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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Why I'm trying to avoid federal prison...

Well, I started school on Monday. Tri-met was fine on Monday, about a 40 minute ride. Thank the maker for the iPod. And thanks so much to Interpol and The French Kicks. Their latest albums (Antics, and The Trial of the Century, respectively) are totally boss. So, yesterday and today, I rode my brother's super duper 18 speed bike, which was very nice of him, however, his helmet is a tad too small for me, but I wear it anyway. Also, getting my drawing board for my drawing class was a major pain in the butt, literally. And by literally, I mean figuratively. Luckily, they issue lockers to art students like me. Wow, I'm an art student. I actually do have to get a pass to the Portland Art Museum (PAM). The ride to school is downhill almost all the way there, therefore uphill most of the way back. Thank you very much, Mt. Tabor. But, the long ride to school on this bike has worn me out a bit. My muscles are sore, and my butt feels like I don't know what... I mean, I thought my butt was sore yesterday, but after doing the ride again, today's butt is much more sore. Yeah, I'm definitely taking Tri-Met tomorrow. To sum up, my butt is very sore from riding on a seat which seems to be about an inch wide and made from solid brick.

So I'm taking, Basic Drawing, Art History 206, and Espanol. It looks like I'll have plenty of homework this term. The Spanish class is an immersion class, so the teacher speaks in Spanish for 90% of the class time, which is rather annoying. I'm in the USA. I speak English. Most other countries have people that speak English. The countries in Europe that I hope to visit aren't Spanish speaking. Why am I taking this class then, then? Well, I took it for 2 years in high school, so I remember some bits and pieces; also, every other language class was full. Literally. Well, except for Russian, but come on, Russian? You know what I'm saying.

Currently listening to: Wonderful - Brian Wilson, from SMiLE (2004). Yup, this is from the new album, begun in 1966, and finally finished and released yesterday. It sounds fantastic. I've gotten 3 songs from it thus far. Totally great. Much better than the currently available bootlegs, and the regrettable "Smiley Smile". This is really great music, that was the intended follow-up/one-up to Pet Sounds. It doesn't sounded dated, or have bad 80s over-production (like his previous solo work) Everybody go buy it now, or borrow it from friends.

Friday, September 24, 2004

School's Out Forever!

No, wait that title should be "Work's out, however school is very much in, forever." It feels like the last day of school today, because it is my last day of full-time work, at least for a while. I start back at PSU on Monday. My plan for the weekend: drink after work with my work buddies; drink at Jonny's art gallery/party tonight; band practice and church practice Saturday; play me some Star Wars Battlefronts finally on Saturday; then on Sunday get ready for school. And by getting ready for school, I really mean: buy some horn rim glasses, grow some facial hair, like a pencil thin mustache, or a soul-patch. I've already got a bike messenger bag, so I think that's the full checklist. Then I need to learn all the good college rock bands. Is Hootie still popular? Oh, wait, I might need some books too, or something. I think that kind of stuff will work itself out.
My favorite website today:
http://bonikastjames.blogspot.com/2004/09/vote.html

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Vertigo!

Ok, so the new U2 song, Vertigo, is being played on radio stations around the world, but not in the U.S. That's ok, because it's easy enough to get an mp3 of it thanks to sites like www.interference.com. Or get it directly, here: http://g0rman.com/u2/
It's a recording from a radio station. I'm listening to it now. The song itself, it's pretty good. just guitar, bass and drums. Pretty rockin, pretty short - just 2 verses, a bridge or 2, an Edge solo and 3 choruses. Clocks in at just over 3 minutes, which would make it the shortest U2 song in 2 decades, I think. Good hook. Better than the lead single from the last album, Beautiful Day which was like rock, but with less calories. Hmm, no drum machines, or orchestrations, or keyboard trumpets. He's singing about rock and roll, kids that can't dance, and Jesus being around someone's neck. Overall, on first listen, it's very good.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Rex Kwan Do

All right, the dvds of Star Wars look great. There's more color and detail than I've ever noticed. No deleted scenes though. If you want to see how it was really supposed to be, then go to these websites:
http://www.starwarscutscenes.com/
http://www.starwarz.com/tbone/cut_scenes/ep4/
You'll find photos, dialogue from the original script, and even some video footage of cut scenes, too.

