Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11


From Blogizdat LJ:



It's the 8th anniversary of the attack on the United States by Osama Bin Ladin's Jihadistas, and it's strange how the world has changed, and yet how much remains the same.



Read the rest here.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Just Rambling


From Blogizdat LJ:



I drove to the cemetery today and went for a long walk.



Read the rest here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Night Videos




'All I Want'
Sarah Blasko

+++++




'I Will Love You'
Fisher

+++++




'House Of Cards'
Radiohead

+++++




'God Put A Smile On Your Face'
Coldplay

+++++




'Vertigo (Banjo Mix)'
U2

+++++




'House Of Broken Dreams'
Mark Heard

+++++


Lion Of The Left


From Patriot Post:



Have you ever attended a funeral service out of respect for a friend or colleague, and left perplexed as to whom the eulogy was referring? Just once, I would like to go to a service for some disreputable rogue and have a clergyman deliver a eulogy that was faithful to the facts rather than full of fiction. (Hopefully, that won't be my own!)

I am certainly not suggesting that we should stand in judgment of any man, for that is the exclusive domain of our Creator. However, we should never abandon our responsibility to discern right from wrong.

On that note, Edward "Teddy" Kennedy (22 February 1932 -- 25 August 2009) died this week at age 77.



Read the rest here.

Connectedness


From Blogizdat LJ:



  • Today is Friday.
  • I'm off work today.
  • It's the first day of a Daddy Duty Weekend.
  • I need to fill the bird feeder in the walnut tree sometimes this weekend.
  • The tree is huge, more than thirty feet tall.
  • My left foot really hurts.




Read the rest here.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Don't Dream It's Over


By Crowded House, via Sarah Blasko, and sometimes, moi:



There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There's a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you'll never see the end of the road while you're traveling with me



The rest is here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Random Musings


From Blogizdat LJ:



  • It's early, the house is quiet and I'm getting ready for work.
  • I've been working for thirty years, now, actually, nearly thirty-five, if you count part-time work during college.
  • I will qualify for a full pension in another six years.
  • There's no way in h*ll I'll be able to afford to retire then.
  • I was moved to a different location at work yesterday, spent a lot of time this week cleaning my cubicle and packing things up.
  • I feel really tired right now.
  • I wonder if I'm anemic - or something worse.
  • I always imagine the worst.




Read the rest here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Found In Drafts From Two Years Ago


I Still Remember.

I do.

- Just those five words, nothing more, and thing is, two years on I don't recall what it was that I remembered, and I don't recall if it was a post that was intended as something to-be-fleshed-out, or if it was simply a comment on the events of the day, but then again, come to think on it, maybe I really *did* remember, or maybe it hadn't happened yet, or maybe it has, and I've just forgotten to remember, but trust me, I will never forget.

Eu Sei


Legião Urbana
Composição: Renato Russo

Sexo verbal
Não faz meu estilo
Palavras são erros
E os erros são seus
Não quero lembrar
Que eu erro também

Um dia pretendo
Tentar descobrir
Porque é mais forte
Quem sabe mentir
Não quero lembrar
Que eu minto também...

Eu sei! Eu sei!

Feche a porta do seu quarto
Porque se toca o telefone
Pode ser alguém
Com quem você quer falar
Por horas e horas e horas...

A noite acabou
Talvez tenhamos
Que fugir sem você
Mas não, não vá agora
Quero honras e promessas
Lembranças e histórias...

Somos pássaro novo
Longe do ninho
Eu sei! Eu sei!...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Whine, Whine, Whine


From Yahoo News:



WASHINGTON – The State Department struggled Tuesday to explain Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's face-off with a Congolese student and suggested that the questioner's nervousness sparked the outburst with the mention of her husband's name.

Clinton snapped at the university student in Kinshasa on Monday when he asked what her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and Congo native and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo thought about an international financial matter. Mutombo was appearing with her at the university.

"Wait. You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" Clinton asked in response. "My husband is not the secretary of state; I am. So you ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I'm not going to be channeling my husband."



Read the rest here.

The Answer Is Yes




More from The Young Turks here.


Saturday, August 08, 2009

Random Stuff


From Blogizdat LJ:

  • It's been hot and humid today.
  • It hasn't been that hot for most of the summer.
  • The storms and tornadoes tonight wasn't unexpected.
  • I actually got out walking for a half hour this afternoon, and it was horrid-muggy.
  • My foot has been hurting pretty bad today.
  • I'm still recovering from the bronchitis that came on me last week.
  • Went out to the Old Country Buffet for breakfast with the family today.
  • I'm always amazed how heavy the patrons are at OCB.
  • I'm also amazed at the amount they eat.
Read the rest here.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Just Blathering


From Blogizdat LJ:



Woke up feeling wretched today, with a blistering-red sore throat, some kind of bronchial infection, and that general achiness and malaise that comes with it all.

