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  1. Pledge Drive: Daring Fireball

    brian on 2004.06.30
    at 08:37 pm

    Have you pledged your support yet? Freeloader! How will NPR, PBS, or John Gruber survive if only 10% of their users pay for their content?

    I have subscribed to support Daring Fireball. I appreciate John's insight on the industry. You might see similarities between my post on Dashboard and his own. The reason to pay him is that his is a lot more complete or indepth than my own. Mine came first, though. ;-)

    I've subscribed for one other reason, to help John lead a live as I might one day wish to: self-employed. Good luck John!

    Posted in: Apple · Web

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  2. Dashboard

    brian on 2004.06.30
    at 04:58 pm

    If Dashboard was influenced by Konfabulator, then Konfabulator was certainly influenced by Desktop Ornaments.

    But all great artists are at least cognizant of what work other artists are producing. So let's leave it at "everyone influences everyone." It's a free market after all. Despite "free" RSS in Safari, I will remain an ardent, paying supporter of NetNewsWire. Hopefully Brent will be inspired by the new focus on RSS by the big guys. Like his software work, he just gets it.

    The sky is not falling. However, Dave Hyatt has this to say about his role in Dashboard, it uses the "full power of WebKit behind each one... CSS2, DOM2, JS, HTML, XMLHttpRequest, Flash, Quicktime, Java, etc." Well that's a lot more than just javascript. Flash on the desktop, which is something Macromedia has been toying with for quite sometime. The breadth of what you can harness excites me.

    Posted in: Apple

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  3. Thoughts on Fahrenheit 9/11

    brian on 2004.06.30
    at 04:06 pm

    The Official Movie Poster of Fahrenheit 9/11While Jake was out at his escapist film, I was out getting a full dose of reality with Michael Moore's latest documentary, F9/11. (OK, I plan on seeing Jake's escapist film as well.)

    I won't go on and on about it, other than saying this, no matter what your political background is, you should see it, think about it, and talk about it. It's not important that you adopt MM's view of the situation, just that you think about what's going on with your country. Form an opinion of your own, then go out and vote.

    I, as a progressive-leaning independent (with some libertarian leanings) tend to think there's more skank stuff going on than the Bush Administration cares to admit. And I think they are a cancer upon our country. Scalpel! But I thought that a head of time.

    Go see this movie, regardless of what you think of MM, go see it. Some like this whiner, are scared. It's just a movie. An op-ed piece. By the way, only people who can't back up their opinions don't enable comments on their weblogs. He can whine on his weblog, but MM can't in his movie? Weblogs are about discussion. Don't be close minded. If you don't agree, then that's fine. At least your ticket money goes to support intelligent, thought provoking documentaries in theaters, instead of the just the regular mindless stuff. Variety (of movies, and of opinions) is always better.

    Posted in: Movies · Politics

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  4. Thoughts on Spider-Man 2

    jake on 2004.06.30
    at 02:12 pm

    What's it all about?

    Spidey and OttoWell I barely got any sleep last night, about 3 hours worth, because I went to one of 'dem midnight showings of Spider-Man 2. All the same actors reprise thier respective roles in this better sequel. The movie takes place a couple years after the first one.

    Peter (Tobey Maguire) is having a hard time coping with the fact that because he is out fighting crime there's no time for things like, homework, girls, a job. He quickly starts to melt down and question why he's wearing spandex in the first place.

    Otto OctaviusMeanwhile Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is busy losing his sanity when his experiment fails and his wife is killed. It also probably doesn't help that his tentacles have their own AI so when the safety chip is destroyed in the accident they start to influence his thought.

    So now we have a madman running around and Spidey no where to be found. To top it all off, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) is engaged half way through and Harry (James Franco) is obsessed with destroying Spidey. Luckily Peter comes to his senses and we see a lovely climactic battle between hero and villain.

    A couple scenes I really liked.

    The first was the big train battle scene. (Where the first picture comes from). It's action packed and has some nice twists. The second is when Peter is really questioning himself and ends up using an elevator to reach the ground floor of a building. Some random guy shows up and they exchange a few funny words, and we learn that the spandex suit rides up in the crotch sometimes.

