Apr 272015

Excepting my illustrious Usenet career, this is what my first sustained online presence looked like.


This is the Play page. I would like to show you the front page, but I may not have it anymore. It’s not anywhere easy to find, anyway.

I put that site up in 1999 and updated it a time or two a week until I started this blog in late 2006. Interesting that I can see common visual threads between what I like now and what I liked 16 years ago.

Some of it was a bit bloggish, but mostly it was photos and links. I wrote a thumbnail menu structure in HoTMetaL that I liked and stubbornly used it all the way out, even when numerous objectively better alternatives were available.

Still out there and live: My Top 100 Pop Songs of the 1980s.

 Posted by at 6:24 pm
Apr 242015

Most any slice of pop culture will eventually be a splendid disaster. Exhibit A:

Hey, it’s “Rapper’s Delight”! Awesome! Lots of fun, yes? Of course, fashion offenses are numerous, but it took my high school classmate Joel to highlight the true joy of this video: Index Finger Guy.

(I’ve made the below times hot, so they’ll go to YouTube if you click them. If you want to stay here, use the slider on the embedded video above.)

Best I can tell, Index Finger Guy makes his first appearance about 3:40. Then, there’s a brief appearance at 4:30, to the right. Look quickly.

At 5:01, he gets a good bit of camera. What a groovy time, man.

Then, at 5:57, realizing the moment is fleeting, he grabs the spotlight and defines the end of the video.

Now, stop and ask yourself: have you ever in your life enjoyed yourself as much as Index Finger Guy?

Have a good weekend.

 Posted by at 5:39 pm
Apr 232015
  • I adore the last little sliver of cool weather before the heat engages in earnest. We’re in that sliver right now.
  • I switched from a Fitbit Zip to a Fitbit One this week. I like it, and I’m even glad I chose the red one. I will say that so far, the sleep tracking is depressingly illuminating.
  • The woman who was the model for Rosie the Riveter died this week at 92. RIP.
  • Tried Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA this week. This is a good beer, but it’s not through-the-roof wonderful like Torpedo.
  • I took delivery of an Amazon Fire Phone on Monday. At the moment it’s back to $189 unlocked with a year of Amazon Prime, which makes it a $90 impulse buy for an indefinite Prime member like me (hence my possession). I had hoped to move into it and review it as a daily carry, but it may be a bit too difficult for me to import my current phone life into it to do that. Nevertheless, I dig it. It’s a neat piece. I’ll get sufficient value from it.
  • Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was in legal trouble, then he seemingly wasn’t, and now he’s probably headed to prison. What a strange story. You’ve been. Thunderstruck. I’m sure Chris Slade appreciates the unexpected income bump.
  • I loved hanging with the wonderful ladies of the Rocket City Bloggers Tuesday night at Bravo! Cucina Italiana. Though the company was fabulous and the service of reasonable quality, the food was just OK, particularly at the price. I don’t see ever returning if the decision is mine.
  • At said dinner, I let it slip that I’m finally writing my post on what’s fundamentally wrong with soccer. So watch for that.
  • Tony Kanaan is off to a great start this year. A driver needs to average finishing about sixth to legitimately compete for the IndyCar title. So far TK has a third, a sixth, and a fifth. Barber is this weekend.
  • Fargo isn’t really true, despite what it says in the opening credits. You know that, right?
 Posted by at 7:00 am
Apr 212015

So it seems like it wasn’t so long ago—like, a month or two—that Hillary was lying low. “Huddling with advisors,” “working on her message,” and considering “how to reintroduce herself” were common phrases.

My response, and that of many others, was along the lines of “this is a person who’s been in continuous national sight for more than two decades. Is there anyone who doesn’t know who she is?”

Happened to catch Rush on a day he was on plane about it. (My stated 1-in-4 chance of hearing any of his show on a given day is probably down to about 1-in-6.) His wry assessment was that exactly the opposite was occurring. Such a known quantity doesn’t vanish, then reemerge to reintroduce herself, but to reinvent herself.

In this case, the challenge is “gee, this crap’s been in the fridge for 24 years. How do we make it look and sound delicious and appetizing?”

Was it Servergate that forced her out earlier than about July, which was the original plan? Perhaps. We then got a hilariously stilted “talk to real people” debacle in which we were supposed to chuckle at her whimsically calling her vehicle a “Scooby van” (except the gag’s 15 years old; oops), and find her Chipotle order an issue of considerable magnitude.

Dudes and dolls, need I state the obvious?

You don’t say you’re working on your message. You don’t announce that you’re going to talk to real people.

You just go do it.

We’ve apparently regressed to the point that what Hillary says to the “real people” isn’t nearly as important as that she’s talking to the “real people” at all.

And millions don’t bat an eye.

 Posted by at 7:40 am
Apr 192015

Nathan: “What if we’re all, like, a failed alien’s science project sitting on a shelf somewhere?”

Aaron: “You mean, like a potato battery that doesn’t work?”

Bo: “Not sure what you were trying to accomplish here. C-.

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