Russian Underage Teenage Lesbians, TATU,
on Kimmel Tonight. Best Quote from Don King Ever:
"I wanna see you two in the Red Light
The seventh seal of the apocolypse has been
opened. That is all.
We have a RANDOM on the west
He says "I can't give you anything at all,
Just a room with a bad view of you".
I found this track from the Gary
Numan tribute album RANDOM... it's awesome. What ever happened
to Matt Sharp? I'm friends with P. Particularly spooky is An
Pierce's take on "Are Friends Electric?", I wish I
could have afforded this double disc set when it came out a
couple years ago. If you haven't heard the song, it's main riff
was ripped off in a cosmetics commercial and a Sugababes song
this last year. Also guilty in this category are Basement Jaxx
- the riff from "Where's Your Head At" is a slightly
sped up sample from "M.E.". Me I eat dust, We're All
so Run Down. I love the Pleasure Principle - bar none a fantastic
record. All the human ornaments era albums are wicked rad. Maybe
I should replace my vinyl copies with CDs. The last CD I bought
of his was 1996's "Exile", which was a very industrial
collection of songs. Apparently I've missed a couple records
so I'll have to be on the lookout, because Exile was a fave
when I was going through a NIN/Goth electronica phase a couple
I spent all day today running
to the bathroom and back. Picked up a bug from something I ate.
Video games are rushing out again.
I'm almost through Metroid Prime (without a FAQ!) and there's
tons of material for me to sink my teeth into. I spent all day
at work "evaluating" Freelancer and have found it
to be an acceptable substitute for Privateer 3. It goes in the
"Buy" pile (as soon as I obtain a good enough computer
to play it at home). Moo3 is preordered and picked up. My Zelda
: Ocarina of Time bonus disc was picked up last night as well!
A whole new set of HOMM4 campaigns are coming out soon. I've
been playing a lot of games lately. Since Christmas I've finished
Yoshi's Island, Metroid Fusion, 2 scenarios of HOMM4 and bits
and pieces of a couple other games. I'm about 25% through Res.
Evil 0 (not in the mood to continue it atm). Gee I need to do
more exercise and hobby coding.
Movie night crowd is coming over
on Thursday night for a 'git-together! Computer karaoke is on
Also, my close personal friend,
Ryan Fitzpatrick has his blog, Process
Documents, up. If you are interested in current events articles
and long form poetry, by all means swing by. Ryan also gave
me a copy of "evergreen
: six new poets", a collection of poetry he is featured
in. I read his section tonight and while it may take me a while
to analyze everything in it, I felt like I understood the ideas
and images being painted. I am not a trained or particularly
astute poet but I enjoyed reading it thoroughly, and I intend
to give it a second pass here after some mulling.
You know, I hate to ask.. but
are friends electric???
Listening To : Matt
Sharp + Damon Albarn - We have a technical
She can't see me, but I can,
I guess I am, the invisible man.
Monday night... lots to update. On Saturday
night, I went to see Pocket
Dwellers with Mark, Christine and Ryan. They put on quite
the show at the Night
Gallery, even though we showed up super early and had to
wait forever for things to pick up. Actually as soon as DJ
Djewel started spinning, the wait went quickly. I met a
lovely lady named Melanie who had received a lap dance earlier
in the evening (It was her 30th birthday!) and was very excited
about it. Also, while we were waiting, Gord the bass player
for the band came over and introduced himself. He told us about
the new live CD and about how the tour was going.
Getting to see a gig with the gang was
a blast, and it was really fun earlier in the day to practise
with just me and Ryan. Songwriting seems to be coming together
well, we have 6 songs in the bag, and if we can get 4 or more
together I think we'll be ready to record our demo ep and get
our act together. AS6.com is getting designed and structured
with a lil' help from Christine.
I haven't really added that many
features to any of my projects lately, but I've been getting
lots of quality hangout time with my friends, which has been
awesome! Mark and I had an awesome discussion after con.Verge
last night... maybe even a life changing one. I feel sometimes
that my cynicism is a difficult burden to bear, and something
that I need to deal with in order to grow in my faith. I listened
to David Cross' new comedy album, and it just pointed to me
that his extreme cynicism is the way that I've been conditioned
to act to everything besides my faith, and that it seeps into
it and can make me into a total jackass. It's something I want
to avoid in the future, that's for sure.
I missed Amanda's call tonight. DOH! I
was out hanging with pals at Grant's place!
Listening To : the
Aquabats - The Invisible Man
The last week and a bit has been
INSANE... I finally finished my ASME paper, and submitted it
on last Friday. On Friday, I went grocery shopping for my ski
trip, rented skis, prepared some tabs for guitar, met some out
of town SF'ers for some casual play, picked Jill up and went
for Valentines Kareoke BLOW OUT! IT WAS AWESOME! We met some
old guy named Mr. T who brought, I kid you not, props and outfits
for each number. I wasn't intimidated because I kicked out the
jams with soul shaking versions of Guns 'N Roses' "Sweet
Child of Mine" and the Doors' "Touch Me". Crowd
pleasers to be sure. I was so tired though, so I slept in on
Saturday morning I left around
10 to go to the hill, went to the hostel first to drop off my
stuff, and managed to get a half day of skiing with Fox in.
