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Archives for September, 2006

feeling quiet

I would seem to be in a quiet mood these days. Not feeling much like blogging, not feeling much like programming at home. Maybe because I’ve been programming a fair amount at work; I was worried that, with the new larger group, I’d have almost no programming time, but now that things have settled down […]

backup woes

By the end of the weekend, I’d copied enough of my CD’s that my laptop’s hard drive was beginning to fill up, so I thought it was about time to start backing them up. So I grabbed one of the USB drives that I bought for the purpose. (Half a year ago, when I bought […]

no more yosha

As regular readers are aware, Yosha hadn’t been at his best for a while. A couple of weeks ago, though, he started getting even more lethargic, and pretty much stopped eating. We tried giving him food that actually tastes good; that helped for a while. But then it stopped helping, and he was having a […]


As a Nintendo fanboy, I must of course comment on the Wii launch news. Packing in Wii Sports makes sense for their market-broadening strategy; wouldn’t it have helped if they could have included a second wiimote, though? The controller prices are exorbitant. I wish I didn’t have to wait until November 19th. The news that […]

civ 4

Having added extra memory to my Mac (1.5GB, instead of .5GB), and having finished the other games I was in the middle of, I went out and bought a copy of Civilization 4 on the Saturday of labor day weekend. I opened the box, gazed with pleasure upon the technology tree diagram, popped it in, […]

backing up cd collection

I’ve finally started backing up my CD collection, only half a year after I planned to do this. The goals are: To have lossless backups, including offsite ones, of the entire collection. To do whatever error correction is possible when creating the backups. (The vast majority of the CDs are between 10 and 20 years […]

a/v formats

What are good formats to use for purchasing and storing music and movies? I remember a time in the past where it was possible to pretend that Ogg Vorbis was a reasonable choice for many of your audio needs; that is, unfortunately, no longer the case. Desirable qualities for a format, in no particular order: […]

bad itunes

I just upgraded to iTunes 7; I wish I hadn’t. Downloading fancy album cover is nice (though I wish I hadn’t had to give a credit card number to do so); the reflected images of the album covers are a bit much, but whatever. We’ll see how gapless playback works. Unfortunately, it turns out that […]

go small companies

Two e-mails I received today: An e-mail from CD Baby with the name associated to the from address given as “CD Baby loves David”, saying (among other things) the following: Your CDs have been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow. A team of 50 […]

random links: september 10, 2006

Both DDR players are pretty amazing. But I really love the first one. Go creative commons. Hot library smut. I think my favorite is the Hague. Gender and pitch. (The course sounds cool, too.) I am speechless.

new super mario bros.

I would not be the person I am today were it not for Mario. At some point in grad school, a friend of mine gave me an NES (during the mid 1990’s; I was a bit behind the times), and the original Super Mario Bros. and the third in the series completely blew me away, […]

nintendo 1, sony -1

(Yes, I know that none of my readers care about this. Sorry.) Two recent news items: In the last week of August, the top 10 bestselling games in Japan were all for the DS. I can’t remember ever seeing the top 10 bestsellers all being for a single system. Sony now says that they’ll only […]

it’s not luck

Today’s book: It’s Not Luck, the second of Eliyahu Goldratt’s business novels. Which I actually read after the third; cleared up a few issues, but the reading order didn’t matter too much. (I would recommend starting with The Goal, though.) This book presents some thinking tools for analyzing situations that confuse you, where you’re stuck […]

two weeks with new team

As I mentioned at the time, one of my fellow managers gave notice two and a half weeks ago, with the result that his team got combined with mine. Interesting couple of weeks. I had some ideas about how I might handle the transition, but they mostly got blown out of the water, for two […]