Paul Krugman on the economy

8 12 2008

nice interview by andrew leonard from salon.com of this year’s nobel prize winner in economics (and nytimes columnist) paul krugman. bottom line: things are going to get much worse before they get better.





all things cool

3 12 2008

last year’s weblog award winner of the best culture blog, The Cool Hunter, is a terrific site to get your daily eye candy fix. Gorgeously designed buildings and office spaces, brilliantly packaged products, the sexiest cars ever made, they’re all there for your viewing pleasure. here’s a sample:

ghd headquarters





digitizing my music collection

2 12 2008

now that we’ve finally given in and gotten iphones, am revved up to digitize our music collection. what’s the connection? well, there’s this very cool iphone app called remote, which basically lets you control itunes through your iphone. with all our music on a hard drive connected to a pc, i can use the iphone to control itunes running on said pc, and stream music through airport express to our home theater. talk about a connected home :). so here’s a list of what i’ll need:

1. old pc – check – dell inspiron 4150
2. external hard drive – TBG
3. airport express – check

time to go shopping for an external hard drive. ’tis the season, after all :).





hilariously godawful tech rap video

26 11 2008

if you’re looking to convince your better half that you need a computer upgrade, consider making your case in verse, like these here boys:





ani report…

24 11 2008

ani’s growing up so fast…just in the last week, he’s started looking at us and smiling, and can now see enough of his surroundings to find the little toy bar that hangs over his chair interesting…the guy is totally fascinated by how moving his hands can create music :)!

ani enjoys the view...





unix, then and now

19 11 2008

since i left grad school nearly 3 years ago, i’ve had very little time to indulge in a once-favorite pastime – installing the latest and greatest version of whatever was my current linux distribution of choice on all of my machines :). recently, though, i’ve been working on a project that doesn’t really require a connection to my work intranet, and i’ve also been working from home quite a bit, so i thought i’d see if i could install linux on my work laptop, so i could get work done without bogging down routing all internet traffic through the vpn. since ubuntu’s all the rage these days, i really like the origin of its name, and they just released a new version, my distribution choice was obvious. popping the CD in while running windows gave me a wondrous new option i’d not seen on earlier versions: installing Ubuntu as a dual boot OS via a windows file!! this sounded like the perfect idea, since i’d avoid partitioning the disk, which might have made our support guys go bonkers.

installation was a breeze, and i’m amazed how far linux (and other free unix distributions such as FreeBSD) has come in the last ten years. practically everything worked right out of the box, including wireless networking, sound, the 1600×1200 display with acceleration, even my wireless optical mouse! this is a far cry from 1998, when i first tried to install FreeBSD on a desktop. at the time, getting X to work was considered a major success, and sound was just a pipe dream!! it’s incredible what a community of dedicated folks working in concert can achieve.





Miriam Makeba, RIP

10 11 2008

miriam makeba (aka mama afrika) passed away early this morning after a concert in italy. she had a lovely, powerful voice, and some great hits in the 60s, including pata pata, malaika, and my favorite, “the click song”. she also became, somewhat inadvertently, a voice for the black people of south africa during the apartheid era owing to her album with harry belafonte, an evening with belafonte/makeba. i love the intro to the click song on her album with belafonte: “in my native village in Johannesburg, there is a song that we always sing when a young girl gets married. It’s called the click song by the English because they cannot say Qongqothwane” . a nice page about her is here.