    Mary Jane and SpideyI loved this movie, hands down. I can nitpick about random things, but that's mostly just cause I used to have a Spider-Man bike when I was 2 and watched re-runs of the TV show around the same time (ie he's my favorite comic book character of all time). The action was great, the character development was great, and I will probably see it again, when I'm not half asleep.

    What next?

    They lead into a third movie where a few people are introduced to be possibly the next villains. I'd actually prefer a double villain setup. Harry obviously could become the second Green Goblin as he did in the comic books. Curt Conners (Dylan Baker) could be the Lizard as he does in the comic books. However that would make a third experiment gone awry in three movies, a little redundant. I'd love to see Venom come about but that might be a lot of development for one movie.

    What works for me? Peter discovers the black alien suit in the next movie which leads into a 4th and possibly final Spider-Man film against Venom. While this is going on he fights with the second Green Goblin and another villain, perhaps the Lizard or Kraven the Hunter, or someone else not as cheesy as The Painter.

    I'll probably add to this if I get a chance once my brain is functioning a bit better, or if I can remember some things by seeing it a second time.

    Side note

    Why the heck am I the only one of my friends who can spot Stan Lee (credited as "Man Dodging Debris" in Spidey 2) in all of these movies? He’s had cameos in a few Marvel movies now and with exception of Hulk, where he actually is on camera for more an one second and paired with Lou Ferrigno, no one ever sees him. “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”


    two other reviews.

    Posted in: Movies

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  5. Facinating: Truth or Fiction?

    brian on 2004.06.29
    at 06:20 pm

    I can't write up something to do this story justice, you just have to read it for yourself. The author basically contends the Bush administration is going down, but not in the elections, but via impeachment. But better than that, the CIA will be leading the charge in presenting evidence of the administration's illegal actions. I don't care if this is true or not, it's more entertaining that Alias! (and that's my favorite show, mind you.)

    The article is entitled, "COUP D'ETAT: The Real Reason Tenet and Pavitt Resigned from the CIA on June 3rd and 4th: Bush, Cheney Indictments in Plame Case Looming.

    Posted in: Politics

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  6. Views of Boston

    brian on 2004.06.29
    at 06:12 pm

    I've released my latest set of pictures, a pictorial of my bicycle commute along the Charles River, and a few bonus pictures of the Brookline Farmer's Market. Enjoy.

    Boston Views: The Charles and Brookline Farmers Market

    Update: At the time of posting, according to Apple, "All .Mac services are currently unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience." If you get nothing from the above link, you can see the status of the dotMac realm here.

    Posted in: Photography

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  7. Livestrong Band

    jake on 2004.06.28
    at 02:10 pm

    Livestrong BandPurchase of the band goes to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Aiming for $5 million. I bought a package of ten, which is only sucky cause I just need one. Guess I'll be giving them away to raise awareness. Though giving them away doesn't necessarily help the donation process.

    Web Site From: RE.
    Where I heard about it: Eryk at work.

    Update: Make sure to read the comments before blindly posting a three word request. You may come across gems like Matt or Kim who have some available. Also, can anyone verify the Build-a-Bear claim?

    Update 2: New post discussing all these shenanigans. Plenty of articles and quotes.

    Posted in: Sports

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  8. To torture or not?

    brian on 2004.06.27
    at 11:57 pm

    The New York Times has published an outline of the government's legal maneuvering in regards to the prospects of using torture on US-held prisoners of the "War on Terror." They basically sound like chapters to a book of excuses.

    Posted in: Politics

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  9. Dave Going Digital?

    brian on 2004.06.25
    at 02:43 pm

    This rumor at Digital Music News says Dave Matthews Band will soon release its catalog in digital format to digital music stores.

    The rumor says the roll out will make the downloads album-only, which theorhetically excludes the only store to get downloads done right: iTunes. It also mentions "involve a tie-in with a major electronics retailer." Strike two for iTunes.

    I would hope for two things: 1) iTunes, obviously. I feel its best for most music fans. 2) High-quality downloads (lossless: FLAC, SHN, AL) like Phish does via Live Phish, for audiophiles. And people, like myself, who just think they are.

