A few more things…

Thought of more stuff I wanted to mention in my last post, but failed to.  So here we go again…

  1. I’ve made what is likely to be the final update to the Blue Tattoo website.  Kind of a bummer.  It’s basically just a break-up announcement and a link to the old demo…but if you want to see it, you probably should’ve clicked on it a couple of sentences ago.
  2. On the other hand…very much looking forward to telling you more about “Two Hangmen” in the near future.  🙂
  3. I’m a few days late on this…  But from the “Thought They Were Already Dead” file, Barbara Billingsley passed away this week.  She was 94.  Rest in peace, you jiiiiiive turkey.  (What?  Watch “Airplane” sometime!)
  4. I read an interesting quote on a friend’s Facebook wall.  Gay activist Hadi Hussain wrote the following, referring to why he chooses not to behave “stereotypically” in his practice of the gay lifestyle.  My friend on Facebook (who is female) said something to the effect of “I’m shocked to find someone who gets it!”  Hussain writes: “For me it’s just like mimicking the sexual politics of heteronormative [not a real word! – db] society which puts men in the powerful position of having the right to penetrate and women in a passive role, available for penetration.”  Now…I’m not saying he’s right or wrong.  But I must say that I find it HIGHLY ironic that a gay man has chosen to refer to penetration as a negative thing.
  5.  That leads me to the following…  If you’ve got a Facebook page, you’ve probably been subjected to the occasional (if not all-too-frequent) “inspirational” quote from one of your friends.  Usually some well-meaning, overly emotional soul who thinks they’re enlightening the rest of the world with thoughts they did not themselves pen posts some quote from Helen Keller or Albert Einstein or C. S. Lewis that is supposed to inspire and uplift.  I find it sickening.  Usually the “inspirational” quotes are so filled with bullshit and optimism that doesn’t work in the real world that you can almost SMELL the saccharin.  So…as a reaction to that, I am going to start taking some of these quotes and I’ll offer a critique of them here.  (I will try not to use anything my friends personally wrote, and I do not intend to demean them personally.)  I’m going to call that segment “Facebullshit.”  The above was entry #1.  Expect #2 (hee hee…poop!) shortly.
  6. Finished my “Lost” rewatch.  Main thing I found interesting about it is that in hindsight of knowing how the story ends, there are a lot of things I didn’t like at the time that I like a lot better now.  (IE – The episode they aired that was just the back-story of Jacob and his brother.  At the time, it irritated me, especially because it was RIGHT BEFORE the finale and really felt like it was a brick wall in the way of the plot.  But this time, I liked it.)  Funny how knowing the ending in advance changed some things…  But I still think Jin should’ve died when the freighter exploded in Season 4.  That still sucked.
  7. I had hoped to get a bunch of work done on the house this weekend.  (Still haven’t bought drapes…sigh…)  Unfortunately, my back problems have sidelined me for a little bit.  No painting…no lifting…  I’m not even taking my briefcase to work for a day or two, just to keep from lifting the extra weight.  (Plus, I rarely use it at the office, to be honest with you.)  Oh well.  Maybe NEXT week.

And that’s all for now.  I’m realizing now that this is going up on the same day as the last one, since I wrote it in the early a.m. hours, and I’m writing this one at 10 at night.  Ehh…in my mind, it was two days…so whatever.  It’s not my fault that YOU sleep during weird hours!  🙂

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Current Reading:

  • Joe Hill’s “Locke & Key” – Volume 2: Head Games

From my brain, into your eyes, into your brain, then you can stick it where-ever you want to.

(Re: The post title) – I don’t know…I guess I think that’s what happens when I blog. 

As you may have guessed by now, this is going to be one of those “random” posts…so let’s go…

