ABC Drops Linux Support for Online Viewer

I really enjoyed catching up on shows that I missed via ABC’s streaming online viewer.

However, I use Ubuntu (a flavor of Linux) and now ABC has dropped it’s support of that…


That’s just stupid.  It’s a flash based player, and they are actually having to do work to exclude Linux users since it’s an OS agnostic player.  Wonder how much Microsoft payed them?

As the users in this Digg thread about the subject point out, Pirate Bay and are still working on my Linux world wide web, so I guess I’ll be watching ABC’s shows that way (and without the ads).

Coca Cola 600

Looks like I’m headed to the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte on Sunday night.

Here’s where my seat is located…


And here is what my view will look like (add about 150,000 rabid fans and spectators)…


I can’t wait! Ryan is on the pole (his 200th start as a driver) and I love the Charlotte track. Should be a blast!



I’m listening to Tom Petty’s Wildflowers tonight.

It’s an album that still just as relevant and awesome as it was in 1994. I remember the first time I heard “You Don’t Know Kow It Feels”… Petty was on Letterman and had altered lyrics (“so let’s hit another joint…”) and it was an epiphanic moment for me.

It was one of the first albums I looked forward to coming out (along with In Utero from Nirvana that same year). I was a geeky dorky high school sophomore and not quite sure of my place in the world. I was heavily into Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots at the time, but I knew that I’d like this album. I’m glad I stuck with it 13 years later.

I know it’s cheesy to like Tom Petty… but this album kicks my ass every time.

“Sometime later, getting the words wrong, wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme…”

Thoughts on Redneck Liberation Theology


Earlier this week, Rion sent over an article on the concept of “Redneck Liberation Theology.” I was and continue to be floored by the piece. It reminds me of the first time I heard Thelonious Monk in a beer stained dorm room in Spartanburg, SC.  “Fiery little apocalypses.” Stuff that grabs you by the kidney or some other random but needed interior organ and won’t let you go. A gnawing realization that something is different after having read it, and no matter what you do, you can’t undo what has happened.

Perhaps that what life and fate really mean. Instead of living in the present, our minds are constantly focusing on what just happened or what happened hours, days, weeks, months or years ago. That’s what seperates us from the other animals, right? We can remember back beyond just a few seconds and form decisions based on those experiences. I doubt some of that theory, but in this case, that fiery little artice really did influence all sorts of future decisions in my head.

It doesn’t help that I’ve been re-reading WJ Cash’s The Mind of the South at the behest of my friend and mentor, Larry McGehee of Wofford College. The themes and clever positions Cash takes are echoed very much in Joe Bageant’s piece referenced abov. Cash was indeed a tortured soul with a troublesome spirit, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t share more in common with him than I’d prefer. The constant self-doubt, the stubborn inability to find a suitable profession… the constant gnawing to speak out about the virtues and vices of the people that you love and identify with in a grand meta-context like “Southernor.”

After all, Cash wrote THE Mind of the South, not A Mind of the South. There’s a huge epistemological difference that goes beyond semantics there. He was speaking on behalf and against all of us in very much a country lawyer meets hellfire preacher fashion.

Bageant picks up Cash’s alter call and reverberates it through our (my?) ribcage. It’s downright scary because it makes so much sense. Redneck liberation theology. What a goddamn blessing and a curse all at the same time because that is the essence of where my academic career has been heading up to this point. All the Old Testament infatuation with the prophets, all the wonderments over the reception theory behind ancient Assyrian artifacts in the context of a evangelistic 19th century call to the ministry… and the Golden Leaf of tobacco that still hangs on my wall to help me not forget Mullins, SC.  It was all pointed there. A Rose Line in the Asheville clay.  Wonderment.

It’s a curse because I’ve got to go out and develop this now. You can’t sit on something like redneck liberation theology and study it from a left wing academic point of view or from a country pulpit.

Al Gore and the Internet as Conversation on the Daily Show

I’m watching the Daily Show with John Stewart and Al Gore just called the internet the “greatest hope to cure the ailments” of the modern media and to “bring back the conversation” that is lacking.

Has Al Gore read the Cluetrain Manifesto?

Or has Steve Jobs turned him on to Winer, Scoble and Rubel?

Great interview… hopefully the video will be on YouTube Comedy Central’s site soon.

Dell’s Shipping With Ubuntu


I love Ubuntu. I’ve made a number of posts about Ubuntu that you can see here.

Basically, it’s a free and open-source Linux distribution that replaces your Windows operating system (and is 10 times better in my opinion).  I’ve been using it full time since last summer and have not looked back.

Today, Dell announced the initial laptops and desktops that will be shipping with Ubuntu pre-installed instead of Windows.

This is a huge day for open source, for Linux and for Ubuntu.  If you need a good, cheap and reliable computer that won’t get gummed up with viruses, spyware and adware but is easy to use, then this is your chance!

Mom is A Superstar

My mom just won Employee of the Year at her school district in Mullins, SC.

Send her an email and tell her congrats (… she deserves it for all the hard work and dedication she’s put in with the operation of the school and the lives of the primary school students she helps and loves everyday.

Paper AT-AT’s


I know what I’m doing tomorrow!

Papercraft AT-AT’s

The AT-AT’s were always my favorite Star Wars vehicles (besides the Millenium Falcon, of course).  I still have my Kenner AT-AT from the original toys back in 1981(?).

Gosh, those are good memories!

(via BoingBoing)