Various Interesting Sites

Audio Music Movies LaserDisc Software Quality Home Automation


I've got altogether too many unrelated interests to put them all here, but there are a few places I frequently visit. Take a look; maybe there's something you'd like too. (Macintosh, book-related, and medieval sites are covered elsewhere.)


Ambrosia Audio

This is where I picked up much of my recent audio gear. They're in Bel Air ("Los Angeles"), California, but they do mailorder. Great service, good prices, and excellent advice on audio and video equipment. They also carry used and consignment equipment at good prices.

Audio Advisors

Mail, phone, and web-based orders only. They've got a good monthly catalog showing equipment not commonly found, and their specials are frequently excellent.

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Music Direct

Mailorder and web catalog for audiophile and other good recordings. Carries both LPs and CDs, from US, European, and Japanese publishers.

Acoustic Sounds

Extremely well stocked selection of great recordings, both new LPs and CDs as well as used/collectable LPs. Cleaning and other supplies, too.

Christine Lavin

Not every singer-songwriter/folksinger has their own baseball cards and comic books! Fortunately, her music is great too. You can also preview her music on her website via ShockWave or RealAudio.

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Movies, DVDs, and LaserDiscs

Internet Movie Database

Everything you wanted to know about the movies. Who was in what, who directed or produced what, etc. Includes reviews, ratings, searches, etc. A must-see site for the movie enthusiast.


My local neighborhood DVD and LaserDisc rental place, with an online catalog making it easy to search for titles before I go in.

Groundhog Day

1993, Bill Murray/Andie Macdowell
Not the greatest movie in the world, perhaps, but a lot of fun. This site is just one of the Groundhog Day appreciation sites. (If there's still an official one, I haven't found it.)

Joe vs the Volcano

1990, Tom Hanks,Meg Ryan, Meg Ryan, & Meg Ryan
Most people love or hate this movie; it's a bit quirky, but I've watched it a dozen times or so, and it holds up surprisingly well. There's a lot of symbolism which repeats--the lightning bolt motif, for example, shows up on Joe's wall, the walkway to work, the bolt which hits the ship, the mask of the Waponi, etc. Other symbols show up as well; it's worth watching carefully.

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Software Quality


OK, so it's not technically SQA material. I've just found it so useful in testing, collecting measurements on code, defect results, etc., it's hard not to mention it. Besides, the site's the best place to get information about the language, and how it can be used for SQA.

Software Testing Hotlist

Mostly a compendium of testing sites and materials, I still find it one of the best starting points when looking for QA or testing information.

Cem Kaner's Software Test Articles

About 20 or so extremely well written asrticles dealing with software quality and testing.

Brian Marick's Corner

Articles on testing, and the collected FAQs for He's also got a pointer to a collection of his reviews of software test/qa/management books, which has saved me some money. (I couldn't find most of his older essays here, though; wonder where they went?

StickyMinds has been collecting articles on software testing and quality, and seems to be one of the best places to find good articles. (I particularly recommend Johanna Rothman's and Elisabeth Hendrickson's articles on project and test management -- and be sute to visit their own sites as well.)

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Home Automation

Popular Home Automation Magazine

Online edition of the regular magazine, with tons of reference links.

HTI News

Online newsletter covering the home automation field. Articles, arcihves, reviews, tips and tricks, etc. Probably the best starting point for learning about--or getting details about--home automation. One major flaw, though, is that it doesn't refer to my favorite home automation site (below).

Macintosh Home Automation

AppleScriptable X-Tension controls the X-10 CP290, CM11, or LynX control boxes to fully automate your house using an old Mac as a front end. It works with a Mac Plus (currently selling for about $0). They've even got a free one-way version which works with the inexpensive CP290 controller.

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