promises quite a bit. For $349US each you trace your mother’s and/or father’s blood back to Africa—down to a specific region. My interpretation of the genetic memories in me lead me back to Mali—one of the many non-Islamic reasons my company is called Songhay System. Should I verify this with white-lab-coat science?

BBC ‘Apologies’

In order to compensate (or apologize) for the propagandistic stories run quite frequently, the BBC also shows headlines like “Study highlights global decline,” and “Farm sea lice plague wild salmon.” These headlines are a bit more directed than those that feign ignorance like “Public ‘must engage with science’,” which pretends that young school children deliberately reject science education instead of exploring the possibility that young people are systematically undereducated by institutional forces put in place even before they were born. You can’t, say, trick an educated public into taking away their social security insurance. Dumb-ass wanna-be slaveholders need an “ownership society.”

The Hope for a Black Pope

The BBC post: “South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu expresses the hope that the next Pope will be African.” My unsolicited opinion: A Black pope can set up the Vatican for the treatment the United Nations has been getting from the U.S. with the strong African features of Kofi Annan at the helm. I don’t think it’s the black helicopters that has “the heartland” of American voters suspicious of the U.N.

So dig: I am trying to get rid of the small pile of full duplex, two-up, laser hard copies laying around my cube and my pad. I get intimidated and greedy when a new article comes out—especially articles covering aspects of the next release of .NET technologies. It’s time to beat down this fear and make it fit into my little fiefdom of reality where I rule with an iron paw. Meow. Hear me roar.

It’s All about DataSource Controls

Three guys from Infusion Development, Jayesh Patel, Bryan Acker, Robert McGovern, penned “Data Access in ASP.NET 2.0” for MSDN. The heart and soul of this article is made of two pieces, introducing the DataSource control and, as a consequence, introducing the new data-bound controls in ASP.NET 2.0. The ObjectDataSource thingy is quite interesting:

The System.Web.UI.WebControls.ObjectDataSource is used in scenarios where you need to implement a data access layer to provide better encapsulation and abstraction. Instead of binding to a database, the ObjectDataSource control lets you bind to a specific data layer in the same manner by which you bind to the database using other controls. The ObjectDataSource control can bind to any method that returns a DataSet or an IEnumerable object (for example, a DataReader or a collection of classes).

Great. And few paragraphs later, we find that the sequel to the DataGrid is the GridView control. Live with it.

Don’t Read about Migrating to 2.0 from 1.1, Watch the Movie Instead

You can read another Infusion Development article at MSDN, “Migrating from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0,” and/or you can watch the movie, “Russ’ Tool Shed Webcast: Migrating to Visual Studio 2005 Series (Part 1 of 4): Moving from ASP.NET 1.1 to ASP.NET 2.0 (Level 200).” I’m pretty sure it was Russ that inspires the following ASP.NET 2.0 issues:

Dynamic Compilation issues: the platform will generate a random number of randomly named DLL files on the fly. This means that calls to types that do not derive from the namespaces of the platform will fail. This implies that “business logic” should be confined to a predefined folder (\app_code?) instead of scattered among ASPX files.

Debugging issues: Take advantage of Trace.Warn() and Trace.Write() to customize trace output.

The \aspnet_client folder should disappear in version 2.0. This is replaced by a custom HTTP handler that reads from a file called WebResource.axd.

Another Badly Written Article from

A graduate of the University of Karachi, Sadaf Alvi, tries level best to let me know about “Attributes in C#.” For lack of another article, I depend on Sadaf Alvi for some insight. When I criticize the writing of others, there is no implication that I am the greatest writer in the world (and a bizarre racist xenophobe)—but damn!

When Love Calls, You Better Answer : A Novel Daniel Terdiman and company at, in “Video Shills for Literary Stars,” writes:

With the advent of services like VidLit, which produces short, humorous, animated Flash films about books, authors have a new way to reach online readers. Because of the viral quality of online videos, some writers are finding success at the end of the broadband pipe.

The story also goes on to explain that some of these promotions cost up to $3,500/minute to produce. Here at, writers like Jaha Zainabu and visual artists like Michael Massenburg paid nothing for their multimedia broadband presence. And in spite of these relatively huge sums being thrown about, I will still keep on keeping on with the original idea behind with a view to celebrate talent that may otherwise go unnoticed. What I have learned along the way is that many of these creative folk are underrepresented because of choices they make instead of an outside force imposing upon them.

Bertice Berry is not one of these folk. Her four-minute Flash presentation at is nothing like what we currently have here at This promotion of her book When Love Calls, You Better Answer is very entertaining. I want to see this multimedia market to explode to a size that is too big for a small cartel of established entertainment companies to dominate and strangle to death. There should be enough work for all of us.

Use Your Mac as an MP3 Wiretap is marketing their wares for spies. I was just looking for stuff for a freestyle telephone interview.

Directing the Tape-Recording of Phone Conversations

Because of the espionage connections with recording telephone conversations, I am interested in what some lawyers from Minnesota have to say about this matter.

Tools for Creating ISO images from CD

And then for something completely different, the Canadians rap about burning CDs from ISO images.

Windows Media Encoder 9 Series

The Borg codecs are out there. And they are no joke. Microsoft media formats are getting quite professional—slowly but surely.


I can’t read music. So I don’t know my chords. Mark Starlin, his site, helps. This cat also recommends a wonderful interactive interface at

news from Thursday, March 31, 2005


::: Gwyn Henry: Being with Mance Lipscomb in Norman, Oklahoma

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Ms. Gwyn Henry and I decided to open her letter about music legend Mance Lipscomb to the public. This testament highlights the power and influence the force of human creativity can have and how it appears in unexpected places. Note that, due to the current state of email security technology, I am unable to publish Ms. Henry’s email address. We will be happy to forward messages to her and she will be at liberty to get back to you.

::: Ron Whitehead: Dr. Hunter Shaman Thompson Is Dead

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“My friend and hero Hunter S. Thompson is dead. I followed his life and work from the release of Hell’s Angels till now. I will continue to follow it. My friend Gene Williams and I sold Hunter’s books we sold the first Rolling Stone magazines in the underground bookstore, For Madmen Only, and in the headshop, The Store, we operated on South Limestone in Lexington Kentucky. I never dreamed I’d eventually work with Hunter and with members of The Beat Generation: Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Herbert Huncke, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, David Amram, Diane di Prima, Amiri Baraka, and others. Their works changed my life. Dreams do come true.”

::: rasx() Screenshots: The 1980 Adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven

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This article about a campy science fiction flick, the 1980 Adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven, is inspired by a more serious issue now archived at under “How the Far Right Built a Media Empire to Manufacture Consent.” I am confident that pro-liberal voices can successfully argue that liberal bias in private, corporate media is almost entirely legendary. They might have a problem arguing for public media—namely, public television. I could see even as a latch-key kid of the late 1970s and 1980s that PBS was well-stocked with idealistic, condescending, undereducated hippies. And The Lathe of Heaven is a very fine specimen of such hippie media now long gone because of the revenge of the children of the Reagan revolution.