Atlanta Traffic Website

It’s not often there are any perks to working at DOT, but they are letting us test a new traffic website. It will be available to the public but right now it is at a temporary address:

It allows you to customize your view of traffic and add pictures from your favorite traffic cameras, show text from your favorite overhead message signs, and see what the average speed and travel times along interstates. It’s pretty neat. You set up an account and it remembers your settings just like My Yahoo does with news and stocks.

Eventually the current page will be upgraded to the existing site:</A


I knew there was some phrase shorter than “The quick brown fox . . . ” that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet, but I couldn’t remember it. So I started poking around and came across some anagrams which are words or phrases consisting of the same letters (“stop” and “post”). Here is a great one, where each phrase has the same letters, but it is also mathematically correct:

“Eleven plus two” and “Twelve plus one”

That’s almost as good as “Rocket Boys” and “October Sky”

Oh . . . and I found several shorter versions of quick brown fox, but this is the best:

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs

Geeky iPod stuff

I found a program called tunes2html that creates a neat listing of all your iPod’s albums (for some reason, however, my singles show up under G as does my partial Led Zeppelin album). You can dowload it from

So I ran it and you can see the results

Also this weekend I wrote up a page describing iPod battery backups, but I don’t have pictures of the cool one that I made.

Helping people

Yeah, it’s not going to Jamaica or anything, but I still like to help people. So on ipodlounge a guy posted a question:

>>I know that this has been covered numerous times, but I have yet to see a post about the Tivoli radio. I would like to play my iPod thru my Tivoli radio, it has a 1/8 (mini plug) hole in the back labeled MIX IN. would I need a line with a 1/8 jack on both ends’

Thanx for the help.<>Yes<>Thanx for the help, I’m sorry I forgot to mention I have the Tivoli RadioCombo, nontheless, I bought a line at Radio Shack with an 1/8 jack on both ends for $4.99 and am enjoying the iPod thru the Tivoli as we speak.Thanx again and what a great place come for questions.<<

Katie’s Surgery

I took Katie to the vet today for knee surgery. She had been limping some since after our first dog hike in November, but I thought she was just stiff or sore (like I was). When it didn’t go away I took her in to the vet. They gave her some anti-inflammatory steroids (I’d given her some Advil before) but it didn’t seem to do much good. When I scheduled a follow-up visit to take X-rays I wound up leaving her at the vet all day and they never got to her. Time for a new vet!

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

With the fifth book in the series J. K. Rowling takes a step backwards. While the first book was very simple with extremely flat characters, she has added depth with each successive book. In this one we return to characters who are so clueless and/or so evil that it simply isn’t believable. At the end of the fourth book Harry Potter tells the world that the leader of evil, Lord Voldemort, has returned to power. Rather than raise any alarms he is ridiculed as a liar by both the governing Ministry of Magic and the wizard media.

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In the paper

The Columbus newspaper ran a story about a public information meeting for some of my projects at work. I think it’s funny that no matter what newspaper you get in, you can still call it “the paper”. So I was in the paper.

Sony Car Stereo and iPod

I’ve put together a web page about how to connect an iPod to a Sony car stereo. I had bought a Sony head unit in 1998 with cassette and a CD changer in the trunk. I had been using a cassette adapter but had some problems. So I wound up getting a Sony XA-300 auxilliary input adapter. This is a successor to the XA-107. The web page has other work-arounds that might be useful and it seemed more appropriate for that information to appear on its own web page instead of a blog entry.