And by the way, you just have to copy and paste these links into your address bar. I'm just too un-savvy when it comes to internet dealings to make actual "links" that you can just click on. Sorry, but not really.

So, apparently, Elvis Costello did some composing for the movie E.T. But he used a pseudonym. "What's a pseudonym?" you might be asking yourself, to which I answer "Get a dictionary and stop asking me all your stupid questions". "Ok, but what pseudonym did he use?". I'll tell you what, it was Napoleon Dynamite.

Currently listening to: My Old Man - the Walkmen, from the album Bows & Arrows. Really terrific rock band from the east coast. Someone described lead singer Hamilton Leithauser's voice as Bono in a cement mixer, which isn't entirely accurate, but the U2 comparison is fair enough. More like 1982 U2, but with spooky keyboards, and a little more screaming. Marisa and I saw them at Berbati's about a month or so ago, and they were totally deck. Ha. Deck. Look it up: http://www.hipsterhandbook.com/glossary.html

Monday, September 20, 2004

Always in motion the future is.

I saw this headline on the NME website today:
Thom Yorke in 'Star Wars' rant
The Radiohead frontman urges fans to join him in the battle against George Lucas...

So, I clicked on the link, expecting to find that the Idioteque singer was upset about the latest changes to the dvds of the classic trilogy. Turns out, the rant wasn't about Greedo shooting first, Lee-uh vs. Lay-uh pronunciation, or digital Jabba version 2.0. It was some sort of political story! The front page headline actually read George Bush, not Lucas. Sigh.

http://www.nme.com/news/109936.htm

I'm a sucker, like most people are, so I'm buying the dvds tomorrow. And I'm sure in 2007, GL will release the Ultra Special Special Editions, for the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, but they'll be on the "next" format, like blue lazer dvds, or video cubes, or robot maids with tv screens on their bellys, and we just tell them what movie we want to see, and their super-robot brains will download them instantaneously off the wireless internet network that is all around us. You see 2007, that's when we can really say that the internet is an energy field created by all living things, it surrounds us, it penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together. Ah, the future! We are all interested in the future – for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives… and remember, my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future!

Currently listening to: The Art Teacher - Rufus Wainwright, from the "Waiting for a Want" ep. This ep is exclusive to iTunes. So go download it now. Or talk to me and I'll burn you a copy. This is my favorite song from this fabulous foursome of songs. Rufus is a wonderfully talented singer/pianist/songwriter; and if you're not familiar with his music, then I feel genuinely sorry for you. I think of him as being a songwriter in the Cole Porter/George Gershwin tradition. Very classic, "standard" type torch songs. Witty lyrics meet really beautiful, dramatic music. I can listen to his songs over and over and still find them refreshing and new on each listen. If you don't have "Want One", do yourself a favor and go get it.

Heartache or Heartburn?

So there's a really hysterical movie called "The Ref" which has Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey (before he was made to look ridiculous by starring in "Pay it Forward" and "K-Pax") and recent Emmy loser Judy Davis. The point is, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey play a married couple (Caroline and Lloyd) who argue incessantly, and are having some sort of crisis in their relationship. One of the many great lines of dialogue goes like this:
Caroline : How can we both be in the marriage and I'm miserable and you're content?
Lloyd : Luck?
Which brings me to my point. Last Friday, I had lunch with a couple friends at a really terrific Mexican place. It was great as usual. Later in the afternoon, I got an email from one of these friends which said, basically, "(the person we ate with) got super sick after eating lunch today. She spent the last hour or so in the can and then her boss just took her home." So then, the question she might me ask is, "How can we have eaten at the same place, and I've got explosive diarrhea and you're a shining example of masculine health?". My answer, of course, is "Luck."

