Monday, July 31, 2006


At Goodwill, I found a cassette tape reading of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters... read by JOHN CLEESE.

And a cassette of Born In the USA.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Double bed sets
Reply to: blahblahblahblahblah
Date: 2006-07-20, 11:49AM EDT

I work for the Holiday Inn Capitol East, and we are getting new beds throughout the hotel. We have already taken requests for all of our king-sized beds (mattresses and box springs), but we still have a BUNCH of double (full) size beds available. Please reply through Craigslist if you are interested with the number of beds you would like.

Pick up will not be for 2-3 weeks, as we have not received the new beds yet. I will email you when the beds are available, and pickup will need to happen as quickly as possible, since we do NOT have much storage space for the beds.

Frames are NOT included, but the mattress sets are complete.


Everything seemed cool and primed to build the biggest mattress fort I have ever seen until I read the last line...

Any extra beds we have will be donated to local shelters for women and children.

... I gotta think of the children on this one.

... And I'm not sure I would want hotel beds either.

... *shiver*.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


Everything I Needed to Know About Journalism, I Learned from Jayson Blair

Glad to see you back in a bar band, baby.

I've toyed with the idea of starting a shameless bar band to do covers and make money. Is that idea evil incarnate?

The perfect scenario would be finding other people to start a bar band with the united goal of learning a bunch of standard covers and getting regular gigs around town... and then slowly slipping into an experimental/noise/other band. Sure, we'd still play "Back In Black," ... just with each of us in different time signatures... and keys.

I should look around for like a 5-piece band for this project -- make it look authentic and then coordinate ways of getting places to fire us.

Of course, I'll have to be discreet about this venture -- no fliers or Internet postings.

... whoops.


one stays awake for a long time, one no longer feels tired.

Or anything.

The Reviews of the Damned

The Reviews of the Damned

I hesistate to believe this is a 15-year-old Filipino reviewer. Although he does link to the Naruto Forums... ha.

Saturday, July 15, 2006


I can't believe I thought the radio edit of "Killing in the Name" was the full song for all this time. And the production of the song is surprisingly clearer than I thought it had been.

This can go along with the embarrassing revelation that I only heard the Dylan version of "All Along the Watchtower" three weeks ago.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

East Indie Trade Co.

Thank You.

Okay, given that it's very easy to go against the grain with criticism, especially if a(n) album/movie/book is praised to death and one expects perfection, but hears/sees/reads something far from perfection. (I do offer a bit of an apology to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.) And I sort of don't want to be that guy who says indie stuff is pretentious... but, well yeah I do. Because it is. A lot of the time. And people know it. "Independent" music now just means "unusual" -- so the label itself is (or implies) pretension to begin with; indie pop, rock, folk, hip-hop isn't just stuff resigned to independent labels (I'm not going to go into faux-indie stuff now [your Fall Out Boys, uhh, etc.]) anymore, which, yeah, it doesn't really matter. But this trend isn't reserved for the major players -- dozens of promos I get are "indie" and "pretentious" to the extreme and it's sickening. I don't really care. Whatever.

Just give me The Hold Steady. Are they pretentious? Well, they did diss pretty terribly on the dance-punk bands of NY... that's okay, guys.

(Well, it's not even late, but I can't think straight because I'm tired. And fishy. Just understand that Illinois is, well, ... "precious" at times.)

Monday, July 03, 2006

Fanboy post

Local awesome radio station WVFS just played an artist feature on The Clash. Who knows how long it went on (at least 40 minutes from when I started listening), but I heard 4 tracks from Sandinista! and a couple from Combat Rock, what the DJ referred to as "their last album."


I just had to call in and thank her for the cool artist feature... and mention Cut the Crap. But it's okay, folks, she knew about it, and didn't consider it the Clash, so didn't include it.

And I came to the realization that I haven't really listened to over half of the catalogue of one of my purported favorite bands. And that's really weird. And that's really amazing. That an honored band in rock 'n' roll could go down in flames with one of the (I imagine) worst sounding albums ever, and just have it dismissed from their catalogue and ignored.

Another thing that's amazing is the number of people on the Internet whose favourite is Sandinista!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Just do it.

I just noticed that the layout for this Blog really annoys me. And it annoys me a lot more that it looks significantly different in IE and Firefox (I've known this for some time, but it's just now starting to irk me). ("Irk" is a pretty great word.) Just have to suffer through for the time being, though, as I am not Keane on remodeling at this junction. I would have to do a bit of research and work to do it, and I think I'll just use that time to do other things for now. But just know that I am not satisfied with the state of things here.


As with 45 out of the previous 50 posts (note: hyperbole), this one will feature yet another workplace anecdote (it seems this job is strongarming my life -- outside of its walls, Albertsons still invades my dreams, casual conversations, and recreational writings...):

(Advisory: I don't know the proper punctuation or formatting for scipts, so I just made up my own. Deal with it. Suckers.)

MIKE (to SHARON): Can I get a cigarette? You know I don't normally smoke, but --
ME: You don't want one of hers. She probably smokes lights. (to SHARON) Right?
SHARON: Ultra Lights, actually.
ME: (Laughs.) I knew it! I could tell. If you're gonna smoke cigarettes, you might as well smoke full flavor ones. Ultra Lights aren't going to save your life.

My stance on this subject also extends to diet sodas, light beers, and reduced fat Oreos (Oreos should be spelled "Oreoes," because that would just be a lot more fun).