D.T.P. by Lee -- Daily Tales and Punditry

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

AOL Interested In Music Store

While the jury is still out as to whether the iTunes Music Store will ultimately prove successful, a deal possibly in the works that would potentially bring the Music Store to the 26 million AOL subscribers. Apparently, AOL hasn’t been successful with developing a system to bill for individual tracks, as Apple has.

Admittedly, I couldn’t care less about AOL, but if this deal goes down, I believe it would almost assuredly seal Apple’s dominance in the digital music selling business.

Full MacMinute story.

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I’m Hooked

I genuinely have to hope this new Music Store doesn’t flop. I already love it. Whatever trouble Apple was having with letting me register my existing Apple ID with my credit card info was resolved today. I’m all set up and have purchased a few individual tracks and one complete album. Way cool!

On a side note, I am admittedly curious to find out what these purchases will look like on my credit card statement. At the moment, I’ve made two separate transactions and will undoubtedly do more within this billing cycle. Am I going to see a line item for every batch? I’m wondering if Apple queues transactions and produces a line item for everyone just once a month. This site has some theories, but no firm answers.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Four-year-old Political Fact Whiz—UPDATED

Wow!

This entry merited the addition of a new category on my blog. It’ll be reserved for things just just defy categorization.

Like tonight, as I watched Jay Leno who had Abby Julo as one of his guests. This cute little four-year-old was spitting out the answers to Jay’s questions about political individuals and such. The site I linked to states she can answer more than “200 questions about the government and political figures of the United States and numerous other countries. She can also recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the US Constitution.”

UPDATE: Well, Abby apparently appeared on Leno again and, as of November 5, 2003, this entry is Google’s #3 hit on a search for her name. Go figure! Anyway, I don’t know if these facts are the reason, but this entry is beginning to draw a lot of comments. I’ve chosen to prevent new comments because they’re either all saying the same thing (you can still click the link to read the past comments) or this entry is getting targeted with comment spam. Sorry, but it’s my blog, and you can cry if you want to.

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Posted by Jon Gales -- April 29, 2003 09:51 AM

I saw her too. Pretty amazing. Her voice almost brought me to tears though.

Posted by Queue -- April 29, 2003 09:13 PM

My first thought is, how much therapy is she going to need later in life due to worrying about state of the world issues at such a young age?

Posted by Mark -- May 4, 2003 12:29 AM

As Abby's father, I can tell you that you
really will not find a more well adjusted
child than Abby. I don't think teaching
children means they will suffer emotional
damage. It is all in the way you explain things
to them. I also believe that it makes more sense
for me, as her father, to be the one that
teaches her and explains things to her rather
than someone else. Anyway, she should be on
Good Morning America on Tuesday 3/06/03.
Thanks!

Posted by Greg -- May 7, 2003 01:52 AM

"I don't think teaching
children means they will suffer emotional
damage."

True, but showing them off on all the talk shows might very well be.

Posted by Leilani -- May 7, 2003 06:35 AM

I had the most wonderful opportunity to experience little Abby on both Good Morning America, and the Jay Leno show "stump the kid". It was the program with Lisa Marie Presley, and I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a little one so immensley! Not only did she amaze me with her unusual intelligence, but after she answered each question correctly, she jumped up from her seat and did a little dance. Part ballet, part karate, and with complete innocence and freedom that dance was pure joy. This is a little girl who is completely well adjusted, happy within herself, confident..and obviously well loved. I see no fear of emotional damage. She is well behaved, spontaneous, and pure joy! What a blessing she is!

Posted by mark -- May 7, 2003 02:17 PM

Greg, your point is one to consider.
However, Abby enjoys being in front of people.
As Leilani so nicely mentioned, Abby is just
being herself and having fun. She has been
asked everytime an opportunity presented itself
if she wanted to do it or not. She has and
always will have the final say in what she
does as far as the media is concerned. If I saw
it harming her in any way, her Mother and I
would have the final say. So far, she enjoys
the attention and to a certain degree deserves
it. She has already earned money that is
in a college fund.
Who are we to prevent her from using her god given talents (which includes her personality)
in front of people if she enjoys it and it is
not hurting anyone? Anyway, I respect your
opinion! Mark


Posted by Kimberly -- May 27, 2003 08:29 PM

I watched Abby on "The Tonight Show" last night, I believe it was a repeat. She is the most amazing girl I've ever seen in my life! Abby has captivated me and also my family. Her incredible talent and personality makes people want to see her even more. She is such a blessing from God. Love ya, Abby!