I hate this.



Read the rest here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pleased To Meet Me


From Blogizdat LJ:



Hair Color: dark red with a touch of gray

Eye Color: kind of blue-green

Height: about two meters

Profession: case worker

Relationship Status: married

Religious Views: christian

What's Your Sign?: stop

Any Siblings?: yes

Shoe size: 14 (us)

Where were you born?: new jersey

Innie or Outie: wth? innie!



Read the rest here.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Random Thoughts


From Blogizdat Livejournal:



My dad died 23 years ago, yesterday, and I still miss him as intensely today as I did when he died, just not quite as often, and I think I miss my little sister - who died on July 28, 1966 - even more.

+++++


I took AE to camp today, the first time she'll have been gone for a whole week, without family - she's growing up way too bleeping fast - and I'm already dreading the day I have to send her off to college.

+++++




Read the rest here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Random Stuff


  • I'm feeling sick, tired, and pretty down right now.
  • I wish I knew the names of the staff on TMZ.
  • My cat is really old.
  • I heard from an old friend today.
  • My ADD seems to be getting worse.
  • I'm really going to miss my daughters when they go to college.
  • I've taken up drinking wine.
  • 'Hell's Kitchen' starts up a new season tomorrow - yay!
  • If I wrote something in a forest and no one read it, would it still be boring?
  • I wish I didn't care so much.
  • The Stone Arch Bridge is one of the loveliest places I've been.
  • 'The Cooks' is one of the best DVD series I've watched in a long time.
  • I'm tired of hearing about Global Warming while it's so chilly.
  • 'Heart's A Mess' is stuck in my head.
  • I wish I had the time and energy to get into 'Second Life.'
  • Snackewll's Creme Cookies: the best.
  • When someone tells me 'Atlas Shrugged' is the best book they've read in years, it's a sure bet they don't read much.
  • My favorite Ramones tune is 'I Just Wanna Have Something To Do.'
  • I had a huge crush on Maitê Proença when we were in school together, and yes I tracked down her Playboy spread.
  • Sometimes I think I would be better off if I didn't try so hard.
  • I want to write like HL Mencken.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Writing


From Blogizdat LJ:



See, I have a head chock-full of thoughts that I'd be loathe to write, even under a pseudonym, but I have to wonder how I would write if I weren't bound by decorum, common decency and courtesy for others.

I mean, it really goes to the question of artistic honesty, doesn't it? Oh sure, it worked for Henry Miller and Anais Nin, up to a point, in that they would write of things most others dare not whisper, but most of us don't want to hear the truth, indeed, we *want* to be lied to.



Read the rest here.

All Figured Out


There are times in life when you have everything figured out, and then there's the other 99% of the time - I'm just sayin'.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday NIght Videos




'Hearts a Mess'
Gotye

+++++




'Say What You Need To Say'
John Mayer

+++++


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Just Blathering


From Blogizdat LJ:



I have a million things running around my head at the moment, and what keeps coming to mind are song lyrics. You know the ones, they serve as markers for the times in life: summer camp, first kiss, graduation, first job, big heartache, baby's birth. For me, they all have songs that go with them.



Read the rest here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Log On To Beat Depression?


From Science Daily:



Log On To Beat Depression: Internet-based Therapy Found Effective

ScienceDaily (June 13, 2009) — In a discovery that could lead to new treatment approaches for depression, researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have shown that Internet-based therapy programs are as effective as face-to-face therapies in combating the illness.

Patients in a clinician-assisted Internet-based treatment program experienced rates of recovery similar to those achieved by face-to-face therapy, the research found.

Moreover, the program – dubbed the Sadness program – required an average of only 111 minutes of clinician email contact per person over an eight-week period, significantly less than other comparable clinician-based therapies.

A paper outlining the study appears this week in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatr



Read the rest here.

Thriller


From Blogizdat LJ:



Like the rest of the world, I was stunned at the death of Michael Jackson this past week. Then again, maybe not. I mean, he was kind of mess, really, with the disfiguring scars of his many plastic surgeries, and the obvious emotional traumas of his childhood that were still being played out well into his middle-age.



Read the rest here.

WAS



I want to Write A Sonnet, but I think I'm too stuffed up.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

It's Not Fair


But then again, it never is.

EEE


I just ordered myself one of these, should be delivered on Thurday:



Yeah, I know, I know: I'm a geek. And your point would be?

4H




'I Go To Sleep'
Sia

+++++


Sunday, June 07, 2009

EU 1 x USA 0


From Yahoo news:



By CONSTANT BRAND and ROBERT WIELAARD, Associated Press Writers Constant Brand And

Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writers – 1 hr 25 mins ago

BRUSSELS – Conservatives raced toward victory in some of Europe's largest economies Sunday as initial results and exit polls showed voters punishing left-leaning parties in European parliament elections in France, Germany and elsewhere.

