adam & eve

June 27, 2003 under Music

Ugh, I hate summer. Heat and humidity suck.

You ever get those stints when you _have_ to listen to an album everyday at least once? How about an older album whose brand-spankin’-new appeal has waned? For me lately, that’s been the Catherine Wheel‘s album “Adam & Eve”. Why? Who knows? I listened to it in the university radio station when I had a show (you gotta love the promo copies college radio gets) and gave it little further thought.

“I must have been crazy. I think I was being brave. I think I was Bruce Lee. I might have been Michael Caine.”

That album came out in ’97. Pavement, Sebadoh and Archers Of Loaf were mostly what I was listening to at the time. I was familiar with the Catherine Wheel and enjoyed the progression they made from their shoegazing peers like Ride and Slowdive. But “Adam & Eve” was different. It wasn’t a lush wall of guitars like “Ferment” and “Chome”. It wasn’t balls-out rawkin’ like “Happy Days”. It was different and it didn’t strike my fancy. Play some Pavement, damnit!

“If Superman and Sonic Youth are fairy tales, it’s time to face the truth”

About a month ago while I was working on something that will hopefully see the light of day in the next couple of weeks, I was lookin’ for a different album to listen to. Built To Spill? Nah. New Stephen Malkmus album? Already listened to it today…twice. Some Yo La Tengo, then? I always listen to a lot of Yo La Tengo, but now for something different. “Adam & Eve”? I remember that album…barely. Why not?

“Thunderbird can you see yourself big bird? Thunderbird just speak it more discreetly. You’re making it sound absurd.”

If I actually drank and enjoyed wine, I could say that this album needed some time to age before its bouquet could be realized. That sounds dumb and besides, wine is murder on your kidneys. I know the album hasn’t changed, but it got really good all of a sudden. So now I listen to that album nightly while readin’, surfin’ or playin’ with the cats. But not while Dena’s around ’cause she usually asks “what’s this crap you’re listening to?” and then retreats to our bed room to read and watch TV. On a side note, she’s beginnin’ to like the Lips (who are playin’ that “Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto” concert in Toronto with the Stones, BTW).

“But as I sit here with my cup staring at it as if I’m some crazy poet when I’m not. I’m just a rock n’ roll Joe with tales of woe.”

Man, the Catherine Wheel‘s “Adam & Eve” is an awesome album.

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company whack-fest

June 23, 2003 under Life

The throne speech went as expected. Bah.

In the company golf tourney, I played well off the tee and hit all of my irons nicely, but my putting left a lot to be desired. Our team finished in second place at +1.

Self-documenting code is good.

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happy songs for happy people

June 20, 2003 under Music

Throne speech and company golf tourney today.

Happy Songs For Happy People. Mmmm, happy.

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barry's no h4x0r

June 19, 2003 under Computers, Internet, Programming

I like to have fun. I don’t like being told I can’t do something.

Barry‘s implemented a sort of discussion board on his site, allowing people to post thoughts and stuff. It’s similar to Dena’s Ranter that I wrote like two years ago but she never uses. He’s using mySQL to store all of this. As a computer science guy, I thought I’d try to see what’s allowable, as far a types of char data is concerned. My test? Try to see if I could run JavaScript stuff from the dicussion. Here’s how it went down:

Barry
June 19, 2003, 9:20 am
Hi there and welcome to the new discussion board. Here we can all discuss issues of the day like gays in the army and the crack of my butt.
You can input any HTML you might want to add into the form but be wary off special characters. I havent coded it to test for double quotes and stuff. I look forward to hearing from all of you in discussion. Anyone with a discussion topic?
Oh if you havent seen it yet the reply button is in the top right of the discussion window.

Lori Lue
June 19, 2003, 9:38 am
Tu pues du cul!

Patrick Byck
June 19, 2003, 10:07 am
Will you publish everything some random dingbat has to say, even if it involves heavy slander? I may not be that random dingbat, but they do exist, my friend!

Patrick Byck
June 19, 2003, 10:11 am
BTW, your timer is off. It is clearly not the a.m. anymore, unless I am experiencing a massive amount of hallucinations.

Barry
June 19, 2003, 10:14 am
Yes I realize the timer is off. It will be fixed at another time. No pun. And any dingbat is allowed to write whatever they want. Chris Bellini should be along any minute to prove that.

Chris Bellini
June 19, 2003, 10:42 am
Le premier, Barry ne me voudra pas a le JS, et maintenant il enleve ma merde. Osti!

Barry
June 19, 2003, 10:51 am
Yes Chris, Mr. Elite Programmer guy. The form can accept JavaScript if you know how to make mysql handle double quotes.

Patrick Byck
June 19, 2003, 11:12 am
Yes, I agree about limiting the size of posts, but some of us tend to spout off for no good reason except for the fact that there is a forum for us to do so. Which reminds me of a great story………

z
June 19, 2003, 11:13 am
Test

Chris Bellini
June 19, 2003, 11:15 am
Monsieur Z tue votre website avec le JS 😉

RUSKULL
June 19, 2003, 11:18 am
?

Chris Bellini
June 19, 2003, 11:19 am
Je suis Mr. Elite Programmer Guy parce que je sais que le mySQL a besoin de double _quotes_ 😛

RUSKULL
June 19, 2003, 11:19 am
Impossible to post correctly.

q
June 19, 2003, 11:25 am
?Ca va?

