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Stern takes audience with him when he goes…

April 28, 2004

God knows I’m not Howard Stern’s biggest fan (I kind of lost track of him when he lost his Dallas affiliate a few years ago), but I always figure as long as he’s on the air, freedom of speech is getting a good deal of necessary exercise.

So I can’t help but be amused at the results of the FCC and Clear Channel’s latest crackdown.  In San Diego, the local Clear Channel affiliate was number one in the mornings back in February; now it’s in 27th place, sans Stern.  There were similar results in other markets.

Maybe sooner or later everyone will just shut up and let us get back to January 2004, and quit trying to force the airwaves back to the 1950’s. 

In the meantime, would the last Clear Channel listener please shut off the transmitter when you’re done?

(via Adrants)

Resuscitated…

April 27, 2004

Welcome back to Rimone, over at Datumzeile:Bonn, who is back from the UK , with tantalizing hints of some additional “unheard” Alabama3 music, Queen Margaret Union.. 

Hmmm…

In related news, I’ve long been among the Converted, but I’m pleased to report that I’m now also among the Transfused… 

A thousand thanks to those who helped (you know who you are 🙂

Them good ol’ days

April 26, 2004

Eris Designs has a real cute four-part series up on How to care for your web designer.  I enjoyed reading it, but it sure makes me nostalgic for them good ol’ days of 1997 – 1999…

I got a particular kick out of the “phrases that must be avoided at all costs”…

“Make my site look like this other site”

Of course I can.  I’ll even tell you why you don’t want that, but only the once—you’ll probably be back to hear it again later, when I’ll gently remind you that I warned you it’d cost more to do it wrong and fix it than to do it right in the first place.

“Can you get it done in a few days?”

Probably, the operating question being “which few days?” How do you feel about “rush fees?”

“I don’t have any content, I’ll just fill all that in later.”

Not a problem.  When you get tired of looking at Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, etc., we’ll get your real content patched in. 

Maybe I should write up a series on “The new ‘net—how to keep eating through flexibility…” At some point, even the prima donnas start to develop that lean and hungry look

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London Calls Back

April 25, 2004

London Booted

Still more new music that doesn’t put money in the RIAA’s pocket.  Not to be outdone by Dangermouse and the Grey Album (and all of its spinoffs),CultureDeluxe and GetYourBootlegOn have pulled a group effort and have remixed the classic Clash album, London Calling.

The result, London Booted isn’t free—it’s donationware. Pick one of the charities at the top of the page, and donate whatever you can.  Once you’ve done that, you can proceed to the download area and grab as many or as few of the 19 tasty tracks and 6 bonus tracks as you like.

I’ve only gotten to listen to a few bits and pieces so far, but what I’ve heard is excellent.  Check it out!

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Lightning in a bottle

April 20, 2004

As a public service, here’s our Important Safety Tip of the Day.

Do NOT microwave peanut butter.

At least not in the jar…

One of my offspring labors under the misapprehension that peanut butter needs to be refrigerated.  This of course results in peanut butter that cannot be spread on ordinary mortal bread without ripping, shredding and tearing it.  It also makes it damn difficult to get the last of it out of the bottom of the jar.

Being struck by a stray thought (and nearly knocked comatose, apparently) a bit ago while attempting to do just that, I figured “Hey!  Let’s just pop it in the microwave and nuke it for a few seconds!” It works for over-frozen ice cream, why not peanut butter?

Well, I’ll tell you why not…

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Free Chill-Out

April 19, 2004

Here’s a double-treat for fans of chill-out, trip-hop, lounge & related music…

First up, there’s Theta States – Bedroom Music for Bedroom People — a collection of cd-length MP3 mixes of down-tempo beats, abstract underground hip-hop, and various other tasty items. Around 21 hours worth of material, ready-to-download. So far, the ones I’ve listened to seem very listen-able, and will be much appreciated in my collection. I only wish they’d have left the individual cuts separate and tied them together with playlists, so that they could be further sliced and diced, but it’s all free, which makes it tough to argue about it.
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‘Chill, Honey Bunny…’

April 19, 2004

Here’s a double-treat for fans of chill-out, trip-hop, lounge & related music…

First up, there’s Theta States – Bedroom Music for Bedroom People—a collection of cd-length MP3 mixes of down-tempo beats, abstract underground hip-hop, and various other tasty items.  Around 21 hours worth of material, ready-to-download.  So far, the ones I’ve listened to seem very listen-able, and will be much appreciated in my collection.  I only wish they’d have left the individual cuts separate and tied them together with playlists, so that they could be further sliced and diced, but it’s all free, which makes it tough to argue about it.

(via del.icio.us)

Next, MeFi also picked up “Bedroom Music” (chicken, egg, who knows?) and the discussion included a pointer to ElectronicScene, which is just chock-full of free downloads and streams for everything even vaguely electronica related.  They also appear to sell a pretty broad variety of the same.

It’s anyone’s guess how long these treasure-troves will be available, so I wouldn’t recommend hesitating.

It’s a bookmark that knows somebody…

April 18, 2004

I’ve seen various references to del.icio.us lately, but even though I glanced at it a few times, the appeal wasn’t immediately obvious to me, and not having time to dig for it, I moved on.

This thing needs a better PR firm.

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Blast from the past

April 18, 2004

My apologies to those of you who were deluged tonight with a lot of updated old posts on your RSS reader.  Predictably, in order to get everything validating as XHTML, I ended up having to clean up a number of old posts.

Hopefully the vast majority of that is behind us now.

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Nonliteral: The Remix

April 18, 2004

Well, it’s time to take the wraps off the new layout here—I’m sure everyone will agree that it’s quite a change from the previous one.

It’s been over a year since I started this site, with the old layout, and it was time for a change.  In addition to just a change of look to something hopefully a little less cluttered and crufty, I wanted to accomplish a few things with this new layout.

First, it’s as close to a “pure CSS” layout as I’m likely to get—there are no tables on the site, other than those inserted by Google Adwords. 

Second, I wanted to improve the site’s cross-browser look and feel.  There are still a few things I’m shaking out (and will be for some time, probably), but hopefully this site renders more or less consistently among all of the v5 and up browsers, and is at least usable on PIE and Netfront (it looks pretty good on Netfront in 640 x 480 landscape, in fact).

Third, I wanted to adhere as much as possible to strict XHTML and CSS validation.

I think we’re at a good ‘first cut’—I’d welcome any feedback on issues, etc. 

A few notes—if you’re looking for the most recent articles and comments, they’ve been moved to the Archive page—select “Archive” from the menu above.  The blogroll has been expanded and updated, and moved to a separate links page (select “links” from the right).

Things will probably be a little shaky over the next few days as I fine tune a few remaining issues.  Please excuse the dust, and let me know what you think!

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