August 31, 2006

A little bit spooky, but cool.

[Thanks Andrew Sullivan:Daily Dish]

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:17 PM

August 30, 2006

Jim O'Connell on Fluffernutter Ice Cream

OMG, have you tried this stuff?

It's amazing.

Brigham's has combined peanut butter ice cream, miniature peanut butter cups, and real Marshmallow Fluff. The result tastes like the fluffernutter sandwiches you used to make when you were a kid, only about a thousand times more awesome.

[Jim's blog]

Posted by jackhodgson at 04:18 PM

My Hero

This guy programmed his phone system to take incoming sales calls, and to endlessly feed them non-committal, pre-recorded, expressions of interest. The object is to take up as much of the caller's time as possible, and if possible make them insane.

Link to the guys's blog entry about the scheme.

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:07 PM

August 28, 2006

Emmy Opening with Conan Obrian

The clips movie at the start is kinda fun...

[Emmys 2006 - Opening Number (Part 1)]

... but I almost gave up watching the monologue, which is most of part 2. I'm glad I didn't, cause the Music Man spoof that starts about 5:30 into the second clip, is surprisingly good.

[Emmys 2006 - Opening Number (Part 2)]

[Yes sherm, another showtunes reference.]

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:04 PM

Good Rocketboom

I've never really gotten into Rocketboom the way others (many others, apparently) have (except when Steve Garfield has a piece on the show, then it's excellent!).

But last friday's ep which was all about a story of kids making claymation animantions was really great.


Posted by jackhodgson at 06:38 PM

August 27, 2006

Jack's Saturday Adventure

Yesterday I hopped on the train and headed into Boston and Cambridge to enjoy the great day. I took a lot of pics, and I've posted them as a "set" on Flickr (link).

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:41 PM

August 26, 2006

SRV Lives!

I just spent the better part of an hour searching You Tube for a performance to present as a counterpoint to this classic by Stevie Ray Vaughn. I couldn't find anything. Clapton, Beck, Santana, Buddy Guy, Dr John. All awesome musicians, but I couldn't find anything that I wanted to put next to this performance of Texas Flood.

[Thanks to The Roadhouse for pointing me to it.]

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:16 PM

Call me Earnest

Earnest/Jack: "Well, really, Gwendolen, I must say that I think there are lots of other much nicer names. I think Jack, for instance, a charming name."

Gwendolen: "Jack?... No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations... I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John."

from The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:02 AM

August 24, 2006

The winds of change

"When the winds of change are blowing, some people are building shelters, and some people are building windmills."

-- Chinese Proverb

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:06 PM

Meet me in New York, Opera Lady

GEWF pal Jo Ann and I should meet-up in NYC for this event.

America's Largest Whisky Celebration featuring more than 200 of the world's finest, rarest, and most expensive, single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Tennessee, and Canadian whiskies to sample in one Grand Ballroom

... We have an amazing line-up of distillery managers and master blenders from Scotland, Ireland and the U.S.

What will be poured?

More than 250 of the world's finest, rarest and most expensive whiskies will be available for sampling, featuring the finest single malt and blended Scotch whiskies, the best bourbons and Tennessee whiskeys, top of the line Irish whiskeys, and the best from Canada.

[Thanks David Sakrison]

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:36 PM

Very Cool RC Airplane demo

A few weeks back GEWF gang member MGA showed this to me.

I want one of these planes.

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:56 PM

The No-Name Aviation Podcast

A couple of friends and I have started to publish a bi-weekly podcast about flying. Eventually it will have a real name, but for now it's called the "No-Name General Aviation Podcast"

The No-Name General Aviation Podcast

Jeb Burnside, Dave Higdon, Jack Hodgson and the rest of the NNGAP gang.

News & conversation about the world of General Aviation flying.

Every two weeks the NNGAP gang will gather to talk about all things GA. You can listen-in as some of General Aviation's most knowledgable, opinionated, and plain-spoken characters do some online, hangar-flying. Show-notes can be found at

You can listen to the first episode here. Eventually it should be available through the iTunes Music Store and other podcast portals. But for now you should be able to subscribe via this feed.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:34 AM

Pluto no longer a planet

Why do I care?


