Monday, July 13, 2009

AOTS Goodness

For their 1,000'th episode, the AOTS Powers-That-Be finally let Kevin get his greasy on. And it was good.

But then they pulled this. I call "Shenanigans".

See you in the funny papers...

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Music (Video) Special, July 10, 2009

Lost - The Break/Beat Remix

A ridiculously cool mix of the genius score.

The Armenian Crip-Walk

Admittedly not as funny if you don't know Armo music...but really, c''s still good.

Hercules:The Legendary Journeys (Bathroom Style)

Simply put, the best version of this song. Ever.

See you in the funny papers...

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Quality of Life Index, July 1

It's coming. It's happening real soon. (+3)

Second monitor on desk makes watching podcasts at desk that much easier. (+2)

Stupid weather. (-2)

The sad level of articulation I've reached while discussing the weather, after over a month of grey, grey, rain, grey. (-1)

Glastonbury. Wow. (+3)

I will miss you, Michael. (even)

A strange penchant for craptastic dance music has overcome me, of late. The Friday Music Special is sure to be affected by all that cal this week. Sorry in advance. (-1)

Eeeehhhh...maybe an MJ tribute special will be in order. Thoughts? (even)

I can't wait for Snoop Dogg's iPhone app to become available. iFizzle. (+2)

This Week's Total: (+6)
Last Week's Total: (-7)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Quality of Life Index, June 24

The weather continues to impress beyond belief. (-3)

Tomorrow is supposed to be what? 80 & Sunny? (even)

The fact that I've just negated the possibility of that happening, by saying it's going to happen. (-1)

Dear person who stole my debit card number and charged a bunch of shit. I'm going to find you, and I will kill you. Liam Neeson style. You're an asshat. Sincerely, Me. (-5)

How about we all start a petition to just pave Central Square over, and turn it into an "expressway" of sorts, between the river and Harvard Square? Anybody? Anyone with me? (even)

No, really, Central Square has nothing going for it. Sorry, Middle East. Sorry, Wendy's. Sorry, half-naked guy that hangs out in front of Wendy's. (-2)

Re-watching Fringe, Season 1. (+3)

I've said it before, and I'll say it again now: Mmmm...Netflix... (+2)

This Week's Total: (-7)
Last Week's Total: (+1)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Music Special, June 19

"Don't Trust Me" - 3Oh!3
Not the real video. Not even really a song. Catchy as all hell. Will be sick to death of it by the time I'm done typing this.

Easily the slickest track he's come out with in a long time. If you thought him headlining Glastonbury was even the slightest bit off, you are wrong.

"One More Chance" - Bloc Party
I'll go ahead and call this the "It's Raining/It's Friday/I'm Working" anthem of the week.

"Audacity of Huge" - Simian Mobile Disco
I'm not sure what I'd do if I were out at a bar, and this song came on. But I'm fairly certain that I'd like it.

"Raindrops" - Basement Jaxx
Every few years I listen to one more song by these guys, and I'm always pleased. Though the thought of trying to power through an entire album of theirs makes me nervous.

Speaking of Power:
"More Than A Feeling" - Scrubs Air Band
Yo. If they tour. I tour. You understand me?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Music Special, June 12

"Vanished" - Crystal Castles
Though suffering from a ridiculously lame band name, they manage to make music that does not suck.

"Blue Skies" - Irving Berlin
Possibly the best recording of this song, ever. More than anything, this tune's presence on the FMS is a protest against the ridiculous antics of Mother Nature, over the past several days.

"Here's Looking At You Kid" - The Gaslight Anthem
I know, I know. Another Gaslight Anthem tune. Really, they're that good.

"Tripoli" - Pinback
A recommendation. Never heard of these guys before. Not sure I'll ever again, either. But this tune actually isn't so bad. Still - filler, not killer.

