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or anyplace with more trees and less concrete

Archive for October, 2006

Quiet Time

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

So I haven’t been around these parts much lately. Just to backtrack: about three days before the end of the housesitting stint, I was carrying my laptop around the property, trying to see what the wi-fi signal would be like in the guest house where I’d be staying the night my hosts returned from their [...]

Rhetorical Course Correction: “A Truly Orwellian Moment”

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

I watched the first 15 minutes (all I could stomach) of the President’s news conference this morning and realized I could learn all I needed to know from this.

“Largest Earthquake In Hawaii Since 1983″

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

It happened around 7:07 this morning while I was making coffee. It was centered on the Big Island at the other end of the chain from Kauai, a couple hundred miles to the southeast. At first I thought the cats were playing unusually rambunctiously on the deck outside, then I changed my mind and decided [...]

Limahuli Garden

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Not merely the inspiration for my domain name– my favorite place on the globe to visit. It was a fine, fine day. More photos. The stay thus far.

Things Not To Do In Hawaii

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

1) Leave a bagged loaf of bread on the countertop for two days. It goes moldy. 2) Leave crumbs on the countertop for more than 20 minutes. Ants invade. 3) Leave the top down on the rental convertible without looking at the sky every 10 minutes. Because I know you’re curious, at left is my [...]

Kauai Housesitting

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

I’m here. It rained pretty much all day. I spent Monday settling in and, um, telecommuting. And eating too much. I have four animals to take care of: Luc and Shama (cats) and Theo and Malika (dogs). Theo needs a couple hours of Frisbee-chasing each day. Fortunately the cats aren’t into Hacky Sack. I’m stuck [...]

It’s Gonna Rain

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

In honor of Steve Reich‘s seventieth birthday on October 3rd. And a weather report.

Goodbye, Tower Records

Friday, October 6th, 2006

This hurts, personally, professionally and otherwise. From 1984 through 1993 I was purchasing manager for import and independent labels at Tower Records’ main office in West Sacramento. Most of the people I worked with during that time quit or were fired over the past seven years. Since then the company has been obtaining loans, defaulting [...]

Foley Frenzy

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Howard Kurtz sorts through coverage and political repercussions of the latest media swarm. Don’t miss this link at the bottom of the Kurtz entry: Study finds The Daily Show to be as substantive as network news I recall with fondness Tom Lehrer‘s alleged quote on why he quit comedy: he claimed political satire became redundant [...]

Songbird Update

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Songbird has been available as a Windows beta for months, but nightly builds (read: unstable betas) of OS X and Linux versions are downloadable now. Note that the OS X builds will only work on PowerPC (non-Intel) machines. Look for Apple to sue– and copy the web/blog integration features into iTunes. Or perhaps Apple will [...]