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Archive for April, 2006

Lyric-o-the-Day: Sad Cafe

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Title: Sad Cafe

Artist: The Eagles

I’ve always like the introspective mood of Sad Cafe, which is a subtle, haunting description of the little-visited place where good ideas are expressed, reminisced about by those that may have either succeeded or given up on those ideas.

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Out in the shiny night, the rain was softly falling

The tracks that ran down the boulevard

Had all been washed away

Out of the silver light, the past came softly calling

And I remember the times we spent

Inside the sad cafe

Oh, it seemed like a holy place,

Protected by amazing grace

And we would sing right out loud,

The things we could not say

We thought we could change this world

With words like “love” and “freedom”

We were part of the lonely crowd

Inside the sad cafe

Oh, expecting to fly,

We would meet on that beautiful shore in the

Sweet by and by

Some of their dreams came true,

Some just passed away

And some of the stayed behind

Inside the sad cafe.

The clouds rolled in and hid that shore

Now that glory train, it don’t stop here no more

Now I look at the years gone by,

And wonder at the powers that be.

I don’t know why fortune smiles on some

And lets the rest go free

Maybe the time has drawn the faces I recall

But things in this life change very slowly,

If they ever change at all

There’s no use in asking why,

It just turned out that way

So meet me at midnight baby

Inside the sad cafe.

Why don’t you meet me at midnight baby,

Inside the sad cafe.

Lyric-o-the-Day

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Not sure who, if anyone, reads this blog, but I think I might start something new.  I really get into the music that I listen to, particularly lyrically.  So I think I may make a new category for lyrics that strike me as interesting at a particular time, and occasionally post them.

Star Trek XI Stalled?

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This is somewhat disappointing. Now, grant it that I have not been a fan of the direction of Star Trek largely since Roddenberry’s death in 1991, but Enterprise was really getting back on track in its last season and started to feel more like the original series.

This is the first I’ve read that the next Star Trek movie will be trilogy based on the events of the Romulan War, which I think is a fantastic plotline since it’s quite the universe-changing event in Star Trek lore, but what I don’t care for is “the Romulan War in all its excessive violence that supposedly would have been too graphic for ‘Enterprise'”. Star Trek isn’t a gore series, and that, coupled with the writer being the same guy that did Band of Brothers, doesn’t instill a whole lot of confidence that they’re interested in restoring the spirit of Star Trek.

Looks like it’s iffy at best whether or not it’s going to happen anyway, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Microsoft Live Drive

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

This article talks about an upcoming Windows Live service called Live Drive. While I’m dubuious about the claim of “store everything”, it does sound promising that they reference high def movies and other very large(tm) files on there. Google is fantastic, if for nothing else to inspire other companies to share the wealth in this age of bandwidth-o-plenty.

All Organized and Such

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Upgrading from my antiquated and ailing Garmin iQue 3600 to a Pocket PC-based Dell Axim X5.  I’m completely sick of my battery failing on me on the iQue, which is particularly important during meeting when taking notes. And I don’t want to take the risk that the thing is going to glitch on me while driving in some unfamiliar area with the GPS.  A friend of mine hooked me up with a great deal that I couldn’t pass up, so here I am.

So far, I like Windows Mobile a LOT better than Palm OS.  Obviously, as a fairly recent Mac convert, I don’t care for MS as much as the next guy.  What really matters in the end is the quality of the product, and PocketPC seems like the best mobile OS at the time.  Apple may come out with some nifty gadget next year, but for now this Axim is great.

Minor Changes

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

I’ve finally gotten around to removing the generic links on the right side of my blog, replacing them instead with a list of my currently playing and recent tracks.