East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Linkage on 2006-11-29

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

Enigmatic relic was an eclipse calculator
High tech, man.
(tags: technology history)

18th Birthday Top50 Meme

Filed under: Meme — Erwin @ 12:51 am

Go to popculturemadness.com, search the year you turned 18, and snip out the top 50 songs.

Bold = I like the song
Stricken out = I do not like the song
Italicized = don’t care one way or the other
Under lined = no idea what the song is

  1. Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  2. Mony Mony – Billy Idol (1st released in 1981)
  3. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  4. Lean On Me – Club Nouveau
  5. Songbird – Kenny G
  6. Always – Atlantic Starr
  7. Oh Yeah – Yello
  8. La Bamba – Los Lobos
  9. Faith – George Michael
  10. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  11. With Or Without You – U2
  12. Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
  13. Bad – Michael Jackson
  14. It’s Tricky – Run DMC
  15. You Got It All – the Jets
  16. U Got The Look – Prince
  17. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
  18. Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crew
  19. Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston
  20. Casanova – Levert
  21. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
  22. Funky Town – Pseudo Echo
  23. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
  24. Can’t We Try – Dan Hill and Vonda Sheppard
  25. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) – Beastie Boys
  26. The Final Countdown – Europe
  27. Open Your Heart – Madonna
  28. Looking For A New Love – Jody Watley
  29. In Too Deep – Genesis
  30. Let’s Wait Awhile – Janet Jackson
  31. Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
  32. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight – Genesis
  33. Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott
  34. Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
  35. Talk Dirty To Me – Poison
  36. Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  37. Big Time – Peter Gabriel
  38. The Finer Things – Steve Winwood
  39. Land of Confusion – Genesis
  40. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship
  41. Luka – Suzanne Vega
  42. Girls – Beastie Boys
  43. The Lady In Red – Chris Deburgh
  44. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
  45. True Faith – New Order
  46. Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – Aerosmith
  47. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox
  48. Moonlighting Theme – Al Jarreau
  49. Heart and Soul – T’ Pau
  50. Heartbreak Beat – Psychedelic Furs

Because my birthday is at the end of December, the next year is probably just as interesting (to me). Let’s have a look:

  1. What A Wonderful World* – Louis Armstrong
  2. It Takes Two – Rob Base & E-Z Rock
  3. Da Butt – EU
  4. Hot Hot Hot – Buster Poindexter
  5. I’ll Always Love You – Taylor Dayne
  6. Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson
  7. Sweet Child Of Mine – Guns N Roses
  8. Red Red Wine – UB40
  9. Just Got Paid – Johnny Kemp
  10. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  11. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  12. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
  13. Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N Roses
  14. Paradise – Sade
  15. The Flame – Cheap Trick
  16. 1 2 3 – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  17. Kokomo – Beach Boys
  18. Need You Tonight – INXS
  19. Pump Up The Volume – M/A/R/R/S
  20. Roll With It – Steve Winwood
  21. Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird (Medley) – Will To Power
  22. Power Of Love – Laura Branigan
  23. Push It – Salt N Pepa
  24. One More Try – George Michael
  25. Can’t Stay Away From You – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  26. Wild, Wild West – Kool Moe Dee
  27. One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston
  28. Hot Hot Hot!!! – The Cure
  29. The Promise – When In Rome
  30. The Way You Make Me Feel – Micheal Jackson
  31. Chains Of Love – Erasure
  32. What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) – Information Society
  33. Honestly – Stryper
  34. Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
  35. Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
  36. Strangelove – Depeche Mode
  37. Nothin’ But A Good Time – Poison
  38. Angel – Aerosmith
  39. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
  40. Forever Young – Alphaville
  41. Pink Cadillac – Natalie Cole
  42. Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys
  43. Tall Cool One – Robert Plant
  44. Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  45. Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
  46. Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
  47. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – Moody Blues
  48. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
  49. Wild Wild West – The Escape Club
  50. In God’s Country – U2

Keep in mind that a lot of the ones marked as “no idea what the song is” can be blamed on the fact that these charts are US oriented, as far as I can tell, and I grew up in the Netherlands!

Can you guess what the years are without checking various years on the website?


Linkage on 2006-11-27

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

256GB paper storage claims simply don’t add up

(tags: hardware storage technology)

Data Can Now Be Stored on Paper
What happens if the colours fade? 😉 But really, if it works, great!
(tags: hardware storage technology)


Purchase of the month

Filed under: OS X,Technology — Erwin @ 8:04 pm

Last week I ordered (and quickly received) an Airport Express. A nifty piece of hardware that can be used in a few different ways. The way I use it is to sit in the wireless network at home and have a set of speakers hooked up to it. Then iTunes can be configured to send its music output to this gadget.

There is a fraction of a second delay while it connects after you start the music, but that is negligible, certainly. A handy side-effect of this setup is that the regular audio that OS X generates go to the built-in speakers again now (or headphones if I were to plug those in), instead of the remote speakers. And the best part of it all, which is why I bought it in the first place, is that I can sit wherever the hell I like, and not be limited to how long the audio cable is and (in practice) sit too close to the speakers. 😉

The amusing part now is that it’s easier to forget that we’re listening to some randomly played track from our own collection, or a podnetcast, it just feels like radio, but without obnoxious DJ’s and commercials. Yay!



Filed under: Family,Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 5:17 pm

At N‘s and A‘s school they have an award called OSCAR, handed out when someone has been well-behaved, so to speak. Of course they couldn’t leave well enough alone and made it an acronym, with this meaning:


Today N pointed out to us that there’s a word hidden in there:


Hmm… 🙂

Now playing: Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant


Linkage on 2006-11-23

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

After decades of opposition, Vatican view on condoms begins to shift
A small step forward, but at least it’s a step.
(tags: health religion)

Urban Legends Reference Pages: 2006 Federal Excise Tax Credit
A true urban legend, for a change, and a useful one at that. 🙂
(tags: internet tax)


Linkage on 2006-11-21

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

Six imams ejected from US flight
How would these same alarmist passengers react if they were kicked off the plane for saying some Christian prayer?
(tags: america security)

Robert Altman, American maverick, dies aged 81
Thank you for creating M*A*S*H.
(tags: obituary)


Linkage on 2006-11-19

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

Is this an f-word too far?
Sounds interesting, but probably not interesting enough to actually watch it.
(tags: english language america)


Linkage on 2006-11-18

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

A wide variety of small form factor PCs, built for anything from multimedia device to router, or whatever else you can think of.
(tags: hardware)

Various mini-PCs, for occasions where a regular sized case is overkill.
(tags: hardware)


Linkage on 2006-11-14

Filed under: Linkage — Erwin @ 3:00 am

US pagans fight grave symbol ban
To quote: Some 36 other religious symbols, including the Jewish star of David and the Buddhist wheel, are allowed.
(tags: america religion)

US police replace codes with plain English. 10-4?
Roger that.
(tags: humour america)

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