Monthly Archives: March 2005

Happy Dyngus Day to One and All!

SouthBendTribune.com: Dyngus Day No. 75 ready to roll While, I am not polish, and strictly speaking, not a South Bend Native, I still cherish Dyngus Day, and I believe that one day Dyngus Day will be celebrated across the nation. … Continue reading

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Important Changes to Your Citizenship Agreement – Please read and retain for your records. By Evan Eisenberg

Important Changes to Your Citizenship Agreement – Please read and retain for your records. By Evan Eisenberg SECTION 5 The Freedom of Speech section of the Agreement is amended to distinguish between Regular Preferred Speech and Non-Preferred Speech. The Non-Preferred … Continue reading

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PHP includes and RSS 2.0

I have installed WordPress on the library’s web server and I have been playing around with it. I am currently using MovableType for the library news blog, and I use php includes to put content from the blog on the … Continue reading

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Structured Blogging

Product Image: Structured Blogging Plugin
My rating: 4 out of 5

I have enjoyed working with the structured blogging plugin for WordPress! It has been useful, since I have actually been in a mood to review a few things lately. I like that it automatically inserts relevant XML to make the posts more useful. I also like the cool graphics that are inserted. I need to investigate a bit further, so I can figure out how to change the star images for different media types. I know that their website describes the steps involved in setting this up, but I haven’t tried it yet.

This pluggin alone has made my switch from MT to WP worth the time and energy:)

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

When: Sunday, March 20 2005 08:00 PM
Where: Notre Dame DeBatolo Performing Arts Center
My Role: Attendee
Ashley and I had our first night out without the kids last night. We had dinner, and then went to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Notre Dame. What an amazing concert it was. This South African group has been around for forty-five years, but their show is anything but stale. It was the perfect mixture of music, dance, and comedy.

The Leighton hall at the Debartolo Performing Arts center is a beautiful facility. We had great seats (middle of the fourth row,) but I am certain that there isn’t a bad seat in the house. I believe that this center will be a real asset to the community, and I am looking forward to checking out their cinema, the only THX certified theatre in the state of Indiana.

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Fun for kids of all ages ;)

Product Image: No! [ENHANCED]
My rating: 4 out of 5

They Migh Be Giants 2002 children’s album No! is a real joy. The songs are creative, entertaining and often satisfyingly dark. Unlike the sacharine tunes from the likes of Rafi, the fair her includes songs such as “The Edison Museum” which includes the lyrics:

So when your children quarrel, and nothing seems to quell them
Just tell them that you’ll take them to the Edison Museum
The largest independently owned and operated
Mausoleum

When Placed in a computer (PC, or MAC) the listener can play litle animated games, and sing along to the lyrics as they are displayed across the screen. This is the first children’s album by the venerable Giants, and the fit is a good one. They have since written a picture book Bed Bed Bed.

My kids (1 and 3) really anjoy this album, but I think that my wife and I like at as much as they do, or maybe even a little bit more. After all, this is from the group that wrote the theme songs for Malcolm in the Middle, and The Daily Show.

They Might Be Giant will be appearing at the Michigan Library Association’s Spring Institute this April. Those of you in the area may want to check them out.

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I finally saw Cold Mountain

Product Image: Cold Mountain (2003)
My rating: 3 out of 5

Is it just me, or was Nicole Kidman totally unbelievable in this role? She was supposed to be a single woman with no money, who knew nothing about farming, trying to eke out a living during the Civil War. The thing was she never really even got dirty. Her lipstick was always perfect. I have liked Nicole in some movies…..”To Die For” and “Moulin Rouge” come to mind, but her performance here just didn’t do it for me. I never forgot that I was watching Nicole Kidman. I thought that Renée Zellweger, on the other hand did a good job as the sidekick.

The other problem I had with the film was the totally implausible series of events that led up to the films conclusion. I am afraid that I was not able to suspend disbelief.

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Avery after pudding

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Problem with RSS Feeds updating on Bloglines

For some reason, none of my feeds are updating on bloglines. I think that the problem is on their end. The feeds are updating in Firefox live bookmarks, and I just downloaded Feedreader and the links work fine there. I … Continue reading

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» Google News Sued by Agence France Presse – Search Engine Journal

» Google News Sued by Agence France Presse – Search Engine Journal Agence France Presse alleges that Google includes AFP’s photos, stories and news headlines on Google News without permission from Agence France Presse. AFP is seeking damages of around … Continue reading

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