1. How will you be ringing in the New Year?

On the beach, as every year, with a friend whose birthday is January 1th. Double party!

2. How do you wish you were ringing in the New Year?

Basically the same, but with someone there too.

3. Do you have any traditions that you observe on New Year’s Day intended to bring you luck for the upcoming year?

Well, I know the charms people say around: wear yellow to bring money, wear red to get love, that kind of stuff. But I never do that.

4. Do you make resolutions? Do you keep them?

Used to, but I never could make them happen, so I just drop it.

5. Would you ever have plastic surgery?


Who should host the 2006 Oscar?

I just found out that there isn’t a host for the Oscar in 2006 (news in Portuguese). It seems that Billy Crystal and Chris Rock refused to host it this year. Other possibilities includes Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx, Ellen Degeneres and even Paris Hilton. Bloggers suggestions goes from Bette Midler to Billy Bob Thorton, including Alan Rickman and William Shatner.

So, let me check the options:

  • Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien may be well known on USA, but not outside. Academy knows that the Oscar is seen on the whole world and I think they would choose someone with more internationally recognized.
  • Woopi Goldberg is doing small series, nothing big on the silver screen. It would be good to her career, and she was a good host on previous events. Somewhat a good choice.
  • Steve Martin, as Whoopi, isn’t doing anything big on silver screen, and proved to be a good host on previous events. Also a good choice.
  • Robin Williams don’t have the kind of humor the academy tries to have, although his ability to change his voice would be good.
  • Jamie Foxx won the Oscar for Ray, but isn’t enough to put him as the host. He doesn’t seem to have the humor to cheer people and the event would look a lot serious with him.
  • Ellen Degeneres is completely out. She may be a good actress, but she is an assumed gay and the academy wouldn’t want to get a fight with some of the christian nuts on USA.
  • Paris Hilton SHOULD be out. No one could stand her doing something serious.
  • Bette Midler would be a white Woopi Goldberg and would use Jew jokes instead of black jokes. Don’t seem a bad choice either.
  • I can’t really say something about Billy Bob Thorthon. I didn’t saw many of his films and hadn’t followed his career.
  • Alan Rickman is a master of sarcasm, something that doesn’t fit on the event.
  • William Shatner would mean that every joke would be related to Star Trek. It would be fun for the first 3 jokes and then get lame.

So, I’m sticking with Steve Martin as the best option, followed by Whoopi Goldberg and Bette Midler, in that order. If I could put a name, I would highly recommend Mike J. Nelson, who hosted Mystery Science Theater 3000 for about 4 seasons and was the head writer of the whole series. He isn’t well known outside USA, but he seemed very smart at writing MST3K jokes, with excellent puns and come-backs.

I was wrong about Quod Libet

On the last meme, I pointed that Quod Libet doesn’t have support for play count. Actually, it have, but since I’ve rebuilt my playlist on home and at work, none of them would help.

Sorry about the confusion.

Edit 1: I’m also running with the “never played” filter, so every song would have 1 play, at top.

The music meme

Open iTunes/iPod (or whatever) to answer the following.

Total number of tracks: 4393

Sort by song title:
-First Song: The Simpsons – “Itchy & Scratchy” Main Title Theme
-Last Song: HIM – [untitled]

Sort by time:
-Shortest Song: Mr. Magic – DJ Wildstyle Pirate Radio 5 (0:05)
-Longest Song: Dream Theater – A Change of Seasons (38:25)

Sort by album:
-First Song: AC/DC – Jailbreak (’74 Jailbreak)
Last Song: Rage Against the Machine – Star Wars Imperial March ([non-album tracks])

Top 10 Most Played Songs:
(not available on Quod Libet)

First five songs that comes up on Shuffle:
1) Kiss – Any Way You Want It
2) HIM – Wicked Game
3) Roxette – How Do You Do!
4) Dream Theater – The Spirit Carries On
5) Sammy Hagar – Eagles Fly

“sex”, how many songs come up?: 18
“love”, how many songs come up?: 227
“you”, how many songs come up?: 308
“death”, how many songs come up? 79
“hate”, how many songs come up? 4
“wish” how many songs come up? 74

Note: I did this at the computer I work. Later I’ll post the results from the computer at home.