Posted by Mary Gaydos -- June 17, 2003 12:43 PM

Little Abby was a joy to behold - I missed her on Leno - but caught her on Brett Hume's Fox News - He always ends with something special - and he replayed her performance - having been an actress I'm used to show biz brats - That is not Abby - She showed spunk and genuine personality. Every time I need a lift from being inundated by the Brittany Spears et al onslaught - I replay the Fox News replay of Abby Julo. God bless her parents for developing their little diamond who is not in the rough. Mary Gaydos

Posted by Krista Foge -- July 4, 2003 04:06 AM

Wow I was so impressed by Abby! I saw a little girl who was proud of herself for her knowledge but most of all you could tell she still was a well adjusted 4 year old who loved to dance and smile and be a kid. Thank you for sharing her with us. She put a big smile on my face!

Posted by Nikki -- July 7, 2003 11:54 PM

I saw Abby on "The Tonight Show" a few months ago, and I was amazed. She is so incredible, learning all that information at such a young age. And she is so adorable with such spunk! Kudos to her parents for opening her up to the world beyond Teletubbies, and for keeping her cute!

Posted by Leanne -- November 5, 2003 12:44 AM

I just saw Abby on Jay Leno with Barbara Bush as the guest. She has to be one of the most amazing little girls I've ever seen. I don't have children, but Abby's parents have inspired me to teach my children from an early age. I think the most evident thing in Abby is that she is still innocent, but that her parents don't "baby" her just because of her age. Children are inquisitive. Children ask questions. So long as you help the child understand the answers, there is nothing all that negative that can come from a child learning.

On a side note... she recited a quote from Bush's speach after Sept. 11th, stating how "one day they will hear us..." and it brought me to tears to see this little girl deliver such a powerful message. I hope her passion for politics lands her in the White House one day.

Posted by rashmi -- November 5, 2003 01:58 AM

Hi ! Rashmi this is 4 years old girl and she knows all the USA presidents name and their wifes name and their important quotes.She is really amging little girl, and how does she memorized all that.On top of this each word was crystal clear and correct.she is the most amaging girl i ever seen in my life.What a God gifted talent she has.Amazing !!!!!!!!

love
Kailash

Posted by Nosson -- November 5, 2003 12:43 PM

Wow, Just saw Abby last night on the Tonight Show - her parents should be blessed for what they have done to her! How wonderful society would be with more parents like hers! Keep up the good work and enjoy your daughter - she is absolutely adorable.

Posted by Ruth -- November 5, 2003 01:46 PM

I saw Abby last night on The Tonight Show and had to search for something about her on-line today. I hoped to find something I could share with my co-workers. She is adorable and amazing. Her parents are very blessed to have her - and I'm glad that they choose to let her share her talent with us!

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Monday, April 28, 2003

Music To Our Ears

I’m getting tempted further and further to buy an iPod. Regardless, Apple’s new iTunes Music Store alone is going to be great. I, for one, fully intend to make use of it. I’m even downloading iTunes 4 as I speak…er…type. Who knows, I may even whip out the credit card and buy some music, too.

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Car Rental Tips

Because I’ve discovered I like to trade into a new vehicle every couple of years and lease them so it doesn’t cost nearly as much to cater to this preference, I’ve recently decided to start renting a car when I have to take business trips so as not to soak several hundred miles against the amount the lease allows.

Having said that, here’s a couple things to check on when renting a car. I’ve learned my lesson.

First, even if you have to bump to the next higher class of vehicle, get cruise control. Driving to Miami and back in the same day without it will give your right leg vicious cramps.

