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DMB Live at the Tweeter Center - June 28, 2006

Originally posted on The Blog That Jane Likes.

Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Camden, NJ

One Sweet World *
What Would You Say
Can't Stop
Crush *
If I Had It All *
Raven *
Say Goodbye
Dancing Nancies * >
Warehouse * >
Typical Situation *
Tripping Billies *
JTR *
Smooth Rider * >
What You Are *
Everyday *
Stay *
Encore:
Two Step *

Guests:
All songs with Butch Taylor
* Rashawn Ross on Trumpet

Take everything I said about the energy during night 1 and flip it upside. The band was definitely on fire tonight and didn't really want to stop between songs, as showcased by the unusual segues present. If I Had It All made its return tonight with an extended jam reminiscent of the Dreamgirl jam (yes, that's a good thing). Just as the band finished an explosive Dancing Nancies > Warehouse duo, the band segues into Typical Situation AND then tops that off with Tripping Billies in what can only be described as a 40 minute giant ball of energy. I also noticed there was no pause between Everyday and Stay, something the official setlist doesn't reflect but that just added to the electric atmosphere on stage.

The band switched up American Baby Intro and Rapunzel in the encore for Two Step in response to crowd chants for it. I was a bit upset during the show because I thought the band had foregone Shotgun and Kill The King in favor of Two Step. After seeing what was on the original setlist, I would have been fine either way.

I am sad that I didn't get to hear Shotgun or Kill The King, but the band's solid performance more than made up for it. It should also be noted that this was the first two-night stand since 2003 that no songs have been repeated, something that was bound to happen sometime this tour since last year was an album year and the year before that had the four new songs being played every night.

The band now takes a strange break from the east coast for a two-night stand at Alpine in Wisconsin before coming back to Virginia Beach on Independence Day.

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DMB Live at the Tweeter Center - June 27, 2006

Originally posted on The Blog That Jane Likes.

Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Camden, NJ

Don’t Drink the Water *
When The World Ends *
Pig *
Proudest Monkey *
Satellite *
Crash Into Me
Lie In Our Graves *
Hunger For The Great Light *
So Right *
Jimi Thing *
Grey Street *
Break Free *
So Much To Say * >
Anyone Seen The Bridge * >
Too Much *
The Idea Of You *
Louisiana Bayou *
Encore:
Sister
The Dreaming Tree *
Ants Marching *

Guests:
All Songs with Butch Taylor
* Rashawn Ross

Notes:
~ Dave Solo

This was my first show of the summer and 11th all-time DMB show. I saw seven songs I'd never seen live before (Pig, Proudest Monkey, So Right, Break Free, The Idea Of You, Sister and Dreaming Tree). All in all this was a pretty standard show for this tour. Nothing spectacular came out of the setlist and the song performances, while energetic were nothing I haven't heard this tour. The show met my expectations but nothing wowed me like Hello Again on 7/29/04 did, for example. This is not to say I didn't enjoy the show, on the contrary, I had a lot of fun and I'm glad the weather held up for the most part (a few sprinkles here and there). It was also pretty cool to hear some people singing along to Break Free and The Idea Of You. I hope that we may have done a little something to make that happen :)

I'm really looking forward to tonight, where the band will most likely pull out Shotgun, Can't Stop and Kill The King and old favorite JTR.

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Chris Anderson's The Long Tail Review Forthcoming

One of the few perks of having to be at work at 8 every morning is that fact that I get to read my RSS feeds at 7:15. As such, I was able to catch Chris Anderson's post from two nights ago in time to be one of the 100 bloggers to receive a free copy of his new book, "The Long Tail". I was pretty sure I had made it in on time, but I wanted to wait until the confirmation email came in to be sure. The book should be here sometime next week. Hopefully I can read it in a few days, so expect the review to be up the week of the 9th.

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Digg 3 vs Netscape Beta

Digg 3.0 was released to the world today with a bunch of new features detailed all over the 'Net, the most important of which are the five new categories now featured. They are tagged "beta", as is par for the course, and encompass Science, World & Business, Videos, Entertainment and Gaming. Note that you must be a registered member in order to try out the new categories. The tag cloud is also a new feature that weighs stories based on their popularity. I haven't spent much time in either Digg v2 or Digg v3, so I'll the real in-depth reviews to those more qualified.

What's more interesting is the war being waged between Digg and the new Netscape home page. Kevin Rose fired the first shot by saying that Netscape should have waited until this week to copy Digg's features and now Jason Calcanis fires back about the number of ads on the new version of Digg. My first visit to Netscape's site (just a few minutes ago) greeted me with the (non-anchored) headline, "Digg 3.0 Disappoints". My only hope is that the two communities not use the sites as the battleground and stick to the sites' real purpose.

Digg has first-mover advantage but Netscape has AOL's relatively infinite purse to back it up if times get rough. Like I said, I'm not invested enough in Digg and the two sites are similar enough that I don't really care which way it goes. In the end, it's the users who benefit. Competition is always healthy.

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A Very Dangerous App

Procrasinatr is an application that purports to "prioritize your calendars and regain lost time." Read on to find out what it really does…

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Google Spreadsheets Review

I know it's been out for a while now, so I'm breaking one of the cardinal rules of blogging, but I was asked to do this for work so I thought I'd post it here as well.

