Kate Rusby

Kate Rusby I accidentally discovered musician Kate Rusby, who’s been described as a “Mercury Prize-nominated, flag-waving folk princess.” Think Dougie MacLean plus Tori Amos. You can buy her CD’s at Indigo, at least in Charlottetown. Wonderful voice.

By the way, I couldn’t remember Tori Amos’ name, so I gonged up my brother Johnny and our Jabber chat went like this:

john_rukavina says: hello
peter says: Need a name:
peter says: Female singer/songwriter
peter says: Flaming red hair.
peter says: Plays piano.
john_rukavina says: Bonnie Raitt?
peter says: No, younger.
peter says: More hip.
john_rukavina says: Sarah McLachlan?
peter says: No, American, with bigger lips.
john_rukavina says: Tori Amos?
peter says: Yes. Thanks. oo
john_rukavina says: oo

Everyone should have a brotherly reference source. Between my three brothers, I don’t think there’s any popular culture fact that I can’t find the answer to in 10 minutes.

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire is one of those evolutionary pieces of software that you wonder how you ever did without.

It’s a Mac OS X (only) application that lets you organize and browse the wide variety of websites that make their contents (or at least their headlines) available in a format called RSS.

RSS is a standard — in the same way that, say, trailer hitch sizing is a standard — that allows authors and developers of websites to format information in a way which it makes it easy to syndicate. Usually this syndication happens through other websites — Site A might have a list of headlines from Site B, for example.

NetNewsWire reads these “RSS feeds” and displays them in an elegant format that makes it much easier and quicker to navigate through your personal collection of news and views websites.

A screen show demonstrates this better than anything:

NetNewsWire Screen Shot

NetNewsWire is a well-polished package that’s dead simple to use. Recommended.

The Clock

An interesting week, as it turns out, on the Clock front.

After I sent out a Communique on Wednesday to the CBC and The Guardian both picked up the story.

On Wednesday afternoon I did an interview with Dave Stewart from The Guardian and they ran the story in today’s edition (not on the web, alas).

And on Thursday afternoon I met up with Paddy Moore, working for Mainstreet for a week while on sabattical from his regular gig as online news reporter at CBC Ottawa, and Paddy produced a piece for the afternoon show on Thursday (also not on the web, alas).

Both Paddy and Dave approached the story with good humour, as did Neil Blanchard, area manager for that Bank of Montreal.

The final irony, as Paddy Moore found out, was that Mr. Blanchard had fought for the clock when the BMO was renovating the branch several years ago and head office decided they were getting out of the clock business.

Catherine Hennessey says the situation isn’t over yet and they clock may live to see another day. Here’s hoping.