Friday, August 25, 2006

Things that make you go "mmm, brains..."

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So DKP tells me I need to sell my soul and buy an Xbox 360 and Dead Rising. Granted, I don't really feel like buying a next-gen platform until the el-cheapo Wii comes out, but one little nugget of info got me thinking. Because, DKP explains, the Xbox 360 is basically just a PC and you can play mp3's on it, you should be able to have a custom soundtrack for any game you play.

That makes sense, sure.

But what does that mean for Dead Rising? It means a 28 Days Later soundtrack, or Shaun of the Dead. Hell, any old Godspeed! Your Black Emperor album would be pretty bitchin'. In fact, for a truly surreal experience, I could load up some Top 40 hits and go a'zombie-huntin'.

Mmm, brains.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Late 90's Mondorama Rarity

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This track contains side one of a super-limited cassette release by DJ Jun for Mondorama clothing. If you're in the mood for some late '90's beats (drum & bass with some spacey effects in there), it doesn't get any better than this.

The other day when I was out for dinner with Scotty and DKP we ran into someone who'd stayed with me and Peter for a short time at our Hell's Kitchen apartment. It put me in the mood for this music, as Peter was the one who ripped it from cassette to CD for me.

Bonus points if you can name any of the tracks used in this set - especially the bassline that comes in just after 39:30. So good!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Getting It

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I ranted about this very thing not too long ago, so it's good to see that a Disney-ABC exec gets it.  They should examine how the BBC is coping with new technology.  As a consumer, I want my content ASAP in usable, portable formats with as few restrictions as possible.  What's so difficult to understand about that?

I'm such a nerd because...

(originally posted at
What's the nerdiest thing about you?
Isn't that kinda like asking "what's the wettest thing about water?"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Dear Lazy Vox

(originally posted at

Dear Lazy Vox,

I would like an easy way to explore the recent assets of people in my neighborhood by type.  For instance, a URL such as... or just neighborhood/audio, would be ideal.  Does such a beast exist?  Am I missing it?



Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ladies and Gents...

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I give you Vox shoes:

Friday, August 18, 2006

Cornelius - Music

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New single comes out in Japan on 8/23.  He was on NHK last night, but I had no way of listening (that I know of).  I've been monitoring the p2p networks for the new single, but oddly enough, the first chance I got to hear it was the vid on YouTube.  Via momus via Qoogle.

...and I agree with momus, this doesn't feel like much of an evolution after five years of waiting for new material.  But still, I'm ecstatic to get any new Cornelius content - I can't believe he got one of the limited edition Cornelius record players.  Wow.  There we a Cornelius wrist watch that I really wanted a while ago, they sell knockoffs at TokyoPop now, might get one.  Now if only we can get some new Takako Minekawa music too. :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A Lazarus Taxon

(originally posted at

My new Tortoise box set arrived today.  Included in the box was a Thrill Jockey bumper sticker and a limited print poster of the album cover.  The black and white photographs on the disc sleeves are from a former (Polish?) police officer who photographed accidents.

Each band member contributed a short essay to the liner notes, each essay in a different language (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese).  The essay in English has some interesting quotes from Brian Eno:
"It used to be the case that a record was expected to contain the definitive and perhaps only version of a song, and that the job of the band and the producer was to create this 'ideal' object"

"...once we get used to the idea that we are no longer consumers of 'finished' works... we find ourselves leaving a world of 'know your own station' passivity... we stop regarding things as fixed and unchangeable, as preordained, and we increasingly find ourselves practicing the idea that we have some control."
Pretty relevant in today's forever-beta/gamma world. - even if taken out of context.

The stand-out features of the DVD include both a live performance and proper music video of Glass Museum, along with a live version of Gamera and the music vid for Seneca.  Seneca uses some amazing archival footage from NASA and can be found on YouTube (the dissonance drops off and the melody kicks in around 1:54).

