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Parking lot wasteland

I let Raz give me a haircut on Friday.  I bought some new clippers and saw some videos on Youtube, so I figured I was a good instructor, and he could give me a sweet fade.  It took about 40 minutes, but he didn’t do a bad job, and only left a few longer patches.  I ended up going to get myself a look (wow, Check it out!) on Saturday morning just to clean it up a little bit.  I’m so anal about my hair even though I wear a hat 80% of the time.  I need to get out of the wearing a hat rut again, so I need to will myself out of this hat.  I also want to get back to the guy that used to cut my hair a while back because it always seemed like he did a really good job.

Saturday was spent shopping with Katie.  It was tiring.  We left the house at about 11 and we got home eventually around 9 or so and ended up catching up on some TV shows that we’ve been neglecting.  I got a couple bottle openers out of the shopping deal, and a few pilsner glasses to enjoy assorted beers in.  She picked up clothes for her vacation she’s going on in a few days.  I almost scored myself a mouth harp, but I decided I’d probably fuck around with it for an hour or two  and then totally forget about it.  It was only 8 dollars, and I”m regretting not buying it, but I’m sure it will present itself again.

Sunday, we lazed around for a while and went to see “Observe and Report”.  It was bad.  I think there was a single audible guffaw throughout the entire movie.  The jokes were flat, and the characters weren’t funny at all.  There was an extended scene where two characters just say “fuck you” back and forth for about 3 or 4 minutes.  Comedy gold, right there.  After that we went to Sam’s club and I scored a case of Bell’s Oberon, and we went over to Katie’s sister’s for dinner where I polished off 4 or 5 beers.

I’ve been getting the itch to work on music again, which happens about once a year and I end up maybe completing 1 song and then my mind moves on to something else that I get the itch to work on.  If I could focus my brain on one productive activity, I’d be a star!

Also, lost a writer for my site 🙁

The dawning of a new age!

I’ve given in.  My will has been broken.  I’ve succomed to organizing my music in itunes.  I got a program that will auto update my library from a set folder (no matter how buggy it is) and last night I went through and moved all the music I lost from my drive crash off of my ipod on to my computer.  I retagged my hundreds of Led Zeppelin mp3’s and Misfits and Depeche Mode and saw just how much stuff I lost (all of my Acetone and most of my Massive Attack, etc.)  Musicbrainz helped a lot on that, but now it’s mostly showing up correctly in itunes with a few exceptions.

This is the real fucking dawning of the age of aquarius, make no mistake you hollow headed mofo’s.  I’ll be able to make a playlist of all my most recently acquired music instead of adding it to my ipod by dragging and dropping and then forgetting that I added it about 5 seconds after I disconnect the thing and never remember what it was called or who it’s by.  I can sync playcounts and all that bullshit and make smart playlists and roll them up and stuff them directly up my corn hole.  Can you do that?!?  Probably, but this is a life changing event for me, so back the fuck up.

ION (In other news – the new feature of my blog posts! This is the inaugural entry! Exciting, right?) there has been a female duck that has been in my backyard for the last two mornings, quacking away and freaking out my cats.  I wonder if she’s missing another duck or something, because it doesn’t seem normal for my backyard to be used as a duck landing/sounding pad.  I also like to think that she’s just stopping by to say hello and good morning, too.  Maybe that’s the case.

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So I’m looking for an alternative to iTunes. Every few months I get sick of iTunes and I look for something new, see if there’s any updates, etc. I like the way iTunes handles podcasts (and I listen to a lot of those), but I don’t like the way it manages music. It might be great for people that exclusively use iTunes and the Apple store, but I don’t use that. Also, I have it set up so when I sync podcasts to my iPod, I transfer the 3 most recent unplayed podcasts. After I listen to them on the pod, they show as listened to, but when I connect to my computer, iTunes shows that they haven’t been listened to and in turn that shows back up on my ipod as unheard… stupid.