  1. Finished Joe Hill’s “Heart Shaped Box” tonight.  Like all books in the genre it suffers from the climax being a little too quick.  It had a nice slow-burn getting there, but it got there and it was gone so quickly, you were left doubting that it really was over—which actually may be the intention, just in case he ever writes a sequel, I guess…but in all, I was very, very pleased with the book and I highly recommend it.  One of the better books I’ve read in some time.
  2. New “Empty Checking” is online.
  3. I’ve thought it over and I think that the chief problem with the Internet is the following.  It makes non-confrontation (and also OVER confrontation) way too easy.  You can “unfriend” someone on Facebook and they might not even notice it for a few days (if at all).  Or you can say threatening things to strangers that might even keep them awake at night, and they won’t even know who you ARE.  I miss the days when you had to look a man in the EYE to tell him what you thought of him.  Didn’t make you any less of a dick…but at least it proved you had one.
  4. My back hurts.  A lot.  It’s so bad I can feel it in my left leg, and it hurts to even bend down to put on pants or shoes.  Or get a Coke out of the refrigerator.  Or pick something up off the floor.  It sucks.  This is by far the worst it’s been in 2010…possibly longer.  I’m walking with a cane for a while, just to take some pressure off.  It helps a little…but this still blows, and even Advil isn’t really doing much for me.  If anyone has any suggestions for cures, I’m listening.
  5. I’ve been taking an informal poll (at random) of my friends, asking if they believe in ghosts, and if so, if they consider ghosts to be “evil.”  It’s surprising how many believe that ghosts are at least POSSIBLY real, and the variance of opinion on their good/evil natures.  I would’ve thought I’d have gotten a lot more people saying they don’t believe in ghosts—especially among my Christian College friends…but I think I’ve only gotten one really firm “no” out of all the people I’ve asked.  (Feel free to comment on this one, if you’re interested.  Of course, I guess you’re free to comment on the other stuff too…but in this situation, you’d be part of an informal survey!  Sure, it’s not going anywhere…but you could be a part of it!)
  6. Got paid this week.  Most of it’s already assigned to various bills and whatnot.  Hurray!
  7. Ever notice that you don’t ever meet anyone named Tom, Dick, or Harry anymore?  That saying’s pretty much out of date now.  We’re going to have to change it to “…every Jeremiah, Shane, and Lucas…”  And that just sounds stupid.  (No offense if one of those is your name.)
  8. Ate food from Cha Cha Chow on Friday.  GREAT tacos.  I thought the Philly Burger was only so-so…but I could’ve eaten a dozen of those tacos (and I’d like to try some other stuff from the menu, too).  I didn’t know that they’ve been featured on TV in one of those “Great Food Race Losers with the Stars” (or whatever) shows until my brother told me (which was after I’d eaten there).  That’s kind of cool.  Made even cooler by the fact that they have offices (and storage, etc) in the same building that I work in.  I work right above semi-celebrities.  🙂  So yeah…find ’em and get a taco.  (Website’s www.whereschacha.com and is working as of the time of writing…but in the future, that may point to a completely different kind of “cha cha,” for which I apologize in advance.)

And that’s all for now.  Happy Sunday.

Really? What? REALLY???

I’ve just heard that “Glee” is going to do a “Rocky Horror” episode soon.

As a long time fan of the movie, I considered taking this opportunity to announce my upcoming suicide…but then I realized I could just not watch the thing, yet still bitch about it on my blog.

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Music to Work By:

  • John Mellencamp – “No Better Than This”
  • Johnny Cash – “American Recordings” (aka “American I”)
  • Old 97’s – The Grand Theatre
  • Them Crooked Vultures – (self-titled)
  • Elvis Costello – “Secret, Profane, and Sugarcane”

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Comic Books Purchased:

  • The Return of Bruce Wayne – Issue #5 of 6
  • The Unwritten – Issue #18
  • Justice League: Generation Lost – Issue #11
  • Bruce Wayne: The Road Home (One Shot) – Outsiders
  • Bruce Wayne: The Road Home (One Shot) – Batgirl
  • Bruce Wayne: The Road Home (One Shot) – Red Robin
  • Bruce Wayne: The Road Home (One Shot) – Batman and Robin
  • The New Avengers – Issue #5
  • Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games

Quick Music Post

Not much else of interest happened today…so here are a few quick notes about music-stuff.

(1)  My brother and I rehearsed at my house this evening.  We’ve been practicing at his house lately (what with all them kids running around, it’s just been easier that way).  Tonight was the first night back at my house (unsure if that’s a “permanent” thing or not at this point…failed to ask).  Kind of a welcome change for me for a couple of reasons.  I liked being back at home because all my guitars, amps, etc are there…having the scale of an amp and vocal speaker is a BIG difference from an acoustic guitar and a bass amp (that I usually can’t hear too well) in Dave’s basement.  Plus—don’t get me wrong, I love my sister-in-law, nieces, and nephew…but I sometimes feel like a little bit of an intruder in the house on Tuesdays.  Don’t know why…  I guess because I’m usually there on Fridays too and I feel like I’m just kinda taking up space on Tuesdays.  I just feel like I’m interrupting sometimes—though you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more hospitable than Dave and Valerie, especially when it comes to family.  (In other words, it’s MY issue.)  So, on that level, it was nice to be in my own basement, where I’m only in my own way, ha ha.  Don’t misread me…I could be perfectly happy rehearsing at Dave’s place forever…but it is nice to warm my amp back up now and again, anyway.  (I hope none of that sounds bad.  It doesn’t sound bad in my head…but these things are so easily misread.  And yet I still write them down.  Hmph…)

