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Storycorps to Kick Off Nationwide Tour in May

National Oral History Project, Storycorps, To Kick Off Nationwide Tour in May Collected Stories to Become Part of Collections of American Folklife Center The Library of Congress will host the national launch of the oral history project StoryCorps, created by award-winning National Public Radio documentary producer Dave Isay, in late May. Two mobile recording booths […]

new Mars panorama

As discussed and linked to from this news release: Mars Rover Panorama Shows Vista from ‘Lookout’ Point. (Panorama requires QuickTime). From a place called “Larry’s Lookout” halfway up Husband Hill. So who is Larry? This space.com story on Larry’s Lookout ‘splains the mystery: “It’s kind of up high and on the left side of this […]

Mac Software update news

Just been looking through a whole slew of Mac software upgrade announcements. Some in time for Tiger (10.4), others just because. Of interest… Easy WMA: freeware (donateware) converts WMA Windows Media Audio to MP3. Notes say also it’ll convert audio to (uncompressed) WAV, will have to look deeper into it to see if that’s true. […]

Email: The inbox makeover

Macworld: Feature: The inbox makeover: Sound advice for setting up email for mo’ better efficiency, by Merlin Mann of 43 Folders. Something I oughtta do one of these days.

When the CIA is guarding something in your neighborhood

Garret Vreeland at Dangerousmeta reminisces about living near the supercomputer used for tactical decisionmaking in the Vietnam War. Go read it. The guards soon would no longer tolerate any kids within sight of the complex. CIA eventually posted 24/7 guards with fully automatic weaponry at IDA, which sat in the middle of our residential neighborhood.

Speaking of old history….

I was searching for public domain music from the 1920s last night and came across Dismuke.org. What an incredible find! Dismuke has been collecting old 78 records since childhood, and for a few years now has been digitally transcribing them, cleaning ’em up, and posting them to his site every week,, a few songs at […]

Rainfall Watch

the local weather service says (link outdated very soon; this is already an old report, as of 5am yesterday morning) …closer to first place…but still the second wettest rainfall season in Los Angeles… Through 500 am PDT…Thursday April 28 2005…Exactly 1.00 inch of rain has fallen today in downtown Los Angeles at USC. This brings […]

Mouseposé — a bright idea

Boinx Software – Mouseposé Free software, handy for demos and follow-along-with-me tutorials. (Said with conviction, seeing as how I’ve been spending time in a computergraphic classroom lately). [via Traumwind] If turned on, Mouseposé dims the screen and puts a spotlight on the area around the mouse pointer, easily guiding the audiences attention or to quickly […]

When it’s painful to be a landlord

Tenant trashes house. Blech. Buzzing with flies, the layer of rotting meat, used Pepsi bottles and old bologna packages stood about 4 feet high, wall to wall. Police who arrived at the house in the 12000 block of Emery Street couldn’t open the door

Pun *so* unintended

Just realized after the last post re: suspicious gadgets and terrorism, and my recent posts relating to the atomic bomb that, well, there’s an unintended pun. While working on the top secret Manhattan Project, the atomic bomb was referred to as the “gadget.” Ouch.