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Monday, April 24, 2006

Fats Domino: Alive & Kickin'

If you loves you some Fats the way I loves me some Fats, be absolutely sure to pick up his new CD. It was recorded post-Katrina and all money raised goes to the Tipitinas Foundation. It is a great CD, pure CLASSIC Fats Domino.

You can get it here.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Reason #3,453 To Shop at Target

From News of the Weird:

Increasingly, police departments and government offices (customs agencies, NASA, even the FBI) rely on state-of-the-art investigation support from the Target Corp. (as in Target department stores), according to a January Washington Post report. Target's world-class forensics lab in Minneapolis is the first choice by many departments for examination of surveillance tapes and other evidence, and it was Target in the mid-1990s that finally moved agencies to coordinate previously incompatible databases of criminals (treating the felon population as a nationwide "inventory control" problem). A Target executive said he works for "a high-tech company masquerading as a retailer." [Washington Post, 1-29-06]

Sunday, April 02, 2006


For use with my new Minidisc recorder, I've been working to move all my CDs to MP3. It's taken months. I finished Saturday, April 1, 2006 at around 9:30 PM.

For the curious, I rip using Exact Audio Copy, then encode via Razor Lame optimized for quality over speed, using the Lame 3.97 codec on Variable Bit Rate minimum 128k and maximum 256k and Quality value set to 0. The full collection takes up just under 200 gig of storage space. I have a dedicated 300 gig external hard drive to store the files.

Here's a link to a MDI file that lists all the CDs I own, if you're interested. Download here