How to watch the Grammys like a pro

Six years ago, I was suddenly promoted from a guy who made weird faces behind a drum set to an eligible Grammy bachelor. “Closing Time,” the big hit from my band, Semisonic, was nominated for best rock song. Though it had already faded from the charts, the moment was intoxicating: My family chatted avidly about the show, perhaps envisioning, as I did, a live cutaway shot of me and my two bandmates seated in our fashionable Grammy clothes… by Jacob Slichter

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Keep the River on Your Right

In 1955, while a Fulbright scholar, a Manhattan painter named Tobias Schneebaum spent seven months in the Amazon basin with the Harakambut. When he returned to the US, he could no longer paint. What happened? Nearly 45 years later, filmmakers want Tobias, now 78 and suffering from Parkinson’s, to return to Peru. He refuses but allows that he will revisit the Asmat in New Guinea where he spent an idyllic time years before. That trip goes well, including a serendipitous meeting with Aipit, an aging native and once Tobias’ friend and lover. Tobias then agrees to go to Peru to look for the people whom he joined on a murderous raiding party. The scars of war remain as does fear.

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I’m lovin’ it

In Spanish the McDonald’s slogan is “me encanta.” I put this into an on-line translation program and it translated it to “It enchants me.”

Take Screen Shots of your DVD on a Mac

Mac OS X comes with a screen shot program called Grab. Unfortunately the program will not work with Apple’s DVD Player. An alternative is to use a different DVD player. An excellent option is VLC . VLC is available for just about every operating system out there. You can use Grab to snap a screen shot while playing a DVD using VLC.

Mac Mini vs. $399 Dell

Apples and oranges
The new Mac mini is only $499, but the Dell Dimension 2400 is only $399. The Mac mini comes with Firewire. The Dell doesn’t. The Mac mini is wireless and bluetooth ready. The Dell is not. The Mac mini comes with 256 MB RAM and 32 MB of Video RAM. The Dell has 256 MB of RAM but 32 to 64 MB of that is shared with the video card. The Mac mini comes with a CD burner. The Dell does not. The Mac mini has a 1 year warranty. The Dell’s is 90 days. The Mac mini comes with the same OS as it’s high-end computers. The Dell has feature-limited Windows XP Home not Windows XP Pro.

From “The Mac mini: Comparing Apples and Oranges” by Dan Frakes at