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Mobile Rotten Tomatoes

I’m a huge fan of the site RottenTomatoes.com.  It looks at tons of movie reviews, decides if each review is positive or negative, and then shows a score for each movie from 1 to 100.  My favorite movies, Pulp Fiction and The Professional, score 96% and 73% respectively.

The problem is, I couldn’t find a mobile (iPhone) optimized version of the site.  Which is kind of frustrating when you’re away from a computer and trying to decide what movie to see.

So I built QuickRot.com.  It’s a slimmed-down version of RottenTomatoes that looks great on iPhone (and probably other mobile devices).  I hope the RottenTomatoes people are okay with this. I built it using their RSS feeds.  They can have the site for free if they want — I’m not trying to take away any business from them.

Hope you find it useful!

Monster Cable Vs. Cheap Cable

Ever wonder if expensive speaker (or guitar) cable makes a difference?  See my head-to-head comparison of Monster Cable vs a cheap no-name cable below.

Playing Drums To “Whatever You Like”

The song “Whatever You Like” by T.I. is currently the #1 song in the country according to Billboard.  It’s a great song but I thought it could use some drums.  Video below.

Lyrics:

Ay Jim
You know them old sugar daddies
They be trickin’, they tell them girls…

I said you can have whatever you like [if you like]
I said you can have whatever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]…

[Hook]
Stacks on deck [deck], Patron on ice [ice]
And we can pop bottles all night
Baby you can have whatever you like [if you like]
I said you can have whatever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]
Late night sex, so wet, so tight [tight]
Gas up the jet for you tonight
And baby you can go wherever you like [if you like]
I said you can go wherever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]

[1st Verse]
Anytime you want to, pick up the telephone, you
know it ain’t nothin’, drop a couple stacks on you
Want it, you can get it, my dear
Five million dollar homes, drop Bentleys, I swear, yeah
I want yo’ body [body], need yo’ body [body]
Long as you got me, you won’t need nobody
You want it, I got it, go get it, I buy it
Tell them other broke niggas be quiet [hey!]

[Hook]
Stacks on deck [deck], Patron on ice [ice]
And we can pop bottles all night
And baby you can have whatever you like [if you like]
I said you can have whatever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]
Late night sex, so wet, so tight [tight]
Gas up the jet for you tonight
And baby you can go wherever you like [if you like]
I said you can go wherever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]

[2nd Verse]
Shawty, you the hottest
Love the way you drop it
Brain so good, coulda swore you went to college
100K deposits, vacations in the tropics
Everybody know it ain’t trickin’ if you got it
And you ain’t never ever gotta go in yo’ wallet
Long as I got rubberband banks in my pocket
Five, six rides with rims and a bodykit
You ain’t gotta downgrade, you can get what I get
My chick can have what she want
Can go to any store, buy any bag she want
I know girl, you ain’t never had a man like that
To buy you anything ya heart desired like that, yeah
I want yo’ body [body], need yo’ body [body]
Long as you got me, you won’t need nobody
You want it, I got it, go get it, I buy it
Tell them other broke niggas be quiet

[Hook]
Stacks on deck [deck], Patron on ice [ice]
And we can pop bottles all night
Baby you can have whatever you like [if you like]
I said you can have whatever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]
Late night sex, so wet, so tight [tight]
Gas up the jet for you tonight
And baby you can go wherever you like [if you like]
I said you can go wherever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]

[B-Section]
I’m talkin’ big boy rides and big boy ice
Let me put this big boy in your life
The thang get so wet and hit so right
Let me put this big boy in your life, that’s right
I want yo’ body [body], need yo’ body [body]
Long as you got me, you won’t need nobody
You want it, I got it, go get it, I’ll buy it
Tell them other broke niggas be quiet

[Hook]
Stacks on deck [deck], Patron on ice [ice]
And we can pop bottles all night
And baby you can have whatever you like [if you like]
I said you can have whatever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]
Late night sex, so wet, so tight [tight]
Gas up the jet for you tonight
And baby you can go wherever you like [if you like]
I said you can go wherever you like [if you like], yeah [yeah]

[Ay Jim…]

Wig In A Box

I just recorded a song called Wig In A Box (embedded below, or click here). That’s me on drums, guitar, bass, piano, and vocals.

