This might be the first time I've actually had a beer in honor of someone's life, but tonight I'll drink that La Chouffe I bought last week in memory of Michael Jackson, who died yesterday.

I recently got back into brewing, and while reading forums and catching up on styles and methods, I was reminded that Michael's influence is profound. I'd wager every micro-brew in America was started by someone who was inspired by his work.

S3 support in Transmit! Woo!

~stevenf is writing his own weblog publishing engine. Eep!

Can we get over the teeth gnashing when a song we like from an artist we love shows up in a commercial? MSNBC's Adblog flips its wig (go me!) over the inclusion of "See A Little Light" in a commercial.

Bob Mould himself is second to comment on the weblog that he made a "leap of faith that they are least likely to be quietly investing in unseemly causes". If it's good enough for Bob Mould it's good enough for me.

It seems like the mp3 free music revolution is being a little hypocritical in forcing artists to rethink how they go about making money from their music but then requiring them to live by the old standards where you can't get your art dirty by allowing a company to license it.

If you are a media buyer for the SF area, you probably know you shouldn't place your ad where it will taunt some overly caffeinated vandal until they decide to walk over and improve it.

If I ever end up back in the Muni Portola Station I'll be sure to get a picture of the fuzzy romance author holding her book with the words "I had a facelift" written just below her chin.

I am so completely proud that FM had a hand in the relaunch of BoingBoing and the launch of BoingBoing gadgets. I'll also be the first to admit I had nothing to do with it at all, which makes it even cooler to see the final product.

This is something I think people miss about FM, and I find myself explaining a bit, we're not just an ad network—we troubleshoot page loads, offer advice, do late night fixes, help with templates, can share our experiences with MT, Wordpress, and Blogger, and of course do bigger stuff like help the Boingers get their new sites up.

Every once in a while I get a chance to demo the platform to someone not familiar with what we're doing. And it ends up being like a shot in the arm to me when I see how excited they get as I take them to interfaces that connect advertisers to sales to publishers and to author services.

Sound like fun? We're hiring.

Dumb moment of the day: when I asked the radiologist if I needed to remove my wallet before I received an X-ray. Thankfully she just smiled and said it wouldn't be necessary.

IFC is showing the documentary about the Golden Gate Bridge called "The Bridge". While I knew it was going to be depressing and tough to get through, the fact that I commute over the bridge every day made it so much worse.

Downloading Family Guy unicorn chasers now.

So that book I linked to, "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder" turns out to have had its start in the New Yorker. Apparently it has that in common with a few works of fiction as well. (I found the link on Coudal but was informed of the connection by Steve Cook.)

I have to admit I am jealous my friends Mat and Harper got to watch this live.

"I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our education like such as South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as and I believe that they should our education over here in the US should help the US er uh should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future for us."

--Ms. Teen South Carolina

Fred Wilson responds to Mark Cuban's assertion that the Internet is "dead and boring". I love how Fred responds almost exactly how I did when Adaptive Path said something similar.

I love music. Music is always awesome. Anyone whoever says music has gotten boring has gotten boring. I feel that way about most things people get bored with.