October 28, 2006

"And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in."
- Wes Bently as Ricky Fitts in American Beauty (IMDB)

Carolyn Burnham: Uh, who's car is that out front?
Lester Burnham: Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I've always wanted and now I have it. I rule!

"Remember those posters that said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"? Well, that's true of every day but one - the day you die."
- Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham in American Beauty (IMDB)

Elasto Mania

This game is the sequel to the 1997 computer game Action Supercross. I never played the original, but I did stumble upon this game a few years ago. The idea of the game is to collect all the apples and then get to the flower to finish the level, all without crashing (hitting your head). It is a very simple game. Besides gas and brake, you can lean forward and back and turn around on the bike. By applying the brake, the wheels suddenly have infinite friction causing the bike to flip at high speeds. The interesting part is that the only solid parts of your character are the wheels and the head. This means you can hook your tires on things and drive upside down.

If you buy the full version it comes with a level creator, multi player, and even more levels. You can also download levels that other people have made. There seems to be a thriving "community" behind the game, that includes contests and world record holders. Just this year someone made a patch that allows you to play over the internet in multi player mode. There is even a Linux version.

Although the game is easy to play, it's hard to master. Check out some clips of a few great runs.

October 27, 2006

IndieFeed Player *NEW*

If you haven't lived under a rock for the past year, you have probably heard of podcasts. Since they derived the name from iPods, many have video or photo slide shows to go with them. My personal favorite is by Mark Hoppus, the bassist for the now defunct Blink-182. His new band is with Travis Barker (Blink drummer and reality TV star), and it's called Plus 44. Check them out too.

Anyway, another podcast I found was called Indiefeed. Each podcast is a new song, by a new artist from around the world. I have yet to hear a band I already knew. Each track has a small intro that simply names the band and track, then the song, and then a little about the band and where to get the album. Right now they have 5 music podcasts and two spoken word. Here they are:

  • Alternative / Modern Rock
  • Blues
  • Electronica
  • Hip Hop
  • Indie-Pop
Also on their website, they have a media player for other bloggers. I took the bait, and installed it into my sidebar on the right. If it bothers people, I'll take it down. But I enjoy it, so there! Here is the website for the player. Open Grazr I got mine straight from the Indiefeed website.

Web Links

Hand DJ Movie
My friend found this funny movie at random. It's a hand "puppet" scratching records like a club DJ. Short and funny. Enjoy.

Don't Click It
This website is a study of how people use computers in relation to the web. The whole premise is that people have learned to click on everything to make it work. Try it out, and aid them in the study.

Interesting Adds

Rube Goldberg Officeplace Contraption

be your own PET

I really don't know a whole lot about this band, but I have heard an awful lot about them in the last month. I got a sampler CD that had their song We Will Vacation, You Will Be My Parasol. As far as I can tell, they are a garage/punk band with a feisty young girl singer. It's something I haven't heard much of in the past few years. But, I'm not sure what I think of them yet.

According to their website bio, they are from Nashville where all four of them went to high school together. They are on the Infinity Cat Recordings label, started by the the original guitarist Jake Orrall and his family. Of course I find their song titles the best part. Here's a few: Bicycle Bicycle You Are My Bicycle, Bunk Trunk Skunk, and Extra Extra Handmade Edition (limited to 100 copies). Check them out below.

Band Website | Wikipedia | Myspace
miss you sarah

October 26, 2006

Weird Al Yankovich

Ok, so everyone knows Weird Al, but no one admits to listening to him. I'm going to say it then. I listen to Weird Al. I haven't heard much of his recent stuff, but I do have some of his older stuff. I even have a few cassettes, and the polka hits CD. As well as being a talented musician, he has also mastered the accordian. From what I've heard, Weird Al got his first shot at stardom through a goofy radio show in California called Dr. Demento. He played a parody of My Sharona called My Bologna. Since then he has made many albums, parodied such stars as Avril, Coolio, and Micheal Jackson, made a movie, and even had a show on Saturday morning television. His latest album Straight Outta Lynwood looks like it could be his most popular. It debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard album charts, giving him his first top 10 ever. The first single White & Nerdy has topped the VH1 charts. It is a parody of Chamillionaire's Ridin' Dirty. Brilliant! Here's a list of all of his albums starting from the latest; its quite long. Check him out at the links below.

  • POODLE HAT (2003)
  • POLKAMON (2000)
  • BAD HAIR DAY (1996)
  • SPY HARD (1996)
  • THE TV ALBUM (1995)
  • HEADLINE NEWS (1994)
  • ALAPALOOZA (1993)
  • THE FOOD ALBUM (1993)
  • OFF THE DEEP END (1992)
  • BABALU MUSIC (1991)
  • GREATEST HITS (1988)
  • EVEN WORSE (1988)
  • POLKA PARTY (1986)
  • DARE TO BE STUPID (1985)
  • "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC IN 3-D (1984)
  • "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC (1983)

October 25, 2006

Imogen Heap

Although her CD has been out in the US for almost a year now, I just got a hold of it last month. You might recognize Imogen Heap from the Garden State soundtrack. She was one half of the pop duo Frou Frou. This electronica based album is simply wonderful. The first single, Hide and Seek, was featured on The OC soundtrack. This song was recorded entirely using vocals and effects. It was the first song I heard from the album and I love it. I also like Goodnight and Go. Imogen's vocal range is impressive, and her lyrics are very interesting. Check her out at any of the links below.

