Monthly Archives: January 2003

Fun Weekend, Bad Loss

Well, we had a GREAT weekend at the Super Bowl. (Right until kickoff at least.) It was disappointing to see such a lackluster effort by the Raiders, but it was still a fantastic weekend.

Go Time

Through an incredibly lucky connection, we’re going to the Super Bowl this Sunday! I’ve probably used up all my good luck for the next 10 years, but if the Raiders win it will all be worth it!

The Autumn Wind

Mercury News | 01/24/2003 | ‘Autumn Wind’: It must be Super Bowl time if the newspaper has a whole article about the Raiders theme song. The Autumn Wind was created by NFL Films to accompany highlights from the Raiders games.

The genius of NFL Films was its ability to make even the most innocuous off-tackle play for a 2-yard gain seem like the climactic struggle of an epic battle.

True Raiders fans must have their own copy to play on a moment’s notice. Get it from the Raiders website. (Update 2007-09-19: The audio file seems to have been removed from the Raiders site. You can probably find a copy by searching for autumn_wind.mp3). Better yet, buy a legal copy – see below for a link to Amazon.

The autumn wind is a pirate
Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along
swaggering boisterously

His face is weather beaten
He wears a hooded sash
With his silver hat about his head
And a bristly black mustache

He growls as he storms the country
A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
As he robs them of their gold

The autumn wind is a Raider
Pillaging just for fun
He’ll knock you around and upside down
And laugh when he’s conquered and won

The Autumn Wind and The Raiders Song are available on “The Power and the Glory: The Original Music and Voices of NFL Films” CD:

Blogging by E-mail

Russell Beattie’s Moblogger is a client-side Java application that grabs email messages sent to a special account and posts them to your weblog (as long as it supports the Blogger API which most do). He also handles media attachments (pictures, sound, video), which opens up cool possibilities if you have a multi-media phone that can send e-mail.

I think he’s on the right track here because this uses standard e-mail which most (if not all) mobile devices can support. Rather than creating weblog-type client apps for various devices, just do everything through e-mail.

I’d like to take it a step further and create a server-based system that you could register with, then send email directly to a special location. The server would then update your weblog and reply back to you with a confirmation message.