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midnight special

Tuesday,  04/22/08  11:05 PM

You won't believe this, but I have to share it anyway.

I had a crappy day, but it ended great.  I am now enjoying a steak and a glass of Pinot after a nice ride.  A great ride actually.  I had a bad / complicated day at work, spent the day jumping onto the front lines.  It was a day of revelations followed by triage followed by quick decisions to move forward.  Frustrating :(  I almost didn't ride after work because I was frazzled and cold and just didn't feel like it.  But sometimes when you're frazzled riding helps.  And music.  So I take off for Oceanside, and almost the first song my iPod dials up is Midnight Special, by Creedence Clearwater.  This has to be the world’s oldest song, but their version rocks.  Pretty soon I’m smiling and warming up and defrazzling.  I decide to random play Creedence – haven't listened to them in a while - and it was excellent.  I get to the pier in Oceanside just in time to watch the sun set into the ocean, and my iPod selects Long as I can see the Light.  And then I ride down along the ocean, and as I get to Leucadia the moon appears, and my iPod gives me Bad Moon Rising.  I am not making this up, I had chills, it was that excellent.  I get back and I decide yes I need a steak and some Pinot.  So here I am.  And as I walk into the restaurant the house sound system plays… Midnight Special.  Whoa.


Tuesday,  04/22/08  11:32 PM

So, have we elected a new President yet?  What's that, this is just the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania?  Oh, sorry.  From the volume level in the news, I really thought we must be electing a new President.  Well anyway it seems Hillary is going to win, and so the Barack & Hillary show will continue for a while.  This whole thing is so weird, isn't it?  And you know, if the Democrats used a straightforward selection process like the Republicans do, Hillary would be so far ahead the contest would be over, with Obama just a footnote.  We'd be talking about McCain vs Clinton.  Well, it is what it is... 

Gerard Vanderleun has a great post: The Dane's ask why bother.  "We in Denmark cannot figure out why you are even bothering to hold an election.  On one side, you have a b*tch who is a lawyer, married to a lawyer, and a lawyer who is married to a b*tch who is a lawyer.  On the other side, you have a true war hero married to a woman with a huge chest who owns a beer distributorship.  Is there a contest here?"  Politics defies logic :)

Check this out: Aptera.  0-60 in 10s, 85mph max, range 120 miles on electric.  Of course you have to be from Missouri with all these electric vehicles, until they're shipping (really shipping) you just don't know.  But it looks cool.  As the price of gas continues to rise (now routinely over $4.00/gallon in SoCal) the value proposition of electric cars gets better and better... 

Scientific American: Fifty Years of American Space ExplorationAwesome, that's just about all I can say.  This is truly important work.  We can do everything we can to preserve the environment here on Earth - and we should - but eventually we will use up its resources, that is inevitable, and we will have to find new places to live.  Not to mention, new friends from alien races!  What a great time to be alive. 

I am always struck by how much was accomplished so long ago, with such primative technology.  We put a man on the moon in 1969!

Congratulations to Adam Engst and TidBITS on eighteen years of publishing.  That is nothing short of unbelievable.  I can remember receiving TidBITS in the old SETEXT format through my CompuServe account, on my Mac SE II.  That was before I could even spell Internet.  And through all that time it has remained a valuable and interesting source of information about Macs... 

Just wanted to sing praises to this Online Icon Maker from RealWorld Graphics, which I've found really useful.  I typically design icons in Photoshop, but then use this tool to convert them into an Icon file.  Works great. 

Doc Searles gives us a Free Grand Canyon Plane Tour.  Wow!  Amazingly these pictures were taken by Doc through the window of a commercial jet.  The scale and variation of the Grand Canyon is unbelievable. 





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