Monthly Archives: April 2010

Beck’s version of INXS’ “New Sensation”

Beck has a side project called “Record Club”. I’ve heard some of their other covers, but the INXS stuff was new to me.

I always loved “New Sensation”. They’ve given it a different sound. The actual cover starts at around 1:14. (I started the video at that point for you. That’s the kind of guy I am.)

I’m not really sure how I feel about these yet. But I felt the need to share.

And here’s a few other INXS cover he/they’ve done.

“Devil Inside”:

“Need You Tonight”:

“Guns In The Sky”:

INXS fans, what say you?

Until next time...

On Stump Removal, and Making Things Bigger

We last left off with the discovery that two of the back walls of the house had slipped off their foundation at some point in it’s history since 1892, and had been well camouflaged by a previous owner.

The Husbear and I found a way to correct this problem! And it’s relatively simple. Relatively.

We will simply increase the footprint of the house by adding an entirely new Master bathroom, and remove the existing back walls. (Which also means we will be moving the Master bedroom downstairs in the near future.) I think the Husbear must employ some mind-control device on me to get me to agree to such things.

I said “simply”. We know how that goes….

Unfortunately, we had a 60+ foot tall problem sitting right in the middle of the proposed area for the new Master bathroom.

A great big tree.

This picture was taken in 2005. I thought I had taken a more recent picture of it, but alas. The tree had grown a wee bit since 2005. So much that it towered over the roof of the two story house by at least 30 feet. At least.

Just like Earl, the tree had to die.

I hate being up on a ladder. And I hate chainsaws. Put them both together, and it’s worse than my dislike of clowns and politicians! But after some creative cutting of the larger branches, and some narrow misses on bringing said limbs down on the house, we were left with the trunk and the stump.

Ugh. The stump.

The Husbear and the stump.

First we axed it for a while. Then dug and cut around the roots with trowels, hammers, and a sawzall.

Then we bought a pressure washer and blasted out the dirt so we could see the roots. After that, it was a “simple” matter of cutting the remaining roots and pulling on the stump with a cumalong. “Cumalong”. Heh heh.

Yea! The stump is removed!

Now that the stump is out of the way, I can string out the area for the new foundation so the form for the raised concrete foundation could be built.

The form is almost ready. Hopefully we’ll be able to start pouring the concrete this coming weekend for the walls of the foundation. If it doesn’t rain. Again.

Can you tell we’re wore out?

Until next time...

Maybe I should change my name to “iRubright”.

I bet if “iRubright” were the name of an app, it would not be approved for sounding too much like some sort of sex app. That, or Apple might sue me for some patent they filed a million years ago for an upcoming self-pleasuring model of telephone.

This post is a little techno heavy. Not techno as in the *Uhn Tis Uhn Tis Uhn Tis* kind. Techno as in the technology kind. But don’t let that scare you. You should read it.


I was trying to figure out just how this whole iPad thing could fit into my life. Not because I need one. Yet. But because I’m curious as to why any person would *actually* need one, short of being an Apple Fan Boy.

But I had an epiphany of sorts concerning this. Not about what the iPad means now, but what it’s future could be.

I realized the potential of the iPad and other tablet/handheld/slate/PADD-style devices to myself, thanks to something that occurred while re-watching a ST:TNG episode called “The Price”.

Counselor Troi entered her quarters and the following happened:

Troi: Computer, dispatches…

COMPUTER: A research inquiry from the Manitoba Journal of Interplanetary Psychology and three communiques from your mother…

Troi: Transfer my mother’s letters to my viewer…

… and computer, I’d like a… a real chocolate sundae.

That’s when it hit me, just like an elderly driver crashing into a crowd of people. There is a tool that I am missing: I need a tool that has the ability to interact seamlessly with other technology objects I have around me. I need an “appliance” that has the ability to pull or push stuff from one device to another and move about and do what I need.

Simply. Efficiently. Effectively. And humanly.

Think of the rigmarole you have to go through, even now, to move stuffs from one technology object to another. And that’s even if you have the same OS on said devices in question! Just throw different OSes in the mix and it gets even worse.

I know the “cloud” is making it easier to do some of this transferability, but not everything I do is cloud-centric. Sure, things like documents and spreadsheets I can work on and store in the cloud, and even work on them through web-based interfaces without having software pre-installed on my device. But say I want to work “offline”? While I see working offline becoming less and less an option as everything moves towards a wireless/cellular infrastructure (and I’m personally okay with that), not everyone is. Some people want their bits in their possession at all times. And sometimes you’re trapped in a Faraday cage.

Example. I’m working on a tattoo rendering on my computer at the studio. I get tired of sitting in front of my computer and just want to transfer it to my PADD so I can go doodle on it. Somewhere else. Like at home. Or outside if it’s a nice day? I don’t want to have to save the file, move it to a storage location from the computer, pull the file over to the PADD from the storage location, etc., ad nauseam. I would like to just be able to slide whatever it is I’m working on over to the PADD to continue working.

Technology should be that simple.

I spent a decade-and-a-half in a technology field where I would routinely see end-users who didn’t know how to complete what should have been a simple task (either from lack of training, or… PEBCAK). Technology shouldn’t be like that. Technology should “just work”. As humans do, and as humans think.

And yet technology still doesn’t. Still. After all these decades. Not even with Apple. Or Microsoft. Or anyone else here on Earth.

Why is this? I understand we’ve come a long way from the command-line of old (which I still use frequently), but we still have a long way to go before technology becomes “invisible” to the end-user. Where we don’t have to think about “how” to do something, we just do it.

When the iPad, or *any* device that comes to market, can do that, I’ll be first in line for it.

Oh, and the ability to order a sundae would just be an added bonus.

Until next time...

Arkansas Act 1 Striken Down

Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban:

A circuit judge Friday struck down a state law banning unmarried couples from adopting and serving as foster parents.

Act 1 unconstitutionally burdens non-marital relationships and acts of sexual intimacy between adults by forcing them to choose between becoming a parent and having any meaningful type of intimate relationship outside of marriage, Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled in a lawsuit challenging the initiative voters approved in 2008.

“It infringes upon the fundamental right to privacy guaranteed to all citizens of Arkansas,” the wrote in a two-page order in the suit brought by the ACLU.

Knowing the intelligence level of people here, or rather the lack of it, I’m sure it will be challenged and go to the Arkansas Supreme Court.


The Husbear and I have been together longer than MOST married peoples we know (for each of the many marriages they have had). And yet somehow we’re the ones who don’t have a stable relationship?

Until next time...