Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Vista dawns, world yawns
As opposed to "The 'Wow' starts now", the "Wow" ends pretty much right after the install...
Read more about the product's release here.
(In the interest of full disclosure, the link is to a story on a website devoted to Apple products, but its links to other news sites tell the tale. Not that I'm biased...as I type this on a MacBook Pro running the best OS in the world: Mac OS X...).
Monday, January 29, 2007
BYU volleyball #1
He's not just evil -- he's BORING!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Good guys use Macs
I discovered a web-based project management tool called Basecamp on a law tech blog and have been using it to set up client files for 24/7 password-protected access for my active cases.
My paralegal loves the To Do and Milestones features -- we can keep track of all our action items, due dates, and deadlines. And all messages related to a case are in one place and searchable, together with critical documents and working drafts. So far, I love it. User friendly and usable. Jury's still out on clients since only one has logged in so far.
I can see lots of other uses for it, too. It's free to try for a month. Take a look.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Emptying nest: tender times
Our oldest daughter entered the Missionary Training Center last Wednesday to prepare for her 18-month LDS mission in Cleveland, Ohio.
And our youngest son is currently serving a 2-year LDS mission in the Canada Toronto West - Spanish-speaking Mission.
That leaves our youngest daughter at home with just her parents.
Very soon (4 months) no one will be living in our downstairs (approx. 2500 sq ft)...
I always expected that if I didn't die, I would get older. I just didn't prepare very well for it.
Cold in them there hills
Mahler's 2nd Symphony - the Resurrection
I rediscovered it on BYUTV this week - a 2004 performance by the BYU Philharmonic, BYU student chorus and BYU student soloists - that is as visually extraordinary as it is technically excellent. I highly recommend it. You can see the video feed and hear it in stereo sound on the BYUTV site (example: select 20 Jan 07, 6 pm performance).
Sunday, January 14, 2007
"I have a dream"
Saturday, January 13, 2007
BYU whips UCLA 3-0
UPDATE: BYU swept UCLA in the next night's match, too, 30-21, 30-23 and 33-31.
"I'd buy a Mac if I wasn't working for Microsoft"
Friday, January 12, 2007
Retro rediscovered: Whitney Houston sings the national anthem
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Apple changes everything: iPhone
Read all about it here
Saturday, January 06, 2007
My son Jed gave me the components of the perfect shaving kit: Nancy Boy shave cream
a Vulfix badger hair brush
The only issue I have is with the "Nancy Boy, Inc." shave cream. It has a lovely lavendar/peppermint/rosemary scent and provides for a clean, close shave. But the name, the San Francisco home base of the company, the pale blue flower logo, and the note on the tub ("Tested on boyfriends not animals") does give one fair pause.
As Shaveblog notes, "not exactely the kind of manly-man accoutrement the typical repressed shavegeek craves when he swings the medicine cabinet door wide." Indeed.
The fam also gave me a new 30GB jet-black video iPod:
My wife put on the card that she had planned to give me the iPod in spite of all of my recent whining and hinting...
The stereo was an unexpected bonus. (I said, after I opened the iPod, that sometime I'd like to get a boombox or stereo to go with it. I didn't notice my wife and kids rolling their eyes...)
My son set up the stereo at my office. Wonderful!
Rumblin' bass from the subwoofer, clean sound from the two ultra-thin speakers. And a remote.
I've also discovered Podcasts. I've subscribed to the Podrunner podcast for my daily exercise-bike ride. I've also enjoyed NPR's All Songs Considered. I thoroughly enjoyed Focus On the Family, especially instalment 2 of "Delighting In Your Spouse's Differences" ("Men are are waffles, women are spaghetti"), and This American Life (from WBEZ in Chicago).
Also videopodcasts like MacBreak.
It's a brave new world. Better shaving, thousands of songs and a dozen podcasts in my pocket, and a new toy at the office.
Life is good.
Monday, January 01, 2007
House afire: an amazing country
Flames were roaring from two upstairs windows of a home. I called 911. They had already had a call, but wanted me to describe the flames.
Within minutes, the fire department had arrived. Within minutes of their arrival, they had pulled a hose up the stairs and, with two blasts, had put down the flames.
No bucket brigade. No total loss. 21st century emergency services.
And we take it for granted.
Intelligence failure: Iraqi-terrorist ties and prewar preparation for an insurgency
Bottom line: our intelligence services let us down, the claims of opponents of the war about "no connection" are demonstrably false, and no one seems to want to listen now. Read the whole thing.