Dec 31 2005

Pandora’s Box (of music)

Pandora is a new music discovery service. I’ve tried services in this genre before, but never recived very good reccomendations (if any). They also required you to tell them volumes of information about your music tastes to get a single reccomendation.

Pandora is different — which is a very good thing!

Tell Pandora a single song or artist you like and it starts playing music you will likely love. Not just reccomendations – actual songs (at 128kbps mp3 quality!) playing on your computer for free. You rate songs “like” or “dislike” to refine your ‘station.’ You can skip if you don’t want to hear a song (but don’t dislike it). Add songs to a favorites list with a click, and then easily buy the song/album from iTunes or Amazon.

Brilliant!

Try Pandora today, you won’t regret it.

PS- I really dig my Radiohead station.


Dec 30 2005

JCB Video

JCB

Wow. What a beautiful song and video. Makes me want to be a dad 😉

JCB Video

What the heck is a JCB?

HT: Steve


Dec 30 2005

New Years Resolution

In the year 2006 I resolve to:
Reunite the Spice Girls.

Get your resolution here

Unlike Patsy, I accepted my fate and took the first one I got.

I have only one thing to say:

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
Really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you want my future forget my past,
If you wanna get with me better make it fast,
Now don’t go wasting my precious time,
Get your act together we could be just fine

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
Really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends,
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.

What do you think about that now you know how I feel,
Say you can handle my love are you for real,
I won’t be hasty, I’ll give you a try
If you really bug me then I’ll say goodbye.

Yo I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
Really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends,
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.

So here’s a story from a to z, you wanna get with me
You gotta listen carefully,
We got em in the place who likes it in your face,
We got g like mc who likes it on an
Easy v doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady,
And as for me you’ll see,
Slam your body down and wind it all around
Slam your body down and wind it all around.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends,
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta, you gotta, you gotta,
You gotta, you gotta, slam, slam, slam, slam
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
Slam your body down and wind it all around.
Slam your body down zigazig ah
If you wanna be my lover.


Dec 27 2005

Get nekkid for Jesus?

IN THE beginning was the word of God and God never said anything about brassieres or boxer shorts. Thus was born Natura, America’s first Christian nudist camp.

After two years of biblical debate over Adam and Eve and their fig leaves and whether or not nudity is sinful, a 67-year-old Quaker grandfather is preparing to open a modern-day Garden of Eden 40 miles north of Tampa, Florida.

So… yeah. I don’t know what to think about this. The Lutheran fundemental in me screams “Heresy!” but… is that doctrine or just cultural mores talking?

If it’s not sexual (some would argue that’s impossible, but the founders say it is) and not lustful (ditto)… is it sin?

And even if it’s not sinful… is it even a good idea? Or is it just the thing our over-sexualized culture needs?

Discuss below 😉

Christians strip to build a new Eden


Dec 27 2005

Flying




Flying

Originally uploaded by carlosluis.

My new desktop background.

Such a great shot!


Dec 21 2005

New speakers

After many years of service, my old Altec Lansing computer speakers finally gave up the ghost and it was time to find a replacement. I purchased the previous set on a recommendation for an audio engineer friend, but now I was on my own.

I wasn’t just looking for a good deal, because not just any speaker system would do. As I edit audio on a pretty regular basis, I need a good but not phenomenal set of speakers: too good and I’ll be hearing things most people never hear causing me to over compress or over tweak a file; not good enough, and I won’t enjoy listening to my music collection on them.

I may have erred a bit on the side of “too good” but I went with the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX system. They were on sale at Best Buy and I had a gift card I’d been meaning to use so I went for it.

I did zero online research, read no reviews and didn’t even price check them against online stores. I lucked out — I didn’t pay too much more than I would have online. They are a great sounding set of speakers, are black (like my monitor and computer), and they have a headphone jack (a feature I very much missed).