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marc with a c. CD Release Party Tonight!

Sat, 08/26/2006 - 04:34 -- rprice

I know this is a bit late, but I just saw this poster for the first time on bucket of nails' myspace.

Like the poster says, doors open at 8pm, and the show is at Austin Coffee and Film.

I will be playing drums, so you better get your asses down there!

Admission is free, CDs are $10, with some value-added online content.

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New Katharine Kerr Released!

Tue, 08/01/2006 - 17:11 -- rprice

My favorite author of all time, Katharine Kerr, has put out her the first of three new books that follow the Deverry storyline.

I don't leave much time for non-internet/programming geekery, but Kerr books are an exception. I got engulfed in her writing when I was on an 8th grade band trip to Atlanta, and I rabidly read and read. She has been writing this series since I was born, and will gladly continue to write. There are 13 books in total now, counting The Gold Falcon.

I started re-reading the whole serries this year and got about half way through before I got kind of busy. It wasn't really that I got bored, just that I didn't want to get to the last book and have nothing to read. Now that I have a book waiting for me on the shelves of my local bookstore, I can confidently pick up my fanaticism.

You should also check out her sci-fi works, Freeze Frames, Polar City Blues and Snare.

These three books don't have much in common with each other, but they have loads in common with the Deverry books. Highly recommended for women readers - lots of strong females, but plenty of guys too.

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New Podcast

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 12:29 -- rprice

It's called Liberatr::Art::meta(), and I chose that name because it builds on my brand, it attracts the geeks, but it contains the word Art. I am hoping I am covering all my bases here.

There are two shows, one covering Refresh Orlando, and another for DIH Magazine. I originally recorded one with Jake, but the audio quality was not good, and the discussion was a little slow.

As Phil Palmeri said "Kaite Couric you are not!" It's OK though. Nobody else in town has this game. That means I am the default, and I will have my foot in the door when they decide to get off their butts.

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Online Contacts?

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 12:24 -- rprice

Ok, so my life is now online. All my email addresses have a webmail interface, even though I prefer to check them on my Thunderbird or Apple Mail. My bookmarks are exclusively on, my calendar is exclusively on 30boxes (because I heard they have a MySpace widget, and I doubt Google does), but what about my contacts? Which third party will bring my address book into the 24th1/2th century?

For some reason, the vCard export on Thunderbird is not turned on or something. I have read that it exists, and could be leveraged through an API of some kind, but I guess CSV works? What is LDIF? I know what it means, but why not use the danged industry standard? Where is the magic XML standard to tie calendars and contacts together? The XSPF of people? Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur just did an Inside the Net about calendar swamps.

Show me the magic.


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Netvibes adds Meebo and Alexa

Wed, 07/26/2006 - 09:28 -- rprice

They pretty much say it all here on their blog.

Netvibes is an AJAX dashboard and homepage, similar to Google, Yahoo and Microsoft's offerings, with a rich set of powerful modules. I like the organization of widgets into separate tabs (for the most part). It lets me keep all of my important feeds, email and a calendar on a frontmost widget, and lesser feeds and views elsewhere. I even have a whole tab of feeds so I can make sure they are all running smoothly.

Adding Meebo to your Netvibes is accomplished by adding an entire tab that the AJAX-based mult-platform IM client lives inside. There is support for AIM, YIM!, MSN Messenger (even though Y! and MSN work together now) and Jabber/GTalk out of the box. Since meebo lives inside a browser anyway, this is a great match.

Alexa is a well-known publicly available web ranking and traffic site with an API which allows for widgets like the one being supported by Netvibes. Alexa's data is not widely regarded as the most accurate, but the fact that it is free and public makes it some of the most referred to information on the web. The Netvibes tab allows you to track the traffic of up to 5 sites on a graph. This wil be great if I ever get a site listed there. Right now, I have my Feedburner stats in a widget to let me get a quick glance at how my feeds are doing today. I wonder if anyone makes a Mint widget...?


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This Friday - Birthday Party

Tue, 07/11/2006 - 14:55 -- rprice

Hey all,

If you read this, know that I am celebrating my birthday this Friday (it happens on Tues. the 18th).

I thought about it and I decided to go to Pleasure Island’s Irish pub. It does not cost any money at all to get in, but you must be 21. They have good food, a nice beer selection, and fantastic live music. This is one of my favorite activities in the world.

