Teach your children

From a story at ABCNews.com:

To build its case for war with Iraq, the Bush administration argued that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but some officials now privately acknowledge the White House had another reason for war — a global show of American power and democracy.

They were just spoilin’ for a fight; so what if they had to lie about it?

Quoted in the Reader

My weblog got quoted in this week’s Reader, in an article about the closing of the Rainbo Roller Rink.  They referred to me as "roller skating enthusiast Edith Frost"… kinda pathetic that I’m better-known as a skater than I am as a singer.  Hmmmph.  Anyway, I couldn’t find it online or I’d link to it.

Faked his own death

Blumpy didn’t die.  He was bobbing upside-down on the surface all afternoon, but by the time John got home, he’d turned himself over and was trying to swim back to the bottom.  Now he’s back to acting like he always does; just sitting on the bottom and occasionally fluttering around to pick up a rock and spit it back out.  I’m glad he’s feeling better, at least we can put off that little drama awhile longer!

Born in the USA

Sorry to keep harping on this, but I wanna point out in case you didn’t notice, that even Bruce Springsteen has come out with a statement in support of the Dixie Chicks.  He didn’t say anything about the war, he just said they have a right as Americans to speak their minds.  He sure didn’t have to, but bless his heart for saying it. I just wish I could see a few NASHVILLE musicians follow suit, but who would?  Dwight’s the only one I can think of who might actually have the balls.  I have no idea about his politics, but he’s got a big enough mouth!

Flummoxed by technology

I’m fooling with Tinderbox again, trying to figure out (again!) how to export my data to HTML files.  I’m getting myself thoroughly confused; the pages are looking good but the navigational links are pointing to the wrong directories.  It’s not a very complex tree though, so I’m sure I’ll find the bugger soon.  Debugging code is sort of like brushing your hair.  You have to start at the ends and work your way up, or you’ll just make the tangles worse.  In this case I need to start at the very last batch of notes that are being exported, make sure they’re okay and then work my way backwards until I find the weirdness that’s causing the broken links.

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New Curbs

There’s gonna be a fourth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, YAAAAYYYYYY!!!  The message boards over there are buzzing about it, and there’s also a mention of it over here.  We won’t see any new episodes ’til the end of the year but still… something to look forward to.

Mystery Song 034

It’s ready!  Last week’s mystery song was "My Feet Start Tapping" by Adolph Babel.  Or rather, it’s a song-poem with lyrics by Adolph Babel; I dunno who the artist is.  I got the MP3 from my bad-music pal Whammo, back in the Napster daze.

Dazzle dongle

I’m really excited.  I started getting a bug up my butt the other day, that I really needed (=wanted) a way to get those damned VHS tapes out of my life forever.  What I really want is a DVD recorder but I can’t afford that.  Also, it would be great to be able to watch the stuff on my iBook, but it only reads CDs.  So I decided I need to learn how to make VCDs (video cds) that will play on my computer.  I know there will be some loss in quality/resolution but I don’t care so much about that.  So I bought this thing at Radio Shack, on sale for fifty bucks.  I’m going to figure out how to dump videos to my PC (the PC’s faster than the iBook so I’ll use that) and then burn them to VCD using Nero.  Isn’t that swanky?  But I have to do laundry also.  :-(

ID3 confusion

Matty tells me he’s been able to read the titles to the Mystery Songs in his RealPlayer… shit!!  They’re supposed to be a mystery.  Durrrr… they weren’t showing in iTunes.  I got the file and reopened it in iTunes, and tried converting the ID3 tag to ‘none’ (instead of just changing the info).  Sure enough as soon as I did, the song title and artist reappeared.  I changed that info and tried converting it to ‘none’ again; the original info did NOT reappear that time.  So I think I have to start doing that for every file.  I never really did pay attention to ID3 version numbers; I guess it doesn’t remove the old info when you convert to 2.0 from 1.0 or whatever.  Pain in the ass.

Happy Easter!

I finished making all my Easter phone calls.  Everybody’s doing well, what a relief!  The health of my family has been weighing pretty heavily on my mind lately.  But it’s all good.  Daddy got out of the hospital last Saturday; he’s home in San Antonio and sounding way way better than he was.  My granddad Lindy’s doing well; I caught him in Austin at my mom’s house.  My grandma’s doing fine at the senior center there, and Uncle Dan’s doing good in his concrete-block house at my mom’s trailer park.  They’re all getting shuttled over to my mom’s for Easter lunch.  Talked to Lucie too, and John talked to his sister Ann as well.  Mamas and babies are all doing well, though nobody’s getting much sleep what with the feeding ’em every two hours and all.  ;-)

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Bend over, America

Now being Slashdotted at the Washington Post…

The former privacy officer of Internet advertising giant DoubleClick will be the Department of Homeland Security’s first privacy czar, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced today.

Safari assessment

So, it looks like this is it.  I’ve been using Safari since yesterday afternoon and I haven’t reopened Camino.  I don’t care about the brushed-metal cosmetics, just the operation — it does everything Camino does, only faster.  So I guess I’ve switched!  Now if ONLY they would implement something similar to OmniWeb’s bookmarks scheduling/subscription feature… please please please….

Mystery Song 033

…is ready to go.  Last week’s song was another Elvisoot rarity, "Ten Horned Devil" by Prince Arky.  He sent it out to my Audiogalaxy group, back in the daze.  I sure miss Audiogalaxy!  Before you ask, NO I’m not using any filesharing services these days.  That’s the chilling effect of the DMCA for ya.

Safari Beta 2

So, wow.  Apple released the Beta 2 version of their browser Safari.  The tabs work well, they seem snappier than the ones in Camino.  There’s a forms autofill function that seems to include a separately-controlled list for usernames and passwords.  Also seems to be using the system keychain to protect that info.  I’m well pleased.  As you may know I’m a very devoted Camino user but I can’t find any immediate reason to close this windown and open Camino right now.  We’ll see.  If I really make the switch, that’d be something!

Lullaby for Liquid Pig

A new Lisa Germano album got released today.  Must have it!!

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