Posted by jackhodgson at 09:27 AM

August 22, 2006

Big week in Redsox Nation is finally over

There's a saying, that the nice thing about banging your head against a wall, is that it feels so good when you stop.

Posted by jackhodgson at 05:37 AM

August 20, 2006

Clarence Darrow quote

"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it."

--Clarence Darrow

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:53 PM

August 18, 2006

Court rules President Bush broke the law.

Boston Globe:

In a 43-page opinion, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor of the Eastern District of Michigan rejected that argument. She said Bush violated federal statutes and constitutional protections for privacy and free speech when he authorized the military to wiretap Americans' international calls and e-mails without court oversight, overstepping the limits of his executive power.

[emphasis added]

I wonder what would happen to me next if a Federal Judge said that I, "violated federal statutes"?

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:41 PM

Podcamp getting closer

podcamp Boston

The guys organizing Podcamp are trying to make this event as fun, and open, as possible. They're trying to do this without becoming too beholden to commercial sponsors.

If you'd like to make a cash donation to support this groundbreaking event you can do so here. Or if your organization would like to support Podcamp by being a sponsor, click here.

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:27 PM

Steve's Mom's Birthday

Today is SteveGarfield's Mom's birthday.

Happy Birthday Steve's Mom!

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:12 PM

August 16, 2006

NORAD on September 11

This Vanity Fair article presents a riveting picture of the US military's attempts to defend the country on that terrible morning.

For the NEADS crew, 9/11 was not a story of four hijacked airplanes, but one of a heated chase after more than a dozen potential hijackings — some real, some phantom — that emerged from the turbulence of misinformation that spiked in the first 100 minutes of the attack and continued well into the afternoon and evening. At one point, in the span of a single mad minute, one hears Nasypany struggling to parse reports of four separate hijackings at once. What emerges from the barrage of what Nasypany dubs "bad poop" flying at his troops from all directions is a picture of remarkable composure. Snap decisions more often than not turn out to be the right ones as commanders kick-start the dormant military machine. It is the fog and friction of war live—the authentic military history of 9/11.

The online version of the article includes actual audio clips from the recorded communications that morning.

I always felt that the total grounding of all civilian aviation that day was an over-reaction. Reading this it made total sense.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:18 AM


Over on the Babylon5 email list, creator/writer/producer, J Michael Straczynski gives this kinda interesting analysis of the 2008 presidential race:

Going out on a limb in the prediction category...for the Republicans, there's no question they've struck a deal with McCain, given his behavior and toning down of his usual forthrightness, which sadly kind of invalidates him, as far as I'm concerned. It may make him a more viable candidate, but a less viable president, if that parses. Nonetheless, he'll start this thing as a front-runner, and may even make it to the nomination, but honestly I think the nomination is Guiliani's to lose. Maybe we'll see a combination of the two.

(One scenario I keep hearing from insiders is Cheney resigning after the November elections for "health reasons" so they can put either one of those two into the VP slot to position him for 2008. This will in turn give Cheney the freedom to join the Kryptonian Science Council and continue to make clear to all concerned that Krypton's inner core is absolutely rock-solid, regardless of what that nutbar Jor-El says.)

For the Democrats, barring Edwards making one heck of a comeback, I think the nominee is going to end up being somebody we haven't heard much about before, someone who's going to kind of blind-side the media and the beltway the way Clinton kind of came out of nowhere. I think we've seen the same-old-gang one time too many, and none of them have demonstrated any real strength in dealing with things in DC, so someone from the outside will, I think, be very attractive.


Posted by jackhodgson at 10:08 AM

August 15, 2006

YouTube is down???

Just got this message when trying to look at a YouTube video:

We're currently putting out some new features, sweeping out the cobwebs and zapping a few gremlins.

We'll be back later...

They're doing maintenance in the middle of the day? What's up with that?

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:55 PM

August 14, 2006

A big week in Redsox Nation

redsoxcirc100The next eight days.