"Ode To Zach Braff" - SuperSecretProject

"Sprach Zarathustra" - Richard Strauss
Yes. It's the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Quality of Life Index, June 10

The weather. Get your act together, Mother Nature. (-3)

The way an ankle full of screws & steel feels in this weather. (-2)

The strange lack of pollen in the air right now. (+1)

The disconcerting feeling that having mentioned that, I will be assaulted by the aforementioned Mother, the next time I go outside. (even)

Safari 4, the iPhone 3G S, and all the other Apple goodness announced this week. (+2)

Preliminary thoughts on "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay", aka - the book I've always wanted to and should have read a long time ago. (+4)

People that say "latter", but write "ladder". (-4)

Thanks for negating the Apple goodness, Jerks. (even)

Netflix. Yes, I'm very late to the party. But daaaaaaamn. Good on you, Netflix. Fine Job. (+3)

This Week's Total: (+1)
Last Week's Total: (-5)

Monday, June 08, 2009

Old School C.O'B.

PS - Keep up the good work, you crazy, lanky, bastard.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday Music Special, June 5

"15 to 20" - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Ok. It really annoyed the heck out of me at first, too - but listen the whole way through. If you still hate it, no hard feelings. Promise.

"Red At Night" - The Gaslight Anthem
A gem of theirs from the previous album. This is what I've listened to every afternoon, before leaving work, everyday this week.

"Superman Returns" - John Ottman
Not certain I've ever put something like this up here, before. But Ottman really hit this out of the park, riding John Williams' coattails. This has been a comfort through much distress.

"When The Sun Goes Down" - Arctic Monkeys
These guys continue to impress beyond what you can expect from most bands. Good things.

"Waking Up In Vegas" - Katy Perry
What? I don't hate it, and neither should you.

What Was Missing Last Week:
"Whoomp There It Is" - Tag Team
I will laugh if you know the words. I will sing them along with you. But I will laugh.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Quality of Life Index, June 3

Jerks. You know who you are. (-4)

People that stare. Who also should probably go under the "Jerks" category. (-3)

Rodney Harrison is retiring. Favre, take note. (even)

Final Draft 8. Say what you will, I dig the more "OS X'y" feel. And the scene navigator is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Sliced bread having been invented the previous winter. (+3)

Grades in. Not bad. Not bad at all. Mischief, managed. (even)

I'm not entirely certain what it is about the clear blue sky that makes me all kinds of happy, but it do. It really do. (+2)

But then again, pollen. (-1)

People that ask the same question over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over in hopes that the answer will change. I'll tell you what Newman told Redford: "It ain't gonna happen." Again, this should probably be filed under the first point. (-2)

Two Simpsons quotes, and one Harry Potter reference in this week's QoL Index. (even)

This Week's Total: (-5)
Last Week's Total: (even)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Dear Dan Brown, et al.

What the hell is the matter with you people?

First off, Dan Brown. You wrote a good book. Did you even read the script that was used to make the movie? I mean, Da Vinci code was one thing - but for Angels & Demons I actually expected more. Really? No bald guy in a wheelchair at CERN? No Vittoria's Dad? Are you that busy counting your dollars that you couldn't write the damn script yourself?

Second, Ron Howard. You should just be embarrassed. Not in the way that Sean Penn should be embarrassed by everything he's done in the last ten years (both on and off the screen), but close. You had the cast, you had the locations, and you know you had an audience. But buddy boy, really. THAT much of what I'll call "exploratory conversation" was just insulting. And fire your editor.

Finally, Tom Hanks. I expect more of you, Sir. You are held in a rare, high regard, and you have disappointed. In Da Vinci Code, the only gripe I had with you was the haircut (a sentiment echoed by many many many others), but this time around even you could not save the slowly sinking ship that is Robert Langdon's latest cinematic foray. If and when Professor Langdon returns to the screen, for the love of pete: don't leave everything up to Opie.

See you in the funny papers.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Music Special, May 29

Hindsight is always 20/20. For this reason I give you a selection of the best bad songs from the 90s:

"What Is Love?" - Haddaway
Start the head-tilt move. You damn well know the one I mean.