    Posted in: Music · Web

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  10. The enemy you know or don't know

    brian on 2004.06.25
    at 02:03 pm

    Unchecked police and military power is a security threat; the title of an article with simple premise. Protect your rights, or we have nothing left to defend from terror. Here's two quotes, the first from the article, the second, a historical one.

    In 1985, retired Naval officer John Walker was caught spying for the Soviet Union; the evidence given by the National Security Agency was enough to convict him without giving away military secrets.

    More recently, John Walker Lindh -- the "American Taliban" captured in Afghanistan -- was processed by the justice system, and received a 20-year prison sentence. Even during World War II, German spies captured in the United States were given attorneys and tried in public court.

    They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    Posted in: Politics

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  11. Politically Unstable

    brian on 2004.06.25
    at 02:57 am

    Is the country veering violently to the right? Are the conservatives? A powerful piece examines the recent trends in partisanship in Washington politics and beyond. If things were changing, who would tell us? Would we even know? Where's the Fourth Estate?

    Posted in: Politics

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  12. BMW (Mini) and the iPod

    jake on 2004.06.22
    at 01:18 pm

    Mini Cooper ConvertibleI know Brian's the Apple guy but I had to make note of this because of my affinity for Mini. BMW/Mini and Apple are releasing a method for attaching an iPod to some of BMW's cars to listen to your music collection. I have to agree with Engadget with their view of its shortcomings. Hopefully by the time I can afford one of these cars it'll have some of the problems ironed out. I'll keep my fingers crossed they take this all into account when they work on the next audio system for the vehicles.

    Maybe if Apple integrates Bluetooth into the iPod directly, instead of a third party attachment, it can be used with the future implementation of the Mini. That would be friggin' sweet.

    Posted in: Apple · Art · Music

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  13. More about Used Car Salesmen

    jake on 2004.06.21
    at 04:35 pm

    Autoblog also links to an interview related to something we posted on a while ago. It doean’t really add a whole lot to the story. But it’s something more people should know about. The undercover work is also part of a book published from Edmunds.com called Strategies for Smart Car Buyers.

    Posted in: Auto · Service Announcement

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  14. Spider-Man India

    jake on 2004.06.21
    at 04:19 pm

    Spider-Man IndiaApparently in India they're getting their own take on Spider-Man. It's as if similar events happaned to some random local boy who still has the same initials. I think it's a very interesting idea. And I really love how he has local footwear but this shirt looks very similar to the US Spidey.

    Spider-Man India interweaves the local customs, culture and mystery of modern India, with an eye to making Spider-Man’s mythology more relevant to this particular audience. Readers of this series will not see the familiar Peter Parker of Queens under the classic Spider-Man mask, but rather a new hero – a young, Indian boy named Pavitr Prabhakar. As Spider-Man, Pavitr leaps around rickshaws and scooters in Indian streets, while swinging from monuments such as the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal.

    From: Boing Boing

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  15. UK Speed Traps

    jake on 2004.06.21
    at 04:11 pm

    Autoblog found a story about how attendees of this year’s British Motor Show can a cd containing locations of all the speed traps in the area. Why isn't this done more? Is it not obvious that people who know about a speed trap will not speed and thus be much safer?

    Posted in: Auto

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  16. Rowland to Resign today

    jake on 2004.06.21
    at 04:04 pm

    Today my local governor will be resigning from office. For anyone who doesn't know this stems from him receiving and presumably giving gifts to local contractors. There has been an investigation going on for a while as to whether these events happened.

    Now where else have we heard of politicians screwing people over for possible personal gain?

    Posted in: Politics

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  17. Armstrong to Continue on...

    brian on 2004.06.19
    at 12:24 am

    For those of you who might not follow the sport of cycling, let me note that the cyclist you've heard of, Lance Armstrong, has a new team sponsor. During his first five Tour de France victories, his team was sponsored The United States Postal Service. But under increasing pressure about a pseudo-governmental agency spending millions of its advertising on a cycling team, the USPS has decide not to renew its nine-year sponsorship of Armstrong's team next year.

    In its stead American television megalith Discovery Networks has picked up the lead sponsor role. Interestingly, they will not broadcast the race, but another team sponsor, Outdoor Life Network, will continue their excellent coverage.

