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Top 5 Grooviest Firefox Extensions
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badmojo74
I haven't jumped on the Chrome bandwagon yet, so I still think Firefox is slicker than two eels humpin' in a bucket of snot. 

Even though my favorite part of Firefox is the add ons, I've come to realize that I'm taking the precious little thing for granted.  I just think of them as part of Firefox, use them, and throw them away like a kleenex or a hooker with a glass eye.  OK, maybe not that last bit, but when you really think about it there's something very cool about having so many useful free apps to add to your browser.

It wasn't that long ago that you could have any functionality you want with Internet Explorer...as long as Microsoft bothered to include it in the program in the first place.  No skins, no add ons, just plain old IE and its "special" way of rendering HTML.

So, here's a shout out to some of my favorite Firefox add ons.  Does it sound stupid when I say "shout out"?

1) Twitterfox  - I use it to update Twitter.  It tells me when new tweets come in and it's reasonably unobtrusive.  That's the "less than 140 characters" description.

2) Foxytunes - I like to listen to music while I'm doing stuff online and with a reasonably large iTunes library I tend to forget what the hell I've got in my collection.  Foxytunes lets me see the artist and song title at the bottom of my browser as well as letting me pause, stop and skip tracks (among other things).  I can also click on the song title and get some information on the artist, song and album.  That last function has been hit or miss for me, but I still love this one and use it almost daily.  It supports a suprising number of audio players, from Foobar 2000 to Windows Media Player (and nearly everything else in between).

3) Flagfox - This one is kind of silly but fun.  It displays a little flag in the address bar that shows me the location of the server on the site I'm visiting.  Useless but still fun and easily ignored if you lose interest.

4) Scribefire - A blog editor I've just started using.  I'm still figuring out what it can and can't do, but it seems like a fairly simple way for me to maintain both Livejournal and Blogger.  I'm not sure why I'm keeping up two blogs that nobody reads, but at least this makes it easier.

5) Download Helper - Lets me yoink Flash (and other video) as well as some streaming audio from websites.  I don't use it often but sometimes there's a flash video that I really want to save for posterity.

So, what are some of your favorites?

Radiohead's "Creep" covered on a Ukulele. Seriously.
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badmojo74
That's Amanda Palmer playing "Creep" on a Ukulele, which she apparently does more often that most. The funny thing is, I think it actually works.

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Shadowrealm Reviewed
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badmojo74
I finished Paul S. Kemp's book, "Shadowrealm", a few days ago and posted a review on Amazon.com. I'd imagine the review will be posted up there in a day or two. I'll post a copy here as well in case anyone is interested.

I'm too tired right now to say anything particularly eloquent, but this was a book that managed to choke me up a little bit in a few parts. This was one of the few books I've read lately where the ending went exactly where I felt it should logically, yet was still incredibly satisfying.

For those of you keeping track (I don't think I'm even keeping track) the first book I'm reading for 2009 is Simon Scarrow's "Under the Eagle". It's historical/military fiction set in Germany around 42 AD. The book has some problems with "point of view" but I can tell it's going to be a light, fun read. It reminds me a bit of a book about Pullo and Vorenus from the HBO TV series "Rome"; come to thnk of it, that's probably what motivated me to pick it.

Edit: Still cross-posting from Blogger. Unfortunately, I'm still doing it manually.

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Listening to: Ennio Morricone - L'Arena
http://foxytunes.com/artist/ennio+morricone/track/larena

Send lawyers, guns and money
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badmojo74
Nah, that's OK. Just be sure to visit me @ chilledbrains.blogspot.com/.

New (to me) Promo for Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse"
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badmojo74
I somehow managed to miss this promo from Joss Whedon's new show "Dollhouse".  I'm really excited to see the show but I'm already mourning it's demise since Fox has scheduled it on Fridays, AKA the genre show graveyard.

The video is fairly self-explanatory, but the short version of the show is Shady Corporation has a group of young women who can be "programmed" with complete personalities and skills and then hired out to take care of various tasks, some less savory than others.  The "dolls" all have their memories wiped clean after every job.

The protagonist, Echo (all of the women are named for the NATO phonetic alphabet), slowly starts to gain her memories back in between the wipes.  I'd imagine she won't be too pleased with the whole thing.

Here's to Fox giving this show at least as many episodes of "Firefly".  Joss Whedon must be a hardcore masochist for working with Fox again.


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Now playing: Clutch - The Soapmakers
via FoxyTunes   

Big Trouble in Middle Earth
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badmojo74
Wow. I just played the Xbox 360 demo for Lord of the Rings: Conquest. I realize it was just a demo, but for such an A-List property from a formerly awesome developer (Pandemic) it really seems like a half-ass, button mashing waste of time. The game is coming out in a month or two, so I can only assume that what I played was representative of the finished product.

It's supposed to be a third person action game recreating major battles in the Lord of the Rings books. It's supposed to allow you to play battles from both the good and evil sides. The idea of being able to play the charge of the Rohirrim on the Fields of Pelennor and then switching over to controlling the Balrog is just awesome; that makes the failure to execute this game even more of a shame.

At least the demo was free and I saved myself the $60 it would cost to buy the game.

By the way, definitely check out the song listed in the Foxytunes link listed below if you want to hear some authentic pirate/sailing songs. Be warned for a 200+ year old tune it's incredibly filthy. "The Good Ship Venus" is another fun one. We all know what "Venus" rhymes with.

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Now playing: Hal Willner - Gavin Friday / Baltimore Whores
via FoxyTunes

Hung over without the Fun Bits
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badmojo74
I managed to sleep through the New Year festivities, but woke up at just the right time to ensure that I couldn't sleep all night.

I got a few hours of fitful sleep but now I feel severely hung over. I wasn't even drinking! How the hell can I miss the good times (good TV theme song) and still get the shitty part?

I'm going to try to chill out, take a nap and listen to Video Games Live. Every time I hear the music from Halo it makes me feel like strapping on some Spartan power armor and kicking some serious alien ass. How geeky is that?

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Now playing: The Dresden Dolls - Sex Changes
http://foxytunes.com/artist/the+dresden+dolls/track/sex+changes

Destro in '12
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badmojo74
I still don't feel like my vote for the Commander was wasted.


Kick my ass from thousands of miles away!
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badmojo74
Through the magic of technology!

So, I finally managed to get an Xbox 360.  Feel free to add me to friends list and join the legions of 12 year olds, blind people, quadriplegics and "special people" who have kicked my ass in Halo 3.


Oops
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badmojo74
For anyone who's interested, here's the link to some song samples on Amazon for the "La Mar Enfortuna" CD I mentioned in the last post.
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