I’m Syndic8ed

I added myself to Syndic8.com and I don’t know why!

Need a relational database

I’ve been using AppleWorks to catalog my videotapes and DVDs.  I made a really detailed database and some nice layouts to go with it; I even had an image field for the covers and screenshots.  I catalogued about 85 tapes full of stuff, and then suddenly the database got corrupted or something, so it keeps crashing on me!  There were about 500 records in the db, and there’s a certain record in there that can’t be viewed, it causes a crash every time.  I’ve tried everything, the only apparent option is to rebuild the database without using the pictures, I guess.  I can only assume it’s the pictures that are choking it up.  Ugh.

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Fun with CSS

I’ve been playing with the style sheet for the site, but I keep getting distracted and having to walk away from it.  I know everything looks funny, but at least I’m learning.  Learning how to mangle my site in fresh new ways every day!

The return of the curse of the creature’s ghost

I’m going to let John tell this story himself, but… he had a good day today.  Weird, but good!  Am I allowed to tell?  He was on the phone blabbing about it to half the world tonight, so I guess it’s okay.  Well, they want him back at his old job.  He’s starting again on Monday.  Now I really will shut up and let him tell the story the way he wants to!  This is my damn blog, so how do I feel about it?  I’m glad.  He basically got paid to sit around the house faxing his resume for a few weeks, it’s hilarious!  I had a blast with him being home, and I’m sorry he has to go back to work, but I’m glad he won’t have to worry about the job search now.  We got a lot of cooking done, did a lot of dishes and laundry, etc. etc.  He’s very good to hang out with, even (especially?) during apparently difficult circumstances.  But it was all a dream this time, Johnny!  :-)

Shuttle launch

I’m watching the launch of the space shuttle Columbia right now on the news channel.  These things always freak me out a little.  Just can’t forget seeing the Challenger blow up on live TV, even though that was what, seventeen years ago?

You can go here to find out when the next launch is gonna be.

Record stores online

More links from the land of static pages…

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Mystery Song 020

…is now online.  Last week’s mystery song was "Split Personality" by Smokey Joe Baugh with Clyde Leoppard and his Snearly Ranch Boys.  That’s a mouthful!

Good causes

Moving more links from my static pages…

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John and I went to Reckless today to pick up a CD I’d ordered, Incredibly Strange Music Volume 1.  They just got it in but I’d ordered it like two years ago, seems like!  But then, it’s out of print and I couldn’t even find it myself since then, though I had all the MP3s.  Also got a used copy of Lisa Mednick’s album Semaphore.  Way back before I was on Drag City, I was talking about maybe doing a record in Austin with a label called Dejadisc, which is gone now.  Lisa Mednick had an album on Dejadisc that I really liked, so maybe this’ll be good too.

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Bury me not on the lone prairie

As you’ve probably heard, our soon-to-be-ex-Governor Ryan just granted clemency to all our Death Row inmates.  I’m really glad.  Does this mean we’re totally getting rid of the death penalty in Illinois?  I’m not sure, but I hope so.

Life at home

It’s been nice having John home with me.  He’s been working really hard on the job search but he’s also cooking a lot more!  :-) It was such a good thing that we got that TiVo when we did.  We’ve been watching tons of great shows and movies.  Yesterday we watched THREE movies: ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ (great music, but too corny for me); a good one off the Indie Film Channel called ‘All Over Me'; and then ‘Saturn 3′ starring Farrah Fawcett.  That one was okay, but there were a lot of really long boring robot-construction and chase scenes that we fast-forwarded through.

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Leaving IE

I was playing with OmniWeb last night and realized it now has the feature that’ll check your bookmarks for changes. So I can abandon IE for good. Now it’ll be Chimera for everyday, and OmniWeb for reading blogs that don’t have an RSS feed. (I’ve already decided that Safari isn’t going to work for me until it gets more features.)

Posters aplenty

I just noticed Drag City has a page where you can order all their posters, including two of mine.  What a great archive, they’re all viewable. Maybe later I’ll download all these pictures to throw into my rotating-wallpaper folder!

Mystery Song 019

…is now posted. Last week’s mystery song was "Horns Or Halo" by Sweet Eva Lena Chenault.  I ripped that off an old LP that Jason Molina gave me.

Wow, Safari

I’m typing this using Apple’s new web browser, Safari.  Whoo-hoo!  I’ve gotten so hooked on Chimera that this thing’s gonna have to be super great to get me to switch.  What, no tabbed windows?  Uggghh.

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