“I’d say, ‘Trane, man, why are you doing that, beating on your chest and howling in the microphone?’. He’d say, ‘Man, I can’t find anything else to play on the horn.’ He exhausted the saxophone. He couldn’t find nothing else to play… he ran out of horn”
Rashied Ali

Coltrane - The Story of a Sound

4 Nifty Applications

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I think this is the first time (at least in a long time) that the word nifty came to mind – enough so that I would even use it to express myself in writing.

I came across this page with recommendations for 4 applications:

  • a nice replacement for Windows XP alt-tabbing
  • a substitute for the windows taskbar
  • a utility for capturing screen-shots
  • a desktop RSS reader- this may finally get me to use RSS.

Thank you Greg.

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Ryan & Jack

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I recently came across Ryan Swagar’s blog and found myself spending the better part of an hour enjoying the contents he chose to share. I walked away with a smile, with a sense of familiarity and inspired to do the same. So I hope you enjoy Jack Johnson which keeps appearing in my life and caressing me gently:

Thank you Ryan, Thank you Jack.

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Aube & Sara

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This is another SweetClarity publication. The images were taken during a recess at Shahar’s Tune Barcelona project a few months ago. The performer is Aube – she was participating in the workshop but she wasn’t dancing (long story – and for Aube to tell – if she ever wants to) she was writing. When the breaks come she just had to let out her thirst to move – and one time I joined her to play around with the camera. It was frivolous fun and play and this is what it looked like.

If you haven’t already done so then please turn on your speakers. This presentation was our first attempt at adding a sound-track. I had refrained from doing this for some time (another long story) but Shahar asked me to give it a try. The result was amazing and inspiring. Read More »

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Migrating to Mozilla Thunderbird

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For some time I have been wanting to switch from Outlook to Thunderbird. Thunderbird is a mail client developed by Mozilla – the same organization that is behind the Firefox Browser. These are both open source tools and I am slowly migrating to open-source applications – the reasons deserve a whole separate post. They both have a rich offering of plugins and addons that extend their functionality. A popular Thunderbird addon is Lightning – which provides calendar functionality. Thunderbird & Lightning together are a formidable substitute to Outlook.

What has prevented me from making the transition until now was synchronizing my Nokia E65. The Nokia software provides a solution for Outlook. I could not find a solution for doing this with Thunderbird. Now I have. I found a nicely written post on how do this here (techies you might want to visit this wikipedia page on SyncML). The solution is founded on a free mediating service that you can use to sync both your mobile phone and Thunderbird. The one I found that has both phone and Thunderbird compatibility for both contacts and calendar entries is ScheduleWorld.

Now that I have this sorted out – I have encountered another obstacle. I have grown somewhat accustomed to some of the search features provided by Xobni (which I have installed on Outlook). Xobni compensates for Outlook’s meek search features (amongst other things). I will miss these features in Thunderbird – so again the migration is on hold – but I believe it is a matter of time!

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Donnie Darko

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‘I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had’

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen this movie. I enjoy it time and time again – and I have no idea why. There is an elusive quality to it – almost mystical. Paul recommended that I watch the movie. I have no idea why. I guess you have to try it for yourself.

Some more interesting facts about the movie here.
I just looked at the movie website… don’t really know what its about… but it caught me for a few minutes (much like the movie does)

If for no other reason then watch the movie for the penetrating rendition of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. It was sung by Gary Jules – and if you haven’t heard it yet – then stop everything and listen to it now on his myspace page.

Post update – found this clip of Mad World:

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