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Metafilter Music is online. It’s a place for members of the Metafilter community to post their songs and of course anyone can listen in. There’s all the usual Metafilter goodness we’ve come to expect: tagging, commenting, favorites and RSS feeds as well as additional features like playlists and podcast feeds.

I really like the playlisting feature, it makes it easy to navigate the music on the site and fun to explore in a Flickr-like way. If the community remains enthusiastic about it, I think it’ll be something special.

Posted on - June 30, 2006 [at] 1:48 pm by Brad
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I think hearing the phrase “high-grade Canadian Marijuana” on CNN today will make this Saturday’s Canada Day even sweeter.

Posted on - June 29, 2006 [at] 9:57 pm by Brad
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Iron Maiden Frontman: ‘This Whole New Album Feels Effortless’:

“It’s like driving a big, gas-guzzling motor car. You just put your foot down and there’s limitless power under the bonnet.”

Bonnet. Heh heh.

Posted on - June 29, 2006 [at] 4:27 pm by Brad
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The long-rumored Google Checkout was released today. Though nearly everyone said it would be a direct Paypal competitor, it lacks any user-to-user “bank account” transaction functionality and is basically a shopping cart service, but one with some compelling features. (Watch the flash tour here.)

The most interesting aspect of Google Checkout is how it integrates with Google Adwords (their several billion dollar a year ad program), giving merchants an easy way to manage transactions as well as letting Google keep merchants honest and add an extra level of trustworthiness to Google Adwords. When you see a green shopping cart icon in an Adwords ad you’ll know that Google is handling the transactions for that seller and that you’re protected. Rather than create its own shopping portal, Google is trying to integrate the shopping process directly into its search results.

Here’s the page for sellers. You can sign up without buying Google Adwords, but the incentive is strong:

Process sales for free.
For every $1 you spend on AdWords, you can process $10 in sales for free. For sales that exceed this amount or if you don’t use AdWords, you can process them at a low 2% and $0.20 per transaction.

So on a $10 CD sale Google Checkout would charge me 40 cents and Paypal would charge me 59 cents. But if I spend a dollar on Google Adwords, Google Checkout charges me nothing for that transaction. That’s a big incentive as I’d be thinking about giving Adwords a whirl and know that I’m getting something in return even if the Adwords results in nothing.

Would I sign up for Google Checkout? I think so, but of course sellers currently have to be residents of the United States so I’m out of luck. Hopefully they’ll expand that soon.

Posted on - June 29, 2006 [at] 9:07 am by Brad
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I quite enjoyed Superman Returns, it made me a little emotional.

I just did a Google News search for “You’ll believe that a man can cry” and found nothing. My crappy pun headlines are way ahead of mainstream journalism.

Posted on - June 28, 2006 [at] 12:50 am by Brad
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This is where it all gets ugly. I was happy with the four coats of sanding sealer I put on. The wood was looking great:

And I thought I had it in the bag. The surface seemed smooth and shiny so what could go wrong? Let’s slap some primer on this sucker and get it painted!

Bam. Looks pretty good — but wait! Zoom in close here and there’s trouble on the surface of paradise:


Oh no!

What the-

Oh god in heaven no. The surface of my guitar looks like the rocky uninhabitable surface of Mars. Tons of little paint cracks all over the freaking place. I try to sand it down a little but it’s taking off all my primer and doesn’t seem to be helping much.

I’ve received conflicting advice such as “just paint over it, it’ll be fine”, “fill it with bondo”, and “sand it completely down and start over”. I’m not quite sure what to do next. Perhaps I’ll cry.

Update: my friend Aaron tells me that the little awful looking cracks are most likely because the sanding sealer surface was too smooth and the paint didn’t bond to it properly. I needed to sand the sealer more so that the paint would stick to it.

Other parts in this series: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Posted on - June 27, 2006 [at] 10:37 am by Brad
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Stevie rips it up for kids in the 70s:

Daaamn.

Posted on - June 26, 2006 [at] 7:47 pm by Brad
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The 3.0 update of popular social tech news site Digg went online today. I’ve been reading Digg for a while now and have gradually been drawn into actually participating — mostly in the form of burying stupid comments — which is saying something as I normally like to lurk.

The big news with Digg 3.0 is that they’ve branched out from tech and added more categories: Science, World & Business, Videos, Entertainment and Gaming each with sub-categories of their own. Given that Digg has proven itself to be a huge force for promoting stories and sending traffic, I’m hoping with its music sub-category it’ll be able to draw the sort of attention to new artists that it draws to technology stories.

Posted on - June 26, 2006 [at] 1:47 pm by Brad
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If you’re one of those people who are always asking me “Brad, why is your music not in more documentaries about pot?” You need wait no longer. (via Ryan)

Posted on - June 25, 2006 [at] 9:22 pm by Brad
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Live-Radio.net – listen to radio stations from all over the world. Because if you’re like me, you wonder what they’re listening to in their cars in Liechtenstein. [via]

Posted on - June 24, 2006 [at] 10:57 am by Brad
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