Monthly Archive for December, 2002

New Year

I wish I had some sort of Res­o­lu­tion I could tell you about, but this year there is only one thing on my mind. Get­ting a job. Get­ting a Web or IT job.

Oh, and to prove it, we’re going down to new york for New Years… it may sound incon­gru­ous, but it’s all part of my plan.

Hap­py New Year Every­one!

Fun with Sidebars

An update on the new Dai­ly Book­marks fea­ture on Suck­ahs… Tonite I was brows­ing around the net, not look­ing for any­thing in par­tic­u­lar… When i noticed some­thing on Dawn’s site: a link that opened con­tent in the IE Side­bar.

Cool, right? How­ev­er, before you start jump­ing up and down, this only works in IE 5+ only… Netscape 6+ has side­bars too, but the code used is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent.

SO, I start­ed work­ing on the Javascript to sniff out the brows­er, (either IE or Netscape), and then to dis­play the link to the rel­e­vant Side­bar.

· If you’re using IE, it gives you this.
· and this if you’ve got Netscape 6+.

Birthday 25 Soon

Bye Bye Blogger

Anoth­er Blog­ger Blog bites the dust… I switched suckahs.org to mov­able type, and boy are my arms tired.

Now, only if I could recoup my $35 invest­ment in Blog­ger PRO. That nev­er quite paid for itself… wow! the abil­i­ty to add a title to posts! Big fuck­ing deal.

bookmarks

I decid­ed to revamp my dai­ly book­marks (see right), to be acces­si­ble from the home page. I guess I was inspired by Anil, who reg­u­lar­ly has inter­est­ing links.

Radio Cure

Review: A
Wilco FilmI enjoyed read­ing Tbone’s review of the Wilco movie, I am Try­ing to Break Your Heart, and I’m glad to see some­one else writ­ing reviews on Suck­ahs.

It’s odd that a band like Wilco can gen­er­ate so much buzz in the indus­try and among crit­ics, yet remain a band with a small (but very ded­i­cat­ed) fol­low­ing. Despite some video rota­tion and buzz in 1994 on MTV, who sold Wilco in 1994 as an alter­na­tive-coun­try act, they nev­er real­ly broke out. Yan­kee Hotel Fox­trot is, in every mea­sur­able way, an extra­or­di­nary album. Yet, why can’t I stand to lis­ten to it?

I think I have one thing in com­mon with front­man Jeff Tweedy in that I enjoy intel­lec­tu­al­iz­ing music– of course, I do so with my big mouth and key­board, and he actu­al­ly does it. The most strik­ing thing to me in the film, how­ev­er, was hear­ing Wilco play some of the Fox­trot stuff live. How strange– On the album you’ve got these spare arrange­ments with tons of work put into tape loops, sound design and just plain NOISE. He artic­u­lates a desire, in mak­ing the album, to take com­plet­ed songs, and turn them inside-out and decon­struct them. But, when play­ing live, the songs are recon­struct­ed into more coher­ent com­po­si­tions.

It might be tempt­ing to sug­gest that the album is more a reflec­tion of Tweedy’s work, while the live stuff is the result of the whole band. But hav­ing seen the film, it’s clear that every mem­ber of Wilco was inte­gral to it’s record­ing, includ­ing Jay Ben­nett, who lat­er gets kicked out of the band for basi­cal­ly being a pain in the ass. As a char­ac­ter, he’s both obnox­ious and sym­pa­thet­ic.

I sup­pose when you take any exper­i­men­tal album on the road, (with the excep­tion of maybe Kid A), you can’t cap­ture it the same way in a live set­ting. And, to be hon­est, I am hap­py for it. I loved what I saw in the film’s per­for­mances, and I can’t wait to see them play live.

More Work

Here’s a sto­ry, since I don’t have much to say today:

I applied to a job at a depart­ment at Tufts. Heard noth­ing.

A free­lance client of mine for­ward­ed me an email from a devel­op­er at the Tufts depart­ment that I applied to, in which he points out a secu­ri­ty hole in my client’s site. No won­der I nev­er heard… I guess they weren’t impressed.

There are two ways of deal­ing with this, learn­ing some new php cod­ing, like how to flat­ten dynam­ic pages… OR, con­vert the entire site to make use of MySQL, free of charge.

Days of work, or days of work. You choose.

note to self

go to bed Ned

The Boning

This week­end was spent in a drunk­en rever­ie, and some point fri­day, Tbone men­tioned that he want­ed a web­site to write on. So we start­ed brain­storm­ing ideas, and since Tbone can quote any movie he has ever seen, we decid­ed to try to par­o­dy a movie poster.

The result is Tbone Suck­ahs’ The Bon­ing. You might rec­og­nize the ref­er­ence. Make sure to click on some of the cred­its… they are favorites of Tbone, with a few ran­dom things added in for non­sen­si­cal mea­sure.

Moveable Type Archives

Try as I might, I can’t fix the bug that start­ed when the cal­en­dar flipped to Decem­ber. On the month­ly archive page, all i want­ed was to dis­play every post that wasn’t cat­e­go­rized as a ‘link’… and some­how, it only works for Dec. Nov is all fucked.

· sup­port forum

I guess I’ll have to fig­ure it out some­how.

New Phono & Vinyls

Pres­ley brought back her turntable from Buf­fa­lo, and sud­den­ly I find myself redis­cov­er­ing the joy of records. I for­got to bring back all my Clash, U2 and oth­er LPs I had when grow­ing up, but she has plen­ty of aur­al good­ness to stick a nee­dle into.

And today, I bought two of my favorite LPs from MoJo Records:

· The Cure, Faith
· The Smiths, Strange­ways, Here We Come

There seemed to be a real lack of used 90s indie things like stere­o­lab, belle and sebas­t­ian, pave­ment and the pix­ies… but then again, maybe peo­ple are still too young to part with them. I hate to pay full price for Vinyl…