More photos from Humboldt

(originally posted at

Christine's pictures from Humboldt are up.  On our way up we stopped at the Fairgrounds in Ukiah and she's got some nice pics of that as well.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Link Dump

(originally posted at

This weekend was a blast.  Drove up to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, stopped at the Ukiah Fair on the way.  Hiked around and saw some of the oldest trees in the world.  Now that I'm back I'm catching up on things and have a ton of links/thoughts to dump.  Here goes.
Turns out, I won't need to take DKP up to Seattle, so last weekend of August will likely be the road trip to Vegas for some work.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Weekend Update

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Hello, I'm crwbot and you're not.  Fear the decisively Web 1.0 site for Humboldt Redwoods State Park!  I'm headed there for the weekend.  If you're bored you can check my photostream for pictures from the Yelp! shindig at MoMA last night.  In case you're wondering, Xiu made the shirt she's wearing.  Fab, no?

After wandering around the exhibit and socializing a bit, we stopped off for some Thai food and then hit the Virgin Megastore for the Boondocks DVD.  On the way back, we bumped into David Davis, and it was good to see him again.  I asked him to explain cometd to me, but Xiu had no patience for it and started climbing on me.  Literally.  It was awkward.

Oh, I've also been collecting some favorites at YouTube that you might be interested in.  Someday I'll even organize them into playlists.  Or maybe I'll do it on Vox.  Shrug.

Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow.

Saddest. Video. EVAR.

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I first saw this video at the 90 Park Ave office in NYC.  I cried like someone who just lost a puppy.  Turns out that "Viðrar vel til loftárása" is Icelandic for "good weather for airstrikes".  I didn't know that Sigur Rós sang in anything other than Hopelandic.  Turns out, the video was directed by Arni & Kinski, the masterminds behind Sigur Rós's more popular music video, Glósóli.  That one won awards, but this one is sad.

If it really bums you out, watch it again.  If you're still bummed, we can cuddle aftar.

QotD: Something to Believe In

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Do you have any tattoos?  If not, if you were going to get inked, what would you get?
I've actually answered this question a lot lately.  No, I don't have any tattoos.  Nor will I get any tattoos until sometime in the (hopefully not-too-distant) future when they can be sub-dermal nano tattoos that can shine through my skin and be turned on and off at will.  What's more, I want animated tattoos that change with my mood.

Where's my space age, bitch?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I Hate the Time Warp

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So I just listened to Junior's latest voice post and it made me think of this wonderful scene from the show Spaced that sums up my feelings on RHPS and the Time Warp just about perfectly.  So naturally I headed to youtube and typed in "spaced" and was hit with 13,000 results about space exploration and myspace.  Sigh.  Somehow, I managed to find the perfect clip - exactly what I wanted.  Total luck.  Here it is.

Sorry Junior, but when it comes to the Time Warp, this is how I roll. :)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More pictures from last weekend

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I'm excited because Christine has been uploading some of the pictures she took last weekend when we were camping and hiking at Pinnacles National Monument.  There are some great shots of me making an ass out of myself, be sure not to miss them.

(Edit: I forgot to mention, she's a much better photographer than I am and some of these shots are really incredibly beautiful.)

Fuck the RIAA

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So as a follow-up to my post entitled Hating the RIAA, I still wanted to show someone the Beck video - but then I discovered it was even pulled from Beck's own site.  What the fuck.  The whole thing reeks of bad marketing bullshit.

So I go to download the track on Soulseek.  Search query: beck think love.  The results I got were fascinating.  I found maybe 30 users each with the same 10 copies of the song whose filenames were slightly different - such as:

Beck  Think I'm in Love.mp3
Beck::Think I'm in Love.mp3
Beck--Think I'm in Love.mp3
Beck__ThinkI'm in Love.mp3

So it might be someone distributing trojans in the guise of mp3's, yeah?  I mean, who knows how many holes Windows Media Player has in it.  On the other hand, we already know that the RIAA has had the video removed from both YouTube and Google Video - so chances are equally good that they're out to catch some nasty downloaders.

Fuck 'em.  I downloaded it somewhere else.  Here it is, enjoy.

(sure, the post is friends and family only, i'm not *that* much of a badass)

QotD: Hello, Cleveland!

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If you had a band, what would you call yourselves?
Question submitted by Zoot.
George Dubya and the Patriotic Funk All-Stars, cuz that's how I roll, yo.


yeah great, blogger.

Why I Love Boondocks

(originally posted at

This is the best fight scene I've seen in a while.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Celebrating New Audio Format Support on Vox

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Hooray 0.9.3!  Congrats Vox Team, enjoy this Amelie techno remix ripped from one of the Solid Steel shows in my archive!

Monday, August 07, 2006

QotD: Better than the original?

