July 31, 2005

What Does Space Sound Like?

I'm becoming more and more interested in this stuff since my involvement with space projects recently. Does it surprise you that space should sound eerie? I bet Cher sounds pretty darned eerie to space people. Thanks to Tim Hankins for the linky.

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July 29, 2005

Listen to Employees to Thrive


“Communication lines were suddenly open,” says Justin Fuller, an American engineer in Tulsa, Okla. “Before, people had ideas, but they didn't know where to take them. They also thought it wouldn't make any difference if they did. Now, the groundwork has been laid so people know where to take their ideas and how to get them implemented.”

Read more about American Airlines is surviving in a market that makes the skies look a little less than friendly right now. For the record, Pejman exhorted me to invest in AMR over six months ago. I didn't listen. I did, however, heed his advice on Gilead. This might be the most bourgeois thing I've ever said on this blog. It happens to us all. Moby (or Mo for those playing the home version) told a story of having friends over recently and suggesting to them that they “go for a walk cuz I haven't seen all of my property yet”. He wins Bobo contest.

Written while groovin' to Exit Flagger from the album “Human Amusements At Hourly Rates” by Guided by Voices

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July 27, 2005

Sharing is Caring

Online file sharers buy more music. The record companies have got to figure this one out. I think they will. Either that or they'll be rendered even more irrelevant.

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Saw a dude with a mustache driving a Ferrari and had to hear this. If you don't shake a lil' in your chair whilst listening then you're made of stone.

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2005 Halloween Costume Idea #1

Simple. Clean. Elegant. Cheap. Unlike the costumes of previous years.

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Tim (aka “him whom the comment system disallows”) sends us USB flash drives in the form of sushi. Stop staring, it's not weird.

Written while groovin' to Mark Cuban: Larry's World from the album “Larry's World w/Larry Magid” by IT Conversations

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July 26, 2005


No, it's not an old Bloom County reference but rather a handy lil' UNIX tool in my arsenal. Combined with online documentation there's nothing I can't build! Well, no text I can't manipulate at least.

Written while groovin' to Asking Me Lies from the album “Don't Tell A Soul” by The Replacements

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Payola All Over Again

Didja know the term “payola” comes from a 1960 federal law that made it a crime punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to a year in prison to offer money or other stuff to give records, usually bad records, airplay. “Payola” is a contraction of “pay” and “Victrola” record players. First off I didn't know it was illegal, I thought was how it worked, you pay to be played. Elliot Spitzer, thankfully knows the law better than me. If this guy doesn't run for President at some point I'd be very surprised. He can do no wrong it seems.

Written while groovin' to Mark Murphy - Ain`t Nobody Here But Us Chickens from the album “The Best of Jazz Juice (2CD)” by Various

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July 25, 2005

AIM Fight

Type in two AIM usernames and find out who is more, linked? popular? iDunno, it's fun none the less.

Written while groovin' to The Sounder from the album “Dance Hits & Remixes” by Gorillaz

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Alan Kay

HP's bio of Alan Kay is missing an important section in the end. I mean the bit about them firing him.

Written while groovin' to More Than Real from the album “Last Exit” by Junior Boys

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July 22, 2005

Rock n' Roll

Well, I’m hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on baby, do you do more than dance?
I’m hot blooded, I’m hot blooded

Written while groovin' to Hot Blooded by Foreigner

Well, I’m hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on baby, do you do more than dance?
I’m hot blooded, I’m hot blooded

You don’t have to read my mind, to know what I have in mind
Honey you oughta know
Now you move so fine, let me lay it on the line
I wanna know what you’re doin’ after the show

Now it’s up to you, we can make a secret rendezvous
Just me and you, I’ll show you lovin’ like you never knew

That’s why, I’m hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on baby, do you do more than dance?
I’m hot blooded, hot blooded

If it feels alright, maybe you can stay all night
Shall I leave you my key?
But you’ve got to give me a sign, come on girl, some kind of sign
Tell me, are you hot mama? you sure look that way to me

Are you old enough? will you be ready when I call you bluff?
Is my timing right? did you save your love for me tonight?

Yeah I’m hot blooded, check it and see
Feel the fever burning inside of me
Come on baby, do you do more than dance?
I’m hot blooded, I’m hot blooded, I’m hot

Now it’s up to you, can we make a secret rendezvous?
Oh, before we do, you’ll have to get away from you know who

Well, I’m hot blooded, check it and see
I got a fever of a hundred and three
Come on baby, do you do more than dance?
I’m hot blooded, I’m hot blooded

Hot blooded, every night
Hot blooded, you’re looking so tight
Hot blooded, now you’re driving me wild
Hot blooded, I’m so hot for you, child
Hot blooded, I’m a little bit high
Hot blooded, you’re a little bit shy
Hot blooded, you’re making me sing
Hot blooded, for your sweet sweet thing

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July 21, 2005

PSP Redux

Despite the tasteless title, this article details Sony's plan for a white PSP device. Good idea. Tim, how you liking yours these days? you hear they're gonna add WMV and MPEG-4 support to it?