Tonight we begin a three game series against the current best-team-in-baseball, the Detroit Tigers. A week ago we were pretty much unable to beat the two worst-teams-in-baseball. But no one is thinking about that now.

Then, after an off-day on Thursday, we have what promises to be a mind-altering experience. A four day period when we play the Yankees FIVE TIMES.

All this takes place at Friendly Fenway, where we have a better than average record, so, well, we'll see.

I saw an aerobatic plane once that had this on its side: "Climb in, Buckle up, and Hang on."

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:38 AM

August 13, 2006


Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone bring down the house at the 2005 Grammys.

A young Janis.

Janis, late in her career.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:58 PM

Singing in the Rain

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:34 AM

August 12, 2006

Final AirVenture pics

I just posted the last of my AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 pics. Here's a sampling:

C-17 last pass Chopper departing Autogyro Glasstar?? Pioneer Airport Last look

The rest can be seen here.

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:55 PM

Why is gas so cheap?

For some weeks now gas prices here in northern greater-Boston and southern NH have been hovering around $2.99 up to $3.05. Over the past couple of days they even seem to have dropped a penny or so. I don't understand it.

A year ago, the damage, by Hurricane Katrina, to the oil and gasoline supply caused gas prices to jump 30-40 cents in the few days right after the disaster. And it kept going up even after that. This year, we have news stories about the Alaska pipeline going off-line for months, and there's no reaction in price.

What's up with that?

Posted by jackhodgson at 06:59 PM

Red sox climbing back

redsoxcirc100The Red Sox' win this afternoon was satisfying. Together with last night's strong showing, my faith is re-strengthening.

But let's be clear about one thing: The Fox Network announcer nearly wet himself with excitement about a bottom-of-the-ninth winning run. Leading up to that moment he was frothing at the mouth, hoping for one of the redsox' trademark "walk-off-hits". But that wasn't a walk-off hit.

Manny did get a good clean hit single (and thus continues his impressive hitting streak). But Manny's hit did not drive in the run. The run came in on the error by the left fielder. If he hadn't bobbled the ball the runner would have been held at third.

It was a "walk-off-error". Which is right up there with the "walk-off-walk".

UPDATE: AP calls it a "last at-bat victory".

Posted by jackhodgson at 06:57 PM

Grilling Flank Steak

I may give this a try sometime. But I also thought my sister's friend Don, might enjoy giving it a try.

This is a simple recipe I’ve been bragging about on the Twit podcast... Perfect Flank steak (London Broil)

John Dvorak's recipe...

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:10 AM

To AirVenture from California photo essay

Here's a real nice collection of photos of traveling to Oshkosh from California. The page takes a little while to load, 'cause it contains a lot of pics, but it's worth the wait.

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Posted by jackhodgson at 05:30 AM

August 09, 2006

New TV Season

Here's a quick wrap-up of the premiere dates for the shows I'm looking forward to. These dates are from

Survivor: Cook Islands -- Thu Sep 14
Two and a Half Men -- Mon Sep 18
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip -- Mon Sep 18 10pm
Boston Legal -- Tue Sep 19
Gilmore Girls -- Tue Sep 26 8pm???
Smallville -- Thu Sep 28

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:36 PM

Survivor: Cook Islands

According to this story, filming for the upcoming season finished this past week.

August 5, 2006 -- ...the Survivor Cook Islands television show finished filming in Aitutaki yesterday... the last and 39th day of the blockbuster reality show.

[Sorry for the awful, flashing ads.]

The new season premieres Sept. 14.

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:29 PM

August 01, 2006

We Are The Internet

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:21 PM


Oh, by the way, I arrived home safely. 18 driving hours. Left at 10am OSH time, arrived 2pm Boston time.

It's hotter here than it was at Wittman Field!

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Posted by jackhodgson at 07:01 PM

Another Blogger writing about AirVenture

Mark’s Geekly Ramblings has also been blogging AirVenture. Scroll bac to read all his Oshkosh posts.

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Posted by jackhodgson at 06:57 PM