So anyhow, since I don’t buy music through iTunes, and I don’t rip cd’s through iTunes (I prefer EAC and LAME) they won’t show up automatically in itunes (if you havent noticed, I’m going to just give up the stupid capitalization scheme from this point on), you have to refresh your library. I could always drag and drop them, but that seems like an unnecessary step. I want to be able to view my music in its directories, since that’s the way I have them organized. I don’t have everything tagged correctly and that seems to be a nono for itunes. Also, I don’t want all the bloat, but I do want to be able to make smart playlists and update my ipod with my new stuff and use playcounts and all that crap.

I decided to try songbird, but it has the same problem as itunes in that it won’t automatically refresh my library. Plus, since it’s built on mozilla, it bloats. It actually uses more memory than Firefox does, and that’s a problem.

I then tried to use foobar2000, which I have a love/hate relationship with. Especially because customization is garbage on that thing. I did get it set up relatively quickly (bout an hour or so) and it shows my directory view, but it won’t do podcasts, plus I don’t think it will do smart playlists and the like.

So, now I’m at a loss at what else to try. I guess I could try winamp, but I remember not liking the way it handled the ipod for some reason. I don’t want to try mediamonkey, because that destroyed all my tags before. I wouldn’t mind trying amarok for windows, but that seems like a pain in the ass to set up. I still haven’t been able to figure out what the hell to do with it through KDE for windows. Now I’m in a quandary that I don’t know how to get out of :(.

Promise that you’ll never believe me, because I guess I’m just trying to make it easy.

So, I think I’m gonna go and see Friday the 13th tonight.  I’ve been becoming obsessed with horror movies recently.  It’s weird because I had no desire to read anything about that movie, see any of the images from the movie, or even know what it’s about besides a retelling of the story.

I watched a movie called “The Beast Must Die” which is like a blaxploitation werewolf movie.  The dude in it, Calvin Lockheart, played Silky Slim in “Uptown Saturday Night”, and Biggie Smalls in “Let’s do it Again”.  Again, weird coincidence.

I’ve been coming home and listening to music alone after work.  I have headphones on almost all day, but I listen to podcasts, so when I get home, it’s music.  Katie’s been working later now because of tax season, so when I get home I’m usually by myself for a while.  I’m really enjoying listening to music at home though.  I just sit in my room and surf the net listening to music.  I think I’m gonna put together a playlist together soon.  I used to do that all the time, and since I don’t have as much free time I kind of got away from it.

I was thinking last night that I have all these things that I want to do: make music, learn some more photoshop stuff, illustrator, learn to program, etc.  and instead I end up continuing my xbox live play streak (up to 93 straight days now) instead.  It’s my own fault, so I guess that’s something that I need to take care of.  I guess writing about these movies that I watch is kind of filling that creative void for me.  I’d like for it to eventually lead to something, but if it doesn’t, I’m ok with that too.

I’d like to freelance for some blogs, but I have to find one that doesn’t totally turn me off.  I’ve looked at some postings for people looking for freelancers, but when I visit the sites they never appeal to me. “We’re looking for writers who can write for the 30 – 45 year male demographic” – ok, I’m in that demo now (sigh), let me check out what you’re shit is about… oh, mevermind.  How to make your love life better, make your investments work for you, blah blah blah.  I don’t care about that shit, sorry.  I even bought another domain, don’t know I mentioned that, but I don’t have the foggiest idea what I’m going to do with it.

Now just a bunch of verbal diahrrea is pouring out from my fingertips.   Anyhow, I think I’m gonna go see Friday the 13th tonight, yeah.

Step into the light, until we meet again.

It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been pretty busy most of the day each day.  I haven’t gotten much of a chance to do much besides work of some sort, but Sunday I was able to see the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Awesome tour 2009.  I had never been to the Royal Oak Music Theater, and it was a pretty good show.  They came out and did skits, and showed clips of the new season that starts on February 8th or 9th.  In between skits and clips, James Quall, David Liebe Hart and Jason (Salame!) performed.  It was a pretty good show, and a fun night out.

Monday through today has been work.  I’m looking forward to the weekend, and I’m taking Monday off as a mental health day.  Plus I think I’m going to use the Super Bowl as an excuse to get totally wasted and make an ass of myself playing rockband.

