Oct 30, 2005

Poor Men

I am so impressed with a comment I received for the post 'Poor Pigs' that I am posting it here:

KKK wrote:

So girls are evil huh? And what are guys? What have guys got against girls anyway? Don’t they think that they are a necessary evil?

Girls got nothing against pigs, and this girl certainly recognizes the natural superiority of men. So you guys out there please take a deep breath and relax. .. inhale and exhale.... there u are.....

Women should remember they’re merely ribs, not roosters. Men should rule the roost.

The natural superiority of men is easily recognized by every woman who has spent the best years of her life chasing, snaring, trapping and guarding one of these prize specimens of humanity. She can see it in a 1000 ways... (and if she can't he’ll cheerfully point them out).

Men are tougher they can overcome incredible weariness to play golf or go fishing or install a new carburetor.

Men are braver. They do not wince when their women empty mouse traps and spray against cock-roaches. They do not fear loosing an ear to a fish hook, getting shot while they are out rabbit hunting or getting hit on a head by a golf ball.

Men are more frugal. They save money by wearing the same hat for 10 years.

Men are more objective. They can see your faults better than you can.

Men are more careful of their health. They don’t risk respiratory diseases by cleaning out dusty places or court colds by washing cement floors in damp basements. When they have a cold they go to bed, and never risk a chill by getting up for meals. And when they are in hospital they don’t risk unattended death but try to see that a nurse is always nearby.

Men are more ingenious. They think of dozens of reasons why the carpets should not be vacuumed, why washing the car hurts the finish and how the lawn is improved by not mowing it.

Men are more honest. When asked to give their honest opinion about a new dress they give it. They also generously give it when not asked.

Men have sharper sense. They can spot a trim ankle at 100 yards.

Men are cleverer. They know how to delegate authority. They let women decide what should be on the grocer’s list, how the meals should be cooked, how the house should be cleaned, how the children should be discipline - and then let them do it!

Wow! Our 10 year old hats off to you, queen of satire!

Innovation

[blogging in progress - also check back later please...]

The Five Stages Of Innovation
  1. People deny that the innovation is required.
  2. People deny that the innovation is effective.
  3. People deny that the innovation is important.
  4. People deny that the innovation will justify the effort required to adopt it.
  5. People accept and adopt the innovation, enjoy its benefits, attribute it to people other than the innovator, and deny the existence of stages 1 to 4.
[Credit : BusinessBalls->(c)AC->Bill Bryson in his book, 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything'->Alexander von Humboldt's 'Three Stages Of Scientific Discovery']

[will write more on this... please check again later]

Good 1Liners I Enjoyed

When you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U and ME.

There is no I in TEAM. (But if you look carefully there is a ME...)

[Credit : http://www.businessballs.com/quotes.htm]

Sites To Check Out Later

Your Amazing Brain
Complete "Linda Goodman's SunSigns"
The Invisible Web


From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue: "I'm f...ing bored!"
Ground Traffic Control: "Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!"
Unknown aircraft: "I said I was f...ing bored, not f...ing stupid!"
More of whats above >>


Funny Insurance Claims:
"A pedestrian hit me and went under my car"

"My car got hit by a submarine."
(The Navy informed the wife of a submariner that the craft was due in port. She drove to the base to meet her husband and parked at the end of the slip where the sub was to berth. An inexperienced ensign was conning the sub and it rammed the end of the slip, breaking a section away, causing her car to fall into the water. The Navy paid the compensation claim.)

The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were:
Q: What warning was given by you?
A: Honk.
Q: What warning was given by the other party?
A: Moo.
More of whats above >>

Good Programming Resources

OneSmartClick
Quick reference cards
Interview questions

JEdit
My most favorite code editor

Oct 29, 2005

Poor Pigs

I am not a 'Sexist Pig' or a 'Male Chauvinistic Pig'. I am just having this derivation here just for the simple beauty in it - so that it will have a permanent place here. Most of you must have received it as a forward long long time ago. Didn't you smile then? :-)

By the way, why do girls berate pigs? I don't get it. It is as if pigs personally offended them! You wise guys will wanna comment that I am lobbying for the pigs coz I am one - or other 'jokes' of that pathetic poor joke genre, right? Well, what do you really think? Pigs did something bad? Or did some scientist win Nobel prize for research on pigs in which she proved that pigs don't treat their girl-friends with respect?