There's a funny "short" educational film on how to be emo. And by short I mean 21 minutes. And by funny I mean ha-ha funny, not queer funny. Although this film does talk about that subject too, a little. I think it's making fun of (paying homage to?) some that bands I like (Sunny Day Real Estate, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes), and the clothes I wear (Converse All Stars, hoodies, pants). This is one of those things that's funny and sort ironic, and really crosses the line to where it's so cynical that you can't tell if their being sarcastic or not. Because in order to poke fun at the things they do, the film-makers would have to be pretty familiar and/or immersed in the emo world. There's also a link to an interview with the director/writer. Anyway here's a link, click on the button on the left that says "How to be emo":
http://www.somethingdirectory.com/
There's also a link to an interview with the director/writer.
Currently listening to: Laughing - REM, from Murmur. Back before the Best Of CD, and the additional band members, keyboards, drum machines, mandolins, and self-confidence, REM was a pretty good band. When I hear this album, all I can think of is a young Michael Stipe playing at house parties in Georgia, and makes me reminisce of times I never had when they actually happened.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Mom and dad, send money. By the way, I'm goofy.

So, after writing about it 2 days in a row, I watched Donnie Darko again last night. I'm still not sure what it's "about". But I'll tell you some good words, phrases, and themes from the film: funny, mysterious, creepy, dark, disturbing, kick-ass soundtrack, family life, school life, teenage years, time-travel, therapy, the 80's, Sparkle Motion. There. That mostly covers it. If you're thinking about watching it with the actor's commentary, prepare to hate Drew Barrymore. That woman can talk! Good lord, does that woman talk. Which reminds me of my favorite line from a certain Eddie Murphy movie: "Women be shoppin!... Women be shoppin'!" Oh man, that was good.

Remember that Disney worker that was accused of fondling a kid, while he was dressed like Tigger? Now he's starting fights, and he's goofy. Literally. What a surprise that he's British, eh? Read on: http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/09/16/disney.molest.ap/index.html

Currently listening to: "Ana" by Pixies from the album Bossanova. I'm sure everyone knows that the Viscount Ballroom is now called Bossanova. No? Well it is. And bossanova means "new beat". So check it out.

RIP Johnny Ramone
From Billboard.com: Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time. The guitarist was born John Cummings in New York on Oct. 8, 1948.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Cellar Door

First off, that Donnie Darko scene goes like this:
Donnie : Ling Ling finds a wallet on the ground filled with money. She takes the wallet to the address on the driver's license but keeps the money inside the wallet. I'm sorry Mrs. Farmer. I don't get this. Life isn't that simple. I mean who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love.
Kitty Farmer : Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions.
Donnie : Okay. But you're not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here. Like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can't just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else!

Take that, Bono!

Moving on, any true LOTR geek knows that Peter Jackson is now making King Kong. So, you geeks might want to wander on over to www.kongisking.net to watch some production diary making-of videos of this new epic adventure.

Currently listening to: Fool in the Photograph - Sunny Day Real Estate. I'm reminded of their former glory, and how much their music used to excite me. Now it's just Sic Transit Gloria. Have you heard Sunny Day's new incarnation, the Fire Theft? Ugh. No thanks.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

All you need is love and a flashlight.

According to www.atu2.com, Michael W. Smith told a concert crowd last month about a recent conversation he had with Bono. As Smith tells the story, Bono asked if he (Smith) knew how to dismantle an atomic bomb. Smith said "no," and Bono answered his own question: "Love. With love."

Q: How to dismantle an atomic bomb?
A: With love.

I say: Get a job, sir.

I guess in the eternal, global sense, I agree, but on a practical level it's just, um, not practical. I know that all you need is love, and love your neighbor, etc., but that's like: how do i pay rent when I don't have the money? "With love." How do I get a bachelor's degree in art history? "With love." How do I make you shut the hell up? "With love." It's too simplistic. There's a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous. Nothing is as simple as "with love". It's like that scene in Donnie Darko, when the teacher makes the class choose the correct response to the hypothetical situation. There's not just one easy answer. So, how to dismantle an atomic bomb? With love, a manual, a flashlight, and preferably, some practice.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Where is my mind?

