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May 31, 2005

New Futurama on DVD someday?

Seen this morning Can't Get Enough Futurama: News: Talk about Futurama Direct to DVD: Comments. I'd be happy to see them return to TV akin to what's happened with Family Guy, although I don't think it'll happen.

May 26, 2005

Jim's Slightly Obscure Music Video List

Based on an e-mail conversation Adam and I have had recently, I thought I'd share my list of favorite music videos. Please note my taste in music may be pretty lame and there's hardly anything recent here, although there is a wide variety of stuff to choose from:

Ok, not necessarily the best videos ever, but the ones a) I like the most, and b) are pretty good videos.

In no particular order:

1. Vogue or Express Yourself: Madonna (OK, I've already cheated by being unable to select one. This'll happen again)

2. Sabotage: Beastie Boys (Although Intergalactic is cool...) Video Online.

3. Remind Me: Royksopp (All about infographics, worth viewing online. Saw this in a bar on the bigscreen, went out and bought the CD because of it, which doesn't happen often. Sadly, the song I heard was actually a remix and only part of the CD is good.) Video Online near the bottom of the page.

4. Jeremy: Pearl Jam. (I swear there are a couple versions of this,
there's one where there's a lot of kids spattered in red at the end.)

5. Mystic Rhythms: Rush (Their best video, but still could have been
better. If only they paid more attention to their visuals.)

6. Baby Got Back: Sir Mix-a-Lot (Hilarious.) Small clip online here.

7. Bastards of Young: Replacements (Very minimal.) Small clip online here.

8. Everybody Hurts or Losing my Religion: REM (Little art films from the last really good REM album, although I may be the only person who rather likes much of New Adventures in HiFi.) Small clips online here.

9. Around the World: Daft Punk (Because everything goes around in the video...skeletons, spacemen, bathing beauties, mummies, tiny-headed breakdancers) Video Online.

10. Brass in Pocket or Message of Love: Pretenders (Brass has the whole band in a video with a story, classic early music video. Message of Love has the band sitting around playing the song in a studio.) Small clips online here.

11. Talk to Ya Later: Tubes (Music video as press conference. Way ahead of its time, in retrospect.)

12. Music Nonstop: Kraftwerk. Wireframe robots! Computer animation! 1986! Video Online.

Hmmm...now if I could only find links to all of these videos.
Update: Found some links to clips and whole videos after a couple of minutes.

May 5, 2005

Giant OCR 0.5

After adding a zippy new saddle (Terry Firefly—if it has flames, it must be fast) last summer, I decided to hold off doing anything else to my road bike (a 2003 Giant OCR 3) until spring. It sat in the basement on the trainer all winter, alone, mostly. I'd visit it now and then, laptop in tow, to do a Spinnervals DVD when the mood struck. During that time I bought a number of components (STI levels, front & rear derailleurs, cassette, chain; a mix of 105 and Ultegra bits) that I found on sale here and there. Finally had everything installed at Performance (great work, and fast) a couple of weeks ago. I've taken the bike out twice now in the last week and it rides like a dream. I did a little poking around on Giant's Web site and decided, based on their bike specs, that I seem to have upgraded it to above the specs for the OCR 1, so I'm claiming that it is now an OCR 0.5.

May 4, 2005

New Banana

Poking around Amazon this afternoon, I discovered that a new Banana Yoshimoto book is coming out next month: Hardboiled and Hard Luck. Quickly added to my wishlist, since I've got everything else she's done.

May 2, 2005

Tasty Eudora Upgrade

Seen today: Eudora's plans for Max OS X Tiger changes. I don't have Tiger yet, just wating for new iBooks to get released with it already installed.


We are excited about the new technologies in MacOSX Tiger, including SpotLight and WebKit HTML display/authoring. We are currently reworking Eudora to take advantage of these technologies, as well as converting it from Carbon to Cocoa, to take advantage of Cocoa's status as Apple's preferred environment.