I want to find a car charger that I can hook up to a microUSB port that I can connect my Blackberry to that will also output the audio.  I don’t think I’m going to find that.

I have enjoyed one thing this week, and that’s Lost.  So far I think this season has been great, and even if they aren’t answering a lot of questions, I feel like I’m finding out more.  It’s a weird feeling to follow a show for 4 seasons and not really know what the hell is going on, and then finally getting some answers in the 5th season – or at least seeing how the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place.

TV Casualty

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There are paint smears on everything I own
The vapor rub is lying on a table of filth
Christmas cards to which I never reply
My eyeballs absorb only blue filtered light

Tv casualty, tv casualty
Were all right
Tv casualty, tv casualty

I wish theyd put prince namor on the tube
Hold on, I think I have to puke
Theres a spot in the corner where I always go
I like to feed the flies that I know

But please dont feed my television screen
Please dont feed my television screen
Please dont feed my television screen
Please dont feed my television screen

Tv casualty, tv casualty
Were all right
Tv casualty, tv casualty

Babies in prison, they call it a womb
Nine month sentence, no parole
Slivers of steel stuck in your lungs
Breathe deep, we need a donor for blood

Jaguars at the cemetary
Cadillacs grazing at your grave
Zeniths grazing at your grave
Sonys grazing at your grave

Tv casualty, tv casualty
Were all right
Tv casualty, tv casualty
Were all right
Tv casualty, tv casualty

Mr. Bird

The new Mr. Oizo “Album” or whatever it’s supposed to be isn’t my cup of tea. While “Moustache (half a scissor)” was discordant, but still oddly melodic and rhythmic in it’s own weird way, the new one “Lamb’s Anger” just sounds like slop with some old school keyboard sounds over the top of it. Maybe I have to let it warm up to me like the last album did, but this new one sounds like a bunch of outtakes that all miss the mark. There are also vocals, which I feel don’t really work on his albums. There’s a nice parody of “James Brown is Dead” called “Bruce Willis is Dead”, that at first sounds pretty cool, but once it just beats on and on for 5 minutes or whatever, I quickly tired of it. There’s also a Rob Base cover of “It Takes Two” called “Two Takes It” that again is a nice novelty at first, but I just couldn’t help but think to myself “Did this really need to be covered?”

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed with it, and hopefully after multiple listens I’ll warm up to it, but I’m not gonna force myself to like it just because it’s Mr. Oizo.

Too much horror business

It’s a great day when you can put all your songs on shuffle and this is the first one that comes blaring through your headphones…

Too much horror business
Driving late at night
Psycho 78
My bathroom is new

You, you dont go in the bathroom with me

Psycho 78
12 oclock, dont be late
All this horror business
My mirrors are black

You dont go in the bathroom with me

With you
Ill put a knife right in you
Im warning you
Ill put a knife right in you
Im warning you
Ill put a knife right in you

Too much horror business
Drivin late at night
Psycho 78
My bathroom is new for you

You, you dont go in the bathroom with me

Psycho 78
Im talking about
12 oclock, dont be late
I say, all this horror business
My mirrors are black for you

You, you dont go in the bathroom with me

With you
Ill put a knife right in you
Im warning you
Ill put a knife right in you
Im warning you
Ill put a knife right in you
Im warning you
Ill put a knife right in you
Im warning you
You, nobody can do
What I can do, no

This is the coastal town.

It bothers me that a shitty cover version of Morrissey’s “Everyday is like Sunday” is used in an NFL network commercial.  What does that song have to do with football at all?

Hide on the promenade
Etch a postcard :
How I dearly wish I was not here
In the seaside town
…that they forgot to bomb
Come, come, come – nuclear bomb

Yep, sounds just like football to me!

drink this.

I went to a wine/beer tasting on Saturday.  I knew there wasn’t going to be much in the beer department, and I was right.  They had these punch cards that you had to wear around your neck and they were supposed to punch a whole each time you had a drink.  I tried the 8 beers out of 80 different drinks and I tried sake for the first time and didn’t get a punch on my card.  After the tasting we all went out to the bar and had a few beers and played shuffleboard.