Make sure the cigarette lighter works. No, I don’t smoke, but I did want to plug in my cell phone charger.

Make sure the rear view mirror doesn’t fall off the window attachment when you adjust it. Thankfully, I was able to put it back on.

Again, even if you have to bump to the next higher class of vehicle, get remote keyless entry. I’m hopelessly spoiled on this feature.

Lastly, give serious consideration to renting something very comparable to the car you typically drive so you don’t spend half the trip trying to get comfortable in a seat you’re not accustomed to. There’s a huge difference between a Dodge Stratus and a Pontiac Sunfire.

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Posted by Queue -- April 28, 2003 06:46 PM

Let me add a couple more suggestions from one who travels and rents a lot of cars.

Visually inspect the car inside and out and try all the "features". The last thing you want is to get stuck with a bill for something that was damaged that you didn't do. The rental agreements have places to list the problems.

Watch your speed. There has been various rumors that some rental companies place monitors on the vehicle and fine you for any "excess speed". Although I've never seen this first hand, the rumors I've heard are from reliable sources.

Make sure you know how much coverage your insurance provides for rentals and suppliment it with the appropriate insurance from the agency.

I'm sure I could come up with more, but maybe I'll save that for a blog entry. :)

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I Think It’s Just A Phase

Is there such a thing as a blogger’s version of postpartum depression? I “birthed” this blog a few months ago and entries have been just a little bit far between the past week or two. It’s probably just because April and May are the busiest times of the year for me at work.

Not to worry, though, I’m not abandoning it. All I have to say is, don’t take the “Daily” part of this blog’s title too seriously! ;-)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

I ♥ FCP

Let me make it perfectly clear that Final Cut Pro ROCKS!

After a few years of using Adobe Premiere, I finally started really getting into FCP recently—initially with some things my friend, Andy, got me started with during the NAB convention, and this week, really delving into using it for several short vignettes that will be shown at a convocation (and broadcast over satellite) this summer.

Why, oh why, did I not start sooner!

I am so pre-ordering version 4!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Customer Appreciation Is Turning Into Crap

Are places of business so stinkin’ sure about the loyalty of their customers (or maybe we customers so stinkin’ tolerant of being mistreated by these places) that they feel it is absolutely no consequence to them how the customers are treated?

I decided to order a pizza this evening. There are two Pizza Hut stores in my immediate area—pretty much equidistant. (Normally, I’d hyperlink something like “Pizza Hut” in my entries, but I’m pissed at them, so no link.) The east store decided that I’d enjoy spending well over five minutes on hold. The west store seems to think it’s intelligent to have a gal answer the phones who could use a life lesson in conversational skills and takes longer to calculate the order’s cost than it does to explain what I want. In addition, this act must take 100% of her mental capabilities because I finally blurted out that I knew what the price was—just tell me how long, and I got absolutely no response until about a minute later when she finally repeated the price I already knew and then said something to the effect of, “I suppose I should find out how long for it to be ready.”

I don’t fault the employees. Everyone’s human.

Hey managers: do a little quality control in your own stores, will ya?

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Posted by chris -- April 23, 2003 01:02 PM

Our Papa John's goes through this sort of ineptitude every so often. It depends on if we get the high-schoolers, or the college crowd working. I get the impression the high-schoolers don't want to be there, or, as you point out, are somewhat intellectually challenged.

I'd rather the college crowd anyway; they're trying to pay their way thru school, and generally deliver better service in the hopes of better tips.

Posted by Queue -- April 23, 2003 11:48 PM

Our Pizza Hut can't get credit cards correct. The last time I used one, they didn't bring the receipt so they claimed they couldn't charge it without my signature (yeah right!). So I wrote a check. Sure enough, there was the charge on my credit card even though the delivery guy assured me it wouldn't be on there. *sigh*

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To Pad, or Not To Pad. That Is the Question.

I’m basically ready to throw in the towel. I don’t really like the padded anchor links for archived entries, and I know full well how to remove them from HTML and RSS templates. The Movable Type support forum gang even helped me have the e-mail notifications use unpadded links…but the fix broke when I upgraded MT and no one seems to know how to fix it now. In addition, I recently discovered that the built-in search hits want padded anchors, too.

