March 2006 Archives

Great writeup detailing more of the details behind Mono making it in to Fedora Core 5.

It's great to have this built in now, makes it one less repository I have to try to shove in to rawhide once some libraries have changed from the stable tree.

UPDATE: Just re-read this post in my aggregator. My favorite part? "detailing the details". Damn, I have some writing skills. So sad.


When I first saw Matisyahu on Jimmy Kimmel Live two years ago (yes, that's right, Jimmy had him 2 years ago), I thought, neat, but this is a real gimmicky artist here. Then, over time, I saw his name pop up a bunch of the jam band scene. He even did some shows with Trey from Phish. Things got a little more interesting for me then, but still, no real spark or connection or anything.

Recently, the radio stations caught on to him and he went from zero to sixty very quickly. Suddenly shows are selling out at larger venues, etc. I got a kick out of this, since I had seen him so long ago on Kimmel and now he was the hottest commodity on the market. I dug "King Without A Crown" when I heard it on the radio, but still, thought this guy was still a gimmick act.

Well, recently one of his shows showed up on, the bittorrent part of the etree network, where all sorts of legally taped shows are posted. I said, what the heck, let's see what this guy is really all about.

Well, color me impressed. This guy and his band really have some skills. I've been listening to the CD I made a ton lately and really getting in to it. He's got a number of great songs and a band that just rocks. The most amazing part is that he does some old school beat boxing on one of the tracks and just lights it up. Then his band jams out for a bit and really show their skills.

I have definitely become a fan :)

Beagle 0.2.3 is out!

Joe Shaw announced the availability of Beagle 0.2.3 today.

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Have a great Guinness filled day!

TV Overload Overload

A few months back, my buddy Keith told me he would be giving me his 50" projection TV. He had gotten a new HD flatscreen and didn't need the huge projection TV anymore. Lucky for him and I, I lived downstairs from him and it was a roll down the hall and a quick elevator ride.

When the new TV arrived, I hooked my old TV up in my bedroom. I just hooked it up directly to the cable line, which in the end gave me about 10 viable channels (not viable being PBS type stations, QVC type stations, foreign language stations, etc).

I'm terrible in that I fall asleep on my couch most nights with the TV on in the background, usually watching something on the TiVo I have seen 100 times before. When I first got the TV in my bedroom, I thought it would be great to getting me to sleep in my bedroom every night. The problem quickly became the 10 channels. Once Jimmy Kimmel ended, there wasn't much on the TV and I would end up flipping for 20 mins and usually ending up on something stupid.

Well, today, I finally began the process to fix that problem. First, I called Comcast and asked them to bring me a second cable box. Since I already have the cable connection, this should be pretty straightforward. And for once, I was lucky and they actually have open appointments for this Saturday. So, on Saturday, the first part will be fixed, I will go from 10 channels to 100s of channels :)

At the same time, 100s of channels could cause even more flipping, which just keeps one up late at night. So, I went through with part 2 of the TV in the bedroom plan and ordered a new TiVo for the bedroom. Now that the hardware is free, this was very quick and easy and most importantly CHEAP.

So, by this time next week, I should have a cable box and a TiVo in my bedroom. This means a) I will be able to record MUCH more programming and second, I will always have something to watch when I fall asleep at night :) Yay for technology :)

Lollapalooza, Wow!

Lollapalooza announced their lineup today and it's incredible. For those of you not paying attention, Lollapalooza changed formats last year from a tour to a festival. So, it's 3 days in Chicago now instead of an afternoon all over the place.

So, this year's lineup has been announced and it's a crazy mix of popular music, jam bands and small alternative bands. Some of the highlights for me (no surprise most of the jam band varierty) are Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Matisyahu (more on him later), The Flaming Lips, Death Cab, Particle, and the Duo. With all the different types of bands and music, there is some great potential for some amazing collaborations, hope that some cool stuff comes out of this.

An easy to read full list of artists is here on jambands.

The Wedding Test

Some humor from the Inbox ....

I was a very happy person. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married.

There was only one little thing bothering me. It was her beautiful younger sister.

My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight mini-skirts, and generally was braless. She would regularly bend down when she was near me, and I always got more than a pleasant view of her private parts. It had
to be deliberate. She never did it when she was near anyone else.

One day her "little" sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn't overcome.

She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. Well, I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word.

She said, "I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me."

I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled off her panties and threw them down the stairs at me. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline
straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car.

Low and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!

With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, "We are very happy that you have passed our little test. We couldn't ask for better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family."

And the moral of this story is:

Always keep your condoms in your car!

AiC to Tour

From BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding Alice in Chains:

The band members told Launch that they will probably play a handful of U.S. club dates in late May, followed by European festival appearances over the summer and a full North American tour in the fall. Guest vocalists will most likely be used throughout the entire schedule.


Free TiVo

As of today, TiVo hardware is now free!

TiVo announced there new pricing recently and it went in to effect today. There are three plans now. They are:

  • $16.95/month or $469 prepaid with 3-year commitment
  • $18.95/month or $369 prepaid with 2-year commitment
  • $19.95/month or $224 prepaid with 1-year commitment

There are no additional hardware costs with these plans, you just pay a monthly fee. Once I get paid on this week, I plan on ordering a second TiVo for my bedroom. Now, I just need to remember to call Comcast and order a cable box for my bedroom and then I will be good to go.

AI Girls Again

If I had to make a call, I think Melissa and Kinnik are going home tonight. I just think they had the weakest performances. We'll see. I'm 3 for 4 so far ;)

Beagle 0.2.2

Beagle 0.2.2 is out! Lots of fixes as always. Get it today!

Jon Stewart at the Oscars

This article talks about how Jon Stewart got a lukewarm response from the crowd. I was complaining throughout the show last night that the audience was lame. I thought Stewart did a great job. I thought he put forward his typical Daily Show type of comedy which has always been rather hilarious. It is sad that Hollywood can't stop and laugh at themselves.

Talladega Nights

The trailer for Talladega Nights over on Apple trailers is rather funny. But I still think the best line of the whole trailer is the last one. Check it out and let me know if you agree.

I'm an AFC

And if you don't know what that means, you obviously haven't read The Game by Neil Strauss.

Now, if you go in to this book thinking you are about to learn all the techniques of master pickup artists (mPUAs), you will be sorely disappointed. This is definitely not a teaching book.

It is, on the other hand, a first hand account of Neil's journey in to the world of pick up artists. It chronicles his transformation from Neil to Style, one of the master pickup artists. He talks about learning from all the people who were the "leader in the industry". He talks about some of his real life (writing articles) almost interfering with his new life as a pickup artist.

He then taks about how he and Mystery tried to start a community around this world called Project Hollywood and how the expectations and results didn't quite meet.

Overall, I thought this was a great book. Definitely kept me interested and didn't turn in to a book to try and teach me how to be a pickup artist, but more just chronicled the life of one. Something you should put on your reading list.


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