May 2006 Archives

Pandora

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Pandora is a free Web 2.0 music sharing service that is just stunning. I think I stumbled on it thanks to a list of the all time most popular del.icio.us sites.

You enter musicians or songs that you like and the service builds a radio station based on your entries. I've been using it for a day and a half now and I have to report that the sound is excellent and the algorithms are pretty dead on for what's been chosen.

My station is KFRK. Share back any stations that you build.

Wine and Friends

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Cay and I had some friends over last Saturday night to drink wine, eat some chicken balls, and play Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots until dawn.

I've published two new sets on Flickr since it was like two different nights in one. That Darn Peter Dacey!

Pre-Dacey party pics set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nig3l/sets/72057594143298881/
Post-Dacey party pics are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nig3l/sets/72157594146876566/

AIDS/Lifecycle

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Ed Forsyth is a great guy I work with who is riding 585 miles in 7 days from SF to LA with AIDS/Lifecyle 5. He's keeping a great blog about cycling that inspires me every time I check it out.

My chiropractor Ira Schneider who is one of the coolest mfs I know is also riding. His page is here.

One of my goals this summer is to be able to ride a Century. I will probably have to join up with an organized group of riders which is something I've never done before. Reading about the training necessary for the undertaking has left me with awe at the distances and climbing required. I usually stay on the Westside riding the flat Bike Paths with occasional forays into the hills around Mandeville Canyon. I've ridden to downtown and back a few times, too.

I promised myself that after Cay and I saw our accountant I would make the decision about how much money I could spend on a bike. The news was good this year thanks to 2005 being the first year we had the mortgage interest working for us as a deduction for 12 months. This means I get to go out and Buy a Bike this summer.

I've been advised to try as many bikes and shops as I can before plunking down the kale. I intend to use the week of May 20 - 27 to test ride as many bikes as I can and then I'm going to buy a New Bike by June 1, 2006. I'm a Happy Monkey.

So two days ago was my last day to activate the Windows XP SP2 Home Edition I installed thanks to my friend Kathleen. I had thirty days of pure fps gaming joy. When it came time to pay the piper, I headed over to Kathleen's and got some Product Key numbers but Ebu in India told me that you can't license one copy of Windows on two different PCs.

As a Mac user this was a mystery to me and so I thought oh well I guess that is the universe's way of telling me that it was time for me to jump into Linux and learn Wine.

While doing a cursory bit of research yesterday after my license expired, I found out that most installs of Linux don't allow for dual monitor setups so right away I was put off. I started prowling Bittorrent sites for pirate copies of XP or Product Key numbers. There was no way in hell I was gonna shell out two hunjee for piece of shit software that requires more maintenance and care than its worth. Bill Gates can suck my bandwidth.

Luckily I found a nice torrent on demonoid that featured a VLK education version that circumvents activation. Setup is copying files as I write this. Now all I have to do is download Steam again and reinstall Oblivion. Oh no! I just realized I lost my Oblivion character! Oh Willard! Thou art lost forever. :(

My recent diggs and del.icio.us

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Here's my lazy post for the week. The two social bookmarking sites I use most often are digg and del.icio.us.

Digg is @ http://digg.com/ and del.icio.us is of course @ http://del.icio.us/

My Diggs:

Old and New Friends

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old and new friends, originally uploaded by The Cay.

This past weekend Cay and I drove up to the Sonoma Valley where we spent the weekend wine tasting with a couple dozen party peeps. I slept under a carpet and capsized a canoe in the Russian River. Details (possibly) to be revealed in the comments section of this post.

Cay only has a dozen pics on Flickr this year since we forgot to charge up the D70 battery.

I shot super 8 and who knows when that will be released. Someday I'll get around to it. I still have Christmas Mix CDs from 2000 and 2001 to mail out.

Shot miniDV with a Canon GL-1 and posted an 11.8MB Quicktime movie in the swell.la domain.

I also uploaded the same video to You Tube for the first time and I'm hoping for some hits. The public URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iInNINX-e3E. The vid is about two and a half minutes long.

The QT movie is so much better looking. It retains the original widescreen aspect ratio and it doesn't have all the mud that the YT player spits out.

There was a larger march on Miracle Mile later on in the afternoon. Good luck to all the hard working people out there. I hope they get amnesty.

Si Se Puede

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Si Se Puede, originally uploaded by Nigel Stewart.

On Friday I wrote that there would be 2 - 3 million but I guess my sources were a little too optimistic. It was still an amazing day.

I arrived downtown @ around 10:30 and easily found parking on Pico near Spring Street. Joined the massive crowd near Olympic and shot video until about 2:30. Very peaceful. Very respectful. I hope this pays off for the hard working immigrants.

I'm editing the footage I shot and hopefully I'll have something up on the web by the end of tomorrow night.

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