So, I’m wondering how many of you who might have permalinks over to my blog would totally hate my guts if I go back to the default padded anchors instead? Naturally, I’d be thrilled if you were inclined to search for links you made to specific entries and changed them to a 6-digit padded number (i.e. www.dtpbylee.com/blog/archives/2003_02.html#000100 instead of #100), but I definitely wouldn’t be inclined to complain if you left them alone.

Specifically, I’m glancing at Michael, Chris, Bryan, Raena, Jon, and Eric.

What say ya’ll?

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Posted by Eric -- April 22, 2003 07:42 PM

Oh, I suppose I'd deal with it.

However, were I going to change my permalink scheme, I think I'd go all out and switch to descriptiver names instead of sequential numbers :)

Posted by Jon -- April 22, 2003 08:37 PM

I'd use permalinks that use the titles or something... If you want to know how, I figured it out for a new section of MobileTracker that will launch soon.

Also, if you go to a more descriptive format all your old links will still work (MT doesn't delete the old archives).

Posted by Raena Armitage -- April 23, 2003 04:50 AM

Names in anchors are cool. Or dates.

Posted by Raena Armitage -- April 23, 2003 04:51 AM

Oh, yeah: I'll cope.

Posted by chris -- April 23, 2003 12:38 PM

I'd be happy to update my URLs back to DTP. Fair warning: now the above parties have got me thinking about re-doing my own permalinks to be more descriptive...

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I(RS) Art Holier Than Thou

I saw a great bumper sticker on the way in to work this morning.

“If 10% is enough for God, it’s enough for the IRS.”

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Sunday, April 20, 2003

Wi-Fi At Its Best

I’ve still been a little sparse with my entries because my days have been crammed with catch-up work since I was away from the office for a week at NAB, my evenings have been spent either helping a new acquaintance shape up his home computers or watching recordings of TV shows I taped while I was away, and weekends have been spent at my parents’ house visiting with family in from California. Paying attention to a two- and a four-year-old takes precedence over blogging!

But they’re both asleep now, so I’ll sneak in a quick entry just to gloat about my Wi-Fi router that travels with my laptop. I’ve been using wireless for quite a while now, but I think this weekend makes the first time I’ve truly used it in an environment that made buying the router worth while. I’m sitting out on my parents’ back porch with the rest of the family—not a cord in sight—typing this entry and working on some items that should appear in the upcoming May issue of ATPM. It’s a gorgeous Easter day here in Tampa—not too humid and a slight breeze. This is why I am a firm believer in Wi-Fi!

Whups, the 4-year-old just woke up. I guess I’m done here!

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Friday, April 18, 2003

Demystifying MP3 versus AAC

I’m posting this mostly for my own reference. Perhaps you can benefit, too. MacRumors posted an article that nicely compares MP3 against AAC.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

It’s Just Like Being There!

Admittedly influenced by Christopher’s recent entry, I was compelled to show you my desktop, as well.

TiBook_Desktop_small.jpgAnd just to appease the cognitive dissonance you may be having about the crap that resides in my menu bar and dock, here’s the scoop. And no, I’m not going to spend an hour to link every utility to its developer site. Point your lazy butt and your web browser to VersionTracker and find it yourself.

Menu bar, left to right: FruitMenu has modified my Apple Menu and turned the Application Menu to an icon instead of words. After the menu items is the OS X Character Palette I keep enabled. On the right side is PTHPasteboard (multiple clipboards), Proteus’ menu utility (IM client), WeatherPop (meteorology is a hobby), Searchling (handy search tool), IP (displays WAN and LAN IP addresses), OS X’s default volume, monitor, Script Menu, Internet Connect, AirPort, and Power menu icons, and, instead of OS X’s built-in clock, I use PTHClock (more customizable and has a popup monthly calendar).