Sunday we went out to Mayberry park and hiked around on their trails.  I’d like to go back out there in different clothes and check out a few more of their trails.  We tried to go to a cider mill before the trails, but there were people lined up for a while.  We decided it wasn’t worth standing in line for an hour to get glorified juice.  Besides, I had already eaten like crap and that was just going to pile it on.

I realized that I had a hard drive failure on my hands Monday.  My desktop’s primary drive is taking a massive dump and I can boot my OS for about 30 minutes, max before it reboots.  While it’s an easy fix, I just have to wait for the new drive, and I can’t really get to my movies and music and stuff.  I’m waiting to get screenshots of a movie for my site, so that sucks.

So anyhow, I don’t have really anything to write besides that.  No personal feelings to share – since this really isn’t private, and I don’t feel like putting my feelings out there right now, so… yep, that’s it.

Grim Reaper Kidrobot comes out tomorrow, yay.

Weekend update a day late.

I’m a little late with the weekend update because I was pretty busy yesterday and didn’t really get much of a chance to write much. The weekend was as boring as every other one.

Friday night I went over Raz’s house and he and Jenny and I watched Death Warmed Up. It’s a futuristic type horror movie about a doctor that reanimates the dead and it makes them psychotic. It was a hard movie to review. The problem with it is that it didn’t really make a whole lot of sense. I liked the parts of the movie, but I didn’t like the whole of it. That’s a first for me. Usually I can say “Oh this movie is awful, but I liked the scene where that guy’s head exploded”, but I don’t know if I’ve ever said “I liked the scene with the brain surgery, and the scene where the motorcycles chased the group through the underground tunnels, but boy that movie was shite!”

Afterwards we played GTA for a while, and we had to fix some problem with Raz’s router, because we could hardly ever connect to a game. We’d sit in a lobby by ourselves waiting for others to join, but no one would ever join. You’d figure on a Friday night there would be thousands of people playing. We finally got that fixed at about 2:30am, and we played for about an hour before I headed home.

That brings me to one part I dislike about GTA, and that’s the way the multiplayer is set up. I like the multiplayer gameplay itself, but I don’t like that you have to load your game and then select multiplayer from Niko’s cell phone which in turn loads the multiplayer portion. When you’re done with a match, let’s say for instance a race, and you decide “I want to play deathmatch instead” you have to leave the game, which then loads your single player game, and then you have to bring up the cell phone again, then launch another game, which again loads the multiplayer lobby. Imagine if you wanted to play a race, then decide you want to play deathmatch, then cops n’crooks, then mafiya war… That’s loading 8 times, which while it only lasts about 30 seconds, gets tiring after a while. Maybe you can do it a different way, but I haven’t really paid enough attention to get it right yet.

Saturday was pretty uneventful. I installed a new dryer vent from our basement, because our old one was pretty drafty, and we had the new one laying around the garage for a while. I used some spray foam sealer generously around the opening, and it seems to be holding up pretty well. After that I played some more GTA, and watched an HBO boxing after dark card that was pretty entertaining.

Sunday, Katie and I went out for lunch and went to Best Buy so I could get Boom Blox. Eventually, we went out to Ikea, and I bought another shelf to display my vinyl on, and some other odds and ends that we saw there. We ended up watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe that night because neither of us had seen it and we were somewhat interested in seeing the new one. I also got some new (to me) music, including “In Ghost Colours” by Cut Copy, a David Axelrod compilation, Justice of the Unicorns “Angels with Uzis“, a few albums by Mew, and some other stuff.

Monday, after work Katie and I went to Barnes and Noble, and I picked up the latest copy of 2600, a wok cookbook, Black Hole by Charles Burns, and Tricked by Alex Robinson. I have Alex Robinson’s “Box Office Poison” and really enjoyed that, so hopefully this one is good too. It seems like the only books I finish reading are graphic novels. I’m also looking into getting some ebooks in the near/immediate future.