Can I just say the second most exciting thing happening a week from now is me wearing my fancy new suit? If I could wear it every day to work I would. The list looks like this:

  1. Marrying Amber Costley.
  2. Wearing mah suit.
  3. Fiji.
  4. Packing for a trip and not taking a coat. None!

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I just got home from a nice Thanksgiving with my parents and a really boring drive from Central California to San Francisco. Being in a car that long reminds me why I don't drive anymore. Plus I got my first speeding ticket ever in California, so that added to the disappointment.

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Amber and I picked up our marriage license today. As we waited for the guy to print up the final document we were joking and laughing like newlyweds should. We've gotten pretty silly these days. Afterwards we grabbed a cup of coffee and talked about our future.

I just wanted to write that down somewhere. It was a nice morning.

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I'll be too busy to post links tomorrow, so I'll clean out the delicious queue today.

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CLEANING OUT THE LINKS.

Wow, these are kinda stale. I blame our vacation. Thank god you don't pay for this crap. The W+K London one is cute.

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Today is such a dreary day in Sausalito, the clouds have rolled in and there are intermittent showers—I love it. It's perfect weather for being indoors today.

Here's some links:

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It's Friday, I should get in the habit of cleaning out the backlog of links every week.

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Because of FM's CMSummit (woo!) I wasn't on my computer much and consequently fired up Google reader to 1000+ unread items.

I just read them all. Here's some good links I found that I figured people might like:

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Haven't culled my links in a while, here are some good ones:

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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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Today it occurred to me that the Spanish word for "and" ("y") is much more symbolic than the plain old english word "and". The "y" describes two lines converging into one line, the joining of two things is the perfect way to say "and".

This is also the day I ate Miracle Fruit. I forgot to find out if there was any sort of hallucinogenic properties associated with it, because that "y" thing I wrote about above is total stoner thinking.

  • Tessa's Braces: When I was ten. - When I was around 10 I decided that if I slept with my left arm across my stomach and my right arm at my side then the Zombies that lived in my closet wouldn't bother me. It worked. I still find myself sleeping like that.
  • THE HELLO EXPERIMENT - This won't make sense unless you've seen the video. link from <a href="http://www.fresharrival.com/">Fresh Arrival</a>.
  • Rands In Repose: Ninety Days - "Your job interview isn’t over until you’ve changed to become part of a new team." via <a href="http://43folders.com/">Merlin</a>. I am in the middle of Michael's book. It's excellent.

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I spend a very large amount of time catching up with sites on my commute into work. Since I haven't developed a good workflow for del.icio.us bookmarking while on the device, I'm seeing the rate of my bookmark collection fall.

Apple iPhone update is desperately needed! OMG this iPhone is so outdated!

:)

So on with the links:

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You'll notice I have a slight advertising/marketing bent in things I link. I like companies, their brands, and how companies use their brands to interact with their customers or potential customers. I hate advertising without focus. I am not a fan of pretty much any contextual or behavioral schemes I see day-to-day.

There are two advertising campaigns right now that I keep running into on the web. The "Cloverfield" viral marketing campaign, and the fun and far-reaching campaign revolving around the Simpsons' movie. Below I have a link to a story about the Simpsons appearing in Harper's Bazaar, and no doubt you've heard of the Simpons/7-11 Kwik-E-Mart project in which 7-11 stores were converted to Kwik-E-Marts as seen on the Simpsons' TV Show.

I like both of these because they took effort and it shows (though the jury is still out on whether Cloverfield is masterfully architected or entirely botched. Paramount goons are throwing around C+Ds everywhere I look).

Everyone lauds the death of print media, traditional publishing paradigms, the music industry, DRM...but I'm most happy to see the death of rewarding advertisers for shitty, thoughtless campaigns. I think it's something we've all known for a while: treat your customers to something engaging and they'll reward you with an appearance in their link list and possibly a ticket to your movie.

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Wow, lots of links to get through today. Be sure and check out the Youtube video "zZz is playing: Grip" for a pretty cool, uncut video with no special effects. If you're an iPhone fan there's some bugs you can re-create if you like that sort of thing (I like that sort of thing).

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My little experiment in tossing links out of the main blog didn't work out so hot. I like linking things, but I don't like the lazy feeling of stuff just showing up here at some point in the day.

If I could just edit and format my links for the day in a nice way I'd be much happier with them appearing inline.

So that's what I'm going to do. I built myself a little script in JavaScript that uses the JSON feed to generate a page where I can select which links I want to publish and then have them populate a simple unordered list which I can copy and paste into a new post:

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Produces this (which I was able to edit a bit):

You can download the source here. Feel free to mess with it, it's a little messy and I haven't tested it on anything but Firefox. If you want to add to it and do cooler stuff with it, feel free. Public domain and stuff.

Trust me, the last thing you want is a blog all about how they should add calculators to kitchen timers (wtf?).

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  • This literally blew my mind. This is kind of the holy grail of consuming XML that nobody, NOBODY has been able to do right for the masses. No orange XML buttons! No acronyms like RDF! Also, thanks for not calling them tubes.
    (tags: yahoo xml pipes)

(Update: wow, unbridled enthusiasm much? In my defense, it was late.)

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  • I've been dreaming for an app like this for a while now. Hawk Wings had suggested one a few months ago, but I never got it working right. Hopefully this one will do what I want. It basically let's you sort mail into boxes with a few key strokes.

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