Finally a new post. Well, I'm on Theraflu, so I have an excuse for forgetting my username and/or password. I'm sick, you see. Inquiring minds wanted to know, so here's a link: www.milkandcookies.com. They have some funny videos and more whatnot. Also, be sure to check out the newly revised www.stereocrush.com. Erik did a really bang-up job giving the site a facelift. Oh, and the new U2 album is called How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. I like this title. 2 months till it comes out though. The new single Vertigo will be out in a couple weeks. Their last album was a big let down. What say you?

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Fresh, Hot Muffins!

Ok, I finally fixed it so that anyone can post comments. Sorry for not doing that earlier.

Currently listening to: Broadway - The Clash

Washington Vice

I don't want to believe that our vice president said this, but he did:
"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice," Mr. Cheney told a crowd of 350 people in Des Moines, "because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."
That's basically blaming people like you and I for whatever terrorist attacks might happen if John Kerry wins. That's asinine and insulting. Read the full article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/08/politics/campaign/08bush.html?th

Currently listening to: The New - Interpol

What makes a man?

I'm not sure entirely, but the purpose of my blog is I guess just to exercise my writing/humor/venting/time-wasting muscles. I didn't really think about it when I set it up. It was really about a 3 minute process to put it in place. I found the blogspot by going to places like this: http://www.qtdiary.blogspot.com/ (apparantly Quentin Tarantino's blog) and www.theplug.net (not a blog, but a pretty funny, simple little website) and http://newflux.blogspot.com (a blog which features mp3s for download, plus links to lots of other blogs) and: www.TTIKTDA.info and www.dooce.com is sort of funny, but a really great and personal look into the life of a woman in Utah).

On a random note, I always avoid the Laurelwood "pub" or whatever they call it. It's like a Gap version of a bar, crossed with McDonalds, so don't go there.

Currently listening to:
Summer turns to high (her space holiday remix) - REM


Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Labor Dabor

Friday: Don't Really Remember.
Saturday: Cleaned house, then practice the drummy things for 3 hours; then saw Harry Potter 3: The Prisoner of Boring Crap, with my brother.
Sunday: Rock and roll at church, then starred a music video/short film with Erik.
Monday: Finished music video with Erik, then coffee with mom, then A-ron, then BYOBOBBQ with Jonny and friends.
Tuesday: Went to work, gave notice, since I'll be going to PSU in the fall (meaning 2 1/2 weeks).
Today: Found a "new" Brian Wilson song from the forthcoming Smile 2004 album. If you don't know the legend of the Beach Boys ill-fated Smile album, look it up.
Like here: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dllp=amg&sql=10:4q77gjtr26ix~T1

You can find the new mp3 for Child is Father of the Man here: http://teachingtheindiekidstodanceagain.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 03, 2004

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Marketing

This is the confirmed script thus far. It seems a little short, but I'm sure George Lucas will come up with some filler dialogue, a la "It's rough and coarse, and gets everywhere":

Padme: "It's not all about you, Anakin."
Obi-Wan: "Now let's get a move on, we have a battle to win."

Commander Cody: "Yes Sir!"

Anakin: "I don't fear...."

"I've got a bad feeling about this."

"No......"


Looks like a sure winner.

I also should point out that I'm changing my political affiliation to Independent. If anybody wants to join me in tearing up your registered republican card, please do so. Even send me pictures. Now, if only I knew how to post pictures.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

50 Cent is a wanker

This was my favorite headline to type this week. According to NME, the rapper was booed off stage and had water bottles thrown at him, while the crowd chanted (everybody together!!) "50 cent is a wanker".
http://www.nme.com/news/109703.htm
I love it.
Currently listening to The Beatles "Let it Be... Naked" on the 'Pod. I wonder if those ellipses in the title are completely necessary.