At home:
Total number of tracks: 1856

Sort by song title:
– First Song: John Lennon – #9 Dream
– Last Song: Linkin Park – ptsremix

Sort by time:
– Shortest Song: Mr. Magic – DJ Wildstyle Pirate Radio 5 (0:05)
– Longest Song: Linkin Park – Part Of Me (12:44)

Sort by album:
– First Song: Great White – Move It (…Twice Shy)
– Last Song: Def Leppard – Long, Long Way to Go (acoustic) (X)

Top 10 Most Played Songs:
(not available on Quod Libet)

First five songs that comes up on Shuffle:
1) Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Find Our Way Home
2) Bryan Adams – Not Romeo Not Juliet
3) Depeche Mode – Somebody
4) Girls Aloud – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
5) OMC – How Bizarre

“sex”, how many songs come up?: 1
“love”, how many songs come up?: 155
“you”, how many songs come up?: 177
“death”, how many songs come up? 5
“hate”, how many songs come up? 3 (including one wHATEver)
“wish” how many songs come up? 28

Bad, bad night

I still don’t know why, but last night was terrible, as some of the nights on Europe. I mean, I woke up suddenly at 4:30 in the morning and couldn’t sleep again. So I kept rolling in the bed till 7:30 when I finally gave up sleeping. Of course, thoughts that should be forgotten appeared in the middle of the rolling, just to bring myself down again.

I really need to find out why the hell those things happens. It could be all that spiced stuff I ate last night, making my blood pressure sky-rocket, but I would have other signs of it and I have none. Also, it is usually salt that makes the pressure go high, but every dish have pepper, not salt (well, maybe a little).

Damn fucking night. I know the day today will suck, no matter what.

Me duele la pancita (Outback Iguatemi)

Today I went with my parents to the mall, to buy them their Christmas gifts. Dad almost ripped my account, but mom, fortunately, just wanted a small souvenir.

In the end of the day we went to “Outback”, an Australian restaurant that is in Iguatemi parking lot. And I’m not kidding here, I recall they closing a piece of the parking lot just to build the restaurant there.

I don’t know if we can really call it “an Australian restaurant”, as I don’t know Australian food and, being so spiced, I could say it is Texan food, taking all stereotypes around. Again, don’t get me wrong here: the food really is spiced, but in the right amount. It is not something that keeps your mouth burning.

So, since we get there earlier than 20:00, we went into their “happy hour”: you ask any alcoholic drink and you get two. Nice, more booze. Mom asked a strawberry capirinha, dad a lime caipirinha (it is really lime, not lemons as we are used here) and I asked a “Sex on the beach”, vodka, peach liquor, orange juice and pineapple juice with a bit of currant syrup. Really sweet. To give as something to chew, we asked a fried onion and some fried potatoes. What we got was a HUGE onion and a dish with a mountain of french fries. It was almost a dinner in itself, but we were ahead and asked another dishes: mom asked some pasta, dad some steak and I asked some kind of hamburger, with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon and sweet mustard. And I can honestly say that I never eat an hamburger so delicious! The chicken with the sweet mustard and the bacon really makes you eat more than you can hold. And don’t forget that we got twice the booze.

The service were amazing too: every time there was a problem, like the bar getting so over crowded that our drinks would take longer to com to the table were announced, a problem with our order were promptly answered by the manager, the waiter who got our orders went, from time to time, to check if everything was ok… Nice service, really nice.

In the end, mom and I went to the car complaining “me duele la pancita” (my tummy hurts). We really went above all we could get in, because everything taste SO good.

Worth the time, worth the pain. :)

trac revisited

Well, it seems that my first impression about trac was right: it can automagically close bugs. I just found this reading the SVN-Hook:

A fairly complicated example of what you can do is with a commit message of:

“Changed blah and foo to do this or that. Fixes #10 and #12, and refs #12.”

This will close #10 and #12, and add a note to #12.

Ok, maybe I should learn how to use SVN.

Edit 1: I’m installing it again to check if there is a way to force users to register before getting tickets. If someone already tried that, please, drop a note.

It is spam, but it is fun

I just got a spam with this subject:

12,540,000 cans of Coca-Cola are drunk all over the world in 60 minutes. It’s easier to count when you know the time with Replica Classic watches.

Man, those guys are really getting desperate.

Random crazyness of the day

Ok, this happened in pt_BR:

(Estávamos falando sobre a capirinha da última festa, onde consegui me “queimar” com o ácido do limão)
Stanley (com sotaque alemão): “O pobrema é o lemon.”
slow: “Lemon é um novo digimon? Tipo… ‘Lemon digivolve para… Capiromon!'”