links for 2009-02-28

No! Law & Order UK

Ug, really?

The Swivet [Colleen Lindsay]: Law & Order UK! (No, I'm not kidding!).

New laptop (part 2)

After a couple of weeks with a new Dell Studio XPS 13, it was obvious that it was not the laptop for me. Don't get me wrong, it was a fine machine, but with Vista 64-bit and my complete inability to succesfully "upgrade" it to Vista Ultimate 32-bit (yes, I tried to wipe and re-install).

So, with little hope but a "worth a shot" attitude, back to Best Buy I went. After a quick chat with the most helpful people at the Lohr Road (thanks Stefani and Ken!), I swapped the Dell for a MacBook (last of last year's models); never had to pull out a card.

So far, I'm still getting used to the MacBook. The keyboard layout is just different enough that I keep hitting the Caps Lock key instead of "a", and I do miss the backlit keyboard, but so far so good.

I've never actually owned a Mac before, so this is going to be an interesting trip.

links for 2009-02-24

2009 SXSW Music Is Out

As with previous years, the SXSW music has been released to the 'net. And, like last year, it was up to the fans to seed a torrent of the 5 gigs of music (because it's too hard for the organizers to promote their own event, apparently).

Well, the seeds are up and available for your downloading pleasure. Get them here.

[via Metafilter]

links for 2009-02-23

links for 2009-02-19

Diether Haenicke, former WMU president, dies at 73

A great President and someone who actually mattered to many students at Western in a very personal way.

I was never fortunate to meet him personally, but he authorized a grant for me to attend a writing conference (after being shot down hard by the Dean).

He was intensely dedicated to the University and it and the city were better for it. The entire system--and Kalamazoo in general--has lost one of it's great advocates.

Diether Haenicke, former WMU president, dies at 73

links for 2009-02-15

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Weather Forecast Fail


Golf clap, Weather Channel 

Confessions of a Closet Singer

I can, sort of, sing. By "sort of", I mean that I can hit notes with some accuracy within a fairly limited range. I can, sort of, do falsetto. I can add vibrato, if it's in my very limited range. Basically, I can sing anything baritone as long as it doesn't require, yah know, strength.

I have surprising power in the mid ranges. Ok, surprising to someone who doesn't or can't sing; not so surprising if you nailed lead on your high school Into The Woods audition. In a different vein, I have Open Mic Power; I can belt out that pop hit from the 90's like no one's business.

The unfortunate consequence of this is: I think I can sing. And I can't. I mean, I enjoy singing and nothing will really stop me from doing so. Well, accept an audience. I sing in the car, the den, when I think no one's listening. But I don't seek out venues to sing anymore.

To top it off, I'm a friggen prude about it too. I won't sing karaoke, I won't belt out in a public event with religious music (funerals or weddings), I don't even attempt anything atonal. I'm not A Singer, but I like to sing. I'm the singer in the closet, the shower crooner, a Pocket Elvis. (OK, maybe not Elvis... I can't dance.)

But I want to sing. It's seriously a bad thing. I think I can, I've heard that I can. I actually know that I can, in limited capacities (Kalamazoo '98 Open Mic!) But that was a decade and a lifetime ago.

Does that make me old, sad... both?

Em, come back

Guy Adams from The Independent tracks down Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers). A classic rise and fall story, but one that needs one more chapter. Come back, Slim, if not for yourself, then for Detroit. Lord knows that city needs a voice again.

Lamb - Blogspot template


If you're blogging on Blogger, this is a damn cool template.

What is that noisy IoT device on my network?

That's the first question that popped up when I installed AdGuard Home on my Raspberry Pi last night. Within minutes, hundreds of querie...