Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bush: Amnesty report 'absurd', Denny: George Bush a complete idiot

CNN, that bastion of truth, is reporting on Bush's response to Amnesty's torture report:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush called a human rights report "absurd" for criticizing the United States' detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said Tuesday the allegations were made by "people who hate America."

"It's absurd. It's an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world," Bush said of the Amnesty International report that compared Guantanamo to a Soviet-era gulag.
George Bush, you are a complete fucktard.... a very arrogant, evil fucktard at that.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

Crude awakening

The Sand Diego Union-Tribune discusses oil: Difficult choices await a nation – and world – stuck on oil.
To be sure, America long ago lost its energy independence and has at times lost control of prices, as it did when OPEC flexed its muscle in the 1970s.

But new forces in world energy markets, unrestrained consumption epitomized by the boom in sport utility vehicles and the depletion of oil have subjected the United States to buffeting by forces outside its control.
Call it the era of the permanent oil shock.

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China and India have developed enough economic strength for a substantial number of their citizens to begin buying automobiles, said Raghuram Rajan, research director at the IMF.
In both countries, demand for oil has doubled in 10 years. Although ox-drawn carts are still common as the two nations leapfrog from the 19th century into the 21st, the impact on the oil market has been enormous.

"This demand starts taking off in a tremendous way," Rajan said. "Our sense is that the growth in transport demand will account for a very, very big chunk of the growth in oil demand going forward."
Said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy, "They have doubled their use in a decade, and eventually that kind of doubling gets you."

But it's misleading to assign Asia sole responsibility for the surge in world oil prices. The United States uses twice as much oil as India and China, despite having a less than a sixth of the comibined population. Person for person, the United States uses 15 times as much oil as China.

Again, I'm glad to see this coverage and I'm sure there will be more but it is a case of too little, too late. We've waited far too long to begin this discussion. There is a part of me that is so angry... truth is I hardly ever go out anymore because I cannot bear to look at my fellow citizens as they motor down the road in their SUVs. I've never been so disgusted and I fight back the urge... "I told you so" does not begin to describe it. Americans are, generally speaking, ignorant selfish fools and as this oil-based system comes crashing down around them they will have no one to blame but themselves. And remember, it's not just about SUVs, it is also unbridled consumption at WalMart and Target... it is grass lawns and chemical-based agriculture... it is the culture of consumption.

Enjoy it while you've got it and remember, it comes at the expense of others.

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Wow... USATODAY/AP reporting on Peak Oil?

The mass media may finally be picking up on a story that it should have been discussing for many years: Peak Oil. USA Today has an AP story that acknowledges the obvious fact that there is a finite supply of oil: Are we there yet? Oil joyride may be over.

Could the petroleum joyride — cheap, abundant oil that has sent the global economy whizzing along with the pedal to the metal and the AC blasting for decades — be coming to an end?

Some observers of the oil industry think so. They predict that this year, maybe next — almost certainly by the end of the decade — the world's oil production, having grown exuberantly for more than a century, will peak and begin to decline.

And then it really will be all downhill. The price of oil will increase drastically. Major oil-consuming countries will experience crippling inflation, unemployment and economic instability. Princeton University geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes predicts "a permanent state of oil shortage."

It is a decent article and more than I would have expected. Of course the media coverage is too little too late. The same could be said in relation to the efforts and acknowledgment of the issue by government and the citizenry in general. One major failing in reporting such as this is that it under reports or completely fails to mention the use of oil as the basis for manufacturing and agriculture.

BLACK MAGIC. During the last century oil has transformed the world. British coal launched the Industrial Revolution, but American oil put the pedal to the metal. No other material has so profoundly changed the face of the world in such a short time. Petroleum is black magic, the lifeblood of our civilization. The petroleum industry provides 40% of the globe’s energy and is humanity’s largest commercial enterprise. Oil is our most concentrated, flexible, and convenient fuel. Without petroleum there would be no automobile industry, no tourism. Without petroleum 2% of Americans could not feed the remaining 98%. But oil is more than energy. It’s the key feedstock for plastics, medicines, clothing, pesticides, paint, and thousands of other products. Fueling Toyota or fabricated into Tupperware, petroleum is the world’s premier commodity. Soon, experts say, world oil production will reach an all-time high, an apex, a peak. Then, after a short plateau, it will decline forever. What historians will someday call the Oil Era will last just two centuries. In 1998 we are closer to its end than its beginning.

