Monthly archives: July, 2006

DOH!!

Those of us that are pretty serious about our LPs have a cleaning ritual before each playing. I use a combination of different cleaning solutions. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain, but it keeps the records in fine sounding shape. I have a pipette for the record preservative, when I withdrew it from the …

Ahhh, LPs

I’ve always thought that Men at Work’s second album was better than their first. “Overkill” and “It’s a Mistake” are of course great songs, but the whole album is solid. I’m trying to get as much listening in now as I won’t be able to for a while. That and ice cream, won’t be able …

I’m officially old…

I had my first eye exam in 20 years. He gave me a (mild) prescription to counter my growing nearsightedness. Mom says I’m a freak, that I’m supposed to be getting more farsighted, not nearsighted. I think that its weird that calling my inability to see clearly at distances is “more” anything. I would think …

Whoosh…

Last week was particularly draining for me. It seemed as though all I did was work and sleep, and I never had enough sleep.. Rick’s party went well, lots of people having a good time. I was introduced to various people as the guy going to Yemen in October. I have done so much reading …

1st amendment of the internet and net neutrality

I keep coming back to this topic because I am a little worried about the misunderstandings people have with how markets work. There are companies that want to start charging for better connections and possibly exclusive content. They feel that they need to deviate from the IP standards that exist today to do that. They …

Frederick Mosteller died today…

He was the first statistician that had a real impact on me. His book “Data Analysis and Regression” coauthored with John Tukey was the first time I had encountered any thinking when dealing with statistics. Until then, all of the statistics books I had read were purely mechanical. You have a normal distribution, your mean …

Lunch and Burl Ives

I was thinking about my upcoming trip to Malta with my cousin today at lunch. We had hammered out the dates that she was going to be over there, the 2nd through the 13th of Jan. My plan all along was to get there a day or two before her, just so I could settle …

MOre tubes…

Yes, I know… I shouldn’t be buying any more tubes right now, but they were on sale! Black Plate RCA 6as7g tubes have been a little rich for my blood but I’ve always wanted to try them. I have been told that 6080 tubes and the 6as7 tubes share the same internals but with different …

Being “controlled” by corporations

This idea of being controlled by corporations has come up several times in recent online conversations. It’s usually in the context of the government regulating something to protect us form the evil corporations. This puzzles and worries me on several different levels. What strikes me the most is this idea that we are slaves to …

Music not to give your mom

Mom was up this weekend. She wanted an external drive to store her burgeoning music collection. So I picked one up for her and showed her how to use it. She then got the idea that I could just transfer my itunes collection onto her new drive. Sure, why not? I did it, no problem. …