Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Fun with iTunes

I've found my favorite dashboard widget. Apple's operating system supports these widgets, small programs that can do everything from display stock quotes, a daily cartoon, track flights, and just about anything else (view all widgets). My favorite is Sing that iTune. While a song is playing in iTunes, you can visit dashboard and it will pull up the complete lyrics to the song!

This incredibly handy and I find myself using it constantly. Looking for lyrics online usually entails a Google search followed by a visit to a site that is 95% ads and sometimes contains spyware. The lyrics in the widget are ad-free and very accurate. You can even customize where it pulls the lyrics from if you have a better source. If you have OS X, give it a try.

My favorite lyric right now is from Bruce Springsteen:

And though the world is filled
With the grace and beauty of God's hand
Oh I wish I were blind
When I see you with your man

I've been enjoying music a lot since I finally discovered a great use for the MacBook Pro's included remote control and Front Row. I hook the laptop up to a set of speakers, start iTunes, hop on the treadmill, and control the songs and volume with the super-small, super-slick remote.

iTunes shuffles my playlist for me and in the process, reveals a terrific sense of humor. Out of my thousands of songs, iTunes recently played "Hate & War" by The Clash, followed by "God is Love" by Marvin Gaye. Hate, Love, God, and War in the span of six minutes - wow!