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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 […]