When
· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · June
· · · · 23 (2 entries)

Goodies From the Family · I had a birth­day a few days ago and the fam­i­ly was re­al good to me. A gen­uine­ly fun­ny e-card from my mother-in-law (pret­ty good), an ob­scure DVD from the kid (quite good), and from my Mom, Jane Jacobs’ Dark Age Com­ing, high­ly lit­er­ate doom­say­ing but, dig this, it came from Ama­zon. My Mom us­es Ama­zon, is that cool or what? Then Lau­ren gave me a beau­ti­ful bird pic­ture and—best of all—a pair of Shure 3C’s, the ul­tra­mod­ern way-in-your-ear head­phones. This mo­ti­vat­ed me to go rip a cou­ple of CDs with the new Ap­ple loss­less en­cod­ing; first to hand were Steve Earle’s Train a Comin’ and the k.d.lang/Tony Ben­nett Won­der­ful World col­lab­o­ra­tion. I’m writ­ing this at 33,000 feet on the Air­bus from Van­cou­ver to San Fran, and I hear no air­plane, just Steve and the band; raspy heart­felt har­mo­ny and sweet swing­ing strings, so tight they’re loose. (To ev­ery­one: Lossy com­pres­sion of mu­sic is van­dal­is­m, i.e. MP3 is so over.) And I think to my­self... what a won­der­ful world.
 
Sunbeams: Treasure from Boiled Liquid Edition · Let’s start with Phillip Wagstrom’s de­but: If you've got some­thing with a Sun lo­go on it that's not work­ing right, you call me; once again, a win­dow in­to a world I don’t know. Mov­ing on, David Ogren gives us tasty lit­tle bite of blog-propaganda. Jon Haslam shows us how to use the incredibly-advanced fea­tures of So­laris to tor­ture tc­sh user­s, but then spoils it by ad­mit­ting to be­ing a miserably-deluded ksh devo­tee (Every­body Knows bash is the One True Shel­l). On the lighter side, Steve Lau cal­cu­lates the cost of com­mut­ing, and Hen­ry Jia sur­vives some tests in­clud­ing “pass through elec­tric grid” and “get trea­sure from boiled liquid”—with these guys on our side, how can we lose? To end on a se­ri­ous note, Si­mon Phipps points to a re­mark­ably beau­ti­ful video (watch it more than on­ce) and Alec Muf­fet re­flects on, well, life and how to live it.
 
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