
bad. I’m not sure it’s been half good either, but that’s a different
story. But two days ago I traded one evil incumbent monopoly for another
with the installation of Verizon FIOS
internet service. This is fiber optic based service — 5 Mbps downstream,
2 Mbps upstream, $34 per month. For an extra $10 per month you can get
15 Mbps downstream. The savings per bandwidth aren’t as dramatic as
Aaron’s, but hey — it’s freakin fast. Which is interesting if you think
about it, since Comcast also claimed a downstream speed of 5 Mbps on my
Went to Amoeba Records on Haight Street with a local friend last night.
Wow. It was pretty cool on lots of levels. I mean, just the shear number
of artists was impressive. But it was also fun to flip through the used
section and realize that I’ve managed to collect most of the rare
releases (Very/Relentless) and limited editions (the lego case for Very
— not exactly limited, but a complete relic of a more interesting time
in music packaging) over the years. I picked up three items — two used,
- “The Creek Drank The Cradle”, Iron & Wine (new)
- “30° everywhere”, Promise Ring (used)
- “Hopes and Dreams”, Keane
I bought the Promise Ring disc mostly for completeness — it’s been on my
Amazon.com wishlist for months. My friend was playing Keane in the car;
I guess it as Travis, and he commented “well, close; they’re the new
Travis”. Sort of, although perhaps more consistently bright. Overall
very very good. And then the Iron & Wine disc, well, it was a total
impulse. I’ve been really digging his joint EP with Calexico, “In The
Reins”, so decided to take a chance. Listening to the soft, lilting
sounds now, what an amazing album.
G gave me guitar lessons for Christmas. Its a long story, but I was
already excited, and listening to the stripped down, spare guitar and
vocals of Iron & Wine raises the expectations. My first lesson is the
Monday after I return from San Francisco, January 9.
Finally, I’m listening to all of this amazing music using
Banshee, a music management application
for Gnome. I hadn’t used it much before this, but since I can’t sync my
iPod with my laptop (it’s tied to my iMac right now), this was a good
excuse to try it out. And I really, really like it. It has iPod support
so maybe I’ll try to move my music over and sync to Linux. That’d be
cool. And since I really like it, maybe this is finally an excuse to
look at C# and see what all the fuss is about.
But really, who cares what the fuss is about when you have music like this?
I’m working at Creative Commons San
Francisco office this week. I had a 7AM flight out if Indianapolis
yesterday morning, which made for a very, uh, short night. It would have
been a short night any night, but one where I’m hanging out with
fraternity brothers and drinking? Yeah. Short.
I had to make a connection in Dallas-Fort Worth, and I made it without a
hitch. Of course, one hour into the flight from DFW to SFO, I felt the
plane shift to the left and bank slightly. It wasn’t a feeling I usually
associate with “normal” plane operations, but I figured it was just
windy or something. And then we started to descend. About this time the
pilot comes over the intercom and just says “275”. The flight
attendants, who had just finished the beverage service immediately began
collecting cups, trash and cans. And we were still descending. So the
pilot comes on and says “Well folks, you can probably tell we’ve begun
to descend. Uh, how can I put this delicately? The plane is not
responding to the inputs my first officer and I are making, and it is
making changes that we didn’t order. So we’re going to make an emergency
landing in Amarillo and see what’s going on.” 15 minutes later we were
on the ground. I have never felt a plane descend so fast, or seen a full
cabin so incredibly quiet.
After we landed we found out that the rudder had started making moves
that weren’t ordered. That seems like a bad thing. So we waited. And
waited. It took about 7 hours for American Airlines to get us a
replacement plane, and after that we were on our way. I have to say that
the crew and pilot were complete professionals — cool, collected and
very efficient at their jobs. The ground staff at Amarillo? Bitches.
Being told that we just need to stop asking questions and that she’ll
tell us when something occurs is not a way to make friends (she didn’t
tell this to me directly, rather announced it over the intercom after
interacting with customers apparently interferred with her job). And i
Amarillo has a convention and visitors bureau, they might look into
putting some sort of amenities into the airport beyond a soda machine.
I’m just saying.