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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
1:46 pm
Hell yeeees! It will be a very happy birthday for me this year. Well, 2 days late, but I can forgive Marc Ribot for not remembering:

September 6, 2006
Ceramic Dog w/ Deerhoof @ The Troubador
9081 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Showtime: 9:00 PM

In other news, Oouuuuuch. I banged my knee against the desk and just now nearly broke my big toe off my foot. What else is in store for me today??
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
5:47 pm
"List seven songs you are into right now. no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. post these instructions in your livejournal along with your seven songs. then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to."

Audio/Video edition!

1. Palestine Texas, by T-Bone Burnett: Is he singing, rapping, or doing spoken word in this song? Whatever it is, it works. This song is taken from The True False Identity which is one of my top albums this year. I've come to the conclusion that anything Marc Ribot plays guitar on becomes an instant favorite of mine.

2. Steelworker, by Big Black: These guys are probably one of the most intense bands I've ever heard, and this song always rips me to shreds.. but in a good way.

3. Superstition, by Stevie Wonder: I doubt anyone hasn't heard this song, but it's a classic and always enjoyable. The link I have included is a performance on Sesame Street. :D

4. Una, by Program 2: Trance/techno/whatever song from over a decade ago. Recently got a copy of the original CD from Bryan .. this reminds me of being in high school, hanging with my smoker friends, and listening to a lot of bad electronic music.

5. Since K Got Over Me, by The Clientele: I could never really get into this band, but this one song sure hits the spot. It has a beautiful breezy quality and listening to it reminds me of a nice summer day at the beach.

6. At Night I Like to Fight, by Men Women & Children: Discodancepunk, this song makes me want to fight.. at night.

7. To the Tender (Beauty Marks/Blisters), by Mind Science of the Mind: Mix in one part Roxy Music, one part Shudder to Think, and three parts Awesome, and this is what you get. This particular song would probably be pretty depressing if the music wasn't so fun to listen to. Especially with lyrics like "There's a line, sister, well between beauty mark and blister. Cold-Compress it. Measure you in decibels. Hell. You'll be the heartbreaker. Hard. [...] But love will kill you faster."

Tag? Not it.
Friday, May 5th, 2006
3:51 am
my old haunts come back to haunt me once again

i watched The Last Wave last night. What a great movie.

I read today that the anticipation of pain is as bad as the pain itself. I could agree with that. Luckily I don't have too much to dread.

Should I click?
Monday, April 10th, 2006
6:20 pm
"[...] that grotesque vision of absence."

Yesterday I finished reading House of Leaves. I picked it up because of the recommendation Kris posted on his blog at Starslip Crisis a few weeks ago (though I can't seem to find the original entry). Any comparisons to H.P. Lovecraft will always pique my interest, and his was very appropriate! The story certainly evokes many of the same feelings of dread and insanity that characters in Lovecraft stories end up with once they are confronted with the impossible.

It also appears that there is a message board dedicated entirely to discussion of the book. Since it does have a very demanding narrative I can see why analysis like that is warranted. I think that what I was able to take away from the book may have touched only the surface of depths the author intended readers to discover. But on any level it is still an amazing work. In a way, it mirrors the house described in the novel by allowing the mind to add more or less of what we need to see in it. Of course, any kind of logical explanation of the house can be heavily debated.

There were parts that were very unsettling and left me with a strange feeling after I put it down.. which is probably why I liked it so much.
Monday, March 13th, 2006
3:26 am
if you want something nice to listen to, check out marc ribot's live performance of "The Dying Cowboy"

now I'm going to sleep.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
2:57 pm
I had the privilege of attending Adam's CS lecture today. From what I saw, the head TA position couldn't have been given to anyone more deserving. Why did he even bother bringing me in as a critic? He brought me because feedback is exactly what good teachers like him demand. In a way, I wish I had found something I could criticize to make myself more useful. Well, Adam, your untucked shirt might go over well at a community college, but at UCLA they have standards! Tsk, tsk.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
9:31 pm
in the news:

1. They need to stop talking about Sasha Cohen, because every time i hear the name i think they are talking about Borat and get excited.
2. 'Mystery Blob Eating Downtown' was a great headline to wake up to this morning.
3. I just overheard some story with a press conference response to someone not shaking another persons hand at the olympics. Wow, someone was being a dick, we should turn this into major news! NBC must be desperate to create controversy.