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What is your favorite cover song?
Question submitted by Ray.
Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billie covered Cravo é Canela, which was originally by Milton Nascimento.  Cravo é Canela means "clove and cinnamon," part of the title of a book by Jorge Amado called Gabriela, Cravo é Canela.  Here's a link to the original song and the cover.

QotD: Weekend Goal Follow-Up

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So, how did you do with that weekend goal?  No goal?  What did you do this weekend?
Holy crap.  I hiked my ass off this weekend at Pinnacles.  Christine and I hit Balconies Caves on Saturday and Bear Gulch caves on Sunday.  Then we blazed a trail around the reservoir and nearly killed ourselves climbing High Peaks Trail.  Pictures pending, but damn, I'm sore.

Friday, August 04, 2006


(originally posted at

Off to Pinnacles for the weekend.  See ya Monday.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Hating the RIAA

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So just yesterday I linked to Beck's new music video from YouTube to my Vox account.  I went back to listen to it today only to find that the RIAA had ordered its removal from YouTube.  What bastards.  So I go to Beck's site only to find it's all craptacular flash and there's an even worse-quality version of the vid.

When are they going to get it through their skulls that consumers want their content as soon as possible and without any headache?

I think it used to be that music videos were just marketing for the music.  Now you can buy music video DVD's and download them via iTMS, so they've become products in their own right.  Rather than spreading the vids far and wide to get as many eyeballs as possible in order to drive music sales, they're keeping a tight rein on their distribution.  The problem is that now they've inconvenienced me as a possible consumer; I had to hunt around to find another version that was worth watching.  That annoys me and makes me hate them (more than I did) and not want to give them any business.

Anyway, without further ado, here's Beck's vid via Google Video.

(End rant.)

...or is it?  Forget the link above, it got pulled from there too.  Not worth it to keep searching, really.  If you happen to randomly see it someday, cool.  If not, fuck it.  You're not missing much.

QotD: Can you hear me now?

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What's your cell phone's ringtone?  What made you pick it?
I've actually been waiting for this QotD, and when it came I was totally unprepared.  I created my own ringtone with a waveform editor, some effects, and the Cornelius remix of Moby's "We Are All Made of Stars".  I wanted something very understated and minimal.

Anyway, when this QotD popped (lil MMO slang ;), I found that I couldn't upload the .wav to Vox.  So I hunted around until I found this nifty little freeware app called Switch - which just converts from one audio format to another rather effortlessly.  It's earned itself a place in my Apps folder.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Weekend Beats

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I had a fantastically groovy weekend.  Played a little Zelda WindWaker, indulged in a 6-mile hike to Bass Lake in Pt. Reyes, Nicole moved to SF, spent some time with Lydia, got a manicure, and now I'm checking out 0.03 release of Data::ObjectDriver.  Life's good.  Here are some beats from Four Tet to celebrate groovy weekends:

Friday, July 28, 2006

QotD: They're Grrreat!

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What or who is your favorite product mascot?  Why?
Ok, so maybe this isn't an officially-sanctioned mascot or spokesperson, but I've always associated Mr. T with MovableType because they're both powerful and well-designed:

Sunday, July 23, 2006

QotD: It's hot in here...

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What's the most extreme weather you've been in?  A memorable storm?  Heat wave? Or something else?
A childhood vacation.  I don't remember whether it was Ocean Beach or Virginia Beach.  But there was a hurricane.  My father, sister and I were actually in the water being tossed about and having the time of our lives while they were issuing evacuation orders.  We didn't know at the time that the storm had been upgraded to hurricane status, we were just amazed at how large the waves were.  The most extreme weather and perhaps one of the best days of my life.

(No, it wasn't the safest thing to do, but both my sister and I had been on the local swim team and were pretty strong swimmers).

Friday, July 21, 2006

Travel is Dangerous

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Phew. So that was Vancouver.

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Long week finally over.

So the company I've been doing work for just acquired 8 new locations in the Vancouver area and sent me up to do some site surveys and install some new pieces of network infrastructure.  What I found when I got to these locations was pretty shocking.

One week was certainly not enough time to hit all 8 centers.  I could've spent a week at each individual location and still have stuff left to do.  Sadly, this meant I didn't get to see much of Vancouver.  What I did see, I liked very much.

