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August 22, 2003

NYC Blackout Coverage

Nice article at CBS Marketwatch about the limited scope of coverage (ie, New York City only) of the recent NE blackout. A quote:

"It was ironic," mused Robert Thompson, the Newhouse School's director for the Study of Popular Television, "that the coverage was the heaviest about an area where the residents couldn't see it."

You know, Romanesko and the Obscure Store & Reading Room are worthwhile daily reads.

Posted by jim at August 22, 2003 01:59 PM

August 21, 2003

Assorted Links

Just a few recently browsed links I've been meaning to post:

BBC Music: Album of the Week. Each week, a new album with samples or streams of the whole thing from a variety of performers.

Astrobot Diaries. Each week a "report" from two LEGO® figures headed to Mars on the Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft. Mostly for kids, but good.

You Guys Are Stupid. Three guys walking from Chicago to San Francisco. The last couple summers I've come across and followed a travel site or two. The Tuba Hike was one from a couple of years ago.

WLS History. An unofficial history of the station that I remember listening to almost all the time as a kid in the 1970s.

The Movies of Troy McClure. Man, I miss Phil Hartman.

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August 20, 2003

Travels & Birthdays

Scored a fair amount of geek stuff for my birthday this year: both Futurama DVD sets; a bunch of books (About a Boy, Aristotle's Poetics, the new Chicago Manual of Style, and The Best Recipe; and a 5GB iPod. Not a bad birthday at all.

We took a weekend trip out to Iowa for Maddy's eighth birthday, stopped in Mt Vernon, where we had a pizza at Pizza Palace (I forgot all about the popularity of the taco pizza in Iowa), and ventured onto the Cornell campus. Things were locked up pretty tight, unlike previous years where we've been able to sneak into a building or two. They've ripped up much of the sidewalks from the The Commons to College Hall and reaplced it with pavers, which resemble giant driveways from some home show on HGTV. Odd, but nice.

Iowa City (actually Coralville) has a passable Childrens' Museum, which is part of a newer mall. The museum is right next to an ice rink. The kids were more interested in waching the Zamboni do its thing than people skating or playing hockey.

August 15, 2003

Rush in Rio DVD Cover

Found a large image of the Rush In Rio DVD cover after searching around with Google. Pretty sweet.

August 14, 2003

Google Experiment

Much has been written online (and a little in print) about Google search results being influenced by weblogs and the like. Turns out I'm the #1 result for when you search for Rush in Rio DVD and pretty much second behind the official site when you search for Rush in Rio. Go ahead, give it a try. Both results point to my Rush in Rio entry. And that's with nobody linking to my site. Weird. Adam has set a link to my page to see if I can get an even higher result for Rush in Rio. Then again, this entry itsself might throw things off as well.

FYI, Amazon lists the CD as coming out on October 21, with no sign of the DVD.

August 12, 2003

GoLive 7?

Man, will Adobe ever update GoLive? I think it has been at least 18 months since GoLive 6 came out. I use it at work and at home, although less and less at home with Movable Type running this site. I'd also like to hear a little more about a new version of MT since Type Pad has been released.


Update 8/19: I'm now the #2 search result at Google for Golive 7. Weird.

August 6, 2003

Return of the King

Ah, the joys of the web: A Lord of the Rings fansite posted a trailer for Return of the King last week, then quickly took it down at the request of New Line. I did a little looking around on various related message board sites (found via Gogle) and found a copy of the trailer that several people grabbed and archived elsewhere.

Comments on the trailer? A bit of a downer in mood, of course, but leaves you wanting more. Fell beasts, the Siege of Minas Tirith, big armies, a scheming Gollum, fun in Mordor, a reforged Anduril, and more in just over a minute and a half.