Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Leaves we bagged
Originally uploaded by zzazazz
My arms and back haven't been this sore since that day in September when my Dad and I paddled into the wind on Clam Lake in northern Michigan.
The backyard of the house is mostly dirt because of the drought but even sparse grass in a yard of mostly dirt looks better than the leaf covered mess that was out there before.
If Wendell hadn't shown up and helped us bag Melanie and I might still be out there working. It took a lot longer than we anticipated.
Have you voted for the 2008 Bloggies yet? You haven't? Well, head on over to the site and let your voice be heard. There are many categories you can vote on and it's a good place to find quality blogs that you may not have heard of.
By the way, is anyone having trouble with the playlist on the right sidebar? Is it slowing the page down? Locking up? Are you thinking, "You have a playlist?"
Monday, January 28, 2008
I've never asked any of my friends if they post review son Amazon. I do, but not very often. I've been using Amazon for several years and have less than ten reviews. I found a good article on Slate that discusses top Amazon reviewers and the strange limbo in which amateur writers live in.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I see a few newspaper and magazine sites that now offer free content online. Some even include archives. I think this is going to be the standard pretty soon. Many news and magazine sites have tried using a subscription service and have seen them go over like lead balloons. Here's a list of what I have found so far.
You can read the NY Times for free back to 1987
The Atlantic magazine is offering free back issues to 1995
Time magazine has an archive you can search and read back to 1923. I've done some searching and if it's not a complete archive it's pretty big.
The Boston Globe has a free archive back to 2003.
Discover magazine goes back to 1993.
The Paris Review is building an archive of the interviews.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Alice Cooper singing "School's Out" on the Muppets.
A raw feed a "a very very bad crash" at Talladega (listen for the word shit)
An all-gal AC/DC tribute band sings "Go Down."
Southern Culture Skids sing one of my favorite songs
The Constantines play in the rain (I love this band)
Below is a video of me mis-hitting a golf. This happens frequently when I am on the golf course. What's the significance of this video? It's been viewed over 8000 times on Youtube. I don't remember if I have posted this before or not. If so, here it is again.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I went to the Harris Teeter at lunch and I noticed that the cold rain is starting to turn to sleet. A couple more degrees in the negative and we'll have us a snow storm. I see from the current predictions at the website of the Charlotte Observer that it should start accumulating just in time to make my drive home adventurous.
Last night I made a huge mistake. I decided to drink whiskey and Coke instead a couple of beers. I had a few drinks and was feeling pretty good and didn't realize until I tried to go to sleep that whiskey keeps me awake. Did I know that already? I don't remember. I do know that when I was a young Marine having the time of his life on Okinawa I drank a lot of whiskey and stayed up 'til dawn more than once. I didn't stay up until the morning light last night but I did lay there awhile, wide awake and dreading how tired I was going to be at work.
Now, I back at the desk and it's still snowing but not accumulating. The help desk just sent out an email announcing that the library will be open its usual hours today. That means several people have called or emailed the help desk to see if the library was going to close early. Library employees can be such candy-asses sometimes. I can say that because I work about 1 mile from home and can walk there if I have to. Those of you that work 45 miles from home are the ones that are screwed.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I think this article explains why right down the street from my cozy forty year old house with a yard and big oak trees is a subdivision filled with $500,000 ugly ass brick homes with faux Charleston architecture that have been crowbarred so tightly together that they don't even have yards. It's better to look good than to feel good.
Monday, January 14, 2008
This whole race/female thing has gotten to be pretty bad for the Democrats. They better not screw this election up and allow one of those monkeys from the Republican side get in the White House. I know the right is going gaga over this brouhaha because Drudge is all over it. I know he's sitting in his bunker rubbing himself furiously over this Clinton/Obama fight.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Originally uploaded by zzazazz
Isaac is a miniature dachshund and he is having more fun in the new house than anybody else. He is constantly bounding up and down the stairs and he is left alone a lot less than he used to be. In fact, because of Chris' work schedule, he and Isaac get to hang out all day each Monday and Tuesday.
Isaac's has more hobbies than anyone else in the house. His hobbies include napping, chasing squirrels in the backyard, stealing and hiding socks, barking at cats and licking his housemates' legs and feet. All of these things he does with an enthusiasm of which we are all envious.
More pictures of the little bugger are available here.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
It seems that even though Radiohead started out selling their new album for almost nothing on their website it still has hit #1 on the charts. I guess the RIAA can finally go suck it now. Anything they say about not being able to make money due to online downloads can now be attributed to bad business and not their "thieving" customers.
Because this page wasn't busy enough I added a Google search bar to the page. It's a tool bar I made for myself. I like to watch a movie and then read Ebert's take on it. Reading a review by Ebert after viewing a movie is an education and adds substance to the experience. I just thought I'd share the tool bar.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
From the November 11, 2007 New York Times Book Review: "The (Gary) Hart scandal wasn't just a climactic moment in Cramer's book; it turned out to be a turning point for the country, one that changed the nature of politics and demolished the walls between private lives and public service. By declaring "character" (now understood to refer to sex and personal hypocrisy rather than the more complex inner self Cramer had tried to capture) as a crucial element of any campaign, the press had lit a fuse in American politics - one that would explode, with disastrous consequences, during the last years of the Clinton presidency."
Monday, January 07, 2008
Today a high schooler came up to the reference desk looking for some information on Harper Lee. In something she had read she was referred to a 1964 interview of Lee by someone called Roy Newquist. The Wikipedia entry on Harper Lee linked to an online version of the interview. Unfortunately the link the was dead. This was a problem because this interview is one of the very few in depth interviews that Harper Lee ever gave. After some searching I was able to determine that the interview is included in a book called Counterpoint and that the book was currently available at the Queens University library. The student was, of course, thrilled and I could tell she thought I was the best librarian ever. I'm not but I can see where she might think so.