"I Don't Want Your Freedom"

As much as I hate to admit it, I am often a follower. So, as I read Dave and Kyle's posts about the horrible songs in 1998, I felt I just had to reciprocate with a horrible music post of my own, but with a twist: I actually like this artist(s).

The other day, I was watching Behind the Music: George Michael (I know, gag), and it made me remember how much I loved him when I was in Jr. High. I loved WHAM! (where is that other guy, anyway?)and even convinced my parents to listen to "Faith" in the car. (They liked a little known song called "Kissing a Fool" because it had a jazzy feel...OMG, I can't believe I am reviewing a George Michael album. I also can't believe I said OMG.)

Anyway, I downloaded some of my favorite songs and am currently reminiscing about the days before teen angst and Eddie Vedder set in. Times were so much simpler when the hardest question to answer was, "Who is your favorite New Kid?" (Mine was Jordan.)

There you go, boys. Someone with relatively good taste in music extolling the virtues of 80's pop. If you were brave, you'd admit the horrible songs you liked, too.

Try a Mac Mini free for 30 days

Mac MiniTry a Mac Mini free for 30 days - If you've been wanting to try a Mac, this might be a good time. Buy a Mac Mini from the Apple Store and use it for 30 days with your monitor, keyboard and mouse. If you decide to go back to your PC, you can send it back and Apple will give you a refund. The only cost you'll have is the return shipping. That's a pretty cheap way to test drive a new computer. The Mini's tiny form factor and pretty design are nice, but the best part of a Mac is the operating system: OS X. It's more secure than Windows. I'm not using anti-virus software, anti-spyware software or anti-adware software. I haven't had one problem. Surfing gunk free with a PC takes a lot more work. It's also nice to buy a computer that actually comes with useful software. The iLife suite, which comes on all new Macs, includes iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD and Garage Band. You can have some fun with that stuff. But you don't have to take my word for it, grab one and try it for 30 days.

(via Digg.com)

Kaleidiscope paint

Kaleidoscope Painter - For those of you who have run out of interesting ways to waste time.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

40 Year Old Virgin movie posterSara and I went to see The 40 Year Old Virgin last night. If you're someone who is easily offended, you may not want to see this movie. Ok, let me rephrase that. If you've ever been offended in your life, just steer clear of this movie. It's quite crass. That said, Sara and I laughed through most of the movie. We laughed hard. It's a very fun movie. We're fans of Steve Carell's work on The Daily Show and The Office and I'm glad to see him in the lead of a major motion picture. It looks like he's got a few more projects already under production. And the second season of The Office will begin soon.

Subtly Simpsons

Subtly Simpsons is a good collection of quotes from the Simpsons. Here are some of my favorites.

Homer: Trying is the first step towards failure.

Homer: Weasling out of work is important to learn; it is what separates humans from animals. Except for weasels.

Jebediah: [on film] A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
Edna: Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield
Ms.Hoover: I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Faith: Lisa, I'm Faith Crowley, Patriotism Editor of Reading Digest.
Homer: Oh, I love your magazine. My favourite section is How to increase your word power. That thing is really, really... good.

Milhouse, on falling in love: It was just like Romeo and Juliet, only it ended in tragedy.

Teen1: Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He's cool.
Teen2: Are you being sarcastic, dude?
Teen1: I don't even know anymore.

Principal Skinner: Mr. Burns, what is the secret to your success?
Mr. Burns: Family, religion, friends... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.

Homer: And what if we picked the wrong religion? Every week, we're just making God madder and madder!

Also, apparently a bunch of the Simpsons writers are Harvard grads, so the show is littered with Harvard references.

Random iTunes

iTunes logoI put iTunes on Party Shuffle, and these are the first ten songs that came up.

1. Hithhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Episode 9 - Douglas Adams
2. Women and Men - They Might Be Giants
3. Not Even Jail - Interpol
4. Awake My Soul - Derek Webb
5. Arc of Time(Timecode) - Bright Eyes
6. Beautiful People - Rusted Root
7. Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
8. Steve Wozniak, Part 2 - IT Conversations
9. Clementine - Elliot Smith
10. Extra Savoir-Faire - They Might Be Giants

(idea from Brendoman)

b2evolution demo and new features

The new version of b2evolution is getting closer to release. The new feature list was posted today. And there's a demo site where you can try out the stable version or the CVS version, using PHP 4 or PHP 5. The new version has some cool features, but the best part is that they're getting rid of all the old b2 code. It's becoming more object-oriented and extensible. It will be really exciting to see all of the plugins that get created when the new version is released. And I'll have a front row seat.

A new skin: El Goog

I made a new b2evolution skin: Boogle. It might look a little bit familiar to you, but you know what they say, "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." Actually, there's no art to it. I just did it for fun. It was educational to convert the table layout into CSS. I'm still not sure what to call it. You can vote for your favorite name. Check out logogle.com if you want to make a custom logo to use with the skin.

Ignoring Google Talk

Google released thier new instant messaging service today (actually I started using it last night). So now I have one more IM account that I can ignore. I already have Adium running on my Mac, logged into my MSN, Yahoo and AIM accounts. Now I've added Google's Jabber-based service and I can start ignoring it just like I do the others. Any of the people I know who will get GTalk accounts probably already have MSN and AIM accounts. I've looked over the features Google is offering and I don't see anything to write home about. You can do voice chat. Yawn. The other players have had this for ages and none of them, including Google, can hold a candle to Skype. For instance, Google Talk doesn't seem to support conference calls. The Google Talk client is available for Windows only (just like Google Earth and Google Desktop). You can sign in with any Jabber-ready client, but I don't think that gives you the voice-chat feature. Wake me up if you find some interesting features.

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