WILCO (the post)

I listened to the new Wilco album yesterday and the 70’s era George Harrison-y bits stood out to me (that’s not a bad thing since All Things Must Pass is the best former Beatle album ever).

It seemed like a solid set of songs, but I’ll need to listen to it a few more times to get a better feel for things—it’s hard to tell what’s going to stay with you the first time you hear something. A Ghost Is Born didn’t do much for me at first, but it’s my favorite Wilco album now.

Although I didn’t want the physical CD (I stopped buying CDs since I was just sticking them in a box in my basement) I pre-ordered it to support them. If they’re already giving away their music for free, I’d like to option to donate to them instead of having to buy something I don’t really need or want.

BTW, have I mentioned I’m sick that I’m going to miss their show in Berkeley in June? Speaking of supporting the band, I’ll buy a new t-shirt I don’t really need if they come back here again later this year.

Our Trip To New York As Told By Where We Ate

We did a lot of eating on our trip to New York. As we were going around I thought it would be fun to map each of the places to get a view of what we did. Unfortunately I’m not smart enough to use Google Earth to make the embeddable interactive map I had in mind. For now I’ve just got the screenshot below. It shows that we ran around a lot, although you can’t see the names of places, when we were there, what we ate, see pictures taken there…


At The Risk Of Jumping A Shark…

Here are seven things* you may not know about me:

  • I created cartoons with a friend for the Daily Texan in college (I chose to go to UT because that’s where Berkeley Breathed got started with his cartooning career).
  • I built my first website in 1994 as a place to post cartoons (see above). A more modern version of that website can be found at alliswell.com.
  • I entered college as an Astronomy major and left as a Latin major.
  • I’ve been to Star City in Russia.
  • My first computer was an Apple II+ and second was an Apple IIGS. I was very upset that Sword of Sodan, Ultima VI and other good games came out on the Amiga, but not on the IIGS.
  • I was in the stands at the US Open for the Sampras vs. Agassi match that went four sets without a single break of serve.
  • In my senior year of high school I was voted as best dressed. Note: I wore shorts and t-shirts every day and campaigned on a joke vote platform.

* I was tagged by Brian King and here are the rules:

  1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

I’ll tag some people outside of the Mozilla community since it looks like most everyone has already been tagged there.


My wife and daughter (and probably anyone else who I’ve run in to lately) is happy that December is over so that I can now shave. Here’s a quick before and after comparison:



I’ll shave tonight or tomorrow in stages — first down to a fu or mutton chops and then all the way off. More pictures to come if the first phase goes well.

Breaking Facial Hair Related News: So I ended up going with the fu and the mutton chops.