Mystery Song 028

…is now ready for your consumption. Last week’s mystery song was "Hop, Skip & Jump" — not by the Collins Kids, but an ultra rare version by the Las Vegas Sweethearts. I got the MP3 from elvisoot back in the good old days of Audiogalaxy.  I hope to be posting more of his excellent rarites here later on, if he doesn’t mind.

Earthlink woes

We’ve had TERRIBLE DSL connectivity for the past few days.  It got so bad yesterday I had to use AOL dialup whenever I wanted to do anything.  And of course whenever your ‘net connection is down, you crave bigger files than you’d want on any other day.  I was jonesin’ for the December Developer Tools from Apple, which is around 300 megs, and of course I couldn’t get it and of course it was a huge frustration.  All I really wanted was AppleScript Studio but you can only get it as part of this developer tools thing.  I got it now; the DSL seems to be humming again so that’s nice.

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Making tapes

I’ve had a project on the slow-burner for the past few weeks, making some videotapes to send to Scott and Jolie.  (Shut up, if I had a DVD-burner you know I’d be using it!) There are 4 tapes going on at the moment, plus another one for odds and ends.  I don’t have 2 VCRs hooked up together so it’s all stuff I’m getting off TiVo.  The four shows I’m getting are Trigger Happy TV, Crank Yankers, the Larry Sanders show, and my very favorite show, the absolute funniest show on television, Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Have y’all seen this?  You just have to.

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More coding notes

My backup script is getting really huge. It’s a beautiful thing, I’ve already deleted my old checklist ‘cuz this thing works better.  (For one thing, the checklist did not WARN me when something went wrong…!) I love using AppleScript.  I only know how to do really basic things, but I have most of the file- and folder-wrangling commands down, and it all works as long as there’s no typos.  I had to make the script in two parts: part one goes around deleting caches and and stuffing files and folders all over the home directory.  Then I have to wait about an hour while fucking DropStuff takes its sweet time compressing all this shit. Then I can run part two of the script, which moves all the .sit files onto a new folder on the desktop and moves that to the PC.  But I haven’t even made it that far yet; DropStuff is too slow and I keep adding things to my list.  There must be a faster way to compress files than using DropStuff!

Learning AppleScript

I’m learning AppleScript so I can use it to do backups to my PC over my home network.  This is something I do every month by hand, using a checklist I’ve written down in StickyBrain.  It takes me literally all day (once a month) to compress and copy all these folders over to the PC, so maybe if I can figure out how to script it, I can do it automatically with just one click.

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Mystery Song 027

…is now posted.  Last week’s mystery song was a happy lovely little number called "Sandy Land" by Ramona Jones (Mrs. Grandpa).

CSS devolution

I’m tired of being annoyed by the problems with my site’s front page layout.  All this one-column two-column crap is really chappin’ my ass, man.  It’s bullshit!!  I know my HTML; I am the table queen!  So I’m going back to tables now for the layout of this page.  They’re what I’m comfortable with; I know they work. I can code the thing by hand and I know how it’ll look before I even hit ‘refresh’.  I can still use the style sheet for the fonts and colors, but no more for the layout.  At least not until the rest of the world realizes what a non-standards-compliant piece of crap IE is.

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CMJ scandal

Here’s a real eye-opening article about CMJ’s unsavory practices in reporting college-radio charts.  I stopped playing at their Music Marathons years ago.  Not to bite the hand that fed me, but I just figured it wasn’t worth the trouble for me or my audience.  The atmosphere was always a circus and I never felt I could give a decent performance that way.  But I never imagined this kind of stink.  SHAME ON YOU, CMJ!!!

Like wow man

Play twenty questions against a computer! I was pretty impressed when it guessed my thing, a fortune cookie.  But it asked me 26 questions before it could answer, so really I won.  :-)

(link brought to my attention by MetaFilter)

I’m Not Going

I just started a videotape that will solely contain performances of the song "I’m Not Going" by Jennifer Holliday.  I got one off Jay Leno tonight, and I’m going to start scouring Showtime at the Apollo and Star Search, etc. until I fill up that damn tape.  I see it so often I really don’t think it’ll take more than a few months to fill it up.  God bless America!!

Mystery Song 026

…is posted.  Of course I can’t tell you what it is, but I can tell you about last week’s song, which was "Where You At" by David Allen.  I ripped it off his LP "This Is My Lucky Day", which I picked up in a thrift shop or some such, many years ago.  I always liked that song, and I really like this week’s song too.  :-)

Happy b-day Alyce!!

Our lovely friend Alyce shares her birthday with music greats Ralph Stanley, Faron Young and George Harrison.

Fixed or not?

A lot of people using Windows have been seeing my front page as one column instead of two.  I just went through the templates at Movable Type’s site and made a few changes that might help with that.  Problem is, I only have one PC running Windows and it’s always looked fine there.  So, will somebody tell me if it’s fixed or not?  If you were seeing only one column before, are there two now?

If this doesn’t work I might just break down and stop using CSS to layout the front page.  I wanted to stay away from any tables-based layouts, but if it’s looking funny for most people, then screw it.

Pics from this weekend

John, Scott and Jolie at Harlan’s in Kansas City
photo by Edith Frostphoto by Edith Frostphoto by Edith Frost

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He likes it, hey Mikey!

Rian’s a little mad at me for complaining here that he hadn’t written me back about my new almost-finished tune.  Well I wasn’t really trying to bitch him out in public, I was just voicing my insecurities.  I figured he was just busy but nevertheless I was filled with angst and I talked about it.  Me and my big mouth.  I’M SORRY RIAN… LUV YA LOTS!!

He thinks it’s good (or he says so anyway), so the artist is happy.  I’ll make the demo ASAP and put it in the pile for the next record.  :-)

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