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23 Jun

Music Library… Now Less Filling, Still Tastes Great!

I have a fairly large collection of music compact discs. I’ve mentioned several other tools that I use to help manage my collection (including the Easy Pro disc polisher). Today I wanted to post a review about the cd storage sleeves formerly from Jazz Loft. They are attractive, reduce the amount of space required to store my collection, weigh less, and provide 100% of the functionality of regular jewel cases. For details, read on. Continue Reading »

21 Feb

Corvette Nomad Concept Car

Someone has spent a boatload of money recreating a Corvette Nomad concept car, and it’s up for sale on eBay! They’ve written up a nice article about it on the eBay Stories web site.

01 Sep

Brad Wing For Heisman!

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Sports Illustrated Article: Non-traditional Heisman Watch

Includes Brad Wing (LSU punter) as well as Barrett Jones from Alabama and Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end from South Carolina. 😎

31 Aug

Vandy Wins The “Could Of” Battle But Loses The Game…

The SEC kicked off football with an exciting game last night as South Carolina traveled to Tennessee to take on Vandy. The game went back and forth with a ton of exciting plays as Marcus Lattimore fumbled on his first carry, but Vandy gave the ball back on an interception soon after. USC went ahead 10-0 before Vandy battled back to take a 13-10 lead. The Commodores had a surprisingly effective defense which was helped out when the starting QB for USC spent some time on the bench due to an injured shoulder.

Ultimately it came down to a 4th down pass that Vandy needed to complete to keep their last drive alive. Replays showed a very clear pass interference call that was missed, leaving Vandy to wonder “what if” and USC happy to leave town with their first victory, and an important in-conference (in division) victory at that.

But USC hardly looked like a top ten team last night, and I think Vandy exposed some weaknesses that other teams might be able to exploit.

Can’t wait for Michigan / Alabama this weekend. 😎

20 Aug

A Little Corvette News: C7 Design Speculation Animation

11 Aug

Honey Badger Dug Himself Into A Hole…

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Seems that Tyrann Mathieu will not be suiting up for the LSU Tigers this coming season. For reasons as yet unspecified, Les Miles has released him from the team, and he will no doubt be taking his talents to some other school. From what I’ve read he can’t transfer to another division I school and expect to play this year, and he’s no doubt looking to play this year so he can enter the NFL draft at the close of this season.

To be honest, while he was a demon at causing fumbles and an electric punt returner he wasn’t that great of a cornerback. He was way too small to cover most of the bigger receivers. So while his special teams play will certainly be missed, I’m hoping that LSU has enough depth in the defensive secondary to make up for his absence.

01 Aug

Bolden Stats Not Impressive…

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Bolden’s statistics are not that impressive. I would prefer to have a transfer with more passing skills. It seems that Bolden’s numbers dropped in the second year of his career, rather than progressing. Maybe he’ll do fine, or maybe he’ll turn out to be another “game manager” which isn’t really what I’m hoping for this year. For his career he has 7 touchdown passes against 14 interceptions.

Jefferson had a 81.9 rating his senior year, and a career rating of 121.4. Bolden’s stats don’t look that much better.

2011	53	135	685	39.3	5.07	71	2	7	8	76.4
2010	112	193	1360	58.0	7.05	80	5	7	7	118.5

Wonder if we can get Tyler Wilson to transfer… 😉

01 Aug

Off Season Acquisition?

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Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden is transferring to LSU. I haven’t had time to look up his stats yet, so I don’t know what sort of talent he brings to Baton Rouge. However he has at least been a starter, which is something the rest of the current quarterbacks cannot say.

Source from here.

11 Jul

Delain – We Are The Others

Just got my copy of the latest release by Delain yesterday and am really enjoying it. You can preview some of the songs via YouTube, including the title track. The version I purchased from Amazon came with four live tracks added to the end including “The Gathering”, “Control the Storm”, “Shattered”, and “Sleepwalkers Dream.” It’s definitely worth picking up.

I was introduced to Delain as a “related artist” to Within Temptation, another European symphonic metal band that I really enjoy. The one song on their newest album that I don’t care for has a male guest vocalist; the “cookie monster” vocals don’t really work for me. I love the music with Charlotte‘s soaring vocals in front. I don’t need the grunts and growls. I get that they’re a staple of regular metal, but still not my favorite. I’ve already mentioned Within Temptation; I also enjoy Xandria (although I have not picked up their latest, I understand they have a new lead singer), Edenbridge, and Lunatica. Lunatica stuff is really hard to find… I’m still looking for a copy of their earliest effort.

04 Jun

It’s Alive! Apple TV, iPad, and Bose Lifestyle

I bought my first mp3 player over a decade ago. (Would you believe that it’s still being used? I have it plugged in out in my garage and use it to play tunes while I’m working on various projects.) I bought my first iPod seven or eight years ago, and I currently own an iPod Classic / 160GB. And when we moved into our current house we bought a Bose Lifestyle system which is now approaching ten years old. The Bose system offers surround sound in our family room but also has connections for speakers outside in the back yard, in the kitchen, and upstairs in our bedroom. It has been an excellent system but is starting to show its age… for example, there are no HDMI ports, and only one digital audio input port which is currently hooked to the Blu-ray player.

Over the years I have made many trips to discount or resale shops like Half Price Books and acquired quite a few discs. My iTunes library currently shows that I own nearly 3,500 different albums. 😯 Now some of those are from the free iTunes singles that they provide each week at the Apple store, and others are albums that I’ve ripped to digital format, but the majority of them are physical compact discs. That means storage is a bit of a challenge. 🙂 Historically I have wanted to keep all of the discs out where I can easily get to them because the only way I can play my music through the Bose system is to physically put the compact disc in the CD player. My main computer is in the office, and the Bose base unit is in the family room, so the two have never been connected. Over the past ten years I have investigated quite a few ways to try to be able to play my music, and even purchased a few. But none of them worked.

This weekend I am pleased to say that I have finally managed to get the plumbing working! I purchased an Apple TVwhich uses wireless networking to connect to my shared iTunes library. The Apple TV is connected to the main TV in the living room, but I only anticipate using that for the setup. I don’t anticipate watching videos via the Apple TV; that’s not why I bought it. I got it because of the very tight integration with iTunes, and it’s working very well. I downloaded the free Remote app for my iPad, and now I can browse my music library from anywhere in the house. I still need the Bose remote to specify which speakers are used for which music source, but after that first step I can then use my iPad to pick which playlist, album, or artist that I want to hear.

I did have to take one extra step to get the Apple TV to talk to the Bose base unit… as mentioned above, there is only one digital input port on the Bose unit and it was already being used by the blu-ray player. I didn’t want to change that. So I had to purchase a converter box and cable that allow the Apple TV to talk to the Bose base unit using normal red/white analog cables. I ordered the FiiO D3 Digital to Analog Audio Converter With Micca 6ft Optical Toslink Cable from Amazon, primarily because the unit got good reviews and it already included the cable required to connect the Apple TV to the converter box. The one drawback is that the converter box has to be plugged in and my plug strip is out of outlets…

The Apple TV was about $100. The digital / analog box was about $25, and the HDMI cable used to connect the Apple TV to my regular TV was $6. The iPad “Remote” application was free. So for less than $150 invested, I can now browse my entire library of over 40K songs and play whatever I want, in whatever room I want. It’s something that I have been looking forward to for a very long time, and I’m finally there.

Now I can start to think about how to best package and store my compact disc collection and get them out of the family room. 😎