Posts from August 2008

College Football Season Is Here!

College Football Season Is Here!

In less than 24 hours I will be once again sitting in front of a television and watching college football. The Gators kick off at 9:30 AM (Pacific) tomorrow morning and I’ll be watching them play Hawaii on DirecTV channel 788. And so will begin the most wonderful time of the year. Go Gators!

Build Better Smart Playlists

There is a secret to creating killer Smart Playlists in iTunes. You have to know what not to play. The best way to do that is with an “ignore list”. And I’m going to show you how to make one. For several years now iTunes has given you the ability to use playlists themselves as

Play This When I Die

My grandmother’s wake and funeral were — of course — very, very sad. I think one of the things that bothered me the most was the music at the wake. It was so … depressing. Now, my grandmother was 86 years old before she was killed by the incompetence of morons; she wasn’t exactly a

Personal Library Hack

Here’s a little trick to help you keep your books from getting lost forever. If you’re like me, you get a ton of snail-mail spam, what we used to call “junk mail”. Lots and lots of companies — especially those concerned with getting your money to save the whales, the environment, the lives of endangered

Screen Capture on a Mac

Jim just showed me a bitchin’ cool Mac trick: If you press Shift, the Apple (“command”) key, and the 4 key at the same time, it will change your mouse cursor into a targeting device. Then hit the space bar and your cursor will turn into a camera icon. Use the mouse to move the

Yahoo! Sports Critical of IOC Pres.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports criticizes IOC President Rogge: Jacques Rogge is so bought, so compromised, the president of the IOC doesn’t have the courage to criticize China for telling a decade of lies to land itself these Olympic Games. All the promises made to get these Games — on Tibet, Darfur, pollution, worker safety,

Not-So-Ancient Games

BMX? Men’s BMX and Women’s BMX? Water Polo? Volleyball? Beach Volleyball? Badminton? Table Tennis? Kayaking? Basketball? Field Hockey? Trampoline? Race Walking? Look. I know that Ping-Pong Table Tennis and Synchronized Swimming have been in the Olympics for a long time. That doesn’t mean they need to remain in the Olympics. Can’t we just all agree

Scribbled Drunk on a Postcard

I am a big fan of Bloodhound Gang. They had two big radio hits — “Fire Water Burn” (1996) and “The Bad Touch” (2000) — so I guess it’s not fair to call them one-hit wonders, but generally they’re not exactly “pop” music. Most of their songs are painfully sophomoric — “The Ballad of Chasey

Weekly Media Recap

Recent Movies: Pineapple Express ***1/2 Gone Baby Gone **** Bottle Shock ** (based on the book Judgment of Paris) Gone in 60 Seconds *1/2 Currently Reading: Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai, by Ben Mezrich Nature Girl, by Carl Hiaasen How

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