Monthly Archive for March, 2005

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Hopeless Friend

hope­less friend”, posted by ned­ward

Pres­ley is in nyc for a con­fer­ence, but that didn’t stop me from leav­ing the house last night. I caught Gra­ham Coxon, for­mer gui­tarist for a lit­tle brit­pop out­fit called Blur.

I love Graham’s new album, Hap­pi­ness in Mag­a­zines, and was delighted to find out that he also puts on a hell of a show, for such a shy guy. His vocals espe­cially were quite strong, though he freaked out and stopped in the mid­dle of a song because the light­ing guy put a spot on him…

My first Blur show was in March of ’97, in the Mid­dle East Down­stairs, when I was a fresh­men (yikes) in col­lege. Rivers Cuomo was hang­ing out at the bar, Damon soaked me with water from his many bot­tles, and Gra­ham mostly sulked in the cor­ner, strum­ming vera­ciously. That was the best con­cert I have ever seen.

See­ing Gra­ham kind of makes me wish he was still in Blur, and they were still play­ing lit­tle clubs…

Some old posts about Blur and related projects:

links for 2005-03-29

Steak Salad

steak saladI watched a bit of FoodTV on Sun­day, and suf­fered through Rachael Ray and her awful accent and man­ner­isms… I’ve never once wanted to eat any­thing she cooks, because she annoys me so much.

But after Rachael, a delight­ful woman came on, who I’ve never seen before: Giada De Lau­ren­tiis, and she appar­ently cooks Ital­ian. Sure, she’s hot, but the pro­duc­tion val­ues on this show are a lit­tle more mod­ern, (think Nigella), with nice light­ing and editing.

The show was so pleas­ant to watch, I ended up cook­ing her Steak Salad for Pres­ley and I last night. I went a lit­tle over­board on the Gor­gonzola, but I really love the creamy taste. And, you can never have too much cheese, right?

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True

A Club Sand­wich with­out bacon, is not a Club Sand­wich.

links for 2005-03-24

  • The Boston Globe (sic) reports on a suc­cess­ful Craigslist “missed connection”
    (cat­e­gories: media web)

MAMP: Mac, Apache, Mysql & PHP

When I’m design­ing and build­ing a web­site, I dread the point where I’ll have to shift from work­ing locally, to work­ing on the server. Once the ini­tial lay­out and CSS is done, it’s time to start script­ing with PHP, and pulling con­tent in from MySQL data­bases — and time to fire up ye olde FTP. This con­stant upload­ing is frus­trat­ing, and gives me carpal tun­nel

I’ve always known that it was pos­si­ble to set up PHP & MySQL locally, as Mac OSX has the Apache web server built-in… but, that always seemed like such a has­sle. After a few min­utes of tin­ker­ing, I’d throw my hands up and think, wouldn’t it be help­ful if some­one put together an easy install package?

Well, some­body has… MAMP promises to be my salvation:

MAMP installs a local server envi­ron­ment in a mat­ter of sec­onds on your Mac OS X com­puter, be it Power­Book or iMac. Like sim­i­lar pack­ages from the Win­dows– and Linux-world, MAMP comes free of charge.

This should speed things up con­sid­er­ably, and allow me to work with­out an inter­net con­nec­tion… on the plane, in the park, etc.

links for 2005-03-22

Flickr!

Well, it’s offi­cial — the worst kept secret around, Flickr was acquired by Yahoo!, and was announced on the Flickr Blog:

bq. Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keep­ing secrets!! Yes! We can finally con­firm that Yahoo has made a defin­i­tive agree­ment to acquire Flickr and us, Ludi­corp. Smack the tat­tlers and pop the cham­pagne corks!

My ini­tial reac­tion, as an avid Flickr user, is very wait-and-see. Despite the occa­sional down­times, I’ve been impressed by how they’ve man­aged to scale up, as the site has grown expo­nen­tially. But obvi­ously, there comes a point where a Yahoo! can really help.

What I’m wor­ried about most, was only slightly deflected in Caterina’s post — it’s not that Yahoo! will get “flick­rized”, but that Flickr would end up “Yahooed!”:

Yahoo Pho­tos will get a lot of Flickr fea­tures, and there are alot of other areas around Yahoo that will also be Flick­rized where Flick­riza­tion would be good.

That’s not reas­sur­ing… I guess we’ll wait-and-see.

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Another Quality Afternoon at Saab City

I spent the morn­ing and a good part of the after­noon today sit­ting in the deal­er­ship, watch­ing the snow come down in buck­ets, wait­ing for my car to get it’s new wheels. 2 new rims, and 4 new tires…

But watch­ing all of this snow got me day­dream­ing about nicer weather, and all that it entails… grilling, scoot­ing, the beach. And, as long as we’re day­dream­ing, how about this $40,000 con­vert­ible?

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Hot Hot Heat

Hot Hot Heat”, posted by ned­ward

Pet peeve for the day: How can Axis call itself a night club when it begins shows at 6:45pm and ends them by 9:30pm? Isn’t that just an evening club?

We went to see Hot Hot Heat on mon­day night, but due to the early show-time, man­aged to miss Louis XIV, and their lady-killer hit anthem, Find­ing out True Love is Blind (iTunes).

As for HHH, they’ve “blos­somed” into full blown rock stars since we last saw them. When singer/keyboardist Steve Bays walked out with a teased up white-boy afro, I decided this would be my last HHH show. We’ll have to see about catch­ing Louis XIV again, some­time.

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Dear Leader @ The Paradise

the room”, posted by ned­ward

Dear Leader started as a side project for x-Sheila Divine singer Aaron Per­rino, but now is a fleshed-out band that includes musi­cians from past Boston bands such as Tug­boat Annie, Orbit, and Cheerleadr…

Pres­ley and I used to be Sheilas junkies, so I’m not sure any Dear Leader show could even come close, but it was a fun night. The open­ing band was Tax­payer.

(Also, we ran into Jim Gilbert in the crowd, and he remem­bered both our names… quelle suprise!)

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