Wednesday, January 31, 2007

So c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon / Check it out!

NPR SOTD: The Ideal Soundtrack to an Early Spring by Stephen Thompson
Fortunately, though it runs only two and a half minutes, "Sun Is Out" functions as a charming, modestly shambling mini-epic, complete with discrete movements that culminate in a full-on power-pop blowout. It's not exactly intellectually taxing — "The sun is out / The sun is out / So c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon / Check it out!" — and it never entirely coheres: It's basically three likable interludes strung together. Nevertheless, the effect remains infectious and beguiling throughout. After all, "Sun Is Out" functions as the ideal soundtrack to an early spring, so what's not to love?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

New LaTeX Resume/CV Template

UPDATE: I've made a few updates that make the LaTeX easier to work with while still providing the same output. I've updated the links to the new source below. This source code evolves toward greater simplicity (e.g., so it can someday be generated from MultiMarkDown). So expect things like the specialized list environments to one day be dropped.
I've just created a new post on using LaTeX for résumé/CV production. I've actually just put my own CV on-line as well as its LaTeX source. They can be found at:Notice the \makeheading{}, \section, and \blankline
macros as well as the outerlist and innerlist environments. Also notice how the template creates PDF bookmarks to each section of the CV.

It should be possible to take my template, strip out my information, and add your own.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Turtle Flatulence Sets Off Fire Alarm

Flatulent Turtle Sets Off Fire Alarm
Unfortunately, there was no one else around to blame. A hungry turtle who munched on Brussels sprouts managed to create big enough bubbles with his flatulence that it actually set off the fire alarm at the Sea Life Center in Weymonth in the UK. The flatulence was strong enough to set off the sensors throughout the aquarium, according to Marine Biologist Sarah Leaney.

When Leany raced to the aquarium, she thought it odd to find the place relatively calm and quiet. According to the Daily Record, she says: "When I got there, all seemed fine. I looked at the tube containing the sensor and saw a turtle beneath it. As I watched, a few large bubbles emerged from beneath him and rose to the surface next to the tube."

"I realized what must have happened. We like to give all our animals a treat at Christmas and sprouts are a really healthy choice for sea turtles. But they do produce similar side-effects to those experienced by humans who eat too many sprouts."

Friday, January 12, 2007

How iMet my Neighbor on iTunes

The audio for this story is hilarious. Discovering "Anna's music" pop up in iTunes leads to strange stalker-like behavior (that probably isn't proper for a married man) that eventually leads to an awkward meeting that goes as poorly as you might imagine. Hilarious.

"How iMet my Neighbor on iTunes" by David Kestenbaum

The on-line version includes a web extra introducing Last.fm and Pandora, two services about which everyone should know (and love).

Monday, January 08, 2007

Gator... BAIT?

I've heard Florida Gator fans chanting, "If you're not a gator, you must be gator bait!"

This is a silly chant. After all, the noun "bait" is defined as (using Merriam-Webster):
  • something (as food) used in luring especially to a hook or trap
  • a poisonous material placed where it will be eaten by harmful or objectionable animals
  • LURE, TEMPTATION
So they're saying that OSU is a lure, a temptation, meant to catch and possibly poison or kill the gators.

Well, okay. I'm fine with that.

Oh, southerners...

Go Bucks! Beat Gators!

Go Bucks! Beat Gators!

New Swiss Army Knife

It (a collector's item) weighs almost 3 pounds and costs almost $1000 (the MSRP is $1200).

I hate DRM so much . . .

. . . and today's news (CNN: "Studios sign off on movie downloads") doesn't make me feel any better.

If I buy a song or a movie or an audiobook, it's MINE. I should be allowed to do anything I want with it. In particular, I should DEFINITELY be allowed to put it on my cell phone rather than my iPod. In fact, I should definitely be allowed to put it on BOTH of them. Additionally, when I upgrade my phone or when the DVD I just burned dies, I should be allowed to copy it AGAIN onto my media; I should NOT be locked out and forced to buy a new copy!

I know this is a bigger issue, and on the bigger discussion I'm convinced that copyright/IP laws do much more harm than good. However, even without that, if I'm not distributing my purchsed media to someone else, I should be allowed to do anything I want with it.

(on a related note, yesterday I tried to move some MIDI (that's right, MIDI) files (ringtones) over from my old phones to my new phone; to my surprise, those MIDI files were copy protected! The phone refused to let me move them! And this is an UNLOCKED and UNBRANDED PHONE! We're not talking about Justin Timberlake's latest howling -- we're talking about 3 second long MIDI RINGTONES! Hell is on earth)