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October 23, 2003

Light Blogging (ha ha)

To make some already light blogging even lighter, I'm taking off for a week. I'll be in Europe having some fun. I'll be back and perhaps rejuvinated and invigorated.

Enjoy your week.

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October 21, 2003

Democracy? Voting?

Scoop: Diebold Targeted By Electronic Civil Disobedience

I've complained in the past about how politicians are bought by lobbyists on capital hill but a lot of this is due to lack of political participation by politician's constituents. Well, everyone's participation is being undermined by sloppy and irresponsible corporations like Diebold who are providing electronic voting solutions.

If the issue doesn't reach critical mass, the danger is now that people won't trust the democratic process as a whole. The question about the hanging chads will get a lot nastier if we don't see some responsibility taken by these companies creating the voting solutions.

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October 19, 2003

Need an ashtray?

You know it's time to get up from the computer when this is what your keyboard looks like. Heck who knows, maybe it's the plastic fumes that are causing the slight mental retardation.

keyboard.jpg

Posted by beamz at 11:22 PM | Comments (3)

October 17, 2003

Writers Make a Publication What It Is.

A person at work who was responsible for posting breaking news and other news during the day to our website has decided to pursue another opportunity so I went to his send-off.

We discussed many things including how other newspapers (Hartford Courant perhaps) view that they make the writers and copy editors who they are. To put it bluntly, it's bullshit. Media organizations don't understand how critical it is to have great staff who project the image of information and truth to those who need to be informed.

Those who fail to realize this and change with the times will be left behind, especially as alternative mediums of communication evolve such as blogging.

Posted by beamz at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2003

Techno-gadget trash

Seductive Electronic Gadgets Are Soon Forgotten

Over the past few years I've bought what seems to be a ton of gadgets. Buying reasoning ranges from "this would make life easier" to "I could do so much more" but the purchases rarely justify themselves. Even though I know this, I continue to buy nifty toys.

"Gadgets bought and barely used are the technology world's equivalent of exercise equipment. Often purchased in a well-intentioned bout of self-improvement, they are opened, used once or twice, then abandoned." I am realizing this is why my house is so cluttered. I've gone through so many pairs of headphones, computers, computer accessories, and other things that it seems ridiculous. When I see the latest Palm or Sony Clie out that I want, I remind myself that I've had two which I used for maybe a total of 2 months in the past 5 years.

I confess, I always want to believe and hope that a gadget will make life so much easier when in reality, it never does.

What useless gadgets have you bought lately?

Posted by beamz at 11:59 PM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2003

Damn it's been awhile

I'm not dead. Just living life... =)

I'll post tomorrow about all the stuff that's been going on. Nothing bad of course, just taking a break from blogging and living up life.

And a tribute to Kris from a song:

I've waited so long now
I've wanted forever to hold you
Now you're in my arms
And I'll never let you go

Whatever you do, y'know
I'll be standing here beside you baby
Just like a bird that's find it's way back home
I've finally found a place where I belong

I've been looking for you since I took my first breath
And I'll be loving you baby til I take my last
I'd like to know
What would I do without you in my life
From the moment I saw you I knew
I was looking for you

Can I wake up now
Can I believe what I'm feeling
And I'll be sure I wasn't dreaming it all

Baby it's true, you do
Something supernatural to me
Each night I pray to God that you'll be blessed
I need you so much baby I confess

I've been looking for you since I took my first breath
And I'll be loving you baby til I take my last
I'd like to know
What would I do without you in my life
All along I was waiting for you
From the moment I saw you I knew
It had to be you

So sure yours
Together ever after
Now the dream came true
And maybe when you least expect it love will come to you

I'd like to know what would I do without you in my life
All along I was waiting for you
From the moment I saw you I knew
It had to be you

Sweet love came to my life
I was looking for you
Sweet love came to my life
I was looking for looking for you
Sweet love came to my life
I was thining about you
Sweet love came to my life
All along I was looking for you
Sweet love came to my life
I was thining about you
Sweet love came to my life
I was thinking about you
Sweet love came to my life
I was thinking about you
Sweet love came to my life
From the moment I saw you I knew
Sweet love came to my life
Looking for you
Sweet love came to my life
I was looking for you
Sweet love came to my life
I was thinking about you

- Looking For You by Amy Grant


Yeah yeah yeah, despite the heat I'll get for liking the song, it says exactly what I want it to say.

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October 4, 2003

Music that's pure buttery goodness

I've bought a bit of new music lately but the ones of note are Some Devil by Dave Matthews, Speakerboxxx / The Love Below by Outkast, and Bare by Annie Lennox.

Some Devil - Dave Matthews:
This is Dave's first solo album and since I've been a big fan of the Dave Matthews Band, I decided I had to try it out. The whole album pushes different angles you realize Dave is experimenting with. They work well and overall the album feels like strong and not like some forced production. It's easy music which requires very little effort to get into. The songs I enjoyed the most are: Dodo, Gravedigger, Stay or Leave, and Oh. Some Devil was also a good track that was most representative of his experimentation.

Speakerboxxx / The Love Below - Outkast:
I've liked a lot of Outkast music even though I don't listen to much hip-hop. It comes off with grace and style that you don't expect from hip-hop music packaged for suburban America. There are a ton of nicely laid tracks on the double cd set and it's not hard to go through both discs without realizing the time just flew by. They're getting a lot of press and the public is eating the album up as well.

Bare - Annie Lennox:
What can I say? I've been a fan of Annie Lennox since the 80's. The album definitely has a lot of poppy flare to it. Annie's voice is just one that seems to tug at your soul forcing you to sit there and really listen for a minute. There seems to be an even balance of melodic slow tracks as well as Sade-esque tracks. This happened to be a cd Kris wanted that I ended up taking a real good listen to. It seems like it's warming up more and more.

Note: I don't claim to be a music critic. I'm far from it because I'm really easy to please but I have very diverse tastes. I'll leave you with some lyrics from Dave Matthews' song "Oh" from Some Devil.

The world is blowing up
The world is caving in
The world has lost her way again
But you are here with me
But you are here with me
Makes it ok
Oh girl you are singing to me still
Like a kid loves candy and fresh snow
I love you oh so well
Enough to fill up heaven overflow and fill hell
Love you oh so well

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October 1, 2003

Part of the reason I bought a Mac

Lick Me, I'm A Macintosh / What the hell is wrong with Apple that they still give a damn about design and packaging and "feel"?

"This is the point. Detail and nuance and texture and a sense of how users actually feel, what makes them smile, what makes the experience worthy and positive and sensual instead of necessary and drab and evil."

It's about the experience. In computing I've come to realize that it's possible to experience the same difference between a Toyota and a Lexus. I promise not to become a zealot.

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