Unpaid Rent, Too Perfectly on Pitch

No, this is not a nod to my present state of unemployment. I just (finally) watched Rent. I have mixed feelings about the movie. The broadway musical I love. The movie I do not. It had its good moments, even some truly remarkable moments, considering how much I disliked parts of the film. One of my passions is musical theater and musicals. They have not fared well lately in film adaptations. The bit that really irks me is the numbers do not feel motivated at all: the energy isn’t heightened and there is no need for the characters to break into song, with a couple of notable exceptions— I thought “La Vie Boheme” and “Take Me or Leave Me” started off well.

A call to action - LACDCS

Last night at the annual Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service general membership meeting April Moell, WA6OPS, spoke about the Hospital Disaster Communications service in Orange County. Her brief lecture was informative and spoke about the nature of hospital communications in an emergency situation. To my knowledge, DCS doesn’t do anything like this. But it is what I’d hoped to be doing when I joined DCS. Emergency communications. So far we have not had one single activation in which I have participated in the 3 years I have been with DCS.

L.A. Marathon XXI - A Ham’s Brief Report

Sunday was the 21st annual Los Angeles Marathon. The first one across the finish line won $100,000 + $25,000 + a new car. But this is a person who runs everywhere. Howabout 1,000 pairs of shoes instead? There has only been one other time in the history of the L.A. Marathon when there was a fatailty. This year there were two. This year there was also the highest number of runners—over 26,000—so statistically it was bound to happen sooner or later. I did not run the marathon but I was on my feet all day.

Osophy on Osophies

Knowledge should be shared, not stored, thereby alleviating the tiresome and absolutely annoying incumbrance of having to remember everything at once.

Aren’t we all just kidding ourselves?

It’s about this cold, detached, online “connection” thing. Does it really bring people together or does it just make us think so? A friend of mine—yes, someone whom I know in real life—recently posted his addendum to one of those bulletin surveys making its way through myspace (which, by the way, is a messy, clunky, slow website, but I digress), and the bulletin asked people to semi-anonymously reveal how many of their “friends” they had actually met in real life. Only one of those people had actually met all of his friends.

Pope Endorses iPod

So Pope Benedict XVI unwinds listening to an iPod, huh? Okay Catholics, make my AAPL stock rise. 🙂

Spam Attacks!

I received 33 e-mail spams yesterday. Three of them the mail filter missed, and the other 30 were automatically placed in the Junk Mail folder. My thought is, if you’re going to send me unsolicited buik e-mail, at least use something halfway resembling grammar. I don’t respond well to phrases like, “Me and Dre had sat with himsrqfkov kicked it and had a chat with him.” Also, if spellings like “0ffffer,” “0nlllline,” L000king,” and “clllickk,” are supposed to get past the mail filter and trick me into believing in your product, it ain’t working.

A Pet Peeve of Mine

Web sites that play sound with them. Either audio files or MIDI files. They give you no warning and frequently play loud and/or obnoxious sounds. And they usually have nothing to do with the content of the offending page(s). Frequently I catch myself asking, “where the hell did that sound come from?” Obnoxious web designers out there, do me this favor: save the sounds for multimedia files. Or at least let us turn them off. Or at least give us warning. Or at the very least, try to use good sounds that contribute to the web page (is that even possible?