Peanut butter: proving evolution is fake since 1897

It all seems so obvious now—the answer has been on aisle 7 of the grocery store all along!

Of course, evolution doesn’t explain the origin of life and, given the events of last year, the video producers chose a rather unfortunate example. But hey, thanks for the chuckle.

Just breathe….

It’s not quite what I expected, but I’ve enjoyed the new Pearl Jam album Backspacer. In particular, I’ve found myself gravitating to the song Just Breathe. Without Vedder’s distinctive voice, you probably wouldn’t guess it was a Pearl Jam song – even if it does have an Into the Wild feel to it. It’s just one of those songs that unexpectedly speaks to me.

Unofficial video, with lyrics below.

Yes I understand that every life must end, aw huh,..
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, aw huh,..
I’m a lucky man to count on both hands
The ones I love,..

Some folks just have one,
Others they got none, aw huh,..

Stay with me,..
Let’s just breathe.

Practiced are my sins,
Never gonna let me win, aw huh,..
Under everything, just another human being, aw huh,..
Yeh, I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world
To make me bleed.

Stay with me,..
You’re all I see.

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see,..
No one knows this more than me.
As I come clean.

I wonder everyday
as I look upon your face, aw huh,..
Everything you gave
And nothing you would take, aw huh,..
Nothing you would take,..
Everything you gave.

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t now I’m a fool you see,..
No one know this more than me.
As I come clean.

Nothing you would take,..
everything you gave.
Hold me till I die,..
Meet you on the other side.

People in Yosemite: A TimeLapse Study

Below is a fabulous timelapse video of Yosemite National Park, with a special focus on people. I’m a sucker for timelapse videos, but this one is beautifully shot and intriguing.

As you know, I’m a big fan of the National Park System and wholeheartedly agree that it’s in serious contention as America’s Best Idea. And while I understand many of the problems that park resources face, particularly in the face of overwhelming visitation, I also know how fundamental and formative a park experience can be – particularly for youth.

And with that thought in mind, here’s the video:


Kudos to YosemiteSteve for putting together such a great video. Be sure to check out his Yosemite Nature Notes series.

Tat – Road to Paradise music video

I’m currently obsessed with this video. Not sure why, but I love it.

I’ve also included the lyrics below:

No one’s paved the road to paradise
Or guaranteed that it’d be nice
It’s just a long road hard road
Dragging our little red wagon
‘Till were six feet under wondering
“What the fuck have I done?
Where did all my time go?”
At times in life you gotta take
A chance and dance on broken glass
and see who lasts…

Love has tortured
And love has killed
But love has saved a million still
We’re all we need two lungs one heart
To face the troubles life does part
Don’t waste a second breath
You’re deal, take it, hold it, make it felt
One wasted life one wasted youth
Wasted prospects idols too
Your own demise
You’re better off alone
No alibis, no compromise

No one’s paved the road to paradise
Or guaranteed that it’d be nice
It’s just a long road hard road
Dragging our little red wagon
‘Till were six feet under wondering
“What the fuck have I done?
Where did all my time go?”
At times in life you gotta take
A chance and dance on broken glass
and see who lasts…

Last night I had a dream
I went to a golden place
A place I didn’t recognize
Saint Peter don’t let me in
He says I don’t have faith
He says I don’t believe
I don’t believe…

Love has tortured
And love has killed
But love has saved a million still
We’re all we need two lungs one heart
To face the troubles life does part
Don’t waste a second breath
You’re deal, take it, hold it, make it felt
One wasted life one wasted youth
Wasted prospects idols too (x2)

No one’s paved the road to paradise
Or guaranteed that it’d be nice
It’s just a long road hard road
Dragging our little red wagon
‘Till were six feet under wondering
“What the fuck have I done?
Where did all my time go?”
At times in life you gotta take
A chance and dance on broken glass
and see who lasts…

Having trouble joining cd tracks in iTunes? Try this.

For the last few months, I’ve had trouble joining cd tracks before importing a cd into iTunes. I do very little book-reading these days, so instead I listen to audiobooks. I’ve enjoyed being an audible customer, but in an effort to cut down on expenses, I have since re-discovered the public library. The Phoenix Public Library in particular does a great job of getting in new audiobooks or books on cd. However, books on cd are annoying split into dozens of tracks per disc – well, annoying only if you’re going to listen to them on an ipod as opposed to a cd player. The key is to select all of those cd tracks, head up to the Advanced menu in iTunes and select “Join CD Tracks.” Voila, all of the tracks are ready to be imported as one. That simplifies playback significantly, as now you only need to manage a few tracks (equal to the number of cds the book required), which is a helluva lot easier than managing hundreds of individual tracks (some of which are seriously short – like less than :10 short).

This has worked quite well for me for, well, years. At least until last month, when the “Join CD Tracks” command was dimmed. I tried everything I could think of: different discs, restarting iTunes, reinstalling iTunes, searching the Apple help and support files, even calling AppleCare. No luck – I couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

I was following the instructions and the only caveat seemed to be that you had to select contiguous tracks. I wondered if there was some sort of new anti-piracy inclusions that were preventing me from copying the files – nope, iTunes would still let me copy the tracks, it just wouldn’t let me join them first.

And then I managed to stumble on the answer. The key is that the files must sorted properly for the “Join CD Tracks” menu item to be available. This seems weird, and certainly didn’t seem like a problem – the track numbers were in order from 1 to 99. But since this was a book on cd, it was not in the track name database. iTunes was simply giving the tracks a temporary number in what appeared to be the proper order, while in reality it was sorting by a different column. This is really difficult to spot unless you put in a music disc that’s in the name database and you notice the track order is different.

The solution here is to sort by filename until the “Join CD Tracks” command is active again. That usually involves two or three clicks on the first column. You should find that this solves the problem.

Working from home

I know that I haven’t yet explained my recent job change here, but I will soon. One of the benefits of the new job is that I’m now working entirely from home. While this presents some challenges, overall it’s a great development for me. I downloaded some time lapse software a couple of nights ago and decided to put it to use on Tuesday, recording a portion of my workday from my MacBook Pro iSight camera. It’s not compelling video in the least, just a first attempt at time lapse.