Here was my last post as q in action, before Barry removed all traces of it.

After one failed attempt, he mocked me, “Yes Chris, Mr. Elite Programmer guy. The form can accept JavaScript if you know how to make mysql handle double quotes.”. I didn’t know how mySQL handled quotes, since I never touch mySQL, but I did know that programming languages and environments usally have escape sequences in the case of special chars like quotes. Would the C-esque “\” work? Nope. How about the VB-like double-quote system? Probably not, so I guess third time’s a charm. Hello…VB-style double quotes work. Ok, two cracks at it was all that was needed.

He’s since stripped specials chars out of the posts and consequently any ability to post HTML as well, so I guess I made him modify his plans a bit. He could’ve just blocked JavaScript calls instead of special characters…but if he wants to nuke HMTL-ability in posts, so be it. I must be honest, the discussion looks good. Nice work, mon chum.

But a code war? Dude. Seriously. You don’t wanna go there 😉 If you do, come join us on Top Coder and show us your shtuff 😉

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0000 0010

June 17, 2003 under Computers, Programming

There are 10 types of people in this world; those who can comprehend binary notation and those who cannot.

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horror isn't kewl, and that's fine by me

June 16, 2003 under Movies

Sex, inebriation and pointless violence…thank you to Scream Television for providing the cure for what ailed me this weekend. I’m unhip and that’s fine with me.

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blogs are lame; read my blog

June 13, 2003 under ChrisBellini.com, Computers, Internet

‘Tis Friday the 13th, and like Jason Voorhees, I’m feelin’ a little psycho (but not a constant murderous rage). This psychotic episode will have to be quick as I’m at work and it’s been pure zaniness here lately.

When the latest issue of Communications of the ACM arrived in my mailbox, I put it on my I’m-gonna-read-this-before-the-next-issue-arrives stack of magazines. I now realize that I should’ve read it immediately instead of ploppin’ it on top of the current issue of Dr Dobb’s in said stack. A few articles in that issue of Communications of the ACM touched on the possibilities of what the web’s next killer app would be. The articles were mostly filled with theories and hypothetical situations. However, I know what I don’t want the web to be…the world’s largest diary. In the past week, mon chums Barry and Pat have updated their websites. Having your own personal website can be a great source of creative output. However, it’s come to my attention that everyone and their mother has a blog, nowadays. Take a look at Barry and Pat‘s sites…blogs! Take a look at the site of the woman who I no little about but Pat’s apparently seeing her…blog. And her entry for June 10th is identical to mine! I started to record my life events and thoughts on my website a couple of years ago. It was purely an extension of the .plans (welcome to the Unix world folks…no blogs here) we used to keep in university on rural.lssu.edu…a rock solid Solaris server that we used in courses like Systems Programming and Operating Systems as a test-bed for assignments. Our .plans were used to keep others in the class informed of what we were doing on the server at the time, displaying our wit and the odd rant about the insane difficulty of any given assignment, blah blah blah… I just ported that idea over to my website. Besides, people like id Software‘s John Carmack and Nullsoft‘s Justin Frankel kept .plans on the web and those guys made programmers look like ewkl people. But now with the blog revolution taking over, I don’t think I want to be a part of rest of the pack. Perhaps, the web’s next big thing is locked away in the back of my brain, waiting for the perfect time to alert the editors of Communications of the ACM to come to Kitchener to seek me out. Then again, perhaps there’s nothing locked away at all.

In the meantime, take a look at this mess of controls on a dialog that’s the result of lot of prototyping; deadline July 1, 2003 😉

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damn those devils

June 10, 2003 under Hockey, Sports

The Devils did it, like I figured they would. I just didn’t think that it would take seven games. Now there’s nothing to get excited about until October.

It’s Radiohead Day! Go out and buy (not download) “Hail To The Thief”. For all ya’ll ‘mericans, request songs off the album on your local rock radio stations and dedicate the songs to your president. Fun will be had by all 😉

I may have a little something in works for Frozen Throne when it’s released on Canada Day. Stay tuned.

Lookey, Pat got himself a pay-host and a domain over at www.patrickbyck.com.

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coder wh0re

June 4, 2003 under Computers, Life, Programming

Mr. Frankel‘s latest .plan update bums me out. Most of the code that’s been spewed from my brain and fingertips in my young career has been for someone else. Other people make money from it, whether it’s being sold or used to generate profit. But then I step back and think about this for a sec. I don’t see software development as a form of my self-expression, or at least not directly. For me, I see software development as a form of problem solving. Someone needs something accomplished that they couldn’t do otherwise and I make it happen. I guess the act solving problems is my form of self-expression. Who would’ve thought of the metaphysical questions that can arise in such a geeky profession 😉 I’m still looking for a good Source Forge project to join. Either way, I’d hate to think that this is the end of Winamp.

Barry got a new site with a new host and a new domain; http://www.enterthechapel.com. Pat looks to have something happening over at http://pabyck.tripod.com mostly courtesy of Barry, I guess.

Oh and my parents are residents of Kitchener now.

PS: Any CGI apps on my site don’t seem to work right now due to Tripod‘s constant tinkering with their servers. Hopefully they’ll sort themselves out soon.

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