I'm Making An Exception

"If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," — Sen. DeMint (R-SC)

Also, a helpful link for Rush Limbaugh: http://www.costaricaairfare.com/!


Currently over at falloutdurham.

Thanks for everybody who’s voted so far at the Jukebox. Due to a few last-minute issues with venues, it remains to be seen just how much of them we’ll get through, but keep voting!

Meanwhile, my sister is designing the greatest (and geekiest) wedding cake I’ve seen for ages (though she has been threatening violence after spending days working out Pac-Man grid patterns…), projector and Quartz videowall are almost sorted, bands are arranged, food is confirmed…yes, we’re getting there.

15 days to go. Let’s do this wedding thing!

Vote Now!

Okay, let’s try this again - the Fallout Jukebox has had a MySQL and DataMapper make-over, and seems to be a lot happier as a result. Vote early and vote often! (up to 15 times per day per IP address!)

(I reserve the right to jettison ABBA and Queen suggestions at any moment ;))

Dear Internet...(Dreamhost/DataMapper)

If you’re getting an error lack this on Dreamhost while attempting to use DataMapper and MySQL:

/usr/bin/ruby1.8: relocation error: /home/username/.gem/ruby/1.8/gems/do_mysql-0.10.1/lib/do_mysql/do_mysql.so: undefined symbol: mysql_get_ssl_cipher

One way of fixing it is to remove -DHAVE_MYSQL_SSL_SET from the Makefile flags in ~/.gem/ruby/1.8/gems/do_mysql-0.10.1/ext, then do a make clean; make; make install.

(because the Internet had nothing for me and I spent three hours going down blind alleys to no avail)

Hating SQLite

Yeah, the jukebox is currently trapped in SQLite hell at the moment…don’t expect it to be working for the next few days…

In Medias Res...

Favourite song of the year. Yes, I know it’s January. Shut up. But…it’s not really a wedding song, is it? OR IS IT?


I’m putting together an online web app which will help select the songs of the wedding. I’m at the point where I need to let a few people test it out before announcing it properly on the wedding website…so…

The Fallout Jukebox

Things to bear in mind:

  • Internet Explorer is not supported. Sorry. It might work. But I have no idea if it will.
  • This is a test run, without IP logging and vote-limiting. Go crazy! But remember I’ll be wiping the database and starting again in about a week.
  • Come On Eileen is going to be played, no matter how many times you vote it down. It’s not a wedding otherwise!

Let me know how you manage to break it…

From The Comments...

Just so it doesn’t get buried in the silence and the endless spam..

Apologies for using this blog entry, but I can't reply to the original entries from a few years back. From the fantastic comments you've made on The Distractions (especially their Factory Records release, FAC12, 'Time Goes By So Slow'), thought you might be interested to know about the new official Distractions website at www.thedistractions.co.uk. You'll notice there is a link to your original 2005 piece, hope you don't mind. Keep an eye on the website for news of some exciting developments in the offing...

I don't mind at all, Dan, and will be watching with interest!

One Year On

So, I was going to write something about where I was a year ago, how things have gone from there in Obama’s first year. But I’m currently consumed by blind rage at how, as usual, the Democrats are running around like headless chickens, ready to throw healthcare reform away for another ten years.

GROW A SPINE, YOU USELESS, INCOMPETENT MORONS. You control the Senate, the House, and the Presidency. ACT LIKE IT.


And that, I think, was the handle—that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave… .

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark — that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.

Wedding Details!

Are up at Fallout Durham (best viewed in a HTML5 browser!). Invites to follow soonish…

Eternal Sunshine of The GOP Mind

I think I’m more speechless that the interviewer doesn’t jump in at all to point out he’s talking rubbish…