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iTunes rating analysis! Portal, TexRenFest. [Nov. 19th, 2007|09:58 am]
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I'm "officially" releasing the iTunes Rating Analysis after making a few last minute tweaks. Unfortunately you have to be at your home computer (or whatever computer your iPod is synced to) to use it, but you can at least see see my analysis, complete with fancy charts! Not being able to use it at work means it'll probably be significantly less popular than the WoW Frost Mage DPS calculator (currently the most popular page on my site by a factor of 2 or 3 or so), but that is OK.

We bought and played through Portal this weekend, which is a first person puzzle game and pretty darn fun (and pretty short). The end credits song is extremely cute and catchy, and it's sung by the passive-aggressive computer who's talking to you for the whole game. The song was written by Jonathan Coulton (here's his blog post about writing the song) who happens to have lots of music available for download! So I'll probably check that out this week. Edit: live version of Jonathan Coulton performing "Still Alive" - there's cake!

wildrice13, abstractseaweed, quijax, djedi and I went to the Renaissance Festival on Saturday. David and I were going to see the Bolton's renewal of vows (here are the few pictures that I took - we participated in the ceremony so I didn't want to interrupt too much :-) ) which went well except for their not letting us do it at the festival proper (the words used were "unauthorized wedding" which I found amusing), so we went out to the parking lot and had a nice ceremony. The trip back wasn't so great - we got stuck in the parking lot as everyone else was leaving and then there was an accident 10-15 cars in front of us just as we were about to get to 290, so we didn't moved for half an hour or so. Ugh.

I slept on my neck funny. It hurts.

[User Picture]From: cifarelli
2007-11-19 04:32 pm (UTC)
Heh, they make money off the scheduled weddings, so yeah the unauthorized wedding rejection doesn't surprise me.

Our friends Bob & Nancy used to be regulars in the mostly volunteer crew that helped to do renfest weddings. Till a couple of years ago when the fest took over the process to more directly make money off the weddings.
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2007-11-19 04:35 pm (UTC)
Apparently the official wedding package is very expensive, so they make a lot of money off them now.
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[User Picture]From: cifarelli
2007-11-19 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yup. They can be a pretty big production.

Though Bob says they're not what they used to be. But on the other hand I understand his veiwpoint is biased (though not necessarily wrong).
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[User Picture]From: fairydust1
2007-11-19 09:31 pm (UTC)

It wasn't like we weren't planning to pay ...

We called the RenFest offices and tried to rent space on the grounds, but they said they had to reserve all the locations for "real brides and grooms" (exact words). We didn't want to buy one of the expensive packages, because we had no need to provide people with tickets gratis, or have a trumpeter, or an officiant, or any of the other stuff they were tossing in the package.

Hubby and I had talked, and we might have gone as high as $750, just for 15 minutes in the chapel. The fact that they wouldn't allow it to happen for less than $8K is STUPID on their part. They could make money hand over fist (which apparently they WANT to do), if they'd just recognize how much people like their grounds.
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2007-11-19 09:34 pm (UTC)

Re: It wasn't like we weren't planning to pay ...

Not to mention the whole "real brides and grooms" thing excludes djedi if we wanted to do something like that...(which we don't, don't get me wrong :-) )
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