Tag: lists

The new MySQL-based reading lists

Enough of the infrastructure is in place where so that my new MySQL/PHP-based reading lists are available. They are far from finished, and functionality is minimal at the moment. No stats yet. Just a basic stylesheet, some queries and presentation of some of the data.

All of my reading back through 1996 is available, and if you want to take a look at a “beta” version of the new design, check it out at:


The nice thing about this is that it integrates seamlessly with (and will eventually have links in to) my book collection database. At some point in the near future, I will post the data model and you can see for yourself how cool this really is.

Top-earning dead celebrities

In one of it’s more obscure lists, Forbes recently released its list of top-earning dead celebrities. At the top of the list (and the reason it was newsworthy) was Kurt Cobain, who recently overtook Elvis as the top dead earner ($50 million in the last year alone).

But of all of the celebrities on the list, 2 stood out and 1 surprised me.

Those that stood out to me (and I was pleased in both cases) were Charles M. Schulz who, at #3, earned a cool $35 million last year. I’ve always enjoyed the Peanuts cartoon. I take it as a sign of popularity that it is still selling. (Of course, a lot of the money comes from licensing rights, but that still indicates a level of popularity.)

Also on the list was author Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. At #7 on the list, Dr. Seuss earned $10 million in the last year. I grew up with Dr. Seuss books. I learned how to read from Dr. Seuss books. I’m glad to see that they are still popular too.

Most surprising on the list, at least to me, was #5, Albert Einstein. That’s right, the guy who came up with E = mc2 earned $20 million in the last year, most of which came from rights to his name and likeness. He is still probably the most recognized scientist in the world, and he hasn’t been around for 52 years.

It was an interesting list, and I am happy for these three dead people. On the flip side, it is somewhat depressing to think that there are dead people out there making two orders of magnitude more money than someone like me, who is still alive and kicking, and working (relatively) hard. Sometimes.

Best of Metallica

It is almost pointless to do a “best of” list for Metallica because all of their stuff before the Black Album is so good, you could almost say that their first four albums and EP are their “best of” list. But I was listening to Metallica on the way to the book store yesterday, and I’m listening to them now, and I’ve put some thought into it. So if I were producing a Metallica “best of” album, the set would go as follows:

  1. “Whiplash” (from Kill ‘Em All)
  2. “Breadfan” (from “Garage Days Revisited)
  3. “Stone Cold Crazy” (from Garage Days Revisited)
  4. “Hit the Lights” (from Kill ‘Em All)
  5. “Fade to Black” (from Ride the Lightning)
  6. “Master of Puppets” (from Master of Puppets)
  7. “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” (from Master of Puppets)
  8. “Damage, Inc.” (from Master of Puppets)
  9. “One” (from And Justice For All)
  10. “To Live Is To Die” (from And Justice For All)

And of course, no “best of” album is complete without a few “bonus” tracks. Call them “honorable mentions”:

  • “Last Caress / Green Hell” (from Garage Days, Revisited)
  • “So What?” (from Garage Days, Revisited)
  • “Battery” (from Master of Puppets)
  • “Enter Sandman” (from The Black Album, but only because it’s Mariano Rivera’s theme song)

So there you have it. My “best of” list for Metallica. Now for my “best of Enya” list…