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Music TopicToday’s band of the day is Yo La Tengo. I’ve been familiar
with them for many years from the radio station, but I went to their
website for the first time today. They have a song from their new
album The Sounds of the Sounds of Science up there,
an 11 minute awesome instrumental called “The Love Life of the
Octopus”. This album is only available from them, and is all music
they wrote to accompany underwater documentary films by Jean
Painleve. Add this to the Aimee Mann album as ones where I woudn’t
have had a purchasing decision unless I had heard about it via the
Internet.

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One of the ultra-dorky things I do is enter my bills into Where’s George. I’ve been doing
it for over two years and have now entered over 3300 bills into the
system. Here is my
profile
. One thing people always are increduluous about is the
amount of time it takes to do this. Well, it takes about 1 minute per
bill and I’ve done 3300 bills in 800 days, so about 4 minutes a
day. I’ve been trying like the devil to convince people (at work, at
WREK, everywhere) that forward progress is the sum of lots of tiny
bits of work. People seem to be more comfortable with infrequent but
heroic efforts, doing nothing for a long time then working for 18
hours straight on something. It’s been my experience that sustained
and consistent effort always gets you more real results than
occasional bursts of enthusiasm.

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Movie TopicLast night we watched a great movie, Wet Hot American
Summer
. It’s broadly a parody of summer camp movies and teen
coming of age movies, but also includes much of the weird dark humor
that infested my favorite skit comedy show, MTV’s The
State
. Most of the cast members are there as are several of
the creative forces. And I’m serious that I think The
State
is a better show than Kids in the
Hall
, better than Monty Python. It is a
show that I’d buy every episode on DVD in a heartbeat. To this day, I
cannot hear the phrase “Porcupine racetrack” without grinning.