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Some Not-tech Grazing Tonight

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 — 21:00
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When I saw the spoiler for the next season of NCIS on TV Squad, I thought this would be a good time to do a graze that didn’t involve my self centered tech interests.

The added value had to be it was of some interest to me as well. I won’t link to the NCIS spoiler because at the moment it’s more of a tease than a true spoiler. It is more like what follows a newscaster when they start the sentence: “Coming right up after this break…” and then you don’t see the item for another two or three breaks.

This link to The Mysteries of Cheers on TV Squad is of some interest. There is a link to the blog put out by the man who is credited with creating the show. Here’s a spoiler. If you visit Boston, take you picture outside the Cheer’s Bar across from the Public Gardens on Beacon. If you go inside, you may be severely disappointed.

The second TV Squad link is to this news about the SciFi series Firefly. I have the final DVD, but this is a report of a Blue Ray boxed set. I will wait till its offered in the big box store, but I will get it.

The big news here though is from It is an article about the upcoming Stargate Universe series. This one has spoiler warnings all over it. The “portal” website looked like its name was Battlestar Galactica Ringtones.

And finally, I was hoping to say nice things about the new online radio from the UK Radiopaq, but, trying it from a raw copy of Firefox 3.05b, I could get none of the links to open without a warning message popping up that I didn’t have this or that plug it.

Oddly enough, I have had no problem with any other online radio/plog/YouTube embedded video.
Oh, well.


Three Blogging Utilities Settled In

Saturday, March 29, 2008 — 23:30
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In the past three weeks or so I have tested and then incorporated into my blogging/twitter routine three programs that reside either on the side, in the tool bar or in the background.  Each, in  a very short time, have become tools of the trade.

The most senior of the three is Jens Muller’s JC&MB Quicknote Ver. 5.4. 

There is a few pixels high and wide line sitting on the left side of the screen.  When I tap it, a customized note-pad materializes.  I write my note and tap outside the box and it disappears.   It has a password protected capability as well as almost unlimited room for expansion.  It has replaced my bringing up Notepad to take quick notes.

The second in seniority on my system is Read it Later from the Idea Shower.  I am a very fast reader.  Having to constantly stop and take notes as I scanned the hundreds of feeds in my RSS Reader slowed me considerably.  Once I installed Read it Later into Firefox, all I had to do was either tap the toolbar icon or right click and choose Read it later.  Then, once the feed has been milked, I can go back and peruse that which I was able to effortlessly glean.

The third and junior of the bunch is Texter.  There was another program I had loaded.  It was recommended as a must-have program for efficient writing.  I was convinced and installed the trial version.  It was okay.  Not spectacular.  In support I went to the home site to register a copy for home use. 

The price was OVER $50.00. It is being offered by a man with whom we found much in common.  We were ready to fork over payment when an added fee of $3.00 for use of PayPal popped up.  In pure emotional reaction, I canceled the order and scraped all vestiges of the program from the system.

Then Texter came to our attention while Twittering.  It does all that the other program did for me but is simpler to use.  It doesn’t wave itself around constantly reminding us of its existence.  It just helps create the script that cuts typing speed in half.

23 Hour Graze.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 — 21:45

Why do they have to steal the hour from the Weekend!!??  The law should be changed to take the hour off of Wednesday and, with the next change, add one hour to the weekend. Think of how happy that would make everyone, except those who work the graveyard shift…then…there is always the overtime.

The first Graze of the evening is for my novel-writing friend.  This is a list of the 50 Tools to help you write. The obvious question to me: while you are reading all of these lists, you’re not writing, are you?  Therapy?  Works for me!

We have another time warning.  The Urban Dictionary, where we went to look up Intertubes.  

It is one of those sites where, if you start clicking on links, you will fall down into the rabbit hole and not be seen again for days.  Consider yourself warned.  Being wide open to words on the Internet, there are also some silly naughty bits here.  Second warning.

We tried to sign up for Plaxo using our OpenID. 

All looked well, filled in the forms, got the confirming ID, but, after hitting the link, it said we didn’t provide the proper information…no, wait!  On refresh it loaded!!!  Be back in a few moments…

Whoo!  In the last hour I installed Plaxo and Pownce AIR. It was the hour of the I’M tools beginning with P. 

Twitter still seems simpler.

Back to Grazing… Torchwood Spoiler: Dead Man Walking

There is a lot of chatter, twitter entries and blog photos of interactive beer parties all over the Internet today.  This graphic by Sunni Brown seems to sum it all up.

Ames Estate, another wallpaper?

