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Archive for August 2007

Freeman still trying for Rendezvous with Rama

screen capture of pollA poll on SciFi’s website says that Morgan Freeman is still trying to get a film based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama. I hope it gets done. Rama is such a good book.

Also from that poll, nearly 700 humans are too stupid to live (see Response #4 and do the math, click to enlarge).


Written by Jeff

Friday, August 31, 2007 at 2:23 am

Apple, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

Apple is being sued in California because its flagship retail store in San Francisco isn’t friendly to two wheelchair-bound customers who tried to get help there. The suit claims that Apple violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and the California Health and Safety Code.

If it turns out to be true, Apple needs to settle this quickly and fix the problems. That’s it. Plain and simple. Do the right thing.

a place to start

AppleInsider | Apple accused of short-shrifting disabled retail shoppers

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Apple

The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin

I like Dan Benjamin and John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show. On the most recent episode (Episode 7) they read some reviews on iTunes of their podcast. The first review had a few negative things to say about it:

That being said, the podcast is undwerwhelming due to it’s subpar production values and planning. It doesn’t follow a coherent structure like some of the more established podcasts and radio shows do. There is a lot of dead air, “uhms” and “uhs,” off-topic remarks that stretch for a long time, and other minor, annoying things which could be hopefully fixed in future episodes.

I like everything he dislikes about the podcasts. I like the unscripted nature. I, being a fan of almost everything off-topic, love the off-topic moments. I like that, like another reviewer said, “Gruber and Benjamin’s casual style emulates regular conversation.”

The Talk Show with John Gruber and Dan Benjamin

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Posted in Apple, Audio, Technology

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Gonzales Resigns. Who’s next? Who’s left?

News is that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned on Friday and is soon to announce that fact officially to the news media.

According to Juan Williams on NPR’s Morning Edition, he is the last of the people with “long-term relationships” with George Bush to depart and all that’s left are, as Mr. Williams put it, “professionals”.


Audio from the resignation announcement:

NPR : Attorney General Gonzales Steps Down

Written by Jeff

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 8:42 am

Posted in Bush, Politics

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Wal-Mart DRM-free downloads: Not for me.

Wal-Mart is offering DRM-free music downloads in MP3 format for $.94. They claim that you can “download to any player” and that may be true but I tried to buy a track from Wal-Mart and guess what? It doesn’t work on a Mac.

When I go to the Wal-Mart catalog and click “Check out MP3 music” in their flash thingy I get the following:

Wal-Mart hates Macs

Everyone claims that Wal-Mart’s new Windows-only DRM-free MP3 download service is a competitor to iTunes but I don’t see how.


Wal-Mart also seems to not play well with any browser but Internet Explorer.

Wal-Mart hates Firefox

Firefox users can still use the “original” store which, apparently, isn’t as feature-rich as their new store. I don’t know what their new store looks like or what sort of features it has because when I tried to open it in Internet Explorer 7, it just showed a blank page with the error icon in the lower-left of the window with “Done” next to it.

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9:51 am

Posted in Browsers, iTunes, Music

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Must have album: Raising Sand

album art for Raising Sand An absolute must-have album is Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Just by listening to the horrible quality previews on Amazon I know that I just have to have it. Raising Sand: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Other upcoming music purchases: Play It as It Lays: Patti Scialfa The Awakening: Melissa Etheridge

I’m really excited about the Patti Scialfa’s Play It As It Lays, too. I loved everything about her last release, 2004’s 23rd Street Lullaby and I expect that this new album will be just as good.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 10:06 am

Posted in Music

Thompson will run on social non-issues instead of something important?

In an interview with CNN, Fred Thompson said that he would work towards a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and overturning Roe v. Wade.

I don’t think that one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have another state be required to follow along,

Nevermind the fact that the current DOMA exempts marriage equality from the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

When asked about how he would deal with Iraq, the only answer he gave was, “We can’t run away with our tails between our legs.” (paraphrased)

CNN Political Ticker Thompson: Roe ‘bad law and bad medicine’ «

Written by Jeff

Friday, August 17, 2007 at 3:39 pm