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July 27, 2009

Post-Tour Malaise

Man, after three weeks of watching 2-3 hrs of television a day, I'm not sure what to do with my free time at night.

Not surprised by the outcome, although I'm pretty sure things would have been a little different with an uninjured Levi Leipheimer there for all the stages and Chris Horner on the tour squad, maybe three Astana riders on the podium.

Looking forward to see who Armstrong's new team ends up signing.

July 24, 2009

I like big buns and I cannot lie. Saw the Wienermobile today--check the plates.

July 15, 2009

The Long Tail of Minor Internet Fame

OK, it wasn't really fame, just a concert review from 1994 that Adam and I posted to Echoes, the Pink Floyd mailing list, back in 1994. Adam's reposted it on the Brain Damage site.

July 7, 2009

Mysteries of the Modern Music Industry

The other day I decided to become more of a Yes completist and pick up their first two albums: 1969's Yes and 1970's Time and Word. A little poking around online and I cam up with the following prices:

  • Buy and download the mp3 versions: at Amazon each album was $9.99, same price at the iTunes store.
  • By the CD used at ebay: each was going for around $5, plus $3 in shipping.
  • Buy the darnned things new: Amazon had each of them for $6.97. I wasn't about to try to find both of these pretty obscure titles at Target or Best Buy or Borders.

Who knew buying the physical product and having it shipped would be the cheapest? OK, I did cheat a little and bought a book at Amazon (Michael Palin's Diaries 1969-1979 The Python Years) to qualify for free shipping, but still.

Summer Project

Tackling an important project in June and July: watching every episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. I'm up to episode 40 so far with just a handful left to go. 

What's scary is that I remember about 90% of it, some of which I know I haven't seen in 20 years. Good stuff and just so weird sometimes.