Musical Computers

I did some rearranging here in the office today. I added this Linksys wi-fi adapter to a computer Paul brought in and moved my computer to my office. I couldn't believe how smoothly everything went. Brendan and I spent weeks this summer trying to set up a network with some crappy Belkin 802.11b PCI cards. This USB adapter from Linksys was connected about 5 minutes after I opened the box. I was a little annoyed that when I ran windows update on the new computer, it gave me no less than five pop-up ads. Why do I have to look at ads to get security fixes? As soon as the update was done, I closed MS Internet Explorer and went back to Firefox. Now I've got the new computer sharing the internet connection with the other computers in the building and I can work in the quiet of my own little office. Huzzah!

Virtual Keyboard

Check out this PDA keyboard. It's projected by laser onto any flat surface and it uses IR to calculate what key you're pushing. It's for sale here for $100. George Jetson, eat your heart out.

Book report

After I finished The Age of Spiritual Machines I read an Ann Lamott book that Sara had from the library, Traveling Mercies. I enjoyed it. She's not your typical Christian author. The book was made up of essays that she wrote for Salon Magazine. She has a very honest look at life and faith. Now I'm reading Stephen Hawking's Illustrated Theory of Everything.

Free web browser

Get FirefoxI've been looking forward to this. Mozilla Firebird has released version 0.8. They've also changed the name, so now the best browser on the web is called Firefox.

Sponge Emma Stinky Pants Part 2

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Click here to hear Emma. [MP3 77KB] I recorded this at dinner last night using my PDA's microphone.

Cow toupee

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Three livestock exhibitors at last year's Ohio State Fair have been disqualified for allegedly outfitting their Holstein cows with hairpieces.

State Fair inspectors said the three glued or painted hair from another part of the animal or from another animal to create straighter backs on the cows and enhance their appearance in the show ring.

Read more: State Fair Has A Cow About Bovine Hairpieces

Sponge Emma Stinky Pants

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For the last three days Emma has insisted that we call her "Spongebob," which she pronounces "P-Bob." She constantly checks us on this.

"Whose chair is this?"
"Who's holding P-Bob's fork?"
"Who pooped in P-Bob's pants?"

If you slip and call her Emma she says, "No! Not that name!" This was funny for the first few hours, but now . . . well, it's still funny.

We're no longer mommy and daddy, or even Sara and Danny, now she calls us "P-Bob's mom" and "P-Bob's dad."

I thought she would forget about this after the first day, but this may be a long term thing.

I guess she could have picked worse cartoon characters to immitate.

Best Break-Up Songs

This post was written before I became an atheist and does not represent my current views. You can find more up-to-date posts on religion in my faith/skepticism category.

Every once in a while, it's good to remember the "emotional train wreck" days: belting out lyrics that seem to have captured the exact moment your heart was broken. Songs in this category often top my "Favorite Songs of All Time" list, even though I'm married and there's no chance of returning to break-up land. I can pretend, can't I?

5. Jeff Buckley The Last Goodbye
My brother and I love this song. Buckley's voice was beautiful (he died in 1997) and the song's orchestral sound really captures the "I can't believe it's over" sentiment.
Favorite lyric: "This is our last embrace/Must I dream and always see your face/Why can't we overcome this wall/Well, maybe it's just because I didn't know you at all"

4. The Cure Pictures of You
Okay, so this is pretty obvious, but how could I leave it out? Robert Smith is the break-up king.
Favorite lyric: "If only I'd thought of the right words/I could have held on to your heart/If only I'd thought of the right words/I wouldn't be breaking apart/All my pictures of you"

3. Love Spit Love Am I Wrong
I used to play this song in my free spots when I was a DJ at KTRM. One version of this song is featured on the Angus soundtrack, with my friend Julie's high school marching band accompanying.
Favorite lyric: "There's too much/that I keep to myself/and I turn my back on my faith/it's like glass/when we break/I wish no one in my place"

2. Pearl Jam Black
Oh, Eddie, how many tears have I shed listening to your songs??
Favorite lyric: "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star/In somebody else's sky, but why/Why, why can't it be, why can't it be mine"

1. The Psychedelic Furs Ghost in You
I have the Counting Crows cover on CD--until a month ago, I thought the song was theirs. This site shows that I really should have known more about the song, and the band (given my fascination with Pretty in Pink and the aforementioned Love Spit Love).
Favorite lyric: "A man in my shoes runs a light/All the papers lie tonight/but falling over you/is the news of the day"

Snow

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I think about 6 inches of snow must have fallen here today. And we just bought a 4-wheel-drive Isuzu Trooper last weekend. How's that for good timing?

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