March 2008


Bear convicted for theft of honey

The taste of honey was just too tempting for a bear in Macedonia, which repeatedly raided a beekeeper’s hives.
Now it has a criminal record after a court found it guilty of theft and criminal damage.

Hillarious stuff. I mean, how can it not be, when a story stars with “bear convicted”? 

Thanks to Taty for pointing this out.

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As promised, here are the photos of my family’s new pug. His name is Gosha, by the way. My family claims they’ve considered all the possible names, both Russian and English, (with the obvious one of “Watson” to complement “Sherlock”), but in the end settled on “Gosha”. It’s curious that, later in the evening, they would be watching “Moscow does not Believe in Tears”, a movie featuring the only person, real or imagined, that I have ever known to be named “Gosha”. Pure coincedence, I guess. Sigh.

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Gosha, running and being cute. Apparently, he does a lot of that.

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Sherlock and Gosha, hanging out. I’m told that Sherlock is scared of Gosha. Oh, how sad.

I’ve used SeeqPod a couple of times after initially stumbling onto it. It’s a pretty good service, actually, if you need a specific song to listen to anywhere you have a computer and online access. Like at our weekly cheese meetings. Nothing wraps up wine and cheese quite like Hotel California or Losing My Religion. But that’s sort of obvious. Anyhow… During one of these cheese-related rock-out sessions the question of SeeqPod came up and we got to wondering how it works, how it’s legal, etc. And we also got to talking about ways to mess with the system. It seems fairly straightforward, actually: upload an MP3 file to a public share somewhere with the name/tag info of a popular song and eventually SeeqPod will find it and link it. That MP3 file doesn’t have to be the song that’s in the title, though. I stumlbed onto one such file a few minutes ago, when I tried to listen to Losing My Religion and got the horrific vocals of some guy. Certainly it wasn’t Michael Stipe.

I’ve already forgotten why I wanted to blog about SeeqPod. Maybe just a bit of a review, a mention of a few trouble-spots of an otherwise fairly good service? If that’s the case, I should also say that the quality of the content ranges from good (CD encoding) to crappy. That’s certainly inherent in the SeeqPod philosophy, the fact that all music is streamed from unverified sources.

And now I’ve almost completely lost any desire to keep writing, realizing that this is basically a post about a search engine with an MP3 player front-end.

My family, meaning my parents and my sister, seem to have gotten themselves another dog. A 4-month-old pug.

It sucks that I won’t see the little guy for quite a while. My sister promised to send me some photos of him and when I get them I’ll promptly post them here for the whole world to aww at. Yes, aww is a verb.