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jQuery.popeye - an inline lightbox alternative.  Ah, I might just have a use for this ...

11/21/08 • 07:47 AM • InternetSoftware • No Comments

CNN Tech:

Social networking adds new friend: Philanthropy. 

11/21/08 • 07:35 AM • Human RightsInternetWeblogs • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Access to culture will get more costly; Board of regents approves price hikes on museum passes.  There seem to be more tourists around than one would expect in our current economic circumstances.  These hikes should have little real effect.

11/21/08 • 07:33 AM • ArtsEntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Gas prices sink below $2.  Never thought I’d see it in my lifetime again.

11/21/08 • 07:20 AM • ConsumptionEconomicsHistory(3) Comments

NY Times:

Markets Dive in Last Hour, Carving New Lows.  The number 6,000 has been bouncing around in the back of my head for a while.  I’m not saying it’s a premonition ... it’s just a hope that Wall Street will go no lower, really.

Better news is that oil’s getting cheaper.

11/20/08 • 07:10 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • No Comments

Studio’s got new mojo.

Big old 24” iMac just landed on my desk.  It’ll take me a bit to get back up to speed. I keep reaching for that damned control key, instead of the command key.  I’ll see if I can resurrect the XP desktop after I’ve copied off my important files ... always good to be dual-system equipped, even if Mac can emulate PC as well as they say. 

All in all, after a few hours ... it’s nice to be back.

11/20/08 • 04:59 PM • ComputingPersonal(6) Comments

NY Times Asia Pacific:

The Dead Tell a Tale China Doesn’t Care to Listen To.  Mummy, is always right.

11/19/08 • 02:18 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments

Computerus interruptus.

My production workstation, equipped with Windows XP, has manifested an unrecoverable error.  First major die-off since I’ve run three different XP systems.  “File is missing or corrupt, windows/system32/config/system.”  This moves up my upgrade plans.  So, it’s time to decide whether or not to go Mac again.  I’m leaning towards Mac, if I can beg Adobe to allow me to cross-upgrade or simply switch over CS3 and Lightroom.  So, you Mac-heads, what nifty software should I be aware of?  I remember Transmit, and Turly’s handy widget.  I’d appreciate a couple of good production tips, esp. of web design or photograph editing orientation.  This is the only worm in the ointment that might keep me in Windows.  My concern, however, is that 64-bit computing has been reported to be still a little edgy at this point in time. I need robust.

Obviously, my posting frequency’s going to drop like a stone until I can get things sussed out in the studio.

[There is a layer of frustration and annoyance underneath this post.  I’m in a mood to chew tires off passing cars.]

11/19/08 • 09:46 AM • ComputingPersonal(13) Comments

SF New Mexican:

Here, kitty kitty ... mountain lions spotted up in north Santa Fe.  Just remember, they like to be up high and pounce on prey.  So when walking in deep arroyos, keep your eyes peeled ... and keep your kids near you at all times.

11/18/08 • 01:23 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local1 Comment

SF New Mexican:

Cheaper gas, propane bring relief to struggling households.  Cheaper, sure ... but the atmosphere is hazy with the smoke from fireplaces and stoves.  On colder evenings, one can barely see the tops of the Sandia Crest.

Denver Post:

Drilling process causes water supply alarm. Replace the moose juice in Mrs Palin’s homemade stew with some of this ... ‘drill, baby, drill’ is understood to mean ‘kill, baby, kill’ in western states.  This is what our new ordinance in SF County will prevent (hopefully).

11/17/08 • 06:34 PM • EnvironmentalLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Men who take aspirin have significantly lower PSA levels.  Always on the lookout for these stories, because we assume my paternal grandfather died of prostate cancer.

11/17/08 • 06:04 PM • HealthPersonalScience1 Comment


Gulf War illness is real, new federal report says.  Those of us with friends who suffer from the malady, already knew this. 

11/17/08 • 05:52 PM • HealthPolitics • No Comments

Very busy these days.

I have to apologize to my regulars.  Deadlines are standing in the way of blogging.  Gotta take it a day at a time.

11/17/08 • 05:19 PM • Personal • No Comments

NY Times Editorial:

Who Should Take a Statin?  Drug companies obviously would love to make statins a ‘vitamin s’.

11/17/08 • 11:01 AM • HealthPolitics • No Comments

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:

Our Home-Grown Melamine Problem.  You’ll never know it’s there, unless someone looks for it.  The contaminated wheat glutens that poisoned pet foods last year were labelled ‘food grade’. How much have we consumed?  Only our kidneys know for sure.

11/17/08 • 10:55 AM • FoodHealth • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Balmy fall may give way to wet winter.  Read the entire article, you’ll be just as unsure as before.  We know whether there will be weather, and that’s the bottom line.

11/17/08 • 10:44 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Big news in Albuquerque last night ...

Eclipse Aviation is out of cash.  Workers had the choice to keep working with dubious prospects for compensation, or to just go home.

11/14/08 • 11:08 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • No Comments

NY Times Opinion:

Democratic Pressure on Obama to Restore the Rule of Law. “... Mr. Feingold is convinced that this is a critical moment. If the next president does not reverse the Bush administration’s doctrines, he fears that they will no longer simply be the policies of one extremist president. The danger is that they will be the nation’s new understanding of the Constitution.”  And he is correct.  Anyone interested in the original sentiments of the Constitution should back these efforts.  The Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court have come way too close to creating the framework for a dictatorship or permanent majority.

11/14/08 • 10:54 AM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPolitics(2) Comments

NY Times Opinion:

Aren’t There Enough Trails?  It’s a national park, fer goodness sake. If you want to go solo, grab your skis or snowshoes.  Otherwise, coach it.

11/14/08 • 10:52 AM • EnvironmentalLawNaturePolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Current drilling ordinance gains support.  “Thursday’s meeting was the second public hearing the CDRC held on the ordinance, but public comment was minimal, partially because Thursday’s meeting on the revised version was held mere hours after the revisions were released to the public.”  My italics.

11/14/08 • 10:34 AM • EnvironmentalLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Luminous Landscape:

RED Changes the Game – Again: Scarlet and Epic, DSLRs and Video Revolutionized.  I can’t get the images out of my head, of pointing the Scarlet at a celebrity and being laughed at ... or pointing it at a politician and being shot by Secret Service agents.

11/13/08 • 03:51 PM • DesignPhotography(2) Comments

NY Times Tech:

3 Flat-Screen Makers Plead Guilty to Trying to Keep Prices High. 

11/13/08 • 02:42 PM • ComputingHardwareLaw • No Comments

Photo shoot this morning.

Back later.

11/13/08 • 08:48 AM • Personal • No Comments

NY Times Science, Dot Earth:

Will the Next Ice Age Be Permanent?  Well, until the Sun goes into a ‘red giant’ stage ... and what a happy-happy, joy-joy thought that is.  Better start developing warp drives.

11/12/08 • 07:05 PM • Science • No Comments
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