My friend Brian just launched a new site called Poetc that gives you two minutes to add a line to the current poem every day. Like his other site, oneword, it uses MovableType's comments to provide a daily piece of content for people to respond to.

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I still do not have a proper response formulated for things people have forwarded me that I have already seen. In addition to running FilePile, I read blogs. Lots of them. I have over 200 subscriptions that I actively keep track of, so the chances of me seeing photos of Ron Jeremy seeing his first goatse are pretty high.

I don't want to be rude about it, but I just have no simple way of saying, "seen it" without feeling like a jerk every time.

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Ashley Simpson seems to have raised a ton of interest in another infamous SNL performance. A few years back I wrote about Elvis Costello and the Attractions doing "Radio, Radio" on SNL. When the Ashley Simpson thing happened the conversations in all the little PHPBB boards and Fark boards and Honda Acura Fan Site boards and secret file trading boards eventually turned to the subject of his performance, which lead to Google, which led them all to my little server.

I'll put the video back up in a week or so, as soon as the Farkers move back to boobies.

If you can find the song "Radio, Radio" please have a listen.

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It's been a while since I'd been farked. Through some coincidence I had called my ISP to fix a billing problem with my credit card, and I thought I'd find out how my bandwidth was doing. Since I'm a friend of theirs I think they give me a little bit of extra rope with this stuff, but we both couldn't believe what we were seeing when we saw my stats for the past day.

Anyway, if you're wondering why www.torrez.org is off, it's because I'm doing some cleaning up.

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Annoyed by my local Carl's Jr. drive-thru giving me a BBQ Chicken Sandwich instead of the Six-Dollar Burger I ordered, I wrote them an email. The response was:

"I assure you that every effort is being made to correct this situation. I have contacted the District Manager regarding your experience."
Okay, that's nice of you...

"I would like to invite you to give us one more chance, on us! I am mailing you some Second Chance coupons good for either a free Famous Star Hamburger or a BBQ Chicken Sandwich. I know there is really nothing that can excuse or make up for the situation you described, but we would love the chance to regain your trust."

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We measure milliseconds in metric but not seconds. There are no millimiles or decafeet. This is all I've been thinking about at work today.

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I just bought a copy of the Safari plugin Saft.

In addition to ridding Safari of the brushed metal look, changing what the search box searches, and putting type-ahead searching in the browser, Saft will also restore all the windows you were viewing when Safari crashes. It also does a lot more.

$10 is cheap for this type of functionality. Plus the nag screen is annoying.

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Dear Flickr API,
You said you'd call. I wrote you a request for an API key and so far nothing. I thought things were going well. I even signed up for a pro account and joined the Flickr API discussion list in good faith. I fired off my API request and nothing.

I really like you. Please call.

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http://www.onemilliondads.com/currentissue.asp
http://www.onemillionmoms.com/currentissue.asp
http://www.onemillionyouth.com/currentissue.asp

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Are people this removed from reality that:
A. they think God is talking to them and..
B. God talks to them using bullet points?

"I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy," Robertson said. "I warned him about casualties."

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TypePad is currently being inundated with trackback spam and I'm swatting them as fast as they pop up. This is why you should have the source to your blogging tool. I think I need to go back to MT.

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44<p> I finally dropped the money to buy a copy of BBEdit 8. If you’re going to be buying it, check out the last paragraph on this page for details on how to get it cheaper. </p>

After I installed it, I got rid of that awful icon and replaced it with this non-crappy one over at Hicks Design.

I never understood why everyone was so hot for BBEdit. When I first switched to the Macintosh I was surprised to find out that BBEdit was the best text editor there was. It was ugly and had way too many options (Bare Bones?) to keep track of. It took about a year of trying out other editors—SubEthaEdit lasted for half a year before I got tired of the search command not working correctly. Plus nobody wanted to edit files with me. :(

But when version 8 was released I decided to give BBEdit another chance and I'm glad I did. This morning I needed a regex to re-validate some data coming through a form I'd written. I had previously been allowing anything through and now had a giant text file of both bad and good data. I was able to write a regex "live" in my editor and watch the data filter through. It only took about three revisions and I had a regex (and the data) available to be stuffed back into the database.

From there I was able to copy and paste my expression into the PHP script and it worked.