Some right-leaning parties said the results vindicated their reluctance to spend more on company bailouts and fiscal stimulus amid the global economic crisis.

First projections by the European Union showed center-right parties would have the most seats — between 263 and 273 — in the 736-member parliament. Center-left parties were expected to get between 155 to 165 seats.

Right-leaning governments were ahead of the opposition in Germany, France, Italy and Belgium, while conservative opposition parties were leading in Britain and Spain.

Greece was a notable exception, where the governing conservatives were headed for defeat in the wake of corruption scandals and economic woes.



Read the rest here.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pravda Gets It Right


From Pravda:



It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.



Read the rest here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This Is Just Lovely




'Blue Lips'
Regina Spektor

+++++


More Regina in streaming audio on MySpace.



Musing


From Blogizdat LJ:



It's been a cool and overcast day, the kind that one usually associates with Seattle and/or London - though I've been in Seattle and seen the sunshine, so I have to wonder if that's not just a myth - but it's also the kind of day that most people would call 'dreary,' and indeed, there've been times when I've found such days to be on the dismal side.

But you know, mostly I find gray days like this to be soothing, cause bright sunshine tends to hurts my eyes, and I guess I'm actually left a bit more mellow for all the soft light of a truly cloudy day.



Read the rest here.

Swoopo


From The Register:



Swoopo - eBay's (more) evil twin
How much would you bid for a bid?


By Ted Dziuba

2nd January 2009 17:02 GMT

I have never expected much out of a Silicon Valley startup with a name that sounds like a baby word, but Swoopo is a rare exception. It's an online auction site with a dastardly twist.

When you bid on products at Swoopo, you don't specify a price. You pay 75 cents for the bid, and that bid increases the price of the item by 15 cents, while extending the auction for around 20 seconds. When the clock runs out, the auction is over. By this mechanism, the winning bidder can buy, for example, a brand new Nintendo DS game system for around $30, when the item is valued at well over $100.



Read the rest here.

10 Free Web-based Alternatives to Photoshop


From Life Clever:



I’m fed up with Photoshop and its one billion rarely-used features.

How about a simple photo-editor that’s quick, easy, and doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. Fortunately, there’re tons of web-based photos editors popping up. Most are crap, but some are promising. Check out these free web-based Photoshop alternatives:



Read the post here.

Free Online Photo Editors


From About.com:



Free online photo editors provide a great way to quickly and easily do basic picture editing. Best of all, you save the extra steps and the drain on your computer's speed required by using photo editing software. If you've ever just wanted to resize a picture for emailing in a couple clicks, an online photo editor is a great option. The sites on this list of the best free online photo editors were judged on depth of features, ease of use, attractiveness of the site, and a coolness and wow factor.



Read the list here.

Image Resizer


There are lots of them online, but this is one of the very best:

Reshade

Thursday, May 21, 2009

False Idols


Okay, this is old news to most, by now, but Kris Allen won the big prize on American Idol this past week, besting Adam Lambert in the finals - though I don't know if anyone has been able to discern how many votes separated them - to consternation of all those who thought Adam had to win because, well, um, let's count the ways:

Adam was applauded by none other than Simon Cowell; Adam was one louder; Adam was bold and daring; Adam has the rock and roll swagger down cold; Adam knows who he is, or some such gender identity nonsense, basically code for 'I'm here and I'm qu**r,' which supposedly made him toxic to the Bible Belt voters.

WTH?

I mean, look, this is just ignorant.

David Bowie was openly bi back in the dark ages of my teenage years, and that didn't stop Middle America from buying 'Space Oddity,' now, did it? And being caught trolling gay sex internet boards didn't stop Clay Aiken from selling ginourmous numbers of records in Walmarts across this great land.

Bottom line, Adam is an amazing vocalist, and will likely be a successful recording artist. His upper register is stunning, and he knows how to hold back where needed. He's just a bit too flamboyant and theatrical for my tastes - I just like Kris better.

Either way, I wish them both all the best.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meh


I'm weary of:

*) wifi connections crashing all the time
*) socialism under the guise of compassion
*) pills too big to swallow
*) being told one thing, and then another
*) the dark place
*) crappy lawn mowers
*) fair-weather friends
*) postage increases
*) al gore
*) michael moore
*) charles schumer
*) sports heroes who go on about giving 110%, and taking it one game at a time
*) ayn rand's cultish disciples
*) the extra three pounds around my waist
*) ingrates
*) the moron driver who tailgated me all the way into downtown last thusday am
*) yipping dogs, who start their infernal racket by 6 am
*) sarah jane olson

do you think this should be a different list? make your own, and leave a link in comments, as i'd enjoy seeing what others come up with.

