Wednesday, February 28, 2007

There's a bullet in the heart tonight in the heart of Texas

Kendra reminded me that today is the anniversary of the Waco Siege. I've been looking for an excuse to post "Lone Star Song" by Grant Lee Buffalo. (It doesn't qualify for "Video Friday", because while it's an great song, the video is nothing special.)

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Video Friday: "Coffee & TV", Blur

If this video doesn't make you cry, you're one cold-hearted sonofabitch.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Lowercase L

William Levin has a blog about one of his pet peeves: people who write in all-caps, with the exception of the letter L, which they inexplicably put in lowercase. Once I heard about the phenomenon, I stared to notice it all over the place.

And in fact, this Anna Nicole related entry was suggested by me. That's right, in my own small way, I've officially contributed to the Anna Nicole media circus.


Nixie Tube Clock

This President's Day, I spent the day doing my taxes and building a Nixie Tube clock kit. It's totally sweet. The clock kit, not my taxes--those kind of suck.

I ordered the clock kit a few months ago from Peter L. Jensen's website. The kit itself is fairly easy to put together, assuming you can solder. I made one giant mistake: I misoriented one of the surface mount drivers. Desoldering that was a pain, and resulted in bent pins. Even after correcting that mistake, the first time I powered on the clock, many of the digits went bonkers:
But with a little debugging, some rebending of pins, and a few more solder/desolder cycles, I ended up with a working kit. Plugging the clock in and watching the tubes cycle through all the digits was an amazing feeling. It worked, it actually worked!

It's also kind of a miracle that I didn't electrocute myself, which makes it that much sweeter. Thanks, Peter!

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Friday, February 16, 2007

The worst thing in the world

Plates: "1PINKH2". There was a high school parking pass in the window. Ugh.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Video Friday: "Do You Realize", The Flaming Lips

What would you do if you won a million bucks: Donate it to charity? Buy a fancy car? Take a trip around the world? Crikey, that's boring! On the other hand, hiring an entourage of dancing models and bunnymen to follow you down the street--now you're on to something.

P.S. For a song that has the lyrics "Everyone you know some day will die", this song is surprisingly uplifting.

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"Valentimes" day

Hooray! Another mangled holiday name to join "Crimmace" and "Happy Birfday".

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Personal Netflix Annual Report, 2006

Once again, it's time to summarize my Netflix viewing habits for the year. I watched 144 movies, which makes the math easy: 12 movies a month, almost three a week. That sure sounds like a lot of movies! Each movie cost me about $1.50 to watch. Compare to 2005, where I watched 114 DVDs, at $1.90 each.

I managed to catch up on HBO series like The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Rome. I learned I didn't much care for Farscape after the initial novelty wore off. I watched terrible movies like The Brothers Grimm and Fantastic Four. I enjoyed fascinating documentaries like A State of Mind and Long Way Round. Thanks, Netflix!

I'm getting closer to finishing off the IMDB Top 250 list: I'm up to 185. I am getting a little burnt out, so I'm going to take it easy with the Netflix for a while, content that I got my money's worth last year.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Video Friday: The Eels, "Last Stop This Town"

I stopped eating carrots for a while after seeing this video.

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