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Wolf sounds

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Ever need the sound of a wolf growling or snarling? I just did, and I found it right here. Very cool! UPDATE: This is much more cool … a search engine for sounds. Wow. Love it. Now why didn’t Google do this?

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Apple’s .Mac: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

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2 months ago I received a Gmail account. 1 GB free, no need for .Mac, Apple’s email/storage/Sync/everything solution. So I thought I’d cancel. Nice try. You can’t cancel!

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Gilgamesh and the Bible

I called this website sparkplug9.com mostly due to my fascination with the Gilgamesh epic. And my fascination with that epic is mostly due to Robert Silverberg’s amazingly great book Gilgamesh the King. So I was quite interested to see a link my dad shot over entitled Noah’s Flood and the Gilgamesh Epic. Click here to

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Part of the fun of having a blog is …

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What do the following phrases have in common? (And yes, there is a common link.) Ethiopians make their gods black and snub-nosed, Thracians red-haired and with blue eyes; so also they conceive the spirits of the gods to be like themselves. The contents of the world are not just there for the knowing but have

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The Schizophrenic Austin Mini Aesthetic: Retro outside; Jetson’s Inside

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Can someone please tell me what’s up with the Austin Mini? I love the exterior of the Mini with it’s vaguely retro multi-color styling. I hate the interior of the Mini with it’s Jetson’s bulbous plastic futuristic styling.

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Seeking Peace in a World with No Peace

I happen to be a Christian, and I also happen to publish my church’s bulletin. Occasionally I write a devotional thought or two, and I plan to also publish those here from time to time. The following was originally published in the bulletin of Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, a member of the Free Reformed Churches

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Six Gmail invites to give away

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Hmm … interesting. People who had Gmail used to only have 3 invites to give away. However, I was notified that I now have 6 invitations to give away. Interesting! Who wants ’em? Let me know!

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Hitler’s Secret Partners … Why WWII happened the way it did

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I just finished reading Hitler’s Secret Partners, by James Pool. While being interesting for all the usual reasons – interesting topic, well written, fascinating details – the book is particularly interesting for insight into why WWII happened the way it did. In Pool’s analysis, WWII happened mainly because Hitler was running a pyramid scheme. If

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John Nash: A beautiful mind; an ugly man

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I just finished reading A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar, which formed the basis of the recent movie of the same title starring Russell Crow. Yikes!

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Jumping on the Firefox Bandwagon

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Mozilla, the organization that builds the open-source web browser Firefox, is having a download-fest, trying to get 1 million downloads in the next ten days. It’s the best browser for Windows, Linux, and for some, Mac OS X as well. Get it here. If you don’t know why, here’s why: tabbed browsing pop-up blocking (can

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World Cup of Hockey: Canada Wins, the Trophy is Very Ugly

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Wow. Excellent, wonderful, great, happiness, joy, peace, and light. Canada won the World Cup of Hockey, everything is well with the world (for one night) and Canada is celebrating one more confirmation that hockey speaks Canadian. But isn’t that trophy butt-ugly?

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Today’s Kids Names Are Driving Me Nuts

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I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, and never have been able to summon up the passion for it. But yesterday I heard two kids names: Parker and Peterson. Now I have the passion.

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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid: Dune – House Harkonnen

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The Dune series by Frank Herbert is one of the best SF series ever, ranking up there with fantasy’s Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) and the Thomas Covenant novels (Stephen R. Donaldson). And now they’re being bastardized by bullshit from Frank’s son Brian and some other hack by the name of Kevin J. Anderson.

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Feeling Like a Dog, a Dirty Dog

Most of my blog entries are for the world at large. This one is for just one person – you know who you are.

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My New Most unFavorite Word: Compliance

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Compliance seems to be a very in word these days … and I have had it with a passion. I’ve heard it three times in the last 36 hours. Enough!

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New iMac G5, New Apple Tablet

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the need, yes need, for an Apple tablet. Today the new iMac came out. Anyone else notice anything interesting?

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Mr. Cranky Reviews the iMac G5

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Mr. Cranky, alias Paul Thurrott, reviewed the iMac in about 3 minutes and 5 posts today … One guess as to the prognosis …

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Infantry Aces, by Franz Kurowski

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I just finished reading Infantry Aces, a compilation of stories about the second world war – from the perspective of the enemy: German soldiers. It’s an engrossing and revolting book, for a number of different reasons, not least of which is that the author is a WWII veteran … and a German soldier.

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Please, an Apple Tablet!

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As the rumors build up for the next big Mac fest in France, and as the late, late, late next-gen iMac inches closer to a unveiling date sometime in September, I’m hoping to see something about an Apple tablet.

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Internet Explorer is NOT insecure (if you’re an analyst)

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I just love the obligatory analyst idiocies that one sees ever so often regarding Microsoft and its tools:

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The obligatory and long-awaited I, Robot it-wasn’t-the-same-as-the-book rant

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OK, I went to see I, Robot. OK, I liked the film. OK, it far surpassed my abysmal preconceptions. But, I mean, really! Is this I Robot?

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Getting it together would be good (life that is)

Just saw a link to this page again. It’s the “clean sweap” program and it is something I’ve kinda wanted to do … The Clean Sweep Program is a checklist of 100 items which, when completed, give one complete personal freedom. These 100 items are grouped in 4 areas of life with 25 in each

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The Russian Mob in North America

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I just finished reading “Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob has Invaded America” by Robert Friedman. Very, very scary.

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Vehicular Malfeasance …. or Boone’s Bodacious Badness

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OK, I gotta get to the post, quick, before my titles drown me in waves of purple prose. Anyways, David Boone, the webmaster at Premier, in the Technology Solutions department that I lead, posted a story on his blog about some pretty amazing automotive high jinks. You must check it out . . . Decide

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The Truth About Security: Mac OS X versus Windows

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I responded to a tech columnist on July 21 about an article that ticked me off. The topic? The relative security merits of OS X versus “other OSes.” The spin? Pure, unaldulterated FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt).

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My Second Interview Questions

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I recently hired a new developer, and had to spend some time thinking about second interview questions. The first interview is fairly straightforward: who is the person, what does he/she know, what have they done, etc. The second interview is harder: how would this perso perform if he/she were offered the position? Here are the

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Internet Explorer is a Secure Browser (If You’re an Analyst)

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Unbelievable. All you have to be is an ‘analyst’ or a ‘security consultant’ and you can spout the most amazing crap. Presumable some people even believe you. Check out this on the relative security of various browsers ….

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Mom and Mum and other Linguistic Oddities

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All work and no play makes John a dull boy …. and let me tell you, it’s been too much work lately. So it’s time for some fun. I was thinking the other day about the word “mom.” When Canadians (and denizens of jolly old England) say mom, it rhymes with gum. When Americans say

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I want a new iMac with(out) a monitor!

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Umm … this is obvious to everyone except Steve Jobs, and I hope this announcment is part of the solution, but I want a cheap Mac for my kids, but I don’t see why I need to buy a new monitor every time I buy a new Mac! OK. End rant.

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Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Truth

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I was wondering whether I wanted to go see Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore’s ‘expose’ of America, Bush II, and all things western, so I decided to do some checking up on it. Found this: a Christopher Hitchens review of the film.

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