After...


...all the folderol
and hauling over coals
stopped
what did i learn?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blah Blah Blah


It's 1:30 in the AM of Saturday, and I'm not at all sleepy, and what I really want to do is write a masterpiece of crisp blogging prose, but I'm suffering some kind of mental stenosis, the very kind that plugs up the creative sluices in the wee hours, and renders even the best and brightest incapable of pecking out an intelligible sentence, and in light of that, I don't really stand a chance, do I, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm full to the gills of the detritus of the week past, and I need to unload the brain freight, and to that end, I feel like I really oughta just write out the surfeit - yes, I meant the pun - but like I said, I'm just not that into it, and even though I'm prone to wear my hurt on my sleeve - yes, I meant that one, too - there is still a time and place for all that, and this is not it, though I will admit, however, to mulling over old song lyrics from John Lennon and Alex Lloyd and Elliott Smith, and will cop to still having old Replacements tunes on the brain, and even though my feet hurt like hades, I doubt I'll have any difficulty sleeping tonight. Boa noite, world.

YouTube Toys


http://file2hd.com
http://vixy.net
http://www.vidtomp3.com
http://podobne.pl/imeemyoutube
http://www.mediaconverter.org
http://listentoyoutube.com
http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/video2mp3
http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/vidtomp3-video-sound-converter

Friday Night Videos




Sue Son
Britain's Got Talent

+++++




Greg Pritchard
Britain's Got Talent

+++++




Emma Czikai
Britain's Got Talent

+++++




Mama Trish
Britain's Got Talent

+++++



Borrowed Lyric


Muzzle

...and in my mind as i was floating
far above the clouds
some children laughed i'd fall for certain
for thinking that i'd last forever
but i knew exactly where i was
and i knew the meaning of it all
and i knew the distance to the sun
and i knew the echo that is love
and i knew the secrets in your spires
and i knew the emptiness of youth
and i knew the solitude of heart
and i knew the murmurs of the soul
and the world is drawn into your hands
and the world is etched upon your heart
and the world so hard to understand
is the world you can't live without
and i knew the silence of the world

'Muzzle' - Smashing Pumpkins

Musical Assault


You know how a song will come at you, out of the blue, on the Radio, TV or Youtube, grab you by the ears, and shake you silly, and won't leave you alone till the next tune comes along, and does the same thing?

Well, I hate that, I always have.

It leaves me singing the song, over and over, in my head, where I'm supposed to be mired in the excrement of my day, and I can't because I'm unable to dislodge some stupid tune from deep within the bowels of my brain.

And even worse?

When an old song that I haven't heard or thought of in ages sneaks out of the shadows of my dodgy memory and bushwhacks me, and leaves me on the ground, metaphorically speaking, flailing my limbs, and gasping for breath, like I'm in the throes of some kind of emotional epilepsy.

Anyway, yesterday I was assaulted by 'All The Young Girls Love Alice,' by Elton John (lyrics by Bernie Taupin), I mean, WTH is up with that? I don't think I've listened to or even heard that song since about 1975:

'All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice they say
Come over and see me
Come over and please me
Alice it's my turn today

All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice they say
If I give you my number
Will you promise to call me
Wait till my husband's away'

Like I said, WTH?

And now it's all up in my brain, kicking the living crap out of my neuroses and depressions, and it's pissing me off.

Look, I bought that album when I was in 11th grade, and I don't think I even fully understood half the songs at the time, but I knew they weren't Dad's choir records, and I knew it was kind of naughty, and I suppose that was the appeal of it.

Anyway, that stupid song has been running rampant in my head, and I'm sick of it now, I want to wallow in my own private messed-up fears and insecurities, and it simply won't let me be!

I want relief, I want my head back, and if this doesn't let up, I'm going to petition the right honorable lord of us all, the POTUS, the Obamessiah for some kind of emotional and artistic bailout/stimulus package, because, after all, if a tax-paying citizen like me cannot count on his gummint to drive the cobwebs and Elton John tunes from his head, then what good *is* all that National Debt, I ask you?

Tender young Alice, indeed!

Hrrmmph!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just Shoot Me



From Yahoo Hotjobs:



America's Best- and Worst-Paying Jobs

by Klaus Kneale, Forbes.com

It's still better to be a doctor than a dicer. Food preparation and serving remains the nation's lowest-paid line of work, while the medical field still offers the nine best-paid jobs in the U.S.

According to the U.S. government's newly released Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, based on 2008 data, the typical surgeon makes an average of $206,770 a year. That puts surgeons above anesthesiologists to have the best-paying job in the country.

