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July 2004

Wanna enter the iTunes contest without buying anything?

How-To Tuesday: How to enter the iTunes contest for free

The iTunes Music store from Apple is celebrating their 70% worldwide market share of legal downloads by having a contest to count down to the 100 millionth song with some great prizes like iPods, Powerbooks 10,000 free songs, etc. You’re automatically entered when you buy a song from iTunes, but we’re going to show you how to enter for free in this week’s How-To.

Blankbaby goes on a Cross Blog Field Trip

That's right folks; I ventured out into the cruel, cruel world yesterday and saw the Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, and Guster concert at the Festival Pier of Penn's Landing.

Now, while this may sound like fun this concert was more than just a concert. It was, in fact, the first Blankbaby/Good Grief! summit. Many items of import were discussed and several actionable items were agreed upon (by at least one of those attending). Among them:


  • Rufus Wainwright is a little too whiney for his own good
  • Proper Punctuation is important
  • Mangled Pretzels = Crushing Christ
  • Water is preferable to Diet Pepsi or Coke
  • Musicians making political statements at their shows just isn't appreciated

As you can see the ramifications of this meeting will be felt worldwide.

Anyway, the concert was good. Guster and Ben Folds were both very good and rocked out. Rufus was the weakest of the three, however I am not a Rufus fan. Becky did agree though, and she likes the Rufus, or at least she did a few albums ago.

I had a good time, and I am glad Becky wanted to go with me, because otherwise I would have missed out on seeing such a great concert. Plus, I got to meet the voice behind Good Grief!, and who wouldn't want that? Luckily for me I didn't turn my collar up and wear my ultra skinny tie.


The Edge likes C2

A review of C2 (warning, the website plays sound as soon as you load it) has been posted over at Eet Not Crang.

I had some Pepsi Edge the other day, and I must say it has all the after taste of diet soda and half to taste of normal Pepsi. Not quite as horrid as Pepsi Kona (the great taste of Pepsi, the the bitter after taste of coffee!), but overall it pales in comparison to Pepsi.

But you don't have to take my word for it, the good folks at carbwire have posted a review of Pepsi Edge and Coke C2 Review.


Eight Things You Can Do in a Meeting with a TabletPC

Working Smart presents Eight Things You Can Do in a Meeting with a TabletPC.

Most of the things are fairly mundane, and can be accomplished using a good old laptop, but hey whatever tool works for you. I must admit that I have been thinking about Tablet PC's for awhile, but I can't afford to spend any of my budget on something I know little to nothing about, and something that may crash and burn in my office environment.

Anyway, the most interesting thing about the Eight Things you can do post is that Michael Hyatt spends 30 hours a week in meetings! That is way too long.

I will quote Blankbaby's Law: 'The amount of work accomplished in a meeting is inversely proportional to the length of said meeting.' Live it, learn it, quote it.


Dual Quasars of Rock

tmbg Chances are if you have known me for more than, oh 2 hours, you know my favorite band in the world is They Might Be Giants. Not only are they scarily talented, they have been in for forefront of using the internet to distribute their music and widen their fan base. In fact, they have just opened their own music download service.

Why am do I mention TMBG? Well, I have decided that I will continue with the 'Summer of Scott' that I had planned earlier this year, but scale it back a bit. I was planning on going to Ireland for a week or two (specifically Walking Ireland, that just looks amazing). Alas, due to circumstances beyond my control those plans have been dashed asunder. However, like the Phoenix, the Summer of Scott has arisen from the ashes (and really it is a dry heat, so it is ok) and has been born anew.

My new plan is to make some day trips to see They Might Be Giants at least twice this summer. Their schedule mentions Philadelphia, but there is no date associated with the mention therefore I find it dubious. I am going to try and make it to:

Now, I am definitely going to Celebrate Brooklyn and I am going to hang out with my college buddies Thad and Erin (they don't know it yet, but I am coming over!). Washington looks a little iffey only because all mention of it has been erased from They Might Be Giants' website. Hopefully that is some kind of clerical error, and the Summer of Scott can go ahead as planned.

The odd thing is, and I am sure that you will all be fascinated by this, I have seen TMBG at both of these festivals in the past. How wacky is that? Ok, not that wacky but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Anyway, if you are planning to be at either of these concerts say hello to me! I will be the guy that kinda looks like me.


Photo credit: Joshua Kessler, taken from tmbg.com


I want a Black and White Cookie

blackwhiteThere are many thing about New York I miss, but one of the top things has to be Black and White cookies. I haven't even seen one of these cookies in the wilds of Philadelphia.

However, I will be in New York City at the end of the month, and I will purchase myself a cookie. Then I will take a GIGANTIC bite out of that cookie. Perhaps I will also buy some milk, though I can get that in Philadelphia.

You can read more about these wonderful cookies at kottke.org. If you haven't had one, believe me you owe it to yourself to get to New York and have one. Also, they are NOT called Halfmoon cookies. If someone tries to tell you otherwise kick them in the knee and proclaim loudly, "I will not be seduced by your fast talking big city ways. Good day, sir!"


I don't do memes

But I saw this Movie Meme over at The The Little Professor, and I thought I would jump in.

Rules: put everything you've seen in bold, then add three titles. (Via scribblingwoman.)


