Posts Tagged ‘Music’

The Old Woman

Thursday, July 10th, 2003

There was an old woman who swallowed a bug,
I don’t know why she swallowed a bug,
Perhaps we’ll shrug.

There was an old woman who swallowed a fork,
Why in Zork did she swallow the fork?
She swallowed the fork to catch the bug,
I don’t know why she swallowed the bug,
Perhaps we’ll shrug.

Proof that life sometimes imitates children’s songs. Another song on that site is the Gnu song. (Not to be confused with the GNU/FSF song, which is something entirely different. I suggest you download and listen to the OGG from that page and compare it to the original AU (as sung by Richard Stallman).)

Photos: Fire in the Sky

Sunday, July 6th, 2003

This Fourth of July, (as previously mentioned) I went down to the local Raleigh fairgrounds.

There were lots of people all over, even a few hours before the fireworks began. Allea, Theresa, Laura, and myself forged our way through the crowd in the purpose of foraging for food. Finding a shaved ice merchant sitting right next to a lady trying to sell salty pretzels, we decided to hover over the area a bit, in something that distantly seemed to be a line.

Allea got the ice, and only the ice while Theresa (and Laura) bought both the ice and a pretzel. I purchased only the pretzel. Wow was that thing ever too salty. It might as well been a salt lick.

The bleachers were very crowded. We sat down and then stood right back up for the color guard and the national anthem. The fireworks were announced, and then (a few minutes later) the music kicked in and the show began.

There were quite a few good fireworks on display. There was everything from multi-part explosions to streamers and everything in between.

Of course, there are many more pictures in this set of photos. Check them all out.

View the set: Fourth of July: Fire in the Sky

Ducks in a row, rabbit in the shrubbery

Sunday, May 25th, 2003

It was Friday. As I was preparing to leave for a get together where there typically great food and music, I lunged out my front door and jaunted towards my car. Standing around my Volvo, there were three ducks simply idling directly outside the driver side door. I walked up to them and they did not flap nor did any of them fly away — they simply started quacking at me, as if I understood. I, of course, not being Dr. Doolittle, wasn’t exactly sure what they were saying. Perhaps they were possibly asking me to switch to a different insurance company. (The ducks were, after all, next to my car…) Who knows?

Anyway, I walked even closer towards the ducks… and as I did so, they started walking off in single file.

Ducks are not the only "wild" animals that like to hang out around my new place. I have seen several little bunnies hopping around at night. In fact, yesterday, I happened to see one in my backyard! I quickly grabbed my camera and shot the little woodland creature.

I did not manage to take any photos of the fowl, but you can view the photo of the rabbit.

Free AAC?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2003

I have iTunes 4 on my Mac. With this new version, the AAC format was introduced, and the iTunes music store uses a protected version of the format. Once you get the latest Quicktime installed, then you can also rip CDs to unprotected AAC. It seems as though there is a free software project to encode and decode AAC. There is also an XMMS plugin which uses the previously linked library.

This is great, as I can listen to music which I purchased on my Linux boxes too. Woo-hoo.

Whatever you do though, don’t visit for the time being. The site has been recently redone and I really think you won’t like their new site design. It’s seizure-inducing. It’s atrocious. It’s probably the worst looking website on the Internet right now (or it should at least come close). Ouch.

iTunes music store

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

The iTunes music store made its debut yesterday alongside the new iTunes 4 release. Having a Mac laptop (in addition to my Linux boxes), I decided to try the thing out. I’m impressed. Apple did a good job with the store, and I ended up buying some music (which I then burned to CDs for my car).

The tracks are in AAC instead of MP3, so it results in higher quality music. Also, many of the songs featured are from high-quality studio recordings and skip going to CD as an intermediate step.


Sunday, April 27th, 2003

Looplabs is a fun, interactive music beat mixing site. It’s a great use of Flash.

Moving to Cary!

Sunday, April 27th, 2003

I just got a new place in Cary. Not only is it nicer than my current place, it also is cheaper, has more square footage, is in a quiet location, and has both a front yard and back. I can plant a garden. I can get a kitten. I can actually get sleep without neighbors screaming, blasting music and my rest will not be interrupted by riced-out cars blaring down the road right behind me like at my current location.

I will be moving in this next week. I will probably start relocating stuff starting today. Yippie.