Written while groovin' to J-88 - Keep It On

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July 20, 2005

Fun Shuffle Poncho


I don't know which is more fun, the product itself or the google translation of it:

“The strap which can adjust the material and the length which are superior in shocking absorptivity unrestrictedly being attached.”


Written while groovin' to They Also Mourn Who Do Not Wear Black (For The Homeless In Muskegon) from the album “Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State” by Sufjan Stevens

Posted by Pedraum at 05:18 PM |

Birds Do Jay-Z

This is a story for our generation: Pollly wanna what-what!

Posted by Pedraum at 08:13 AM |

July 18, 2005


I'm a sucker for Adobe Photoshop tips and tricks. This one, showing you how to add a realistic looking beard to a picture has me itching (ha) to get home and try it out.

Written while groovin' to My Family Tree from the album “Cellar Door” by John Vanderslice

Posted by Pedraum at 11:55 PM |

head-sup Travel Products

Sure, rubber-necking while trying to fall asleep on a plane sucks. but does suck enough to use one of these? My friend Shastri would say absolutely. On a trip we took together to Papua New Guinea he popped two Tylenol PM, covered himself in a hangnail-snag airplane blanket and topped it off with a baseball cap to lock the burka in place. Oh, then he had one of those neck pillows on the outside to prevent his neck from drooping. I wish I could have taken pictures of people's reactions as they walked down the aisle.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:19 PM |

I'm Just Sayin

I know nothing, but I'm just saying...SJ knows a few peeps in Hollywood:

In particular, few in Hollywood would be shocked to see Apple founder Steve Jobs pull another rabbit out of his hat, unveiling a perfectly thought-out system for moving paid video to computers and portable devices.
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Moby's Living Room

Moby's Living Room
Originally uploaded by pedraum.
Moby's house is beautiful. I sat for a while just strumming tunes and taking in the upstate NY view...incredible.
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July 16, 2005


Evan Williams is a nice guy. Evan Williams created Blogger. Blogger was bought by Google. Evan created Odeo. I'm paying attention.

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July 15, 2005

I'm A Pro!

Originally uploaded by pedraum.
Thanks to Professor Geminder I'm a pro now...
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Google Money

It's floating around here...

"Across the country, new tales of real-estate froth are bubbling up every day. But Atherton is in a particular lather. The 4.6-square-mile enclave in the heart of Silicon Valley has the most expensive ZIP Code, 94027, in the nation, with a median home price of nearly $2.5 million in 2004, according to a recent survey by Forbes.com. Among the newly arrived Googlers' neighbors is the boss: Google CEO Eric Schmidt is an Atherton homeowner.

Googlers aren't the only newcomers buying in Atherton. Financiers and tech titans continue to be regular buyers. Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new CEO, Mark Hurd, recently purchased an Atherton house for $7.15 million, according to the San Mateo County assessor's public records. Mr. Hurd moved West from a Dayton, Ohio, house that was last valued at $799,520, according to property records from the Montgomery County auditor's office. (An H-P spokesman in Palo Alto says Mr. Hurd has no comment.) And Googlers are buying in other nearby towns, too, including Woodside, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

But the Google effect stands out in Atherton, agents say. "There's a lot of Google money out there," says Mary Gullixson, a Silicon Valley real-estate broker who says she has sold nearly $130 million in residences this year, the bulk of them in Atherton. "It's turning out to be the best year ever."

Written in Oceanside, CA (on the first sunny day!)

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July 13, 2005

Wally World

“The poorer, less educated, and older consumers are, the more they believe in the goodness of Wal-Mart. Adults with a high school diploma and adults age 65+ gave Wal-Mart nearly as high a grade for ”good corporate citizenship“ as for ”lowest prices.“


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July 11, 2005

Life Poster

How to make a life poster, Tiger edition... aka: another reason to own a Mac.

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July 10, 2005

Upstate NY

Did you know that there are over 150 planets in our solar system galaxy? Did you know that almost all of those were discovered in the last 20 years? I had the opportunity to learn these and many more fascinating facts spending the weekend with the brightest minds I've hung out with in a long time. My fiend Kelly, the rocket scientist, asked me to serve on the board of a new project she and her friend George conceived some time ago. Without giving too much away about it at this point I can say that it seeks to convey the scale, awe and wonder of space to help us move past the ***pedestrian view of space kids are taught today by the poster up on the wall. The current two dimensional view might spawn the question just build a faster rocket and we can get to edge of our solar system. This type of question is fine based on a poster whose scale treats two inches as a light year. But how do we convey to people the vastness of space?