Internists now earn a little more than prosthodontists (people who make and fit false teeth). Otherwise, the top 10 jobs rank the same as a year ago. The biggest change is a nearly $10,000-a-year drop in pay for natural sciences managers, meaning people who run labs and research facilities.



Read the rest here.

Doesn't Surprise Me


From Science Daily:



Are Researchers Cherry Picking Participants For Studies Of Antidepressants?

ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2009) — Findings from clinical studies used to gain Food and Drug Administration approval of common antidepressants are not applicable to most patients with depression, according to a report led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Published in the May issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the study suggests only a small percentage of people with depression qualify for these studies, and those who do not qualify are often treated with the same medications but may suffer poorer clinical outcomes.



Read the rest here.

Meh



From Blogizdat LJ:



I'm having a 'meh' day, in the middle of a 'meh' week - okay, it's far more than a simple 'meh' - and there's not much I can to to ameliorate that right now, cause it's all about those things I cannot control.



Read the rest here.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Lies, D*mn Lies and Static


From Blogizdat LJ:



Okay, something I really dislike - and I dislike it about myself, too - is when people use words in ways that are different than what they appear to really mean.



Read the rest here.

A Post About Nothing











Borrowed Lyric


Oh, You Pretty Things

Wake up you sleepy head
Put on some clothes, shake up your bed
Put another log on the fire for me
I've made some breakfast and coffee.

Look out my window what do I see
A crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me
All the nightmares came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay

What are we coming to
No room for me, no fun for you
I think about a world to come
Where the books were found by the golden ones
Written in pain, written in awe
By a puzzled man who
Questioned what we were here for
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay

Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Let me make it plain
You gotta make way for the homo superior

Look at your children
See their faces in golden rays
Dont kid yourself they belong to you
Theyre the start of a coming race
The earth is a bitch
Weve finished our news
Homo sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though theyre here to stay

Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Let me make it plain
You gotta make way for the homo superior

Written and Performed by
DAVID BOWIE

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blog Talk


From Blogizdat LJ:



I was thinking just now about when I started blogging, on Livejournal, and I remember exactly how it all happened, what prompted me to dip my toe into the water, as it were, and who my first readers were.



Read the rest here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Random Blather


From Blogizdat Livejournal:



Okay, I keep promising to post more here - both clippings and writing - and I really do mean it, but something keeps coming up, either I get really busy, or I find myself feeling mute, or I end up mired in the swamps & quicksands of The Dark Place, or something - there's always something - but I'm determined to try, even if nothing ambitious, I'll aim for something weekly, and maybe go from there.



Read the rest here.

WTH?


No, really. WTH?

From Amazon:



"The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has joined forces with Hidden Beach Recordings to release CHANGE IS NOW: RENEWING AMERICA'S PROMISE the exclusive official presidential inauguration collection commemorative CD-DVD set. The official inauguration collection celebrates President-elect BARACK OBAMA'S historic election by including eight of his landmark campaign speeches together on one DVD and an impressive 18-track CD with inspired music from some of America's top recording artists."

Disc: 1

1. It's A New Day (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - will.i.am
2. The Dream Is Real - The Tony Rich Project
3. All About The Love Again (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Stevie Wonder
4. Can't Stop - Ozomatli
5. Peace Be Upon Us - Sheryl Crow
6. There's Hope - India.Arie
7. God Is In The People (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Melissa Etheridge
8. Change - Lenny Kravitz
9. Dreamworld - Robin Thicke
10. Pure Imagination (2009 Version) (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Maroon 5
11. Hush (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Usher
12. Born For This - BeBe Winans
13. What Light - Wilco
14. Shed A Little Light - James Taylor
15. The Star Spangled Banner - Jennifer Hudson
16. Eternity (David Foster Live Strings Mix) (with excerpts from Barack Obama speeches) - Lionel Richie
17. Grapevine Fires - Death Cab For Cutie
18. Changes - Common

Disc: 2

1. "Announcement for President" February 10, 2007 - Springfield, IL
2. "Iowa Jefferson Jackson Dinner" November 10, 2007 - Des Moines, IA
3. "Iowa Caucus Victory Speech" January 3, 2008 - Des Moines, IA
4. "New Hampshire Primary Speech" January 8, 2008 - Nashua, NH
5. "A More Perfect Union" March 18, 2008 - Philadelphia, PA
6. "A World That Stands As One" July 24, 2008 - Berlin, Germany
7. "The American Promise" August 28, 2008 - Denver, CO
8. "Election Night Victory Speech" November 4, 2008 - Chicago, IL



Laugh or cry? Your pick.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sigh


