A world without wi-fi?

A world without wi-fi? For years, I kept an Earthlink dail-up account in order to connect to the Internet from hotel rooms. Then, post wi-fi and ethernet connections in hotels, about two years passed and I realized I’d never used it. I don’t even know if my computer has a modem anymore and, I’ve discovered, I wouldn’t know what to do with it, if it does. When I first started writing this post, it was last Thursday or Friday (I’ve forgotten) and I was in a wonderful little villiage in a remote part of Scotland — the beautiful Isle of Skye where every direction one turns appears more staggering than the previous. However, the whole ubiquitious wi-fi thing hasn’t hit Skye yet. Perhaps they are the wiser for it as it is definitely a holiday place — a desitnation one travels to for one purpose: getting away. I was in the little village of Portree, which is big as Isle of Skye villages go. Portree was the place my Inn keeper suggested I head for to find Internet access when he appeared dumbfounded that I’d even ask for such. I drove slowly around the few blocks of town and Macstumbler pinged some wi-fi signals, but they proved weak or restricted. So, I decided to go straight to a coffeeshop at town centre. The waitress suggested I try a store called Island Outdoors or the library. The library, of course, was my choice and, sure enough, there are six or so Dell work stations with free Internet access. I filled out a guest form and signed on. However, the computer informed me the library was closing in 8 minutes, and the Internet access was cutting off in three. So I tried Island Outdoors. A block away, I was ready to spend roughly $4 for 30 minutes of Internet access when the clerk says, “Sorry, we close in 3 minutes.” Where else should I try? I ask. The library, he says.* Hey, who needs it anyway?

(Fast forward five days.) I have been offline for longer than I can recall in the past several years. By the fourth day, I didn’t even take advantage of the keeper of another Inn’s offer to use his access to check e-mail. It’s Sunday, I thought to myself, Why bother? I am now in Edinburgh — a very, very modern wi-fi’d spot — and preparing to fly home. I just logged on to the Interent and discovered a clogged RSS newsreader. I decided to pretend the last week hasn’t happened and start all over on Thursday. It’s hard, but I’m even going to skip expressing my opinions over typically ridiculous actions of Apple lawyers during my web holiday. I’d prefer, rather, to share a few photos I’ve posted on Flickr: Dropping my daughter off at the University of St. Andrews and some photos from the Scotish Highlands and Isle of Skye.

*For future wi-fi seekers who may google upon this page in search of connectivity, I later learned I should have swung by the Bosville Hotel and Merchant Bar.

Rexblog Playlist 004

Rexblog Playlist 004: It’s Saturday and that means I’m a day late in posting this week’s playlist of the past seven-days of rexblog bumper music. By the way, I forgive all of you who are forgetting to click on my affiliate store link (it’s there on the top left of every page) before you download an iTunes song. Last night after seeing the movie Garden State, I purchased the soundtrack from iTunes, but forgot to do so thru my affiliate link. (Okay, the secret’s out: I’m a fan of depressing contemporary rock — blame rexblog reader, Lewis.).

Rexblog Playlist 004: Weekly Bumps #3

Mountain Dew (Willie Nelson)

Two Different Worlds
(Ricky Skaggs)

Radio Fodder
(Cloud Cult)

Send in the Clowns (Judy Collins)

I’m Gonna Miss You (Dolly Parton)

You Can’t Do That
(K.T. Oslin)

Too Young
(Royal Crown Revue)

Story of My Life
(Social Distortion)

The Agony and the Ecstasy (Smokey Robinson)

Embrace the Sun God
(Kevin Kendle)

Dueling Banjos
(Smokey River Boys)

Hot Links (Star Pimp)

It Takes Two
(Marvin Gaye)

Outbound Plane (Nanci Griffith)

Peek-a-Boo (Devo)

Don’t Give Up
(Peter Gabriel)

Cover of the Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook)

I’ve Been Everywhere
(Johnny Cash)

Rexblog Playlist 003

Rexblog Playlist 003: It’s Friday and it’s been a tradition here on the rexblog for exactly two weeks, that every Friday, I post a playlist of that week’s bumper music so that we can all line up our weekend iTunes downloading plans. I hope some of the seven readers of this weblog find this whole bumper tunes thing amusing. Frankly, I’ve never checked to see if anyone’s ever downloaded one. I’m finding the serendipitous results of a 30-second tune search (my self-imposed limit) are almost always amusing. Sort of like when I used to (as a goofy teenager) flip through the church hymnal and add the phrase “under the sheets” to each title. Come to think of it, you could play that game with this playlist.