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Evening Graze

Sunday, March 2, 2008 — 17:59

The first link listed by a newly added feed, Laughing Squid in San Francisco is about San Francisco Liberation Radio.  I thought it might be insightful, interesting or at the very least funny. It was self important, attention getting and raided by a government agency.  What fun. -S-

Laughing Squid has been sited by several of the more sophisticated on-line commentators. We won’t give it the hook just yet.  Tick-tick

The DownloadSquad displayed a systems utility to transform the PrntScrn button to actually print the screen rather than copying the screen to the clipboard.

In the comments section of the program’s page, there is a comment touting another program called Gadwin System.  I have never heard of it but its home page is open and will look deeper into it later.

I saved a few news pieces to read about the coming war in South America. It would appear we have a few macho men just itching for a fight.  Sound familiar? I won’t bother posting links because this is an ongoing situation and the content will be ever changing.

Freeware Files displayed a 1.3 version of Able RAWer.  This is a graphic handler for RAW files to be downloaded directly from the camera.  I currently use Picasa for this.  The interesting thing is there was an ad for Picasa running on this page.

I am not sure why I saved the link to WordPress, but it was on my list, so, go start yourself a blog.  Enjoy!

If you’re interested in the show on BBC called Torchwood, this article from TV Squad will tell you more than you want to know prior to seeing the show.  If you have seen it, reading this article may give you insight into the motivation for this episode’s creation.  This does rate a SPOILER ALERT!!

IMAP pros and cons from downloadsquad.

Daily Blog Tips is an interesting page if you blog.

The last link was to a song called Cake.  Unfortunately my script blocker on Firefox displayed a half dozen blocked scripts that would have to be activated to hear the song.  One, maybe as many as three scripts I can understand.  When the number gets higher than that, the page writer is up to something.

That’s the evening graze.  If we stay up late, which we rarely do on a Sunday night, we may post one more today. Tags:

Taking Sunday Off

Sunday, February 17, 2008 — 13:06

That may sound strange, to take Sunday off, but after a very long week we have canceled all social obligations for the day.  I am sitting here in the home office, listening to Ingrid Michealson’s The Way I Am to be followed by Stacy Kent singing Stardust. 

These songs came about with my discovery of’s music download.  iTunes was just too complicated for me.  I am listening to the music on my laptop with the GPL Licensed  VLC cross platform media player.  It is the simplicity the interface to this programs full set of features that appeals to me.

Mark Knophler’s Coyote (Album Version) just started playing.

This could go on all afternoon, but I would rather just chill, thank you…


…Stacy Kent is now singing I Got it Bad…

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Two Hours At Google Reader

Saturday, February 9, 2008 — 18:42

Using the Firefox Extension, Read-it-later, I was able this morning to hold for later viewing all of the links below while browsing through  the Google Reader .

What assisted me in copying these links I as perused them in Firefox clicking on the Read-it-later and the Read-it icons was the newest note taking utility added to the laptop, Quicknote.  Quicknote was praised  in an earlier blog entry.

The Read-it-later extension is not only for Google Reader.  It copies to its bookmark any link you may encounter while browsing.  Therefore, one or two of the links below may have come from browsing places like Technorati or commandN, but most come from Google Reader, whither  there are feeds from both of these sites

I have loaded the complete link below the names of the sites instead of embedding them.  This way you can see, before you click on them, exactly where the link is taking you.

Read-It-Later Links

What is Relativity?


GMail Skins

WOT For Firefox

The Draco Tavern

Archbishop Defends Remarks

Google Map Mashups

Stephen King On Writing

First Look at Firefox 3.0

WiFi Sites

Photo Enforced

The Elegant Variation


Duke of York Trashes US

Creative Swearing     (This is very fast but funny)

Configuring GMail Imap in Thunderbird


Romney Exits (Herald Tribune)

Dignity Village

Smoke at Ansonia

commandN #121

Add Content to Google Maps

Create PDF Magazines

Cram Magazine (PDF)

Daily Dose of Imagery

The Tenant Who Wrote Macbeth

Word and OpenOffice Compatibility

How to Fold a Towel Monkey

Digital Camera Reviews

Blogger Buzz


Live Writer Likes Us Again!

Saturday, February 9, 2008 — 11:35
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For one of those inexplicable reasons Live Writer stopped being able to post to this blog.  We tried deleting the account, resetting, etc.  None of that worked.

So, we tried the old fashioned method of giving up.  That worked for a while, but the other Famous Grazing sites were filling up leaving the Portal sitting here, lonely, waiting for individual attention.

It was that individual attention that brought us back here to make an entry regarding the most recent Firefox patch. 

Using the alternate method to giving up, trying one more time, we decided, instead of making the individual entry, the OLD method, we’d try to get Live Writer to work once more with this blog.

So here we are, crossing our fingers, (does make it hard to type,) ready to publish this.