My hotel was far enough out of the downtown area and into the ghetto that I got to see some interesting sights.  One of my favorites was a public service ad for recycling where a stick figure who dropped some trash on the ground was bitten in half by a great white shark.  Yeah.  I also saw a Masonic lodge with a gaudy neon sign on the outside.  I saw a crew filming some skateboarders grinding on some corporate sculptures downtown.

I got a license for XP SP2 while I was up here so I finally finished my install of XP under Parallels.  Got it set up with VirtueDesktops and it's so neat.  I'm surprised at how fast the emulated Windows feels, and I love that Windows can totally crash and not affect the work I need to do.

I'm looking forward to being home and sleeping in tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

QotD: Celebrational Muppetational!

(originally posted at

Who is your favorite Muppet?  Why?
QotD submitted by
Animal.  Why?  Hmm... Animal Cantina

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


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In honor of the pending new Cornelius release, I bring you Eyes:

New Cornelius 8/23

(originally posted at

This is very exciting to me.  Be warned; it's a full-browser-window QTVR with sound.  Click through to the promo for the next release on 9/27.  And lest we forget, new Tortoise on 8/22.  August will be a wonderfully musical month.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

The Best of The Legendary Pink Dots

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In honor of tonight's show, I thought I'd whip together a playlist of my favorite songs by The Legendary Pink Dots.  I first heard them in college, downloaded off some random Hotline server (yes, Hotline, remember that?).  I've only seen them perform once, in NYC, so I'm looking forward to tonight's show very much.  Without further ado, the songs and the albums they can be found on:
  1. Birdie (All the King's Horses)
  2. Prague Spring (Canta Mientras Puedas)
  3. Friend - version (Canta Mientras Puedas)
  4. Clockwise (From Here You'll Watch the World Go By)
  5. Damien (From Here You'll Watch the World Go By)
  6. This Hollowed Ground (From Here You'll Watch the World Go By)
  7. Home (Maria Dimension)
  8. Damien Remix (Remember Me This Way)
  9. Belladonna (Canta Mientras Puedas)
  10. I Love You in Your Tragic Beauty (Crushed Velvet Apocalypse)
  11. The Angel Trail (Canta Mientras Puedas)
  12. Princess Coldheart (Crushed Velvet Apocalypse)
  13. The Ocean Cried 'Blue Murder' (Maria Dimension)
  14. Slaapliedje (Nemesis Online)
Omitted from the list, but still very good when done in the studio is Saucers #1.  All the live versions I've heard of it are super-sketchy.

Update: if you're a user, you can listen to this playlist if you search for "the best LPD".

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Weblog RPG

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I just had a "wtf" moment, when I followed a link over at digg and found the following text:

By registering an account with us you could receive experience points for viewing an article like this.  Those points could have been used to enter our monthly drawing for cool free prizes.

There was no mention of how much exp will be required to reach the next level of the blog.

Quick Update

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Trip to Vancouver is back on for 7/16 through 7/21.  7/22 is the Flaming Lips show with Tish and Amy.  Last weekend (せんしゅう) hedre and I went to Fort Funston for the first time.  Yesterday (きのう), Tish, David, Jeremy, Fiona and I saw A Scanner Darkly.  This weekend (こんしゅうまつ), I plan on seeing The Legendary Pink Dots at Slims.

Congrats to the Vox Team on the 0.8.0 release.  As usual, the new themes don't disappoint and I'm pleased to see the qotd update.  One thing I'm noticing is that suddenly the compose page has for "link" buttons and four matching "center item" buttons.  Weird.

I'm going to try to limit my Japanese-only entries, as they're just for practice and they seem to bug people.  Instead, I'll work my vocab into regular entries and y'all can just deal with it.  For instance - there's a nifty Shadow of the Colossus statue for $88 - or 10,290 yen (いちまんにひゃくきゅじゅうえん).

Last weekend I also took my first Iaido class.  It's a bit tough on the knees and shoulders, but probably less so than Kendo would be.  I'm more interested in a formal art based on katas and kumite - at least for now.  I had an uneventful fourth of July - stayed home, cleaned house, watched lame movies and made about a billion Japanese (にほんご) flashcards.

Friday, June 30, 2006

きょうは きんーようびです。。。

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きのうは ろくーがつ、 にじゅうくーにち、 もくーようびでした。

きょうは ろくーがつ、 さんじゅうーにち、 きんーようびです。

あしたは しちーがつ、 ついたち、 どーようびです。

いま なんじですか?

