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February 27, 2002

Copyrights and Music and Such

Great article at TidBITS: Copyright: Who Should Benefit? Covers current events in the Napster case, copy-protected cds, copyright protection limits, and has a host of links to current articles on these topics. Very cool.

February 26, 2002

Ghost Rider

Got word that another Neil Peart book, Ghost Rider, will be coming out in June. He was rumored to have been keeping a journal during the last Rush tour as he rode a motorcycle form city to city. No word if this is what the book is about, and there's nothing at the publisher's site yet about the book. The new book is 100+ pages longer than Masked Rider.

PB 500-series Manuals

PDFs of the PowerBook 500 series manuals are available online at Apple: Article #50021.

Posted by jim at February 26, 2002 09:58 AM

February 22, 2002

Another Chapter in the Perpetual Decline of Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone's latest 50 Best Album Covers is now online.

At least Electric Laydyland is on it, and I'm surprised Tales from Topographic Oceans is on it and the writer doesn't even take a swipe at the music. Times certainly have changed: can you imagine trying to release an album/cd with a cover like Hendrix's Electric Ladyland, Roxy Music's Country Life, or Led Zep's Houses of the Holy? Reminds me of the whole "Smell the Glove" scene from Spinal Tap.

With their most recent list including all sorts of newer, less-worthy stuff (NSYNC?) I wasn't surprised to find that I only own six of the top 50.

Palm and MT

Here's another use for my Palm m100: PDA Posting to MT. I'd have to get AvantGo working again, though. Honestly, I've never been more annoyed with a piece of software than AvantGo. I'd have to have that it crashed my Mac about 75% of the time that I used it, which can get pretty annoying when I'm just trying to get some Yahoo and Wall Street Journal news on it so I'd have something different to read on the El ride to work.

February 19, 2002

Big DVDs

Thirteen hours on a DVD? I'm a fan. Sure, I'd have to buy a new player, but I wouldn't mind a whole year's worth of a TV show's episodes on one DVD.

Posted by jim at February 19, 2002 01:13 PM

GoLive 6

creativepro.com has a brief overview of GoLive 6.0. I've been a GoLive user for the last couple of years (since 4.0 came out) and I'm pretty happy with it, although I've been disappointed that there was never a 5.1 version to fix some notable bugs and add several promised features.

Posted by jim at February 19, 2002 11:54 AM

February 18, 2002


The Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back DVD looks pretty good. I've always been impressed with what Kevin Smith gets on the discs.

February 15, 2002

Clerks: TAS

Who is driving? Oh my God! Bear is driving! How can that be?!?

Posted by jim at February 15, 2002 07:45 PM

More Futurama

Looks like Futurama isn't exactly cancelled, but it is pretty much out of production for new episodes. Seems they've got a lot of shows stored up and in production.

At the rate that Fox has been showing them (only four of five episodes so far this year) who knows if they'll all make it on the air in any sort of timely fashion.

February 13, 2002

Julia's Kitchen

Julia Child has donated her kitchen to the National Museum of American History.

Haven't had a chnace to look around at it, but it sounds pretty interesting.

Futurama Cancelled?

Futurama Cancelled? I hope not, I think it is one of the funnier shows on TV in recent years.

Regardless of the outcome, I hope all the episodes will be on DVD soon.

February 12, 2002

Tip for the Lazy

You can get a lot of ironing done if you drag the ironing board and laundry into the living room and do it while watching ski jumping and men's downhill.

iMac ads

Apple's posted two new iMac ads done by Pixar.

Is the CD tray really that noisy?

February 11, 2002

Down in the Shacks Where the Satellite Dishes Grow

Popped open the 12-cd wallet I have in my briefcase and went to the back, where the Judybats' Down in the Shacks Where the Satellite Dishes Grow sat neglected in the last sleeve for the last six months or so.

It's a good early-90s "college rock" CD, and the band's second album. They released a couple more cds (also quite good), then were dropped by Sire in 1994 or so, if I remember correctly. The mailing list I was on back then was quite productive, and I've got a couple shows on tape (VHS) and even a limited-edition cd of outtakes and rarities (I think only 25 or so were made; this was back in the pre cd-r days)

Aside from an official site for a reconstituted vesion of the band, they've pretty much dropped off the face of the web.

Apple Observations

Got a brief look at the new iMac over the weekend. The base is much larger/more substantial in real life than in print/online, and resembles half of a volleyball. Seems to be worth the cost, especially when you comapre it to the low-end G4 tower currently available. (seems like new G4 or G5 machines are still several months away. I'm guessing everything in Apple's product line will get upgraded this summer.

February 5, 2002

Secret Site Stuff

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings soundtrack has a secret site that pops up when you play the CD on your computer. Lots of lame Flash stuff that seems to exist only for the purposes of promoting Enya (who I can take or leave; I had no idea she was as popular as she is) and keeping Flash designers employed. You'd think it or the official soundtrack site would have at least included the rest of the lyrics from the cd. Few listeners (thankfully) have an ear for Dwarvish or the Black Speech, and wouldn't mind finding out just what is being sung or grunted at times.


Ok, so I never thought I'd like to and article at Entertainment Weekly about Mariah Carey, but it does have some interesting information on other artists "fired" by their labels. I recall R.E.M. signing a pretty big contract several years ago with a label. Wonder if they are soon to be without a label. They certainly haven't been burning up the charts.

Wish I had access to SoundScan numbers to see how their last couple albums have done.

Small Changes

Did a little work on the templates for the blog and added the Ivory Tower logo to the pages.

Still several other changes/additions to make someday.

Posted by jim at February 5, 2002 03:01 PM

February 1, 2002

Hitting the Books

Well, I've finally finished rereading The Fellowship of the Ring, and I'm about a third of the way through The Two Towers. The Encyclopedia of Arda has been useful in filling in the backstory that I don't remember from the Silmarillion. There's also a good summary of how the movie differs from the book.