Randy Newman on the Colbert Report

yay, they fixed our ceiling! Oh wait. No, the maintenance guy just spray painted the yellow water spot white, to match the ceiling. Thanks guys, I'm sure that will fix the problem in the long run.

October 24, 2006

Apparently the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) and the Music Publishers' Association (MPA) think that making tabs is copy write infringement. For those of you who don't know, a tablature (or tab) is a typed copy of notes for an instrument. I usually use guitar tabs, which look like this. The link is for a tab of a Snow Patrol song called Chasing Cars. Most of these tabs are simply someone's interpretation of how the song is played, or which chords are used. I guess one person could buy a book of tabs put out by the record label, and them type it up and post it on the web. But I still think they are over reacting.

Anyway this means I cannot find the tab for the snickers song. I just want to sing about "waterfalls of caramel", but NOOO! they have to stomp on my dreams.

The suit on the register.com

The Snickers Song
happy peanuts soar
over chocolate coated mountaintops,
and waterfalls of caramel

prancing nougat in the middle
sings a song of satisfaction
to the world

The zombier, the better.

So I was flipping channels today and came across an intersting zombie documentary on the History Channel. Unfortunately, I only saw the last few minutes, but I was intrigued. It involved "scientists" talking about how real zombies are. Complete baloney if you ask me, although I can see how some diseases could easily bring zombie-like ideas to the heads of authors, screenwriters and the like. The part that I found the most interesting was the author Max Brooks who wrote a book called The Zombie Survival Guide. I got a kick out of it, even though he said many of the survival tips are simply real survival tips, just skewed to present a zombie theme.

It's almost Halloween!

That means it's time for some pumpkin pictures! Enjoy :)

October 23, 2006

Calling all chick rockers!

Ok, so last year a friend mentioned to me that he has never heard a good girl rock band. Not like an Avril (who doesn't deserve her band), but a band that consists of all women. I guess Courtney Love once said that it is impossible to find a good woman bassist, but it seems to me that is is impossible to find any number of women who want to rock together.

If anyone finds a legitimate all girl rock band, send them my way. I will make sure to get them to Sam, to finally give him his life-long dream.


hmmmmmm. I've been thinking tonight (mostly brought on by a picture on the facebook of my ex etc.). I love having a blog, but there are things that I cannot write in here. I know roughly who reads my blog, and therefore I know who I would offend/scare/creep out. Obviously I don't want to sensor myself in my blog, but I also don't need to share all of my thoughts. When the guys and I were talking the other night, we decided that we would never want to know exactly what our friends were thinking (think cheesy, Mel Gibson, romantic comedy in the 90's). Using that same concept, I wouldn't want to read my friend's inner thoughts either. Whatever they feel the need to tell me is enough. So it does kinda suck that I can't write anything in this blog. I guess I could start a real journal (I've had many before) or another online journally thing (also had one).

speaking of online journals, the one I used to have was on a site called teen open diary. I believe the whole site is defunk now, but it was interesting at the time. Obviously it is for teens and their huge "problems". I can honestly say that I did not add to the thought provoking world, only to the teen-angst. I started the journal after a recomendation from a friend (guess who, it's really easy). In the end I just wrote random thoughts and poetry (yet another sarah thing). I guess it did help me a lot with writing songs now, but I only wrote when I felt moved in some way. I still do that. Back then it was a slight depression that the girl I liked didn't like me back, and that my best friend was constantly talking about her and her good friend (who was his girlfriend). Now I write very little actually. Accoustic guitar just isn't good for pissed off anthems. Anyway, what ended up happening was that I found my friend's online journal. This is a bad thing. Since I tend to be a nice guy and tell girls the truth realy easily, I told her that I found the journal. From then on she had to sensor it, even if it was subconsciously. I felt bad, especially since the journal wasn't what I thought it was going to be. In the end it would have been better if I had never found it. But you can't change the past, no matter how much you want to.

"I write best, when I am depressed." - Andrew Brand (2003)

October 22, 2006

Last night was pretty fun. The five of us went to one of my favorite restaurants, The Cafe. It's up Stange in Sommerset Village. I love the food there, and it changes every month or so. My friend Aaron works there, but didn't last night. So the guys (minus the semi-gay) sat together and the girls (plus the semi-gay) sat together. It was great having conversations about books, movies, music and politics. Of course, lots of food too. After that we went to Elyse's friend Elyse's house. Had some good drinks, and hung out with her cute dogs. Jim/John and I had a funny conversation that no one else heard. I'm kinda glad no one heard it, because they would have thought we were very strange. Something about a Penta-pus with a lobster-boy fetus? I didn't totally get it, but I luahged pretty hard anyway. After that we came home to watch a few episodes of Arrested Developement. Good show.

This morning I had another dream about Sarah. I miss her (obviously). Elyse and Kirby went home around noon. It was good to see her again.