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January 12th, 2005
The system at work is broken. There is no route from Qwest.net to Lileks.com. Tracert finds that the chain is broken at ivhou-207-218-245-113.ev1.net, 12 hops down the line from me.
Oh, the aggravation of not being able to read about new matchbooks at work. Oh, the humanity!
I just realized that most people have no idea what I'm talking about. Wouldn't be the first time. I can't read Lileks.com at work, only at home. The reason I can't is because the network can't seem to find the road to follow to get to his house. It's like the guy who's too prideful to stop and ask for directions, in digital form.
But its worse than that - I can't get to the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Ack.
Corn, huh? No wonder the Pilgrims gave thanks, though I would have liked to hear the jokes around that Thanksgiving table.
The unknown blog of the week: nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition.
Turns out the Navy's little mishap last week may have been caused by a showdown with an underwater mountain. The San Francisco, according to the report, ran aground on a mountain not on the charts. While a relatively rare occurrence, it does show that submarining is not as easy as The Hunt for Red October (the movie) leads you to believe. If that is the root cause then the Captain will likely get off clean if the logs show he was following Navy regulations in re: submarine navigation.
Pitifully sad, though, that a simple accident of ignorance had to result in a dead sailor.
So Apple has finally come out with a device that tempts me to buy it - only took them twenty-some odd years. iShuffle - what a curious name with an adorable price. Too bad you can't read the name of the song (no screen) and can't use it without looking like an overzealous hipster eager to drink the Apple oversimplified interface kool-aid. They stress the random angle - it isn't until you dig down into the pictures of the actual thing that you see how you can shut that off. Their writing implies you can't, which drives a control-freak like me bonkers.
I'm in the market for such a device - I have no need to store every song I own on one overpriced-and-easy-to-steal-easy-to-fence device. I only want to take along a few songs and play them back without skipping. Oh, and it should be able to receive AM 690, so I can get my talk radio fix. Recording would be nice, too.
Hmmm, where can I find such a device? Well, that device split in two is better than no device at all. The shortwave/AM/FM radio I use at work for my Hugh Hewitt addiction is about the same size as an iPod, but without the hard disk. How hard is it, really, to realize such a device - a combination radio/hard disk/MP3 player? And why do I get the feeling that I'm the first to think of such a thing?
I'm not - sort of. Creative has their Zen Micro, which has the radio but lacks the recording. Why? Who knows, ask Creative. I'm not the one to criticize engineers for not adding two and two, since they are always under pressures to come up with the actual implementation of marketing's Great Big Idea, both on time and under budget. But I sure hope they take the idea and run with it. Someone needs to beat Steve Jobs with a sensibility stick. His products may be the talk of the town, but as far as features go, they tend to have the bare minimum of functionality and nothing else.
We had JRG over for dinner last night, which was thoroughly enjoyable. It was a gesture of thanks for his watching our house while we were in Dallas. We got him a six-pack of Shiner Bock and a beer stein with the Dallas skyline painted on it. He greatly enjoyed the gift, especially since it did not have any Dallas Cowboys related iconography on it.
Speaking of football, Go Steelers! They pounded the Jets the last time they faced them, and will do so again this weekend. Hopefully.
Change is coming, and not necessarily to the website. Or maybe not. I'll know more in about a week.
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