Tellico in May 2008 LinuxUser

I think this is a first for Tellico. LinuxUser mentioned it on the cover of the May 2008 issue! It’s all in German, so I’m a little lost, but I used Google Translate to order the issue and got it today.

cover image

The article is also available onlinet. And it’s 4 pages long! I think that may take the record for the longest review, in print, too. Wow! I’m rather excited!

NASA Images Launches

We got an email yesterday at work about a new site opening up with
NASA images. I got a chance to check it out, and it’s rather impressive!

>NASA and Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library based in San
>Francisco, made available the most comprehensive compilation ever of NASA's
>vast collection of photographs, historic film and video Thursday. Located at
> the Internet site combines for the first time 21
>major NASA imagery collections into a single, searchable online resource. A
>link to the Web site will appear on the home page.
>The Web site launch is the first step in a five-year partnership that will
>add millions of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content,
>with enhanced search and viewing capabilities, and new user features on a
>continuing basis. Over time, integration of with
> will become more seamless and comprehensive.
>"This partnership with Internet Archive enables NASA to provide the American
>public with access to its vast collection of imagery from one searchable
>source, unlocking a new treasure trove of discoveries for students,
>historians, enthusiasts and researchers," said NASA Deputy Administrator
>Shana Dale. "This new resource also will enable the agency to digitize and
>preserve historical content now not available on the Internet for future
>Through a competitive process, NASA selected Internet Archive to manage the
>NASA Images Web site under a non-exclusive Space Act agreement, signed in
>July 2007. The five-year project is at no cost to the taxpayer and the
>images are free to the public.

Joel Harris on Worship

Joel Harris writes a great article on worship, and constantly worshipping. I just want to quote so much of it…

However, if we search God’s Word faithfully and look to mature Christians who possess wise insight, we will quickly see that worship is much more than songs. Worship is what we were created for, it’s what we’ll spend eternity doing, and it encompasses our hearts as well as our actions.

It also matters what we sing. It’s been established that our ungodly culture has low expectations for young people. But when it comes to worship, even the Christian community has low expectations for us. Worship songs targeted for kids, tweens, teens and young adults, have dumbed down the lyrical content because they think we’re too dumb to understand anything harder.

Sadly, in far too many cases this assumption is correct. Young people who don’t study their Bibles faithfully, who don’t read hard books, and who can’t sit through “grown-up” sermons, probably can’t comprehend the profound truths found in timeless hymns like And Can It Be That I Should Gain, or Rock of Ages.

Perhaps someone would say he is over-generalizing, but in a general, megachurch way, he’s right from what I’ve seen. And not just because And Can It Be happens to be one of my favorite hymns.

He goes on to list some musical artists who are writing modern-day hymns and the like. I’ve heard of a a few, but I’ll have to check out the others.

Messed-up Numbers

From an MSNBC story on the “economic crisis”, comes the story of a young man, forced to live with his parents:

Jesse landed a new job six months later — but it was near San Diego in Escondido, Calif., about 110 miles from his parents’ house in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. With apartment rentals at a premium near his office, he hasn’t been able to find a place he can afford. So instead, he’s spending hours on the road each day, and occasionally even sleeps in his car instead of making the long trek.

Jesse estimates he pays $215 a week for gas, and he also pitches in some rent to help his parents with the rising cost of their adjustable-rate mortgage. But so far he hasn’t found a housing solution that would make better financial sense.

Doing the math, that comes out to nearly $900 a month in gas. Let’s assume he’s paying his parents around $100. So he has $1000 available to rent an apartment somewhere around Escondido. found 94 apartment listings in Escondido under $1000 per month. Maybe he’s holding out for 2-bedrooms?

He could be one of the people Newsweek just wrote about who continue to get subsidized by their parents to live a lifestyle beyond what they could afford on their own.

One 25-year-old friend—whose parents pay for more than half her rent and all her utilities, as well as giving her spending money—snubbed the idea of compromising her lifestyle for financial independence. Another, a 22-year-old who gets a portion of her rent paid by Mom and Dad, admitted she would be willing to cut back on “superfluous spending,” but was reluctant to move out of Manhattan and into a more affordable borough like Brooklyn or Queens.

Living the American Dream…

What if Noah Blogged

As seen on about a post from the Whittenburg blog:

What if Noah Blogged…

  • Day 1 – Rain.
  • Day 2 – Rain.
  • Day 3 – Rain.
  • Day 4 – Rain.
  • Day 20 – I hesitate to write this down, but here goes. . . . I was working late last night when I felt something bite the back of my neck. Without thinking, I slapped it. Long story short, the new world might have to do without the zhingi-zhingi fly.
  • Day 25 – New Year’s Day. A few resolutions for this year:
    – Lose weight (let’s face it, I’m not 300 years old anymore)
    – Work out more
    – Read the entire Bible (there’s only four chapters in the whole thing, you think I would have done this one already)
    – After we land, once a week: date night with the missus.
  • Day 45 – Okay, so when God said he would make it rain forty days and forty nights, I assumed that we would be done after that. Apparently I was wrong.
  • Day 87 – Very, very wrong.

Tellico 1.3.3 Released

Tellico 1.3.3, the “Angels Gate Proposal” release, is available from the download list. Just a few changes since the last release.

  • Fixed bug with file catalogs to properly match on file location
  • Changed Arxiv fetcher to remove ID version number from results
  • Updated drag-and-drop to allow HTTP urls, i.e. dragging bibtex file from
  • Updated Porbase in z39.50 server list
  • Fixed copy() for text selection in main entry view


Last night, my girlfriend said “yes!” when I asked her to be my wife. It was rather windy and chilly up on the bluff at Angels Gate park in San Pedro, but we had a nice picnic, and I surprised her with the ring. I woke up this morning an affianced man!


It’s really hard to focus at work today…heh