Google Spreadsheet is Google’s entry into the online spreadsheet market. The user interface is what one would expect coming from Excel, although Google has taken the Office 2007 (albeit with much less options) approach and categorizes toolbar buttons into one of three tabs – Format, Sort, and Formulas. Typing data into cells is fast, but sometimes the display doesn’t keep up with what is being typed. For example, there is often a small delay in right-justifying a number. It may take some time before users used to Excel’s instantaneous updating become confident in the user interface’s ability to keep up.

GS contains roughly 240 functions, all of which adopt Excel’s naming and argument scheme. Unfortunately, none of the functions actually name arguments, instead they simply display “(args)”. This requires users to remember formula arguments, keep an Excel reference handy, or keep Excel open, options which are all equally undesirable. Also missing from Google Spreadsheets (but available on competitor iRows) is the ability to create charts.

Despite all the drawbacks, the application does have some redeeming qualities. After you initially save a file, it is constantly saved. Without any sort of version control, though, this could do more harm than good. Making changes to a spreadsheet automatically saves it and navigating away from the spreadsheet causes undo history to be lost. An unalert user may find himself causing irreparable damage to a file all too often.

Furthermore, GS has the ability to import XLS and CSV. It can also export to HTML as well as those two formats. Importing files may be a bit tricky because of GS’s limited formatting options (e.g., borders aren’t supported) and functions.

It is worth noting that GS has collaborative editing built-in, meaning that multiple users can edit a spreadsheet at the same time. According to the GS help site, there is currently no limit to the number of users that you can share a spreadsheet with, although no distinction is made between people invited to edit and people invited to only view.

Google’s target market is hard to pinpoint. Casual computer users have very little, if any, need for a spreadsheet application and heavy-hitting users are more likely to need more power than GS has to offer. Road warriors have no need for GS as well. If they have a need for Excel at all times, then they probably have it installed on their notebooks. If they don’t have a notebook handy, navigating the application on a mobile device would be painful even if it were possible (GS currently only supports Internet Explorer 6 and Firefox) and there are applications available for all four major PDA/smartphone operating systems that are specifically tuned for small screens that would do a quicker and better job than GS would (in addition to saving on costly mobile data rates).

In addition, there doesn’t seem to be a way for Google to integrate contextual advertising into an application that mostly deals with numbers (as opposed to GMail and GCal, which rely on textual user data to generate ads).

It is pretty evident that Google is just testing the waters with Google Spreadsheets and that it is not a serious entry into the online spreadsheet market. The application does not host the typical Beta designation present in Google’s mass-market products such as GMail and Google Calendar. Instead, the Google Spreadsheets logo features a bubbling flask indicative of a Google Labs project. No online spreadsheet application is able to compete with Excel, but users looking for an online spreadsheet application to complement Excel should look to a more polished solution.

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Congrats to the Miami Heat


Can you feel the Heat down in your soul?
I feel the Heat down in my soul.
Can you see the Heat? They're in control.
Can you feel it? I feel it.
Can you feel it? I feel it.
It's Miami Heat!
We can't be beat.
It's Miami Heat!

Congratulations to the Miami Heat on their first ever NBA championship. I sure wish I could be in Miami now more than ever…

Oh, and if anyone has any information on the song I quoted above, please please please get in contact with me. I'd love to get a copy of it one way or another.

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Flock's Favorites

I was so ready to switch to Flock as my default browser after using it a bit at work today. Now I'm no so sure. I imported my favorites from Firefox and I can't seem to find a way to have nested folders. Flock imported all my folders as top-level "collections". What a show-stopper for a piece of software that's come so far since the last version I used. Sigh.

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Internet Is Here

The ISP finally felt bad for me and sent the technician out. Monday and Tuesday, the guy couldn't make it out. There was an outage at some building on Friday and that was more important than me being without internet for two weeks. Yesterday, he came but the key the leasing office gave him didn't work. I come home today and there are new modems here but the link light is still blinking. Luckily I came home early today because of training and was able to catch him before he went home. He spent an hour and a half hooking up wires in the basement before the "link" light on the modem stayed on. DSLReports speed test pegs me at under 250 kbps down and 370kbps up, which should barely be considered broadband. Normal web surfing is fine but I can see my DMB concerts taking forever to download. Right now, I'm just happy to be back online. The bitching will recommence once I become disappointed with the speeds (which will be soon).

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No Internet

Internet access is included with our new apartment. It is provided by a company called Hotwire which may or may not be owned by University City Housing. The landlord delivered our DSL modems (one a person) last Thursday but the ISP physically cut off access to the apartment because the previous tenants moved out. I made an appointment for the technician to come out today between 1 and 5 to reactivate service to the apartment in a box in the basement. I come home today and notice that the modem I had installed in my room hadn't moved an inch and that the "Line" light was still blinking.

I wait on hold for 20 minutes to speak to a rep that tells me that the tech got backed up and couldn't make it out. I learned that if the tech gets one job done or all his jobs done, he still goes home at 5. After asking to be placed at the top of the list, I also learn that the tech does things in whatever order he wants. I asked the rep point blank, "So it could be that I never get internet access if the rep keeps 'not getting around to me in time'?" And he answers, "Well, yes in theory that is could be true." After a bit more back and forth (I was really trying to restrain my emotions since I knew it wasn't the reps fault and there was very little that could be accomplished), I gave up and came to the fraternity house to do my interneting. Hopefully tomorrow I can sit in the comfort of my own room and regain my connection to the world.

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