From 50 Countries, With Love

This blog has been viewed from 50 countries (listed in the descending order of number of unique hits)

United States, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Denmark, Malaysia, Mexico, Ireland, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Estonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Japan, Austria, Romania, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Switzerland, Korea, Republic of, Indonesia, Norway, Chile, Kuwait, Mauritius, Egypt, Unknown, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iceland, Pakistan, Lithuania, Greece
Yay!

Other Stats:
Posts So Far : 88 (incl. this one)
Unique Visitors : a measly 2806 :-(
More than 1000 visitors in October itself :-))
Continent-wise Breakup:
North America - 64.56%
Asia - 25.98%
Europe - 8.10%
Oceana - 0.82%
South America - 0.36%
Africa - 0.14%
Unknown - 0.04%

Thanks a lot! Keep spreading the word :-)
'I Like It!' Button
If you use Stumble Upon, can you please click on "I Like It" button now? I will really appreciate it if you can also write a review recommending my blog. That will be awesome. If you don't use Stumble Upon, you are definitely missing out on lots.

Oct 28, 2005

Another Deepavali Missed

This is the cost of being in the US. I wish at least the Indian restaurants and other business owners here sponsored a fireworks show, like Ivars Restaurant does for 4th of July celebrations. I think that will remain just a wish.

A little background, guys: On Deepavali, the day good won over evil, we wake up very early in the morning, take an oil bath, wear new clothes, set off fire crackers and eat yummy yummy food ("Deepavali Special") that mom makes. There will be several 'special programs' in the television. Adults, kids and everyone in between have great fun.

We used to live in a house before that had lots of open space on the front. The street nearby is still called 'Konar Street' - Konar being the caste that raises cows to produce milk products. So they have cows and buffaloes aplenty. Herds of cows and buffaloes with regroup like armies in front of our house. So, there will be lot of cow dung on the ground in the morning. I was a kid then. I set a fire-cracker in a heap of cow dung. I lighted it and ran away. It was two "atom" bombs (the ones which is made of spherical ball of jute and explosive material) tied together. That was one heck of an explosion that made that fresh cow dung fly. There was a guy walking by with white shirt and white dothi. You know the rest. My dad was angry when he heard it :-)

Oct 26, 2005

Google Base

I managed to take screen shots of whatever was accessible in Google Base. The site was taken down less 5 minutes after I got the shots. A happy lunch break!

Some see Google Base as a threat to Ebay. EBay shares haven't fallen yet.

Shot#1: Home Page. Click on the image and zoom in to see what they are planning to offer.

Shot#2: Predefined categories in Google Base.
Shot #3: Some more...
Shot #4: Google Base asked me to sign in.
Shot #5: Google Base didn't understand what FAQ meant. I was shown this error when I clicked on the link that said FAQ.
The suspense is almost unbearable. I hope they will roll this product out soon. Google's aggressive thirst and hunger are highly inspiring and amazing.

Oct 25, 2005

Found Wanting

We see aliases (of bloggers) like 'Bored Techie', 'Lazy Geek' etc... What kind of a mental image does that present to you? Anyways, my problem is the opposite. There are so many interesting and exciting things that I feel am not doing a good job at any of that.

I have been trying various techniques to boost the efficiency. And if you know me personally, it must be obvious to you that I am still in the process of 'trying'.

After consuming 'Getting Things Done', 'How To Do What You Want To Do', '7 Habits ...', 'One Minute Manager', 'One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey' and loads of other books that supposedly will improve my time management skills and efficiency, I am still not where I want to be.

I can honestly say that I am not a lazy guy. I've tried my best to hack the circadian rhythm. Sometimes I think that insomia would be cool. But then, I lie down and the light just goes off like someone pulled the plug.

I once got a comment that I don't prioritize well. May be to some extent. But I am fixing that 'flaw' and I am seeing lot of improvement in that area already. I have been accused of short attention span. It is not as simple as that. The problem is, there are so many interesting things in this world.

I understand that if I have to make a significant difference in anything, I need to focus intensely on that. When I was a kid, I found a book that my dad used in which he had written "Even weak sunlight can burn when focussed with a lens". And ofcourse we know the difference between the light beam from a flashlight and a laser. Coherent photons are powerful. Incoherent photons just get scattered.

