Rainey’s Tidbits

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Archive for Geekery

Album Spotter

Here’s an interesting little tool, first spotted on Lifehacker.

Album Spotter allows you to upload your iTunes library in XML format. Then, it will present the latest album for each of your artists. If I had had this sooner, I wouldn’t have missed not one, but two, albums by Jessica Rhaye.

On a completely other topic, have you ever noticed that it’s difficult to type with a cat resting his head on the wrist of your dominant hand?

Edit: it sounds really cool and interesting, but isn’t working for me right now.

Edit: working better now. It occurred to me to wonder if there was a Lifehacker equivalent of slashdotting, but apparently the developer identified a major bug that has since been resolved.

Nearest Book Meme

She imagined the girls spooked up on the ridge, the Miller School boys proud of their accomplishment.

Rita Mae Brown, The Hunt Ball

Rules:
* Get the book nearest to you. Right now.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Write this sentence – either here or on your blog.
* Copy these instructions as commentary of your sentence.
* Don’t look for your favorite book or your coolest but really the nearest.

Via Stephen’s Lighthouse.

Geeky Hobbies

Super Munchkin

Super Munchkin

I just had a super evening, playing Super Munchkin at the Fredericton Science Fiction Society‘s informal Monday night Gathering. We had a blast! We had to finish early as Tingley’s was closing for the evening, but Patricia was definitely in the lead.

My other geeky hobby of late has been customizing my Windows interface. (Lifehacker is a bad influence.) I started off simply patching my uxtheme.dll to use an unsigned Windows theme, but then drifted off into the joys of RocketDock and Rainlendar. Now, I’m running Object Desktop and having a blast.

Downloadable Software

I had a hard drive malfunction this weekend, so I’ve been reinstalling my favorite downloadable software.

Want to know what they are?

I’ll come back and edit this list as I remember the absolutely most essential things I’ve forgotten 🙂

Google Book Search / Google Recherche de livres

So far, probably the coolest thing we’ve done with our library service’s online catalogue is the addition of a Google Book Search widget (or ‘Google Recherche de livres’ on the French side of the catalogue) that displays a link to Google Book Search if there is content in their database, displays a link to their electronic version if any of the book can be previewed online, and displays a thumbnail if their database content includes the cover art.

Is this not delightful?

(Examples in French and English).

100 Most Common English Words

This was a fun little quiz. Given five minutes, how many of the most common words in the English language can you guess?

Go find out.

(I got 36.)

Ones and 0s by Geoff Smith on Vimeo

I saw this video on GeekBrief.tv and thought it was great.

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