Friday, January 26, 2007

In retrospect...

In retrospect, this wasn't as over-the-top/satirical as I thought it was. (On Monday, the newspaper ran a commentary from another school [N.C. State] that got me really riled up. So I quickly wrote a response shadowing his arguments, but pushing them to the extreme and what I thought to be the satirical.)

In currentspect, I can still think it's funny when people vociferiously respond to my satirical jabs as if I truly believed them... even (especially?) if no one else knew I was being satirical.

(For the record, I think there must be someone out there who really believes everything I wrote, and that it wasn't that much of a stretch of certain people's opinions.)

(But c'mon.)

*This whole incident reminds me of the time (three years ago) when I tried to sell the two free passes I got to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake by mass emailing everyone in honors to post a price of $100 for the two passes that any student could get for free. I was inspired to do this because other students were abusing the "mass email" function trying to sell their football vouchers and tickets.

In the honors, I didn't get one response that understood what I was doing... but I did get about a half dozen responses telling me that I was stupid for trying to charge $100 for something anyone could get for free... and one of the respondents wrote "Sincerely, Anonymous," although her full name was clearly indicated on all her outgoing email.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Eric Collins' (Denison Marrs, The Party People) new band The Dark Romantics just friended us on MySpace. And they are sounding good.

And they're coming to the The Beta Bar twice in the next two months. Interview, perhaps?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007


If I've learned anything from my work experience, it's that I'm not as big of a moron as

1) I could be


2) many others are.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Music with movies.

12 Computers

This site was recently featured on Pitchfork for its "find" of a Grizzly Bear and City of Lost Children sync up.

My roommate talked recently about the Pink Floyd and Wizard of Oz sync up. And it's not that I'm skeptical that albums and movies line up with often suprisingly good accuracy, strangely related themes, and "Exit Music (for a film)" starting to play right when the credits appear. My concern is when people swear this was an intentional effort from the artist.

How would someone make sure the album syncs up with the rest of the movie, after the CD has to repeat two times (not to mention when Dark Side of the Moon was on vinyl and had to be repeated manually)? That would take some massive planning, forethought, and altering by the artist and producer to make sure everything lined up nicely. And even if done, those moves would definitely compromise the artistic quality of the music (unless, of course, the artist makes it clear the album is only intended to be listened to while watching the proper movie).

Notice the following remark about the Dr. Strangelove/Yorke example:

"(Info on tracks 8 and 9 not included in this guide, nothing too special worth mentioning)"

You can't just push off 2 of nine tracks with "nothing special worth mentioning" -- that's evidence against your theory...

Anyway, yeah, millions of CDs and millions of movies, and some series of "coincidences." But notice another line from our 12 computers website:

"This is a bad ass movie and a bad ass cd. So when you mix the two you get 200% badassness!"

Are you sure that when you mix these you don't just get someone really hoping for two of their favorite things to fit together in some weird freak occurence?

*Starts listening to 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' and watching 'The Big Lebowski'...*