In the dock, top to bottom: Finder, three DockExtender menus for Apps, Utilities, and Internet, Entourage, Safari, Internet Explorer, Proteus, NetNewsWire, LaunchBar, MemoryStick (also seen in the bottom left corner), EarthDesk (which manages my perpetually updated wallpaper image), and SpamSieve. Hovering above the Trash is another DockExtender icon to let me navigate all my volumes from one place. TinkerTool was originally used to pin the Dock to the end position on the right, though DockExtender can set this, too. This effectively keeps the Trash in a constant location, which I prefer. Finally, I used some utility to adjust the color shading of the dock background but, embarassingly, I forgot the name of it.

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Posted by chris -- April 16, 2003 10:43 AM

My, how formal! "Christopher."
;-)

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OS X 10.2.5 Released

I know I’m late, but I have to at least let you know that I did notice the 10.2.5 update for Mac OS X.

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Forthcoming Adobe Updates

Photoshop (and ImageReady) 8, Illustrator 11, and InDesign 3 are expected to see the light of day by the end of this year.

Full eWeek article.

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Mac-loving Comedian

“Scott Bruce, a stand-up veteran who has performed at venues all over the country, is an unabashed Apple advocate who gently berates Mac-hostile audiences with his partisan brand of humor.”

Full Wired News article.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Las Vegas/NAB Photos

I have posted my Las Vegas/NAB photos.

For what it’s worth, my intention is to have all my future photo albums at http://dtpbylee.daemon.sh:8080 so you can bookmark it, but be aware that as soon as I’m able, I will set it up to not require the :8080 part. Someday, I’ll also transplant some of my older albums to this server.

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Bad Joke Alert

I just made this up tonight.

“All your Iraq are belong to Bush!”

:-p

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Safari Redux

Public Beta 2 of Apple’s web browser, Safari, has been released. For those following more closely, this build is v73.

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Saturday, April 12, 2003

Weekend Happenings

I’ve been a little light on things to post about since I returned home. I’ve just sort gone into low power mode. I got home after midnight and was kind of jet-lagged. I slept until after noon, caught up on some e-mails, then drove to Tampa to visit family who is over from California.

We had a picnic and a walk at Bok Tower this afternoon and tomorrow we’re going to Tarpon Springs.

Back to the work grind on Monday.

I’ll be writing a little NAB report for the May issue of ATPM. Watch for it, if you’re interested.

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Thursday, April 10, 2003

NAB Epilogue

Well first, I’d better follow up on what I cut short last night. Yesterday’s quality tchotchke was a pair of retractable cords—one for ethernet plus another phone cord for a modem. These came from G2 Satellite Solutions and PanAmSat, respectively. (G2 is owned by PanAmSat.) No quality tchotchke for today, as I only spent an hour or two making a couple follow-up and pick-up visits in the exhibit halls. The rest of today’s events will come in a moment.

I’d sort of hoped Bose would have some sort of showing here, but such was not the case. I’ve been seriously considering a pair of the noise reducing headphones. My brother recently acquired a pair and, on Monday, I got to experience them for about a half hour. Apple’s section had a little classroom like area set up where I sat in on a Final Cut Pro 4 introduction, and every station had these headphones. That clinched it. I went to the Las Vegas Apple Store and picked up a pair. Having acquired them while here for NAB, they kind of feel like a tchotchke, even though I totally paid for them.

Regarding the walking, I’ve figured out why hopping around one of the Rat-Land parks never gets me as sore as I’ve become here. At the parks, you walk for a little while, then generally sit for a show or a ride or, at the very least, stand in line without actually moving your legs and hips and often having something to lean against. But yes, three days of hard walking has gotten me pretty stiff!

I didn’t buy the $125 product…yet. I’m talking about a made by Nada Chair. Granted, there’s a $25 version that isn’t a , but then you have to figure out where to put it when you’re walking. The automatically provides a place to put this awesome back-supporting product plus gives pockets which I’m a big fan of. I seem to always run out of pockets. Fortunately, the deal I was told about here is good online, too. If I later buy this , the $25 SlouchBuster is added for free. Nice thing to share with someone who may be along with me…if they carry it!!! ;-)

And then, of course, is the Star Trek: Experience. Oh my goodness! If seeing a large collection of costumes and props used on the show wasn’t enough, the “experience” portion of the visit took the cake. It was extremely fun. Hope to go back some day.