Upcoming 2006 music that i am excited about:

Channels (latest j. robbins project)
Hot One (new nathan larson band, i can't wait)
Liars (snail video!)
Men, Women, & Children (even if i die tonight, they saved my life)
Current 93 (black ships ate the sky)
Peeping Tom (mmm, patton)
Jason Molina solo album
Magnolia Electric Co (molina x2, can't go wrong)
Tom Waits (i've heard rumors of a rarities set)
Paul Draper solo album (ex-Mansun)

Tomorrow I get to become a college student again for a couple hours.
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
1:58 am
Goodbye sober day
Hello milky way...
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
5:27 pm
Going without structure in my life for these past few months is a very strange experience. I have had my time occupied by so many things since i first started college, whether it be going to class or work, that without these constraints set up I feel unfocused. And after talking with Adam a couple nights ago, I've had a very empty cynical feeling about the world that is hard to shake. I think that without more activities I can keep occupied with, my mind ends up lingering on things that I cannot change yet still disturb me. And tonight is the state of the union, which will most likely mean I will be very frustrated afterwards (no matter how much of it I actually listen to). Gee, that sounds depressing. I feel a bit better, and tired, after my 11 mile ride today. Came in a few minutes under an hour.. which is actually pretty slow, but there were some big hills! Of course once I was finally reaching the top of a long climb, a biker came roaring past me which didn’t make me feel like I was doing very well. The last couple weeks have been very good, as I’ve been able to see a lot of friends. Wow, the sunset just turned everything outside a crazy shade of red. How creepy. But yes, my schedule has been pretty busy this past weekend. I’m happy that Melissa didn’t die after eating my cooking on Friday, so this gives me the confidence I need to cook for more people in the future. Obviously, that is the only criteria necessary.. that people don’t die. I just watched a clip of Craig Ferguson’s eulogy to his father who passed away Sunday on Salon .. It made me tear up a little. I suppose that is all for now.
Sunday, December 25th, 2005
12:36 pm
Friday, December 23rd, 2005
10:59 pm
Wow, I just spent way too much time going from place to place to find gifts. The malls are about as busy as you would expect them to be 2 days before Christmas. I am totally wiped out from the day. But I did buy myself a Christmas present that just arrived today called "How to Build a Time Machine," so once I'm finished reading this expect to see me more often in the future and/or past.

Current Mood: exhausted
Monday, December 19th, 2005
3:00 pm

"You can call us Aaron Burr from the way we're droppin' Hamiltons"

update: http://www.thelonelyisland.com/ is a lot more of their stuff, but it looks like it's getting hammered today. Probably due to the chronic video getting play.
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
12:29 am
my gps is awesome

and that speed wasn't even in the largest chainring, which means it can only get faster
Monday, October 24th, 2005
10:58 pm
I've seen a whole lot of movies lately. In just over a week I've watched Psycho, Vertigo, The Party, Flightplan, Appleseed, Parts 3&4 of Scenes from a Marriage, The Wall, Dark Earth, and maybe even a couple more I can't remember now. The only thing interrupting the sitting and staring was standing and listening to Gang of Four, which turned out to be amazing. I've obviously lucked out when it comes to attending concerts this year because Fantomas was phenomenal as well. I went to the dentist to have a cavity filled today and he said I should have only been numb for about an hour after the procedure but it lasted about 4 hours. Watching the "Arnold and Maria" story on dentist office E! probably made the procedure more painful than it should have been. I should really learn to eat more because I sit around and starve myself for no reason. I need to take in a lot more calories each day, that's for sure. I got a pumpkin shake at Jack in the Box last night so that probably helped the daily intake. This weekend has been a mixture of good and bad things. A lot of family issues and some other things happened I didn't think would affect me as much as they have. Plus I've noticed my extreme self doubt has returned once again which I can see as a product of these things that have occurred. Hopefully it will subside soon. Also, chairs are for earners.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
10:25 pm
the weekend:
Friday night went to noho to see mailbot and got the added bonus of seeing prog rockers ekphrasis. Saturday went to check out the late night basquiat exhibit at moca which turned out to be great. Sunday went to sam and dee's to help unpack which was actually a lot of fun, then saw the wacky movie 'the serpent and the rainbow' from which we learned: somewhere between earth and heaven you get nailed in teh crotch.

Today i have been admiring the sound of the clarinet. So beautiful and soothing.
Friday, August 26th, 2005
11:15 pm
i am nicely smashed in munich! these kezs are hard to tzpe with because the letter are in the wrong places. went to a beerhall this evening and had a couple liters of beeeeer. so excellent. this hostel is the nicest place iäve stazed so far. i hope zou all are doing well and i will be on mz waz to amsterdam in a couple dazs. i love zou all and miss zou. see zou wednesdaz!
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
3:13 pm
Thursday, July 28th, 2005
3:01 am
Climbing that shaft with a canary rig
Floating on smoke dancing a foreign jig
Every minute down is a lifetime spent,
better start praying when a sinner repents
The conductor is out of his mind
turning fast into a route gone blind,
Coal always carried this train far
Eighty down the tracks, no sleepers in this car

Burning fuel that this machine don’t have
The gears are turning heavy on your back
you were never meant to carry this load
Somewhere down the line we switched tracks

Dark days turn into darker nights
Paid by the ton just to treat her right
Never thought I’d go down that slope again
remembering the letters that she used to send
Buried in rubble, trapped down low
down in the place where even roots won’t grow
When coal turns to diamond I’ll be in this mine
as she’s more precious than all of time
Saturday, July 16th, 2005
6:39 pm
Poll: Which Taylorian trait do you admire most?
Dashing good looks
Friday, July 8th, 2005
7:22 pm
Pointing out errors in Fox News reporting (or at least being dumbfounded by it) is old news. But after seeing these new clips I'm surprised anyone believes they are a credible source.
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