As foretold by my last post, I got a shiny phone. This is somewhat momentous for me because I've never had a cellphone before. While I am waiting for turtleneck to make the development kit available, I have been trying the only supported means of making applications, namely to make applications on the Internet and then connect to them with the web browser etc. Unfortunately it seems that the only wireless way to get photos off the phone is to e-mail them, so I spent a few hours writing an e-mail gateway for my weblog software (and some other stuff). Here is its maiden voyage! Unfortunately there was nothing interesting to photograph on my walk to school, but I wanted to test it out, so here is a picture of my feet. I typed this message while walking, but then I had to rewrite it at my desk because a bug prevented the first one from going through. =(
Slowly writing blog posts with freezing fingers and taking pictures of my shoes is pretty dumb, but I am a looking forward to some possible mobile blogging while on trips this coming week. First I am in Philadelphia and then I am leaving from there for Nice, France (TGC07). If you are going to be in one of these places or happen to know something cool to do there, please inform me by putting a message in my website.
PS. I like the new Battles album a lot. It sometimes reminds me of American Don and sometimes of something I've never heard before...
Buying a good phone number?
(18 Oct 2007 at 09:46)
Now that turtleneck sweater (this link destination is intended to be a joke about referring to people based on their characteristic clothing; I fear it will be too obscure unless I spell it out) has announced that he wants to let people develop for their iPhones I think it is time to get one. After I finish (sorry, I mean "devo hat finishes") writing Chapter 2 of the thesis, of course. Did you guys know that I am working full speed on writing my thesis right now? Of course I am; that is why I hardly post on my blog or play on-line board games with you on social networking sites and have like a 12% response rate on action-required e-mails. It is fun, I have 175 pages (100 pages of proofs), and I can't wait to slam its heft down on my advisors's desks. Soon.
Since I've never had a cell phone before, I have a question: is it possible to use the phone number portability rules to purchase from a third party a particularly good phone number when getting a phone? The reason is that I like when my phone number spells something and I also agonize over these kinds of name choice issues which is why I have several for example domain names that I have saved up just in case, but I always get assigned phone numbers with 1s and 0s in them, limiting the spelling opportunities. The only good one I ever got was when in college my dorm phone number was once NUDE-CMU, but backwards. So, possible? Or is there some other way of exercising my preference for memorable digits?
John Vanderslice at Rock and Roll Hotel
(23 Sep 2007 at 11:25)
Hey! Sorry for the blogocube silence. I am working on my thesis and everything like such as. I have some posts saved up in my forebrain but this one is timely.
I'm in DC visiting Cortney this weekend and so we went to the Rock and Roll Hotel to see John Vanderslice. (Actually since he has not been in Pittsburgh since I've been a fan, or perhaps ever, this was kinda sorta the reason for the trip.) As a bonus, Bishop Allen was opening. What a good show! The R&R H is kind of way out there, like cab distance, but it has free lollipops and an upstairs with VIP lounges decorated with gothic self-injury themed imagery, and flying guitars, and pool, and the rocking out zone downstairs is just the right size for this kind of concert, and I insinuated my non-view-blocking self up to the front row, at least for the JV part. Me and a few other guys were singing along to all the songs—I guess I listen to these CDs a lot because they're among the few I have in my office. What was particularly nice about the show was the way I was finally able to make sense of some songs I was never into (especially Tablespoon of Codeine, but also e.g. Dear Sarah Shu) but never quite skipped over, via their excellent and somewhat different live versions. Maybe now I will like those better. Anyway, the point of all this is, the concert was recorded for an NPR webcast, so you can listen yourself! I only listened for a second because I heard it already last night, but the quality seems really good. Unfortunately it seems that the excellent first song, Kookaburra, is not present. And who knows if the part where they took their instruments out into the crowd for a "Keep the Dream Alive" campfire sing-along could even be successfully recorded? But there it is for you and you don't even need to leave your bedroom or turn your radio dial from left to right or even look at ads for non-hipster-approved pee pee beer while you're listening.
Theme from Camp Spoonhowopic
(07 Sep 2007 at 09:46)
Tomorrow I'm off for the weekend (with lots of friends) to Camp Spoonhowopic, the non-wedding non-ceremony (it's a "camp") celebrating the union of the Spoonhower and Copic families, thus the eponymous portmanteau. And speaking of eponyms, I was commissioned—by which I mean gently requested without fee—to create an official Camp Spoonhowopic theme song. Since they've had the song up on their blog for a month or so, I figure it's fair game to share it with you guys: camp-spoonhowopic.mp3. Be warned that essentially the whole thing consists of in-jokes, but maybe you will like it anyway.
Two ways to start the day with a positive outlook: listen to ''Final Countdown'' and point out the mistakes of others
(31 Aug 2007 at 10:22)
I finally watched the famed Miss Teen North Carolina video last night. Question: Why do you think that 1/5 of Americans can't locate the United States on a world map? Answer: "I personally believe that U.S. Americans can't do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps." Good answer, actually! How am I supposed to find the United States on a world map if I don't even have one? Of course, then she rambles on about the Iraq and everywhere like such as. When you've already answered the question, there's no need to expound; at best you'll end up like one of those spelling bee geniuses who is eidetically compelled not only to spell the target word but to give a definition and relevant Bartlett Familiar Quotation, in doing so embarrassing everyone but his gigadoting parents. At worst you will be Miss Teen North Carolina.
Nobody watches Teen Pageants for geographic insight or usage tips, though. Here's a gaffe from a less likely source: The Iowa district court ruling that same-sex couples can marry. CNN quotes it as saying, "... by reason of the fact that both persons compromising such a couple are of the same sex." Usage panel obsessives will recognize the problem word, comprising, which is "supposed" to be used as follows: "The Congress comprises the Senate and the House." (So to some people this is akin to the subject/object reversal in "the sandwich ate me." Just never say comprising if you must simultaneously sound normal and pacify grammar police.) But wait! The word he used was compromising, not comprising, which doesn't mean that at all! It is not easy to pack two recognizable mistakes into the same word, in a quote that makes it into public record and national news. Kudos and everything like such as.