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The Shell Meme

Since everyone else is doing it...

$ history|awk '{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] " " i}}'|sort -rn|head
145 ls
143 cd
136 vim
108 svn
90 jobs
65 %1
50 %2
47 nosetests
47 less
21 grep

%1 and %2 are usually me hopping back into backgrounded vim sessions. jobs is me trying to remember what all I've already got open for editing. The other things should be pretty self-explanatory. :-)

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Seven Songs Stuck Strangely in Snaky Synapses

Tagged by [info]gieves, I humbly submit the deadly and dangerous Meme of the Seven Songs, in no particular order, and with some slight cheating:

  1. Gordon Lightfoot - "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
    Still beautiful and haunting despite the number of times NPR plays it on the anniversary of the eponymous tragedy.
  2. Thievery Corporation - "The Heart's a Lonely Hunter"
    With groovy rhythms and lyrics like "Welcome to my spaceship! You're beautiful forever!" is it possible to go wrong?
  3. The Magnetic Fields - "I'm Sorry I Love You"
    Raucous, upbeat, bittersweet, twangy; the kind of song that insists you sing along, loudly.
  4. Gorillaz - "Kids With Guns"
    Actually all of Demon Days is pretty infectious (in a good way); this album worked great as a soundtrack for my commute as the weather turned grey.
  5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - "Supernaturally"
    A couple months ago I would have said "Nature Boy", and before that "There She Goes, My Beautiful World", but this has clawed its way into my brain and won't leave
  6. VNV Nation - "Perpetual"
    Still gets cranked super-loud when driving to muffle my attempts to sing along; burning up my CD player for months!
  7. The KLF - "Last Train to Trancentral"
    Blame its inclusion at the conclusion of Blue Man Group's "Tubes" show in Chicago (egad! two years ago?!?) for the rekindling of my KLF addiction; its only failing is that it's over too soon.
  8. Special bonus song (because it just came around on the old shuffle play): Air - "Lucky and Unhappy"

Tragically, the new Mike Oldfield album (Light+Shade) is overall somewhat mediocre; though definitely an improvement over Tr3s Lunas, I am starting to agree that he's on a trajectory that will never take him to another Amarok, Hergest Ridge, or even Tubular Bells sequel. Of course, it could be that I've barely listened to it and it hasn't had much time to grow on me yet. We'll see.

Takk..., the latest Sigur Ros album, however, is excellent, but it fails to make the list because I'll be damned if I'm going to figure out how to correctly enter any of those wacky Scandinavian moon-letters in HTML. At least the tracks on this one have names...

I got chastised a bit the last time I followed through on the "tag X number of people" part of a meme, so I shall refrain from doing so tonight. Post your songs, don't post your songs, who cares! Be free from obligation, and enjoy!

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IMDB Top 100 Of All Time as of This Particular Moment

Weirdly, the most recent iteration of the IMDB Top 100 list is suddenly chock full of stuff that I've seen. It leaves me with a strange sense of undeserved success, like I haven't worked at it enough to deserve the percentage I've seen. On the other hand, it makes my to-do list a bit shorter (for now).

 

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Rank

Movie

Didn't See It/
Started It/
Finished It/
Hated It!

1

Godfather, The (1972)

Finished It

2

Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)

Finished It

3

Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

Finished It

4

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)

Finished It

5

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)

Finished It

6

Casablanca (1942)

Finished It

7

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

Finished It

8

Schindler's List (1993)

Finished It

9

Shichinin No Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)

Finished It

10

Star Wars (1977)

Finished It

11

Citizen Kane (1941)

Finished It

12

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Finished It

13

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Finished It

14

Rear Window (1954)

Finished It

15

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Finished It

16

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Finished It

17

Memento (2000)

Finished It

18

Usual Suspects, The (1995)

Finished It

19

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Finished It

20

North by Northwest (1959)

Finished It

21

12 Angry Men (1957)

22

Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le [Amelie] (2001)

Finished It

23

Psycho (1960)

Finished It

24

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Finished It

25

Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il [The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly] (1966)

Finished It

26

Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)

Finished It

27

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Finished It

28

Goodfellas (1990)

Finished It

29

American Beauty (1999)

Finished It

30

Vertigo (1958)

Started It

31

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

32

Matrix, The (1999)

Finished It

33

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Started It

34

Pianist, The (2002)

Finished It

35

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Finished It

36

C'era una volta il West [Once Upon a Time in the West] (1968)

37

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Finished It

38

Third Man, The (1949)

Started It

39

Taxi Driver (1976)

40

Paths of Glory (1957)

41

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi [Spirited Away] (2001)

Finished It

42

Fight Club (1999)

Finished It

43

Boot, Das (1981)

Finished It

44

Double Indemnity (1944)

45

L.A. Confidential (1997)

46

Chinatown (1974)

47

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Started It

48

Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

Finished It

49

M (1931)

50

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Started It

51

Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)

Finished It

52

All About Eve (1950)

53

Se7en (1995)

54

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Finished It

55

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Started It

56

Cidade de Deus [City of God] (2002)

57

Raging Bull (1980)

