WordPress on Android

September 4, 2010


I just downloaded the WordPress app for my T-mobile vibrant (galaxy) and am now writing this post with it.

So far, so good. Now my friend Nils should be much happier with me.

I’ll be experimenting with the app to see what the results are, including incorporating images and media from my phone. If it all works as advertised it could be a big deal for me in the future determining whether I use wordpress or typepad for blogs. There is no doubt that a handheld blogging platform would have some real advantages.

The app has a button to add media and when I pushed it, it allowed me to take a photo or record a video, which was pretty cool, so I took a picture of our cat. Now we’ll see where it places it in the blog post.


Kurt Elling is at the top of his game

July 7, 2009

Chris Vasquez and I went to see Kurt Elling perform tonight in Santa Cruz.  He was incredibly good, as I expected based on seeing him at the Monterey Jazz festival a couple years ago and from live recordings.

Elling was not born with the most beautiful or unique voice, but what he does with it is remarkable.  He sings with energy, subtlety and amazing dexterity, often creating melodic and rhythmic lines that work with the rest of the band like an instrumental soloist – as opposed to a vocalist.  He has a very sophisticated approach to singing and he makes things that are very difficult to perform sound effortless.  I think he’s the best male jazz vocalist alive.

In addition to his vocal talents, Elling is an intriguing and stimulating lyricists too.  He works out extended vocal solos with streams of words and poetry that unveil his personal perspectives, beliefs, humor and emotion.  In other words, he puts a lot of himself into his work, but you need to hear how he weaves these thoughts with the music lines to appreciate his immense creative power.

One of my favorite songs of his is “Leaving Again/In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning” from the Nightmoves album.  In this song he puts lyrics to an improvisation recorded by Keith Jarrett.  Truly inspired work.   Here is a video from an appearance he made on Swedish TV4 in October 2007 singing this song,  followed by an interview.  The video incorrectly identifies the song as “Where are you my love?”  The song “Where are you” is on the album, but its a different song.  Regardless, I’m thankful that this video exists.


George Will: 95% of what the government does is redistribute wealth

October 26, 2008

George Will just said on ABC’s This Week show this morning:

“95% of what the government does is redistribute wealth.”

“We have socialism for the strong.”

“Its not new.

These comments were all made in a discussion of how tax subsidies work and have always worked.  Maybe this discussion will be on YouTube?

All tax plans do this.  Thanks George for setting the record straight.


Palin’s ignorant fruit fly remark

October 24, 2008

Some of my best friends are drosophila researchers.  There have been lots of them over the years because fruit flies are such a valuable subject for genetics research.

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Links below added on Oct 25, 2008

UNC health care weblog

The stem cell blog (search for drosophila)

Clinical correlations (search for drosophila)

University of Pennsylvania


Molecular biology blog

The Trail (Washington Post)

Cutting through the crap


The smartest guys in the room crushed the world economy

October 24, 2008

Market fundamentalism, the economic theory propagated by Milton Friedman and the University of Chicago School of Economics – and most recently Alan Greenspan – is coming to a violent economic end. Friedman and his followers were seen as economic gods by the neoconservatives, whose members include Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney.

Here are some links to blogs that you might find interesting.

Sense and Nonsense

Bill Moyers interviewing George Soros

Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman and Arnold Schwarzenegger

The end of free market fundamentalism

Why market fundamentalism has failed


Palin should auction clothes on E-Bay

October 23, 2008

OK, so a lot of money was spent for clothes from companies that don’t have stores in Paducah.

The fast answer from the McCain campaign was that they would be donated to charity.

Really?  Let’s see it.  On e-Bay where everybody can see.

They could let Rush have the honors of organizing it, he apparently is familiar with how it works.

If Britney can do it, why can’t Sarah?

I bet that $150,000 worth of clothes could go for twice that amount on e-Bay.

But it needs to close before the election, just in case McCain and Palin are not elected.  The value is likely to decrease as the post-mortem analysis drags her VP selection through the mud-encrusted wringer.


Luciana Souza – beautiful singing

October 20, 2008

Here is a recent concert of Luciana Souza recorded on May 2, 2008 at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater in Washington, D.C

What a talent!