Archive for October, 2012

Ask a Football Player

Sunday, October 28th, 2012




It’s all about playing four quarters. I think we played well but the other team played well too. They took advantage of certain circumstances that arose. It’s a physical game.

We tried to capitalize on some mistakes they made. In the third quarter they ran some plays. They are very good at throwing the football. They have a good quarterback who is a real leader. There are no statistics for that.

We just need to show up, take things day by day, and prepare for the future. We’re looking at next week. We’re very optimistic. We’ll need to tighten up our game, make less mistakes, and stay focused.

There are 22 players out there. We’re 11 of them. This is a game played on grass. It’s full of intangibles. There are ups and downs. If we look at today’s champions, they are proven winners. They play football.

The groundwork has been laid so, now let’s look the future, make some good decisions, and take things to the next level.

Random Nice Things

Friday, October 19th, 2012

This is my favorite knife.

This is a very nice portable jambox.

These are the best socks.


Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Home Movie
I Like Killing Flies
Indie Game: The Movie
Alone in the Wilderness

Some musical favorites

Be Here To Love Me
Why Old Time?
Give Me The Banjo
The Last Waltz

Give Me The Banjo

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Somehow, despite being a banjo enthusiast, I’d never heard of or seen the documentary Give Me The Banjo. I fixed that last night. It was spectacularly good. Preview of it:

It’s narrated by Steve Martin.

Yes, that Steve Martin. He’s plays the banjo. I bet you knew that. It’s kind of a funny scourge on banjo players right now. You can’t tell anybody that you play the banjo without them asking you if you knew that Steve Martin plays the banjo. Yes, yes I did. Steve is a fantastic narrator for the film though.

I liked how it took them a good portion of the film to even get to an era that might be considered old time banjo. Extra ironic, now that I think about it. Most people think of Bluegrass when they think of the banjo but history will see that as a phase it went through.

Great quote by Pete Seeger:

It’s a rhythmic instrument. The banjo is a rhythmic instrument. […] This banjo can do things that the guitar can’t do. You can get these needle points of time, needle points like a star in the sky. And here’s what a banjo does with a melody. You know there’s thousands of stars out there, but you can pick out a constellation among them. So here you’re hearing a lot of notes but somehow there’s a melody to them.

The film takes it’s name from a great Mark Twain quote:

The piano may do for love-sick girls who lace themsleves to skeletons, and lunch on chalk, pickles and slate pencils. But give me the banjo. Gottschalk compared to Sam Pride or Charley Rhoades, is as a Dashaway cocktail to a hot whisky punch. When you want genuine music — music that will come right home to you like a bad quarter, suffuse your system like strychnine whisky, go right through you like Brandreth’s pills, ramify your whole constitution like the measles, and break out on your hide like the pin-feather pimples on a picked goose, — when you want all this, just smash your piano, and invoke the glory-beaming banjo!

Here’s another documentary I need to make time to watch:

Solution to Grill Not Getting Hot

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

My grill is about a year old. It gets used on average once a week and has gone through maybe 3 or 4 LP tank changes. Not super new, but pretty new. The last few months it’s been really crappy. Just doesn’t get very hot. I did some obvious checking of stuff like making sure I had plenty of gas in the tank, all the hoses were securely attached, tank was open all the way, nothing was clogged… but still just didn’t get very hot. I thought it was just a crappy grill until I got fed up enough to Google around solutions.

Turns out it was the regulator valve getting “stuck”. You can un-stick it like this:

  1. Turn off the gas at the propane tank
  2. Disconnect the gas line from the tank
  3. Open the grill lid
  4. Turn all control valves to high
  5. Wait for about a minute
  6. Turn all control valves to off
  7. Reconnect the gas line to the tank
  8. SLOWLY turn on the gas at the tank
  9. Light the grill normally
  10. Your grill should now heat normally

Via Derrick Riches, who also says if this doesn’t work it’s likely a bad regulator valve.


Friday, October 12th, 2012

If I didn’t have my phone on silent 95% of the time I would totally buy these.

Wuthering Heights

Friday, October 12th, 2012

After hating the book as a kid, now I’ve seen a couple movie adaptations and I kinda love it. STOKED for this new one:

Kinda sad about the typography though.

Dog’s Dream Comes True

Thursday, October 11th, 2012


Digby freaks out when there are like 4 balls.

Working in Public: Reading is Fundamental

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Dan Mall is going to take the working in public idea and go big. He’s working with Reading is Fundamental and an assembled dream-team, to redesign the RIF website.

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing updates about this project: the good and the not-so-good, the failures and the victories.

So great. This is even better than a one-person exposé – it’s a behind-the-scene look at interactions of an entire team. It kicks off with literally a kick off meeting, already with it’s own set of successes and failures.

You Don’t Need To Collect an Address To Process Credit Cards With Stripe (But You Really Do)

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

If you use Stripe to process credit cards, and you don’t sell physical goods, you don’t need to collect an address. Pretty cool, because you can make checkout forms super tiny and quick to fill out. Easier forms = better conversion rates.

But if you ever need to leave Stripe, all the other major processors do require an address. You wouldn’t have it, so you couldn’t process the cards anymore, and you’d be really screwed. (Assuming you process monthly).

So you pretty much have to ask for address information. Still, good on Stripe for pushing this. Maybe other processors will stop requiring it and signup forms for web apps will shrink over time.

I need a life manager

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

My last five phone bills were: $339.93, $217.32, $219.20, $217.09, $217.09.

I knew it was too high but I just kept putting off dealing with it. I found out that there was some additional $99.99 and $5.99 international feature tied to the account that I didn’t need. I added it, but was told it was a one-time fee for international minutes.

This is too big of a thing to slip through the cracks for this long.

Walter from Fringe on Music

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

From the season opener of Season 5 of Fringe.

Observer: You miss music?

Walter: There’s not a lot of it here.

Observer: We tolerate it. But it’s merely tones, rhythms, and harmonic vibrations.

Walter: Mostly it amazes me. Music helps me shift perspective. To see things differently if you need to.

Observer: See things like, hope?

Walter: Yes. Very much like that.

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