Magic Jewball

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Clearly, the ultimate question

Filed under : Tennis
On June 10, 2007
At 9:00 pm
Comments : 2

So what were people thinking about during today’s exciting though nonetheless predictable French Open Men’s Final? Was it the clay supremacy of Rafael Nadal? Was it the question of whether Roger Federer can seriously be called the best tennis player of all time when he can’t beat Rafa at Roland Garros and will thus perhaps never win the ultimate Grand Slam? Let’s have a look at a selection of today’s searches and see:

Thank goodness there’s no special occasion needed to worry about David Nalbandian’s weight, though.

Edited for a late-breaking addition:

Yes, it’s a new TV show, Rafael Nadal, Tennis Jew.

Hard Candy – Ask A Stupid Question


iPod song of the week – OMD

Filed under : iPod Song of the Week
At 4:00 pm
Comments :1

Back in the days when I used to buy Greatest Hits CD’s (you don’t see that too much anymore now that we can all make our own with iTunes or Napster), one of the ones that brought me the greatest pleasure was OMD. That’s because they had so many great songs. Man could those guys churn out hits; I think I’m in love with pretty much any song on there. OMD (or Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) were always much bigger worldwide than they were here. In fact, they were said to be miffed that they were forced to open for Depeche Mode in the US since everywhere else in the planet they were bigger than DM. Boo hoo.

It wasn’t until the giant soundtrack to Pretty in Pink and “If You Leave” that OMD really crossed over here. But this is really one of my least favorite songs by them and anyway, you probably already have it on your iPod. No, instead I prefer this song which sounds like it should come from a soundtrack but doesn’t. It’s one of the more developed OMD songs in terms of structure, is catchy as hell, and as is typical for them is both upbeat and wistful at the same time. Everything works: the verses, the bridge, the chorus, even the dated instrumental break.

For the first time this week, we’re going to try streaming audio. As well, thanks to my usual “I’m always awake when no one else is” thing, I’ve uploaded all but a couple of the iPod Songs of the Week and you can stream them singly or as a long list over on the iSotW page. We’ll see how that works. Privacy advocates who freak out when they think about me knowing that someone from Terre Haute, Indiana visited twice in one day should know that I have no way of knowing whether you listen to “A Little Respect” eight times in a row.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – (Forever) Live And Die

Streaming audio available on iPod Song of the Week page.


And maybe a little more to the left…

Filed under : Meta/Blognews
At 3:30 pm
Comments : 2

As I told kb in a comment (a way-too-long comment), I’m a little obsessed with the way this site looks. Embarrassingly so. Thus, I’m constantly tweaking it. Fortunately, I found that someone has solved this problem by writing A quick remedy to your theme modding addiction. I’m not sure whether I am relieved or horrified to find out that others have this same problem.

But I’m doubtful that I’ll be able to follow all of his advice, especially “Don’t tell others of your design/redesign.” I mean, I try not to but I was just so sure that everyone’s J-Ball reading experience would be incredibly enhanced last month when I changed the “posted on” date icon to purple (it was red, so not fitting). Thank goodness I have learned not to do this.

The purple’s a little bright, though. Must work on that.

Neil Finn – Addicted