iTunes alternative for Ubuntu? (Blog Post)

Has anyone found a good one? I've tried a bunch... they either don't do podcasts or correctly handle SHA1's on the iPod Classic.

 I'm using iTunes on Windows...which takes 100% CPU. I'd really like to find an Ubuntu-native alternative that's efficient.

 Edit: Video support would be nice, but not a show-stopper.

 ITunes lets you export your subscriptions as OPML, which makes it easier to recreate those podcast subscriptions.

Saw Roy Zimmerman Last Night (Blog Post)

$15, and sat in the 2nd row...can't beat that!


He said the vids have really helped him...people know all songs

Nov 9 2008 3:00P
Performing Arts Center - CUNY BROOKLYN, NY
Nov 11 2008 8:00P
Cornelia Street Cafe NEW YORK, NY
Nov 12 2008 7:30P
Country Corral BROOKLINE NH
Nov 13 2008 7:00P
Nov 22 2008 7:00P
House Concert LARKSPUR, CA


Election: The Onion Nails It (Blog Post)

"Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, 'Things are finally as terrible as we're willing to tolerate," said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. "To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really broken you."

Added Obama, "It's a great day for our nation."

Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama's victory, political experts said, may have been the growing number of Americans who, faced with the complete collapse of their country, were at last able to abandon their preconceptions and cast their vote for a progressive African-American.

Ig Nobel awards being webcast tonight (Blog Post)

We're going to the Ig Nobels tonight! I've wanted to do this for years. You can tune in at home--

Last Year's Winners:


2007 Ig Nobel Winners

'Gay bomb' scoops Ig Nobel award
A study on how to relieve jetlag in hamsters won one of the prizes
Pioneering research into a "gay bomb" that makes enemy troops "sexually irresistible" to each other has scooped one of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes.

Other winners included work on treating hamster jetlag with impotency drugs, extracting vanilla from cow dung, and the side-effects of sword swallowing.

The awards, founded in 1991, mark achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think".

The prize ceremony took place at Harvard University, US.

Genuine Nobel Laureates handed out the much-coveted awards to the winners, who took away no cash, but instead received a hand-made prize, a certificate, and, of course, the glory of such an illustrious win.


Medicine - Brian Witcombe, of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and Dan Meyer for their probing work on the health consequences of swallowing a sword.

Physics - A US-Chile team who ironed out the problem of how sheets become wrinkled.

Biology - Dr Johanna van Bronswijk of the Netherlands for carrying out a creepy crawly census of all of the mites, insects, spiders, ferns and fungi that share our beds.

Chemistry - Mayu Yamamoto, from Japan, for developing a method to extract vanilla fragrance and flavouring from cow dung.

Linguistics - A University of Barcelona team for showing that rats are unable to tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and somebody speaking Dutch backwards.

Literature - Glenda Browne of Blue Mountains, Australia, for her study of the word "the", and how it can flummox those trying to put things into alphabetical order.

Peace - The US Air Force Wright Laboratory for instigating research and development on a chemical weapon that would provoke widespread homosexual behaviour among enemy troops.

Nutrition - Brian Wansink of Cornell University for investigating the limits of human appetite by feeding volunteers a self-refilling, "bottomless" bowl of soup.

Economics - Kuo Cheng Hsieh of Taiwan for patenting a device that can catch bank robbers by dropping a net over them.

Aviation - A National University of Quilmes, Argentina, team for discovering that impotency drugs can help hamsters to recover from jet lag.


AP: "One-in-four chance McCain may not survive 2nd term" (Blog Post)


An Atlanta actuarial company specializing in individualized estimates of life and health expectancy has run the numbers for McCain, 72, and Obama, 47. The firm, Bragg Associates, calculated the odds of the candidates dying in office, adjusted for their known health problems.

McCain would be the oldest president to begin a first term in office. By the end of a second term, Jan. 20, 2017, he would have a 24.44 percent chance of dying, compared with 5.76 percent for Obama, the firm estimates....

For the Republican, Brooks took into account a history of skin cancer, degenerative arthritis from his Vietnam war injuries, moderately high cholesterol, mild vertigo and that McCain is a former smoker who quit in 1980.

Do you want a VP/Pres with a Yahoo account? (Blog Post)

I don't... McCain wants to put her a heartbeat away, and  she's dumb enough to use yahoo for official business and "off the record" scheming?


NYT, page 4 of the article.
"While Ms. Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a “personal device” like a BlackBerry “would be confidential and not subject to subpoena.”


Lemme see if I have this Straight... (Blog Post)

an email making the rounds:


I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....


* If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."


* Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers,  a quintessential American story.



* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.


* Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you're a maverick.




* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.


* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.




* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,  spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of  13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.


* If your total resume is:  local weather girl,  4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.



* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.


* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.



* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's.


* If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude," with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.



OK, much clearer now. 

Implicit tags (Blog Post)

It occurred to me yesterday, that unless stated otherwise...

*guy (not *femme)
*straight (not *gay)
*american (not *british *canadian or *downunder)
* 00s

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