Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I knew it!!

Why only twelve episodes when it's the most popular podcast?

Why aren't the past episodes available?


That's why.

From the newsletter email:

"And in case you missed them the first time around, the original 12 podcasts will be available from the same sources next week starting Tuesday 7th March."


In spaceships, they won't understand.


Are these supposed to be funny?

Monday, February 27, 2006

When in doubt, just turn it up and fake it.

Packed Warehouse. Crowded tables, minor complications resolved. Six songs of sweet rock. This went from the last-minute scramble to the verifiable pinnacle of rock performances. I cut my hands, I jumped the stage. I sweat so much I couldn't see through my lenses.

But we rocked.

The tone wasn't right, the channels varied in loudness, it sounded muddled, my new guitar strings were slipping down. But I just turned it up and pumped it out. I couldn't find the singing keys for some songs. I switched lines from verses and made up inane stuff on the spot. But we pumped it out and we rocked.

And they clapped.

"These next two songs will be the best five minutes of your life."

Maybe I was right.

Maybe I was right.

Friday, February 24, 2006

First fanmail!

I got my first ever piece of fanmail today (although I figure it was more over the content I pointed to than my actual writing...)!

Hey I saw your article in the paper today and it was great. I downloaded Ricky Gervais' podcasts and they are hilarious. I was wondering if you know where I could get the first 8? Itunes only has 9, 10, 11, and 12. Thanks.

Your adoring fan,
Washington Irving

Nah, I just made that last part up. But I'm still touched. Even if I've only influenced one person's life... ahh, so optimistic now.

This fanmail makes up for the fact that all of my m-dashes are mysteriously missing from my article (three were present when I submitted it) and were surreptitiously replaced with commas or, in one case an apostraphe + s (note: "Such shows provide a unique experience of entertainment's one that I hope..." should in fact be "Such shows provide a unique experience of entertainment [HUGE FREAKING WITTY/COOL/STYLISH M-DASH <-->] one that I hope..."). Don't know what happened there.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


"They're not doing interviews. I can send you the latest album, tickets to the show, pictures..."
"Well, I already have all of those. Thanks."


Hope she wasn't lying to me.

I don't blame you, Wilco...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Jelly jelly jelly jelly jelly jelly jelly jelly jelly jelly bones

I don't like the phrase "... or lack thereof." It looks ugly, it sounds bad, and although it is usually used in an attempt to elevate the level of one's writing, it usually only comes off as stilted.


I don't like the word "persons" either. You're not foolin' anybody.


And "similarily" isn't even a word. Don't know where you got that extra vowel, but you can totally stop trying to pronounce the word if you don't know what it is. Especially since today was the first time you used the word all semester. And lay off the "in that regard"s ... that's not a terrible phrase but you're dreadfully overusing it.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The docks.

Just because you have some weird scorn for parentheses doesn't mean you can mark through every parenthesis on my paper. And maybe I just don't like simple sentences (they're not run-ons... you're a run-on).

Only two weeks until Spring Break? Already halfway through the semester? My perception of time is never settled, constantly changing. Left to their own devices, humans in a controlled setting functioned on a 25 hour day.

I saw an entire episode of The Boondocks yesterday. I wasn't all too impressed. I can only speculate that the show is rated "Mature" for the use of one solitary word (which, in fact, came up only about a half dozen times in this episode), because I didn't see all that other much that was explicit about it.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Leave that to the Artful Dodger.

The War At Home is honestly, without exaggeration, the worst sitcom, if not the worst thing in general, I have ever seen on television. If it weren't for its convenient post-Simpsons, pre-Family Guy timeslot, I would never have encountered such a disaster.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Arts & Entertainment binge.

9 of the last dozen messages I received on Facebook were from local band Jaded State.


I still haven't caught up on my CD listening. Concerts are coming and going-- I went to two the other night: Andrew Bird (CDU) and The Hold Steady (Beta Bar). Bird was phenomenal, the Hold Steady were solid. Of Montreal (tonight)-- disappointing. New material with drum machine + throwback sugarglam rock = tired. Fiery Furnaces tomorrow, don't know anything 'bout them.


The Hudsucker Proxy is a great movie. You should watch it.

Serenity was pretty good, too.


I think I'm catching up on all the sleep I've lost this semester. Feelin' pretty good.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Invincible, oh oh oh.

I just found a feature in one of my media players that nicely and crisply slows down music/recordings to as much as half speed, while retaining the frequencies of the song (i.e., the key).

"Heartbreaker" solo, here I come.

Monday, February 13, 2006

There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more.

I started a Nietzsche book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, because I saw it on the new rack in the library. It's, uhh, different. Now, THAT'S a mustache!

A tuning peg broke on the acoustic. Probably just gonna get a new set. Conversely, the strings on the electric have been on there for at least 4 months; I can feel the ridges on them from the bites of the frets, and the strings themselves are as black as the guitar's finish.

There is talk of "training" for Editor...ship of A&E. She says it's "not that hard at all. Very easy." I'm not too worried about it.

I bought Before Sunset at Wal-Mart for $3.88 (yes, DVD). I saw it last year and thought it was pretty good, especially considering 1)There is no discernable plot. 2) Nothing happens. 3) It is ALL conversation.

