Thursday, December 12, 2013
Predawn Snowfall on Flickr.Taken around dawn during the first snowfall of the season.

Predawn Snowfall on Flickr.

Taken around dawn during the first snowfall of the season.

Monday, November 18, 2013
Vanishing Point on Flickr.The Canton marina on a foggy Sunday morning.

Vanishing Point on Flickr.

The Canton marina on a foggy Sunday morning.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lab on Flickr.@kbladow @juliewsmith1 Picture.

Lab on Flickr.

@kbladow @juliewsmith1 Picture.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Sunday, February 3, 2013
Power Plant on Flickr.Behind the Power Plant at dusk. Enough light to shoot without a flash, little enough light to add a little drama to the shots.

Power Plant on Flickr.

Behind the Power Plant at dusk. Enough light to shoot without a flash, little enough light to add a little drama to the shots.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Blue Angels, flying in formation, on a flight path that went right over my house. The team was the main event in Baltimore’s Sailabration celebration last weekend.

This was one of those things that wasn’t on my bucket list until I saw it. Easily one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen from the comfort of my own roof deck. I put it on my bucket list and checked it off within a span of 30 minutes.

The Blue Angels, flying in formation, on a flight path that went right over my house. The team was the main event in Baltimore’s Sailabration celebration last weekend.

This was one of those things that wasn’t on my bucket list until I saw it. Easily one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen from the comfort of my own roof deck. I put it on my bucket list and checked it off within a span of 30 minutes.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Monday, April 16, 2012 Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Size Matters

Want the TL;DR version? Here you go: I don’t want a bigger cell phone. If I can serve breakfast in bed on it, it’s too damn large. If it won’t fit in my pocket or I can’t bend my leg when I put it there, it’s too damn large. If anyone feels compelled to ask whether I’m happy to see them because my phone’s in my pocket, it’s too damn large.

You know what? Let’s make that the long version as well. I think I’ve articulated my thoughts on the matter about as well as they’re going to be articulated. Anything else would be superfluous.

With that in mind, I link to this review of a Jurassic-sized “mobile” phone because it includes one of the best lines I’ve heard in a very, very long time:

The Galaxy Note’s tagline asks if the device is a tablet or a smartphone, but like a girl in Spanx, it’s so much more.

Ah, yes.

(Source: thetechblock.com)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Control Pulsar with Alfred

The Pulsar Alfred Extension in action

Wherein you:

  1. Are a Sirius subscriber, and
  2. Listen to Sirius on your Mac via Rogue Amoeba’s awesome Pulsar application, and
  3. Heart the hell out of the productivity provided by Alfred, and
  4. Have the Alfred Powerpack installed, then

You might be wishing you could use Alfred to control Pulsar so you didn’t have to activate the app every time you wanted to pause a great song by Starland Vocal Band. I was too. Eventually, I decided to do something about it.

Pulsar’s script API isn’t very extensive, but it does cover pause/play as well as a few other useful bits. The Pulsar extension supports:

  • xm play
  • xm pause
  • xm show (display the channel, artist, track and album now being played)
  • xm next (changes the channel to the next Favorite channel)
  • xm prev (changes the channel to the previous Favorite channel)

I chose the xm keyword because it’s short and reasonably descriptive since I’m playing a Sirius_XM_ channel, but that’s easy to change once the extension is installed. If you have Growl installed, the xm show command will display a Growl notification. If not, it will degrade to an ugly, but functional alert dialog.

Growl notification

Hint: Any command other than play, pause, next and prev will behave as show. Give it a try.

Download the Alfred Pulsar Extension