I want to write more here - no really, stop snickering, I mean it - or rather, I *need* to write more, cause I miss the larger canvas that Blogger offers compared to, say, other places online where people got to be seen and heard, and see, for the longest time I think was AWOL here cause I was spending so much time on those other services, but after a while it got tired, and you know, it's fine to point the finger at others for posting all the textual blips and farts that constitute the average FaceSpace, and anyways, I've posted my share of such things, too, but I always feel like something's missing, and it's hard to put my finger on just what it is, but WTH, does no one have the time to be bothered with writing out a proper meme anymore, I mean, for real, when I was a lad back in the thirties we might have been using kerosene-powered 'puters, but at least we knew better than to post little blips of useless information like 'Muzzy is standing in the breadline,' and 'Mrs Muzzy is planting a Victory Garden,' and 'Kilroy Was Here,' but actually, maybe I'm onto something, cause the way I see it, FaceSpace - and its meth-fueled cousin Twitter - is just graffiti for the electronic post-modern age, and yes, I'm serious, cause think about it: kids used to have to climb over the edge of a bridge to spray-tag some pointless bit of nonsense for the amusement of the next day's commuters, but now they don't need to do that, they can just post it online, but hey, I didn't intend to post yet another Online Social Networking bashing treatise, and I'll try to stay away from all that, I promise, but the fact remains, I do intend to write more, and on that note, I'm off to sleep.

5 Things You Think Will Make You Happy (But Won't)


From Cracked.com:



If 80s movies taught us anything, it's that at some point you're going to run into a mysterious relic that lets you switch bodies with other people.

Would you use it? Would you choose to switch lives with, say, Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie or Dale DeBone? Most people would.

But let's say the artifact doesn't let you choose, but will instead switch you randomly with one of the other six billion people on the planet. Virtually nobody will take that deal, for fear they'd switch with some poor villager in Nigeria.

So what does that say about us? Well, according to experts, it says almost everything we think about what would make us happy is dead wrong. Let's look at the five things we're most wrong about, with some pictures of adorable animals for good measure.



Read the rest here.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Meh


It's really late, Friday night, and I'm in a simmering state about a host of things, but I just don't have the energy to write it all down tonight, still, I can't not write, like my fingers are possessed by some other-worldly presence, some kind of elan vital of their own, and even though I write and write and write, it seems there's far more there, waiting to get out, so I suppose I'll have to do that, maybe tomorrow, but not tonight...

Friday Night Videos - Mad World


This song still makes me tear up:



'Mad World'
Gary Jules

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'Mad World'
Adam Lambert
American Idol Top 8

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'Mad World'
Corey Nance and James Parker

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'Mad World'
Tears For Fears

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Introducing CADIE


From Google:


Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity

Announcement
March 31st, 2009 11:59:59 pm

Research group switches on world's first "artificial intelligence" tasked-array system.


For several years now a small research group has been working on some challenging problems in the areas of neural networking, natural language and autonomous problem-solving. Last fall this group achieved a significant breakthrough: a powerful new technique for solving reinforcement learning problems, resulting in the first functional global-scale neuro-evolutionary learning cluster.

Since then progress has been rapid, and tonight we're pleased to announce that just moments ago, the world's first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity (CADIE) was switched on and began performing some initial functions. It's an exciting moment that we're determined to build upon by coming to understand more fully what CADIE's emergence might mean, for Google and for our users. So although CADIE technology will be rolled out with the caution befitting any advance of this magnitude, in the months to come users can expect to notice her influence on various google.com properties. Earlier today, for instance, CADIE deduced from a quick scan of the visual segment of the social web a set of online design principles from which she derived this intriguing homepage.



The rest is here.

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People


From Blogizdat LJ:



Okay, someone else already wrote a book or two on the subject - there's even a movie out by the name, check Amazon for the DVD info - but maybe I can still add something to the topic.



Read the rest here.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Night Videos - Aussie Spotlight




'Special Ones'
George

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'Emancipate Myself'
Thirsty Merc

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'Lovesong'
Amiel

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'Black The Sun'
Alex Lloyd

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Gabriella Cilmi - Save The Lies (official) - More free videos are here

'Save The Lies'
Gabriella Cilmi

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'Where The Wild Roses Grow'
Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue

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Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm In Shock And In Tears


From Blogizdat LJ:



I just got a call from my brother telling me my Aunt was killed in a freeway car crash this evening around suppertime. Apparently an SUV blew a tire, crossed the median and struck several vehicles, including one being driven by my Aunt, and she died at the scene.



Read the rest here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

This And That


From Blogizdat LJ:



I've been going full-tilt in the Facebook world for nearly a year now, sometimes posting lots, sometimes posting little, and for all my carping about it, I don't hate it, I really don't - in fact, I kind of like it, if I can accept its limitations.

But the thing is, even though it's possible to write longer pieces there, some people actually get cranky about it, and one person I know even went so far as to 'de-friend' me for posting too often, told me it was annoying that I posted so many little things to my FB Wall.