See this excellent article for more. Also check Surviving Peak Oil.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Newsweek and Corporate Media Contradictions

I was watching today's Democracy Now! which included a segment on the current Newsweek dealio and an interview with Norman Solomon who has recently published a new book, War Made Easy. Excellent interview and discussion regarding the incredible idiocy and hypocrisy of the current flap with Newsweek and the White House. To sum it up, Newsweek published a little article which it then sort of retracted after White House went nutso because of the violence and protests that occurred, they say, in response to the article. Then the FBI releases documents which seem to verify the content of the article: that copies of the Koran were abused in front of prisoners as a part of a larger program of torture.

Meanwhile we can expect the corporate media (including Newsweek) to continue the trend of non-reporting, self-sensorship, and obedience set in place over the past 30 years. The vast majority of "news reporting" will continue to reflect the lies dictated by the masters of state and the profit priority. This is nothing new. The only difference in recent years is that the Bush administration are now caught serving a soup of lies used to wage a pre-emptive war. It's a gigantic bowl of lies and corporate media has been vigorously lapping it up with no complaint. The resulting belches of violence produced by the war, 1,600+ U.S. soldiers and possibly 100,000+ Iraqi civilians is vast by comparison to the violence following the Newsweek article.

Oh, and let's remember the cause of this current controversy: the torture of prisoners. The focus of attention should never have been diverted from that but of course that is the point, isn't it? When you are the aggressor, when you wage a war based on a series of very deliberate lies, you have to be prepared to divert and distract.

Who knew George Bush and co. were such magnificent magicians?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Amnesty condemns US example on human rights

Sarah Left, writing for the Guardian, reports on Amnesty International's condemnation of US human rights record:
The US abdicated its responsibility to set a global example in upholding human rights in 2004 and, with the UK, led a "dangerous new agenda" by sanctioning torture in a failed attempt to combat terrorism, Amnesty International warned today.

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The US came in for particular criticism over its pronouncements on torture and for "usurping the language of justice and freedom to pursue policies of fear and insecurity", she told a London press conference.

"The USA, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyperpower, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide," she said. "When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity."

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"The detention facility at Guantánamo Bay has become the gulag of our times, entrenching the practice of arbitrary and indefinite detention in violation of international law," she said. " Guantánamo evokes memories of Soviet repression."

Ms Khan likened the Bush administration's practice of holding unregistered prisoners, or "ghost detainees", at secret locations to tactics deployed in some Latin American countries.

Welcome to the New American Empire: Preemptive war and torture.

More available via Amnesty's Annual Report on Human Rights Abuses.

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The lies before the preemptive war

Ah just playing catchup on an article by Walter Pincus posted a couple weeks ago by the Washington Post: British Intelligence Warned of Iraq War:
Blair Was Told of White House's Determination to Use Military Against Hussein

Seven months before the invasion of Iraq, the head of British foreign intelligence reported to Prime Minister Tony Blair that President Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein by military action and warned that in Washington intelligence was "being fixed around the policy," according to notes of a July 23, 2002, meeting with Blair at No. 10 Downing Street."

Military action was now seen as inevitable," said the notes, summarizing a report by Richard Dearlove, then head of MI6, British intelligence, who had just returned from consultations in Washington along with other senior British officials. Dearlove went on, "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD [weapons of mass destruction]. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

"The case was thin," summarized the notes taken by a British national security aide at the meeting. "Saddam was not threatening his neighbours and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran.

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The notes of the Blair meeting, attended by the prime minister's senior national security team, also disclose for the first time that Britain's intelligence boss believed that Bush had decided to go to war in mid-2002, and that he believed U.S. policymakers were trying to use the limited intelligence they had to make the Iraqi leader appear to be a bigger threat than was supported by known facts.

Although critics of the Iraq war have accused Bush and his top aides of misusing what has since been shown as limited intelligence in the prewar period, Bush's critics have been unsuccessful in getting an investigation of that matter.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has dropped its previous plan to review how U.S. policymakers used Iraq intelligence, and the president's commission on intelligence did not look into the subject because it was not authorized to do so by its charter, Laurence H. Silberman, the co-chairman, told reporters last month.

