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March 2006

Excellent Content Management System


The Spider of Doom
(The Daily WTF, Alex Papadimoulis)

Josh was called in to investigate and noticed that one particularly troublesome external IP had gone in and deleted *all* of the content on the system. The IP didn’t belong to some overseas hacker bent on destroying helpful government information. It resolved to, Google’s very own web crawling spider. Whoops.

(via Digg)


Fixing It More

Adding in a couple of loops to have it be a bit more like what we actually listend to at dinner. This should be pretty much exactly that, except it ends after three loops as opposed to going on for hours:

And then another looping both voices at their full lengths rather than clipping at the end of the first loop:

[Edit 3/27/2006: I included that second one only because Amy said she liked it.]

The Corrected Beat

When I woke up they told me I had completely messed it up. They made me sad.

So here is EXACTLY the track as it was while we were eating dinner yesterday.

Although it sounded better then cause it was looped and the echo carried over into the next loop, which it does not here. But whatever. Here it is exact and untouched. When I’d added a manual couple of loops and a fade at the end I’d also turned on a third vocal track which turns out was unwanted. Pooh.

The Beat

Amy does much better at this than I do.


Pretty cool.

Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?

Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.

We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you.

Sleepy Groceries

After a long day of travel, there was no waiting for parents to finish grocery shopping.

Brandy Over PacMed


I noticed on the flight tracking online that Brandy and Amy’s plane was about to pass over head. So I ran outside to the parking lot with my camera phone, and there they were. It was a camera phone, so you can’t tell, but I could see the Delta markings and such, so I knew it was them. I took several shots, but this one as they were about to fly into the sun and the building in view was the coolest I think. (You can actually see the plane better in a couple of the others, but in this it looks like they are about to be devoured by a black hole, so I liked it damn it!)

They should be on the ground by now. I expect a call from them any second. I have a meeting to go to, then I’ll be picking them up. Yea!!

Don’t Shoot the Puppy

(via Boing Boing)

It took awhile and a lot of work, but I finished all the levels and won the game. Woo!

Ratings for Who

Eh, not a blockbuster, but probably good enough to make it worth Sci-Fi’s wire to use it while their other shows are on hiatus.

US Debut Ratings
(Shaun Lyon, Gallifrey One)

According to information from the programming department of the Sci-Fi Channel, Doctor Who did well its first night in broadcast. 1.58 million viewers tuned in to watch “Rose,” says the report, with 1.61 million viewers watching “The End of the World” and .78 million viewers each watching “Rose” and “The End of the World” in their 11pm and 12am repeat slots. These numbers are somewhat lower than the standard viewing the channel received for its broadcasts of its original series “Stargate: Atlantis” and “Battlestar Galactica” in the same time slots, but higher than any broadcast of syndicated series that evening (including repeats of “Firefly” and “John Doe”).

Now, renewing it to show the next season or two will depend on how it holds up over the next 13 weeks. If it is steady or up, they almost certainly will go for the next couple series. If it is down…

Of course, they are still going to be way behind. New episodes in the UK will be starting in just a few weeks.

Right Choice in December

Read all the comments from MS employees in the thread. They are pretty unhappy and demoralized at the moment. (At least the ones posting there.)

Vista 2007. Fire the leadership now!

It certainly sounded like Microsoft leadership committed to us, our customers, our partners, and our shareholders that Vista would be out in 2006.


We should have asked for more details around the “or else” part of that commitment.

(via Tech Memeorandum)

Meanwhile, Apple is on a roll.