Yesterday ended with some product demonstrations and lots of food at the Stardust Hotel. Major props to ProMax for not only hosting a great event, but doing it for free! The only thing that could’ve topped it was if I had won the 20gb iPod, the external FireWire drive, or one of the other raffle prizes. Oh well. On the other hand, I, and everyone else, derived an enormous amount of amusement at the couple of computer glitches that cropped up during various presentations, all of which were from Windows machines!

Then, there was the Fremont Street Experience. Very spectacular. It’s two (or so) city blocks covered by an enormous curved structure fitted with a gazillion colored bulbs which, every hour, transforms into an electronic canvas of animated images set to music. Wow.

And that brings me to today. As I mentioned, I only spent a little while in the expo halls. Afterward, I went back over to the Star Trek: Experience because I wanted to photograph a few more of the models out front. I didn’t do those yesterday because after we did the attraction, we realized we were pretty tight for time to get to the ProMax shindig.

After the follow-up photos (and purchasing a tribble), I made the mistake of walking from there to the Apple Store in the Fashion Show Mall to get the Bose headphones. It was further than I thought, plus I have a slightly red forehead and nose to show for it.

Tonight, Andy and I attended a Final Cut Pro gathering hosted by the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group. I learned more new things about Final Cut, though luck was still not on my side for the prize giveaway. ;-) Afterward, we made a final round of visits to hotels on the strip. I just need to say that the Luxor Hotel is amazing. The architecture is unbelievable.

So there you go. I better get some sleep. I fly back home mid-day tomorrow. Yes, I’ll be making real good use of the headphones while on the plane!

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2003

More NAB Fun

I’m going to keep this one relatively short. I’ll follow up on things tomorrow. It’s after 1 in the morning (Las Vegas time) and I don’t have the stamina to do a better description of today’s goings-on.

Instead, I’ll type a few items to 1) serve as teasers for you on what I’ll type about tomorrow, and 2) to remind me what to type!

Those highlights are: today’s quality tchotchke, running across more people I know, why isn’t Bose represented here, the result of the enormous amount of walking we’ve done, a $125 product that I’m VERY tempted to either get here at NAB or order when I get home, the Star Trek: Experience (wow), tonight’s Promax meeting at the Stardust, and last, but not least, a visit to Fremont Street (more wow).

Good night, and stay tuned.

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Monday, April 07, 2003

Hear Yourself Think Different

The headline for this entry is something we can all take to heart. Granted, it’s for a product that I’ll probably never directly use any time soon, but Crywolf Computers’ slogan left a considerable impression—especially when you remember the numerous complains at how loud the Mirrored Drive Door G4s are. This company makes some great-looking equipment silencing and cooling cases. Some marketing brain for them was on the ball with this slogan.

But beyond this product, think about the slogan. How much psychological clutter is present in your life that prevents you from being able to, well, think different?

A little something for ya.

Anyhow, while I’m referencing this as day 2 of my trip, it’s actually my first day of scampering around the convention expo halls. So far, we’ve only been through the Multimedia/Internet section and sort of whisked through the Television Broadcasting section (not really my field). There’s lots more to go…but this is only Monday!

Oh yeah, you may recall my prior entry about tchotchkes. Lots and lots of them to be had here. Andy is sitting here beside me reorganizing his as I type. (No, unfortunately, I’m not online in the convention hall. I’m typing into TextEdit and will paste into an entry tonight when I get back to the hotel.) As far as today is concerned, the best tchotchke, by far, is this carabiner flashlight. Not a traditional flashlight, but one with a super bright blue LED.

Naturally, if I’m describing this particular tchotchke as my favorite, it’s only fair that I say to everyone that discreet gave it to me. So, from my point of view, I’ve proven to myself that receiving a quality tchotchke actually does increase my respect for the company. :-) Seriously, though, the company offers a wide variety of digital production products.

