Archive for January, 2009

The Love for Songsmith

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I posted a “infomercial” of Microsoft Songsmith a while back, and since it surfaced, tons of clips have surfaced on youtube of people that ran vocals of real songs through the software to have it generate the instrumentation. Hilarious results  followed…..

How about Roxanne by the Police …. by Songsmith:


Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Monday, January 26th, 2009


Who knew there was such a thing…. (?!)

Daily WTF

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

The internet makes me smile sometimes. Not sure if this is real or not, but I have little to write about lately, so I’m just filling the void.


Password cracker

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

safeWe, as most other people these days, have a computer at home. And our son and daughter sometimes like to play with it. Surf some kid sites, or just play music on iTunes, or whatever. Once in a while however, we lock it (the good ol’ ctrl-alt-delete) to prevent the kids from messing with it too much when we have important things we’re working on at the moment.

This of course, is not very popular. Especially with our son. He just can’t stand the fact that there is a password to access the computer that he doesn’t know. So, the questions keep coming: “What is the password?”, “Why can’t you tell me?”, etc, etc. And when it becomes obvious to him that I’m not going to tell him this time either, he starts  his brute force attack. I see words such as: “administratoror” (misspelled), our last name and his first name, random object names visible from where he’s sitting like “pen” and so on. It seems to me he’s trying his first dictionary attack. I feel proud.


Worst infomercial EVER

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

OMG! I think I want to stick sharp objects in my eyes and ears right now! Microsoft marketing department doesn’t dissapoint, yet again.

More Cowbell

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

morecowbelldj-1Saturday Night Live’s “More Cowbell” sketch, featuring Christopher Walken as mega-producer, brought us some lines, that I and many others have been quoting ever since.

Now you can add — what else? — more cowbell, to any of your favorite tracks. makes the whole process easy, and it doesn’t sound too bad. Actually, nevermind, it sounds pretty shitty.

Jesus is Magic

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Here’s an exchange that occurred in church earlier today.

Daughter, pointing to Jesus at the cross,  in a somber voice:

“You know, Grandma, that up there is Jesus. They hammered him up there and killed him.”

Then all of a sudden she lights up and ads with much excitement:

“But, you know what the good news is? He came BACK !!!”

All roads lead to Starbucks

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I would normally argue that there are too many Starbucks locations in this country. If asked, I would probably estimate there being about 1 per every 10 people. Roughly. So, in a city the size of Sacramento, we have about 120 000 Starbucks locations.

Again, I could be off by a couple, so don’t quote me on this.

When the wife gets the shakes and need her fix, however, this Starbucks density situation could prove to be a beneficial one. Especially when it turns out you’re in an unfamiliar area without a clue where the nearest coffee oasis might be hiding out.

It is therefore comforting to know that you can get in a car, drive in an arbitrary direction of your choosing and within two minutes be placing an order for a tall latte, to then be able to caffeineate the wife before the inevitable breakdown due to skewed levels of caffeine in her bloodstream.

Thank you Starbucks.

Organizing your digital photos

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

As most people who know me know, I take a lot of pictures. And when you take a lot of pictures, you also end up having a lot of pictures. Funny how that works. So, today I wanted to share with you at least one (good) way of organizing your photos by naming them properly. I know there are many many more ways of organizing your photos, but I thought I’d at least share what’s worked for me in the past. It’s not an exact science. It’s not perfect, but I’ve been honing it ever since I started with digital photography. It can be a little time consuming, but having tens of thousands of photos, it’s absolutely necessary to organize them somehow.

One question that might pop up in your head could be: Why aren’t you using one of the existing software out there that are specifically designed for this purpose, like let’s say, ACDSee, Picasa, or Adobe Photoshop Album? The short answer to that is: I am. The longer answer follows below.


Macbook wheel. The no-keyboard Macbook!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Another great Apple product that people will line up for…..

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard