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|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
RIP Plinko. You were a great friend and died much, much before your time. You were my family. I'll always miss you.
|Thursday, August 28th, 2008|
|I've probably posted this before....
Listen, I understand music is really subjective. Getting people to agree on an artist, album or even song is like preaching politics and religion. It's really divisive and just doesn't really work.
That being said, I have to post about my favorite album of all-time. It helped me through some difficult times in my life, and really is helping me go through something that's really tough in my life right now.
I don't want this to turn into a pity party, so I'll keep the part about my life short. I'm about to lose my job through the XM-Sirius merger. I have no idea where it's going to leave me. And I just got screamed at by a fuckhead at work who thinks he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, for no good reason. It all really hurts.
So back to the album.
It's called 'Sea Change' by Beck, and came out in 2002.http://www.amazon.com/Sea-Change-Beck/dp/B00006F7S4/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1219937758&sr=8-2
Beck's girlfriend of around 8 years or so broke up with him. He's really depressed and trying to deal. It's got this beautiful instrumental feel to it - songs full of string instruments, a few bells and whistles in there too. Lots of acoustic guitar.
It's not your usual party/fun Beck. It's way different. Never really got radio play, well, because radio sucks. But it's not a fit for any genre that's really out there.
I have a hard time describing what it does to me. I feel like it gives me this strange feeling, like I'm melting into this warm puddle of water. It's almost drug-like. It really calms me down. I feel like my pupils are dilating and I'm seeing differently.
I'm sure everyone has an album or song that takes them to this strange place - where the pieces start to fit together.
I feel like it helps me grieve, or get through whatever is bothering me at that particular time, whether the problem is big or small.
Today it makes me feel like crying a little bit - I think just because the gravity of my life is starting to weigh on me some.
Anyway, I recommend to everyone to pick it up, close your eyes and give it a listen. Feel free to comment about your own music that affects you as much.
(Apologies for the lack of html knowledge - I probably should have a cut in here, but, don't really know how)
|Monday, June 23rd, 2008|
|OK, I'll say it...
I don't get Pearl Jam. I don't think there's even been a band that's been this popular for this long, that I've just never liked.
Yea, I liked 'vs' a little bit.
But people freak out about them - they just aren't good.
|Sunday, June 1st, 2008|
|I don't know, I didn't go to burger king.....
Friday we went to go see Pulp Fiction at the AFI Silver (afi.com/silver) in Silver Spring. I hadn't realized how much better it could be on a big screen with a big audience. Such a great experience.
Shame on anyone who lives here in DC who hasn't been to it yet.
|Thursday, May 15th, 2008|
|Good god, Wal-Mart is evil.
NFL superstar Andre Johnson claims his charity got stiffed by Wal-Mart and it all involves water and ice. Yes, ice.
Johnson ordered 750 bicycles to be given to underprivileged kids at an event sponsored by the Andre Johnson Non Profit Foundation. In return for the purchase, Wal-Mart agreed to donate water and ice for the May 3 event.
But there was a problem.
Johnson had ordered the bikes in various sizes for both older and younger kids. But the bikes didn't comes as ordered (more small than large), so Johnson only purchased 677 -- at full retail price, mind you.
Well, Wal-Mart didn't take too kindly to this, so on the day of the event (it was 84 degrees out) they wouldn't fork over the water or the ice. AJ's people were told that Wal-Mart would not be donating the ice because they hadn't purchased the 73 remaining bikes. That's cold!
|Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008|
I'm starting to get into the Champions League (UEFA), partially thanks (mostly, I guess), and watched ManU v. Barcelona today. Pretty enjoyable, despite that it was a 0-0 tie. ManU pretty much got dominated, but still pulled out the draw, and this was after missing a penalty kick in the first five minutes.
Juan, did you watch it today? I'm still a little confused by their playoff system - care to explain? I think if I understood the league a little better, I might be able to get into it more.
|Friday, March 28th, 2008|
|Just an fyi.....
'21' is god awful. Way too far away from the book, and just bad unbelievable plot twist after bad unbelievable plot twist, wrapped around 800 cliches. I think I'd rather watch Battlefield Earth. I almost walked out.
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2008|
I can't stop listening to Goldfrapp!
|Friday, March 7th, 2008|
|Just a thought....
You can tell a lot about a person when you ask them how they are doing, and they tell you for 10 minutes, then don't bother to pay you the same courtesy.