ごご ごじーさんじゅうよんふんです。

きのうは げつーようび でしたか?
いいえ、 きのうは げつーようび では ありませんでした。


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Jen-tizzle snapped this shot of me somewhere up in the Marin headlands.  I dig it.  There are more pictures from her visit here.

Feel Better, Rui!

(originally posted at

Rui Carmo is recovering from a hospitalization.  He runs the blog/wiki The Tao of Mac, which is hands-down my favorite place to go for industry news, insights, and humor.  He's closed all commenting on his site and is already inundated with email, so I'm posted this in hopes that it shows up in his referer logs.  You're in my thoughts today, Rui.  Get better.

Thursday, June 29, 2006


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I can't think of a worse way to die:

A Disney Web site description of the ride says: "Zoom from 0-60 mph with the force of a supersonic F-14, take in high-speed loops and turns synchronized to a specially recorded Aerosmith soundtrack."

Poor kid.

きょうは もくーようびです。。。

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きょうは ろくーがつ にじゅくーにち もくーようび です。

きのうは すいーようび でした。

あしたは きんーようび です。

わたし の たんじょびは ごーがつ じゅくーにち です。

あなた の たんじょび いつ ですか。

More quarters please...

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Does pinball count?  Arcade games were fine and dandy - I have fond memories of spending hours in front of the original Gauntlet multi-player and also Samurai Shodown (yeah, I think they really spelled it Shodown)... but I loved pinball the best.

Jen and I visited Santa Cruz boardwalk last weekend and I found my all-time favorite pinball game - Funhouse.  I took a picture for old times sake.  They had one of these at the local Chuck E. Cheese's where I grew up.  There was a big, creepy animatronic head that would taunt you.  I loved it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hooray for Robots!

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I really dig the new robot themes.  Mena ftw!  Also; I got a nifty error telling me that the Compose doesn't work in Safari, but I don't seem to be having a problem.  Maybe I'm just not using all the whiz-bang features.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I love this recipe...

(originally posted at

Spicy tofu stir fry!  Tofu cubes, red and yellow bell peppers, garlic and green onions, string beans and zucchini, roasted pine nuts and drizzled with a bit of honey and lime juice to make it sweet.  You roll the tofu cubes in a super-secret spice mixture prior to frying them.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Morning Jazz

(originally posted at

Dropped my car off at the shop this morning for its 7500-mile inspection - just a thousand miles late.  Took the buss through the Tenderloin (always an adventure) and stopped off at the Apple store to ogle the new Macbooks before walking into work at the SoMA office.  All the while I was in the mood for jazz...

I would've liked to share a video with you, but YouTube's API seems to be funky.  It's not finding the video I'm after, so I can't add it to my Vox collection.  But if you're in the mood for some morning jazz, check out Sculpture by Skalpel.

Update: Searching again, later, I was able to find the video for Sculpture - don't know if anything was changed or if YouTube has some caching that needed updating or what.  Anyway, it's here so I'm adding it to the top of this post.  Cheers.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The soundtrack to my life

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Definitely, absolutely, "Come and Play in the Milky Night" by Stereolab.  The rest you can find on my profile.

Tortoise Live at Werchter

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Rock Werchter is apparently a music festival in Belgium, and apparently YouTube is a great place to find videos of live performances.  This Tortoise performance includes the following tracks:
  1. Stretch
  2. Ten Day Interval
  3. Swung from the Gutters
  4. The Lithium Shifts
  5. Crest
  6. Seneca
And features some nice xylophone action and their rock-tastic dual-drumming.  Enjoy.

Life is for enjoying

(originally posted at

Tish and I had scheduled a day of it this past Sunday.  We were going to randomly pick one of the cards from the SF Walks deck and, well, walk it.  She shows up with some burned cd's and we opted to do a drive from the Bay Area Backroads deck instead.  We decided on driving to Napa and visiting the Niebaum-Coppola Winery.

We couldn't find it.  I must've turned around on 29 about a dozen times.  The best part of the day was finding, out there in the middle of nowhere, a Dean & Deluca.  I thought there was only the one in Soho, but no, out there in the middle-of-nowhere-Napa, was this little slice of grocery heaven.  Luckily I escaped with spending less than $100, but just barely.  We got some deli meat, some cheese, some olives, a baguette, some drinks, and some ridiculously scrumptious desserts.

