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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Log o' cats

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 29/06/2011 21:52:48

I've been getting a heap of spam comments on my most recent blog post - so I hope that adding a new blog keeps the spammers at bay (if only they knew how small and stingy my readership is).

I've wanted to have an online catalogue of my DVDs and CDs for a while now - mainly so I could answer such important questions as "shit, I know I've seen that guy in something before, what was it?". Some could (and did) suggest that IMDb satisfies this requirement and they would be right. Then I remembered the other reason I have - to stop buying doubles of things at JB Hi-Fi. It is now much easier to check if I already have a certain DVD via my phone while at the "crazy discounts" bin.

I also wanted to pay more attention to writers and directors of films - to better predict whether I would like a new release.

Anywho - I finished it months ago and have filled it with my Movies, TV Shows and Music. I also have Video Games, but haven't been bothered enough to catalogue them all yet.

As usual, I love an elegant URL, so each item or section tries to do away with query strings or arbitrary IDs - which actually took a bit of effort. For example:

All movies:

All movies released in 2008:

Movies with a genre of romance sorted by my rating: /rating/

I also calculate some stats (which I hope to expand at some point).

Sure, there's probably an online tool that already does this kind of thing, but certainly not with such attractive and functional URLs!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Green Day - Melbourne, 2009

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 17/12/2009 20:58:41

I had never been to a live music show. No concerts, no festivals, no high school recitals. I never had the cash in high school - which is when I wanted to go to The Offspring, The Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, etc. When I started to earn enough money to afford such events, I started to feel like the first concert I went to would need to be worth the wait. So I just never went to anything (stupid, I know).

Green Day postponed their second Melbourne show, which had been planned for Tuesday. I had nothing on Wednesday night - so I thought I'd try to get tickets. Fortunately, someone had just returned their front-row lower seating tickets before I got to the ticket office - and my first concert was planned.

Green Day Tickets
The slightly off-yellow tickets

Jet was the support act - and I was pretty happy to be able to see them live. Cold Hard Bitch sounded great and it was good to hear Look What You've Done again. For some reason about 5 male strippers joined the band for Are You Going To Be My Girl. I guess there was a fair few women in the audience - but it just seemed weird.

This is Jet - just take my word for it

Then, before too much waiting, Green Day took the stage. I really did pick a great act for my first live show. They played for two and a half hours pretty much non-stop. The set list was incredible. They played seven songs from 21st Century Breakdown, a good number from American Idiot, Minority, a few from Nimrod (Hitchin' A Ride was awesome), a few from Insomniac and most of their hits from Dookie. A kid was pulled out of the audience to sing Longview. While it would have been good to hear Billie Joe sing it - it was great to see how happy the kid was to sing with Green Day backing him. He did pretty well too, pacing the stage and pointing to the crowd at times.

It was an amazing show and the 150+ minutes just flew by. It's done two things to me. Made me want to buy a drum kit and graduate from Rock Band, and see many more live acts in 2010. Here's hoping Daft Punk tours again soon. Or Boston decides to visit Australia.

Green Day
Green Day - A surprisingly good picture - considering it was taken from my phone

Monday, July 28, 2008

Superman x 4

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 28/07/2008 22:26:05

I was browsing through my iPod's song library looking for Sweet Child o' Mine, as I've been playing my Guitar Hero games a lot recently.

When my scrolling arrived near the Sw section I noticed that a song called Superman was shown four times. I thought it might be a bug, until I played each of them - and they were all different songs:
I do have a few song titles twice (Alive, Always, Beautiful etc) but nothing else approaching four. And since getting all of the Wiki links for those songs - I've noticed another song title Superman that I listen to a hell of a lot. Superman by Lazlo Bane is the theme song for the TV show Scrubs. A quick search on iTunes shows there are heaps more from bands / artists such as Sandi Thom, Ronan Keating, Unwritten Law, R.E.M., The Kinks etc.

I wonder what the most popular song title is. Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

Superman iPod

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Sound of Windows

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 22/02/2008 23:54:31

Found this gem on a technical blog I subscribe to:

The Sound of Windows

A musical treat made only from the system sounds found in Windows 98 and XP. Sure, it isn't very long (though there is an extended version if you follow the link to YouTube) - but I thought it sounded neat enough to share.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

iTunes Store in Australia - finally!