I think it is a continuous struggle. Entropy tends to increase. We have to continuously fight against it.

Sometimes I think this "get focused and stay focused" approach is just conventional wisdom and can really hinder in achieving your maximum potential. I remember reading on a T-Shirt in Anna University : 'Specialization Is For Insects'. Hmmm...

Ayn Rand crystallized and, of course, greatly enhanced my feelings on professionalism in her 'Fountainhead'. I will always be indebted to Divya for introducing me to Ayn Rand.

Please share your thoughts... Feel free to pour criticism on me. Suggestions are even better :)


At The Moment, I Am Going Crazy About:
Song : "Suttum Vizhi" - in the Tamil movie - "Ghajini"
Listen to it online here.

Got Hold Of These Books Today:
"Mapping Hacks" [O'Reilly] (Planning to read the whole 'hacks' series)
"The Intelligent Investor" [Benjamin Graham] (A classic on investing)
"One Up On Wall Street" [Peter Lynch] (Another must-read on investing)

Movies:
"All The President's Men"
"Antz"
"Sabrina"
(to be seen in the next fews days)

Oct 24, 2005

Searching for an SBC

I am serching for a simple Single Board Computer to connect to my computer and learn Linux kernel at low level. Arunachalam is helping me with it. Looking for a cheap PowerPC based low-end SBC.

I have computers that I bought for $1, $5 etc. I can build linux from scratch on that. But I agree with Arunachalam that a different processor than Intel and a bare-minimum system can help understand things better.

I am hoping that this will also help dig into the innards of the iPod too.

Oct 23, 2005

Tip Jar As Revenue Model

The Google Ad at the top of this blog has raked in fifty cents this month. I am seriously thinking of getting rid of it. Prompted by Mark's comments, I read this article that explores the feasibility of tip jar revenue model for creative work. This is the novel that was published online with a tip jar to bring in the money. It might make some interesting read, especially if you are blogger or even if you distribute content online by some other means.

I created this simple button:

for the same purpose. This is a live button that you can use to drop money in the tip jar ( Feel free to try it - It works :-) ). I thought of placing it unobtrusively in the sidebar of this blog. I also thought of creating a real tip jar and placing a photo of it here. Then I felt that this blog is not mature enough for a 'revenue model' yet. So the button lives just a temporary life at the top for now, sitting in this post. It will be pushed down into oblivion soon.

May be, after this blog develops into one with over a millions page views per month, I can provide value added services to earn the 'tips'. How about delivering articles as a neat PDF through email - will this be a good value addition to the visitors? Will they be willing to pay for that (however small the amount may be)? Will a PDF sent to the mailbox even be desirable? What are the other possibilities? Once mobile devices become more prevalent and powerful, there will be more possibilities. What can be done with the current scenario?

Meanwhile, if you want to try the idea of getting the articles of this blog as PDF in email, leave your address in the comments section and I'll do it absolutely free :-)

Update:
Corporate webfilters are becoming increasingly blog averse. See this article in Wired. Does this not sound promising for PDF eMail delivery method?

Beautiful Saturday

Kirkland Waterfront - Oct 22, 2005
[Photo Credit: Lax]

Why I Flunked Math

[Credit: Jesu->Wade]

Oct 20, 2005

'CAT'ch Me If You Can

It is time to tell the story about Balaguru, Vikram and their cat connection. For the records, I didn't bring it up. I was telling a story about cats. Balaguru commented and Vikram responded. THAT is what made it my duty and responsibility to tell this story.

It was some time past midnight in our hostel (National Engineering College, Kovilpatti) and several other parts of the world nearby. We guys were sitting on the short wall bordering the hostel veranda. We were making fun of each other, describing the stupidly hilarious actions of 'others' etc. I distinctly remember Thirupathi ('thirupu' in some comments in this blog - he is a well-known self-confessed "night owl"), Prem (my room-mate of three years, well known as 'sibu' for a reason I don't wanna say here), Udhaya (you wouldn't want to be teased by him) & Arunachalam (he can be seen only in the night - so no wonder he was there). There were other friends too. The florescent tubelights in the corridor were removed and thrown down from the terrace the last time there was a power-cut. It was dark. So, my memory being photographic, didn't get enough exposure. I think Sathish Pandian(Aatha), Petchi and Gnanaprabhu (Gnans) were also there. I am not sure.