Also did a half day on Sunday, although conditions weren't as
good. The baby situation at the hostel was ok, I wasn't wakened
by them once, although I was wakened by the bed because it was
too short for me. The time spent at the hostel was awesome,
punctuated by some guitar singalong of variable quality (I'm
not entirely responsible OR innocent either), some games of
Settlers (MATT CAN'T WIN!), and lots of good hanging out and
making new friends. There was a pretty awesome game of Guesstures
too (I had to act out BEAVER). My only regrets were that we
didn't hit the hot tub at the Delta, or get more skiing in,
but there wasn't much that could be done about that. This was
my first ski trip where it wasn't just a bunch of single folks
and a keg (there were lots of health conscious folks there because
I think they were all part of a X-country ski club) so it was
different, but still lots of fun.
This week has been pretty good,
not too busy, decompressing after a bit of a rough stretch.
Going out with Amanda on Friday night. Playin' 3s at Trung's
house tonight. Doing a little work on my MP3 Organizer program
and the OpenGL Settlers today.
Listening To : Green
Day - Brain Stew/Jaded
Still out out on those pills,
Anadins, Aspros, anything,
You're condemned to eternal bull-shit,
You're sealed with a kiss...
OH KISS THIS!
So this week's quote is from
the Sex Pistols' "New York", which was apparently
originally entitled "New York (Dolls)", after the
eponymous band. If you put the lyrics in context, it's pretty
obvious that it's a harsh (hypocritical, homophobic and angry)
indictment of the Dolls. This lyric refers back to the lyrics
of "Looking for a Kiss", which is a pretty harsh little
song of it's own ("I just want a hit and a kiss").
For those of you that don't know,
the New York Dolls were a band from the early 70's, who christened
the punk rock tradition of dying of Heroin overdoses, even BEFORE
they became famous. They're most noted for their raw, distorted
guitar sounds, and their pioneering presence in the punk and
glam rock scenes in New York at the time. They dressed in drag,
and did that just like they did everything else, in as crude
a fashion as possible. Musically, they played a lot of blues
influenced rock as well as 60's girl group pop, but some songs
like "Jet Boy" are rollicking romps through early
punk/new wave syles. Combining this you could say they were
pretty much the shock rockers of the time. I recently picked
up the New York Dolls' self-titled CD after hearing some of
the tracks off the internet. It's a good disc that I'd recommend
to anyone who enjoys proto-punk, trash rock or 70's music. Although
there's some pretty bad blues-based songs inbetween the gems
(ed.-the gems would be Looking for a Kiss, Bad Girl, Jet Boy),
but they're mostly forgivable, especially when considering that
it's their debut and this was recorded in 1973. Remember, "Raw
Power" by the Stooges is blues based too!
After doing some research on
the net, I came up with the shocker discovery of the day. Whatever
happened to the lead singer of the NYDs, David Johansen? He's
famous. He's probably someone you've seen on TV. You probably
have a track of his, on an 80's compilation disc... "David
Jo Hansen" is none other than....
This may not be
a revalation to some musicologists, or rock lore enthusiasts..
but I was frankly pretty shocked. Now you have to ask yourself,
was it a good thing or bad thing to do the image change. He
didn't die of a heroin overdose as I believe everyone else in
the band did, that's a definate upside. He got 15 minutes of
fame in the 80's and got to hang out with Joe Piscopo, and the
rest of the cast of SNL... that must have been pretty cool.
On the other hand, he doesn't have the same level of cultural
capital, as say Johnny Rotten, the Ramones, or even other members
of New York groups have (as most of us who were kids in the
80's remember him as the "Hot, Hot, Hot" guy, who
Young MC made fun of).
I was thinking it
would be awesome though if they reanimated the rest of the band,
and they had a reunion tour. THIS SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SOMEDAY, The
ultra-crude, rude, proto-punk, zombie-drag rock reunion tour
of the DECADE (decade, decade). Featuring 4 (4, 4, 4) Reanimated
Corpses, including ZOMBIE JOHNNY THUNDERSzzz (THUNDERZZZZZ).
Performing live and undead, songs from 30 years ago, some of
which are BAD (bad, bad, bad). This may not happen again, until
the Voodoo zombie reanimation spells are useable again... so
call TICKETMASTER NOW!!!
McPunx0r... that's my take on the whole thing... I still think
it's pretty funny, and that's one more piece of useless trivia
in my brain (and now yours, if you remember). Of course, it
wouldn't be useless if you met Buster Poindexter, and how often
does THAT happen?
Listening To : The
Sex Pistols - New York
Never thought I'd see her go
She learned I loved her today,
Never thought I'd see her cry,
I learned how to love her today,
Never thought I'd rather die,
Than try to keep her by my side,
Now she's gone love burns inside me.
That's probably my favorite pop
lyric from the last year. I've sang it and meant it so many
times over the last year, and I finally think I understand it.
Last weekend at the retreat was fantastic. I reconnected with
the community, made some new friends, and renewed friendships
that I hadn't for years. I met a girl who seems to be somewhat
interested in me, and I'm learning for the first time how to
be vulnerable after being made exceptionally jaded. I don't
know that much about her, but I think I want to know a little
I'm just doing some laundry before
I go to bed... I want nice dry gym clothes for tomorrow..
Work is going well (aside from
today, where I played some 3s with Trung, and almost finished
the barbarian campaign from HOMM4). I need to get cracking on
that ASME paper. 67 2nd draft thesis pages are in the can, and
Also, I've been tuning into www.animutations.com
and have been dazzled at the insanity of the movies... quite
cool and funny.
Last night I dreamt I was a pro-wrestler, whose gimmick was
to distribute warez to the audience.
That is all, back in the evil
jar for you!
Listening To : Black
Rebel Motorcycle Club - Love Burns