Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The following artists will be inducted at the Twenty-First Annual Induction Ceremony, which will be held Monday, March 13th 2006 in New York at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel:
- Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward)
- Sex Pistols (Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious)
- Lynyrd Skynyrd (Bob Burns, Allen Collins, Steve Gaines, Ed King, Billy Powell, Artimus Pyle, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Leon Wilkeson)
- Miles Davis
- Blondie (Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry, Frank Infante, Chris Stein, Gary Valentine)
Monday, November 28, 2005
Here are the nine boxes of books and videos that I took to Half-Price Books. They have been packed and unpacked and loaded and unloaded many times. We made sure to sift through them and get rid of the ones that mice had chewed on. There were probably 120 books and 25 VHS videos. I went to Half-Price Books with this whole pile of stuff. The employee checked my ID and entered that info in the computer and asked to be sure that I had time to wait until their offer. He then helped me unload the books and bring them into the store. He said I could wait on the couch. He called my name about 30-35 minutes later that 'The Offer' was ready. I walked up there with a big smile on my face and he said "We can offer you $20.25". I almost fell over. The way I saw it, my choices were limited to:
- Take the money
- Load the books back into the boxes, load them back into the truck and then give them to Goodwill
- Load the books back into the boxes, load them back into the truck and try to sell them at our garage sale
- Load the books back into the boxes, load them back into the truck and try to sell them on eBay.
(Can you guess why I didn't link to Half-Price Books ?)
What's in the Box
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This is a very good article about what RSS is and how to make it work for you.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. Many consider it the "official" beginning to the holiday season. The "black" in the name comes from the standard accounting practice of using red ink to denote negative values (losses) and black ink to denote positive values (profits). Black Friday is the day when retailers traditionally get back "in the black" after operating "in the red" for the previous months, often by cutting prices considerably. In addition, most retailers will open very early.
Although Black Friday is typically the busiest shopping day of the year in terms of customer traffic, it is not typically the day with the highest sales volume. That is usually either Christmas Eve or the last Saturday before Christmas.
Because of the large amount of shopping that typically occurs on Black Friday, it has also become Buy Nothing Day.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Simon Evening of Giving is the exclusive, after-hours shopping event that kicks off the holiday shopping season. This fund-raising event will include a night of private holiday shopping and family entertainment when the malls opens at after-hours for the supporters of participating charities. Throughout the mall, there will be exclusive store discounts, entertainment, food sampling and more. Last year’s Simon Evening of Giving, was held at 63 Simon Malls across the country, and raised over $2,000,000, for 2,571 national, regional and local charities including Simon Youth Foundation®.
On Sunday, November 20th, sixty-two Simon malls will be hosting the traditional Simon Evening of Giving and an additional sixteen Simon malls will be hosting the New! Simon Day of Giving. Simon Day of Giving is a natural extension of the evening event, just held during regular mall open hours – with shopping, festive holiday entertainment, door prizes, silent auctions, food sampling and of course – More Shopping!
For charities and not-for-profit organizations interested in participating or receiving more information about Simon Evening of Giving or Simon Day of Giving, please contact your local participation Simon mall.
On the way out, I went to the Men's room. I was just walking in and saw the same cashier washing his hands (there was a sign that employees must do so). He asked me how I was doing and I replied "Fine". I wasn't yet at the urinal, so I didn't mind answering. I was at the urinal when he asked, "Are you finding everything on the buffet OK ?" I said, "YES!" Thank goodness there wasn't a more substantial customer survey involved.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Lifehacker recommends the downloads, web sites and shortcuts that actually save time. Don't live to geek; geek to live.
- 20 Ways To Say No
- How To Burn DVDs for Video Playback
- Intel's Digital Home Guy
- Molly O'Poverty's Guide To (Mostly) Free Music
- The Universal Packing List
- How to Move to a New City
- Using the Windows Briefcase for Traveling
- How to Sing Better
- How to Inexpensively Increase the Value of your Home
- How to Get Your Pet to Like the Car
- How to Resign from a Job
- Lifehacker Takes On: Omelets in a Bag
- Special: How to control your home computer from anywhere
- Cheap deals with Lastminute Auction
- Special: How to host a personal wiki on your home computer
- Reuse a CVS Disposable Camcorder
- How To Become A Master Networker
- Yet another (better) Web-based IM Client
- How to fast track your career
- Cheap DIY Photography
- Ask Lifehacker: Reestablishing Sleep Cycles
- Special: How to access a home server behind a router/firewall
- How to Deploy VOIP
- How to get down to one remote
- Watch TV on a Laptop
- How to set up a home FTP server
- Save a DVD movie to your iPod
- Free Web Application List
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Warner Bros to offer classic repeats for free over broadband - Yahoo! News: "Hollywood studio Warner Brothers said it plans to put thousands of episodes of old television favourites including 'Wonder Woman' online for free under a groundbreaking deal with America Online."Some of you may realize that you have been able to get free TV shows for years. Even before your first computer, you were able to 'download' television shows. You were probably even able to get them wirelessly.
I may do a quick backup on my main system. Anyone have 86000 floppies I can borrow ?