On that note, how are you doing today?
|Sunday, February 3rd, 2008|
I had a long discussion with some friends of mine yesterday, and it has me still thinking about it, so from Jen's suggestion, I wanted to let some if it go here on livejournal.( My rant or something like that...Collapse )
|Friday, February 1st, 2008|
THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:
THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:
THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
1. My wife has said I have nice legs
2. Hair (sometimes)
THREE PHYSICAL THINGS YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:
THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE:
THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:
1. Snake bites/fangs
THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:
1. falling asleep next to my wife
2. satellite radio
THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. Courduroy Shoes
2. Lacoste Cologne
3. Wedding band (tungsten carbide)
THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS OR MUSICAL ARTISTS:
1. The Flaming Lips
(Radiohead is implied in this one, didn't think it was necessary)
THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS:
1. Knives Out (Radiohead)
2. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Flaming Lips)
3. It Was a Good Day (Ice Cube)
THREE THINGS YOU WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:
TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (in no particular order):
1. Tore my meniscus playing high-school football
2. Performed in front of 70,000 people
3. Set my hair on fire at Christmas Dinner
THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE PREFERRED SEX THAT APPEAL TO YOU:
1. Beauty (hard to understand, but it's just there or it isn't)
THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:
1. Fantasy football
THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:
1. Move away from DC
3. Get promoted
THREE CAREERS YOU'RE CONSIDERING/YOU'VE CONSIDERED:
THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:
2. New York
3. Las Vegas
THREE KID'S NAMES YOU LIKE:
THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:
1. Scuba dive
3. Father a child
THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A GIRL:
1. Long hair
2. I love pedicures
3. Very chatty
THREE WAYS THAT YOU ARE STEREOTYPICALLY A BOY:
3. I can get ready really quickly
THREE PEOPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE TAKE THIS QUIZ NOW:
|Monday, December 3rd, 2007|
What a pathetic officiating job on Monday Night. The Ravens had all the reason in the world to be pissed, they had the game taken away from them by a gutless set of officials. Every 4th down, the refs had flags in their hands ready to throw as soon as a pass went in the air.
I mean, seriously, no fan on earth should feel good about that win. I would be embarrassed to accept such silliness.
I'm not a Ravens or Patriots fan, but I feel robbed as a fan of football.
|Thursday, November 1st, 2007|
OK, so I totally have a song stuck in my head. It's called 'Paper Planes' by a reggae-style Sri Lankan gangsta rapper sounding woman who calls herself (or her band?) M.I.A.
Yes, you heard me.
|Friday, September 21st, 2007|
Hey Juan, what do you think of the soccer controversy with Kerlon and the 'seal dribble?'
I think it definitely violates the spirit of the rule of the game. There isn't really a way to stop him other than to foul him. I'm not sure what rule change can be made to make it illegal, maybe something about consecutive head bounces or something?
Youtube it if you don't know what I'm talking about people!
|Friday, September 14th, 2007|
|It's not a problem, I can quit whenever I want!
I can't wait for Atlantic City this weekend! Very excited that I have my wife interested in craps. Something is special about that game. Just the energy, and the fun of a good craps table can't be matched.
We watched a profile on one of these dice-setters and we wanna try it out. I know it'll never work, because these dice setters literally have to practice for years to get even close (and some can't even after all that).
But it'll still be fun.
I also started writing a gambling column for rotoworld.com
My picks this week:
min@DET - under 42.5 points
sd(+3) over NE
CHI(-12) over kc
sea@ARI - under 42.5 points
indy@TEN - under 46 points
Shocker that all the NE homers think they'll whoop the Chargers this week. Easy money baby.
|Tuesday, September 11th, 2007|
|Cheating in sports....
New England has been accused of using a photographer to steal signals from the New York Jets coaching staff this weekend. There's a website called touchdown.org that has a picture of what could be this photographer in action.
If this is true, it could potentially rock the sports world. I mean, this is absolutely and complete cheating. Stealing signs has always been an unwritten rule in sports, but it's actually illegal to do so using mechanical devices.
The question is, what happens if this has been going on for quite some time? The NFL is very sensitive about its records. Denver cheated on the salary cap during the Terrell Davis/John Elway years, and the league kinda swept it under the rug (Denver got fined a third-round pick I believe).
I hope the league comes down hard on this. It's not right and it can legitimately change games. It's one thing to try to figure out a play call from player reaction or formation (tendencies too), but this is just wrong.
At some point we all need to ask ourselves the price of winning. I wouldn't want my team to win if they had to bend the rules in order to do so. I hope all fans feel the same way.http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/don_banks/07/06/cheating.nfl/index.html
Here's a good article from July about this exact thing.
|Friday, August 31st, 2007|
|Friday, August 24th, 2007|
I absolutely love making fun of the Barefoot Contessa. For those who have never seen her, she's this woman who lives in the Hamptons and makes all kinds of little lunches for her girlfriends and husband and such. I just loathe her, and love calling her husband gay.
The problem, is this enrages Jen. She gets pretty mad. I don't see a solution to this problem. Any ideas?
|Wednesday, August 1st, 2007|
I just got cussed out by Leo Mazzone for doing my job.
I'm not sure whether I should laugh or be angry about this. Current Mood: confused