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august 2014 new song playlist
2014.09.02
Last month was oddly dominated by hiphop for me.

With everything listed in descending order of MAN you really gotta hear this, five things that I think are intriguing:
  • Peach (Novel) I think I found this trying to find good footage of "I could eat a peach for hours". Terrific sexy slow song.
  • Bottom of the River (Delta Rae) This song is kind of getting lost in the shuffle, but it's worth hearing, kind of old-- gospel/blues feel? With some big percussion.
  • Crazy In Love (Fifty Shades Of Grey) (Beyoncé) Cover used in the 50 Shades movie trailer... song is great slowed down.
  • I Like Farts (New Brian / Family Guy) Comedy. The best part is Peter's delighted/horrified AUGH as soon as the chorus kicks in and he figures out what the song is about.
  • Let Me Clear My Throat (Old School Reunion Remix '96) (DJ Kool) I missed this one somehow. I really love the beginning when Biz Markie is announced and he's like "HEYYYYYYY!" - he just sounds so happy to be there doing his thing.
And the rest:
  • NOW That's What I Call Polka! ("Weird Al" Yankovic) For the yong nerd growing up it's Weird Al's parodies are that important, but as you grow up, it's the polka mashups that mean the most.
  • Forgot About Dre (Chris Pratt / Treytech) Actor Chris Pratt did a good eminem and someone put it to music.
  • Rollout (My Business) (Ludacris) Not bad but I like the mashup better. Plus it doesn't have that weird miniskit with a guy being put in a sleeper hold.
  • Shake It Off (Taylor Swift) I just think it has a good sound. Also I think that one live track where they isolate her audio is totally unfair.
  • Peanut Butter (feat. Big Freedia) (RuPaul) Probably literally the gayest video I've posted here? Men booty poppin', packages flailing wildly... dumb fun!
  • Anaconda (Nicki Minaj) Mixed feelings about this, I guess? It's novel hearing "Baby Got Back" repurposed. I kind of like how unfocused and rambling the rest of it is.
  • Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera) (Pitbull) A so-so pop song, I'm kind of fascinated by the pretension of Pitbull.

2014.09.01

  ...of the moment  
August One Second Everyday... some pretty shots of Boston and Baltimore, Bouncy House on the 9th, ALS Ice Water on the 20th...

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/31/frank-sinatras-february-196.html I share some of my dad's kneejerk dismay at anything that glorifies mafia culture, but Sinatra's strongly stated-- Deism? Agnosticism? Whatever -- impressed me.

2014.08.31

  ...of the moment  
More Usenet fun- my favorite .signature quotes... i had a Perl script that would pick a random one each time, and glue it onto my contact information.

"Stars and People are made of the same stuff" --Bill Nye the Science Guy
%
Now is the winter of our discontent-- and I'm makin' snowballs!
%
There are no "facts"-- there is only *the fact* that man, every man
everywhere in the world, is on his way to ordination. Some men take the
long route and some take the short route. Every man is working out his
own way and nobody can be of help except by being kind, generous, and
patient. --Henry Miller, _Tropic of Capricorn_
%
"All life is 6-to-5 against, just enough to keep you interested" --Runyon
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"I remember two things very well, and that is that ladies are pretty
and money pays the bills when you get it" --B.B.King
%
"The time has come," the walrus said, / "To speak of manic things,
Of shots and shouts, and sealing dooms / Of commoners and kings."
--Thurber
%
"It is not true that life is one damn thing after another--
it's one damn thing over and over." -- Edna St. Vincent Millay
%
There is no god and Murphy is his prophet
%
"Well, we all got misery, but it passes, it always passes!"
-Mike Feder,New_York_Son
%
Insecurity knocks once in a while. Invite her in. Sit down, have coffee
with her. And once you have heard Insecurity out for a while, take that
sugar spoon and poke her in the eye. --Erica Bial
%
"Context is strawberries" -- bas-jan@seneca.demon.nl
%
"When life gives you poop, make poop juice." --Max Canon's Red Meat
%
"Looking back on your life, what would you say satisfied you most?"
"...I'd say women."
--Interviewer and Man Ray (sculpter, photographer, artistic genius)
%
"And isn't sanity really just a one trick pony anyway? I mean all you get
is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh
oooh oooh, the sky is the limit!" --The Tick
%
"The question is complex and life is short"--Protagoras on theism v. atheism
%
when you see infrared we're all luminescent
%
The cat is trying to open the door on the hinge side. I laugh, then
realize that I make the same mistake with people, ideas, and doors, too.
--New Yorker cartoon
%
"Life's too short to worry about it"
%
"I want to live like I type- fast, and with lots of mistakes"
%
"Obscenity, by itself, is the last refuge of the vulgarian
and the crutch of the inarticulate motherf**ker." --Lawrence Paros
%
"I'm going to kill everyone in this room."
"Now that's DARN rude."

