Steve Jobs keynote

I’m watching Steve Jobs’ keynote speech right now.  Testify!!  Jaguar, now revealed as Mac OS 10.2, won’t be out until August 24th, and the calendar app won’t be out ’til September.  Oh well, but there’s a new iTunes coming out today.  They’re coming out with an upgraded iPod, 20 gigs for the same price I paid for my tennie!  AND a remote, AND a case.  Shit.

Prank of the Chad Merritts

Hey, they came out with a version of RealPlayer for OS X!  Took ‘em long enough.  It’s even the newer RealOne version, which up ’til now you couldn’t even get for OS 9.

Oh yeah, I can tell the story now.  The prank I played on my friend?  Well, it’s Chad Merritt, this guy from Louisiana who has a band called St. Mary’s.  (But didn’t he move?  I’m getting confused.) There’s a picture of our meeting in Houston in the photo-gallery.

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Last call for Live365

My van’s back from the shop.  Nothing like a newly-repaired machine, it makes you feel better about everything.  They replaced the "fan module" for less than $150 — I’m just really glad John was the one who took it in because if it’d been me, they would’ve overhauled the fucker I’m sure.

Last call for listening to my Live365 station.  On August 1st they’re going to start charging all users $5 a month for "royalty fees".  Since I wrote most of those songs myself, AND they’ve been bombarding my listeners with advertising all along, I don’t feel any great urge to pony up.  I have to do something audiowise though, on this site.  "MP3" has gotta be the most-searched term around here, next to the word "bio" which is something that just doesn’t exist here and probably never will.  Because, who wants to write your own damn bio?  Not me.

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Apple article

This is fairly interesting… How Steve Jobs got Microsoft to pay for Jaguar’s Development

URL Manager Pro

I think I found the perfect solution for two problems I’ve been complaining about here.  It’s URL Manager Pro.  It’ll keep a list of your bookmarks that’s accessible from any browser, thus solving my problem of the buggy bookmarks feature in Mozilla vs. the crappy interface (but good bookmarking) of IE.  It’ll also import lists of URLs, like buttah.  It’ll filter for duplicate marks, and it will VAAAA-LIIII-DATE those marks, thus solving my problem of stale links on my website.  I believe I’ll be registering this in the next five minutes.

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if my Dreamweaver arrived today?

For all the money they’re charging for it, you’d think they’d include an external link checker, right?  Well they don’t.  I have to find something else to do that, so I’m trying out different little apps.

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Citizen spies

This is nuts.  Bush wants to recruit one in 24 Americans as citizen spies.  Call me an alarmist but every day it seems like more and more of our worst Aldous Huxley and George Orwell nightmares are coming true!

Blogger template

Still trying different things trying to get the template to read correctly in Blogger.  I know full well it’s just a bug on Blogger’s end, but this is my excuse to keep fiddling with the layout and colors.

HTML validation

Just testing.  Blogger seems to be having problems with the template although it’s showing up on the site just fine.  I pretty much bludgeoned it the other night, so I’m not surprised if there are errors.

I just discovered that Dreamweaver MX will validate your HTML for you.  DUH!!  I was used to the Windows way of doing it with Dreamweaver 4, where you have to use the included Homesite code-editor to do half the dirty work.  I really love working with the dual-paned window, where you have the code on top and the page on the bottom.  I find myself always typing in the code area instead of taking advantage of the WYSIWYG pane.  So I’m using the WYSIWYG section more as a viewer than an editor.  Still, it’s handy.  I could do the coding in my sleep, but it’s nice to have the viewer-thingy to see what the effects are immediately, as opposed to just assuming what it’ll look like.

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PVC show, Audrey Rose

Weird… I’ve gotten a couple of spams today that had my OWN address as the "sender".  Both were ads for Viagra… no attachments, so I don’t think this has anything to do with the Klez worm.  One of them seemed to originate from Korea, and the other from AOL, but they both had the same x-mailer in the header: "The Bat! (v1.52f) Business".  Strange!!  If I get any more I’ll run ‘em through Spamcop.  Haul those headers in for questioning, as they say.

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PVC @ Folk and Roots Fest

The Pine Valley Cosmonauts at the Old Town School Folk & Roots Festival in Welles Park, Chicago

photo by Edith FrostJon Langford & Diane Izzo

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At PVC show in Welles Park

"Backstage" at the Pine Valley Cosmonauts show at the Old Town School Folk & Roots Festival

click for larger imageJon Langford of the Mekons, Waco Brothers etc., with me and Rosie Flores. Photo by John Whitney

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Template trouble

I’ve been migrating some more of my pages into Dreamweaver templates.  I did the links and lyrics sections awhile back, so I started in on the discography.  Finished all the pages for my own records, but I still have to do it for the compilations and guesting’s.

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No Deborah blog

Still no blog from Artsnacks.  I no longer remember what day it is.

Playing with Blogger

I’m playing with my Blogger template, and the style sheet that affects the whole website, so hang in there if things are looking weird.  I was looking through all these hideous templates other people had made, and I realized — I don’t need no help from nobody to make an ugly site, I can do that just fine on my own!

I still haven’t heard back from my prank victim, so I can’t tell the story yet.  Don’t worry, it’s not that exciting anyway…

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