    Posted in: Sports

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  18. Irish Language to be added to Microsoft Products

    jake on 2004.06.18
    at 05:40 pm

    Irish is one of two languages I hope to learn some day, the other is French. Microsoft is working with a couple universities from Ireland to translate Windows XP and the Office Suite over to Irish. I doubt that I will ever be able to run my OS in anything other than English but I'm glad to see this happen.

    Posted in: Software · Technology

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  19. Copy-protected CD hits #1. Fallacies ensue and slow record execs cheer.

    jake on 2004.06.18
    at 05:25 pm

    I can't believe that just because a copy protected cd has hit number one everyone is jumping to conclusions. The CD is already available on P2P networks and it's pointed out that the DRM is easy to get around. I was waiting for Techdirt to get in on it. I was having a nice relaxed day, and then the RIAA had to come along and ruin it by screwing consumers. Maybe my next couple posts will calm me down.

    I'd just like to add to the previous post. Cory, you're my hero.

    Posted in: Music · Technology

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  20. Doctrow on DRM

    brian on 2004.06.18
    at 03:35 am

    Cory Doctrow had the unique opportunity to go to Microsoft and give a lecture telling them that DRM is bad. Everything that they were investing millions in is wrong. You should go read the text of his speech. It's brilliant. If M$ breaks down the gate, everyone else can follow, and evolution can get past its current copyright stumbling block.

    Posted in: Media · Technology

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  21. Tab Dump

    jake on 2004.06.17
    at 01:12 am

    And finally, Happy Bloomsday. I actually ordered a bunch of James Joyce stuff today. Ulysses (for today), Dubliners, and Nora: The Real Life of Molly Bloom.

    Posted in: Politics · Science

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  22. Virtual Euro 2004

    jake on 2004.06.16
    at 01:43 pm

    Virtual Soccer from the BBCThe BBC has a way to see highlights online using Shockwave. They use basic 3D players ala EASports Fifa from a few years back. Very cool way of seeing important events from the matches.

    From: Boing Boing

    Posted in: Sports · Technology

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  23. New Music Tuesdays

    brian on 2004.06.16
    at 12:14 am

    No this isn't an advertisement for the iTunes Music Store. Although, it was introduced to Europe today, rolling out in the UK, France and Germany. Enjoy all.

    No, I'm talking new Beastie Boys, and new Phish. (However, since you asked, both are available. Have iTunes? Follow these links to launch and listen: To the 5 Boroughs, Undermind)

    First, The Beastie Boys' newest To the Five Boroughs, is their first release in five years. A lot has happened in the last five years. The least of which is that their own record label, Grand Royal, went out of business. I don't think they had any trouble being signed for their latest album, though. In other terms, much hasn't happened in five years. For example, their sound hasn't changed a bit. So if you're a BB's fan, you'll enjoy this album. On the other hand, if you were looking for their sound and art to grow, and expand, perhaps experiment… you will be sorely disappointed. No growth, but well made hip-hop. Without expecting too much, I give it three out of five stars.

    Undermind from Phish is also a new release. Unfortunely, it will also be their final release. It's a real shame, too. This is a great album, and shows the strength of their song writing to have grown. American music will be than much lessened for their loss. Known mostly for their live shows, and advanced improvisational "jams," many people discount that their write complex, thought-provoking compositions and each member is a skilled technical performer.

    Additionally, if you order the CD from Phish directly, (or get one of the first x of those produced and sold at retail) you get an excellent DVD-Video documentary on the making of the album at "The Barn" in their home state of Vermont. (You also get a free sticker.) You will see a 23" Cinema Display several times, right in the middle of the studio. Rating: 4.45. out of 5.

    Interestingly enough, days before I received my copy in the mail from my direct pre-order, and days before it was available via retail outlets, I saw it on an iPod I was troubleshooting. Sad.

    Posted in: Music

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  24. ProRally - Where's the support?

    brian on 2004.06.15
    at 10:39 pm

    Most motorsports fans in America like to watch cars drive in circles like a dog chasing its tail. However, for most of the world, the most popular motorsports aren't circular, and the second most popular sport, Rallye doesn't even have a closed circuit, it's a point-to-point. Automakers (including the US's Ford) drop millions into the WRC, on par with what the "big three" drop on America's fiercely popular NASCAR.

