Archive for March, 2008

Monte Montgomery – An Amazing Human Being

March 12, 2008

Peggy and I saw him again at the Granada last Friday, and he was even better than the first time around.  If you aren’t familiar with Monte, stop reading this post right now and watch him playing Little Wing.  He writes his own material for the most part, but does a few covers as well and this is one of his best.

His style is impossible for me to describe.  He plays an Alvarez acoustic harder than most guys play a Stratocaster, but he isn’t just a hard rocker.  He can go from a whisper to a scream effortlessly and plays so fast and so clean that it almost sounds like a recording.  He doesn’t sound like anyone else and that’s a very good thing.

Catch him in the small venues while you can folks.  If he ever hits the big time, there won’t be a comedown.

Delicious Library

March 5, 2008

One of my favorite applications for the Mac is preparing for a major update. Delicious Library 2.0 will be incorporating new features along with improved performance to make a great thing even better. In addition to tracking your books, music, games, and movies by scanning barcodes; the new version will add the ability to scan your iTunes library for items to add to the Delicious Library. It’s also going to add tracking for electronics, toys, and tools (once again from the Amazon database). Very cool.

His Time Has Passed

March 5, 2008

Mark Davis had an interesting interview this morning on the radio with Bill Clinton. Given Mark’s extreme comments about the Clinton presidency, I was surprised that Clinton would agree to appear on the show. Still and all, the exchange was polite if superficial.

It was immediately clear that Bill Clinton is utterly exhausted. He spoke in very stilted sound bites and none of his legendary energy and verbal facility was on display. The man is spent. Whether it is a short term result of the amount of campaigning that he has done in the last few weeks or the first signs of a more dramatic change remains to be seen.

A Great Day

March 5, 2008

Part of me can’t believe that I really voted for Obama, but I did.  I voted for a Democrat for the first time in my life in an attempt to end the candidacy of an even worse Democrat.  It looks like I hit the lottery tonight.

Obama and Hillary will split Texas and Ohio’s delegates, meaning that Hillary will stay in the race and they’ll keep throwing money and energy into beating each other up.  With any luck, they’ll burn through so many resources (both monetary and human) that the party will be drained going into the convention.  If we get really lucky, the politics will be so ugly there that any chance for real unity behind their candidate will be pretty much shot.

McCain no longer has to worry about the nomination, so he can change his focus to prepare for the general election when he will need all the rest that he can take now and then some.  My gut feeling is that Hillary would be a much easier candidate to defeat in the general election, but who knows what weaknesses may be exposed in Obama through continued campaiging?

Coming Soon to an iPhone Near You

March 3, 2008

Encyclopedia Britannica is moving rapidly into the 1990’s.