I still haven't seen Before Sunrise, the earlier of the pair, so I guess I'll add that to the Netflix queue. So, how's that Netflix going? It's alright. Yeah, pretty alright.

Let's see, ... what else do I have? Oh, yes. Last week as I was writing a paper three hours before it was due, I composed a somewhat entertaining phrase describing Zeus:

Regardless, after the birth of Athena, and in a manner befitting a newly-secured unchallengeable king, Zeus begins to spread his divine influence amongst nearly all of the immortal goddesses, resulting in a string of allegorical offspring. One of his more salient coital conquests involved Mnemosyne, a titaness whose name means “Memory.”


Friday, February 10, 2006

But down in your arms, in your arms, I am a wild creature.

It's cold here and I don't understand. The weather has been very temperamental (yeah, I know), cycling from cold cold, to cool, to average, to downright hot. And not even in that order, just skipping around.

One of the greatest things is seeing that a CD is an even number of minutes long. "50:00" or even something like "39:39" proves for a very comfortable sight after the disc has spun its length.

I had a mini-revelation of sorts in class on Wednesday. It wasn't me figuring out something new or anything, it was just a sudden realization. For the last thirty minutes of class I kind of blanked out and just sat and thought. It was pretty cool and somewhat motivational, although I'm not sure if things will change right away or at all (it had something to do with how I haven't really been doing much for the past, well... long time).

I bought a black and white Strokes poster for $1 from a guy in the union who said he was "going to make a bundle" selling roses for Valentine's. Roses from Miami. Gonna buy them at the last minute and make a bundle. The best thing (besides it being $1) about the poster is that it doesn't say the band name anywhere. So I feel cool and elite, despite First Impressions of Earth.

That's about it, I guess.

Thursday, February 09, 2006



Category 22 - Best Alternative Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Funeral
The Arcade Fire
[Merge Records]

* Guero
[Interscope Records]

* Plans
Death Cab For Cutie
[Atlantic Records]

* You Could Have It So Much Better
Franz Ferdinand

* Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes
[Third Man/V2 Records]

Don't you mean, "Best Less Popular Album" or something? This stuff is alterative? Hmmm... Plans isn't very alternative, I don't think. Nah. (Oh yeah, and somehow Franz Ferdinand is considered in the "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal"... so they're alternative when it comes to the album, but Rock in this one song!???!?! [Note: This is not to imply that I thought You Could Have... is best Rock album material, I'm just rambling here.])

Category 21 - Best Rock Album
(Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock and Metal.)

* X&Y
[Capitol Records]

* In Your Honor
Foo Fighters
[RCA Records]

* A Bigger Bang
The Rolling Stones
[Virgin Records]

* How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
[Interscope Records]

* Prairie Wind
Neil Young
[Reprise Records]

You were right, B, U2 was considered this year as well. They won 3 grammys last year for stuff from How to..., and now they win 5 more grammys for it. 8 for one album!? Insane.

NO WAY. "Beverly Hills" was nominated for Best Rock Song????!!?!?!?!??

Also, Kelly Clarkson beats out Paul McCartney Best Pop Vocal Album (can't judge here-- haven't heard either of them).

That's all I've got for now. The Grammy Site hasn't highlighted all of the winners yet...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Our mothers have been absent ever since we founded Rome but there's gonna be a party when the wolf comes home

"Compare your school's most popular listings with Facebook's."



1. DMB
2. Jack Johnson
3. Sublime
4. Coldplay
5. The Beatles
6. Incubus
7. Green Day
8. The Killers
9. Bob Marley
10. Led Zeppelin


1. DMB
2. Coldplay
3. Jack Johnson
4. The Beatles
5. Green Day
6. The Killers
7. Led Zeppelin
8. Incubus
9. Sublime
10. Fall Out Boy


How 'bout I just barf instead?

Nah, it could be much (much) worse.

I am, however, concerned about the number one listing for Movies (for both school and Facebook) of The Notebook (even though I never saw it). And that Anchorman and Old School were so much higher than 40 Year Old Virgin.

It was a relief, however, to find out that for FSU, the #56 "Interest," up two spots, was "girls."

Friday, February 03, 2006

Kaki King.

Kaki King

Yeah, check it out. She played here tonight, and it was pretty much awesome. She had a lap steel that she ran with loops, hitting it for bass effects, scratching and picking at it for percussive effects. But I guess her most unusual feat was over-the-top-o-the-neck slapping (on her Ovation acoustic/electric). Pretty impressive.

She could also tune very well, into all different kinds of arrangements, by ear.

She also told very good stories and jokes.

And just when I thought I couldn't be impressed more, she pulled out the old MORRISSEY COVERS.

Yeah, that's right folks, the only two songs she sang on were covers of "Please, please, please let me get what I want" and "Why don't you find out for yourself".

I mean, they weren't awesome covers or anything, but the whole introduction ("My future baby's daddy wrote this song..."), and those being the only covers she did, and the only things she sang on... great.

::thumbs up::

I would recommend seeing, though she's only doing a limited tour. Her recordings aren't bad, either. But, of course, it's better in person.


Edit: I was feeling generous, so here you go (yeah, it's Windows Media Audio -- deal with it):

Kaki King -- "Playing With Pink Noise"

Yeah, just one player, one guitar. Those plunks are her hitting the body of the guitar with her left-hand fingers.