Of course, I know there are at least a dozen of my nearly ten dozen Facebook Friends who not only read, but actually seem to enjoy what I post - or at least they say they do - and what's more, Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with some old friends with whom I'd lost touch for years, and to have some level of contact with persons who'd otherwise be out of my life altogether.

But, with all the said, there's still something a bit disturbing about the whole FB experience.



Read the rest here.

Failed Inventions




5000 Ducks



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YouTomb


YouTomb

Beer Wars Movie


I don't even drink beer, and I want to see this:


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Beer Wars Movie

The Drought


From National Geographic:



On the side of a road somewhere in southeastern Australia sits a man in a motionless pickup truck, considering the many ways in which his world has dried up. The two most obvious ways are in plain view. Just beyond his truck, his dairy cattle graze on the roadside grass. The heifers are all healthy, thank God. But there are only 70 of them. Five years ago, he had nearly 500. The heifers are feeding along a public road—"not strictly legal," the man concedes, but what choice does he have? There is no more grass on the farm he owns. His land is now a desert scrub­land where the slightest breeze lifts a hazy wall of dust. He can no longer afford to buy grain, which is evident from the other visible reminder of his plight: the bank balance displayed on the laptop perched on the dashboard of his truck. The man, who has never been rich but also never poor, has piled up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. The cows he gazes at through his windshield—that is all the income he has left.



Read the rest here.

This Is Cool


Old Computers.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I Don't Want To Work


I just want to bang on the drum all day.

SuperDuper


From ShirtPocket:



Have no fear. SuperDuper v2.5 is here!

SuperDuper is the wildly acclaimed program that makes recovery painless, because it makes creating a fully bootable backup painless. Its incredibly clear, friendly interface is understandable, easy to use, and SuperDuper's built-in scheduler makes it trivial to back up automatically. It's the perfect complement to Time Machine under Leopard, allowing you to store a bootable backup alongside your Time Machine volume—and it runs beautifully on both Intel and Power PC Macs!

SuperDuper's interface confirms all your actions in simple, clear language to ensure that the end result is exactly what you intended. Take a look, and click for additional screen shots!



Read the rest and download here.

Friday Night Videos



Yeah, it's been too long, hasn't it? And I'm not just talking about Friday Night Vidoes, am I? Anyway, these are for you, then.


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'O Sailor'
Fiona Apple

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'Never Is A Promise'
Fiona Apple

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'Not About Love'
Fiona Apple

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'Tymps'
Fiona Apple & Elvis Costello

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'I Want You'
Fiona Apple & Elvis Costello

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The Other Site


From Blogizdat LJ:



I've been meaning to tell you, and I can't keep this a secret any longer.



Read the rest here.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Stream Of Conciousness Rambling, Up Way Too Late

Stream Of Conciousness Rambling, Up-Way-Too-Late (posted early in the wee hours today)

I worked a little late tonight and when I was done I went out to the computer store, still trying to convince myself I need/want a netbook, or maybe that I *don't* need one, but decided it wasn't the right time yet, with prices still yet to fall on solid state memory, but I might buy one before the year is out, so anyway, just walked around and lusted after the gadgets I want and don't need, like everything else, really, then I went and bought gas - that's petrol to you Brits - in the bitter below zero cold at the neighborhood BP, and I must say, it's on nights like this that I wish most places still had full-service, but no such luck, and then I just drove around for a few minutes, cause there's no place better in the world to talk to your own self than in the car, after dark, and if you won't listen to yourself, then who will, so as I said, I was driving around, trying to keep the lake of depression from crystalizing, and yes, TH, I know that in the song it was 'latent depression,' so you've reminded me, but I kind of think that 'lake' works, too, even if it *isn't* quite the coldest night of the year, and talked to myself as therapy, and I have to admit that it wasn't entirely successful, but I have to suppose the patient will live, and when I got home it was after 10 pm, and realized that I hadn't eaten supper, but it was way too late to have a proper meal for me, since I end up with indigestion if I eat late at night - I used to be able to eat pretty much anything right up to bedtime and sleep just fine, but not anymore, yes, the indignities of aging - but I was hungry, so I had a wee bit of this and that, anyway, but then I realized that having been so sick this past week and not being able to sleep right has set my internal night clock all out of whack, and I ended up watching a litte TV and then YouTubing for a bit, decided to post a Friday Night Videos, something I haven't done since forever - I kind of miss all that - and even if they were mostly songs I've posted before, I figured it's my blog, and my FNV, and I'll post what I want, and you know, I'd love you to love them, too, but if you don't, share yer own, I say, and I'll watch *yours*, and anyway, I'm only going to post stuff that connects with me on some level, makes me laugh or cry or think or feel, and I won't explain or apologize for that, nor should I, nor should anyone else, but anyway, it's after 2 AM, I'm really tired and I'm having a hard time thinking of anything profound, so I'll just describe the tiny universe of my immediate surroundings: lying on the futon with my new(er) laptop resting on my thighs, conscious of the heat of the laptop on my leg, and the hum of one of my daughters' computers, and the tinnitus in my left ear, and the blurriness in my left eye, and the constant pain in my left foot, and the annoying - if relatively small - layer of winter fat that has settled in around my waist, and the five of six lit light bulbs in the chandelier (I've been too lazy to change the sixth burned out one), and the coffee table to my right are a couple of stacks of books, both adult and children (no, not *that* kind of adult book), and a copy of the 10th Anniversary Collector's edition of the BBC mini-series, 'Pride and Prejudice,' my work ID badge, and empty Cherry Yogurt container, my turned-off cell phone, two remote controls, one for the TV and the other for the Video Cassette DVD and CD player/recorder, though I've never figured out how to get analog data transferred over to DVD, but the instruction manual informs me that it's easy and fun, I mean, what kind of sadistic creature is Santa Claus to try to make even video transfer and editing 'fun,' and several other random and sundry items, the TV is off, my oldest daughter's telescope is pointed out the window towards the neighbor's yard, on top of the DVD player is a stack of DVD's, including boxed sets of the first four seasons of 'Alias,' and both seasons of 'Torchwood,' and about a dozen random VHS cassettes, but anyway, I just looked up at the clock and realized why I am so tired, cause it's nearly 2:30 AM, and I have to help with my lovely daughter's sixth birthday party tomorrow, her second party in a week, though this one is for just wee tykes her age from her school, to be held at Como Zoo, and I think I should finish and post this, and wish you who read this a fine g'night!

