27 November 2007

Once upon a time in San Francisco

Amera and I were working on an episode of a fashion/art show for public access when we heard this sort of crunch outside. Amera hopped up to look and from her description, I soon joined her at the door.

A sedan had been hit from behind by a cable car. Even if there was some cable car legal loop hole, it really couldn't have been the sedan driver's fault because there was a cable car in front of him too.

Cable. Car. Sandwich.

No one was hurt and the tourists seemed to be having a great time, in spite or oddly because of it, taking pictures and laughing.

In the end, even the cable car had to be towed away by a big truck.

One year ago at TTaT: A bit of satisfaction
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26 November 2007

If you want Buffy...

...it's Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day today. The whole series on DVD in a Collector's set for $94.99. At over half off it's usual price, that's a great deal for all 7 seasons.

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Shocking I know, a post before 1 PM

I know, just a meme, but hey, I'll take it. Lifted from Dave2- thanks, Dave, this was fun.

The iTunes Meme!

How many total songs?

1605 songs which iTunes says is 4.2 days worth.

Sort by song title - first and last...
Aber Mi Dojde by Libana and 1959 by The Sisters of Mercy.

Sort by time - shortest and longest...
Close "Slow Moody Blues" by Reg Tilsley at 15 seconds (from Harvey Birdman) and Rhapsody in Blue conducted by Leonard Bernstein with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra at 16 minutes 31 seconds.

Sort by Album - first and last...
Abbey Road by The Beatles and 944 Columbus by Mario Ba├║za & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra.

Sort by Artist - first and last...
ABBA is first, and 10,000 Maniacs is last.

Top five played songs...
Love's Divine by Seal, Not Enough Time by INXS, Shining Star performed by Ruben Studdard (how did that get so high?), Waiting For You by Seal, and Blackbird by The Beatles.

Find the following words. How many songs show up?
Sex: 5, Death: 3, Love: 94, You: 172, Home: 11, Boy: 25, Girl: 37.

First five songs that come up on Party Shuffle...
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps (Quizas Quizas Quizas) by Doris Day (from the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack), Trains to Brazil by Guillemots, Why do I lie? by Luscious Jackson, No Expectations (live in studio) by Beck and Beth Orton, and I Saw An Angel Die by Bobbie Gentry.

One year ago at TTaT: Found
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24 November 2007


I actually made a successful black Friday gift purchase. Woo! There wasn't much of interest to me in the flyers for either myself or people I'm shopping for, so I didn't go out at an ungodly* hour, but I did make a late afternoon stop at Target.

That the cheap 12 pack VHS tapes were already sold out didn't surprise me, but I was happy to see a broad assortment of Polly Pocket Polly Wheels still available. Two for $3 instead of 1 for $2.94- sweet. A nice little jump start on stocking stuffers for my niece.

On a semi-related note, how bad am I that I kind of want a Wii for xmas (considering I just got a PS2 last year)? The sports games it comes with look like a lot of fun. Had DDR come out with a version for Wii before last xmas, I would've asked for one then. Not so bad since I've been considering putting Rock Band on my list- it costs 60% of what a Wii does for just one game. Hmm.

I hate that my list must be finalized before I give it to my parents... there's no room for revision once they get their hands on it which makes me feel like a materially obsessed freak through much of November. And that makes me want nothing.

*I would just praise science but "unscientific hour" just didn't have the same ring to it.

Two years ago at TTaT: Breakfast of Champions!, Thanksgiving haiku
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22 November 2007


A most happy thanksgiving to all my blog peeps!

Now, time for pie.

One year ago at TTaT: 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Haikuathon
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18 November 2007

Go go Mux!

Cruxy's Mux Video Converter is pretty damn cool. Simply input the URL of a video and it'll send you an email with a link to the video converted to whatever format you chose. E.g., enter a YouTube page and convert the video to Quicktime so you can download it and watch it without streaming.

One year ago at TTaT: People are strange, myself included
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09 November 2007

In case you didn't know, I support the WGA

Chris Kelly's article on The Huffington post explains residuals as clearly as I've ever seen. Here's an excerpt:
A residual isn't a handout or an allowance or Paris Hilton's trust fund. It's not a lottery payout, or alimony, or an annuity from a slip and fall accident at a casino.

A residual is a deferred payment against the lifetime value of a script.

It's not a perk.

It's okay if you didn't know that. It's in the best interests of a lot of fairly large corporations that you don't. And it makes it easier to imagine that writers are asking for something workers don't deserve.

You can get more up-to-date information about the strike at United Hollywood, see actors and writers talk about the strike on this YouTube page, and show your support for the strikers by signing this online petition.

fans4writers.com also has information about the strike and ways you can show your support for the writers. If I lived in LA or NYC, I'd make a point of spending some time walking the picket line.

Two years ago at TTaT: Mind soothing
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08 November 2007

What idiot thought this was a good idea?

Have you seen the cough syrup ad campaign that shows people in a blindfolded taste test unable to distinguish between the cough syrup and various sorts of swill?

Yeah, I get the tastes-bad-but-works idea, but all you're doing is making me think the cough syrup is even worse than I might've imagined. I'm not going to drink something compared to spring break hot tub water or liquid from a public restroom's floor.

After seeing your ads, I always think of how I'd rather have a sweet orange-flavored cough syrup even if it doesn't work as well. That's after I suppress my gag reflex.

Advertising rule #1: Don't show that your product in indistinguishable from swill.

Isn't that rule #1? Well, it ought to be.

One year ago at TTaT: Third time's a charm
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05 November 2007

Is this you?

NY Girl of my Dreams

Not my dreams, rather Patrick Moberg's. If I were this woman, I'd probably have mixed feelings about his search. On the one hand, I'd feel weird receiving interest based only on appearances, but on the the other, I've had that moment of seeing someone at a distance and being totally drawn to him.

So... since I was entertained by his drawings and notes, he gets a plug.

Good luck, Patrick!

One year ago at TTaT: the train bridge vlog
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02 November 2007

01 November 2007