It continues to amaze me that instead of being impeached and imprisoned George Bush was re-elected. Then again, maybe it doesn't amaze me at all. Perhaps it is just the most obvious evidence that American "democracy" is and was a lie. As I've asked many times in different ways, will the American people continue to play along with what is increasingly obvious? Will Americans, out of convenience, continue to accept the lies?

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Potential of Wind Power

Amit Asaravala over at Wired News has an interesting article about the vast potential of wind for the generation of power. According to the article researchers have recently compiled a map which reveals the airstream potential of more than 8,000 sites across the planet.

Wind power could generate enough electricity to support the world's energy needs several times over, according to a new map of global wind speeds that scientists say is the first of its kind.

The map, compiled by researchers at Stanford University, shows wind speeds at more than 8,000 sites around the world. The researchers found that at least 13 percent of those sites experience winds fast enough to power a modern wind turbine. If turbines were set up in all these regions, they would generate 72 terawatts of electricity, according to the researchers.

That's more than five times the world's energy needs, which was roughly 14 terawatts in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Banning Newsweek?

NewsweekbannedMother Davis over at Irregular Times writes about Republicans that want to ban Newsweek:

I never thought that I would live to see the day when a significant element of America’s ruling party would be calling for the banning of publications that dare to question the actions of the government. There are problems with Newsweek’s use of an unnamed source to back up a one-sentence statement about desecration of the Koran in American prisons at Guantanamo Bay (allegations of which now appear to have been corroborated from dozens of sources). But, does a problem with a source used to support a single sentence in a news report really merit a government shut-down of a major news publication?
Scary, very scary. We live in a new America. I've been using that phrase for over a year now. It will get far worse before it ever gets better. The Republic has become the Empire.

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Our Righteous Cause

Again I go to Irregular Times. J. Matthew writes about Our Righteous Cause:
“These people are motivated by a vision of the world that is backward and barbaric.” — George W. Bush, May 20, 2005

“We are not chaining people to the ceilings.” — General Daniel K. McNeill

“There is no neutral ground — no neutral ground — in the fight between civilization and terror, because there is no neutral ground between good and evil, freedom and slavery, and life and death. ” — George W. Bush, March 19, 2004

The prisoner, a slight, 22-year-old taxi driver known only as Dilawar, was hauled from his cell at the detention center in Bagram, Afghanistan, at around 2 a.m. to answer questions about a rocket attack on an American base. When he arrived in the interrogation room, an interpreter who was present said, his legs were bouncing uncontrollably in the plastic chair and his hands were numb. He had been chained by the wrists to the top of his cell for much of the previous four days.”

“The men on the wall here have put themselves on the list because of great acts of evil. They plan, promote and commit murder. They fill the minds of others with hate and lies. And by their cruelty and violence, they betray whatever faith they espouse. ” — George W. Bush, October 10, 2001

Mr. Dilawar asked for a drink of water, and one of the two interrogators, Specialist Joshua R. Claus, 21, picked up a large plastic bottle. But first he punched a hole in the bottom, the interpreter said, so as the prisoner fumbled weakly with the cap, the water poured out over his orange prison scrubs. The soldier then grabbed the bottle back and began squirting the water forcefully into Mr. Dilawar’s face. “Come on, drink!” the interpreter said Specialist Claus had shouted, as the prisoner gagged on the spray. “Drink!”

“This effort is part of a worldwide assault on terror. All our allies and friends will now be familiar with these evildoers and their associates. For those who join our coalition, we expect results.” — George W. Bush, October 10, 2001

“He had constantly been screaming, ‘Release me; I don’t want to be here.’ and things like that.”

“We’re going to find those who — those evil-doers, those barbaric people…” — George W. Bush, September 17, 2003

“He screamed out, ‘Allah! Allah! Allah!’ and my first reaction was that he was crying out to his god,” Specialist Jones said to his investigators. “Everybody heard him cry out and thought it was funny… It became a kind of running joke, and people kept showing up to give this detainee a common peroneal strike just to hear him scream out ‘Allah,’” he said. “It went on over a 24-hour period, and I would think that it was over 100 strikes.”