"The Sign" - Ace of Bass
Picture every drunken night during which you and your droogies have belted this song out loud, while sloshing your drink all over yourself in an effort to both pump your fist and chug at the same time.

"Another Night" - Real McCoy
If you've ever actually done what I mentioned in the last blurb, you should just go to a karaoke bar and admit your folly. Jerk.

"Be My Lover" - La Bouche
You're still here? No, really, go and order your Bud Light (it's after 10 somewhere), and start singing "Sweet Caroline" or something. Jerk.

"I Like To Move It" - Reel 2 Reel
I actually like this song, and refuse to make any allusions to a lack of redeemable quality, therein. Who's the jerk, now?

The Clincher:
"Dazzy Duks" - Duice
It's a live version, the actual video is blocked for "inappropriate content". Go figure.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Quality of Life Index, May 27

Memorial Day Weekend BBQs. (+3)

Returning to work after Memorial Day Weekend BBQs. (-2)

The return of rain. (-2)

At least the rain waited until AFTER the aforementioned BBQs. Thanks, rain. (even)

About to take my last Claritin D. (-3)

Stella's BBQ Chicken Pizza. (+2)

Heaven help me - Netflix is amazing. (+2)

A rendezvous, a weight - lifted. (even)

This Week's Total: (even)
Last Week's Total: (+7)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Music Special, May 22

"The Show" - Lenka
The only two things that stand right the heck out about this track are that it should either be accompanied by a Meredith Grey voice-over, or be on the soundtrack to Diablo Cody's next movie.

"Four Kicks" - Kings of Leon
These guys continue to impress me.

"The '59 Sound" (acoustic) - The Gaslight Anthem
My favorite version of my second favorite song off their second, but best, record.

"21 Guns" - Green Day
I instinctively resent all Green Day since Dookie - but this track has actually made me pay close attention to their latest effort. Not bad, I say.

"I Do Not Hook Up" - Kelly Clarkson
If you have a problem with it, you are wrong.

"Somebody That I Used To Know" - Elliott Smith
There is no deeper meaning, here. This is just a fantastic song that iTunes' smart-as-a-whip "party shuffle" mode popped on just before I put "Push It" by Salt n' Pepa up here again. Word.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quality of Life Index, May 20

Dear 24, if you want to know how to end a season, see every finale Lost has ever done. Then fire whatever ass-hat came up with the crappity-crap-tastic "cliffhanger" that happened on Monday night. You suck. Love, Bauer_Lvr2003 (-4)

I have finally succumbed to the Netflix free trial offer. Heaven help me. (even)

New Green Day starting to grow on me. Dookie, it ain't - but not Nimrod, neither. (+1)

Reading books in the driveway with the living room end-table at my right, cradling my scotchy-scotch-scotch with simple, effortless, grace. Hooray for Tuesday Book Club. (+2)

Um. When does Mad Men come back? (even)

D-Day is reading this. (+5)

Renewal, rejuvination, a breath of fresh air. Take from that what you will. (+3)

This Week's Total: (+7)
Last Week's Total: (-3)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Another Allergic Haiku

You're back again, then?
Coffee tastes like Claritin.
New Green Day is lame.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Music Special, May 15

"Cotopaxi" - The Mars Volta
I've never heard any other song by this band that I like - but this one, I do like. So it's found it's way into a Friday Music Special. Not much more to it than that.

"Nights of The Week" - Apes and Androids
Aside from the fact that they have a ridiculously baller name, I know nothing about this band. Nor have I bothered to Google/Wiki them. Nor do I plan to.

"And So I Watch You From Afar" - Set Guitars To Kill
Again with the baller name, again with the non-knowing thing. A trend is developing in the FMS this week. This track feels like the ultimate cross between a Nintendo soundtrack, and a late-night Wendy's run.

"This Sweet Love" - James Yuill
Like a remixed, slightly poppier Eliot Smith, enough so that I might actually listen to a whole album. Also, this song should probably be on the soundtrack to the next movie Zach Braff is in.

"Sorrow's Army" - Graham Coxon
Easily my favorite track of the week. If you don't like this, you are wrong.

