Friday, August 4, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different

Remember the music video? It still exists. And in the wonderful world of Internet video, you can actually see them at any time of day in full length without silly pop-up bubbles everywhere. And, golly gee, you don't even need nearly naked women or fancy special effects for them to be cool. Exhibit A: OK Go - "Here It Goes Again":

Posted by mike at 06:48 PM | Music | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Spoiler Alert

So Joe "Three-Way Tie for Third Place" Lieberman didn't win his primary in Connecticut yesterday. Aw, too bad.</sarcasm>

Posted by mike at 08:25 AM | Politics | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Achoo a Queue Apu

It's interesting how different the movie rating predictions are between Netflix and the University of Minnesota's MovieLens project. I couldn't find a site-wide personalized list on Netflix, but here's what I did: I went through my queue and sorted movies based on the number in the phrase "Recommended based on x ratings". Here are the "top" movies in my queue that I haven't seen (supposedly):

  1. Rushmore
  2. Boogie Nights
  3. Swingers
  4. Annie Hall
  5. Bottle Rocket
  6. Taxi Driver
  7. The Fisher King
  8. Rashomon
  9. True Romance
  10. 21 Grams
Actually, I've tried watching Rushmore, but couldn't get past the first 20 minutes or so. MovieLens basically only thought I'd rate those films as "okay" or "pretty good". That site has a different list, starting with:
  1. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  2. Akeelah and the Bee
  3. Lucky Number Slevin
  4. The Boondock Saints
  5. Walk on Water
  6. Miracle
  7. Water
  8. Return with Honor
  9. The Great Escape
  10. Say Anything
Again, Netflix doesn't really think I'd like many of those. Well, just an interesting little curiosity.

Posted by mike at 11:16 PM | Movies | Comments (0)

Monday, August 14, 2006


Heh, I suppose that in the vein of Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead, we need something for Fidel Castro:

  1. Comandante Fidel Castro is still alive
  2. Comandante Fidel Castro isn't dead yet
Something like that...

Posted by mike at 03:11 PM | Comedy , Politics | Comments (0)

Friday, August 25, 2006

Facets of Faucets

Wow, the rain was crazy last night. Extremely heavy—it made me think of the stories old classmates of mine told of being up in the Boundary Waters when it starts coming down in torrents so strong that you can't see your hand in front of your face. I was trying to drive, but could barely see the road and other cars aside from their lights.

Of course, the story starts earlier in the day when my fuel light finally decided to come on (it took over 550 miles for that to happen ;-) so I was on my way to fill my tank at the same place I'd used last time, up at Dale and County Road B. Of course, I tried to take MN-280 to MN-36 to get there, which I shouldn't have done because of all of the fair traffic. Eventually I made my way along County B2 to Dale, then headed south. The rain slowly got worse, but I was hoping to dodge the worst of it. I didn't.

Seconds after I started pumping fuel, the rain kicked up. I was under a big roof, but the wind meant that I had to shield myself with the pump. Well, no careful topping off the tank this time! Anyway, I grabbed the receipt and jumped in the car. I figured I could just waste some time by writing down the info I needed for future mileage calculations, but the rain was still pounding by the time I got done. Of course, the windows had fogged up by this time, and I was not having much luck remembering how the defoggers work...

Well, I got my windshield to start to clear up, and pulled out onto Dale. I started heading home, but I could barely see anything. I was only going 20 miles per hour since everything in front of me was just a gray blur. About half a mile later I found myself driving through a few inches of water that had collected in a dip, which was a surprise. I decided that I didn't want to drive into any more water I couldn't see, so I pulled over into someone's driveway and just sat listening to the radio for several minutes.

Finally, it began to let up, so I put the heater on full blast to clear the windshield and get going again. It was still raining fairly heavily until I got to Larpenteur, at which point things finally began to clear. I'm rather glad that I'd decided to pull over, though, since there was a lot of standing water on Larpenteur. Well, I just moved into the (higher) center lane and was able to get through without trouble, though I saw that another person in a minivan hadn't been so lucky earlier (they had apparently stalled, and the van was stopped just after making it through). I figured I'd better avoid taking the twisty Lexington Parkway through Como Park and decided to take Hamline south (since Snelling was probably a parking lot because of the fair and the rain. Fortunately Hamline is on relatively high ground so there weren't any troubles there.

Once I got home, it was pouring again, but not quite as bad as before. I made sure to park on high ground, even though it wasn't really necessary since the rain stopped a few minutes later. Anyway, definitely one of the hairiest experiences I've personally had when driving.

Well, I'm just very very very glad I wasn't in Northfield last night. Their community news site has a number of pictures of what happens when you get baseball-sized hail. Eek!

Posted by mike at 10:33 AM | Car , Weather | Comments (0)


Random tidbit: If Gerald Ford (born July 14, 1913) survives until mid-November, he'll become the longest-lived U.S. president, surpassing Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911–June 5, 2004).

Posted by mike at 01:50 PM | Politics | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Apparently Bobby Flay of the Food Network was filming at Izzy's Ice Cream in St. Paul today.

[Edit 8:37 AM 8/32/2006: Here's a Pioneer Press blog entry about it. Apparently the hubbub was partly due to Izzy's officially starting up their new solar panels].

Posted by mike at 01:50 PM | Food , TV | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 31, 2006


Hey. A music video that was filmed in Minneapolis. In winter, no less. Motion City Soundtrack - L.G. Fuad (it's not bleeped):

Posted by mike at 08:50 AM | Music | Comments (0)