· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · February
· · · · 26 (4 entries)

On the Badness of Classic-Rock Radio · Most classic-rock sta­tions are pret­ty lame; for­mu­laic, trashy, yap­py, dum­b. I have de­vel­oped a de­ter­min­is­tic method for mea­sur­ing this bad­ness, and it has to do with Pink Floyd’s ex­e­crable The Wall. Ra­dio sta­tions that nev­er play it are al­most al­ways quite good; ones that play it a lot are the scrap­ings from the bot­tom of the bar­rel. The cor­re­la­tion is, in my ex­pe­ri­ence, pret­ty well in­fal­li­ble.
My Own Computers · The thing is, I like com­put­er­s. My first job out of uni­ver­si­ty was for a com­put­er com­pa­ny, and I feel at home now in an­oth­er. And as of to­day, I have a cou­ple of V20z’s (wicked-fast) run­ning So­laris 10 in a rack in a lab in Men­lo Park. Of­fi­cial­ly, they’re for per­for­mance test­ing on my Zep­pelin skunkwork­s. But there’s an­oth­er sto­ry start­ing too, maybe a lit­tle risky. (Il­lus­trat­ed) ...
The Surfing Goat Dairy · I’d been mean­ing to write some traveler’s notes on Maui, they might be use­ful since lots of West Coast­ers go there; but to be hon­est, we planned our trips and trav­els based pret­ty well on the travel-guides and web­sites, and there are lots of them, and a lit­tle dis­crim­i­na­tion pro­duces good re­sult­s. The Surf­ing Goat Dairy would be an ex­cep­tion; we ran across one of their leaflets some­where, and if you’re go­ing to drive up Haleakala (and you should), they’re handily-placed for a vis­it on the way down. They’re a cou­ple of ex­pat Ger­mans and in among the goats they have a nice lit­tle low-key place to eat, sell­ing what they claimed were fo­cac­cias but in fact were crois­sants, load­ed up with var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of their own fla­vored Chèvres and Fe­tas plus meats and veg­eta­bles. The food is ex­cel­len­t, the goats are charm­ing, the view is good, the air on the moun­tain­side is a plea­sure to breathe, and the mot­to is Da’ Fe­ta Mo’ Bet­ta; what’s not to like? In­sid­e, a pic­ture of a hand­some goat ...
Groundbreaker · Jon Udell is re­al­ly on a rol­l. He more or less sin­gle­hand­ed­ly in­vent­ed screen­cast­ing (I first no­ticed here), and I guess I’m about the last per­son in the world to have vis­it­ed his Walk­ing Tour of Keene, NH, which com­bines Google Maps and GPS and oth­er as­sort­ed mag­ic... in case I’m not the last, don’t you be. Some­thing new is hap­pen­ing here.
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