Sunday, November 13, 2005
- eWatch - super PDA watch
- Build stuff with free Vintage Plans
- HOW TO set up a home FTP server
- DIY GPS tracking with Mologogo - review
- DIY Drive-ins? er, ons?
If you aren't currently subscribed to the MAKE: Blog RSS feed, how can you call yourself a geek ? These are the coolest things I've seen there in the past couple of months.
Amy and I have seen the the Jones Soda Holiday Pack the last couple of times we went to Target. These are the flavors of the Holiday Pack:
- Brussels Sprout with Prosciutto
- Cranberry Sauce
- Turkey & Gravy
- Wild Herb Stuffing
- Pumpkin Pie
- Broccoli Casserole
- Smoked Salmon Paté
- Turkey & Gravy
- Corn on the Cob
- Pecan Pie.
- Turkey & Gravy Soda
- Cranberry Soda
- Mashed Potato & Butter
- Green Bean Casserole
- Fruitcake Soda
- Blue Bubblegum
- Green Apple
- Berry Lemonade
ALL-ETT® Billfold was started in 1998 from a simple desire to solve a classic problem. By using a revolutionary design, and modern materials, it was found that we need not cling to traditional wallets whose basic design preceded having so many credit cards.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
The lightest and most compact multiple tool ever developed. This ultra-light, durable and precision crafted 6-in-1 tool has a straight knife blade and a serrated cutting surface, a micro-sized screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, an eyeglass screwdriver, and a bottle opener, and weighs in at an amazing 0.5 oz. The tool makes minor repairs, assemblies, installations, and hundreds of jobs an easy undertaking. The patented quick-release design easily snaps to your key ring, and just as easily releases for multiple everyday tasks. Ideal for indoor or outdoor activities and emergency situations, this tool comes in handy on the road and at home!
Last night, I went to pick up some things at Target and saw that they had the INOVA Microlight for $5.99. Since that's the same price as getting batteries for my Photon, I went ahead and picked one up.
It offers a couple of advantages over the Photon II. The Photon has a momentary squeeze switch and an actual on/off slider. The light is either on or off. The INOVA offers a multi-mode switch and offers multiple modes (high power, low power, strobe and signal mode). There's only one switch and it's pretty ingenious. Here's the operation guide:
Press the button one time for high power.
Press the button two times for low power.
Press the button three times for strobe.
If you leave your Microlight on any setting for more than 2 seconds the next press of the button will turn it off and not go to the next function. In the high power setting your Microlight will automatically shut off after 4 minutes. Low power and strobe settings will run as long as they are active.
To reset your Microlight into signal mode:
Press the button three times for strobe mode.
While the light is strobing, press and hold the button for 5 seconds.
In signal mode your light will only works as a squeeze light. To activate normal operating modes press and hold down the button for 15 seconds until the light goes out.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I captured this in front of CD Warehouse in Round Rock. I wasn't sure what it was, because I thought (incorrectly) that all 1955-1957 two-door wagons were Nomads and all other wagons had 4 doors. This one, however, is clearly not a Nomad because it doesn't have a single long rear side window. I finally found out that it's a Handyman Station Wagon. It was obvious that it's a 1955 Chevrolet.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
We've been selling a piece of property in Washington County for the last couple of months. Yesterday morning, I drove to Brenham, Texas for the last trip related to the sale. Two or three weeks ago, this sign appeared at the line between Lee and Washington counties.
Please note that the sign says "Birthplace of Texas". Those of you who weren't required to study Texas history may not understand that significance of that phrase. Washington is a very small town in Washington County. The Republic of Texas was born there when the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed there in March of 1836. The town was referred to (then and now) as "Washington on the Brazos" to differentiate it from "Washington on the Potomac".
Sunday, November 06, 2005
"The constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
HJR 6 would provide that marriage in Texas is solely the union of a man and woman, and that the state and its political subdivisions could not create or recognize any legal status identical to or similar to marriage, including such legal status relationships created outside of Texas.
I just found and installed the freeware version of ObjectDock from Stardock. Here's a screenshot. If you've seen a modern Mac, you know how it works.
(Click the screenshot to see what it really looks like)
Friday, November 04, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
They search current offers on eBay for auctions which meet their strict simple criteria:
- The auction ends in one hour.
- The price is currently one dollar or less.
If you're not lucky enough to live close to a Fry's, you can pick it up at Outpost.Com. It's selling today for $269, but they have run it on sale cheaper than that online recently.
- Yahoo! Maps Web Services - Maps Application Gallery- A list of applications that make use of the new API, including:
- Yahoo! Maps Web Services - Introducting the Yahoo! Maps APIs
"The new Yahoo! Maps offers a powerful new way to experience and use maps. Tap into this beautiful new interface either using the free Flash® viewer from Macromedia® or display via AJAX.
Yahoo! Maps also includes a rich set of APIs for both Flash and AJAX that enable you to use and publish maps on your web site or in your client application."
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Urban Gorilla 4x4 Bodies off-road body kits turn your pickup or Suburban into the vehicle of your dreams. Body packages are designed to require only basic auto shop skills and equipment. Your completed vehicle will turn heads and go just about anywhere. Get started on your dream truck today!"I like the Combat version.