I got to sit in on a Final Cut Pro introduction at the Apple pavilion. Hopefully, some of the information I heard will stick. I really want to migrate from Adobe Premiere to Final Cut. The new version 4 looks like a must-have upgrade.

Something else to think about for a moment: more than 90,000 people are probably milling around the 1,200 exhibitors in the two million-square-foot Las Vegas Convention Center right now, and I actually bumped into some of my coworkers with no advance planning. How unreal is that?

Well, this is where I stopped typing at the convention center. I’m now back in the hotel finishing up this entry and taking a quick break. Thanks to my old, but very comfortable, pair of L.L. Beans, my feet don’t feel to bad. Can’t say quite the same about my hips, though. We’re giving thought to heading over to see the Star Trek: Experience this evening, but I’m pretty comfortable and Andy has crashed face down on the bed. :-) Who knows what’ll actually happen.

Oh yeah, props to Adobe for the expo-in-mind tote bags they were giving away. Yeah, there was a line for them and you had to swipe your card since it was one per person (of course), but these bags are exactly what the doctor ordered for planting all the literature and goodies you pick up as you make you way through all the exhibits.

Yes, I got some photos, but I think I’m going to choose to not post them to the blog. I’ll set up an album soon and point you to it.

More to come. Stay tuned.

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Pitter Patter of Little Feet

And before I go to bed, let me chime in one other little news note: a huge congratulations to Andy and Lianne McConnell who are expecting a baby, due in November.

Lianne, I was thoroughly impressed with Andy’s description of how you broke the news to him. Actually getting an Asian restaurant to slip a custom message into a fortune cookie predicting that Andy would be a father. Very clever!

Again, congratulations to you both.

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Viva Las Vegas

Welcome to the first entry of the D.T.P. by Lee NAB edition. Admittedly, I have not actually been to the convention center yet. My flight got in Sunday afternoon, I met up with my friend, Andy, and we took a bus from the Westward Ho hotel to the Rio. We had dinner and then made our way to the Samba Theatre where we saw Penn & Teller. The show was fantastic. Much fun!

But even though I’ve not yet experienced NAB itself, I’ve already got some information from it. First of all, Apple Computer has announced Final Cut Pro 4, DVD Studio Pro 2, and Shake 3. Another item of interest to me is that Adobe announced the Acrobat 6 product line.

More to come. Stay tuned.

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Saturday, April 05, 2003

Sin City, Here I Come

I’m getting pretty excited. I leave tomorrow morning for the NAB convention in Las Vegas. I have tickets to see Penn & Teller tomorrow evening, and I plan to visit the Star Trek: Experience on some other night.

So, from tomorrow through Thursday, D.T.P. by Lee entries will be a special National Association of Broadcasters edition. Stay tuned!

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Posted by Eric -- April 5, 2003 03:24 PM

Lee, I wish I was gonna be there. It looks like it's gonna be a great show. Can't wait to hear what comes out of tomorrow's press-type briefings.

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Pricey PowerBook or Crappy Car?

All I want to know is, what pile of junk is this guy driving?

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Posted by Queue -- April 7, 2003 09:56 AM

I would expect someone who gets to park in a nice lot that's owned by their company to not understand the value of driving a junky car. For those of us that have to park in public lots, we realize that driving a junky car means it's less likely your car will get broken into or stolen, plus, who cares about door dings?!

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Thursday, April 03, 2003

Excusez-moi, avez-vous le temps?

Wouldn’t you know it? One of the reasons I bought my digital camera was to be able to snap a photo of something at any time as I navigated my way through life and, ever since I obtained it not too long ago, I’ve kept it reasonably close to me—except today. So, naturally, I saw something I wanted to snap a photo of and couldn’t.

Well, I’ll describe it, anyway. There’s a business not far from my office called Clock World. I shouldn’t have to tell you what they sell, but what caught my attention was their changeable letter marquee on their sign.

“We don’t sell French clocks.”

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Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Star Trek 6.2

Oh tell me it’s not true! I just saw the preview for next week’s Enterprise. The producers wouldn’t really be planning to recycle the plot of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, would they?

