Friday, September 23, 2005

Gator found tied to palm tree at Pensacola Beach

The last line of the story says it all.
"That's just to be expected," he said. "Welcome to Florida."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

It's a nice day for an iPod wedding

First of all lets congratulate Alorie Gilbert, Staff Writer, CNET, for spelling "iPod" correctly. I don't know why but it's really starting to bug me when I see iPod spelled "IPod" or "Ipod" or "ipod". "IPOD" IS ACCEPTABLE WHEN THE HEADLINE IS ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, as I just demonstrated. Now on to the article.
As a bride-to-be, Jessica Spence was taking extra care to note the details at a friend's wedding recently.

One thing that stood out to her was an idle-looking DJ who hit a few buttons on his laptop and appeared to take the rest of the night easy.

"I swear to god, the DJ was playing Solitaire throughout the dinner and cocktail hour," Spence noted in an online forum at wedding-planning site "It seems sort of silly to pay someone a lot of money to sit at a laptop and put on songs when we can do the exact same thing."

With their confidence in wedding DJs dented, Spence and her fiance are counting on their iPod to provide the musical entertainment at their wedding reception in Minneapolis later this month. They're among a growing number of couples making personal music players a central part of their big day.
Two good ideas here. 1) Go to a wedding or to, take notes on what you liked and didn't like so you have a good idea what you want when your big day comes along. 2) Use an iPod not some other iRipOff MP3 player.
Saving money obviously isn't the only motivation. Many couples view their wedding music as an opportunity to express themselves and put a personal stamp on their event. A digital-music player seems to set a more relaxed tone, too, one bride-to-be said.

"I think it will really add to the feel of the night not being so staged," said Emily Mighdoll, who is planning to use an iPod at her wedding next year in Delray Beach, Fla. "There's music, but no one will be telling us what to do the whole night. It's also sort of neat being able to control a piece of how the party goes."

Heh. Getting hitched in Florida eh? Just remember they are crazy down there, although the wedding I went to in Orlando wasn't bad at all. Leave it to Florida to through you for a loop.

"My fiance is definitely an audiophile and has tons and tons of music--anything we'd want a DJ to play and more," she said. "He's definitely selecting the playlists." (Mighdoll, however, said she's retaining veto power over the song selection.)
Ahhh... The whole reason for this post! This my friends is 100% confirmation of my theory that the only say the guy has in his wedding is "Will you marry me?" Which is always followed by a concerned face on his bride to be. To which the remedy is pulling out the diamond encrusted engagement ring bribe. To which the face of the bride to be lights up and she happily says yes. Now that the engagement is official, the guy no longer has any say in Who (is in his wedding), What (kind of tux's/dress's/colors/ect.), Where (the wedding will take place) and When (the wedding will take place). Yes that's right, 100% confirmation.

But do-it-yourself wedding music is not as simple as it might sound. For one thing, most couples find that they need to borrow or rent a sound system, including speakers, amplifiers, cables and a microphone. Rental costs can easily exceed $100.
Maybe, but that's not been my experience. You see I played the music at a friends wedding, right from my PowerBook. Just ran it through the sound system in the room were the reception was taking place. I guess renting the church may have cost more than $100, but the do-it-myself wedding music was very simple. But then iTunes is very simple.

Couples may also want to ask a trusted friend or family member to play MC and manage music transitions from dinner to dancing. Others advise using a laptop to sidestep some of pocket-size players' limitations, such as some iPods' 2- or 3-second pause between songs. Backing up music to a CD in case of a technical malfunction is also not a bad idea.
This is interesting. Could it be that the iPod is so popular that its now being used in the generic to describe all MP3 players? I'm testing my iPod to see if there really is a 2- or 3-second pause between songs, which I don't recall and after listening to a few songs, don't hear. Slight pause maybe, but not in the 3 second range. I'm not sure if I like the generic use of "iPod" when referring to some other iCrapTastic MP3 player that's impossible to use and has 3 second delays between songs.

Music selection can also be tricky, a former radio DJ writes on IndieBride's online forum. "From a DJ's perspective, the music is not for you," she writes. "You are not playing your favorite songs. You are playing songs people want to hear and that people want to dance to."