    It may surprise you to know that same world's favorite motorsport is actually raced in the US, as well. It's highest level "ProRally" is run by the SCCA. It's only known to the most hardcore of US motor sport fans. There are no WRC-sanctioned rallye events in the US. No auto manufacturer has a factory team racing in ProRally. (Subaru comes closest by supporting Vermont SportsCar)

    However, Rally video games are quiet popular in the United States. What does this hold for the future of the sport?

    If you think small 300 horsepower, all-wheel drive cars going 60-100 miles an hour inches from trees, cliffs, with jumps and kicking-out-the read hairpin turns sounds exciting, you might be right. You should check out rally racing... the ProRally or the WRC variety.

    Motor Trend has a good article on this whole US versus Rally racing. Check it out. By the way, noticed I've spelled the sport's name two different ways: in most of the world, the sport has an "e" at the end of the word (its the British spelling). In the US, the SCCA has dropped the "e."

    The word comes from the French "rallier", from Old French "ralier" : re-, re- + alier, to unite, ally.

    From dictionary.com,

    A competition in which automobiles are driven over public roads and under normal traffic regulations but with specified rules as to speed, time, and route.

    Posted in: Auto · Sports

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  25. Yahoo! releases and 100MB email and screws me by deleting my account from 1996

    jake on 2004.06.15
    at 01:44 pm

    So after having a really old email address (savior@rocketmail, don't ask) forever Yahoo! has decided to delete it from my paying service because of inactivity. Huh, I coulda sworn my inactivity was because I couldn't log in for the past 4 months. Now since it's from an acquired (rocketmail) entity the only recourse I have is opening a whole new acount. So thanks Yahoo!, now I have been paying you for the past two years to screw me over and destroy my first ever email address. It probably wouldn't bother me as much, but I am a bit nostalgic about it. Maybe I can get my money back or something.

    Update: I have just been issued a refund (after being on the phone for 50 minutes) and been told my only course of action is to sign up again from scratch. I'm debating this since I don't really want jake3289137@yahoo.com as an email address. But I am curious about the updated look , etc. and since I would need to be invited to Gmail I'll just ponder this some more...

    Update: Well I gave in and got a new address, thought it's not what I would call "good." But I do like the the interface a little better. Now the question is, do I upgrade and add pop-access back into the equation? And what the heck do I possibly use this address for since I have control over my own domain? Who knows.

    Posted in: Rant · Web

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  26. Movies I plan on seeing.

    jake on 2004.06.14
    at 01:46 am

    There are a lot of movies coming out. Lots of diversity in this list. They're just links to the trailers. You can get to the official sites if they exist through the trailers pages. Enjoy...

    Whew, that took forever.

    Posted in: Movies

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  27. Virus Proof This

    brian on 2004.06.13
    at 09:03 pm

    Reading articles like "Virus Proof Your PC in 20 Minutes." makes me awfully happy not to have all those security concerns. That's twenty minutes and a lifetime of headaches I'm happy to live without. Sometimes Mac users forget how good we have it.

    Posted in: Technology

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  28. Locating the "Great Brain"

    jake on 2004.06.13
    at 03:30 am

    I was just reminded of these books while cleaning some junk out of my parents basement. I saw all “The Great Brain” books lined up. I used to love these stories when I was a kid. I bought and read the whole series.

    Apparently a family is going around and trying to locate and document the real places integrated into the books.

    From: Boing Boing

    Posted in: Books · Cool Info

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  29. New Net Trailer for "Garden State"

    jake on 2004.06.13
    at 02:55 am

    I stumbled upon a new trailer for "Garden State." I'm pretty sure I wanna see it.

    Posted in: Movies

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  30. Return to the Titanic

    brian on 2004.06.12
    at 09:31 pm

    I'm lucky enough today to catch National Geographic's Return to the Titanic. I say that, because I actually know Dr. Robert Ballard, the guy who discovered the Titanic's final resting spot. He's a very friendly gentlemen, and a customer of my family's hardware store in Old Lyme, CT. We're lucky enough that he decided to set up shop at the Mystic Aquarium, not far from my hometown. Dr. Ballard has started the Institute for Exploration at the Mystic Aquarium, which is a whole new wing at the aquarium. Wonderful to visit if you're in the area. Dr. Ballard also started The JASON Project, an educational organization started n 1989 after Ballard received thousands of letters from school children wanting to know how he discovered the RMS Titanic. It is headquartered in Needham, MA.

