Archive for February, 2006


Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

“Bridging the Church Music Gap”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

From Bridging the Church Music Gap, Sojourners Magazine/March 2006 [A] number of churches that approach music from one pole or the other also dabble in less familiar material. Organists gamely plod through choruses, and praise bands rock out on old warhorse hymns. ... But too often, this sort of music is ...

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

My father celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, February 27. Three of my four brothers were able to come to a party to help him celebrate: from left to right: Ed, Dave, Dan, me; Dad (Harold) in the center. Steve attended virtually. Kudos to his nursing home, Tendercare of Westwood ...

Jargon, by William Billings

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Cool, early American atonal music by William Billings: Jargon (Real Audio).

Dumb trucks

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

From the Kalamazoo FreeCycle list: I am looking for a kids table so my grnadsons can do art activities while they are at my house. Also would like to see if anyone out there has any used chuck the dumb truck items as the 3 year old is just nuts ...

Distracting in-car navigation systems

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

In-car navigation systems can be distracting (1) Well, duh. (2) The article provides no details. This was probably an online poll conducted by YouGov by Privilege Insurance, a UK company. It's hard to say whether there's any chance of the survey being accurate, since no details are given in ...

Would Orwell blog?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

So the Financial Times has a pretty good article on weblogging, Time for the last post (via kottke), but snarks about Orwell: The great critic and editor Cyril Connolly fell into despair over the prolixity of Orwell’s wartime writing: “Being Orwell, nothing he wrote is quite without value and unexpected gems ...

Makink zie roundss

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Berlitz Improve your English video. (Thanks, Dean & Walt).

Bill Labov on NPR

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

Good stuff, as always: NPR : American Accent Undergoing Great Vowel Shift (NPR was contractually required to play "Let's call the whole thing off" as its segue at the end).


Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Hey! A song Bess, Janine and I all enjoy: Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten. Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips Drench yourself in words unspoken Live ...

Robot inspector in Iraq

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Robot inspector in Iraq (disturbing image) "A robot inspects the corpse of a terrorist who had planned to attack Iraqi security forces in Bagdad, Iraq. Terrorists, dressed in Iraqi police uniforms, have kidnapped a rich Iraqi businessman, killing his son and five of his bodyguards, according to police today." edited ...

Abu Ghraib abuse against international law–ICRC

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Abu Ghraib abuse against international law--ICRCThe International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday the latest images of abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison showed clear violations of international humanitarian law.

Geek accolade scale

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Really, this seems sensible.

An Anthem, for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

I just got a reprint of William Billings's Continental Harmony, which I guess is the last tunebook he published. The first tune is "An Anthem for Thanksgiving." (You can hear it here: WGUC 90.9 FM | Feast for the Ears; it's the first tune in the 2005 program). The first ...

Yahoo! makes User Interface code available

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Very, very nice: Yahoo has opened up their Javascript UI Library, Design Pattern Library, and started a UI weblog. Their description of graded browser support (including a support grid) is brilliant. Just look at this animated tree view widget for an example of what they're making available.

ceci n’est pas un card

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day, Bess

Living Braitenberg vehicle!

Monday, February 13th, 2006

New Scientist Breaking News - Robot moved by a slime mould's fears

eBay: EVIL KILLER ROBOT (seeks to destroy humanity) (item 7588933294 end time Feb-17-06 22:55:49 PST)

Monday, February 13th, 2006

eBay: EVIL KILLER ROBOT (seeks to destroy humanity) (item 7588933294 end time Feb-17-06 22:55:49 PST) Heh: "You are bidding on the very best, most psychotic killer robot ever devised by man." (via

Ex-C.I.A. Official Says Iraq Data Was Distorted

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Ex-C.I.A. Official Says Iraq Data Was Distorted - New York Times But Mr. Pillar is the first high-level C.I.A. insider to speak out by name on the use of prewar intelligence. His article for the March-April issue of Foreign Affairs, which charges the administration with the selective use of intelligence about ...

La grammaire

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

I came across this quotation in an email today: La grammaire, avec son mélange de règle logique et d'usage arbitraire, propose au jeune esprit un avant-goût de ce que lui offriront plus tard les sciences de la conduite humaine, le droit ou la morale, tous les systèmes où l'homme a ...