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May 31, 2006

Phoenix

After first coat of primer white.

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May 30, 2006

"This Day In History"

Joan of Arc burned at the stake, 1431.

Family...

My Mother had a small stroke recently...

My Mother's Father died...

My iBook Update...

It seems to be doing ok, so far. I'm going to run it tomorrow on battery alone to see if there are any further issues. I've done it once already, but want to do it again to make sure.

Prior.

May 29, 2006

Cool...

The best paper airplane?

May 25, 2006

I'm kind of chuckling...

The Skeptical Optimist: Pie char of who owns the National Debt

Hahaha... Click on the gif pie chart...

May 24, 2006

iBook - Apple Repair

Apple... *sighs and shakes my head*

Instead of me sending my laptop back in for yet another repair they are sending me a new battery. When I get that I'm suppose to send back my old one. They somehow think this is the fix. I hope they are right.

Prior:

My iBook came back...

My New iBook G4 is screwed now...

May 23, 2006

Furry Fury is on hold... For now...

Until Apple Repair sends me back my laptop in working order. I'm really annoyed.

My iBook came back...

I got my laptop back today from Apple Repair. I loathe getting a repaired laptop back from them now. It never goes right. Anyway... They fixed the laptop assembly battery (CMOS battery), but the laptop still dies when you unplug it from the power adaptor. It will not start up again unless it is plugged back in to the power adaptor. After startup it is now holding the date and time correctly, and remembering my network settings. BUT... It's still shutting off after you unplug it from the power adaptor. So, my assumption is that said laptop has an issue with the battery, and or charging board. The reason the laptop lasts as long as it does when you unplug it from power is that the new CMOS battery is trying to keep it up and running. This is why the CMOS battery was drained completely in the first place. Now on the phone with Apple Repair again. Wondering why they did not check to see if replacing the CMOS / laptop assembly battery fixed the issue.

Prior post...

May 21, 2006

Early Birthday Celebration...

My housemate, and my partner / wife made me a wonderful dinner on the evening of the 19th. Grilled salmon, grilled asparagus, brown rice, a nice salad, and red wine. For dessert was a Birthday cake, tiple chocolate mousse cake. The meal was delicious. After a lovely card was given, and a gift, which I was not expecting... I received a 60GB iPod video from them, and the parents in-law. It's awesome!

MacSaber... Use the force!

Check it out... It turns your laptop into a light saber, or lap-saber.

May 19, 2006

LMAO...

K-1 Ernesto Hoost - gaki no tsukai

May 18, 2006

Lana Update

Just got back from the vet getting her last booster shot, and her rabies. So, no more shots for a year. She still has her little heart murmur, which is about a 1 on a scale of 1 to 5. I have to schedule three months from now her ECG (electrocardiogram) So, that we can get a baseline for the murmur, and to see if it's heart disease, or just some genetic defect in one of her valves. We also need to know this before we put her under to get her spayed. The vet says she looks great.

Yah, Lana-bean! :D

My New iBook G4 is screwed now...

The issue started while I was away for vacation at Block Island. I would unplug the power cord, and in the middle of doing something it was just shut off. No warning. Just blackness. I plug it back in, boot up, and the date & my network settings are whiped. It does this whenever I unplug it from the power adaptor now.

Symptoms:
- unplugging power adaptor shuts off laptop.
- after booting up my date & network settings are whiped.
a. date reset to December 1969 in iCal... And in my system bar it says it's reset to 2001, and I should change it.
b. network settings gone.

Time to call Apple. I just got this thing November 23, 2005.

This is the iBook G4 1.33GHz, 512k level 2 cache, 512MB of DDR SDRAM, 40GB Ultra ATA hard drive.

P.S. - Resetting the PRAM did not fix it.

Update: Now I wait for the delivery of my box to send back my laptop for repair.

"RIAA Sues XM Satellite Radio" from slashdot

Record labels sue XM over portable device

By Sue Zeidler Wed May 17, 9:00 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The recording industry on Tuesday sued XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., alleging its Inno device that can store music infringes on copyrights and transforms a passive radio experience into the equivalent of a digital download service like iTunes.