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There's that old adage about politically charged times producing great works of art. I think these two videos are interesting not just because of their subject, but how the artist chose to present it.

Pirates & Emperors - at first I thought someone had unearthed a never-before seen episode of Schoolhouse Rock.
Barry Says - propaganda rendered to look like communist propaganda. It's very pretty.

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Originally uploaded by b0.

For a few weeks now I have been seeing these posters at an intersection on my way to work. At least, I realize now these are the posters. It seems like every few days these go up, and then someone immediately tears them down (or tries to). I figure there have been about five postings/tear downs so far.

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This is a cute little record player for the Mac. Go ahead, download it and drop an old .mp3 on it. Be sure and grab the player's arm and move it.

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I've been waiting for Delicious Library since I first saw the previews. They've opened up the site a bit and provided a bit more information about the company as well as the product. This screenshot really says it all, though.

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Matt's added a neat feature to his very successful PVRBlog. Ask PVRBlog is a place for readers to send in their PVR-related questions, as well as a place for PVR pros to offer their advice.

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I have posted the beginnings of the Dropcash API to Dropcash. So far I have the XML feed, the official Dropcash badge, and several plugins for TextPattern, ColdFusion, MovableType, and Gordon Luk's C# COM Object.

The actual API is coming, I am home sick today and thought I'd clear off a few maintenance items that have been calling my name. Be sure and support those developers who have made plugins for you to use.

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I'm searching for a domain for something and I ended up at DeletedDomains. Real domains that recently expired.

While I was looking I saw these...

  1. trynot.com - Yoda hate site?
  2. camgurl.org - How awesome would it be to put yourname@camgurl.org on your resume?
  3. askrobin.com - Know any opinionated guys/girls named Robin?
  4. colorple.com - Finally, a word that rhymes with 'purple'
  5. cpupower.com - Eh.
  6. cpuvault.com - Eh.
  7. dickworm.com - I'm praying this was Richard Worm's home page on the Internet and not a failed tubgirl.
  8. easysoap.com - If you sell soap, I guess...go nuts.
  9. forsakin.com - "Dude, our band's domain name is finally available!"
  10. garysart.com - Unfortunately Gary's art was painting teapots with his own semen.
  11. hellboyz.com - "Dude, our car club's domain name is finally available!"
  12. inetnazi.com - Not so much.
  13. mediwire.com - Medical stuff, I guess.
  14. nameshit.com - I remember when you couldn't register domains with bad words in them.
  15. newstuph.com - Lirn new stuph at newstuph.com, like spellean all kraizy-like.
  16. nicsnuts.com - A bit like Gary's art.
  17. nutriflo.com - This seems like it should be something but I don't know what.
  18. nwflarts.com - I'm going to guess North West Florida Arts, but then again, I haven't had a good flart in a while.
  19. orangeon.com - "Knock, knock." "Who's there?" "Orange!" Oh nevermind, that's stupid...
  20. pickapig.com - Ya see, you pick yer own pig.
  21. scionnow.com - You bought a Scion and nobody came to your website because nobody else bought a Scion.
  22. tdkgames.com - Someone should tell these jokesters.
  23. warmhits.com - "Dude, our bong-making-company domain is available!"

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If anyone can help answer this I would be eternally grateful.

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I sometimes query friends for feedback on my projects, but sometimes they are busy or aren't online. I decided to start a Google Group for those of us who make these kinds of sites to get support. A place for anyone with a new site idea to come and get feedback or help out others who are trying to launch a site.

As I state on the group's charter: A group dedicated to those of us who build web sites in our spare time for fun or profit. Discuss new ideas, feasibility, and get or give help to others.

The Making Stuff Google Group.

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Alan of Kokogiak has launched a new version of Amazon Lite. This one takes advantage of the new Amazon 4.0 web services but also features some pretty cool tools. Each product page has a list of tools that allow you to make a Dropcash campaign, mail a link via Gmail, post the link to your Blogger page, add the page to your Del.icio.us links, and depending on the type of media, look up the book at the library, find the movie on Netflix, or find the artist in iTunes.

Those tools are great, but the one that got me most excited is the local library lookup. I don't use my library enough, and having that option right before I buy another book from Amazon is perhaps the coolest thing I've seen all year.

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