Posts from December 2013

Oh, man. If you haven’t already seen them yet, pause for three minutes, break out the Kleenex, and watch these ads from Apple and Coca-Cola. They’re two of the best commercials I’ve ever seen.

iTunes Tuesday: Giant Files

iTunes Tuesday: Giant Files

In which I explain how to save hard drive space by analyzing your iTunes library

“Fuck literature.”
Ernest Hemingway, 1924, in a letter to Ezra Pound

Original BlasTech DL-44

Original BlasTech DL-44

A few years ago I wrote about how foolish it would be for me to spend $499.00 on a replica BlasTech DL-44. (I really did consider it.) I guess that means it would be really, really irresponsible to lay down $200,000.00 for the actual one. via

iTunes Tuesday: Listen to This

Depending upon the size of your iTunes library and how you have your playlists configured, you could have a bunch of awesome songs that you are either hearing over and over and over again, or that you’ve not heard in ages. Those are both terrible situations, of course. You want to have a happy medium.

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

Today is the birthday of Walt Disney, one of the most important men in my life. He was born December 5, 1901, in Chicago. He changed the world, and his creations have had a profound impact on me. I truly would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for his vision. I grew

iTunes Tuesday: The 90s

Here’s a quick and easy smart playlist for you. Let’s create a collection of only songs released in the 90s. This is a very simple playlist, and its utility is primarily as a component of other smart playlists. In iTunes click File → New → Smart Playlist …. Then choose the parameters set in this

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.