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[5 Feb 2007 | No Comment | ]

The other day I spent the entire day with my laptop booted into Linux running off my Creative Zen Vision:M. I was able to happily use OpenOffice and Konquer over WiFi whilst charging my MP3 player at the same time. At the end of the day I shutdown my laptop, unplugged and listened to the radio on the way home.
Try that with the i-have-no-mind-of-my-own-so-I’ll-just-by-what-the-cool-company-that-lies-to-my-face-says-Pod.
Here’s some useful resources if you’re already an owner: [LINK]

What I Read »

[11 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

"The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward."

I’m currently reading this book by Dava Sobel about Longitude (you know those lines that run around the earth from north to south).
Back in the …

What I Watch »

[4 Jan 2007 | No Comment | ]

I don’t watch much TV generally but today I came across a terrific show from Japan on G4 called Ninja Warrior! [LINK]. When you’re flicking through the stations and you see a show named "Ninja Warrior" there’s only one possible course of action: Watch it.
"Olympic athletes, K-1 fighters and pro-wrestlers from around the world compete to conquer the ultimate obstacle course – Ninja Warrior. Since 1997, over 1,400 people have attempted Stage One, less than 200 have made it through. Only one has completed all four stages. Tune in …

What I Watch »

[3 Jan 2007 | One Comment | ]

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of time on my grandmother’s farm. Every summer my cousins and I would screw around on the farm and get into a wide range of life-threatening but fun situations. When you live on a farm, you are invariably surrounded by stuff. Random stuff. Machinery, wheels, buckets, animals, wire, feed, and the occasional sharp metal spike. One summer we came across a large hard-plastic tube. It was about 18" in diameter and about 8′ long. It curved through about a 45 …

What I Read »

[27 Nov 2006 | No Comment | ]

Whilst stuck in LAX yesterday I picked up a copy of Richard Feynman’s final book: "What Do You Care What Other People Think?".
I bought this copy for retail of $13.95 but Amazon has it for $11.16. Of course I knew this by checking the price on my BlackBerry using Baebo’s Amazon search interface [LINK]. (which you can learn how to build in my upcoming book [LINK].
It’s such an easy read. I went through the first 100 pages like butter. Feynman and I would share the same line of thinking …

What I Listen To »

[7 Nov 2006 | No Comment | ]

Currently listening to Neil Young’s "Heart of Gold" DVD. This is basically a concert DVD made in an old theatre in Nashville with Young playing Hank William’s 50 year old guitar.
I have long been a casual fan of Neil Young, mostly his old stuff. I have to say this DVD is just a joy to watch or listen to. There’s some new songs mixed with some old stuff and the whole atmosphere of the film just makes you want to watch it over and over. Personal favs from …

What I Read, What I Watch »

[25 Jul 2005 | No Comment | ]

A quick bloggy blog: I’m currently reading “Be Dangerous on Rock Guitar”. Not a bad book, considering I’ve never had any lessons this is the sort of thing that gives me just enough theory without turning me off entirely.
Folks laud over The Guitar Grimoire series and they are an excellent and complete resource but for my purposes they’re just too much.
The latest DVDs I’ve watched are The Godfather II which in my opinion is better than the first one. It also features Joe Spinell as Willy Cicci. You’d never …

What I Read »

[14 Feb 2005 | One Comment | ]

Last night the Grammys awarded a lifetime achievement award to Led Zeppelin. Kathy Griffin(?) floundered in her interview of John Paul Jones on the red carpet. I was slightly embarrassed for her as she clearly had no inkling as to who she was talking to. She quickly moved on to interview the lesser band: “Blind Boys from Alabama”(?).
The actual presentation of the award took a total of 30secs during which none of the band actually made it on stage. It was a real joke to think more time was …

What I Read »

[9 Jan 2005 | One Comment | ]

I’m currently reading this “Think and Grow Rich” book by Napolean Hill. It was written way back in the early 1900s by Napolean Hill who has since been credited with being the founder of the study of success.
The book is small, relatively short and not that bad a read. Some of the language is a little “dated” but that’s ok. Overall it’s a good read, covering mostly power of positive thinking type topics and outlining different ways to conduct introspection and self discovery. This book is also one of …

What I Read »

[21 Oct 2004 | No Comment | ]

Currently reading Origins by Degrassi and Goldsmith. This is a book about the origins of the universe basically since the big bang until today. You may have spotted the PBS special by the same name. The book goes into much more detail than the TV show which helps fill in some of the blanks. So far it’s a good read for a non-physicist. I’m about mid-way through, learning all about gravity, dark matter and Einsteins’ equations. Overall I’d give it a thumbs up if you’re looking for a relatively (pardon …