01. Trainspotting
02. Shrek
03. M
04. Dogma
05. Strictly Ballroom
06. The Princess Bride
07. Love Actually
08. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
09. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
11. Reservoir Dogs
12. Desperado
13. Swordfish
14. Kill Bill Vol. 1
15. Donnie Darko
16. Spirited Away
17. Better Than Sex
18. Sleepy Hollow
19. Pirates of the Caribbean
20. The Eye
21. Requiem for a Dream
22. Dawn of the Dead (The original).
23. The Pillow Book
24. The Italian Job
25. The Goonies
26. Baseketball
27. The Spice Girls Movie (Spice World)
28. Army of Darkness
29. The Color Purple
30. The Safety of Objects
31. Can’t Hardly Wait
32. Mystic Pizza
33. Finding Nemo
34. Monsters Inc.
35. Circle of Friends
36. Mary Poppins
37. The Bourne Identity (both!)
38.Forrest Gump
39. A Clockwork Orange
40. Kindergarten Cop
41. On The Line
42. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
43. Final Destination
44. Sorority Boys
45. Urban Legend
46. Cheaper by the Dozen The original.
47. Fierce Creatures
48. Dude, Where’s My Car
49. Ladyhawke
50. Ghostbusters
51. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
52. Back to the Future
53. An Affair To Remember
54. Somewhere In Time
55. North By Northwest
56. Moulin Rouge
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
58. The Wizard of Oz
59. Zoolander
60. A Walk to Remember
61. Chicago
62. Vanilla Sky
63. The Sweetest Thing
64. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
65. The Nightmare Before Christmas
66. Chasing Amy
67. Edward Scissorhands
68. Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
69. Muriel’s Wedding
70. Croupier
71. Blade Runner
72. Cruel Intentions
73. Ocean’s Eleven
74. Magnolia
75. Fight Club
76. Beauty and The Beast
77. Much Ado About Nothing
78. Dirty Dancing
79. Gladiator
80. Ever After
81. Braveheart
82. What Lies Beneath
83. Regarding Henry
84. The Dark Crystal
85. Star Wars
86. The Birds
87. Beaches
88. Cujo
89. Maid In Manhattan
90. Labyrinth
91. Thoroughly Modern Millie
92. His Girl Friday
93. Chocolat
94. Independence Day
95. Singing in the Rain
96. Big Fish
97. The Thomas Crown Affair
98. The Matrix
99. Stargate
100. A Hard Day’s Night
101. About A Boy
102. Jurassic Park
103. Life of Brian
104. Dune
105. Help!
106. Grease
107. Newsies
108. Gone With The Wind
109. School of Rock
110. TOMMY
111. Yellow Submarine
112. From Hell
113. Benny & Joon
114. Amelie
115. Bridget Jones’ Diary
116. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
117. Heavenly Creatures
118. All About Eve
119. The Outsiders
120. Airplane!
121. The Sorcerer
122. The Crying Game
123. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
124. Slap Her, She’s French
125. Amadeus
126. Tommy Boy
127. Aladdin
128. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
129. Snatch
130. American History X
131. Jack and Sarah
132. Monkey Bone
133. Rocky Horror Picture Show
134. Kate and Leopold
135. Interview with the Vampire
136. Underworld
137. Truly, Madly, Deeply
138. Tank Girl
139. Boondock Saints
140. Blow Dry
141. Titanic
142. Good Morning Vietnam
143. Save the Last Dance
144. Lost in Translation
145. Willow
146. Legend
147. Van Helsing
148. Troy
149. Nine Girls and a Ghost
150. A Knight’s Tale
151. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
152. Beetlejuice
153. E.T.
154. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
155. Spaceballs
156. Young Frankenstein
157. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
158. American President
159. Bad Boys
160. Pecker
161. Pink Floyd: The Wall
161. X-Men
162. Sidewalks of New York
163. The Children of Dune
164. Beyond Borders
165. Life Is Beautiful
166. Good Will Hunting
167. Run Lola Run
168. Blazing saddles
169. Caligula
170. The Transporter
171. Better Off Dead
172. The Abyss
173. Almost Famous
174. The Red Violin
175. Contact
176. Stand and Deliver
177. Clueless
178. William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet
179. Dangerous Laisions
180. I Am Sam
181. The Usual Suspects
182. U-571
183. Capricorn One
184. The Little Shop of Horrors (the one with Jack Nicholson)
185. Die Hard
186. The Flamingo Kid
187. Night of the Comet
188. Point Break
189. Chatterbox
190. Secretary
191. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
192. American Beauty
193. Pulp Fiction
194. What About Bob
195. Roger and Me
196. Fahrenheit 9/11
197. Bowling for Columbine
198. The Professional (aka Leon)
199. The Fifth Element
200. La Femme Nikita
201. Heathers
202. Bull Durham
203. The Scorpion King
204. The Thin Blue Line
205. Do the Right Thing
206. Lady From Shanghai
207. Natural Born Killers
208. Funeral in Berlin
209. Decline of the American Empire
210. Henry V (both Olivier and Branagh)
211. Ran
212. The Madness of King George
213. Star Trek 2: The Search for Spock
214. Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home
215. Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country

I had to add the Star Treks, you know, I know it, and the American people know it.