concert august 12, 2010

The Fox Theatre

  • Delta Spirit
  • The Rescues – in the 13th Street parking lot outside the theater. Only saw about half their set.
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Guster

Awesome show. Alex Ebert is a crazy performer, and Guster’s set was one of their best. I think it’s refreshing when they have new music to play.

I apologize for the ass hole behind the camera singing along off-key. Way off-key.

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incessant record keeping

So one of the biggest reasons I want a blog is to keep a record of things. My life, mostly. But lately I’ve either been to busy to post, or I’ve been using Twitter to record my daily doings. I’m not doing a very good job or recording much of anything here.

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about how nice it would be to have a database-driven website where you can record just about anything, and view stats and numbers associated with those records. For example, as a personal project to better learn PHP and MySQL, I’m creating a site where Ally can keep track of the books she’s read. I’m making it expandable enough that eventually, multiple users will be able to use the same site, see what other books people have added, and associate those books with their own accounts. By “associate” I mean that they will be able to add it to their wishlist, or they can mark it as “already read” and put it in their archive of completed books. They’ll be able to pull up all sorts of numbers and stats, see graphs of books completed within a date ranges, let the site choose their next book for them based on any number or criteria, and so-on.

But I’m digressing a bit. The point is that it will be a simple website, and it’ll only take a minute to enter a new book you’ve read, yet you’ll be able to get all sorts of rich information out of it. I wish I could recreate this site for about a million different things, not just book reading.

Baby steps. I don’t have the know-how to create an infinitely customizable site where users can create their own set of record keeping data based on whatever’s important to them. Yet. Someday. For now, I just need somewhere to put things so I can easily “remember” them later (i.e. use a search bar to find them).

I have therefore decided to use this blog as a device for just that: record stats about my life. And to start, I’m going to create a post that simply records the bands I saw last night at the Guster concert. Utilizing tags, I’ll be able to later pull up posts for all the concerts I’ve been to (starting from today).

If I had started this about 8 years ago, I wouldn’t have to guess how many times I’ve seen Guster. “Was last night 10 or 11? 12 maybe? ” No more wondering.

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I’m getting really excited for NYC.

It feels like it’s just around the corner now. This next week at work is probably going to be pretty stressful, so I’m so ready to go on vacation.

My goals are to: stay up late, wake up early, do shit, avoid the hotel as much as possible.

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date Jul 27th 2010
author Mike
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can burping dislodge your liver?

I just drank a whole lot of Diet Coke with Lime, and it all came out in one monsterous burp. Ally asked me if I had just dislodged my liver due to the violence of the burp. I checked all my typical vitals (still breathing, still have vision, balls still attached) and everything checked out, so I figured my liver must still be in good health.

Then I got to wondering if you actually could dislodge your liver after burping. As it turns out, my research was cut off at the source. Google had no search results for me*. As far as I can see, there are two reasons for this:

  1. Nobody else has ever asked that question before on the world wide webs. Duh. Despite Yahoo! Answers having over 200 million users, none of them have ever been curious about this before.
  2. The question is so complex, research results have yet to answer the question. Research scientists are unlikely to post questions to answers they have yet to obtain, so I can only guess that they’re still looking into it. In the event that no scientists are tackling this problem right now, I’ve notified the Mythbusters about it, so hopefully they’ll be able to find an answer. On national TV no less.

*UPDATE: This post now comes up, but it’s the only thing that does, so my point still stands. I am currently the foremost authority on whether burping and dislodged livers can indeed be correlated.

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date Jul 24th 2010
author Mike
category Life
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ally + black pepper

Ally + Black Pepper

iPhone, 7.15.2010

I’m really digging Andigraf. I just wish it would stop crashing when I try to change the film & lenses. At least it’s stuck on a good combo.

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date Jul 17th 2010
author Mike
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old spice

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date Jul 14th 2010
author Mike
category Life
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7.7.2010

7.7.2010

Okay, it’s open… Now what?

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date Jul 7th 2010
author Mike
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7.4.2010

7.4.2010

Holy shit! Our microwave just caught on fire! Now how am I supposed to cook my hot pocket?

It was only a few weeks ago that the truck caught on fire when I started it. I haven’t been having very good luck with these sorts of things.

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date Jul 4th 2010
author Mike
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cyclemeter

Two awesome things blew my mind today.

  1. Cyclemeter, the iphone app, is awesome. Tangent: I’ve been opposed to buying apps since I got my phone. I think I realized why recently. The money isn’t paying for anything tangible. I’m not even getting a disk with the software installation on it. I rarely pay for anything I download, so the concept is foreign to me. But I’ve recently realized the irrationality in that. If I get use out of the app, it’s worth paying for. I buy myself lunch at least once per week, and after tip I rarely pay less than $10. This Cyclemeter GPS tracking app is incredible, robust, simple, and useful, and it only cost half as much as my weekly lunch. The question of whether or not it’s a worthy puchase is a no-brainer, and I now see that.
  2. The Google Earth browser plugin is awesome. I’ve never seen much point in having a separate application on my computer for what I can basically already do online, but now I can actually do it online. The fact that I can now see the Taco Bell at Baseline and Broadway in 3D — all in browser — is priceless.

Marshall Ride

Speed and Elevation

It’s pretty cool seeing the correlation between elevation gains and speed changes. Sometimes the speed seems to inexplicably swing without reason, but over a longish ride like this, a lot of data has to be crunched into a very small space. Naturally, some of the info gets lost in translation.

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date Jul 3rd 2010
author Mike
category Life
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6.13.2010

6.13.2010

Still raining. Dustin and I tried to get in a round of frolf, but the rain proved to be too…wet.

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date Jun 22nd 2010
author Mike
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