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As I mentioned, we decided to go totally overboard for Halloween this year and it was a success! The final tally isn’t in yet on how many kids we had, but almost our entire candy stash was depleted:

You can check out my photo album, but here are a few shots:

Not captured of course is the seriously spooky soundtrack that was being pumped out at the kids, which really helped amp it up.

It was a lot of work but well worth it. We started about a month and a half ago and still ran out of time. Kids and parents seemed to really dig it. Some kids had their parents take their picture with the scarecrow and that was pretty awesome. I am very tired and full of Cheetos.

Posted on - October 31, 2006 [at] 11:02 pm by Brad
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I haven’t tried the Linux music player Amarok, but they just added Magnatune to it as a music store (I’m on Magnatune). Pretty cool:

Amarok continues to blast ahead with release 1.4.4. We’re thrilled to be able to take our long association with Magnatune to new heights with the addition of an integrated DRM-free music store with full-length mp3 previews. Magnatune’s “we are not evil” attitude guarantees that you can purchase awesome tunes and the artist receives half of the purchase price.

Also I should probably say I’m totally loving Ubuntu. I can’t imagine using it on my main desktop, but it’s been wonderful to me after some disasters at the hands of SuSE and plain ol’ Debian. The default brown theme needs to go though.

Posted on - October 31, 2006 [at] 3:37 pm by Brad
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Man, after seeng this video from Todbot I kind of want an Arduino:

I’ve also read that the MIDIsense board is good but it’s like $50 and doesn’t come assembled. I’m not sure if I’m willing to bet $50 on my ability to assemble an entire circuit board just yet. My shoddy guitar wiring kept crapping out during our Halloween show on Sunday.

Posted on - October 31, 2006 [at] 10:32 am by Brad
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I really like this prototype crucifix MP3 player:

Posted on - October 31, 2006 [at] 10:20 am by Brad
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Very tired up in here. Been doing a bunch of shows and a lot of other crud, no time to blog. The live band, I believe, is pretty tight, in case you were wondering. We’re rocking pretty consistently now and many XP points have been gained. I believe we’ll level up soon and then move on to some bigger quests instead of killing rats in the dungeon for gold. I need to put some more pictures online.

My throat’s hurting me after the show last night, not sure if that’s due to too many bar hamburgers or singing too much or a cold, but it’s lame. I’m thinking that a successful local band strategy would be to hire dance ringers. Preferably some skinny blonde girls who will act drunk and dance for the band, thereby making dudes hang around the club and buy drinks, thereby making you the most successful live band in town. I’ll get the Excel charts to you tomorrow.

Posted on - October 25, 2006 [at] 7:31 pm by Brad
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Notorious Russian online music store has lost its Visa account.

Meaning that people can no longer buy DRM free albums for pennies over there anymore. I’m pretty down with file sharing, but the idea of paying a third party to provide MP3s always rubbed me the wrong way. Though I don’t think my album was ever on there, so maybe that makes me even more angry now that I think of it.

Posted on - October 18, 2006 [at] 7:57 pm by Brad
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We’ve also got a Halloween show coming up on the 29th where I am totally dressing up.

Posted on - October 16, 2006 [at] 1:40 pm by Brad
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Joystiq has a collection of videos of people playing the Monkey Island theme song. I don’t think any live up to how awesome the actual song is, but it’s nice to see it getting respect.

Other notable classic game themes I can think of are Star Control 2 and Ultima 7.

Posted on - October 14, 2006 [at] 9:14 am by Brad
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Posted on - October 12, 2006 [at] 7:48 pm by Brad
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I guess I can see why Youtube is worth 1.65 billion dollars.

Posted on - October 11, 2006 [at] 10:40 am by Brad
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