Sunday, December 21, 2008

Boze Cube Speakers

We are setting up the home theater in the parlor this week. Think I will take the opportunity to repair the cube speakers, the mechanical connection between the cubes have broken.

Not having any luck with the Bose site. Unable to find anything remotely helpful on their site, especially the customer support pages. :(

I like the sound from this speaker system but the physical configuration is sub par.

My situation is not unique. Many people have had their cubes separate after a cat pushed them off a self onto the floor. The fix was actually easier than this guy said.

Speakers are now fixed but I discovered that one of the tweeters was damaged (from a fall?) so now we have an excuse to get a new/better center channel for the home theater.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is the language used by type setters to represent actual content (since the 1500s). It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC. Although it does not have meaning it is not "random" text.

I use it to build test data when the content content is important. In fact, true content gets in the way because people tend to read it when they should be looking at it.

More information and tools for generating it at

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It is used by two of my favorite applications; iWeb and GenerateData.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Science inspires weight loss plan

The Scientific American podcast 60-Second Science, Cash Rewards Help Dieters, recently had an article that has inspired me to commit to my own weight loss plan.

Rewards for maintaining a healthy weight.

I may only play video games on days when one or more of the following criteria are met.
  • I maintain my weight from the previous day
  • I weigh less then the previous day
  • I do a cardio workout before play
Rules of game play:
  • Tai Chi practiced
  • Karate katas preformed
  • No food or drink during play (avoid mindless consumption)
  • Pause game when Sharon comes into the room and says the magic word
  • Look at Sharon when the game is paused and she is talking to me
  • Disengage at least once an hour
  • Payment of $10US for every pound of weight reduction is my only source of new games (gifts don't count)
At Sharon's discretion, the above guidelines may be waved for sickness and holidays.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Spy Who Came for Christmas

This week I am listening to the new novel by one of my favorite authors, David Morrell. The Spy Who Came for Christmas (2008) is a contemporary action book set on Christmas Eve in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

My favorite part of the book (Part 3) is the retelling of the birth of our Loud as interpreted by historians familiar with how spies may have used disinformation, psychological profiling and cultural influences in attempts to manipulate Pilot in order to destabilize the country (so that Persia could invade Israel).

(The hero uses neuro-linguistic programming to gain the trust of the family in crisis, grounds for further research.)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Jack Palms Shirt on

Last spring I think it was, I ordered a Jack Palms shirt with part of the quote from Raymond Chandler's essay The Simple Art of Murder (1944) printed on the back. Pictured is me wearing the shirt at Lake Tahoe North Shore, a hard man for hard times.

Font of the shirt is done in the style of Jack Daniel's whiskey. It reads,

Jack Palms

On the back of the shirt is the Chandler quote, the same quote I used for my dojo brochure,

Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself necessarily mean, [who is neither tarnished nor afraid.]

People ask about the Chandler quote and I tell them the Jack Palms story.

This picture is also posted on Seth Harwood's website in the User Images section.

Subscribe to Jack Wakes Up and get down with the action. Or if you don't listen to book tapes, read the hardcopy (first edition sold out, to be republished May 2009).

Monday, December 1, 2008

Infected Ancestor

Just finished listening to my second Scott Sigler book. Very good writer in the science horror action genre.

Ancestor is a very engaging action book dealing with the ramifications of engineering new animals from the world mammal DNA database in order to raise farm "animals" for human organ transplants.

Infected is almost as engaging but it was quite a tough book to read because the horrible/painful things the character are put through.

Sigler was one of the first authors to podcast their own works. You can download his books from his sight of PodioBooks, free. I learned about Sigler from Seth Harwood, my favorite podcasting author.