It's "on or about" November 30. Give me my damn money. Or not.

My friend Dakota woke up to find his house flooded:

my girlfriend woke me up in the middle of the night, "why is the dog whining?" and by the time she figured out the dog was trying to tell us she was swimming in knee high water, it was too late. i mean, it was too late even before then.

Two feet of water doesn't sound like much until you see this picture and think about all the things you have that would be destroyed by that kind of flooding.

More photos of the incident on Flickr.

Eponymous Songs

  1. Minor Threat - "Minor Threat"
  2. Bad Religion - "Bad Religion"
  3. Beastie Boys - "B.E.A.S.T.I.E. Boys"
  4. Big Country - "In A Big Country"*
  5. Talk Talk - "Talk Talk"
  6. Tin Machine - "Tin Machine"
  7. Living In A Box - "Living In A Box"
  8. Black Sabbath - "Black Sabbath"
  9. Dag Nasty - "Dag Nasty"
  10. The Monkees - "The Monkeys"
  11. The Ramones - "R.A.M.O.N.E.S."*
  12. Motorhead - "Motorhead"
  13. Descendents - "Descendents"
  14. Madness - "Madness"
  15. Belle & Sebastian - "Belle & Sebastian"
  16. Iron Maiden - "Iron Maiden"
  17. Murphy's Law - "Murphy's Law"
  18. Green Day - "Green Day"
  19. Butthole Surfers - "Butthole Surfer"*
  20. General Public - "General Public"
  21. King Apparatus - "King Apparatus"
  22. Dr. Octagon - "Dr. Octagon"
  23. They Might Be Giants - "They Might Be Giants"
  24. The Pharcyde - "The Pharcyde"
  25. Bad Company - "Bad Company"
  26. The Selecter - "The Selecter"
  27. Sigur Ros - "Sigur Ros"
  28. Aphex Twin - "Aphex Twin"
  29. Pet Shop Boys - "Pet Shop Boys"
  30. Porno For Pyros - "Porno For Pyros"

*Close enough.

Many thanks to the men and women of FilePile for helping compile this list.

Cool. This very popular Flash game from Newgrounds has been totally redone for consoles and released today.

When you're a kid and you're watching TV, it's sometimes hard to distinguish between what is the entertainment and what is the commercial. Cal Worthington Ford "down in Long Beach" had the most entertaining and catchy spots of them all, and anyone who grew up in Southern California could finish the phrase, "If you need a car or truck..."

I bet there were Cal Worthington-type advertisements when you were growing up. I'd love to hear about them. The Wolfman in Atlanta? The Wiz in New York?

I just rolled through this list of the top 100 overlooked films compiled by the online film critics society and netflixed a bunch of them.

Miller's Crossing definitely deserves to be at the top of that list. I was on Amazon's DVD waiting list for that one to get released and have watched it almost as much as #17 on that list.

Zero Effect written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan's son Jake is a classic movie mystery set in Portland. It's something of an homage to Sherlock Holmes but you don't need to know anything about those stories to get this film. The movie has a weak ending that is a bit of a let down, but the rest of the movie is so good you'll hardly notice. Ryan O'Neil plays his "red-faced, emotional guy" as good as any other film he's been in, and Ben Stiller is a good foil for Bill Pullman. Bill Pullman! This movie made me want to get a little Bill Pullman tattoo on my butt.

The commentary track is also very good. Jake later directed some episodes of "Freaks and Geeks", including the pilot, but nothing else worth noting. His IMDB page doesn't even show him working on anything at this moment.

I really do ♥ TypeKey. So much so that I started a little TypeKey Wiki that puts some TypeKey links together for developers looking to implement the sign-on service.

I invite you to add your own links and text where appropriate.

I'm also running this system on Instiki which is a fine wiki for this sort of thing. I made some edits this morning to the source code and it was really fairly painless.

I had a new idea for a way of representing a weblog in a tree format. Rather than a linear, post-post-post fashion, there can be parallel "branches" splitting and re-joining. If I feel like posting links for a few days, it doesn't drive everything down below the fold, and if I have a side project I want to document for a few days, I don't have to start a new blog on a different page. Instead a line would split off the main 'trunk' and progress northward like a regular weblog.

I've been thinking about solutions for the back-end data, and at first I thought I could solve the problem with a parent-child type database-something like a message board turned on its side:



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But now I'm thinking if I could just make an association between blog_id's, every time I have a new branch I'd just start a new blog and specify one blog_id as the parent to another. Upon closing out a weblog, I'd just represent a folding in, similar to a CVS branch rolling into the main trunk.

I'm not as concerned with the back-end as much as rendering the front end. I'll have to have an intermediate "data cooking" step before printing it to the page that builds a nested array. Displaying small windows of data (e.g., month of June) means I'll have to do something tricky, I just don't know what.

Disclaimer stickers for science textbooks. At least they aren't burning them.

My friend Michael who runs Wordphoto sent out a request for help in keeping wordphoto alive (bandwidth probs!) and his request was answered.

Even more impressive is this Toy Drive being held by AcuraZine. $5,000 worth of Matchbox cars is an awesome idea for a gift, I pitched in a couple of dollars, why don't you?

Speaking of pitching in, I realized today while looking over the database, I've handed out nearly $200 in testing and helping people get their campaigns rolling. It boggles my mind sometimes when I think about the free sites and the time I spend working on them, and I still haven't managed to get any of them to turn a profit. It's like I'm not even trying.