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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Becomes:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My cyber-internet-friend Gabriel Jeffrey has compiled a book from the grouphug.us archives called Stoned, Naked, And Looking in My Neighbor's Window for Simon & Schuster. It's a real live book you can go to your local store (or shoppe for those of you in the UK) and buy.

I like the UK cover more than the US one. Mainly because I like comics more than girls in panties.

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I finally got to see GBV on their farewell tour on Friday night. While skimming the GBV site I noticed these City Proclamations declaring certain days "Guided By Voices Day".

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Not only is this story of Audion a great read, but the popups are pretty cool as well. Be sure and click the links in that article to see them all.

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I had never heard of OK Soda before. In fact, I thought it was a joke my co-worker was making up to make make up for the untold number of lies I have told him about the Catholic Church. It turns out there really was an OK Soda and Daniel Clowes really did design the cans and cases.

The Baffler (!) on OK Soda. Suck on OK Soda.

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I came home from work last night to find an email in my inbox telling me Delicious Library had been released. It's a cataloging system for books, movies, music, and video games with some very cool features like using your iSight (finally a use!) camera to scan barcodes, seamless integration with Amazon, as well as storing everything in an XML format for easy parsing and exporting. Your inventory can be "checked-out" to people on your borrowers list which conveniently draws from your OS X address book.

The Good

  1. Simple interface, I didn't even have to read the directions. After looking at screenshots for the past few months I immediately started scanning in my library without a problem.
  2. The iSight scanner is kind of fun to use. After a hundred pieces of media checked-in I've gotten pretty good with the thing.
  3. The XML format means I can easily write a shell script to do things with the data.
  4. There's a menu option that takes you to the first step for selling your item on Amazon. It'd be nice if there was an Ebay link as well.

The Bad

  1. The iSight scanner doesn't always work. Some barcodes have to be manually typed in. I expected this to happen, but I can't justify buying a barcode reader.
  2. I'd like to be able to use the iSight to take photos for some of my items that don't have Amazon photos from inside the software. I can't even drag a photo on top of the library items. It'd be nice if there were more options for how the media is displayed.

After using it for less than an hour I knew I wanted to buy it. It's a great product and if you're the sort of person that enjoys cataloging and filing, this is a must-have piece of software.

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References to The Jesus and Mary Chain in pop culture.

I took the Pixies' Trompe le Monde on my trip to visit my parents this weekend. It's one of my favorite albums of theirs and has the most aggressive stretch of Pixies (tracks 2-6) I can think of. Great mountain driving music.

Their cover of JAMC's "Head On" is always perplexing to me. It's a good cover and a great lead into "UMass"*, but it always seemed like a strange choice for the Pixies considering it was such a 'hit' for JAMC.

I was surprised to see that The Jesus & Mary Chain's albums were all imports on Amazon—"out of print in the U.S.". For a few years all I ever listened to was Barbed Wire Kisses, Darklands, and Psychocandy on cassette, and when I made the jump to CDs I could only afford Psychocandy. I never thought those albums would fall out of print when you consider influences keep popping up this many years after. ("Do you remember the J A M C, and reading aloud from magazines?" - Death Cab For Cutie Transatlanticism)

*Probably my favorite Pixies song of all time, even if the chord progression got nicked by Nirvana.

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