Life Is A Fragile Thing


This story first made me shudder, and then made me tear up:

From CNN:

(CNN) -- The fiance of a top Brazilian model -- whose hands and feet were amputated in a bid to save her from a deadly and little-known illness -- said he believes she will wake up from a coma, noting, "where there is a heartbeat, there is hope."

Brazilian model Mariana Bridi is in a serious condition in hospital after undergoing multiple amputations

Brazilian model Mariana Bridi is in a serious condition after undergoing multiple amputations.

Mariana Bridi da Costa, 20, was in "very critical condition" on Friday, doctors said, as she fought a pernicious disease that has ravaged her body and forced doctors to perform the amputations and extract part of her stomach as well as both kidneys.

She was breathing through a respirator, officials at Dorio Silva Hospital in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo said Friday.

"Where there is a heartbeat, there is hope," her fiance, Thiago Simoes, told CNN in a telephone interview.

Da Costa suffered from necrosis, or the fast deadening of tissue, caused by septicemia.

Septicemia, triggered by a bacterial infection, causes insufficient blood flow that can lead to organ failure.

Bridi first sought medical advice after feeling ill in late December. Hospital officials said she was transferred to Dorio Silva on January 3 in "septic shock," a serious medical condition caused by an inflammation.

Bridi was first diagnosed as suffering a urinary tract infection. By the time the infection was detected, it had developed into septicemia.

Doctors decided to amputate first her hands and then her feet after the condition reduced the amount of oxygen being delivered to her limbs.



Read the rest here.

Followup: Bridi passed away today, more here.

Friday Night Videos - January 23, 2009




'Mad World'
Gary Jules
lyric

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'Skinny Love'
Bon Iver
lyric

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'River On Fire'
Adam Again
lyric

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Free Music At Amazon.com


Badman Records, home of the likes of 'The Innocence Mission,' and 'My Morning Jacket,' has released a compilation of the best of the last ten years of their label, and it's available as a free download at Amazon.com: Badman - Has It Really Been Ten Years?. Give a listen.

Track Listing:



1. Dynamite Walls (From "Skyscraper National Park") - Hayden
2. Brotherhood of Man (From "We Walked in Song") - Innocence Mission
3. Find Me, Ruben Olivares (From "Rock 'N' Roll Singer") - Mark Kozelek
4. Sick as a Gun (From "La Lamentor") - Weinland
5. Hollow Heart (From "Chemical Friends") - N. Lannon
6. B Minor (From "Elm Street") lanterna7. I Am History (From "Make Some Quiet") - Bell
8. Sooner (From "Chocolate and Ice")- My Morning Jacket
9. German Love (From "Starfucker") - Starfucker
10. A Little While (Exclusive! from Upcoming Album Happiness Is Easy) - Misc.
11. Come Down Slowly (From "Prospect Park") - James William Hindle
12. Hardcore Romantics (From "Mr. Serious") - Mark Mallman



Enjoy. And oh yeah: Happy New Year!