June 19, 2007

Mom and Dad Come to Austin

Joe Bob Briggs came to town last weekend and screened Mom and Dad, an infamous exploitation "sex hygiene" film. Its infamy accrued from its sensational marketing campaigns, not its... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:33 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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May 03, 2007

Spiderman 3 is Meh

So I made this total tease posting about Spiderman earlier in the week. I feel somewhat obligated to go back now and give an opinion. And that opinion is: meh.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:09 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy
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April 30, 2007

Spiderman 3 is (Embargoed)

I've been thinking since last Thursday how I could write this blog entry in some way that doesn't sound braggy or snotty. I cannot, because I've realized the purpose of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:37 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy
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April 06, 2007

Music Industry Self-Immolation

I'm working from home today. Earlier in the week, I got a wild hair to buy a pile of CDs from Amazon. I've done that a couple of times since... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:54 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Technology
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January 29, 2007

This Film is Not Yet Rated

I watched This Film is Not Yet Rated over the weekend. In it, Kirby Dick sets out to answer a very difficult and elusive question. The answer, unfortunately, just isn't... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:33 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy
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January 27, 2007

My Favorite Movie of 2006

Last night, I saw Children of Men and thought it was the most amazing movie I've seen in a long time. If I had done a "Best of 2006" movie... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:16 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy
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December 10, 2006

Music Metadata: The Artist Sorting Problem

This weekend, I've been blogging about issues related to the metadata stored in my music files, such as song title and performer. Today I wrap up with one final problem—one... (read more)

December 09, 2006

Music Metadata: The Compilation Problem

In my previous blog entry, I discussed creating the metadata for my music collection. The metadata are stuff like song title and artist, which are stored in the music file.... (read more)

December 08, 2006

Music Metadata: Making my Music Library

Just about a year ago, I converted my music library to digital form—and I love it. The CDs are all ripped to lossless FLAC format. I've got a small computer... (read more)

Cowon iAudio X5: Nice Music Player

I recently thought it was time to get a disk-based MP3 player. I already had an inexpensive flash memory player, which was great for carrying a dozen albums on... (read more)

December 03, 2006

Why Regal Cinemas Suck

If you want to know what's so wrong with the movie business today, go look at somebody who is doing it right. That's easy here in Austin, because we're home... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:36 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin, Holidailies 2006, Rants
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September 20, 2006

Freddie Steady in Galveston

Since there wasn't a lot of music happening in town last weekend (ha! ha!), I thought I'd drive down to Galveston to catch Austin's own Freddie "Steady" Krc at... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:55 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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September 04, 2006

When the Levees Broke

Just finished watching When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee's documentary on Hurricane Katrina. I recommend it highly. I was surprised—and pleased—at how much Lee stayed out of the way and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:39 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Current Events
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August 21, 2006

Last Call for Jean Caffeine

Long time Austin artist/musician Jean Caffeine is pulling up stakes and heading off for the great white north. She will be doing a farewell show this Wednesday evening (Aug. 23)... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:36 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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July 29, 2006

High Def Discs are Dead on Arrival

Last night, while stumbling around Fry's, I noticed they have a small HD-DVD section. I was not a fan of the format to begin with. Now, I'm even less so.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:09 AM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Technology
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March 11, 2006

Jesse Taylor, or Why I Moved to Austin

I moved to Austin sixteen years ago because of Jesse "Guitar" Taylor. Jesse passed away this week. When people ask how I came to Austin, I usually explain how back... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:37 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Austin
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February 11, 2006

Life after Vinyl

I wrote earlier about thinking of parting with my beloved record album collection. Here is an update: it's gone. All 156 of them. I thought about picking out a few... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:54 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, My Happy Life
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February 05, 2006

Good Bye to Vinyl

My vinyl LPs—all 156 of them—were packed for over a decade. I unpacked them last year, when I moved in with my girlfriend. I had grand plans of setting up... (read more)

Posted by chip at 03:25 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, My Happy Life
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December 30, 2005

Swordfish is an Ugly, Stupid Movie

Film, at its best, engages you or entertains you. Swordfish (2001), on the other hand, brings you nothing. Worse than nothing. When it was over I felt like it had... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:20 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Holidailies 2005
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December 25, 2005

Favorite Movies of 2005

I was looking over a list of movies released in 2005, and realized that I'd seen 21 of them, more than I'd thought. I guess that—in combination with a lingering... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:03 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Holidailies 2005
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December 21, 2005

The Ones that Got Away: the Movie Version

As you may know, it's Holidailies time at IJTLCSH. I believe, for the most part, I've been able to meet my post-a-day quota with articles of note or interest—without resorting... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:52 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Holidailies 2005
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