We looked for a place to have a picnic, but no.  Eventually we gave up and called the number on the Niebaum-Coppola card from the deck.  Turns out they'd renamed it The Rubicon Estate, and we'd driven past it a dozen times.  Bastards.  So we pulled into the drive and were greeted by an attendant who explained how things work.  We pulled forward to another attendant and asked him where we could have a picnic and he basically told us "in your car, foolio, go park over there."  So we had an in-car picnic and by the time we were done, the freaking place was closed.  So Rubicon sucks.  We're cool, they suck.  That's how it goes.

At least it was a lovely drive and we both got to see Napa for the first time.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Late on the Wikipedia Birthday Meme

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After reading a few posts on this meme I just had to be a sheep and follow along.  Mostly I was just curious.  Watashi no tanjoobi wa go-gatsu juugo-nichi.


  1. 1802 - The Légion d'Honneur is founded by Napoleon Bonaparte.
  2. 1897 - Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol.
  3. 1962 - A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square GardenNew York. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's infamous rendition of Happy Birthday

  1. 1870 - Albert Fish, American serial killer and cannibal (d. 1936)
  2. 1946 - André the Giant, French professional wrestler (d. 1993)

  1. 1526 - Emperor Go-Kashiwabara of Japan (b. 1464)

Challenging Your Heroes

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I used to watch The Pink Panther and listen to Goon Show episodes with my father, so I've just about always considered myself a Peter Sellers fan.  As such, I've avoided The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as I was afraid that the reality of his life would take something away from my view of him as an actor.  Kind of like how Chevy Chase wasn't quite so funny after I found out he was a complete jackass.

Last night I was at the video store and I couldn't bring myself to rent the new Pink Panther flick with Steve Martin and Jean Reno.  It might have had something to do with my absolute loathing of Beyonce.  Instead I finally broke down and picked up The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

At first I was really disappointed by the writing and direction.  Geoffrey Rush's performance was also particularly irksome at first.  I just didn't see the Peter Sellers in him.  The stand-out actors were Emily Watson (yeah, that blind chick from Red Dragon) and the children.  As the movie went on, Rush fell more into character - or I got tired and stopped noticing how bad it was.  The plot device of interjecting Rush in the guise of those people most important to him to deliver monologues to the audience also seemed particularly insipid but got better over time.

The movie was not without bits of charm sprinkled here and there.  ("Do you still love us, Daddy?" "Of course I do, just not as much as I love Sophia Loren.", etc.).  I wish more time was spent exploring the relationship between Sellers and Blake Edwards.  I hadn't quite realized how rocky their relationship was.  Also left undeveloped in the movie was Sellers' relationship with his children.  Instead the writer/director seemed to want to focus on Sellers' relationship with women, yet only two of his four wives appeared in the film.  One of those was dreadfully played by Charlize Theron.

Sadly, the Sellers I thought I knew through his characters is now forever lost.  The innocence of his gags is now tainted by knowledge that he was, in his own special way, a jackass.  The only good I can say about the film is that it made me want to read Being There.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Helpful URL

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crw: think i'll pass.


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I, for one, welcome our new 0.7.3 overlords.  Where does one find a change log?  Mm?

Blast from the Past

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(or, Missing NY on a hot, muggy kin-yoobi)

It's been a while since I've perused my old journal, but I had cause to today and came across this.  I haven't been to NYC since I left it in 2003 and today I'm pining for one of those breezy autumn days in the city.

I've been feeling very conflicted about a lot of things lately, almost to the point of nihilism.  Contributing to that in no small way has been my purchase of the Criterion Collection version of Mike Leigh's Naked.  It had been a few years since I'd last seen it, but it really stuck with me.  The liner notes had a couple of really good critical essays on the work.  One by Amy Taudin shed some light on the inclusion of the Jeremy character - who until then I thought was extraneous.  She sees him as a way to contrast Johnny's playful abuse with Jeremy's actual deviance.  It makes sense, but doesn't make it any easier to watch.

