Digital Music

CDs are made to collect dust.Yesterday I finished ripping every compact disc in our house into mp3 format for storage on my NAS or Network Attached Storage system. I got the Linksys EFG80 a few weeks ago, for general backup of our laptops, but also to replace the print server in my failing router.

The NAS is awesome, but that’s a discussion for another forum. Having all of our CDs in high quality mp3 format, available to any computer on our network is great. Nearly 300 discs took 25 GB of space and a lot of cpu cycles on the two laptops I had running in parallel.

The real goal is to replace my old laptop serving as a music server with a stereo component that can play mp3 format music straight off the network over the stereo speakers. To achieve that, Turtle Beach has a product called the AudioTron that goes beyond similar attempts by Onkyo, Sony and that like because it doesn’t require any server side software to be running to serve the music files. The AudioTron can play music from any computer on your network that has shared mp3s, an important feature as the linux running NAS doesn’t allow for server software to be installed.

I’ve read about every review, forum, and mailing list post raving about the AudioTron. Some even compare it in value to their TiVo, but TiVo is still King in our house. As soon as Turtle Beach releases their already announced new versions, I’ll be snapping up an AudioTron and you’ll hear about it here. In the mean time, if you have any CDs I could borrow, I have another 40 GB of space to fill….

God Bless America

Unleash hell...Bush just gave a very powerful speech. By far, the best speech of his presidency. I support the president. Good luck to our troops.

Pearls of Wisdom

Get enough and you can make a pearl necklace with them.Think you’re pretty smart huh? Got the car out of the driveway, turned off the lightbulbs on the first five levels (I couldn’t get any further either), you even found out how to move around blocks of diminishing size…nice job.

Next up, take some pearls from this guy. Seems simple, it isn’t. When you’ve done that, try this one, with a fourth row of pearls.
Level 1 Solution: 543 – 541 – 531 – 231 – 221 – 22 – 21 – 1
Pearls of Wisdom to prime the intellectual pump:

* “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer.” – Vito Carleone
* “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Nick Buzolich Sr.

Nicholas Anthony Buzolich Sr.  1918 - 2003My Grandfather, Nicholas Anthony Buzolich Sr., passed away last Tuesday at his home in Irvine, California. My Dad said, “His big heart finally gave out on his big body.” He was born 3 October 1918.

When I’d ask him where his parents were from, he first said Yugoslavia, then more specifically an island off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Now when I think about it, the country his parents left to come to America from what was then part of Austria, and he came before and lived longer than Yugoslavia.

I’ll never forget we he took me fishing, long before I learned the value of quiet reflection. On my fifth or sixth birthday, he showed up having shaved his beard…I didn’t recognize him.

I remember building a glider airplane and him laughing at how I’d pick up the glue. He taught me how to walk up a steep hill with my feet turned perpendicular to the slope so I could clean the spiders out of the sprinkler heads in their backyard.

At 6’6″ tall, he towered over the basketball players of his generation. When I passed my Dad’s 6’2″ height, we would joke that height obviously skips generations.

Sara asked my Grandmother on Sunday where they went on their honeymoon. She replied, “The Northeast.” My Grandfather was on the professional tennis tour which took them around New York and New England after their wedding.

He will arrive in Heaven sailing a Sunfish, probably the one he built himself.

From the Orange County Register:

Nicholas Buzolich, 84, of Irvine, a high school teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District, died Feb. 25, 2003, of natural causes.

Nick on the Web:

* All-America Basketball at Pepperdine: 1944, 1946
* All-America Tennis at Pepperdine: 1945, 1946
* Athletics Hall of Fame at Pepperdine: inducted 1980
* Plaque on the San Pedro, CA SportsWalk for Basketball and Tennis
* Highest Scoring Average in 1944 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Scoring 22.5 ppg (45 of Pepperdine’s 85 total points.)
* Member of Harbor Soaring Society where you can find Nick’s Views

WordSpy

abcdeYou know those people that have a word of the day. Today’s word is ‘blah’ and they make an effort to use ‘blah’ at least once today in hope it’ll become part of their lexicon. I only know one person like that, but still, those are old words…wouldn’t it be much better to use new words?

Enter WordSpy which is like watching MTV, reading Grissom, and going to all the cool movies like Old School all at once to keep you with the lastest lexigraphical trends.

“I wonder if high school kids will start bringing chewable liquor into class for morning snack.”

“How many unread bestsellers do you have on your shelf?”

Confused, wanna stay up with the times, but not by learning old words…go to WordSpy!

Review: Old School

It takes a man to give away an angel.If I had to say just one thing, it would be “See Old School, See Old School, See Old School!” The three actors each add a character you either relate too, or see very clearly in one of your friends. This is definitely a movie to see in the theaters, not for any special effects, but just so you don’t have to wait to buy it on DVD. I tried to pre-order it already, but it’s not available yet. This movie will be in all of our collections.

Other things people have said about it:

* “Stop whatever you’re doing and go see Old School – what a riot.” – Yarnold
* “Which one are you?” – Sara

Turn Out

Turn Betty on
Freeing cars? Any fool with a drivers license or lax parents can get a car out of the garage…but this test is better.

Now you have to turn out lights, all of them. The last game had 40 levels, this one has 52. As usual, the solve button is for cheaters, but it is interesting to try and discover the algorithm which they use to solve the puzzle from any state.

Game on?

Traffic

Ponch and Jon got all the ladies.Three minute distractions, that’s what I need when I’m waiting for a meeting to start, and someone has to finish up an IM conversation.

I’ve found a good puzzle, called Gridlock, that will fill a few minutes here and there, and shed some light on how the guys in my garage manage to put my car in the way back corner every time. That might not have made sense, but Sara got me a very similar board game where your goal was to free the little car.

Sara – Media Darling

It's a bond, it's a swap, it's SuperSaraSara is featured in the cover story of the March issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine. The article, “Revenge of the Bond Traders“, highlights the hot place to be in finance.

After the shout out to her husband, thinly disguised as “climbing the Inca trail”, we learn about Sara’s unique take on the business and her focus on clients as the key to sucess.

“This is not a zero-sum game, yet given the yield and volume, everyone can make money,” says Strang. Basically if you can understand that, maybe you should look into fixed income trading. Else, don’t quit your day job.

Congratulation Sara!

McFrivolous Lawsuit

Duece, duece and a half was so 8 years old.The lawsuit by the fat teenagers against the fast food industry was rightfully tossed into the waste bin with too many hamburger wrappers. A US federal court judge dismissed allegations that the world’s biggest restaurant chain sells unhealthy food and neglected to sufficiently warn customers about its dangers.

One of the plaintiffs was a 400 pound teenager that eats at McDonald’s every day. He’s got to be the stupidest kid in the world…”Hmmm, I passed 3 bills a few weeks ago, but I still think I can be the Jared of MickeyD’s.”