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Michael Sautter
Philadelphia
Techie, foodie, sports fan, Newsvine columnist.
Interests: football, soccer, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia, Thai, Thailand, XM Radio, TV, television, books, ebooks, food, cooking, technology, web design, internet, pop culture, Newsvine,
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My garden is just about set for the summer. Here's what I have planted: Cabbage, 4 heads. Cucumber, 1 plant. Butternut Squash, 1 plant started from seeds. Japanese Eggplant, 2 plants. Thai Basil, 2 plants (1 shown in photo above). Roma Tomato, 1 plant. Summer Squash, 1 zucchini, 1 yellow... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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I emailed the Philadelphia Buddhist Association the other day and got a response in a few hours. Since their Sunday evening meditation is within walking distance I thought that I would attend. My one concern was that they do some walking meditation and I've always done just sitting meditation. I... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2012 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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My desk calendar this year is from the Dalai Lama, Insights from the Dalai Lama. It's a quote-a-day sort of thing. Here's a sample, from today: This human body is likened to a ship in which we can cross the ocean of suffering of the cycle of existence. Having found... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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I recently finished Dr. Weil's book Spontaneous Ha... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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It's a new month, what does your desktop look like? Smashing Magazine has posted a number of desktop wallpapers with a December theme. They do this every month and this month's selection is especially good. I chose the one pictured above. Check it out for yourself: Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Page One, Inside The New York Times A movie about The New York Times and the perilous state of newspapers today. This documentary shows how the New York Times is dealing with new technology (not well). Worth watching. Here are a few links I found through the DVD: TakePart.com/pageone ,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Today I played around with Google Music's Uploader for the first time in quite a while and here are a few things that I dislike about it and a word about ogg vorbis and Google Music. So in the spirit of Festivus, here's my Airing of Grievances regarding Google Music... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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I recently finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It's well worth reading especially if you're into design, business or technology. Here's a few of my quirky notes from the book. Quotes from Steve Jobs "People would confront a problem by creating a presentation. I wanted them to engage, to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Previously I used WinAmp with a plug-in to rip CDs into Ogg Vorbis but then I upgraded WinAmp and the plug-in didn't work. I tried re-installing the plug-in but no luck. MediaMonkey doesn't require a plug-in and it also rips into FLAC which is nice. I sometimes use FLAC for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Wednesday I picked up the new Nook Touch that I pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble. So far I really like it, it's teh awesome! Here I'll go over setting it up and my plans for my new Nook Touch. Set-up was easy enough, there were no real problems. You will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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"Stonehenge! Where the banshees live and they do live well!" ~ Spinal Tap. I really like the selection of wallpapers this month at Smashing Magazine, check them out. As always many sizes are available and you can choose to have the month's calendar on them or not. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Yesterday, while I was out running some errands, I stopped by a nearby Barnes & Noble store to see if they had a demonstration model of the soon to be released Nook. They didn't but I did pre-order one any way. Pre-ordering was simple enough. I just filled out a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Jack Black has set Gulliver's Travels in contemporary times but he brings little else to the classic children's fantasy tale. Gulliver (Black) works in a mail-room of a publishing company in New York. He's magically transported to a land where he's a giant amongst tiny, little people. Gulliver is drawn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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The acting in Rabbit Hole is fine, it's the storyline that I have a problem with. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart are great as Becca and Howie, parents who have recently lost a child in an accident. As the movie begins we find them several months later and in therapy.... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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I often surf the web with the Flash add-on for Firefox disabled for security reasons. Normally when I come across Flash content I get a boring message but not so with Vimeo. Also I tell you how to disable and enable Flash in Firefox. Vimeo is a video sharing site,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Released in 1976 Network deals with issues that are still important today. Things like big media and an apathetic citizenry. Furthermore Network is not preachy it entertains as it makes you think. Even if you have never seen Network then you most likely encountered the scene in the movie where... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Last week I heard that in the U.S. the internet uses more electricity than the auto industry. Shortly after I read about that Netvibes, my web browser's start-up page, notified me that it is now using less energy. Netvibes is saving electricity by not refreshing the page and widgets while... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Occasionally milestone events from the 1960s are referenced in Mad Men but what really impacts the plot lines and characters are the general cultural shifts that happened during that turbulent decade. The Special Features in the Season 4 DVD boxed set of Mad Men provides some of of this background... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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There are several funny moments at the beginning of The Other Guys but then goes down hill from there. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as The Rock) are funny spoofing cop buddy action movies but then Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg take over and the laughs start... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Angelina Jolie is a spy in this fun and entertaining movie with a Manchurian Candidate-type plot. Over the years the Russians have been raising and training children to infiltrate America as adults. Is Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) one of them? In the beginning of the movie there are some action... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Yesterday I downloaded and installed Scribus, a free open source desktop publishing application. While there were no major problems there were a few issues that I had to deal with. Which version to use? The choice is between version 1.3.3.14 (older, more stable) and version 1.40rc1 (new, release candidate). I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Technology is wonderful - when it works (library edition). Last Friday a book that I have checked out of the library was due. Thursday I checked online and no one had reserved it so I figured that Friday I would re-new it. Then Friday rolls around and I find the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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As the screen grab shows my feed reader can somehow see into the future! The other day I was just going through my news reader when I noticed the feed for Science Daily showed the time/date as "in the future." Now if it will just do this with something like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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At the beginning of each month a lot of the graphic design web sites post wallpapers as a kind of promotion and, I guess, as a way to beautify the world. Above is one I found at Smashing magazine. I plan on keeping it a while. Like I said there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at Michael Sautter's Blog
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Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life, by David Allen. As we approach the end of the year I bet a lot of people are doing what I'm doing - getting organized for next year. (I'm almost done creating my Getting Things Done planner and I will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Michael Sautter's Blog