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January 18th, 2006


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11:54 pm - Advertising, possible car issues, and Ellen's birthday
First things first: offBeat performs on Thursday night at 7:00 at Mill Street Inn & Pub in Cambridge. Also, I'll be attending A Wake at Broom Street Theater on Saturday night (8:00, $7). I have at least a couple of people interested. Any other takers? Let me know.

Second: The aforementioned Sacred Potato Productions Music Store (such as it is) is up with a couple of albums to download. Check it out and listen to some of the samples. You don't have to buy anything, I just want to know if there are any huge, glaring errors in the software I've purchased. Anyway...

So um, so my car might be having serious problems. Or they might be small problems. Or there might be no problems at all. I won't know until I've driven it to work tomorrow (or tried, at least). If I were some of my friends from high school, I'd sink into the dilapidated couch (in my memory, we were always sitting on a dilapidated couch or packed tightly into a dilapidated minivan*), exhale heavily at this point and say "blows."

I've never been sure whether "blows" was short for "this blows" or "I'd like to administer blows to the source of my anxiety." Probably the former, but the latter would be more satisfying.

Anyway, yesterday was Ellen's birthday get-together at JT Whitney's. Almost everybody who is anybody was there, which is an easy way of circumventing having to type a whole bunch of HTML tags to link to their journals. It was interesting. I dunno. I ended up sitting down at the end of the table with three of Ellen's coworkers who are all qualified to make small talk with John Moschitta Jr. (twenty points to anybody who gets the lame joke without doing research). I was next to the_apricot (who was quiet) and across from jinxedkisses (who was recovering from being sick). I didn't do a lot of talking. I think I'm being phased out of this particular social group to some extent, which I guess is okay because it has to be.

It was a pleasant evening out though, and I learned that I don't like the... well, I don't quite remember what it was called, but I'm not ordering it again. I did talk to Ellen and tempermemad before the night was out, which was nice. I think she had a good time. I told her that I was going to give her a harmonica every Christmas and for her birthday until she has one in every key.

Ellen, if you're reading this, I'm not kidding. Figure out what key that one was in so I can get you the others.

* Weird hats were usually involved too, come to think of it. The guilty parties know what I'm talking about.
Current Mood: mellowfine
Current Music: Faux Fox -- Cusp of the Precipice

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From:evil_jim
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)

It could be a lot of things but. . .

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I really like the look of your new store. It's clean, user-friendly & easy on the eyes.

I've been trying to remember if you've given me a copy of Non Sequitur yet. I do recognize most of the songs.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:January 19th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)

Re: It could be a lot of things but. . .

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Seconding the store compliment. Now I don't even have to type one. Thanks, Jim.
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 19th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)

Re: It could be a lot of things but. . .

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Thanks! I can't claim any responsibility for the store looking good -- most of the formatting and colors are the defaults, but I did change a couple of things. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the orange (one of the default colors), but if there are no complaints I'm inclined to leave it.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Because you asked for it:

1) Clicking on the link for Non-Sequitur initially gave me the price in Euros (for some reason). Clicking on the radio button for US dollars (the only option) fixed this just fine.

Ha, did the numbering scare you? No, that's the only thing I found.

Remind me to ask you sometime what you'd charge for royalties.

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
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I saw the Euros problem last night, and I think I've fixed it. Did you get to the store by following the link in this post, or from my site? I assume you probably got there from here, but I'm hoping you'll tell me otherwise because I fixed the link here last night, but didn't update my site until this afternoon. If you can reproduce the problem, let me know. I don't have a solution, but I'd like to know if it's not gone.

As for royalties: I don't know. I've never really thought about it before. If you ever have an actual need for music, we can discuss it then.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
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The link seems fine, and I wasn't able to duplicate the error the way I did before. I was able to recreate it by removing the currency term from the URL, though. I'd crack open the PHP files and see if you can't get it to default to USD instead of Euros when there aren't any parameters.

Yeah, I have a game or two where I'd love to have some music (first I have to make sure I can play MP3s or at least some kind of streaming media, because it would suck to have music and not be able to actually use it! :p). If helping you out with PHP code works towards a mome balanced agreement, then I'm certainly all for that. ;)

~Sean
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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the other two discs seemed to be set to euros as default, too... and since they have no price, they appear to be... free!!!

i never realized there was a blurr senior... or a micro machines senior.
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
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and as i think to mess around some more, it won't let me adjust the quantity of discs above one, whether i change the number and update cart, or if i keep clicking the buy this album link (makes no difference if it's the album detail or the store home).

while i understand most people won't be buying more than one of each disc, you never know when i may want to give all my friends a disc of video game music they have no idea of knowing for x-mas.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Same goes for buying individual songs. Kind of makes sense in a way, but I guess the way to think about it is that you're buying multiple licenses rather than multiple downloads. But for most people I expect they don't want to accidentally download a song 5 times when they just need it once.

~Away!!
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
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okay, yeah, so i never thought of it that way... SSSHHH
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From:sacredspud
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
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It looks like there's a bug in the software which either nobody's noticed before (unlikely) or which they've ignored. I'm afraid of breaking it if I trry to fix it myself, so I just got around the whole situation by editing the HTML to remove the Quantity field.
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
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NICE.

~Sean
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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i'm just kind of amazed i thought to try it out... i'll make a good beta tester yet!
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Great! I'll send you a copy of Don't Hang Me when it's ready.

~Sean
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
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what's that?
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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man-at-arms arm!!!

ps. i have a macintosh...
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From:seanorange
Date:January 19th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
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OH FUCK, that's right. And I already tried to pawn off a CD on you before that didn't work -- and it was HTML! That shit's platform-independent, and it still didn't work.

OMGWTCHOP.

Well, what you need is one of those Intel Dual-Cores. It's gonna be a huge boon for the Macintosh gaming sector.

~Away!!
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From:xoshua
Date:January 19th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
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which reminds me, i don't know if i've tried the disc since upgrading the OS. I should do that.

yeah, but by the time i have money for one of those dual-cores, they'll be better and have more stuff worked out.
Advertising, possible car issues, and Ellen's birthday - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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