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Posted by Eric -- April 3, 2003 12:44 AM

Why not? They basically combined II and VI to get X a few months back.

Depending on your point of view, it was either extra value (two scripts for the price of 1!) or a huge time-saver (watch ~4 hours of story in a ~2 hour period!).

I'm sorry, all the new ideas are busy. Please hold and we'll pass along something you can recycle.

Posted by Queue -- April 3, 2003 10:14 AM

After all, this is the age of prequells and remakes.

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Neurosurgeon

Well that was fun. I upgraded the memory in two CRT iMacs this evening in preparation of upgrading them both to Mac OS X. I would be making note here of how much a pain in the ass it is to do the upgrade if I hadn’t once upgraded the memory of a Mac SE back during college. I find it somewhat bemoaning that it’s easier to upgrade the RAM in a G4 PowerBook than a G3 iMac. Thankfully, it’s a significantly easier task for the G4 iMacs. The only potential quirk with those is figuring out how to rest the LCD display when you turn the thing over to open it up.

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Let’s See Eminem Try This!

Caution, if you’re the type who doesn’t like to know how “neat-o” things are done, don’t read this entry.

I’d love to hang out for a while on some sets of music videos as they’re being filmed. There’s a certain activity that apparently goes on that I think would be a laugh riot to watch.

Have you noticed how so many pop music videos are either partially or entirely done in slow motion, yet the singer is keeping sync with the music you hear? If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, try Avril Lavigne’s I’m With You or the final sequence of No Doubt’s Underneath It All. (By the way, it’s pretty ironic that I think Gwen Stefani looks better than I’ve ever seen her in this sequence.)

You realize what this means, don’t you? Naturally, everyone knows that artists are lip synching to the studio recording when they do the videos, and most people know that the best quality slow motion is obtained when the scene is recorded with the camera running in fast motion. When the tape is played normally, everything is slowed down. Thus, the artists are mock-performing the song to the camera with the track sped up to match the camera speed.

Okay, forget hanging out on the set. Just show me a blooper reel of artists who can’t stop laughing at themselves as they try to accomplish this stunt!

Hmmm, if you put this procedure in reverse, do you suppose it’s how the voices were recorded for Alvin and the Chipmunks?

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Tuesday, April 01, 2003

ATPM 9.04

The April 2003 issue of About This Particular Macintosh has been published.

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No Worries—They’re No More Fake Than Before

If I didn’t like their onion rings and vanilla shakes so much, I might would have to join Chris’s Burger King abandonment.

Think about this for a moment. If you were selling a food product that was processed and artificially shaped into something that is supposed to make you believe it’s a natural shape, you would endeavor to not draw attention to the fact, right?

So what does Burger King, in its infinite marketing wisdom, decide to do? Are you sitting down? You can now order Chicken Tenders™ in “fun new shapes,” specifically, lightning bolts and stars!

By the way, if you really want chicken strips from a fast food restaurant, at least go get them from Arby’s which sells strips that are actually edible. But hurry, before Oven Mitt™ gets his, well, mitt on them.

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Posted by Queue -- April 2, 2003 09:21 AM

For milkshakes, you're better off with A&W or some small deli that makes them out of real ice cream.

For chicken strips, I prefer KFC, however, our Safeway (grocery store) caries chicken strips in their deli that I think has them all beat, hands down.

Burger King? What's that?

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Bright House, or Dim Wit?

With all the bad karma that’s been floating around Time Warner lately, it was only time before a marketing stunt like this happened. Time Warner Cable is now known as Bright House Networks. (Here’s a press release if you have the guts to read it.) Too soon to tell if service will improve or stagnate. My prediction is they’ll later jack up prices and justify it with hyper-inflated new features that the reorganization is bringing.

My friend, Jeff, said it best. “This sucks. I liked TWC.”

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QuickTime Updated

It’s time to check your Software Update panel. QuickTime has been updated to version 6.1.1, citing “important bug fixes to MPEG-4 streaming.”

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