She recommends sticking to crowd pleasers like "YMCA" by the Village People and "Whip It" by Devo.

That's an interesting though. As I've been to several weddings recently it seems to me that the main point of the wedding is for the bride and groom to entertain their guests with a second very minor point being the actual getting married. So when it's suggested that the DJ play music for the guests not the bride, it makes sense. But then it is her big day and she has veto powers over everything so that DJ better play her favorite love songs or else its her high-heeled shoe through his neck (which by the way would be rather entertaining, thus the whole point of a wedding).

Professional DJs say all of this detail is too much for most amateurs to handle. That's why the technology isn't putting any DJs out of business, said Jim Tremayne, editor of DJ Times magazine.

"A good, experienced, professional mobile DJ will offer more than music selection," Tremayne said in an e-mail interview. "That DJ will offer the timing that an iPod can't. He'll do introductions. He'll play the music at the exact time that you want. He'll offer the expertise of someone who's done this hundreds of times."

Or he'll just sit and play solitaire while collecting his $600 ;)


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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Rebel Against the System

Rock band shows fans how to crack DRM

'Heavy hearted' musician publishes digital rights management workaround

Ken Young, 19 Sep 2005
A rock musician has expressed anger at digital rights management (DRM) technology after hearing complaints from fans who are having difficulty importing his group's songs to programs like iTunes.
My reaction: Cool!
Speaking on a music forum, Tim Foreman, bassist with San Diego rock band Switchfoot, wrote: "My heart is heavy with this whole copy-protection thing.

"We were horrified when we first heard about the new copy-protection policy that is being implemented by most major labels, including Sony (our own label), and immediately looked into all our options for removing this from our new album.

"Unfortunately, this is the new policy for all new major releases from these record companies. It is heartbreaking to see our blood, sweat and tears over the past two years blurred by the confusion and frustration surrounding this new technology.

My reaction: Where did my socks go? (as in did I just read that Switchfoot would prefer no
DRM because that would totally blow my socks off)

As far as DRMed CD's go, if you don't like 'em boycot and don't buy 'em. The old boycot will get Sony right where it hurts... the pocketbook. Just go buy Switchfoot's new album, Nothing is Sound, on iTunes just to rub it in Sony's nose too! ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Blame Bush? Na, just laugh at those who do
The Nation's Top 10 Natural Disasters
Sep 14 5:13 PM US/Eastern


1. Galveston (Texas) Hurricane, 1900, estimated 8,000 deaths

2. Great Okeechobee Hurricane in Florida, 1928, estimated 2,500-plus

3. Johnstown, Pa., Flood, 1889, estimated 2,200-plus

4. Louisiana Hurricane, 1893, 2,000-plus

5. South Carolina-Georgia Hurricane, 1893, 1,000-2,000

6. Great New England Hurricane, 1938, 720

7. San Francisco Earthquake, 1906, 700

8. Georgia-South Carolina Hurricane, 1881, 700

9. Tri-State Tornado in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, 1925, 695

10. Labor Day Hurricane that hit the Florida Keys, 1935, 405


Source: Rusty Pfost, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Let me see if I've got this right... hurricane's in 1935, 1881, 1938, 1893, 1928, 1900, a tornado in 1925, an earthquake in 1906 and a flood in 1889 are all President Bush's fault because he is the sole reason for global warming in the world. How can someone not yet born be responcible for Natural, as in NOT man made, Disasters that have obviously been happening for a long long time be responcible for Natural Disasters that happen now?

Liberals sure can be quite entertaining when they lash out before putting any thought into what they are saying. Maybe that's why so many liberals are entertainers... modern day court jesters?
Here's a list of all known category 5 Atlantic hurricanes since records began in 1886, all President Bush's fault.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fark Florida

Florida makes Fark a lot. I mean a lot. So much that the crazies down there get their own button! That right there should tell you something.

For fun lets see how many times Florida makes Fark in the month of August.