If you dislike hostility, hatred, emotional and physical abuse, and characters with a penchant for mindfucking each other in long dialogues - skip this one.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Vox update

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Very cool.  I'm still playing but the Flickr-integration made me smile.  I just downloaded Flock and Vox didn't seem supported, would like to see that in 0.8.  Would also be nice to have digg/ support.  The new Compose page was a bit of a shock, but I'm getting used to it.  It feels a bit more... solid.

Flickr/Photobucket candy to build on qotd success - show users a random image from their flickr/photobucket accounts and ask them to tell the story behind it.

Just found the auto-complete on tags.  Nice.

Quick Updates

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Trip to Vancouver was pushed back, Reno was cancelled altogether.  Tish and I saw The Omen on 6/6/6.  Mona came to visit from Arkansas and we did fun touristy things.  There are pictures.  Tish and Christine took me to The Hemlock on punk rock slideshow night and I felt ridiculously out of place... but it was good to get out like normal people should.

I've decided to try at least one post a day in Japanese - mostly just saying what day it is, so I can remember all the different numbering systems and keep up on my other vocabulary.

I've been behind the curve on digg and youtube, but I've got accounts at both places now.  I've also been exploring google spreadsheets and the google/gmail firefox sync extension.

I haven't had much time to work on ninjai, but I noticed that there's a public repository for Data::ObjectDriver, so I plan to port from CDBI asap.  Hooray!

Recent temptations successfully resisted: DS Lite, black Macbook, dual-boot Vista on work ThinkPad, staying out late at The Fiery Furnaces tonight and potentially missing an early day of work tomorrow in Walnut Creek.

Practice makes perfect

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Irrashaimase, Boynton-san!

きょうは ろくーがつ じゅうごーにち もくーようび です!

Monday, June 12, 2006

My Geanealogy

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William Whipple, Jr.

My, how far the apple falls from the tree.

Images in Comments

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I just discovered that I can't post images in comments on Vox.  That's sad, I had a real snarky comment-image in mind and I can't post it.  Blast!

Actually, it would be cool to be able to access stuff from my library while posting a comment.  Someone must've already thought about that, right?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The most embarrassing CD I own...

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It's got to be that one Andreas Dorau album where he's in drag on the album cover.  German techno at its best/worst.  I was turned on to his stuff by a friend of mine in college and it's graced my collection ever since.

CoLinux Lazyweb

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Dear Lazyweb,

Microsoft is out to thwart me.  For weeks now I've been using CoLinux (0.6.3/FC1 upgraded to 3) on the ThinkPad that's been issued to me by the company I'm consulting for.  Unbeknownst to me, Windows silently installed an update that ate my TAP32 driver.  The CoLinux wiki says that the TAP32 driver should act as a bridge between your connection to the Internet and your CoLinux installation via Windows Connection Sharing.

It's worked for a while, and it still works.  Sort of.  What's changed is that my TAP32 adapter has disappeared from the list of LAN connections and I'm not longer able to switch Connection Sharing sources between my ethernet and wireless adapters.  Presently, it's stuck being shared via my wireless adapter.  What's weirder is that the TAP32 driver shows up in ipconfig.

Now you see it...

Now you don't...

Has this happened to anyone else?  How can I get my TAP32 driver back so I can choose which network connection gets shared to my CoLinux installation?  Help!

Friday, June 02, 2006

What song makes you happy?

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"Fabulous Day" by The Essex Green.

There's something about this song that perks me up.  It's really the only song that comes to mind where no matter what context I hear it in, it makes me happy.  It's by no means one of my favorite songs - a lot of those have memories attached that leave me feeling bittersweet or forlorn.  This is just a throwaway song of goodness.

Vox Invites

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So I have unlimited Vox starter accounts to give away.  The invite page doesn't specifically state that once someone has a starter account they'll be able to upgrade to a full account later.  Common sense says they will, of course.  But I thought it might be nice to include some text that makes it explicit.

Hello, World

(originally posted at

Wow.  I must say, I'm very impressed with Vox.  It works just like hosted blogging software should.  It's pretty snappy.  It's got a cool name (curious who gets credit for it).  The only downside to it is that I think it will end up poaching me and most of my friends from LJ and MySpace.  We'll have to re-establish all our friendships, etc.  That's a bit of a pain, but in the end it'll be worth it.

I told ydnar that I think the vox main page should have a flash animation with Mean saying "vox... vox... vox..." through a vocoder.  That would be keen.

Congrats to Team Vox!