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Spirit of the West – The mists of Crofton

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Every once in a while, I seem to get an itch for some tunes that hail from the Great White North. Bands that you’d rarely, if ever, hear on US airwaves (to say nothing on Top 40 radio), but that you’d used to hear on Canadian airwaves when we used to have more then six “Hot” tunes and country to choose from when spinning the dail in the car. Bands like say, these guys…

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Fantasy Baseball 2012, aka “Watch an amateur draft himself into last place”

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As you can probably gather from the title, it’s been a while since I’ve done Fantasy Baseball. In fact, the last time was eight years ago with this guy (who has an awesome last name) was still in the big leagues. So decided to plunge myself into the deep, murky waters again when a forum of uber baseball geeks decided to fire up a league on yahoo’s fantasy sports portal, partly because it was a decent turnout, partly because I knew it’d be a passionate group, and partly because of boredom. So after a Sunday of drafting, laughter, calls of “overdraft!” and the bitching of those hung over from yesterdays festivities, I give you the line-up that I open the season with.

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Stock data APIs, or proof that there’s always something to improve upon

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Over the last few days, I’ve been working on a little side project, mainly to get familiar with some things that you’d find on a job advertisement.  PHP frameworks, Javascript, API development, the usual types of things. One of the things that I wanted to do is to use some financial API’s to collect some basic stock data. Biographical information, a brief stock performance history, a week or two at the most. Nothing that would be either immensely detailed, nor useful for any sort of data mining purpose. Figured there had to be some free to use API’s out there that had the usual traffic restrictions, but were otherwise well documented and useable.

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Tito & Tarantula – The House That Love Built

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After a day of job hunting, felt up for a bit of a travel down the memory lane, DVD style. So fired in Desperado, that Robert Rodriguez flick back when Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek weren’t the household names that they would become by the beginning of the new millennium. One of the favourite spots in the movie (outside of the sex scene of course :p ) was at the end when they drive off into the sunset, with this tune playing away.

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Who knew finding a blog theme you like could be this good?

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Throughout the existence of this blog, in its many incarnations and theme adjustments, one of the beefs that I’ve had was trying to find a theme that I actually liked. Most were extremely basic, and would break of look pretty clunky when you try to add any additional modules, and not being a design master, creating something that I’d be happy with myself was a bit of a long shot.

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