    I think his work and my own dovetail nicely, and maybe one day our pathes may cross. Apple imaging, scientific and web technology are a perfect compliment to his work, and I hope one day I'll get to discuss that with him the next time we meet. Hey, if the institute needs a tech guy, or two web developers, I can name two quick. If you're out there, drop us a line!

    Posted in: Science · Television

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  31. Seymor Hersch

    jake on 2004.06.11
    at 05:31 pm

    Just go read this, it's about the pictures we haven't seen. This stuff just flat out pisses me off. The whole point of the Geneva Convention and our Constitution is no one is above them. You cannot circumvent things like that. Period.

    Either Seymour Hersh is insane, or we have an administration that needs to be removed from office not later than the close of business today.

    From: Boing Boing

    Posted in: Politics

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  32. Happy Birthday Donald

    jake on 2004.06.11
    at 02:16 am

    Donald Duck hits 70 in style From: Boing Boing

    Posted in: Recent Events

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  33. Good-bye Ray Charles

    jake on 2004.06.11
    at 01:33 am

    Ray CharlesI'd have to say my first experience with Ray Charles was watching the original Blues Brothers movie way back in 3rd Grade or so. He was an amazing musician.

    Posted in: Music

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  34. Going after drug companies

    jake on 2004.06.11
    at 01:16 am

    When Drug Companies Hide Data is an interesting editorial about drug companies skewing data to push a product into the market prematurely. I know people who can't tolerate scientists who can't conduct real trials for the simplest of things. To screw around with something that could be potentially dangerous is unacceptable.

    Posted in: Science

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  35. Where have I been?

    jake on 2004.06.10
    at 07:26 pm

    I figure I’ll try and post some actual things tonight after work, but since I’ve been dormant lately here’s some wacky things from Reuters.

    • Human Time Capsule – A Japanese man was found dead, in what seems to be a squatters apartment, after 20 years. I just wanna know if, besides the “pajama-clad skeleton,” someone documented the findings. No one had been in there for 20 years, it’d be interesting.
    • Players’ Wives Give Team Lucky Strip – Some significant others of the Russian soccer team posed naked to perk up the team for Euro 2004™.
    • Update: No Sex Before Games, Please, Says Germany Doctor – Poor Germans, while the Russians will be “getting a boost” from their wives and girlfriends, they have to go cold turkey.

    Posted in: Recent Events

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  36. Please Open your Bag.

    brian on 2004.06.10
    at 03:23 pm

    In preparation for the MBTA to start randomly searching its riders, I've prepared for this questionably legal possibility by putting the US Constitution on my iPod for easy access. Perhaps Adam should list this on his MBTA Search Page

    I particularly enjoy Amendment Four in this situation:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    I think that's pretty straight forward. On the other hand I don't want to be a dick to a police officer, 99% of whom are just looking out for the public's well-being. I'll be polite in my declination of their search request, and see how that goes. When we start randomly searching Americans and demanding identification... what rights are left that we're really protecting? When will they be tossed aside for "security's sakes?"

    Posted in: Politics

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  37. Apple's New Stuff

    brian on 2004.06.09
    at 12:38 pm

    Just in case we're the only source for your Apple & Mac news, here's what's happened so far this week:

    Monday: AirPort Express. An AirPort Extreme/WiFi/802.11g wireless router/bridge with optical-digital and analog audio out (controlled from any iTunes 4.6 library on your network) to plug in to your sound system, and USB for wireless printing. I want one. I have to wait to mid-July. Oh, and it's the size of your fist, and can hang right from the power outlet. Hot.

    Wednesday: New PowerMac G5s. All dual processors: 1.8, 2.0, 2.5 Liquid cooled. Also available in July. Lastly, according to the press release, the PowerMac G4 production will be ended. Last call for OS 9-only booting systems.

