MP3 music downloads at eMusicI like the idea of DRM-free music a lot. I truly don’t mind paying for music; I just want to be able to move it to new PCs or listen to it in the car or whatever. eMusic offers this, I signed up for an account this morning. I don’t like their subscription model at all. $9.99 per month for 30 songs is fine in terms of price, but I don’t necessarily want to pay a subscription. Why not adopt the iTunes model and go with $.99 per song? Some months I may not download music, some months I may go over 30 songs.I will update this along with the stuff I am downloading. One of the issues is their catalog is listed at 2,000,000 songs which seems like a lot right up until you cannot download something you reall want. Hopefully the KEXP artists I tend to like are on eMusic.

My very own windmill

Skystream 3.7How cool would it be to have your very own windmill? I often think about attaching my bike trainer to a generator of some sort but that simply won’t power a whole lot. But a windmill? That would be completely cool. Of course our house doesn’t get all that much wind but it might get enough to power the house from time to time.As an added bonus it might also keep down the crow population:-)

the show with zefrank

the show with zefrank

If you haven’t run across Ze Frank yet, here is a chance to do so. Often the show is just sort of kind of snickering a little over coffee funny. And then bam, you snort the whole cup onto the monitor.This Christmas one caught me, I don’t know why, perhaps because we haven’t had a decent internet connection since the power outage last week and now I am willing to laugh at anything.Note:Having a little trouble with WordPress. For some reason it is showing all of the HTML tags in the rich editor. No idea how that happened and fewer ideas (?) about how to fix it. One of the dangers of adopting a technology I don’t really understand well.

Scandinavian Airlines Day 21: Tallin

Scandinavian Airlines

Why you ask does SAS insist on sending me to the Baltics? I would have had trouble recalling where Tallin is (in fact I still have a 50/50 shot at Estonia or Lithuania here) but Riga came up earlier this month. I don’t want to go anywhere near there at the moment. I also am using a dial-up connection still so there is no way I am waiting for the Wikipedia article to load on Tallin. Needless to say we will not be rushing out and buying these tickets.So with Paris gone and Milan gone, what am I hoping for in the remaining three days? Well one year SAS opened up all of the previous fare-specials on the final day. But since I don’t truly want to go anywhere offered so far that makes it tough. Rome would be a hard one to pass up, as would anywhere in the south of Italy. Barcelona might be tempting as it has to be nicer there this time of year than it is here. The kids might like a trip to the beach.

SAS Christmas Calendar 2006 Day 20: Gdansk

SAS Christmas Calendar 2006

Not quite sure where Gdansk is. I would look this up and find interesting facts but due to the storm last week we are still without a decent internet connection. I have my mobile phone hooked up to my laptop and it gets, in theory, a 230.4 kbps connection. Of course it really gets nothing of the kind for web use. It feels like an old 28.8 dial-up connection. There is just something about the latency…But I’m not really complaining… there are still people around here without power. Several people in the region have died from carbon monoxide poisoning while running generators or barbecues indoors. We had friends stay over the other night, hopefully they have power now and can do simple things like turn lights on.The loss of electrical power was humbling to say the least. The cold gets to you. Not that it was all that cold thankfully, indoors the house never dropped below 40 degrees. But no matter how warmly you dress, it sort of seeps into your body and you just never get warm. And that is after 36 hours. I wondered how this would feel if this were ones entire life?We had the blessing of gas running the water heater so we could shower. Others weren’t that lucky. We’re also considering a gas stove now, at least we could cook inside. I don’t mind grilling food outside from time to time in the winter but cooking eggs, toast, and coffee on the barbecue dressed in winter gear wasn’t fun. Thankfully it wasn’t raining.The weather service is predicting another storm tonight, nothing too severe. Still they are warning people that trees already damaged from the wind last week should be prepared for a little more damage hurled our way. Great.And so back to Gdansk… which I think is in Poland. Or maybe Germany. Or maybe I’m thinking of some lost history lesson of the Danzig corridor?

Scandinavian Airlines Day 16, whoa, what Day 15?

Scandinavian AirlinesOkay Day 16 is London. Big deal.But hey, what about Day 15? Well we lost power and then spent the day helping neighbors clear trees from their homes. As of this writing we still don’t have power at the house.  So we couldn’t check on Day 15…. and what was Day 15…. Milano! Oh no, probably the only destination we’d really consider (i.e. Italy, not necessarily Milan). As Susan says, oh well, not meant to be this time around.

Scandinavian Airlines Day 13: Paris!

Scandinavian AirlinesOkay, they are breaking out the good stuff, Paris! $225 each way, so $450 is a pretty nifty deal. The only downside is how the Euro is trouncing the dollar right now (another thing I blame on Bush). When we were in Paris a month ago the rate was $1.28/Euro but now it is $1.32/Euro. That will definitely put a ding in the budget.Just to get into the Paris spirit though, here is a shot of Susan by the Seine.