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March 26, 2007

all open tabs

Dear David,

I recall your fond desire of a way to blog all open tabs. The post and comments at “Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO » Wanted: convert Firefox tabs to links” will point you to some tools which may bring you closer to your goal.


March 22, 2007

my other blog is an economist

In which we give up some Google love to randomwalks, a budding blog by an economics student.

March 19, 2007

advice on upgrading to Mac OS X 10.4.9

I just did the 10.4.9 upgrade on my 15″MacBook Pro (Core Duo, 2GHz), with no unusual behavior or problems. I downloaded the Combo updater and used it for the upgrade, even though I was already running 10.4.8. I made full clones to two different external drives with SuperDuper! beforehand, and I also ran OnyX’s automated housekeeping functions. The RAM in this machine is Apple factory-installed, and I chose good music for the update: Copland’s Appalachian Spring. I think a lot of upgrade problems result from playing inappropriate music during the process.

Eric Bergman

March 9, 2007

a modern labyrinth builder

When Champion approaches the first turn, he slows a bit. “Now see, here,” he says, reaching to the top of his head, where his youthful dark brown hair stands in haphazard disarray. “I’m starting to feel something.” Often when he walks a labyrinth he feels nothing special; the walk is just a tool for meditation. But sometimes the stroll brings Champion to the outer reaches of metaphysical rapture: He’ll be overwhelmed by the sensation of energy from the earth or local spirits, or he’ll have visions.

“A labyrinth experience happens when you don’t expect it to,” Champion says. “Those are the nature of labyrinth experiences. Those are what people keep coming back to.”

SF Weekly: A Winding Path.

March 8, 2007

pure communism in the modern world

People couldn’t believe it, man. They were ready to have us locked up and put on Thorazine. It just occurred to me to give up all the hassles — money, car insurance, bouncing checks, going to the bank, traffic tickets, late fees at the library.

The Other American Dream - Washington Post Story on Twin Oaks Community

March 6, 2007

Not No Art

iTunes 7.1 lets you browse your music with Cover Flow in a new full screen view. This is really great, but I’ve got so many tracks without cover art that it’s a let down to try to browse my library visually. To the rescue comes a great script by Doug Adams called ‘Tracks Without Artwork to Playlist’. Run this script on your library (on about 2000 tracks at a time if you’ve got a big one) and you’ll now have a new playlist called ‘No Art.’ Now create a smart playlist to include all tracks which are not listed in ‘No Art.’ I named mine Cover Flow, and now flipping through my album art is lots more fun.