  1. Man invents remote-controlled robot to imprint advertising logos onto baseball fields, find Sarah Connor before game time

  2. Florida considers raising speed limit to 75 mph. Farmer's markets quiver with fear

  3. Bat flies into car, bites woman. Waiting to see if she turns into superhero or vampire

  4. Regardless of how upset you are with the tax assessors, threatening them with anthrax is unlikely to reduce your bill

  5. Man arrested after lying about killing hitchhiker in hopes that it would end his marriage

  6. Police receive tip that there's a house in the neighborhood with possible drug activity, are also warned of "maniacal monkeys in its backyard"

  7. Eighty-year-old woman wants to reclaim world Qbert championship title

  8. Twelve-year-old girl sentenced to 10 years. Mom says she's gonna blow up the #@%$ courthouse

  9. Woman discovers her overgrown garden has been fined $35 per day for code violations... since 1999. Current total: $73,000

  10. Florida State to sue NCAA over right to keep name "Seminoles."

  11. Police said they found a 9 mm pistol and a bag containing ammunition in the wreckage. Speedometer frozen on 134 mph

  12. Florida's biggest electric utilities mistakenly sent a shipment of nuclear waste to a farm pasture. Well, that would explain the glowing cows

  13. Thieves steal three-foot Humpty Dumpty from wall. All the king's horses and all the king's men quickly being assembled

  14. Bad: Putting fake blue flashing light on dashboard and pulling over random car. Worse: Random car turns out to be driven by undercover policemen. Worst: Leaving cocaine on center console while doing it

  15. Homeless people object to city redevelopment plan that calls them "vagrants" and "transients." Bums, hobos and winos considered as alternates

  16. Hundreds of truckers block Florida turnpike to protest high gas prices. BJ McKay unavailable for comment

  17. Sushi fundraiser held to raise money for aquarium

  18. Radio station has people dressed as convicts running around the freeway, asking for rides. What could possibly go wrong?

  19. County to build bridge over congested area, charge toll for those who don't want to wait at traffic lights

  20. Florida leads the nation in Taser-related deaths

  21. Woman takes four-month-old son out drinking in a bar, eventually passes out with infant in parking lot after getting kicked out

  22. Financially troubled county agency foots $4,000 bill to send low-income seniors to Disney's House of Blues for a concert

  23. Hotel owner bitchslaps developer; or developer bitchslaps hotel owner. Sixty witnesses sure to provide conflicting stories

  24. State tourist board to retire its "FLA USA" brand because "USA" invokes negative opinions from foreign customers and "FLA" invokes ridicule

  25. Man, 84, arrested for drive-by shooting

  26. Shelter kills dog despite microchip identifying it and calls from owner to claim it. Animal services director says, "I have no excuse"

  27. Ricky Williams forgets his playbook in hotel room. Maid returns it, notices Cheetos and Ho-Ho stains all over it

  28. Animal-control officers in Florida surrender, say wild iguana population has won. Residents who report finding "Jurassic Park in my toilet" not amused

  29. Tampa museum breaks attendance record with cadaver exhibit. Museum officials unsure whether the bodies are meant to be part of the exhibit, or are merely elderly Floridians who dropped dead while visiting

  30. Crocodile in alligator-infested water terrifies Key West swimmers

  31. Passengers stuck on casino boat in Gulf of Mexico nearly 24 hours. Finally disembark exhausted and penniless

  32. Deputy resigns after giving stranded crack addict a lift to the gas station -- among other Fife-like blunders

  33. Dwight Gooden throws Tampa police a curveball during a traffic stop -- now they're striking back with a felony arrest warrant

  34. Katrina and the Waves to perform smash hit in Florida this weekend

  35. Congratulations to Tropical Storm Katrina on being promoted to Hurricane status

  36. Even if you are the brother of the deceased, it's still a good idea to wear a shirt and to not stab people at his wake

  37. Man successfully holds his own against Disney World by placing giant plastic tyrannosaurus rex next to interstate

  38. Girl meets Saudi prince at college. Saudi prince falls for girl. Girl uses Saudi prince's Boeing 727 to smuggle cocaine from Columbia to Paris. It's a classic love story

  39. Daytona Beach police crack down on people who leave cars running while buying coffee. $71.50 ticket costs almost as much as wasted gas

  40. Floridians swarm gas stations after getting bogus email telling them stations are running out of fuel and shutting down

40 times in 31 days. There's something not normal about that. Crazy I tell you, crazy.

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