While we were generally being happy and fools and everything, Balaguru walked by close to the wall. I don't want to call him as 'palaguru' in this blog as he might feel bad... btw, Palam = Fruit... hence PalaGuru... a little twist on his name that came on naturally... But I am definitely not going to write about that in the blog... I am a good guy, you see! Anyways, Balaguru walked by, close to the wall as he always does, not minding us, holding the end of his lungi in one hand and swaying the other hand casually.

After Balaguru passed by us, we heard a sharp cry of a cat. And then another and another. It was not a purr or a meow or even a meaaow. It was more like a stud cat making love to a whole bunch of cats. We stopped our laughter and checked it out. No cat orgy in sight. We resumed what the studious guys would call "waste-of-time" and what the lay man of the previous generation would call "just being fools". We were honing our creativity but thats a secret. Don't tell anyone, ok?

Couple of minutes later, we heard it again. We kept hearing it and ignored it. Suddenly a door burst open (in an implosive sense) few yards away from us. We almost could feel the wind gushing in to the room as the door was violently opened. Vikram staggered out. Even in the darkness, we could feel the violence in his eyes. He must have been sleeping. He bellowed "Where is the &%^*@$% cat?" "Dunno dude" was our answer. We kinda roamed around to check it out. We gave him moral support. We could tell that if indeed he could locate the cat, he would kick the hell out of the poor creature.

Then we heard it again! Vikram ran like an enraged bull in the general direction and returned back after some time feeling frustrated that the cat or cats didn't seem to be around. After some time Balaguru came around again and thats when we found that he was the one making the sound.

It seems, Balaguru had a cat when he was a kid. We used to tease him about the cat coz we learnt that the cat was of questionable morality, even for a cat. She was kind of a hippie cat that believed that life is very short and that it is to be "enjoyed" to its "fullest extent possible". There are several other stories about that cat too, but that would be shooting off the tanget. If you are interested and if Balaguru wouldn't mind, we'll do that some other time, ok? Anyways, thats where he picked up the habit of making that cat-orgy sounds.

Vikram, as a kid, had a pet bird - a parrot I think... Vikram, correct me if I am wrong. It sadly was killed by a disloyal neighborhood cat. The very same cat he fed milk to on occasions turned against him, cunningly opened the cage when he was off to school and feasted on the poor bird. A Greek tragedy.

What would have happened if Vikram had caught Balaguru making that sound that night? We kinda know the answer. After he did come to know later about Balaguru's skill, he found so many occasions to take it out on him. Balaguru would make the sound, which would freak the hell out of Vikram. Balaguru would run away. Vikram would pay back at the earliest possible opportunity. This was a regular activity in our hostel.

Oct 18, 2005

Just Curious (Just Curious...)...

I was googling on the title of this blog and visited this site of the same title. This guy has a really funny post "Saving Casey".

Here is a quote for it:
Casey (the cat) had been there for 3 whole days. They had called everywhere, including the fire department (who informed them that they only save kittens from trees on television).
My comment on his blog:
I have a blog of same name. I was googling to see my rank and I got here :)

Very funny post. I wrote sometime ago about dog vs cat - in favor of dogs. Cat-loving friends of mine just gunned me down. I posted a pic of a cat to appease them.
Anyways the pic of the cat I posted in my blog was cute and adorable - and I am not saying this just to please my catophilic-friends :))

When my mom & dad were visiting me here in Seattle, they used to play with my colleague Sukumar's kid son. They were telling me how a cat which lives somewhere in the apartment -complex entertained the kid wonderfully when they took him (the kid) for a walk. They said that the cat followed them and voluntarily did lots of tricks to amuse the kid.

But I wonder why cats climb up a tree and refuse to come down for a couple of days. Who knows! They chase their tails too...

Oct 17, 2005

A Weekend Of Movies

Movies I saw this weekend: 'Guess Who', 'Harold & Kumar' (again), 'Final Destination', 'Ghajini' (Tamil), 'Napoleon Dynamite' (again) & 'In The Line Of Fire'. Phew!

