Archive for August, 2006

Sirius rocks a little less than previously thought

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Well, I’ve now discovered that the NPR stations on Sirius don’t carry Morning Edition or All Things Considered. I can only assume that they have an agreement with their local member stations not to run those programs, thereby forcing even Sirius customers to support their local stations if they want those programs. Which sucks, because […]

Teach your children well

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Since I had Isabel in the new car with me today, I quickly discovered that Sirius has not one, but two kid-friendly radio stations: Radio Disney and “Kid Stuff,” a Sirius-produced format. In listening to Kid Stuff in particular, I was mildly surprised by the almost leftist-sounding songs they were playing. One was a Barney […]

Sirius ROCKS!

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

I have finally solved the problem of how to get good public radio in Houston: Sirius satellite radio. My new car comes with a 6-month trial, and Dan and I were just giddy when we activated it. There’s NPR Now and NPR Talk, plus Talk Left, CBC radio, BBC World News service, CNN Headline News, […]


Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Well, the Saturn is gone. And not a moment too soon. We were on our way to CarMax yesterday to sell it when it delivered the coup de grace: it wouldn’t start for over an hour. We attempted to have it towed to the dealer for them to look again at this so-called non-problem that […]

Jigglypuff attacked my car

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

My Saturn has, for a few weeks, been behaving suspiciously. It will on occasion not start. It’s not the click, click, click won’t start of a dead alternator, nor is it the battery, because we just replaced that last fall. It is, instead, more like the car has gone to sleep. I’ll have just used […]

Shark Week

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

I have a new (apparently not so) secret crush on Mike DeGruy, I think. He’s the presenter for “10 Deadliest Sharks” and “Perfect Shark,” which have so far been my favorite programs on Shark Week. He’s so personable and enthusiastic about everything he talks about, which is adorable. Special bonus: he filmed segments for both […]