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· 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 <cite>The Wall</cite>. 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 <a href='http://www.sun.com/servers/entry/v20z/'>V20z’s</a> (<em>wicked</em>-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 <a href='http://www.surfinggoatdairy.com/'>Surfing Goat Dairy</a> 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 <i>Da’ Feta Mo’ Betta</i>; 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 <a href='/ongoing/When/200x/2005/01/20/Umlauts'>here</a>), and I guess I’m about the last person in the world to have visited his <a href='http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2005/02/25.html#a1185'>Walking Tour of Keene, NH</a>, 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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