I think I would like to get down there around 8PM if I can work it out with a Designated Driver and all.

So the details are:

Raglan Road (the old PI Jazz Club)
Pleasure Island @ Downtown Disney
Friday, July 14th - 8:00PM or shortly thereafter
NO COVER, 21 and up only
All are welcome
We will likely be staying for several hours, feel free to show up at any time

If you need to get in touch with me, email, or call me if you have my number.


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Yeah Scoble!

Mon, 07/10/2006 - 19:51 -- rprice

Robert Scoble is a champion of blogging, podcasting, video and naked conversations. See what he had to say about corporate identity in his blog just now:

From Scobleizer on 07/11/2006:

Quick, do a little project with me. Visit the home pages of Nestle and Quixtar.

Without clicking anywhere find me a real human being. Not one made out of a stock photo agency.

You don’t need to look. There aren’t any. Not to mention that you can’t talk to a real human being. And I don’t see anything on those two pages that I’d like to link to. Which means they won’t get high search engine rankings no matter how many SEO firms they pay.

Exactly. Well put man. Props to John Furrier at Podtech for having the vision (and the resources) to snatch you up. You are a valuable asset, and you can really help him take his network to the next level.


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Like, the last two games

Thu, 07/06/2006 - 22:32 -- rprice


Originally uploaded by Thick Mints.

OK, now that the dust is beginning to settle on the madness of the past few week's events with the World Cup, who stands tall and proud, ready to snatch it all from the competing armies?

Why France and Italy of course! Germany and Portugal both put up good fights, and the US made it to the final 16 (not picutred), but was beat by Germany, who made it to the top 4. That is important.

Saturday morning, Germany and Portugal face off for bragging rights, and Sunday is the big day.

May I say Wikipedia rocks for having someone who made this snappy bracket graphic? I dig. Wikipedia Rocks. GO TEAM WIKI!!

UPDATE 07/09: Italy takes it home! Germany is 3rd! Headbutts all around.


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AdSense Makes Me Laugh

Thu, 06/29/2006 - 05:54 -- rprice

I decided to put some ads on Aleshia's Site since she is starting to write more often now, and it appears she has readers and commenters as well!

Secret Teachings, Spartan World Cup

I am still going with AdSense until I hear more good things about BlogAds or one of the other competing services. There are probably better ways to get more pennies out of someone else. I am also thinking of expaning the Indie Karma coverage to all the Liberatr sites to see if we get any takers.

Did I mention Channel Guides? Podcasts | Blogs | Comics & More

I am really disliking this crappy WordPress Theme. K2 is pretty darn nice, but I don't see it as the right theme for this. I have a bunch of them in the store back in the admin pages, maybe I will do some switcherooing now.


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Be Proud of Your Belly Star: 7 Years Late

Thu, 06/29/2006 - 05:00 -- rprice

On a recent trip to Universal's Islands of Adventure, I comented about the empty train rails hovering dustily above Seuss Landing. A supposed train ride through the island that never officially opened. I was eating crow about a minute later when we saw and empty car speed past. It wasn't until today, two weeks later, that I got the official scoop.

From The Orlando Sentinel:

After a seven-year wait, Universal Orlando on Thursday finally opened its elevated children's ride snaking above Seuss Landing, delivering vistas and Seuss story scenes that were intended for the park's 1999 opening but held off because of technical problems.

Apparently, one of the biggest concerns was making sure people would have a safe and fast way to exit in case of a breakdown. Who wants to have acute acrophobes stuck in mid-air over a crowded restaraunt for 3 hours?

Several elevated platforms with stairs were installed at various points to evacuate riders if the ride breaks down. The vehicles were changed to trains from individual cars that could be partially controlled by riders. More Seuss story scenes were added on rooftops and hidden locations. Audio was piped into the trains to direct riders into the stories.

Apparently there is a great scene featuring Sneeches on Beaches that the kids love. You also get to ride through the middle of the Circus McGiurkus restaraunt, as well as getting a view of everything in Seuss Landing and a bit of a view over the lake I'm sure.

I don't think of this blog as being themed towards Attractions, but there has been an empty train track 15 feet above the walkways at Islands of Adventure for seven years now: this is significant. Plus, I have always wanted to ride that thing.

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