Rexblog Playlist 003: Weekly Bumps #2

Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme) (Maynard Furguson)

Something for Nothing (The O’Jays)

Television Man (Talking Heads)

England Swings (Roger Miller)

I Could Write a Book (Harry Connick Jr.)

Ashokan Farewell (Mark O’Connor)

My First Trip to Mars
(Atticus Fault)

Empty Pages

The Way Things Are (Fiona Apple)

Cocktails for Two (Spike Jones)

On the Road to Find Out (Cat Stevens)

Don’t Be Shy (Cat Stevens)

Life (Cat Stevens)

Hard Headed Woman
(Cat Stevens)

(Remember the Days of The) Old Schoolyard
(Cat Stevens)

First Cut is the Deepest (Cat Stevens)

Picture Perfect (Nelly Furtado)

Pump up the Volume

Money, Money, Money

Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf)

Friends (Elton John)


I Smell Trouble (Ike and Tina Turner)

Man of the Year (Alice Cooper)

I Don’t Have to Hide (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)

Martha Stewart (VaGiant)

Monster Mash (The Misfits)

When the Funk Hits the Fan – Mood II Swing Vocal Dub (Sylk 130)

I’m Sorry (Brenda Lee)

Little Brother (Hootie & the Blowfish)

Photographic LIfe
(The Timewriter)

I’ll Be Seeing You
(Jimmy Durante)

Stuck on You (Elvis Presley)

You heard it on the rexblog playlist

You heard it on the rexblog playlist: Every Friday, I’ll be posting a Rexblog Playlist of that week’s bumper music so that you can line up your weekend iTunes downloading plans accordingly. Also, you can get the complete list of bumper music at the “you heard it on the rexblog archive” (Remember, this is a profit deal. I’m trying to get the seven readers of this weblog to download 20 million songs so that I can make $1 million.)

Rexblog Playlist 002: Weekly Bumps #1

Time and Time Again (Counting Crows)

C.C. Rider (Chuck Berry)

Chain Reaction (Diana Ross)

I’m a Woman (Peggy Lee)

Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)

In the Jailhouse Now
(Jimmie Rodgers)

Search, Find
(Bee Gees)

Colour My World (Chicago)

Couch Potato (“Weird Al” Yankovic)

Handy Man (James Taylor)

Suede (Tori Amos)

Math Suks (Jimmy Buffett)

Saturday Night (Ozomatli)

Big Shot (Billy Joel)

Nine to Five (Dolly Parton)

Twisted Teen
(Béla Fleck & Tony Trishka)

One Way or Another (Blondie)

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits)

Black (Pearl Jam)

Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)

Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Flatt & Scruggs)

Breathe (Faith Hill)

Everything Old is New Again (the Method and Result)

Update: Tom Brio also has a Friday playlist & here’s Rox’s (that’s right, Rox) playlist of her “Friday Random Ten.” It appears I’m joining in a great tradition.


Buzzworthy: I will go ahead and assume that it’s a compliment for Jeff Jarvis to say that rexblog bumper music is “like an NPR show with an actual sense of humor.” That (and trying to make a million bucks from encouraging this weblog’s seven readers to download 20 million songs) was my intent. By the way, since Jeff has been under the weather for the past day or so , I’ve decided to go ahead and unveil a new feature I had planned to later roll-out as a rexblog brand-extending-contextual-advertising-and-subliminal-marketing strategy to help me convince you seven readers to download 20 million songs: Playlists of tunes to listen to while visiting your favorite weblogs.

The first Rexblog Playlist is for all you buzzmachiniacs :

(Note: Some of these links appear to be having some technical difficulties. Sorry.)

Rexblog Playlist 001: Buzzmachine

What’s Buzzin’ Cousin (Cab Calloway)

Buzz Me
(B.B. King)

Lucky Buzz (Richard Buckner)

Ultimate Buzz
(James Eternal)

I Don’t Need No Booze to Get A Buzz On (Alan Jackson)

Buzzy (Bud Powell & Charlie Parker)

Buzz Me Baby
(Fleetwood Mac)

(Paul Kelly)

Expect more “Rexblog Playlists” in the future (but expect them on weekends). In the future, I will actually ask bloggers what they’d like me to include in their list…and if they don’t respond, I’ll take that as an indication they think it is okay for me to make one up for them. As Jeff is sick today, I didn’t want to bother him. I hope to add another one later of his favorites.