Friday, December 1, 2006

Bleaker Than Bleecker

Soft Machine by Teddybears was a wise purchasing decision. Track 7, "Punkrocker" with Iggy Pop, seems like it should be boring, but I can't stop listening to it. It's relatively simple, and it'd be hard to sing the chorus of "Well I'm a punk rocker, yes I am" with in a more laid-back way, but it all fits together.

Actually, that track was the first from the Teddybears that I heard it on 89.3 and immediately wanted to get. Then, of course, I discovered that they'd been playing a few other tracks off this disc. Oh, and that recent iPod Shuffle ad uses track 2, "Differest Sound" as it's background.

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Saturday, December 2, 2006

Casting About

Wow, I'm now older than Jodi Huisentruit was when she disappeared nigh on 12 (er, 11... what is with my math lately?) years ago now... Scary.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2006


For the conspiracy theorists out there: It appears that the lowest national average gas price of the year occurred on November 6, 2006, the day before the mid-term elections (at least according to

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Saturday, December 9, 2006

Diamond Tip

I was thinking of the movie Mallrats today as I was opening my new copy of Carnavas by Silversun Pickups. This is one of those discs that comes with an annoying sleeve around the jewel case which you have to remove to get at anything. The problem is that this one is way too tight and took some creativity to remove since most methods would seem to make it even tighter. So, I was thinking of that particular scene where—

Wait. Aw crap. That's not the movie I was thinking of at all, is it? Yeah, it's Kevin Smith's other film. No, not Clerks. The other one. No, no, no, not Jersey Girl—what the hell? The other other one. Yes, Chasing Amy. You know, the one where—

Y'know? Nevermind.

Well, I did go see The Fountain at the new Rosedale 14 theaters today. Unfortunately, the movie stopped halfway through for a few minutes, but it was already running again by the time I came back from complaining... I guess the Borg hive mind probably picked it up by the time I got over to the guest services counter.

Anyway, when I first heard the term "art movie" years and years ago, that's precisely what I was thinking of. I liked it, but it fits my kind of quiet patience.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Jack the Ripper

Bruce Schneier on real-world passwords:

We used to quip that "password" is the most common password. Now it's "password1." Who said users haven't learned anything about security?

It's used 0.22% of the time.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Hi-diddly-ho, Neighborino!

The Simpsons zinger is back. Last week, I was ROTFLOLing about this line:

Martin: Individually we are weak, like a single twig. But as a bundle, we form a mighty faggot.
VFX: fag•got (fag´• et) n. a bundle of sticks for fuel. [Fr. fagot, a bundle of sticks]
This week, I thought the funniest exchange was this:
Homer: Why did you let that loser [Gil] into our home?
Marge: I'll tell you why: Christian charity.
Homer: Christian Charity?!? What does a porn star have to do with this?!?
Ha ha haha ha ;-)

Also, the new Nike + iPod ad appropriately made the inside joke of using a treadmill while playing "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go.

Hmm, I'm sure I had something else to say. Maybe I'll remember it later.

[Edit, moments later:] Oh yeah. Did you know that songs like "Amazing Grace" and the theme from Gilligan's Island are written in a style known as "ballad meter"? This means that you can take the words from one of them and put them to the tune of the other. Ah, the things you learn from watching Mental Engineering—Sam Simon (of Simpsons fame, coincidentally), demonstrated this on Saturday's show.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006


Here's a neat site for tracking airline flights: FlightAware. It appears to use actual radar tracking data to give a nearly-up-to-date position and flight path (they say they have a roughly six-minute delay in their data).

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Friday, December 29, 2006


And the big news for tonight is… The next Indiana Jones movie will hit theaters in May 2008!

Oh, and the 57,629th Iraqi since the March 2003 invasion died tonight. Whoopty-doo. (Actually, the number has got to be higher than that since it's just +1 from the civilian count at and doesn't include military numbers…)

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