February 22nd, 2007


Love for Laura Veirs

I was just glancing at the videos in this year's SXSW music video program, and I'm excited to see another entry from folkie-pop singer Laura Veirs.  Last years entry for "Galaxies" was one of my favorite videos and songs of 2006, and I played the album, "Year of Meteors" non-stop for a couple of weeks.  Her entry this year is "Secret Someones" off the same album, shot in Super 8 while on her US tour. 

Things I love about this video:
  • The song is really catchy
  • It starts out in Austin, Texas (and I knew that even before I saw the shot of Emo's)
  • It makes effective use of low-res film
She's got a new album coming out next month.  It is so going on my wishlist.

Daylight Savings Change and SXSW

I hadn't expected the Daylight Savings Time change in 2007 to affect any of my work directly.  However, earlier this week, I found myself looking at a SXSW schedule and wondering why all the events on Sunday were starting an hour later than expected.  It ends up being a glitch because we store timestamps in the database using UTC and we only ever had to add a few hours to turn them into the local Austin times.  Well, this year, since we "spring forward" in the middle of SXSW week, on some days the local time is UTC+6, while on the rest, local time is UTC+7.  It ended up only being a small change to handle this, although I had to touch several parts of the application to get all the dates right.

I'm excited about the other changes: I've got Google Maps support working nicely, and I've added the option to download MP3 files through the web browser in addition to playing them through Pocket Tunes Deluxe.  We've got the graphics all updated for this year's look and feel, and I think I'll be sending a build to SXSW in the morning for their approval.