(2) Bought the new Old 97’s record today (“The Grand Theatre – Volume One”).  It’s good.  Likely to find its way into my top ten of 2010.

(3) And I just wanted to post my “Music to Work By” list…which, believe it or not, is the main reason I’m posting.  🙂  So here you go…

  1. Slobberbone – “Crow Pot Pie”
  2. Neil Young – “Greendale”
  3. Old 97’s – “Drag it Up”
  4. The Who – “Quadrophenia” (both discs)
  5. Tree By Leaf – “Postcard from Rome”
  6. Individual Song (in tribute): Solomon Burke – “None of Us are Free”
  7. Lou Reed – “Transformer”
  8. Drive-By Truckers – “A Blessing and a Curse”
  9. Slobberbone – “Crow Pot Pie” again…  🙂

…and that’s it.  Buying comic books tomorrow.  Yay!

Random Stuff

Here we go with another random post…  Kick off your shoes, unbutton your pants, and put on some soft jazz.  This is gonna get weird.

  1. Bought Joe Hill’s first book, “Heart Shaped Box” (see previous entry for more about him).  It’s really good.  It’s creepy—but not overly creepy, more like suspenseful.  It does a good job of sucking you into the characters before the plot goes nuts.  Then when the plot DOES go nuts, Hill did a really good job of explaining the mythos in an organic way that allows people who aren’t really fans of the genre (and, believe it or not from how much I mention Lovecraft, I just barely lean in) to come up to speed, while allowing those who are more familiar with the genre to not feel it’s dumbed down.  Plus, the writing is really amazing.  Pick it up.  In a day, I made it halfway through the book, and I’m hankering for more tonight.
  2. Stuff at work is fine, I guess.  Things are shifting and changing and I think we’re all walking in every day not 100% sure what’s going on…but we’ll find a rhythm soon, I’m sure.
  3. Handed Mike Feldman his copy of the demo I recorded for him.  Within 24 hours, he e-mailed me to tell me it’s “great” and he didn’t suggest anything that needed to be fixed.  Is it possible that I nailed it on the first try?  Doesn’t sound like me…  So I told him to listen to it another couple of times and let me know.  But, wow…if I don’t have to fix anything else, I’m handing this thing in to the Grammy people.  (Kidding.)
  4. Running a little low on cash.  Spent recklessly at the DBT show last week and I’m still feeling it.  Come on payday…which is Friday…then I’ve got to pay all my bills…and this is the “expensive stuff” check…so I’ll be back to square one…  Dammit.
  5. Almost all done with my “Lost” rewatch.  I’m starting up disc 3 of Season 6.
  6. Been tired lately.  I think it’s the “Fall” transition, with the days getting a little shorter and whatnot.  Or whatever.  I’m always tired…this probably isn’t as “new” as I’m trying to give it credit for…
  7. I made a short list of stuff that might be eligible for my “Top Ten of 2010” music list.  I’ve got 17 items that at least bear mention.  Wow.  Great year!
  8. EDIT — Rest in Peace to Solomon Burke.  He wrote “None of Us are Free” (among other songs) and that one found its way onto my personal “life” soundtrack.  May he forever be unchained.

…and that’s it for now.  Just a short one.  I’ll write more later.

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Stuff I Listened to at Work Today—henceforth to be called “Music to Work By” (in order):

  1. Band of Horses – “Infinite Arms”
  2. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”
  3. Centro-matic – “Fort Recovery”
  4. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers – “Swampblood”
  5. Camera Obscura – “Let’s Get Out of this Country”
  6. The Rolling Stones – “Sticky Fingers”
  7. The Rolling Stones – “Goats Head Soup”
  8. Tenacious D – [self-titled]
  9. Iron & Wine – “Around the Well” [disc one]
  10. John Mellencamp – “No Better Than This” (Which was technically on the ride home, and will probably start the day tomorrow, too.)