Google map enhancements

Google maps makes Application Program Interface (API) protocols readily available, so enterprising code jockeys have spawned hundreds of integrated programs (like this one).

Here’s two that I find useful. provides a utility to ‘pin’ multiple locations on a google map. Here’s one I drew with the addresses of 4 potential quartet singers in order to figure out the best place to meet.

There’s a cool tool at; enter a zip code and you’ll get a refreshed page and an outlined map of the zip code for which you’re searching. Add more zip codes to compare locations or expand the area. You can zoom in on it a big and still have the outline.


Linda and I went to see Alison Krauss and Union Station in concert in Daytona Beach saturday night. It was a great show, and completed a nice bluegrass performer triptych

Last summer we saw Rhonda Vincent in a great show at the historic Ryman auditorium in Nashville, and

a few months ago, we saw new-grass wunderkids Nickel Creek and their kick ass show at Orlando’s hard rock cafe.

Steppin’ Out

I’m learning this old Irving Berlin song to sing with the Orange Blossom Chorus:

Steppin’ out with my baby

Steppin’ out with my baby
Can’t go wrong ’cause I’m in right
It’s for sure, not for maybe
That I’m all dressed up tonight

Steppin’ out with my honey
Can’t be bad to feel so good
Never felt quite so sunny
And I keep on knockin’ wood

There’ll be smooth sailin’ ’cause I’m trimmin’ my sails
in my top hat and my white tie and my tails.

Steppin’ out with my baby
Can’t go wrong ’cause I’m in right
Ask me when will the day be
The big day may be tonight

If I seem to scintillate
It’s because I’ve got a date
A date with a package of
The good things that come with love
You don’t have to ask me
I won’t waste your time
But if you should ask me
Why I feel sublime

Because I am gonna be

Steppin’ out with my baby
Can’t go wrong ’cause I’m in right
Ask me when will the day be
The big day may be tonight


The Singularity Is Near : When Humans Transcend Biology:
A book by futurist and information technologist Ray Kurzweil. He writes of the “theoretical limitlessness of exponential expansion that will see the merging of our biology with the staggering achievements of ‘GNR’ (genetics, nanotechnology and robotics) to create a species of unrecognizably high intelligence, durability, comprehension, memory and so on.”

In other words, advanced technologies of genetic engineering and in vitrio fertilization will enable the creation of a new human species within the next 30 to 50 years, the lifetimes of our children. This is not a crackpot theory.

I’d like to take a read at this, but there are other books already in line.

The syllabic equivalent of a Members Only jacket

Visit Woot’s recent product description. Nice site, clever prose, and frequent bargains, but you’ve got to check it early in the morning. I haven’t bought anything yet, but I’m hooked on daily visits.

“This irritating orthographical tic is to 2006 what the “xx” ending was to 1986 or the “e” prefix was to 1996. Hey Altec, this lowercase pimping doesn’t make you look cool or hip or whatever; it makes you look pathetically square for draping an otherwise fine product in the syllabic equivalent of a Members Only jacket.

MLK Holiday

I haven’t blogged for a while now, not too much has been happening. But today Gina and I had the day off and G asked if we could go fishing. The weather was great, but the water was low and pretty dirty. We didn’t find a single fish, but spent a few hours exploring around Mosquito Lagoon.

The Eastern Oyster

‘I don’t eat oysters. I hate oysters,’ said Linda Walters, the University of Central Florida biologist who has dedicated her last several years to keeping the Mosquito Lagoon’s oysters alive.

I agree, and also don’t eat oysters, but this is an interesting article from the Daytona Beach News-Journal about the collapse of the oyster fisheries up and down the east coast. UCF research, The Nature Conservancy and my recreational pastime are all involved.