yousenet
2014.08.30
WARNING: this post is not very interesting to anyone except weirdly geeky stalkers of me.

Usenet used to be really central to my online life... before the web really got into gear, it was a great set of forums over myriad topics, and it was cool to have so many different forums all with the same interface, one that the poster could choose. (Especially compared to web-forums, where every forum requires a new login and uses a slightly different interface.)

Years ago I used Google groups to do some basic metering of how much I posted to Usenet. Today, cleaning out an old HD (including a snagged snapshot of my old cs.tufts.edu account home folder) I found a copy of my ".posted" file, a list of references to Usenet posts I made. I crunched some numbers and came up with the following...

Here's how much I posted per year:
1995615
1996570
19971048
1998959
19991149
2000453


Here are the groups I posted to most often. (I posted to 441 unique groups, 193 only once, and 65 only twice.)
rec.games.video.classic1167
tufts.general752
comp.sys.palmtops.pilot354
alt.fan.cecil-adams308
alt.folklore.computers267
rec.games.video.nintendo258
alt.games.wing-commander150
alt.tv.commercials139
alt.comp.sys.palmtops.pilot137
tufts.tuftsconnect124
alt.hackers102
rec.arts.sf.written89
rec.arts.sf.starwars.misc64
comp.sys.palmtops61
alt.peeves60


Finally, here were the threads I participated in the most:
What does Micro$oft do Well ?46
Tufts Lifeline Taxi45
Tufts on NPR40
Worried about IDSA killing emulation?23
What did Nintendo do that Atari couldn't?19
Defending Emulation / some ROMS.17
Just missing immortality, defining a life well-lived17
Reorganization RFD has been submitted14
Just Wondering...13
Primary Source12
So quiet12
Landware Go Type Pro keyboard comments12
whats your favorite classic system (cannot include arcade emulators)12
The string of lights down the hill11
Dont buy Palm: Retarded OS with 4K memo limit11
tuftsconnect10
Atari VS. ???10
Gameboy vs 2600: The Ultimate Classic System?10
It seems odd to me how few of these I remember, and odd to look things up on Google Groups, and see discussion that once meant kind of a lot to me.

Anyway, here is the raw .posted file, the full data analysis, and the node script I wrote to crunch it.

2014.08.29

  ...of the moment  
Geek time! Thinking about how I so strongly prefer libraries, where you call the code, to frameworks, where their code calls you. (More or less.)

Looking at the trouble I've had lately with frameworks, it seems like there's always some mismatch between the end result we're trying to produce, and what the framework does naturally - and the hacks to get from point A to B are UGLY. To that extent, I realize frameworks are inherently "Waterfall"-ish, because you have to have a good idea what you're coding from the very outset. Libraries tend to be more swappable, and you're less beholden to the clever Frameworks makers having pre-guessed your requirements.

Don't get me wrong; Agile always gets messy. But I think the messiness that results from keeping things simple is easier to cope with than the messiness of hacking around something complex.
Just got Verizon FIOS. So far seems pretty good! The real test will come at 10PM, when Netflix Hulu et al would go to total crap.



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