Zach Braff?
"Superman" - Lazlo Bane
Because you saw it coming.

PS - I guess we can call this "My One Hit Wonders FMS"?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quality of Life Index, May 13

Sidewalk bicyclers still not getting the message. I will jam my cane through your spokes and flip your stupid, broken ankle ramming two-wheeled death machine over. Get on the road, or stay the frak away from the guy with the limp and the walking stick. (-4)

Semester ending. (even)

Final papers due. (-1)

Star Trek. (see previous post)

Lost Season 5 finale is tonight. This fills me with earnestness. It's important to look earnest, right? (+2)

Lost Season 5 finale is tonight. This makes me sad. Cold, I feel. (-1)

All your camel are belong to us. (+1)

This Week's Total: (-3)
Last Week's Total: (+3)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dear J.J. & Co.

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Friday Music Special, May 8

"Stone Cold Sober" - Paloma Faith
Starts out slow. Give it a minute - 'cause it breaks into a fairly slick mixture of Basement Jaxx & Esthero, covered in a thin layer of Marva Whitney. And that is NO bad thing.

"Back In The Game" - Jamie T
The heaviest British accent I've heard from a singer for some time. I'm fairly certain that I went to high school with this Cat, and that he's just faking that Cockney nonsense. Even still, if Jack Johnson had grown up surfing The Scottish instead of The North Shore - here's what he'd sound like.

"I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - Arctic Monkeys
Easily my favorite track of this week, and the best track to break the Friday morning funk. Crank it and tip your head to the person sitting next to you, even if the song doesn't apply to them.

"Stereo Flow" - Dada, Harris & Obernik
The making of a Friday Music Special is a very subtle art. You can't blow it out of the water. No shark-jumping allowed, got that chief? As such is the case, this is an excellent follow up to the previous tune. Bug out in your cube. You know you wanna.

"We Cry" - The Script (Radio1 Live Lounge)
I'm a massive fan of the Radio1 Live Lounge sessions, and this most recent one is no exception to the general goodness that comes out of that little drop-tile ceilinged room.

"Shimmy Shimmy Ya" - O.D.B.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Quality of Life Index, May 6

It's Wednesday. For us fanboys, that's a sabbath of sorts. New comics, über-dorkery on the rise. (+2)

Have I mentioned that Star Trek is coming out this week? And that J.J. Abrams directed it? And that Michael Giacchino did the music? Really? I can't believe I haven't mentioned this. Well. Now that's taken care of. (+2)

Because the news needed something else to talk about, and the vast conspiracy of dunces that controls the world needed a new way to force the plebs into some form of panic: swine flu. For evidence of the conspiracy, see the video below. (even)

The cloud of lameness that has fallen over campus today, as discussed with other Aero-heads. (-2)

Lost Season 5. Only three episodes left before the very looong hiatus. Ugh. (-3)

The Tudors Season 3, on now. Dexter Season 4, coming soon. (+2)

WWCBD. It's a mantra. (+2)

This Week's Total: (+3)
Last Week's Total: (+10)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Because It's Happening Soon

And because after last night's Celtics game...I needed the pick-me-up.

Monday, May 04, 2009

An Allergic Haiku

Oh Claritin D
Know what you have done today
Pollen go away

Friday, May 01, 2009

Friday Music Special, May 1

This week's song choices have been brought to you by a fellow music aficionado, with blurbage by yours truly. Enjoy!

"Keep Your Eyes Ahead" - The Helio Sequence
This feels like either a montage scene from, or the end credits to, every John Cusack movie made prior to 1999. And as that's the case, this feels pretty frakkin' good.

"Mirando" - Ratatat
If my life were a Nintendo movie (or even a Sega Genesis one) I'd want this song to be the soundtrack to every level where I was walking around collecting stars, or coins, or princesses or whatever. Plus, the video is fairly slick. Have a look-see.

"Kim and Jessie" - M83
A little less pre-1999 John Cusack, and a little more Zach Braff circa Garden State - still, good stuff. Also, this song would make a really crappy cell phone ring. Sorry, folks.

