On our way back from the Block Creek B&B, we had to stop at Blackbird Antiques in Comfort, TX to visit Karen Frias, the owner, and her pugs. She always has interesting antiques, home decor, bedding and other treasures. Sadly her original pugs, Molly, Hudson and Eddie, have all passed on, but there’s a new generation now: Matilda and Dexter. Read more
Kimberly and I took a spur of the moment trip to the Block Creek Bed and Breakfast located half way between Fredericksburg and Comfort, TX. I didn’t think I would be able to find anything at the last minute, but the gods were with us and this gem just kinda popped-up. The reviews were all four and five stars and it’s definitely deserved. Read more
For many of my playlists, I prefer to have the latest additions at the top and not the bottom, but this isn’t the way Spotify works. Of course, you can drag songs to the top with your mouse, but this is kludgy with long playlists. The better way is to use good old fashion cut and paste, but with a twist… Read more
Ambient-mixer.com has done something incredible: They have recreated the ambient sounds from Harry Potter movies. Now you can feel like you are in the Great Hall, the Gryffindor Common Room or any of the other houses. Wanna ride the Hogwarts Express? The sounds are there. It’s pretty cool how the sounds are an actual mix of multiple sounds that you can actually control individually.
There’s a bunch of non-HP movie mixes too like Sherlock’s apartment (aka 221b Baker Street) and Loki’s Chambers. Of course there are Star Wars and Game of Thrones sounds. The site has tons of other mixes grouped into categories like At Home, Cats, Environmental, Games, Holidays, Human, Movies and Series, Music, Nature, etc. Something for everyone.
This stuff is great for when you are at work and just need some background noise. The sounds loop so they can eventually get monotonous, but you can just click off to another place haha! Check it out! The only bummer is that the site is Flash-based so you’ll have to visit on a computer :-(
Ya gotta respect people that continue to push the copyright envelope. We can thank them for so many things that we take for granted today (e.g., MP3s, DVRs, Slingbox, etc.). OnRad.io is another one of those technologies. Michael Robertson of MP3.com fame is behind this venture. They are basically indexing online music streams and allowing visitors to play them through their site. They claim to scan about 100,000 stations in under 100ms. (Note that some of the stations are non-US.) Here’s their press release. Read more
I recently checked out a free issue of N-Photo, a magazine devoted to Nikon users, using their iOS app and really like it. Subscription through the N-photo app was a steep $59.99 which seemed like a lot for a monthly magazine. Now, I’ve been using Zinio for years to read various magazines on my mobile devices, so I was curious if they carried N-Photo. I opened the Zinio app and found it at $64.99, $5 higher. Well, I know about Apple’s 30% cut on in-app purchases and decided to check out Zinio’s website. Read more
Pretty darn cool. He even does the left to right swish on the high-hat just like Richard.