Besides staring at the CRT, I played racquet ball, drank in cups and cups of chai and coffee and of course as I said before, the party at EMP and iPod explorations. Played couple of hours of 'Halo' too - with a friend on his XBox.

How to reach the DVD menu when the remote control is missing? Is there a key combination, like pressing Play & Stop at the same time, that will take us directly to the DVD menu? I tried to google it out without any success. Do you know?

First Milestone

Installed Linux in my iPod (podZilla) yesterday using Jon's Guide.

It was a fairly simple task. Now my iPod dual boots. Yay! Man, podZilla offers much more features. I can play Tetris, Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess and many other games and do stuff like change the sensitivity of the wheel, RECORD sound for even all 60 GB. There is this amazing matrix screen saver, which is similar to the one for PC but the cool-factor gets multiplied by 10^6 when seen on the iPod screen.

There are so many cool things to do. Installing podZilla has opened up a whole new area! Exciting!

The UI (surprise!) is not that great right now.

I was busy with something else - so no video yet.

Oct 16, 2005

Digging Deeper Into My iPod

I will be updating this same post as I explore my iPod more and more. Let us see how deep this rabbit hole goes.

Purpose:
I thought I'll take notes here, which could hopefully help other people.

Goal:
I want to be able to see video on my non-video iPod. Easier option is to buy the new one. But I don't want to dish out that much money, and that too so soon. I'll wait and make my next purchase when Apple comes out with that super-unified device with 1 tera byte storage, built-in 10 megapixel camera, mic, gps, cell-phone, document viewer, wi-fi, laser stun-gun, brain-wave tweaker, satellite receiver etc.

Backup:
I backed up the documents, ISO images and other stuff in my iPod. I don't have to worry about the songs as they are all in the harddisk too.

I Am Devouring:
iPod Linux Project
iPod Linux HowTo
Video for iPod
Jon's Guide
iPod Video Player wiki

Friday Night

We went to the EMP for a party thrown by the company that Shan works for. Shan & I thought we'll complete the Scavenger Hunt. We abandoned it due to hunger and 'thirst'.

Prakash (college-mate and friend) and I went to the dance floor. I trampled several people's feet in the hyper.

A pic after we got home:
Badly in need of a haircut I guess.

Then enjoyed 'Harold & Kumar' (again) and 'Guess Who?'. Slept on the couch, pretty much like a dog.

Yesterday we saw 'Final Destination' (where they hack death) and 'Ghajini' (Tamil movie - in a theater). Although 'Ghajini' is nothing but a watered down version of 'Memento' - and that too played straight, I liked the jokes and the songs. They have indeed indigenized well.

Oct 14, 2005

Video iPod

I went for the 60GB Photo iPod few months ago and I was so happy to own it. Now there is this video iPod. Damn.

I looked around a bit and found that I can make MY non-video (or so says Apple) play video. Look at this.

I will let you know as soon as I get this done. The screen size is less on mine but thats okay - What can be more satisfying than doing this?

Oct 12, 2005

Perseverance

All of us need that to make even a small difference in our lives.

I wanted to give a permanent place here for an inspiring dialogue from the movie "Hitch":

Alex: Do you know the definition of "perseverance", Miss Melas?
Sara: An excuse to be obnoxious?
Alex: Continuing in a course of action... without regard to discouragement,opposition or previous failure.

Oct 11, 2005

Everything On A Map

"If you done it, it ain't braggin"

I was reading this insteresting article about Gene Hughes, the guy who created a whole new hobby when his wife did the thing that wives do. I remembered Wozniak saying in some article long time ago about how he is working on a project that will put little moving cop car icons on your GPS screen by scanning the radiowaves transmitted by them. Google it yourself.

You must have read of all the interesting applications Google Maps are put to, like Housing Maps, FoundCity, Traffic, Finding Cheap Gas etc. I am thinking of some new applications like that. I will share them with you after they take complete shape.

Tools & Code Snippets

Most of yesterday evening was spent on searching for new tools and hacks that I can use on my blog. Specifically, I want the Calendar tool that makes the archives more accessible to the visitors and I want the tool that lets the visitors rate each post by clicking on the stars (like Netflix). I am not satisfied with anything.

