Monthly Archives: July 2008

In Which I Would Dance, If I Could.

Here’s a fun game all the kids can play. In iTunes, create a smart playlist with the following rules:

  • Name contains [choose any word]

If your ipod’s like mine, you’ll want to add:

  • Genre is not Podcast
  • Genre is not Audiobook

You may end up with a pretty interesting bunch of songs. Here’s the list from my ipod with the word “Sun” in the title (it’s nice out today):

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In Which I Try to be Motivational, but Fail.

Here’s a shot from our Fourth of July party. This one’s for you, Matty! (Click on the image if you want to see it larger, or you want to print it to display in your office.)


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In Which I Celebrate the Fourth.

Two items to celebrate the birthday of the greatest nation on earth:

1. A co-worker of mine is taking the oath to become a citizen today; reading her comments about the citizenship test made me start thinking about whether I could pass it. MSNBC has posted a quiz based on a sampling of the questions used in the test.

2. To make the enjoyment of the holiday weekend even more festive, I have compiled a Fourth of July mix (I still have to hold back from using the term “mixtape”) for my friends Car and Sneetch. Happy Fourth, ladies! (If you’re not Car or Sneetch but you still love music, you’re welcome to download it as well.)

Other than song #1, these songs don’t have anything to do with the holiday or being American (no Lee Greenwood or Neil Diamond here); they’re just songs I like right now and you can download the whole package here.

Here’s the playlist:

1. The Star Spangled Banner/4th Of July Reprise  Boston
2. 27 Jennifers  Mike Doughty
3. The Temptation Of Adam  Josh Ritter
4. The Saints Are Coming U2 & Green Day
5. Whatever I Fear  Toad The Wet Sprocket
6. ampersand  Adrian Belew
7. brainstorm  Arctic Monkeys
8. E-Pro  Beck
9. I’ve Underestimated My Charm (Again)  Black Kids
10. Red and Purple  The Dodos
11. Don’t Make Me A Target  Spoon
12. Campus  Vampire Weekend
13. Sake of the World  Mutual Admiration Society (MAS is Nickel Creek with Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket)
14. Lovesong of the Buzzard  Iron & Wine
15. Bag of Hammers  Thao Nguyen
16. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)  Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
17. Oregon Girl  Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin

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