“I want justice. There’s an old poster out west, as I recall, that said, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’ ” — George W. Bush, September 17, 2001

At the interrogator’s behest, a guard tried to force the young man to his knees. But his legs, which had been pummeled by guards for several days, could no longer bend. An interrogator told Mr. Dilawar that he could see a doctor after they finished with him. When he was finally sent back to his cell, though, the guards were instructed only to chain the prisoner back to the ceiling. “Leave him up,” one of the guards quoted Specialist Claus as saying. Several hours passed before an emergency room doctor finally saw Mr. Dilawar. By then he was dead, his body beginning to stiffen.

“We’re a great nation. We’re a nation of resolve. We’re a nation that can’t be cowed by evil-doers.” — George W. Bush, September 17, 2001

…the tissue in the young man’s legs “had basically been pulpified… I’ve seen similar injuries in an individual run over by a bus,” the coroner, Lt. Col. Elizabeth Rouse, added.

“This is a new kind of — a new kind of evil. And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while. And the American people must be patient. I’m going to be patient.” — George W. Bush, September 17, 2001

It would be many months before Army investigators learned a final horrific detail: Most of the interrogators believed Mr. Dilawar was an innocent man who simply drove his taxi past the American base at the wrong time.

“We fight against evil people.” — George W. Bush, October 17, 2001

The three passengers in Mr. Dilawar’s taxi were sent home from Guantanamo in March 2004, 15 months after their capture, with letters saying they posed “no threat” to American forces.

They were later visited by Mr. Dilawar’s parents, who begged them to explain what had happened to their son. But the men said they could not bring themselves to recount the details. “I told them he had a bed,” said Mr. Parkhudin. “I said the Americans were very nice because he had a heart problem.”


“Their hearts are filled with evil. They are — you can’t negotiate with them. There is no peace treaty you can sign with these kind of people. They’ve got a dim vision of the world. I resolved then that I will do whatever it takes to defend America.” — George W. Bush, July 9, 2004

Military spokesmen maintained that both men had died of natural causes, even after military coroners had ruled the deaths homicides.

Read more about the wrongful detention, torture and death of Dilawar in an article by Tim Golden in New York Times, from which the italicized text is taken.

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Bird Tracker 1.0 - FileMaker Pro database

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A simple little FileMakerPro database for keeping track of the birds you've seen. I'm new to birding so I may have left out fields important to more experienced birders. If you have a suggestion please write with your ideas.

Easy to use. Click in the common name field and choose from the drop down list which will then auto enter the genus and species for you. Enter all other data that you want. There are buttons for easy and automatic searching of Google for images and audio. There is also a button for searching of the Wikipedia.

Requirement: FileMakerPro 7.

This is freeware though I gladly accept donations.

More info at MacProductive.
Download

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Time Management for Anarchists: The Movie

Fantastically fun little flash movie for the unorganized rabble rouser in your life. Time Management for Anarchists: The Movie. Not a specific endorsement of GTD (Getting Things Done) but in that direction. You can find more of that at 43Folders.

Being a geek that has a PowerBook attached to my hip I'd also suggest GTDTiddlyWiki. A self contained, single file wiki that has been designed around GTD. Very cool. It won't work with Apple's Safari but works very well with Camino or Firefox. The newest version is self saving so you never have to remember to save. To get started save the html file to your hard drive by control clicking the above link and choose "Save linked file to Desktop". Next, open that file in Camino or Firefox, and you're set to go. Open existing articles, "Tiddlers" to learn more about how it works and delete them or change them to your needs. As much as I like Instiki I like this better because it's not a separate application. The only way it could be better is with Safari support.

Via Audio Activism.

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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Conditions in Iraq spiral downward

I continue to read Juan Cole everyday and, well, Iraq is not getting any better. Not that I thought it would be getting better.

Another excellent source, this one from an independent journalist on the ground in Iraq, Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches. In particular, his most recent post is worth reading. It's a fucking mess... our mess.

U.S. aggression against Iraq was, is, and will continue to be illegal and a war crime.

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Summer Tanager and late night rain


Just a quick note before bed. While I have not seen the Scarlet Tanagers in a week I have seen a beautiful Summer Tanager... twice in fact. We had a nice heavy rain on Monday and another tonight. All the new plants are very happy.