It’s a song from the off-Broadway musical (and subsequent movie), “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”  The show is about Hedwig, a punk rocker who lives in Berlin.  Hedwig gets a (botched) sexchange operation in order to legally marry a U.S. solder and escape communist Berlin for the U.S.

Song:
http://www.fandalism.com/songs/01%20Wig%20In%20A%20Box%2Emp3

Lyrics:

On nights like this
when the world’s a bit amiss
and the lights go down
across the trailer park
I get down
I feel had
I feel on the verge of going mad
and then it’s time to punch the clock

I put on some make-up
and turn up the tape deck
and pull the wig down on my head
suddenly I’m Miss Midwest
Midnight Checkout Queen
until I head home
and put myself to bed

I look back on where I’m from
look at the woman I’ve become
and the strangest things
seem suddenly routine
I look up from my Vermouth on the rocks
a gift-wrapped wig still in the box
of towering velveteen.

I put on some make-up
and some LaVern Baker
and pull the wig down from the shelf
Suddenly I’m Miss Beehive 1963
Until I wake up
And turn back to myself

Some girls they have natural ease
they wear it any way they please
with their French flip curls
and perfumed magazines
Wear it up
Let it down
This is the best way that I’ve found
to be the best you’ve ever seen

I put on some make-up
and turn up the eight-track
I’m pulling the wig down from the shelf
Suddenly I’m Miss Farrah Fawcett
from TV
until I wake up
and turn back to myself

Shag, bi-level, bob
Dorothy Hammil do,
Sausage curls, chicken wings
It’s all because of you
With your blow dried, feather back,
Toni home wave, too
flip, fro, frizz, flop,
It’s all because of you
It’s all because of you
It’s all because of you

I put on some make-up
turn up the eight-track
I’m pulling the wig down from the shelf
Suddenly I’m this punk rock star
of stage and screen
and I ain’t never
I’m never turning back

Moved Pud.com To Hosted WordPress

There are two ways you can run a blog on WordPress:

  1. Install the WordPress software on your own server (WordPress.ORG).  Tons of flexibility here because it’s just a PHP program that you can modify to your heart’s delight.
  2. Use a hosted version on WordPress.COM.  Less complicated because you don’t have to host anything, but much less flexibility.  Just a few design templates to choose from and some other basic customizations.

But I’m trying to scale down the number of servers I maintain (and pay for).  So the hosted version makes more sense.

If you notice, I’m bouncing WWW.pud.com to ASK.pud.com.  This is because if I want to use hosted WordPress on “www”, I have to point the pud.com domain to WordPress’ DNS servers.  And they don’t let you make any edits or even modify MX (mail exchange) records, which means I wouldn’t be able to receive email to pud.com.

So I think I’ve figured out the solution… by keeping www and hosting the blog on a different subdomain.

Of course this means all my search engine links will be broken (and any inbound links to pud.com) but this should correct itself over time as search engines update themselves.

Rock on!

A Snooze Button For Your Email

Check out my latest site, HitMeLater.



The service is simple.  Just forward any email to 24@hitmelater.com and it’ll be resent to you 24 hours later.

You can replace “24″ with any number or day. For example, forward it to 4@hitmelater.com and you’ll get it back four hours later. Send it to wednesday@hitmelater.com and you’ll get it back the first Wednesday morning after today.

I came up with the idea and built the site a couple of days ago when I was out of town, checking email on my phone.  Lots of emails I wanted to follow-up with but didn’t have the time at that moment.  No problem — just snooze it til later!

Twitter

Twitter is one of the most useful services on the Internet. It lets you “follow” people you like (friends or whoever) and read what they’re up to. I find myself checking Twitter way more than any other social network throughout the day when I need a quick break — it gives you the connected feeling of an active social network like Facebook, but requires way less work.

And as a former Ritalin child, I’m thankful for the 140-character maximum on each post.

Sign up for Twitter and follow me here. If you use Twitter, leave your Twitter URL in the comments!