This is the question that a group of us huddled together to answer. It was an impressive group to be associated with and I wanted to take a moment to show off by telling you who i was hobnobbing with this weekend (FYI the wife and kids were out of town anyway so I wasn't ditching them--I know some of you would wonder):

Paul Butler, Astronomer, Carnegie Institution
Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization for Rose Center Production and Education
Tim Hankins, Computer Scientist, Sony
moby – Musician, Space Enthusiast
Kelly Snook, Planetary Scientist and Music Producer
George Whitesides, Executive Director, National Space Society
Andrew Currie, Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist, Conservation Havens
Carl Fravel, Computer Scientist and Computer music specialist
Loretta Hidalgo, Space Outreach and Education Specialist
Bert Ulrich, Curator NASA Art Program, NASA HQ
Matthew Wright, Computer Music Ph.D. student, Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Impressive right? I told you! When the turn came for me to introduce me there was a lot of “and you are?????” and “this is regarding????”. No, actually I made what might be a considered a couple of intelligible comments. I have been working in this here Interweb thing for a while and it turns out I've learned a thing or two. make no mistake, however, I was bringing the average IQ in the room down no doubt.

The location of the meeting made it even more special. Moby, the rock star, graciously opened his home in upstate New York to us. Kelly knows Moby from some work they did together at the Johnson Space Center some years ago and they stayed in touch since. The house is incredibly beautiful with sweeping landscape views from all around. A few of us went swimming with Moby and then spent some good sweat time in the sauna. A night spent back in SoHo at a killer indian restaurant Carter recommended capped off a great day. Though I'd taken a red-eye and hadn't slept in 20-something hours I was doing fine. i was infused with energy at the thought of exciting projects to come. I'll post pictures and the like as they come my way (my camera's still busted).

Written while groovin' to No Roots from the album “No Roots” by Faithless

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July 09, 2005


Thanks to Cool Tools comes this:

You are in a bookshop or a record shop. You found something that interests you.You can't decide whether to buy it now or later online. What you need is a price check and a quick review, perhaps some ideas of something similar that others might recommend. Someone oughta try this out and write a lil' comment.

Posted by Pedraum at 04:58 AM |

Mooching Wireless

I've known friends that have had great success borrowing a friendly neighbor's wireless bandwidth. But did you know that it could get you in trouble? It seems strange that it should especially if the neighbor is leaving it open willingly. Of course if the moocher is using the bandwidth to do nefarious things that's another story. But it feels open-source to share your bandwidth with the neighborhood, especially if the ISP's are OK (apparently only Speakeasy has gone on the record as saying they're OK with it).

Written while groovin' to Episode 1: Mixed by Daddy Kev from the album “Alternative Hip-Hop Lounge” by Alpha Pup Records

Posted by Pedraum at 04:37 AM |

Where Google Invests...

...there's sure to be something interesting going on technology-wise. And so we must take note of their recent investment in an outfit that provides high-speed internet access through home electrical wiring....synchronously at that (same speed for upload and download). I sat next to a Google attorney on the flight to Newark (it's where we're writing this post from) but she had no details to offer. Pfft, lawyers.

Posted by Pedraum at 03:41 AM |

July 07, 2005

GMap Hacks

The number of Goggle Maps hacks is exploding now that they've made the API available. My favorite so far, a pedometer...find your walking region, click record, and then start double-clicking along the route that you walked. The distance you traversed is updated for you. Very slick, very cool. The interweb is alive and healthier than it's ever been.

Written while groovin' to Naschkatze from the album “J.A.C” by Tosca

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July 05, 2005

Digital SLRs

Ever since my beloved cousin dropped my digital camera a month ago rendering it busted I've been toying with the idea of a real-life digital SLR. Clearly, it will have to be one of two cameras though since the reason I bought the Casio Exilim in the first place was that I found that I wouldn't take the camera with me when I went out because I hate having too much stuff on my person (scrip sunglasses, house keys, car keys, wallet) especially since I like to wear rock n' roll jeans that don't have a ton of pocket space. Hey, it's not easy being a rocker.

But I digest...I've been inspired by friends and their keen eye...now all I need is $1000 or so to get the outfitted with the right stuff. If you're gonna go, go big right? Canon has put up a surprisingly neutral overview of the best practices related to digital SLR use. I can't comment on whether or not you should buy a Canon or not, there are plenty of sites where that sort of religion is debated. The tips included in the above site, though, are not brand-specific.

Written while groovin' to Independent Thief from the album “Back To Me” by Kathleen Edwards

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July 03, 2005

Ebay Tips and Tricks

Buying and selling on Ebay can be daunting especially if you've tried and been outbid 100 times before ever winning an auction. A kind soul has posted some tips and tricks for both buying and selling that look to be pretty well thought out. Happy bidding.

Written while groovin' to Since U Been Gone from the album “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson (Hey, it's a good song!)

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