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OPEC at it's highest production in history

The continued march towards Peak Oil:
"OPEC is at its highest production in history. I am concerned about that. If we reach the full capacity now, we will tighten in the fourth quarter. The spare capacity will be smaller and smaller, reaching a plateau when there is no more oil."
- Abdullah Hamad al-Attiyah,
Oil Minister, Qatar

Discussion at PeakOil.com

Found via Lowem

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Growing Native Presentation


Download QuickTime presentation I put this together last year as an entry into Apple's Keynote contest and meant to post it for download long ago. The original format is Keynote and includes several large Quicktime movies that have been removed for the download to reduce file size. I replaced the movies with a still image taken from the movie to retain the original flavor. Also, please note this is encoded in using Apple's new H.264 codec which requires QuickTime 7 a free download from Apple. Also, because it is intended as a presentation of slides rather than a movie you may need to pause playback to read the text. Click the link to the left to see the movie in a page or you can control click/right click to save it to your hard drive. Oh, and one last note: I just noticed that Apple has not yet released Quicktime 7 for Windows. Dammit. Well, okay, fine... dammit. Heh. Well, I'll leave this up for now with apologies to folks on Windows. I'll try to convert it to another codec for folks using Quicktime 6 and get that posted in the next day or two.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Spiderwort


Spiderwort

More at my Flickr.
Lots of gardening happening! Added nearly 90 Missouri natives. More photos soon.


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Friday, May 06, 2005

Scarlet Tanager





Best part of my day today: eating dinner while watching a Scarlet Tanager take a bath in our little pond. Both the male and female came in for a bath.

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Radical Noesis - A new site about oil and global warming

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Rowan of Radical Noesis - Thinking outside the box with an invitation to participate in a new blog. Looks like the project is off to a great start. From the about page:
We here at Radical Noesis feel that the earth is facing two bottom-line challenges - the end of oil as an accessible resource, and global warming. Either of these events are catastrophic to the planet. Taken together, they could end life as we know it - physically and environmentally - for all living things. While the prospect is catastrophic, the possibilities are equally immense. We have before us two interlinked disasters that effect everyone and every nation on the planet. We can work together, or we can die alone. We believe we can work together. Radical Noesis is focused on these two critical issues and their ramifications. It aims to provide information and analysis, as well as vision and action. We are working collaboratively in this endeavor, We definitely need to "think outside the box" and mobilize outside the box as well. That is our task. We are committed to doing our part to save the world. We hope that Radical Noesis will be a useful tool to that end.

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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Mac OS 10.4 Tiger - A few thoughts

So, what kind of self respecting Mac geek fails to post a few words on Tiger? It's not at all surprising that such mini reviews are all over the internet so I'm sure one more will make little difference... but I cannot resist.

I've now installed it or supervised its installation on five Macs ranging from a 900mhz G3 iBook, 3 G4s, and a G5 iMac. I've only run into one problem which involved iPhoto which I think may have been related to one of the 2 plugins I had installed: Photon (for exporting to TypePad) or FlickrExport. I'm not certain about this but the only solution seemed to be a reinstall of iPhoto. Not a big problem and solved easily. I have not reinstalled the plugins to verify if any problems exist with them in relation to iPhoto and Tiger.

Most of the installs were less than 45 minutes. The spotlight indexing that takes place upon reboot hogs the processor for a bit but on all of these machines indexing was typically finished within 20 minutes. Oh, and I should note that I used the "Archive and Install" which allows for saving all the user settings which means that upon logging back in everything worked with no need to adjust anything. Smooth as buttah.

After two days of use I've got this to say: I like.

There are all sorts of little things such as the addition of Energy Saver presets to the battery menu for portables. Saves you another trip to System Preferences if you want to make a quick change to the settings.

Dashboard is far better than Konfabulator and much more useful than I thought. I've got it set to activate when i move my mouse to the bottom right corner which takes less than a second. From there I can access a fantastical variety of useful tools with more being created every day. Aside from Apple's included phonebook my two favorites thus far are WikityWidget and Wikipedia Widget.

The new Safari is incredibly speedy. I love NetNewsWire but I will also use Safari's RSS feeds. I put the 83 feeds included by Apple into my bookmarks bar and at last count I think I saw 2,000+ unread stories waiting for me. It goes without saying that I won't read all those but I can leave that open in a tab and check particular areas of interest every so often using the built in keyword filter which works splendidly.

