Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Some political campaigns get it

Just got a text reminder on my mobile that early voting for the September 11 mayoral runoff election in Nashville began today. It came from the Karl Dean camp. They get it.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Friday, June 01, 2007

Been Caught Stealing

Attempting to rob local record shop Grimey's, a couple of youths broke into the 8th Avenue South store last night. They hauled ass when they saw the surveillance cameras. Coverage at News2.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Wizard of LOST

Coble writes:

Not my favorite episode.

Coincidentally enough my kids saw 'The Wizard of Oz' for the first time tonight before I watched LOST. At ten and twelve I think it's a shame this was the first time they had seen it, but at least the countless pop culture references over the years made them *think* they had seen it. I didn't know how to answer, though, when my older son said "is everyone in this movie gay?"

Some LOST observations:
  • That did look like a picture of a dog in Jacob's cabin. I'll have to check out the TiVo later.
  • Remind me who Annie grows up to be? Ben's first wife?
  • I don't appreciate when shows or movies think they have to overtly remind us of symbolism (Ben mentions "The Wizard of Oz" at least twice).
  • Is Jacob simply this Oz character who everyone believes in but nobody has seen? Is Ben the man behind the curtain?
  • Richard doesn't age. We're going to see much more from him.
  • This series has a larger wig budget than even "Mr. Show". Kind of like the orange smoke budget for "Wizard of Oz".
  • Do you prefer the period inside or outside the end quote?
  • Why did the native(s) on the island speak perfect American English?
  • Can't a falling house from Kansas fall on Jack, please???

Monday, May 07, 2007

I've got wang vision

In Nashville we have a local celebrity Dr. Ming Wang. Not only did he practically invent laser eye surgery but he's also a champion ballroom dancer. You can't swing a dead cat in this town and not hit a Wang Vision Institute commercial.

I overheard my kids playing superhero the other day and one of them said "I have super speed powers." The other one said "I've got death ray powers." Finally one of them said "I've got wang vision." Not sure what that power entails but it sounds neat.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Vega4 "Life is Beautiful" Contest

London-based band Vega4 is promoting global climate change awareness with a contest to create a video or slide show to their uplifting single "Life is Beautiful" (a very nice song). Details here:

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I'm a picker, and I'm a...

At a meeting this morning I met an overdressed woman who later told me she had a court date today for final divorce proceedings. She explained her bad luck with multiple husbands; abuse, etc. In describing her situation she casually said "my picker's broken." I had to think a minute but then realized she meant she makes bad choices in partners. I have certainly heard of people who continually choose the wrong type to date and marry, but in all my years in the South had never heard "my picker's broken"!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Is it really that difficult to stock the bank deposit envelopes?

How many times have you visited the ATM to make a deposit and the envelope bin is empty? Is it that difficult to keep the box stocked? I was just at my bank at 11:00 A.M. on a Friday, not midnight on a Sunday.

Are customers making so many deposits that the interns can't keep up? Are kids stealing them so they can play ATM with a magic-markered refrigerator box?

I have a new strategy (to which many of you will say "I've done that for years"): when I find a full box, take two and keep a few extra in the glove box.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Guillemots and one of the best breakup songs ever

Mila clued me in on multinational band Guillemots. I can't get their song "Redwings" out of my head.

Stream it here and let me know what you think.

This is where we fall from the trees
This is where the sky covers up
Daft killers of joy, you made a man out of me

And this is where the glass leaves the lens
Splintering a chemistry of friends
I'll treasure you always
You know I love you

And this is where we wake in the ditch
This is where our bodies sing no more
Fallen apples on the floor, pecked at by redwings

So pour another whisky out for me
It'll be the last bottle we share
As I drift into nowhere
Know that I loved you

But love was not enough to hold my grip
Can't you just feel my fingers slip
Into those oceans in the sky where people swim
Oceans in the sky calling me in
Oceans in the sky I tell myself

Though I'm not kidding anybody else
They know I'm leaving
They know that I'm leaving this behind

So I'm leaving my best friend
Just for the hell of it
Just for the sake of it
But how much I loved you

Friday, March 23, 2007

Vega4 at Exit/In City Hall March 28

Remember Vega4's uplifting "Life is Beautiful" from Grey's Anatomy earlier this season? The London-based band is making a Nashville appearance on March 28 at Exit/In City Hall, opening for Augustana. Check them out.

