December 2007

Carbon LeafBrandon and I went to see Carbon Leaf last Thursday (Dec 13, 2007) at the 9:30 Club in DC. Carbon Leaf is a local (Virginia) band, and has about 6 albums out. Only the last two CD’s have had national exposure. I only recently heard of them while browsing on iTunes. I grabbed Indian Summer and loved it.

carbon leaf album

This was Brandon’s first concert and the band didn’t disappoint. He wasn’t very into the warmup band and spent that time watching a movie on my pda. However, once Carbon Leaf came on and started playing his expression changed and he had a good time. The band allows recording, so I videotaped the concert (at left is a still). Very enjoyable! I definitely recommend seeing them live.

img_1813_thumb.jpgLast week I went to a lecture on the Stonehenge Riverside Project, by Professor Michael Parker Pearson. Prof. Pearson spoke for almost 2 hours; he is a very engaging speaker. I videotaped the lecture (got a nice front-row seat); the shot at left is a still from the lecture.

This was part of National Geographic’s “Live” series of lectures on the past [I also attended the Maya lecture]. Nice venue, and they open the employee parking lot (right under the lecture hall) for the public on these evenings. Very convenient as parking in DC is nasty.

The true purpose of Stonehenge is not known, but they are trying to answer that question in the context of the wider surrounding area – which hold other monuments such as Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. The talk focused mostly on Durrington Walls, where the floors of neolithic dwellings are being excavated. It is thought that these may well have been the houses of the workers who actually built stonehenge.

Western Digital is crippling their network-ready drives. That d*mn RIAA again! Don’t bother getting them if you want to serve up your mp3 or avi (movie) files. Doesn’t matter if you are doing so legally. According to the WD tech support site:

Due to unverifiable media license authentication, the following file types cannot be shared by different users using WD Anywhere Access.

If these file types are on a share on the WD My Book World Edition system and another user accesses the share, these file will not be displayed for sharing. Any other file types can be shared using WD Anywhere Access.

The filetypes include .mp3, .avi, etc. Why in the world else would you need a one Terabyte server on your home network but to serve up media files?

On a related note, I returned two 500GB WD “MyBook” external drives because it turns out they have a bug in the firmware that prevents more than one firewire drive mounting at the same time. Defeated my purpose of having one of the drives as a backup!

moose boyA Norwegian boy was able to escape death (and save his sister) when attacked by a moose by using skills he learned playing World of Warcraft.

Seems the boy and his sister were walking in the woods when they were attacked by a moose (moose bites hurt). He shouted at the mouse to distract it from his sister (she ran away), then as the huge moose stood over him, the boy feigned death , “just like I learned to do on level 30 of World of Warcraft”. The moose apparently was fooled and trotted off.