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The personal blog of Michael Ashby

My View This Morning

After having all the snow melt over the past week, we were treated to a nice light snowfall yesterday afternoon and evening. Looking out my bathroom window this morning, this is the view that was waiting for me.


Aram Bedrosian – A Dark Light

I thought I had blogged this back in August, but apparently I have not. Want to play it on endless loop at work today, I decided I should embed it in a blog post.

Aram Bedrosian is a bass soloist and this song is called “A Dark Light”. My hope is that he will release it on an upcoming album, because I would LOVE to buy it. I typically play it over-and-over in a loop because I love it so much. I hope you do too.

Going Flashless

Taking a page from Daring Fireball and going flash free. I like the fact that I can fall back to Chrome when I need to for Flash, but I’m eager to see how much content is out there in HTML 5.

I’ll keep you posted.

I’m Down With The Soggy Bottom Boys

This morning I read Jeffery Goldberg’s article For the First Time, the TSA Meets Resistance which is about the new security measures being put in place. It seems that they are now introducing Back-Scatter X-Ray machines which are highly invasive, their nickname is “The Dick-Measuring Device”, or a pat down when a TSA officer grabs your ass and feels up your leg until they meet resistance.


I’m on a business trip in about two weeks, so I was thinking through what option I’d take and I quickly assed that I’m going for the pat down. Is it awkward? Sure, but it’s awkward for both parties and I’m not going to make it pleasant. Seems I’m not alone in thinking the pat down is the way to go either.

At lunch, I mentioned the article and my stance on it and Dan he added that we should create a movement and call it “The Soggy Bottom Boys”.

You show up at the airport and the inside of your legs and bottom are soaked with a thick gel like material. Something wet and sticky that even though the TSA agent is wearing gloves it will feel very strange and force them to change their gloves. I can just picture the agent running his hand up a leg only to meet a moist resistance that may even be warm to the touch. With a look of disgust, a thick viscous gel pulls away with his hand while his mind races through all the gross things this gel could be.

OK, it’s a silly and stupid idea, but it did make me laugh. So I thought I’d share.

But I am serious about the pat down. Come and get it.

How To Import A Movie Into Keynote

I had a client ask me to walk them through how to import a movie into Apple’s Keynote presentation software. I took the opportunity to use ScreenFlow and play with the new features, like text overlays.

I encourage you to open the video in a new window and then the pop up to see it at full resolution.

Still Downloading

It’s been 24-hours and I’m still downloading files. 178 files have already download, which were mostly video files, but I still have 1632 left to go.

Still Downloading

iTunes Rescued & Weighed

My external drive which was the home of my iTunes library crashed a few weeks ago and NO, I didn’t have it backed up. I need to get a Drobo, but the first order of business was to see if iTunes would allow me to retrieve any of my past purchases.

I sent an e-mail to tech support and after a few days they sent back a reply stating that they would make an exception and allow me to download my files on a one-time basis.

Michael, iTunes Store Customer Support will let you download (at no charge) all the titles you purchased on this account that are still available. This does not include any item that has been modified or removed from the store since you purchased it. Please note that you may download your purchases only once, so this is an exception.

So I’ve begun the process of re-downloading what is still available to me as you can see in the image below.

A screenshot of my iTunes software downloading 1812 items
A screenshot of my iTunes software downloading 1812 items.

I’m extremely grateful that iTunes support made this exception and allowed me access to 1812 files, but it’s also a little disconcerting. There were an additional 637 that were modified in some way so that they are no longer available to me. What disturbs me is not the fact that there are 637 items that I lost, but that my total iTunes files equals 2449. In other words, I’ve spent over $2000 in the iTunes store.

Of course that’s not including the 900+ CDs I have, so I’m beginning to think that I might have a problem. 😛

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