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.

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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 tiaa-cref.org 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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I did not know there was a book about The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. Though, if you really want to experience the museum as intended, I think you should visit first, skipping the Wikipedia page I linked to.

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I've updated the about page. One of Typepad's useful features is the ability to publish pages. I know lots of blogging tools have had it for a while, I just never used it. I think I'm going to try and do more larger articles on them. I have an Erlang starter page I've been wanting to do.

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This turned into an unexpected late night. Shift refresh, you should see a new site (or an old site if you read (un)filtered).

I'm not a designer, but I know what I like. When I saw Michael's new site I knew it was what I wanted for myself. I got the "okay" from him and redid his site by hand with CSS and only one table (shakes fist at HTML forms). I couldn't bring myself to copy and paste it, plus I have been wanting to learn how to do my own custom template through TypePad so it became a project.

It's late, I haven't had a chance to debug, and I have almost 1,000 entries to re-classify after realizing I really didn't need most of them (genitals?).

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notes a weblog by andre torrez. the archives are available by category and month if you're looking for something in particular.

this design is based on michael sippey's (un)filtered weblog which he has allowed me to duplicate. it uses the silk icon set from famfamfam.com. i donated £10. totally worth it.

to publish notes i use two applications:

  • mars edit is a solid piece of software for updating your weblog. i cannot recommend it enough.
  • typepad is perfect for people who want the power of movabletype without the headache of system administration (cough)Perl(cough).

i can also be found on flickr, linkedin, twitter, last.fm, del.icio.us.

i can be contacted two ways, i usually reply pretty quickly to 

or on aim i am andretorrez.

i am the co-founder of simpleform and have been working as a web developer for over fifteen years. you can read more on torrez.org

i live in san francisco with my awesome wife and our awesome son. i use apple computers. i work in san francisco. i love music. i love software.

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Got my copy of Bioshock today. It's staring at me from across my desk. "Take me home! Take me hoooooome!"

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I'm not one for dream analyzation and whatnot, but two nights in a row Jesse Thorn has visited me in my dream and told me creatively I was a failure. I am not sure what that means, or why he has done that, but it actually affected me today on my ride to work.

It's possibly related to anxiety over playing live this weekend, plus being almost thirty-five, plus watching all the projects I used to work on slowly die off. I actually had a serious offer from someone to to buy one of them, but have been too busy to clean it up and deliver it.

I'm also catching up on TSOYA podcasts of old, so maybe there's something in there. Either way, Jesse Thorn must be stopped. I'm cre8ive, dammit.

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I played the BioShock demo this morning. I absolutely loved it. Set in an art-deco-styled, underwater world, the game manages to add interesting twists on top of a pretty solid FPS game. The scripted moments where you have to escape danger (or dive right into it) are perfectly done. Nothing feels faked or set up.

The Metacritic reviews are outstanding.

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Kinda late, I know. You've probably seen all these, but particularly interesting to me is the Erlang link. Since I first linked to that Erlang code I've dived deep into Erlang and wrote my first few apps running inside YAWS, the super-fast Erlang server.

A quote from this performance article: "Apache dies at about 4,000 parallel sessions. Yaws is still functioning at over 80,000 parallel connections." That's Apache with the MPM Worker installed.

Makes sense a language and framework developed for large scale, distributed, lightning-fast telecom systems would find its way to web apps. Erlang, erlang, erlang! It's everywhere!

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Not much going on this weekend. I'm transferring the beer to the second fermenter, in a week or so I should have them in bottles. The smell from the bubbler is awesome. Smells like beer and I'm so tempted to drink a little of it. I might when I measure the gravity later.

Anyway, some links:

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Disaster!
Originally uploaded by torrez

OH this was not cool. Our upstairs neighbor had a water leak and so our bedroom was rained on. The only real damage that came out of this was the wood on our bed blistered up.

When I walked into the room you couldn't see where the water had come from so it was pretty crazy for a minute. I almost thought someone had been in the apartment and...I dunno, sprayed water everywhere. I knew it was water because my first instinct was to smell it. :)

The ceiling had no spots and the water seemed to be in random places. It wasn't until this morning that you could see the water stains and where the water traveled once it seeped through the ceiling. Our neighbors upstairs came down and cleaned the whole thing up, so that was cool of them.

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