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 01/11/2005 02:40:00

Just a few days ago, Apple finally opened their iTunes store for us Australians (albiet without offerings from Sony BMG).

I must say I'm very happy with this - and the timing is excellent. I'm also extremely relieved that I never ended up buying an iPod Nano like I had wanted, due to the new iPod's video capability that I would have missed out on.

I'm only buying songs as I think of them (and I had a quick browse through the Triple J Hottest 100 list for suggestions). Here's what I've purchased so far:

Luxo Jr. (Pixar's first film produced)

Asshole - Denis Leary
Be Yourself - Audioslave
Believe - Lenny Kravitz
Blue Monday - Orgy
Deeper Water - Deadstar
Easy - Faith No More
Laura - Scissor Sisters
Longview - Green Day
Music Sounds Better With You - Stardust
Not The Same - Bodyjar
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Sour Girl - Stone Temple Pilots
Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters
Teardrop - Massive Attack
When I Come Around - Green Day
Your Woman - White Town

I'm really hanging out for Sony BMG to get on board though - so I can finally purchase Outkast's Bombs over Baghdad.

Monday, September 12, 2005

I think I'm ready to buy an iPod

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 12/09/2005 21:22:00

iPod Nano

I was considering taking my MiniDisc player with me to America for the flight there and back - and the US interstate trips. I wasn't too happy with the idea though, as it's battery life is too short and I don't have any of my later music on the discs. You can't directly copy MP3s to my model of MiniDisc player (I bought it one version too early), so I'd need to play each of them on the PC and record on the MiniDisc. Otherwise I'd need to play them on my PS2, and copy them from the digital output (better quality, but will need to go through each CD).

The Nano's 4 GB model (black) should be fine for me, as I've only got around 3.5 GB of music - and 500 Meg of that is comedy (Jerky Boys etc). The 14 hour charge is good for the flights as well - as I'll be on the plane for about that long when going between Melbourne and LA.

I think I've never wanted to buy an iPod because I didn't want to admit that the MiniDisc was a poor purchase decision - but this Nano is sweet. And you can't say I'm rushing into buying an Apple music device!

Sunday, December 19, 2004

The biggest Countdown Ever?

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 19/12/2004 20:45:00

The radio station I listen to over here - Triple M - are having "The essential 2005 Countdown". A little extreme don't you think?

They've been gathering votes for about a week now - and the countdown will run from Boxing Day to Australia Day (26th January). They're saying that it's "something that has never been done before" - but I slightly doubt that. I'm sure somewhere - probably India - a countdown has been a little bigger than 2000 songs.

One thing that I've noticed about Lists and Countdowns that are voted on by the public is that they tend to contain more of the newer material, and forget some of the better old stuff. For example - when MTV ran a "25 Greatest Video Stars of All Time" that was voted by the fans, Michael Jackson (arguably the best creator of music videos along with Madonna) polled poorly (9th off memory) - I think No Doubt even beat him. I guess the songs that are released lately will be on everyone's mind already.

The station has even played nothing but older songs for the last week - and have been playing interviews of people voting for their favourites - which all happen to be released in the 80s to early 90s.

So now I'm all nervous about my vote. I feel like John Cusack in High Fidelity when he had to pick his top 5 favourite albums of all time. I don't want to rush my decision - because I know I'm going to leave out some songs that should be in the list. Here's a quick draft off the top of my head (alphabetically from the CDs in front of me):

Ben Folds Five - Brick
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love?
Blink 182 - I Miss You
Blur - Girls and Boys
Bomb Funk MC - Freestyler
Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine
Butthole Surfers - Pepper
Cake - The Distance
Daft Punk - One More Time
Eskimo Joe - From The Sea
Everclear - Santa Monica
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice (mainly for the film clip!)
Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench
Grinspoon - Chemical Heart
Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
Guns N' Roses - Paradise City
Junior Senior - Move You Feet
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Metallica - One
Metallica - Until it Sleeps
Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
Moby - Run On
No Doubt - Just a Girl
Outkast - Ms. Jackson
Outkast - Hey Ya!
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Pearl Jam - Alive
Radiohead - Karma Police
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
Regurgitator - Everyday Formula
The Offspring - Come out and Play
The Offspring - Gone Away
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Breaking the Girl
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the Bridge
U2 - Vertigo

(I know there's probably heaps I'm missing - but these are all that came to mind. Any suggestions?)

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