Friday, October 01, 2004

Thursday, September 30, 2004

You can get the A-Z list here. Ideally I'd make a 'compleat' collection of these - but I'd love to hear from someone that's already gone to the trouble.  Posted by Hello

Beatles A-Z

beatles-discography.comA big memory for me from the early 80's is listening to the Zoo and their Beatles A-Z broadcasts. I taped them in marathon sessions where I'd have all the cassettes lined-up & ready for flipping when a side was done. Those tapes - I listened to them so much. So much so - that for each Beatles' song I can still hear the beginning of what would be the next one on the list. "Mother Nature's Son" was always followed by John's voice yelping "Mr Moonlight", and so on. I was singing "Mr Moonlight" in the shower yesterday morning - such a funny song. I think I'll have to request this song at the next Hard Night's Day gig I go to.

Agency Tests Security Blimp in Washington

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Agency Tests Security Blimp in WashingtonAnother step in the rebirth of the Blimp-Age!

DC Security Blimp tested - Won't be surprised to see one floating over most US skylines soon. Nifty lookin' things, n'est pas? Posted by Hello

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Haven't seen the film yet, but had to post the fabulous looking Zeppelin scene here. If anyone's seen it, by all means, let me know how it was. Posted by Hello

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Looks like we'll hear about the SJ Earthquakes' status by next Friday if not sooner. Posted by Hello

San Antone on the MLS Soccer Map? SoccerThe San Antonio Express-News reports on the possibility of the San Jose Earthquakes relocating to Texas.

Count your blessings local MLS Soccer fans - it could've been worse than a drive up to Frisco for us.  Posted by Hello

Sunday, September 05, 2004

I like the new iMac, but I think in the search for a smaller computer, they sacrificed the design whimsy that the iMac G4 (that looks like a desklamp) has.  Posted by Hello

Joswiak: 'True to What an iMac Has Always Been About'

Yahoo! News - Joswiak: 'True to What an iMac Has Always Been About'After the initial hype about what the new iMac G5 looks like, MacCentral has a good interview with an Apple VP about the design details. He reveals a lot about their decision process. I like that they don't immediately go for the heavy duty leading edge tech solutions. I think it's a mistake that PC manufacturers make when they want to get the latest & greatest out on the street - they look to see what the IT pros are doing at work. Well - that doesn't always apply to what the home user will need.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Beer in aluminum bottles on the way - Dad used to work in the container coatings business and worked with a lot of beer bottlers. Cold beer that stays cold longer is an attractive proposition...but please recycle.  Posted by Hello

Saturday, August 14, 2004

A "Pete-Leap" from last Monday at the Hollywood Bowl. Posted by Hello

I was never particularly keen on the "Dallas Burn" name. I can't fault the team for trying to appeal to the European Football fans on our shores. I mean, it's the Euros who swill Guinness at 8 in the morning, paying $20 cover at the Dubliner to watch some UEFA Cup match or qualifier. It makes perfect sense to me that they'd want to entice that fanbase.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, July 06, 2004


I went to a wedding this weekend and sat at a table with an Army tank trainer. He's being deployed to Iraq next April & I asked him if the Army was teaching Arabic to the cavalry. He seemed surprised by the question & explained to me that most everyone over there speaks enough English to communicate. He said if they didn't, that they would just go to the Tribal Elder to get interpretative assistance. I didn't say anything to him about it. After all, I've never been to the Middle East. But I am willing to bet that there are profound benefits to speaking at least a wee bit of Arabic. Today I was happy to stumble upon this site on DefenseTech about the Tactical Language Project. Troops can learn Arabic now via Video Game! No offense to the Cavalry soldier, but no amount of spit & vinegar is going to help you find the bathroom when you've got a cous-cous attack from that Banks of the Tigris hot-dog stand if you don't speak some Arabic.  Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Are the Browser Wars Back?

A ringing endorsement of the Mozilla Firefox browser by MSN Slate's Paul Boutin. If you don't use Firefox yet - get on board (you Mac users can keep on using Safari - but there's Firefox for Mac also if you're interested). I strongly recommend it to everyone out there.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

A local developer does his best to bring Austin cool to Oak Cliff

A couple of my Austin-area friends, Darrell & Stan, recommended the Hotel San Jose in the newly-thriving SoCo (South Congress) area of town. (We also enjoyed a terrific Tex-Mex meal at Guero's in this same part of town.)

This article in the latest D Magazine highlights a Dallas-area real estate developer's efforts to do the same kind of thing with an old Oak Cliff landmark called the Belmont Motor Hotel designed by famed Dallas architect Charles Dilbeck. He's even trying to get the person behind the Hotel San Jose involved. The Dallas Morning News wrote about this back in February.

I don't know how reasonable an idea it is to try and recreate that Austin vibe in Oak Cliff. Austin is "weird" and Dallas is J.R. & Jerry Jones. Or that's how it's always been anyway. Oak Cliff's hilly, yes. It has that going for it.

Two-Buck Chuck Takes Top Prize!

At the 28th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition, a $1.99 bottle of California Wine, the 2002 Charles Shaw Shiraz, beat out 2,300 wines to win a prestigious double gold medal. Hear NPR's Steve Inkseep.