The updated Mail program is excellent. It imported all of my email perfectly. The new smart folders that were previously only available in iTunes and iPhoto are now available in Mail thanks to the systemwide integration of Spotlight. Not only do we now have smart folders but searching through the content of thousands of emails is nearly instantaneous. While many seem to hate the new interface of Mail I'm happy with it.

Quicktime is a mixed bag. The quality of the new codec is truly amazing. I downloaded the new Batman and Fantastic 4 trailers from Apple's site and the large versions are DVD quality. The downside is that playback on a G4 1 ghz was a little choppy. The image was perfect but the playback was not as smooth as would have liked. I'll have to use this a bit more to get a better idea of what I think.

Automator, the easy to use workflow builder, is going to be very cool. I've only just begun to play with it but in just a few seconds I created a single step workflow to add "Spotlight comments" to any file. I can access this via the contextual menu in the Finder and it took me 42 seconds to create. This tool will only get better as I learn more about how it works and as others share the workflows they have created over the interweb.

The new Dictionary and Thesaurus is very cool. I can access this via a contextual menu anyplace on my screen where there is text. Tip: open up the Dictionary application and open its preferences. On the bottom change the "Contextual Menu" from the default to "Open Dictionary panel". By doing this you can get the definitions you want via a smooth little pop-up rather than opening the Dictionary application. Another tip: in addition to the contextual menu you can access this with a key combination. Position your cursor over any of these words then press Control+Command+d and you should see the magical little popup! Keep pressing Control+Command and release the d key and it will stay active. Now, keeping Control+Command pressed move your cursor around to different words in the active window!

I'll end with a few observations of Spotlight. The thing to remember is that this is now a systemwide change not just a little icon to be accessed via the menu or a search field in a Finder window. Spotlight is the groundwork for all sorts of cool future applications. That said, I was not as impressed as I thought I would be with the menu and Finder implementations of Spotlight. It works as intended but it just feels a bit... limited. Let me explain why: QuickSilver.

Now, I've been using QuickSilver for nearly a year (previously I used LaunchBar) and so I'm comparing Spotlight to QuickSilver. Spotlight is all about finding information in files and opening them in the appropriate application. QuickSilver is about finding information and manipulating or using it from within QuickSilver. For example... If I search in Spotlight for Greg the first result is my brother-in-law's address book vCard. Good. That's what I would hope. Down in that list are other related files, emails, and iCal events. Excellent. I can arrow down to them and open the appropriate object in its application in most cases. For some reason iCal events do not open though iCal itself does. Compare this to QuickSilver. When I enter Greg I get the same top hit, Greg's vCard. I also get any file with Greg in the name. I do not get email or any document with Greg in the actual content so I'm looking at a smaller file list. That said, I can do far more with what QuickSilver does find. For example, with the vCard, I can open it in Address Book as with Spotlight but I can perform all sorts of other functions. With a few key maneuvers I can send an email to Greg, send an email with an attachment, open his web page, display his phone or address in large letters across the screen for easy viewing and much more.

What it comes down to is that I'll use Spotlight for searching for files and QuickSilver for performing advanced actions and file manipulation. One day the functionality will meld together, for now I'll use them both.

One disappointment, at least on my Mac, iPhoto and Spotlight integration. Spotlight does not seem to pick up my iPhoto keywords very well. Compare this to Quicksilver which does not pick these keywords up but does see the iPhoto Smart Albums associated with the keywords and lets me view the actual album photo thumbnails! Edit: To clarify, if I use the find field in a standard Finder window it becomes obvious that they are indexed and they do show up. I think that they must have been in the dropdown search but perhaps I missed them because the display via the dropdown is more limited.

Lastly (at least for the moment) I think users of 10.4 will soon be amazed by the underlying technologies that will be incorporated into new or updated applications. Core Image filters are at the top of that list as are Spotlight plugins. Keep a look out for many goodies.

Reviews:
The very best: John Siracusa's review at Ars Technica He's been reviewing OS X going back to the public beta days. His Tiger review is 21 web pages... several hours reading. 100+ pages if you download the pdf. This is not a casual review.

Another good one by John Gruber of Daring Fireball.

Downloadable Automator Workflows
Apple's Workflows Downloads
Automator World
Automator Actions @ Macscripter

Downloadable Spotlight plugins
Apple's Spotlight Downloads

Downloadable Dashboard Widgets.
Apple's Widgets Downloads
Dashboard Widgets
Dashboard Exchange



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