'The Riches' - Best Vehicle for Eddie Izzard

I've loved comedian/actor Eddie Izzard for a long time. Rent "Dress to Kill" and you'll understand. "The Riches" -- FX, Mondays 9:00 p.m. central -- may be the one vehicle that pushes Izzard over the (good) edge. Like "The Sopranos," the characters aren't who they seem (but we want them to succeed). And like "Six Feet Under," the gallows humor keeps you coming back for more. It's a "stick it to the man" show.

Nice touch that executive producer Izzard created his younger son character as a transvestite.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Shins add Nashville Live Date

The Shins have just announced a Nashville live date: Friday, March 9 at 8:00 P.M. at the Ryman Auditorium.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16 at 10 A.M. ($34.50 and $27.50). Thanks to iConcertCal I found out about this through my iTunes.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Skype thinks Spanish is my first language

Skype Spanish EmailSkype just sent me an email with the subject line "Skype: Descarga la nueva versión con funciones agregadas." Even though I took almost five years of Spanish in school, I couldn't totally sprechen the lingity. I got the "hola" part...

Someone at Skype needs to tweak the data warehouse.

Monday, February 05, 2007

See concert calendar based on your iTunes library

iconcertcalI love this new iTunes plug-in called iConcertCal. Download the freeware (Windows and Mac) and based on the artists in your iTunes library, the tool displays a localized concert calendar. Click the artist's name and your browser opens to the appropriate club or ticketing site. Change the city and state in the upper left hand corner for shows in other locations.

Future versions promise listings for outside the United States and radius searches for larger geographic areas.

Monday, January 22, 2007

MP3 Tag Fixing with MusicIP Mixer

I'm a stickler about my digital music tags (the meta data about a song). I've been known to meticulously scour my collection and manually fix bad identifying information. Slow and annoying!

Enter MusicIP Mixer, which promises to fix improperly-tagged files based on their Music DNS database of over 26 million songs. A quick analysis of my collection tells me that about 21% of my collection needs some sort of data tweaking. After a few minutes of churning through my songs (7 seconds per thousand tracks if you'd like to benchmark), I now have (more) pristine data, and to me that means more accurate cataloging, storage, and mixing. During the process, though, I received a couple of errors telling me that the application AACTagReader.exe (installed with the Mixer) had unexpectedly quit. Not sure what that's all about (need to look into that one). I figured out that two problems were causing the tag fixing to halt: read-only files and any file names that were very very long. After repairing all of the bad files, re-running tag fixing worked beautifully for the most part.

Some--not all--files with quote marks (such as '12" remix') in the ID3 track name were an issue as well. Although the tag fixer told me it had repaired these files, re-running tag fixing continued to find the same problem files. I may have to fix these files manually.

The paid version of the Mixer (only $20) takes the fixing one step further and will normalize artist names for you, so all those "Eliot Smith" and "Elliot Smith" tracks become "Elliott Smith."

Disclosure: I've been paid by MusicIP for a freelance project unrelated to the Mixer.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Her Short-Term Memory Reverie

My wife is forgetful. Yes, I have my own faults but this is my blog.

Yesterday she called me from home and asked if somehow I had taken her car keys. I checked...nope. We hadn't had time to get a spare key made for her newish car (a life saver in past situations such as these) so I had to leave work to bring her my key. Earlier in the morning she had taken Harry to school so the keys existed then. (?!)

When I got home I took about five minutes to look in the usual places: purse, clothes pockets, bathroom counters, all horizontal surfaces, dog bowls, laundry basket, teacups. Nothing.

The boys got home from school and started a search party. They looked in the semi-unusual places: the vehicle itself, trash, dog food bag, guinea pig cage, refrigerator. Nothing.

I was determined to find those keys last night: searched in the bed covers, under the car seats (amazing amount of electronics under today's butts), all vertical surfaces, the washer/dryer, unused Kroger bags, wrapped Christmas presents, plants, birds, rocks, things. Nothing.

Because I watch too much television, I was then convinced that an organized crime ring had been casing our house and had taken the keys with the intent to return later and steal both our cars and loot our house. Never mind they could have stolen the car when they first took the keys, but these are smart criminals. You never know what they're up to. One step ahead of us.

I battened down the hatches, turned on every conceivable alarm and light fixture, Harry placed a Gilligan-esque bucket trap over the door, we went to bed, and I woke up about every hour to check on our cars.

This morning I went to the garage fridge to fetch some milk for my coffee. Marci's car keys were nicely chilled in the fridge door where you usually put your beer. Seems when she was ready to leave the house yesterday, she stopped by the garage fridge to grab a water and by the time she reached the car three seconds later, had misplaced her keys.

Have any good stories of misplaced items?