OK. First attempt at any sort of blog.
On a lark, I signed up for a Jabber account (firstname.lastname@example.org) the other day. I must say that the idea of an open standard, decentralized, extensible IM protocol gets me excited. If it ever gains mainstream acceptance, I will be simultaneously shocked and pleased.
I've been looking into getting a personal domain name for all my self-promoting needs. It seems the .name tld is the place for this; I just wish I had a steady income to pay for hosting (note -- will code for food).
Here's an unethical, but money-saving idea: go to your local library, borrow several music CDs, and rip them. Genius! For your ripping pleasure, might I suggest Sound Juicer? I have been using it for a couple weeks and I must say I am impressed. The only problems I've had are MusicBrainz's database errors. Combined with Rhythmbox, I am in music-heaven.