A spokesman for the
Recording Industry Association of America, comprising major labels such as Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group Corp., EMI Group Plc and Sony BMG, said the suit was filed on Tuesday in New York federal court.

The suit accuses XM Satellite of "massive wholesale infringement," and seeks $150,000 in damages for every song copied by XM customers using the devices, which went on sale earlier this month. XM, with more than 6.5 million subscribers, said it plays 160,000 different songs every month.

"...Because XM makes available vast catalogues of music in every genre, XM subscribers will have little need ever again to buy legitimate copies of plaintiffs' sound recordings," the lawsuit says referring to the hand held "Inno" device.

The suit says that XM has touted its service's advantages over the iPod and cites XM's advertising literature that says "It's not a Pod. It's the mothership."

XM said the Inno, which is maufactured by Pioneer Corp., are legal devices that allow consumers to listen to and record radio just as the law has allowed for decades.

While the labels are asserting the device has transformed radio broadcasts into a download service, XM said the device does not allow consumers to transfer recorded content. XM also said that content recorded from radio broadcasts like XM's is not on demand, in contrast to the content people buy from online music stores like Apple Computer Inc.'s popular iTunes service.

XM said it will vigorously defend this lawsuit on behalf of consumers and also called the lawsuit a bargaining tactic.

The company's shares, which rose 4 percent to close at $17.63 on Nasdaq, were down 1.3 percent at $17.40 in after hours trading.

The labels are currently in talks with XM and its rival Sirius Satellite Radio, to renegotiate digital royalty contracts for broadcasts.

XM and the labels had also been in talks about the licensing of content for the digital portable player, but failed to reach agreement, according to sources familiar with the matter. The labels had pressed for licenses similar to those required for services like iTunes, the sources said.

Sirius earlier this spring came to an agreement with music labels over the ability to save songs to its S50 portable satellite receivers that double as MP3 players.

"XM Radio is the largest single payer of digital music broadcast royalties, and royalties paid by XM go to the music industry and benefit artists directly," the satellite radio company said.

"The music labels are trying to stifle innovation, limit consumer choice and roll back consumers' rights to record content for their personal use," XM added.

"It's a question of economic impact. Will these devices substitute for the purchase of a record? Everything is changing and the industry is petrified," said Jay Cooper, an entertainment lawyer.

Read entire article here.

May 16, 2006

Rain... Rain...

Is it ever going to stop raining. It's all I've seen since the 10th. I guess it's better than sun and humidity. Blech.

May 15, 2006

Phoenix

Here are the pictures. It's not painted yet.

Travel...

We wound up heading up to Block Island from the 10th through the 15th for a little quiet relaxation. It was nice not having to work either one of my jobs. It rained most of the time, but we didnít care. Had fun going to the bar, ate homemade pie, and played KENO every night we were there. Letís just say it was a bad week for KENO.

When at the house... I read, built my rocket ( thanks for helping sand, babe! ), repaired a few rockets, listened to music, and hung out with our cats Arrow & Lana. Oh, and called Mom for Motherís Day.

The ferry ride over, and from, was ruff both times. Blech.

A few photos of what the weather was like...

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May 8, 2006

IQ Test...

May 5, 2006

Another dragon sketch from my sketchbook...

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And here it is in color...

Colored in photoshop after scanning... Then thrown up on my desktop background on my MAC.

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May 3, 2006

Cerebral Dump...

Another scanned from a sketchbook, and imported into photoshop.

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Hmmm... "Eggs fertilised without sperm"

"It may be possible to have a baby without involving men

Scientists in Australia have found a way to fertilise eggs using genetic material from any cell in the body - and not just sperm.

The technique could potentially help infertile couples to have children. "

Read the rest of the article here.

Peter Bumpin` Tail

Another scanned, and imported into photoshop for color.

*chuckles* I have no IDEA where I was going with this one.

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