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Posted on Sunday, August 15th, 2004

Dave!Tune: Being the 80's music junkie that I am, it drives me nuts when I hear a snippet of music that I know, and cannot immediately figure out what it is. Just now while watching the Olympics, I notice that in-between plays during volleyball, they play bits of music. Kind of a "Name That Tune" type of game if you pay attention enough to play along. The one that wrapped my brain in a knot, which I only just now figured out, was Big In Japan by Alphaville. That's kind of an esoteric tune, but does make the "game" more fun!

Hotness: Is it considered treason to root for the Japanese Women's Volleyball team? Not only are they cute, but they've got a kind of underdog sweetness going for them. Watching these ladies valiantly struggle against the 6-foot-plus Amazons on the American team is kind of inspiring. And hot.

Commentary: The main reason I loathe popular broadcast sports on television is the inane commentary. Are people really so stupid that they can't figure out what's going on without every single thing that happens being explained and elaborated on by commentators that just won't shut up for more than 5 seconds at a time? I find the Olympics much more enjoyable with the sound off, but then I can't play "Name That Tune!"

Presidential: Oh crap. Is it just me, or do the political commercials start earlier and earlier each year? I can't believe I've got to put up with four more months of Bush and Kerry ads... knowing they'll just get more frequent as the election approaches doesn't help much.

Veggie: I had high hopes for Boca Burger's new "Zesty Tomato Lasagna" because I'm always looking for frozen vegetarian foods that taste half-way decent. Alas, hope springs eternal. The "burger bits" in the lasagna are chewy like rubber and make an otherwise enjoyable meal suck ass.

Delightless: I just ate my very last "Mars Delight" bar that I brought back from London. Is it too much to hope that we'll eventually get them here in the States? I found a few places that import them, but they end up costing $1.40 each not including shipping and tax!! Oh well, I still have some of my mother's Teddy Bear Biscuits from Harrods to keep me company.

Spamed: Argh! When is Jay going to release the new version of MT-Blacklist? I'm getting slammed with comment spam, and am sick of having to manually delete this crap. How could he win the MT plug-in competition with a plug-in that you can't actually get your hands on?

Read: I always hate trying to figure out what book to read next, and usually end up reading one I've already read and enjoyed to avoid disappointment. Now I see that "List of Bests" has put up Phobos Entertainment's "100 Science Fiction Books You Just Have to Read." I'm a bit reluctant to trust a list that puts Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars all the way at the bottom, and has Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy way down at #85... but it is a nice resource for when I feel like trying something new.

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  1. Neil T. says:

    Sports commentary on TV is quite different here – with the probable exception of horse racing, they tend to be less intense and won’t be afraid to not say anything if there’s not much happening.

    As for MT-Blacklist, I’d say any day now ;)

  2. Jay Allen says:

    “How could he win the MT plug-in competition with a plug-in that you can’t actually get your hands on?”

    Because it was good enough to beat everyone else but not good enough for me to release to tens of thousands of people who invariably would need a crapload of support. There’s a big difference between installation on one judging machine and installation on a myriad of different environments.

    Now however it’s here: http://www.jayallen.org/comment_spam/2004/08/mtblacklist_v20e_released

  3. Dave2 says:

    Terrific! Thank you so very much!!

    It was a bit confusing… I went ahead and installed MT3 for my main blog once I read that MT-Blacklist won the MT3 competition (assuming that it had been released). It was a little surprising to find out that it HADN’T been released after I had already taken the leap.

    In the end, I have nobody to blame but myself (I really should have checked first), but when the contest winners announcement for MT-Blacklist 2.0 began with “This new release…” then goes on to mention all the terrific new features, but DOESN’T mention anything about still being in beta and unavailable to the general public… well, that’s where my confusion came from.

    Anyway, thanks again Jay! This actually kind of worked to your advantage… now that I realize how vital MT-Blacklist is to running my blog, how can I not make a donation? :-)

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