Sunday, February 27, 2011

Public Display of Affection

This morning while walking at Freedom Park we found this love note written on the sidewalk.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Robert Plant

I skipped Robert Plant's recent show here in Charlotte. I just have a hard time paying over $40 to see anybody live. Maybe I'm cheap. I downloaded a show Plant played in Nashville on February 11th and I regret not going. I knew I would. I listened to the whole show the other night while reading and it's spectacular. Linked to below is one of the big reasons this show really entertained. It's the opening track, a rearranged version of Black Dog that is just stellar. It sounds like how Tom Waits would have rearranged the song.

Robert Plant - Black Dog

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sound Cloud

Maybe I'm late to the party but Garrigan posted his remix of a new REM song to the site Sound Cloud and I was curious so I created an account and found the awesome Hendrix remix I posted below. Looks like a fun site to explore.

Starlight Traffic by Fissunix

Here's Jay's REM remix also.
It Happened Today (J.Garrigan Mix) by Garrigan

This is not theft. Thank you. Nor is it a moral gray area. Thank you.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Lovely Bill James

Below is a screenshot of a Twitter post that Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James sent out yesterday. Bless his heart.

Bill James stays classy

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flickr Finds

Today I searched on Flickr for pictures taken recently in Leelanau County, MI. I was surprised to see how many photographers block the sharing of their pictures. Do they not want people to see their photographs? Odd.


Ice blue.

Bracketing the Exposure

Febuary Sunset

Peterson Park Overlook



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Some Get it, Some Don't

One problem with books from university presses is the price. Books by these presss don't make money. They aren't expected to so they can be pricey. What would be a way to bring down the prices of these books and to give access to older books that are out of print? Electronic editions, of course. I decided to see what was available out there.

The University of Michigan Press offers this book in a folio edition for $72.50 and the ebook edition they are selling for $67.50. That just don't make no sense. Not only that but they use the Adobe Digital Editions software and limit how you can use your purchased item. To give you an idea of how backwards this is check out what science fiction author Cory Doctorow is doing with his new collection of short stories. You set your price and there are no restrictions to what you can do with it once you get it. Doctorow published a progress report on his project here. Even Barnes and Noble knows you should charge less for an electronic format of a book. They paper edition of Grisham's newest book is retailing for $15.00 and the ebook version you can get for $9.99. I still think they sell older books at a price higher than necessary but at least they are shooting themselves in the foot overall like the university press. At least they offer digital editions.

The University of North Carolina Press offers a lot of the books on the Barnes and Noble website but for some reason they aren't clear about that on their their website. You can buy their books on Google books also but they aren't too clear on how to get to them. Both Barnes and Noble and Google don't give you much of a discount for the ebook format. I didn't see any older out of print editions available. I'd like to see that happen someday.

The Princeton University Press ebook versions through online retailers for a discounted price. That's not bad. I can even go to the Nook Book section of Barnes and Noble's webpage and do a keyword search for Princeton University Press books.

The University of California Press offers ebooks (but not yet for all titles) and they do seem to give a discount. The few books I found in the ebook format were $5 less than the paperback versions offered. They force you to use Adobe Digital Editions also.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Toddler Fight

This is how we should resolve all disputes between nations. Each sends in their toughest toddler and winner takes all.

Dale Jr's unfortunate practice crash. Now he has to start the Daytona 500 at the back of the pack. That blows. He does get to keep his first pit stall which is probably more advantageous in a plate race that starting up front.

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Tea Party doesn't get what they want

The title of this post is a direct quote from this exchange Rush Limbaugh has with a caller. Later on in the same conversation Rush appears to be encouraging the overthrow of our government but that's a whole other blog post. I think that statement is an excellent example of the Tea Party mindset. They get upset when they don't get what they want. They have a very narrow world view. They want something really badly so they must be right therefore it has to happen and if it doesn't happen then the government is not listening to the people. The Tea Party people seem to be unable to grasp that those who don't view the world as they do have opinions just as valuable as theirs. They give the idea of working together a lot of lip service but, what I have seen from the far right, working together to them seems to mean working with them to help them accomplish their goals. That isn't how government works and I don't understand how they can not know that.

Monday, February 07, 2011

More Photopictures

I don't have anything ready to go so I'll post some pictures I have taken recently.

Greg's band, Motel Glory, playing at Snug Harbor Saturday night. Greg is on the right in the fashionable t-shirt.

The cool ass vintage plastic race care I bought at an estate sale.
Bobby Allison 88 Gatorade Ertl Car

Downtown Charlotte. I took this at the Hawthorne LN bridge that crosses 74
Downtown Charlotte

Some winter golf with the awesome Barry