Tuesday, December 25, 2007
THE Christmas gift -- I got the Creative Zen Nano Plus MP3 player -- rated a best buy by Cnet and PC World. One gig of solid state memory, FM tuner and voice recorder. Can record directly from a CD player. Bite me, Apple.
We got one for my daughter too.
Also got some CDs -- new Alterbridge, King's X two-disk live set, and an earlier disk by Pillar. And I got the Eric Clapton Autobio.
Also shirts, calendars and stuff.
Bought my bride a GPS -- Garmin Streetpilot C550 -- TFT screen, points of interest, traffic reports, auto-rerouting, and it speaks street names.
A very Merry Christmas.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Media reporting the death of Dan Fogelberg at 56, from prostate cancer.
He was often derided in the 70s and 80s as a soft-rock pioneer, but I thought he was a talented singer-songwriter who successfully melded rock, folk and country styles.
Get your PSA tests every year, boys -- particularly if you're over 45.
Monday, December 10, 2007
For those who haven't been following the thriling saga, the Studwagon Mark III (1995 Oldsmobile 88 Royale) is no more -- the Boy Genius totaled it on the way home from school about two months ago. I was sick for a month.
But onward we go. I was originally looking for something like a Camry or an Accord, but was coming up dry.
Then last weekend when the weather got greasy I was thinking how handy it would be to have another four-wheel drive-capable vehicle around the house, and stumbled on this.
Checked it out after church Sunday, pulled the VIN -- ran it through Carfax and it came back clean -- test drove it and said "don't wrap it, I'll eat it here."
The thing is loaded -- power everything, leather seats, cool sound system (back speakers are blown though), moonroof.
Nicer than my first car. Nicer than my second car.
Uh, nicer than my third car.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
"Nobody denies this is an important event, but huge numbers of people are going, and their emissions are probably going to be greater than a small African country," said Chris Goodall, author of the book "How to Live a Low-Carbon Life."
The U.N. estimates 47,000 tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants will be pumped into the atmosphere during the 12-day conference in Bali, mostly from plane flights but also from waste and electricity used by hotel air conditioners.
If correct, Goodall said, that is equivalent to what a Western city of 1.5 million people, such as Marseilles, France, would emit in a day.