Monthly Archives: February 2011

What I have been Tweeting

  • For V-Day the kids, the wife, and I made chocolate souffle and chocolate truffles. Got very messy. Had a freakishly good time! #cheapfun #
  • I love my heart rate monitor, until it doesn't work… For the first HALF of the workout! #
  • just got passed by a lamborghini #
  • … I could have taken him! #
  • @RedbudConnect You obviously underestimate my little gray Honda… It has heart in reply to RedbudConnect #
  • @RedbudConnect be there soon…kids are crazy excited in reply to RedbudConnect #

What I have been Tweeting

  • For V-Day the kids, the wife, and I made chocolate souffle and chocolate truffles. Got very messy. Had a freakishly good time! #cheapfun #
  • I love my heart rate monitor, until it doesn't work… For the first HALF of the workout! #
  • just got passed by a lamborghini #
  • … I could have taken him! #
  • @RedbudConnect You obviously underestimate my little gray Honda… It has heart in reply to RedbudConnect #
  • @RedbudConnect be there soon…kids are crazy excited in reply to RedbudConnect #

Time to Part with My Illusions

I removed the Amarok button on the bottom of Vault today. It was long past time but I didn’t really want to say good-bye to what used to be the greatest media player on any platform ever. The unmitigated evil that is the new version of Amarok only goes to reinforce Joel Spolsky’s rule number 1 from Things You Should Never Do.  Unfortunately this is an all-to-common problem in the world of free software; where the needs of users are functionally secondary to the desires of developers (not ALWAYS, but often enough.)

By way of comparison take a look at the software I am using to replace Amarok.  Clementine is nothing more than a port of Amarok to Qt 4 (what Amarok should have done.)  Yes, it looses some functionality from its predecessor but it is not nearly the total nightmare that is Amarok 2.x… and it is gorgeous!

Undoubtedly, Clementine will continue to make improvements to their player and someday soon I suspect it will start to exceed the functionality of its progenitor; all the while Amarok will continue to make “usability” improvements to an interface that was formally famed for its usability.  I know that it is simply nostalgia but it seems a sad fate for software that was once unquestionably, to anyone who had been lucky enough to use it, the king the music player world.

What I have been Tweeting

  • The field on Arlington loos awful… Wonder who screwed up the grass. #
  • Is Coke trying to appeal to the world of warcraft crowd? #
  • Rosanne getting crammed may be my favorite part of the whole superbowl #
  • Worst halftime show EVER! Slash was the only saving grace of the whole thing… #
  • You can tell the"new" superbowl companies by the fact that their commercials seem so hurried #
  • freakishly productive work day… on a monday too #
  • the great evacuation of oklahoma city has begun… good luck fighting traffic in front of the snow storm #
  • Oklahoma all time lowest temp record set yesterday, -32. Sun forecast, low 70s… #onlyinoklahoma #

What I have been Tweeting

  • The field on Arlington loos awful… Wonder who screwed up the grass. #
  • Is Coke trying to appeal to the world of warcraft crowd? #
  • Rosanne getting crammed may be my favorite part of the whole superbowl #
  • Worst halftime show EVER! Slash was the only saving grace of the whole thing… #
  • You can tell the"new" superbowl companies by the fact that their commercials seem so hurried #
  • freakishly productive work day… on a monday too #
  • the great evacuation of oklahoma city has begun… good luck fighting traffic in front of the snow storm #
  • Oklahoma all time lowest temp record set yesterday, -32. Sun forecast, low 70s… #onlyinoklahoma #

What I have been Tweeting

  • An Egyptian say "Freedom has a cost, one we are willing to pay." In US, that cost is becoming social security, new roads, and low taxes. #
  • What a fun day! Everyone should get a couple surprise snow days a year. #
  • It's snowing again in #OKC .. it's like I've moved back to Minnesota, only without clean streets. #

What I have been Tweeting

  • An Egyptian say "Freedom has a cost, one we are willing to pay." In US, that cost is becoming social security, new roads, and low taxes. #
  • What a fun day! Everyone should get a couple surprise snow days a year. #
  • It's snowing again in #OKC .. it's like I've moved back to Minnesota, only without clean streets. #

Little, Nameless, Unremembered Acts

Yesterday, during the last of my two snow days from the blizzard of 2011, I was giving my wife a hard time about her Twilight vampire affinity when my daughter spoke up.

Emily said, “Edward is weird Daddy. He never smiles.”

I replied, “No kidding Em.  I mean, would you really want to marry someone who didn’t smile?”

Her answer was, “No! I want to marry someone like you.”

It was the greatest compliment I have ever received.  I hope she does better than me, and that I become more like how she sees me.