58

Rashômon (1950)

59

Wizard of Oz, The (1939)

Finished It

60

Sting, The (1973)

61

Alien (1979)

Finished It

62

American History X (1998)

63

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Finished It

64

Léon (1994)

Started It

65

Vita è bella, La [Life is Beautiful] (1997)

Finished It

66

Touch of Evil (1958)

67

Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)

68

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Finished It

69

Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)

70

Great Escape, The (1963)

Finished It

71

Wo hu cang long [Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] (2000)

Finished It

72

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Finished It

73

Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

Finished It

74

Amadeus (1984)

75

Modern Times (1936)

Finished It

76

Ran (1985)

Finished It

77

Annie Hall (1977)

Started It

78

Jaws (1975)

79

On the Waterfront (1954)

80

Braveheart (1995)

Finished It

81

High Noon (1952)

Finished It

82

Apartment, The (1960)

83

Fargo (1996)

Finished It

84

Sixth Sense, The (1999)

Finished It

85

Aliens (1986)

Finished It

86

Shining, The (1980)

Finished It

87

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Finished It

88

Blade Runner (1982)

Finished It

89

Metropolis (1927)

Finished It

90

Duck Soup (1933)

Finished It

91

Finding Nemo (2003)

Finished It

92

Donnie Darko (2001)

93

General, The (1927)

Finished It

94

City Lights (1931)

Finished It

95

Princess Bride, The (1987)

Finished It

96

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Finished It

97

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Finished It

98

Great Dictator, The (1940)

99

Sjunde inseglet, Det [The Seventh Seal] (1957)

Finished It

100

Lola rennt [Run Lola Run] (1998)


Which movies have you seen?

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Closing Tabs

Just closing some Safari tabs, and I'd rather link here than bookmark for some reason.

Hubble spies lord of the stellar rings (thanks to [info]gieves for the link)

Das Keyboard, which I think I might want to try out.

Sloganizer (thanks to [info]supercarrot for the link)

The Victorian Sex Cries Generator, stumbled upon through Neil Gaiman's journal. Mildly NSFW (some "naughty language").

Speaking of Neil, I ought to read We Can Get Them For You Wholesale at some point soon as the link is supposedly only good for this month or so.

I downloaded some nice Beethoven MP3's from the BBC.

On Friday I ran across this very cool online version of the Hitchhiker's Guide text adventure game, a highly excellent way to waste time at work.

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Meme du Jour

Thanks to [info]irian, I now know that I'm...

Which Medieval Language Are You?!

Medieval Welsh

You're so pretty, you were made by ALIENS. The only song that I know in you is so vulgar that I can only say... /// Fforest falch iawn (Proud Forest.) without offending myself.

Click Here to Take This Quiz
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Disturbingly Accurate Quiz Meme

Thanks again to [info]supercarrot for the wacky fun meme time... I found this one to be shockingly accurate!

You're Ireland!

Mystical and rain-soaked, you remain mysterious to many people, and this
makes you intriguing.  You also like a good night at the pub, though many are just as
worried that you will blow up the pub as drink your beverage of choice.  You're good
with words, remarkably lucky, and know and enjoy at least fifteen ways of eating a potato.
 You really don't like snakes.

Take the Country Quiz at
the Blue Pyramid

Oddly enough, I am of largely Irish descent.


You're The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

by Douglas Adams

Considered by many to be one of the funniest people around, you are
quite an entertainer. You've also traveled to the far reaches of what you deem possible,
often confused and unsure of yourself. Life continues to jostle you around like a marble,
but it's shown you so much of the world that you don't care. Wacky adventures continue to
lie ahead. Your favorite number is 42.


Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

And it's one of my all-time favorite books by one of my all-time favorite authors, who has probably managed to affect my thought processes more than any other writer since I discovered the really awful BBC series on PBS when I was 6 and instantly fell for it.

(Pause--partly for effect, but mostly to take a breath...)

Obviously, these quizzes are the product of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings disguised as innocent white mice. Would you like some more cheese, Frankie Mouse?

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Thank You, Patriot Act!

I missed MoveOn.org's webcast of their "Bush in 30 Seconds" shin-dig, but finally did get a chance to see all of the finalists.

While there were some not-very-good ones in the 1500+ that were submitted, some pretty impressive ads came out of the contest as well. Many, especially (most of) the finalists, are worth your time to check out. Particularly good were "Child's Play", "In My Country", "Polygraph", "What Are We Teaching Our Children", "Human Cost of War", "Desktop" (for you fellow Mac geeks), "Bankrupt", "Bush's Repair Shop", "Pop Quiz", "Al Keyda", and "Bring It On".

I was also amused by the concept of "If the Bush Administration Was Your Roommate", but it needed a little more zing than it had.

Oh, and since it seems to be the meme du jour...

I am an Intellectual

Which America Hating Minority Are You?

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D'arr, shiver me timbers!

Apparently, I am:

Mad Tom Kidd

Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

What be thy poirate names, ye scurvy dogs?

(Hmm. Maybe I should quit my job and be a pirate.... Yeah, that's the ticket! Arr!)

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