Monthly archives: January, 2011

Foreign policy chickens coming home to roost.

So Tunisia started it, who knows when it will end. Egypt is rioting, Yemen is demonstrating, and Jordan is tense. Pop quiz, what do Saddam Hussain, Mubarak, Ben-Ali, Salah, and the Shah of Iran all have in common? That’s right, they are, or were wildly unpopular rulers that were supported by the US government. So …

Morning song…

Woke up the other day to the White Stripes’ “Death Letter.” This wasn’t all that surprising actually, I had watched a documentary involving jack White before I went to bed. It’s a cover of an old Son House song, old school blues. Like most White Stripes songs, the best thing about it is the hook …

A morning song two-fer

I awoke from a rather bizarre cleaning at work dream to Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” It had nothing at all to do with the dream. I fell back asleep and woke up to the Star Wars main theme running through my head. The Janet Jackson song is a classic example …

Songs in my head

Every morning, I wake up with a song in my head. Sometimes it’s a carryover from a dream, other times, it’s totally random with no apparent reason. Think I’m going to keep track of these as I remember them.   Keep in mind that these aren’t favorite songs. They are usually catchy, but how much …

Apptivate!

My latest purchase from the Mac App Store is a little dandy called Apptivate. It’s $2.99 and worth every penny. Essentially, it is a hot key activator. What’s that? It allows me to assign a key combination to launch applications, folders, etc. For example, I have “cntrl m” set up to activate the blogging program …

Wow

“In the last two quarters, Apple sold 30 million iPhones — half of what it sold in the previous three years (60 million units).”   And it looks like Apple is just getting started, what with Verizon coming on board soon.   There are some analysts that expect Apple to sell 100 million phones in …

Some other apps in the app store

I noticed a bunch of other apps in the app store that either I already had, or that had significant discounts on them. First off is the iWork and iLife suits of programs from Apple. It used to be that if you wanted to upgrade these programs you had to buy all of them over …

The Mac App Store

I talked a bit about some of the things I bought from the App Store, but some of you may not be real familiar with it. Apple has taken the lessons it learned from the app store for the iPhone and iPad and brought it to the Mac. Unlike the iPhone and iPad stores, you …

Why do you carry that around?

We were talking about rolling  coin across out knuckles at work (don’t ask, I have no idea why we were talking about that), so I pulled out my $5 Canadian Maple Leaf coin to try it. My manager immediately asked, “What’s that?” I showed her and explained that it is one ounce of silver. Sure, it has a …