2004 US Election

more on affiliate links and metadata

After my experiments of last night with linking my “Now playing” tags to tracks at iTMS, I realize it will work too rarely to be useful to anyone. See the graphic: from that album, only one track is available and it’s not the one that’s playing. (and on the track playing now — listed below — the only tracks I could find by searching for “magazine” were audiobook selections from Penthouse magazine [now you can even skip reading the articles and have them read to you?], nothing by the artist.)


So I suppose the best way to do this would be to extend what I already do and embed the affiliate-linked URL in the Comment ID3 tag and let ecto drop that in when the iTunes button is pressed. But since a. I already have Amazon metadata for my existing library, and b. so few tracks are available, why bother?

And on a related note, why doesn’t Apple include that information in the tracks it sells through iTMS? I bought Elvis Costello’s “Delivery Man” today and the only way I can link to iTMS so you might buy it (and credit me) is to track down the affiliate program link maker, not the other one. If they even included the product ID, we could build the HTML around that. As it is now, I have a custom tag that, given an ASIN number (B0002VEPL2), will build an Amazon affiliate link.

Now playing: Stuck by Magazine from the album “The Correct Use Of Soap” | Buy it

music the value of X

the valor of ignorance

Home improvement time here at Thistle Dew. I had a spot for a light fixture (a gaping hole with wires in it, to put it plainly) and when this one showed up on freecycle, I grabbed it. It came sealed in its original plastic with new bulbs . . .


Installing it was pretty easy: the core part wasn’t big enough to cover the hole so a trip to the Big Box hardware emporium was called for. They didn’t have anything quite large enough, so the job isn’t finished.
So why the title of this post? On my first attempt to install it, I dutifully shut off the breakers I thought controlled that circuit, but as I hit the light switch on afterwards, I realized they weren’t the right ones. I was careful to turn off the switch (though dimmers add a certain variability) so it wasn’t really dangerous, but even so, the knowledge that those wires could be live was worrying.

So far, so good: it looks like a three-legged octopus, but it works fine.

Now playing:U.S.L.S. 1 by Public Image Ltd. from the album “9” | Buy it


the “debate”

I have seen a few drinking games suggested to accompany the debate tonight: let’s just say that taking a drink everytime the president said “steadfast”, “resolute”, or referred to Saddam Hussein as a danger would have had all but the most experienced drunks out of the game before halftime . . . .

The next debate will be on during my wife’s book club meeting: I expect the book under discussion will be shelved in favor of yelling obscenities at the TV.


precise but indiscriminate

What is the injury-producing impact of a 500 lb smart bomb, in square feet? Imagine a circle with a four hundred foot radius. Use πr2 and get 502,654.825. Google Calculator: pi * 400^2

If the room in which you sit is 20 * 20 (400 sq ft), the affected area would encompass 1,256 similarly-sized rooms. The likelihood of collateral damage seems high.