We are Tivo

So, this is totally decadent, but I talked John into spending some Christmas money on a Tivo unit.  Well, I’m going in half on it, but I get to pay him off in a few chunks.  :-) I also owe him for the new set of tires he got for the van this morning (=yesterday morning) — we were all set to go get the Tivo last night but discovered poor Iris* with a flat!  I really needed to get her some new tires anyway, so… that sorta forced the issue.

*Yeah, my van has a name and its name is Iris, please don’t tease me!  It’s because the color of the van is supposedly "Iris Pearl Slate", and when I heard that I decided that’d be as good a name as any for the van itself.

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Stupid Dreamweaver

Ugh, I had to rebuild my files yet again because of a bad bug I found in Dreamweaver MX.  It doesn’t understand filenames in OS X that are longer than 26 characters.  I had set my filenames at 30 characters (including the .html extension), which made DW all but useless for me.  So I shortened them to a 25-character limit, hopefully that’ll shut it up.  I can’t sit around waiting for DW to fix its bugs, I’ll be waiting forever.

On This Day…

Well, apparently I did nothing on this day in any year since the beginning of my life. Or at least I didn’t blog about anything.  But I’ve installed Brad Choate’s MTOnThisDay plugin for Movable Type… I’ve tested it and it DOES work and does look very nice.  So the next time I actually did spew forth on the same day in another year, you’ll be notified in the sidebar to your right, directly under the calendar thingy.

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Pardon our dust

Okay y’all, I need to rebuild the whole blog database now, and to do that I need to delete all the archived pages so that Movable Type can save its new files into an empty folder.  Fetch is going to take its sweet time doing this, so if y’all come across any broken links, please wait a half-hour or two and they should appear if you hit ‘reload’.

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I’ve posted some of the journal entries I wrote on the European tour, at least up through the end of the first leg we did in Spain.  You can access them most easily by visiting the monthly page for October and scrolling down to the 23rd, the day the tour started in Valencia.  I’m sorry if there’s some repeated info between the stuff I blogged then and what I wrote in the journal, but oh well.

I have to go to bed now but maybe tomorrow (=today) I’ll work on posting more entries from the rest of the tour.  After Spain it all pretty much started going to hell though, so I know I’ll have to do some heavy editing!  ;-)

Mystery Song 016

…is posted.  Last week’s mystery song was "Never Ever" by Liz Anderson.  Liz is (was?) a country crooner of the Fifties, and the mother of Lynn Anderson, of "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" fame.  (I have several of Liz’s records, and none of Lynn’s, because I’m just a contrarian.) If you thought "Never Ever" was looney, you should try to find another song Liz did called "Mama Spank".  That one’s truly perverse.

Shows I Saw

Hey everybody, looky what I did, I posted my collection of old ticket stubs!!  I know it’s a totally obsessive waste of time, but I’m so psyched I finally did it.  Because these are all really important, wonderful memories for me and they belong in my journal just as much if not more than anything else.  Now if I can only remember who all the opening bands were!  Also, there were a lot of tickets that didn’t have dates on them; maybe one day I’ll figure that out.  And it’s reminding me of all the shows I never saved tickets for… but I know I have a piece of paper around here somewhere that has more info like that.  (I’ve been a compulsive list-maker for many years.) I’ll fill in the info later on as I come across it.

Photos are moved

Hi there.  I’m still here, I’ve just been preoccupied with a lotta family- and holiday-related concerns lately, like everybody else.  The actual blogging will probably continue to be sparse until after the new year.  But I’ve put in a few hours every day on the site over the last few weeks. I’m going crosseyed from working with pictures, pictures and more pictures!  But I’ve finished most of the work I wanted to do, which was to migrate the old photo gallery into my Movable Type archives for easier maintenance.  At least I moved all the ones that have known dates; there are a lot of pictures (especially the older ones) that I’m not sure where to put, but later for that.

One day I want to scan my collection of old concert ticket stubs, wouldn’t that be funny?  But who has the time?

Field Museum

Field trip

photo by Edith FrostA gorgeous mosaic inside the el station at Roosevelt and Wabash

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Mary Hansen

John and I are both upset about the death of Mary Hansen from Stereolab.  We just found out tonight.  I’d never met her and never even seen them live, but we have all their records and I can’t imagine the band without her.  I get so sad whenever I find out about a fellow musician that died too young, especially one that I actually liked and respected.  :-(

What’s on my mind

The website’s looking alright isn’t it?  I pretty much finished migrating all my pictures into the my photos category in the blog.  There are some that I really can’t nail down a date on, but I’ll work on figuring that out later.  I’d like to start migrating the photos OF me into the blog as well, but that’s a whole ‘nother chore that I’m not sure I want to embark upon at this juncture.

John took yesterday afternoon off from work and we ran around getting shit done.  Well, mostly he was just accompanying me while I drove around tying up loose ends on last month’s tour, but the fact that he was there made me kick much more ass than I would have otherwise.  :-)

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Mystery Song 015

…is good to go.  Last week’s mystery song was an old favorite that I ripped from my (not very impressive) collection of weird 45s.  It’s "The World Owes Me A Living", from the Grasshopper and the Ants record / book on Disneyland Records, (c) 1968.  There’s no artist credited but I’m sure June Foray’s in there somewhere!

Here I GoDaddy

Well, I looked around a lot and followed the URLs y’all posted, and ended up transferring my domain registry to GoDaddy.  Or at least I initiated the transfer; I haven’t gotten anything from NetSol yet, but hopefully they’ll let the transfer go through with no problems.  I settled on GD because I plan on (probably) using their Domains By Proxy service later on after the tranfer’s approved.  This way I’ll no longer have to publish my e-mail and street addresses in the WhoIs database; they’ll just forward everything to me as necessary.  Right now I’m using Drag City’s street address in WhoIs, but they’re getting all my snailmail spam as a result.  And I’m still vulnerable to e-mail spam, so… I think DBP could be a good solution to all that.  We’ll see, I’m going to read up on it a little more before I decide.

Photos are a mess

John and I are both screwing around with our websites.  I’ve been migrating all my pictures into the blog.  I got rid of all those postings I made about the tour photos, since the links are all broken now and the postings didn’t make any sense anymore.  I tried to keep the comments and just move them along with the pictures, but I think I lost a few, oh well.  I like the new format a lot better, being able to see the pictures I took on the days that I took ’em.  It makes more sense. Look at one of the monthly archive pages to see what I mean.

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