Archive for April, 2013

Daniel Hannan on the Precautionary Principle

“And if you want girl I’ll hook you up”

Just home from an awesome long weekend in DC hanging out with my friend Heather. More bloggage soon. Now, though, it’s unpacking, sleep, and unapologetic New Wave-y goodness:

Sylver Tongue, “Hook You Up”

Something for your spacey, late-night pleasure

My friend Ben’s the drummer for an awesome new local dreampop/shoegaze band called Ephrata. I saw them last week open for Yevtushenko at the Rendezvous in Belltown. It was an awesome set, especially considering it was only their third or fourth live show together.

The video above is them performing their tune “The Cascades” in a studio out on Bainbridge Island. I love the vocal textures and humming, atmospheric feel of the song. It reminds me a great deal of Slowdive or maybe a softer, less articulated version of Morphine.

Update: Video embed should work now.

Django on EC2 Instance Not Publicly Accessible

I’m not that familiar with Django, so this might be common knowledge, but it took me some flailing to figure out. If you have a Django instance running on EC2 that you can’t access from your webbrowser, it’s possible that your instance is listening on the loopback interface rather than the public network interface.

As such, you probably want to run

python runserver

instead of just

python runserver

since the latter defaults (at least on EC2 Ubuntu machines) to listening on localhost, which isn’t terribly helpful.

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Magic Blue Smoke

House Rules:

1.) Carry out your own dead.
2.) No opium smoking in the elevators.
3.) In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
4.) A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.
4a.) Penalty one stroke.
5.) Pilsner should be in Roman type, and begin with a capital.
6.) Keep Calm and Kill It with Fire.
7.) Spammers will be fed to the Crabipede.