Senthil mentioned the Google Reader. It is wonderful. You can use it to follow all the websites and blogs that you are interested in and she will serve you just the fresh content. Yeah, I'll lose all the pennies of AdSense but you have to work with technology to make money, never against it. It is a good idea to check Google Labs every day.

I am listening to many podcasts. They are all just great. Invaluable. If you haven't done it already, go to ITConversations and listen to Steve Wozniak first. The file is in mp3 format. So you can listen to it using your computer/ipod/whatever.

Oct 9, 2005

Lovely Cat

On the streets of Winthrop

In The Middle Of Nowhere

I try to disappear off the face of the earth occasionally. I did that when I went to Mt.St.Helens when she was venting. Once I drove to Oregon coast by myself. Don't get me wrong, I am not a misanthrope. But it feels good to get unplugged once in a while, you know. Sometimes you need to unplug more than just going from ethernet to wi-fi.

Shan, Karen, Sam & I went to Karen&Sam's cabin this weekend. They have built the cabin all by themselves. Amazing piece of work.

I helped build the deck, planted three trees, played mini-golf with Shan (tie), went to historical museum in Winthrope, took a nap by a lake in the sun, learnt to use circular power-saw, nail-gun & power-drill.

Many virgin stuff for me this time: mini-golf, bagel (yup, never have eaten that before), power tools, seeing the milky way & aurora borealis and blogging on the interstate.

Meet Whoppity:
The funny thing is, I've been to Winthrop before about a year or so ago when we were driving to Lake Chelan. Shan & I went to the town of Winthrop this saturday and when he pulled into the parking lot of a cafe, I saw the business board & went "Man! I've been here before. Really! I'm sure!!" etc etc. Then I told him about the seats in an ice-cream shop there that look like saddles, to prove it.

The previous visit to Winthrop was with a big group and with guys saying "okay its late... lets go go go" after 15 minutes of setting foot there. This time we did justice to the town. It is frozen in time. Cowboy country. It is beautiful.

Oct 5, 2005

You Will Be What You Will To Be

You will what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word "environment,"
But spirit scorns it, and is free

It masters time, it conquers space,
It cowes that boastful trickster Chance,
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown and fill a servant's place.

The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless Soul,
Can hew the way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene,

Be not impatient in delay,
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands,
The gods are ready to obey.

The river seeking for the sea
Confronts the dam and precipice,
Yet knows it cannot fail or miss;
You will be what you will to be!

Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Poems of Power - W.B. Conkey Publishers, Chicago, 1902
[ Credit : http://www.concentric.net/~conure/will.shtml ]

Oct 4, 2005

Down...

...with cold, fever, headache and everything related to that :-)

Oct 2, 2005

Risky Behavior

"I think, therefore I am single."

We played 'Risk - World Domination' for 8 hours and 15 minutes. After that we abandoned the game (I definitely didn't want to) - although it was 'settled' that I come second coz I occupied less territories than my friend who came first. But I had the pieces strategically lined up and did stand a fair chance of winning too. It was fun. I played as if it were a real life-and-death situation. This is the first time I am playing and did feel that I lost 26 years without knowing this game. We just came back home. I am all set to flop on bed and become unconcious for several hours. Hopefully.

Oct 1, 2005

Angel Eyes

"If there's one thing I can't stand, it's intolerance."

Speaking of paradoxes and profound truths, I once told my friend "Although you are unpredictable, I always know exactly what you are going to do next".

Saturday morning. I don't know whats this with me. I long for the weekend so that I can really sleep in, snugged in the comforter, with no care in the world. Come saturday, I rise real early, make myself a fresh cup of coffee and start browsing, blogging, reading, going on a brisk walk etc etc etc.

I am listening to this song 'Angel Eyes' (album:storyteller). It is what they call IndiPop. I am loving it. Especially after listening to it a couple of times. 'Sooner Or Later' (from the same album) is wonderful too. Check it out.

Just as I am typing this, a random phrase popped into my head "quality time with your dog"! I think it is vaguely connected with the song I am listening to... but anyways... No offense, but I find myself trusting the people who like dogs and who the dogs like, more - specifically more than the cat guys. I find cats judgemental. What do you think? Dogs just adore me. Even strange dogs become friends with me real fast. Cats give me a nasty look.