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Hey, the Zune (Microsoft’s maybe-maybe iPod killer) gets released on November 14th, which is my birthday. I guess I should want one but I still barely leave my house.

The Zune-to-Zune wireless stuff is intriguing but as I have no friends I don’t know what I’d use it for. I’m kind of wondering if the wireless would be good for anything else, like checking my email while I’m on the couch and if the screen would be good for reading books. That’s kinda how I roll: boringly.

Posted on - September 28, 2006 [at] 12:32 pm by Brad
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When I read this post by Jay it got me thinking. He posted an audio ad for his own podcast and asked anyone to include it in their podcast and that he’d reciprocate by playing their ad in his podcast.

Which made me Google around a bit and now I’m asking: is there a site for ad-trading like that? Seems like it’d be a nice thing to have especially for the more hobby-level podcasts. You could organize straight-up paid advertising but then also simple ad trades between podcasts.

Posted on - September 28, 2006 [at] 11:47 am by Brad
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I met Jay Moonah in Toronto when I was on the Blogrolling panel at Canadian Music Week. He’s an excellent speaker, podcast-enthusiast and all-round smart guy. He’s got a new podcast called Online Music Marketing if you’re into that sort of thing.

Posted on - September 28, 2006 [at] 11:36 am by Brad
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I read the other day that the guy who wrote and played saxophone in the song Tequila and the fellow who wrote Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini had both passed away. What’s more I read that the Polka Dot Bikini guy had lost the rights to his famous song and received nothing from the huge hit.

Today the story got way weirder:

On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported on the death of a 68-year-old man named Paul Van Valkenburgh of Ormond Beach, Fla., who claimed to have written the song under the name Paul Vance. The story cited the man’s wife as the source for that claim.

But the music industry’s real Paul Vance, a 76-year-old man from Coral Springs, Fla., is alive and well, and says the other Paul Vance appears to have made the whole thing up.

The Paul Vance who wrote the songs — and provided proof with royalty payments he is still receiving for the hit — said he has been inundated with calls from people who think he died.

What’s more, the dead impostor’s dead man’s wife said she was “surprised” and “kind of devastated” at the news. Here’s what I’m kind of devastated by:

The living Paul Vance estimated he has made several million dollars from the song, which was recorded by 16-year-old teen idol Brian Hyland, surged to No. 1 on the Billboard charts in August 1960 and has been pop culture staple ever since.

“It’s a money machine,” Vance said.

In other news: the Tequila guy is still dead.

Posted on - September 28, 2006 [at] 7:50 am by Brad
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WFMU has an awesome overview (with mp3s) of Atari Music — “quickie albums released to cash in on the booming video game craze” during the Eighties.

Posted on - September 27, 2006 [at] 6:46 am by Brad
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Been too busy to mouth off around here. I’ve been meaning to say that when I upgraded my computer I was (as usual) unhappy with the noise level of the stock CPU fan. I saw something about this Cool n’ Quiet mode on my processor and switched it on. Holy cow. It is indeed both cool AND quiet. My processor temperature is 32C right now and it’s ridiculously quiet. Very happy with it and it’s looking like I won’t have to buy myself a $100 specialty fan — woo, a savings! 

Posted on - September 26, 2006 [at] 7:09 pm by Brad
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Hey there’s a Brad Sucks show tonight at the Rainbow starting at 9:30. Jacquie in the Kitchen are opening for us and they’re totally sweet.

I put up ceiling drywall in our rehearsal space (aka my parents’ garage) all weekend so I think I might just lie down on the floor real still with for the whole show. Requests will be honored for any massage therapists or acupuncturists in the audience.

Posted on - September 25, 2006 [at] 9:26 am by Brad
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The other day I tried to watch Jonathan Coulton’s Second Life performance. It was way too much for my computer to handle and it nearly exploded. Anyway I decided to ignore being totally broke and go upgrade my computer, hooray.

Athlon64 X2 4200+, fancy new motherboard, gig of ram and a brand new SATA drive. Seems like everything should be instant now but it’s still not quite. There’s significantly less churning going on though and the onboard 3D graphics are better than my previous card.

Back to reinstalling all my crud…

Posted on - September 18, 2006 [at] 9:21 pm by Brad
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Not sure why, but Magnatune‘s been down for a day or two.

Posted on - September 13, 2006 [at] 12:09 pm by Brad
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I had a few people ask about my store lately and it got me motivated to finally bundle it up and release the source. It ain’t pretty, but you can grab it here.

Posted on - September 13, 2006 [at] 8:39 am by Brad
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