    Posted in: Apple

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  38. AutoBlog

    brian on 2004.06.06
    at 07:30 pm

    I've been enjoying AutoBlog for the last week or so.

    Posted in: Auto · Web

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  39. Bush Administration are Lysenkoists

    jake on 2004.06.04
    at 02:24 pm

    Bruce Sterling has an opinion article thats a good summary of how the Bush Administration is damaging science and skewing research in the U.S.

    When politicians dictate science, government becomes entangled in its own deceptions, and eventually the social order decays in a compost of lies. Society, having abandoned the scientific method, loses its empirical referent, and truth becomes relative. This is a serious affliction known as Lysenkoism.

    This really needs to change. Distoring scientific facts is a big no-no. You cannot smear science the same way you can smear Kerry. The practice definitely makes me red faced.

    Posted in: Politics · Science

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  40. Man claims he told FBI about 9/11

    jake on 2004.06.04
    at 12:18 pm

    A man is claiming that he was involved in the 9/11 plot.

    A congressional report on the Sept. 11 attacks confirmed that in April 2000 an unnamed "walk-in" source told FBI agents in Newark, New Jersey, that he "was to meet five or six persons," some of them pilots, who would take over a plane and fly to Afghanistan, or blow up the plane, NBC said.

    Posted in: Recent Events

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  41. Tab cleanup isle 4

    jake on 2004.06.04
    at 03:03 am

    I really gotta post things when I find them.

    Posted in: Art · Design · Movies · Rant

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  42. Talk Energy

    brian on 2004.06.03
    at 01:30 pm

    There's a new site for community discussions of renewable energy, called Talk Energy. I visited their site, and was excited about the content, but saddened there was no RSS feed.

    Ask and you shall receive. I sent an email of feedback requesting the feature, pointed out its benefits, and just this morning did I get a reply that they had initiated the RSS feed. Thanks, guys. However, just like Slashdot, there's no content in the feeds, which is a real rip. I hope they see the light and go the whole 9 yards with it.

    Update: They're still working to improve the feed! WooHoo! Suggestions welcome.

    Posted in: Technology

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  43. Political Rumor Machine

    brian on 2004.06.03
    at 04:10 am

    A fascinating account of the scandal that wasn't. Kerry + The Intern. Read up.

    Posted in: Politics

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  44. Fahrenheit 911 Trailer Up

    brian on 2004.06.03
    at 03:14 am

    Fahrenheit 911 Trailer is now available online, and will be in theaters in the United States on June 25th. Hallelujah. I can't wait. Think of Michael Moore what you like, but the man can make movies. I wonder if I'll have to go the Coolidge Corner Theatre to see this one, or whether it'll be out in "main stream" theaters. I can't wait. Have I said that already?

    Jake: Completely unrelated, this is our 500th post. Yippee!

    Posted in: Movies · Politics

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  45. Stem Cell Research Myths

    jake on 2004.06.01
    at 06:01 pm

    Ever since I read this essay last week in Time magazine I put it in the back of my mind to find an online version for mass consumption. So without further ado.

    The False Controversy of Stem Cells

    Posted in: Politics · Science

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  46. O'Franken Factor

    brian on 2004.06.01
    at 04:57 pm

    Today is the first time I've listened to The O'Franken Factor, on AirAmerica, an answer to the right-wing view point that rules AM Radio (and FM-Talk, as the genre now has some FM stations). Oddly enough, Franken's show doesn't play in the Boston market. Isn't Boston a "liberal haven?" The capital of "Taxachusetts?" Oddly enough, the local talk radio landscape is made up of 96.9 Right-wing Talk (they do get points for carrying Imus, however), and WBUR, one of the local NPR affiliates (which contrary to some opinion, is not a liberal power. They do host Boston-based Car Talk, however.)

    As expected, the show is entertaining. Even if you're not liberal, it's fun because Franken is funny. You can tune in at airamericaradio.com, using the Real Player, even if it doesn't play on your local airwaves. Got to love the internet. Well, there's something that could get better... it could be QuickTime. ;-) Actually, the quality has been very good, the best experience I've had with Real products. Also, if you have satellite radio, AirAmerica plays on both XM and Sirius networks, or soon, the audio will be on Dish Network's digital music selection.

    Posted in: Media

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