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Sad Day: Alice Ghostley Dies

CNN reports today that Alice Ghostley has died. Mrs. Ghostley played Esmerelda on Bewitched and also one of my most favorite characters on television: Bernice Clifton on Designing Women. After spending years watching Alice Ghostley as Bernice I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role as well as she did and, of course, Designing Women wouldn’t be as good as it was without her.

‘Bewitched’ actress Alice Ghostley dies at 81 –


Written by Jeff

Monday, September 24, 2007 at 11:03 am

Patti Scialfa’s “Play It As It Lays” #3 on

Buy it!

screencapture from showing Patti Scialfa at #3

Related: Must have album: Raising Sand

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Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 2:21 am

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I was about 10% of these.

Well, the Gizmodo page views anyway.

For the geeky amoung you, is now using about 260 megabits per second of bandwidth average, with spikes as high as 820 mbits earlier today from the Apple Gizmodo liveblog. (Which did up to 941 requests per second all by itself during the keynote.) So last month we used about 80 terabytes of bandwidth.

August Wrap-up «

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:40 pm

This is blue?

The new iPod nanos are pretty nifty, even if I don’t particularly care for their squat appearance. One thing I take exception with, though, is the colors—not all of them, just two.

new iPod nano family

I’m not really happy with the blue one. Maybe it’s just my eyes being partially color-blind, but it looks more green than blue. The silver one looks like plastic even though it’s anodized aluminum on the front (or “top” as Apple likes to call it) and polished stainless steel on the back.

This next bit isn’t iPod related, but I did see it in an “iTunes Store This Week” box on the bottom of the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store page:

new iPod nano family

Reba, dear, fire your makeup artist and get a new one. kthx

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 5:46 pm

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It’s Cotton Pickin’ Time

an open cotton boleMany years ago when I, of course, was younger, my dad took my cousin and me to the farm of a friend of his and while my cousin got to ride in the cotton picker, I got to play on the module maker. At first, I thought that I’d gotten a raw deal but now I don’t. While my cousin was sitting next to the picker driver doing nothing, I got to build a cotton module. It was really fun.

a cotton picker dumpingA module maker has—well, had—three controls: one for moving the “stompers” along the cotton bin, one to move them side to side within the bin, and one to move them up and down in the bin. I call them “stompers” because when I was around six or seven, my uncle used to be a farmer and modules weren’t that prevalent in my area. The farm hands (and kids when we were allowed) would climb into the cotton trailers and pack the cotton down by stomping or jumping in it. It was really fun and had a practical use, too: it allowed the farmer to get more cotton into the trailer.

a cotton moduleWell, back to the module. While my cousin was sitting in the cab of the cotton picker, I got to pound the cotton into a module and it was hella fun.

Cotton picking season is on us yet again. Earlier today I looked out the kitchen window and saw a spray rig spraying the cotton so that the boles would open up sooner. This will of course lead to allergy problems across half the region. Later, after picking starts, the module trucks will start speeding up and down the roads at crazy speeds. Cotton that falls off the trucks will start to litter lawns and old ladies like my grandmother will rant about it for weeks. The cotton gins will start spewing tons of dust and debris that gets kicked up during the course of ginning the cotton.

If you happen to live near a cotton gin, it’s a horrible time of year, but if you’re the kid who gets to run the module maker, it’s the bestest time ever.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 9:27 pm

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On this day: AR Nat. Guard prevents Little Rock Nine from going to school

Unfortunately: On this day in 1957 Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prevent 9 black students from entering Little Rock Central High School. He left the National Guard in place for 16 days until a federal judge ordered him to withdraw them.

On the Twenty-third, the students were snuck into the school and when the white parents who had been demonstrating outside heard of it there was a near riot. The students were quickly whisked from the school to ensure their safety.

On September 24, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborn Division to escort the black students into Little Rock Central High School and to ensure their safety. Eisenhower also federalized the Arkansas National Guard.

The 101st stayed at Central High until Thanksgiving when its guard duties were handed over to Task Force 153rd Infantry, a specialized unit of the Arkansas National Guard. Task Force 153rd Infantry stayed on guard duty at Central High until the end of the school year.

Arkansas Troops Bar Negro Pupils; Governor Defiant | New York Times’ On This Day

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 2:00 pm