Month: December 2007

New Year’s Resolutions

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Downtown Leadville, Colorado With it being New Year’s Eve, I thought it was time to bring out the New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t normally go in for that sort of thing – seeing as it’s usually a delusional waste of time – but I did have one idea in mind for something I wanted to do more of this year. In 2007, with a new job and moving to a new state, I didn’t have […]

Cloudbursting with Kate Bush

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Boys love her. Girls love her too. One artist who has made a lasting impression on me is Kate Bush. She started out in 1978 with Wurthering Heights, and went on to release five albums before releasing a greatest hits package called The Whole Story. There’s something magical about her music. It’s beautiful and full of longing. It really fills the soul. If you aren’t into greatest hits CDs, I’d recommend her Hounds of Love, […]

Happy Holidays

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I hope you have the opportunity to spend the holiday with friends & family. It’s an exciting time of the year, especially for the kids. Just to recap the year, I thought I’d share with you the top ones (by traffic) posts from the year. Google Apps: full-featured email and more solution Smashing Magazine smacks it down on CSS Glyn’s modest proposal 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2006 The Writing University Thoughts on Music […]

Tweaks, rip-offs and snake oil in high-end audio

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Music has always been a part of me. Starting with piano lessons in the third grade, I’ve always enjoyed making and listening to music. In the fifth grade, I started buying LPs (Weird Al and Herbie Hancock mostly) and have always enjoyed the vinyl format. With the analog production of music – whether coming from a piano or a turntable – there is a lot one can do to improve the sound. When you’re used […]

Circuit City rocks the Vinyl

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The more re-issues I see on vinyl and the compelling selection of new releases, the more I think that vinyl is here to stay. I’m amazed at the selection at the Exclusive Co. But the gaps in the local store’s selection can be filled by the copious amounts of vinyl found online. I’ve linked before to musicdirect, a fine purveyor of vinyl and audiophile SACD and DVD-A releases. They also have a nice selection of […]

YouTube: The definition of lazy blogging

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Over the past year, there’s been a sharp increase in lazy blogging. Lazy blogging seems to happen when people don’t seem to have much to say but are tickled by the latest, greatest YouTube video. Surfing for blogs, I come across so many that have little more than embedded YouTube videos. People don’t even bother to preface what they are about to show you, each entry is simply an embedded YouTube video. Now I have […]

Guilty pleasures, Thanks, and Building out a library

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They played The Henry Rollins Show back in June. It was definitely not what I was expecting. Indeed, I was pleasantly surprised. I guess I had pretty much always ignored them. “They’re metal,” I would have said to the interviewer who asked me about them. “And I don’t really listen to metal. Atonal literal metal-scraping-metal? Yes, I’m still a fan of Einstürzende Neubauten. But, Metal? Not so much.” I’ve totally been in the closet about […]

Collaborative Media

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Derek Powazek has some interesting and useful thoughts on a recent web happening in which a copyrighted photo was used in a web video without the photographer’s permission. Two thuggish camps emerged – one supporting the web video creators with the idea that if it’s on the internet it must be free counterbalanced with a group that supported the photographer’s right to request attribution or removal of the photo. Derek titled his post “Rule #1 […]

Christmas Shopping Redux

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I managed to get most of the Christmas shopping done yesterday. I’ve got a few things to get my nephews and niece, but otherwise it’s pretty much wrapped up, which reminds me that I still have to wrap the gifts. I’m pretty much a speed shopper. I usually have a pretty strong sense right away whether something would make a good gift for someone. I started out in a bit of haze. I wandered around […]

Christmas Shopping

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I decided earlier this week that this weekend would be it. This would be the weekend that I finish up my Christmas shopping. I sense some reluctance though to face the crowds and deal with it all. I tend to go with a theme year to year for all the gifts I get. I’ve already decided on this year’s theme. It’s just a matter now of filling in the gaps in my shopping list and […]