Friday, June 18, 2004

Google's Gmail customers happy to be among elite

Today's Star-Telegram article on Gmail led me to this blog. Post your info and a Gmail user will send you a coveted Gmail invitation.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

TechTV Fans Mad as Hell

I'm having a hard time trying to articulate my appreciation of the defunct TechTV. Their stable of techie show-hosts were quirky and reminded me of the IT folks at the various places I've worked - insecure socially, but brimming with fresh, dorky confidence because of their end-of-cable-spectrum celebrity and their computer know-how.

Mostly they were talking WAY over my head, but there were moments of great enlightenment amidst the fog. I could care less about the G4 Gaming programs. And they don't seem at all compatible with the old TechTV.

I gained a lot of PC confidence watching Call for Help and The Screen Savers. There's a lot to be said about those moments of reckoning when I knew the answer to some of the call-in questions. If there's anyone else out there that shares my appreciation of TechTV, please let me know. If not - the lonely echo from this post will drive my viewing habits right back to SportsCenter & Headline News.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Meet Joe Blog

My cousin Lauren sent me this link to a story on the blogging phenomenon in Time Magazine. It's an interesting article with links to some stand-out blogs and others of note.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Monday, June 07, 2004

Monday Evening is Poetry Night

From Robert Frost's collection of poetry, "The Road Not Taken":


We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
but o, the agitated heart
Til someone find us really out.

'Tis pity if the case require
(Or so we say) that in the end
we speak the literal to inspire
the understanding of a friend.

But so with all, from babes that play
at hide-and-seek to God afar,
so all who hide too well away
must speak and tell us where they are.

Friday, June 04, 2004

My friend Gar has a new blog called "Chicken Squawks". Check it out! Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Photo of the Graff Zeppelin in Bs. As. Argentina in 1934 with serrated borders. People saying hello in the roof of the buildings. Posted by Hello

Friday, May 28, 2004

frontline: the way the music died | PBS

frontline: the way the music died | PBS With the record industry clearly hurting, what will it take for an artist to make it in the music business these days?

Thursday, May 27, 2004

"One Car Garage" - Bass Guitarist Dave Rummel (Le Baron of Beef) now has a blog for the Dallas band, One Car Garage

1cargarage They used to be known as "Mid-Life Crisis" - but they're now "One Car Garage". These guys RAWK!

My note to the FCC re HDTV - Blog Maverick - The Mark Cuban Weblog -

My note to the FCC re HDTV - Blog Maverick - The Mark Cuban Weblog - Interesting proposal by "The Benefactor" to the FCC re: HDTV. I'm intrigued by HDTV not so much because of the quality of the picture, but by the spectrum size. I spoke to a friend at KERA Ch. 13 who wasn't so impressed by the compression of HDTV - but, you can't help but wonder how our TV programming could improve. (OK - some of you are humming that Bruce Springsteen song - "57 Channels" and nuthin' on! ) I'll take your point. But at least it would make acquiring broadcasting less expensive.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Banter Freely

Hello everyone! A few of you have e-mailed or called about this Blog. "What is it?" and "How do I post comments?" are a couple of the questions I have been asked. Feel free to post your comments by clicking on the "Comments" link below the post. Then you will have the option of signing in and creating a Personal Profile with Blogger. Or, if you prefer, you can choose to post anonymously. Pablo's Point is open to the public (for now anyway) and everyone can participate.

CBS News | How To Build A Blog | May 19, 2004

CBS News | How To Build A Blog | May 19, 2004 Here's the story that got me to finally start a blog.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Goodyear Fleet taken in 1930. Posted by Hello

The Who Stateside

Who2 (as Pete has been referring to what's left of them) are back in the States on the East Coast. Here's a review from the Boston Globe of the Mansfield show.

Friday, May 21, 2004

The Hindenburg over Lower Manhattan, 1935 Posted by Hello

New Old 97's

Dropped by the Old 97's webpage this week. They have a new album coming out July 27th and are streaming 3 new songs there. Nice tunes particularly "In the Satellite Rides A Star". Let me know what you think. Also enjoyed this journal from Ken Bethea on being in a band and balancing fatherhood with barnstorming.

Tom Petty Interview , March 31, 2004

This is a great interview with Tom about his time in the Traveling Wilburys, George Harrison, The Rock Hall, The Heartbreakers & Howie.

Welcome to Pablo's Point! Enjoy your stay! Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Mozilla Firefox - The Browser, Reloaded

Mozilla Firefox - The Browser, Reloaded

Tabbed browsing is the best way to read blogs. Firefox is a quick and easy download and lots of fun to use. Dig it.

Hello & Welcome to Pablo's Point!

Snappy name, eh? Glad you like it. It'll do for now. Here at Pablo's Point you will find links to those articles, photos, thoughts, laughs, and Onion Polls that I used to overload your e-mail accounts with before. Yes - those pesky articles on zeppelins & dirigibles, how bad smoking is for you, links to Pete Townshend's diary posts & interviews, reviews of last night's show/game, etc. - you will find them here now.

More importantly, you'll find it WHEN you want to find it. (Instead of receiving it on e-mail, then deleting it a month later to make space on your account. Yes - you! And you know who you are.) Feel free to nose around the place - and post replies when the spirit moves you.