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Prayers and Sixpence October 31, 2005

Posted by decode in Music.
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I just found out last night that The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers, a band I saw open for The Mountain Goats in Kalamazoo a few weeks ago, has Dale Baker playing percussion on their CD The Mother of Love Emulates the Shapes of Cynthia. Dale Baker was the drummer for Sixpence None The Richer, starting with the album that got me into Sixpence, This Beautiful Mess. Pretty cool. Unfortunately, he wasn’t playing at the show.

Playing with Hula October 30, 2005

Posted by decode in Open Source, Web Technology.
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Yesterday I downloaded and installed the current Hula code from the SubVersion repository. I was disappointed that the calendar web interface demo of cool AJAX interaction that Nat showed off in August was not present. Instead, the web calendar is simple HTML and CSS, and the interface is no better than Sunbird, and at times significantly worse. This is the same interface that Nat showed in February when the original announcement was made. It was also disappointing to see that the admin interface is still basically the same as Novell NetMail, with a little bit of color thrown in.

This is not intended as a critique on the work of the Hula team. They have taken on a gargantuan effort (open sourcing and improving over 200,000 lines of code), while still doing great work on other projects. I’m sure that most of their effort thus far has been in the large task of scrubbing the code to remove Novell proprietary stuff and working on backend and architecture stuff, but it would be more fun for me to have eye candy and toys to play with. 🙂

Halloween October 30, 2005

Posted by decode in Politics.
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Heard a few minutes ago on the radio: “Halloween is the great Republican holiday, where you try to scare everybody to death and gobble up as much as you can, and deal with the consequences later.”

Super October 29, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff.
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Cory Doctorow over at boing boing is linking to a Sony commercial featuring video of dropping 250,000 superballs down a steep hill in San Fransisco. What he doesn’t mention is that the soundtrack consists of a JosĂ© González cover of the song “Heartbeats” by The Knife. The video is pretty cool, but you absolutely must watch the H.264 version, since the low quality version simply doesn’t do it justice. And if you like the song, you can listen to it at JosĂ© González’ MySpace.

Get Rich Quick October 28, 2005

Posted by decode in Politics, Web Technology.
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For all of you aspiring entrepeneurs out there, here’s a tool to help you generate ideas to present to all the VC’s throwing money at Web 2.0 these days.  I think Joel Spolsky might like this page.

Stories October 28, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff.
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I recently came across reddit, a collaborative link rating site. It almost always has good links.

WordPress.com October 21, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff, Web Technology.
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Looks like WordPress.com accounts are now available without an invite, as long as you download Flock, which is a web browser built on Mozilla Firefox. I’m not sure what’s in it for WordPress.com, but it’s fun for me!