"Atlas" - Battles
Easily the best track off of the album, plus the video makes you feel like either breaking out your old Erector Set and going to town, or maybe just throwing on a Fraggle Rock DVD and seeing what happens when you try and go all Wizard of Oz/Dark Side of The Moon with this song.

"It's A Crime I Never Told You About The Diamonds In Your Eyes" - The Black Heart Processional
First of all, this is probably the longest song title to ever appear on a Friday Music Special. This really doesn't signify much, and certainly doesn't garner any special credit aside from the previous sentence, and this one explaining it. Good track, though.

"JFK Rap" - Brad Neely
If I'd had this to refer to during my high school history class - things might have gone much, much differently.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Fortnight's Delights

So it's a pretty good couple of weeks for movies. I haven't been to, or seen, as many as I'd have liked over the past several months, but if the next several weeks' releases are any indication, I'll soon have spandex and sci-fi and retconning galore to assuage me.

First up, naturally, is Wolverine Origins. The trailers have looked solid, thus far. And no. No I did not download the workprint that appeared all over the bit-torrent world some weeks back. The old me might have downloaded it, and ruined the cinema experience. But that was the old me. This new me is looking forward to a gigantic popcorn, a tub of cola, and an ass-grooved seat to park it in for at least two solid hours while I watch Dr. Cox's bane do his thing. Damn. That's good.

Next up is Star Trek. Originally, I was less than thrilled that this would be a prequel. Don't get me wrong. Classic Trek is fantastic. But I grew up with TNG airing new episodes every week, not Kirk and crew. Then there was the fact that Matt Damon turned down the lead as ol' James T. That hurt a bit, but Chris Pine seems about right, judging just from the TV spots I've seen. Pitch-perfect Zachary Quinto, spot-on Zoe Saldana, and all the rest (including you, Harold) all look their parts, and all have chops on some level. Plus there's the J.J. Abrams factor. Talk about the midas touch. All this, plus the fact that Michael Giacchino wrote the score makes me feel all tingly inside. I'm tempted to say "beam me up", but naaahhhh...

Now as for the following weeks, both Terminator and Angels & Demons are set to bow. The two of these are, right now, balancing each other out in terms of generating any warm and fuzzies. Here's hoping that Terminator (the movie) is better than Terminator (the tv show), and that Ron Howard had the good sense to cut Robert Langdon's hair. That euro-mullet isnt' the "demon", is it?

See you in the funny papers...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quality of Life Index, April 29

The carelessness of others. (even)

When it directly affects you. (-3)

The forgotten box of chocolate Teddy Grahams I found in my desk, around 4:15 yesterday afternoon. (+4)

Semester wrapping up over the next few weeks. (+2)

The amount of writing to get done before the semester wraps up. (-1)

Classic Goldfinger (play "Forgiveness"). (+3)

Nicer weather. (+2)

Allergies. (-2)

The weather, overall. (even)

Lost's 100th episode is tonight. Can this really contribute to the quality of my life, even if the episode hasn't aired yet? Yes. Yes it can. (+5)

This Week's Total: (+10)
Last Week's Total: (+6)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Quality of Life Index, April 22

People that ride their bikes on the sidewalk. (-3)

I swear. If one of you ass-hats either bumps into my one good leg, my one bad leg, my cane, or runs over my Nikes one more time, I will jam my exact replica Dr. Gregory House walking stick through your spokes and make you flip the frak over, you stupid stupid silly little people. (even)

Odds that I'll get bumped by one of the aforementioned ass-hats, later today. (even)

Department-wide lunch at work, free food. (+2)

Department-wide lunch at work, having to sit through it. (-1)

Department-wide lunch at work, overall. (+1)

Lost Season 5's continued ante-upping - including, but not limited to, the best episode title since "?": "Some Like It Hoth". Frakkin' fantastico. (+4)

Two uses of 'frak' in this post, thus far. (+2)

I heart Scrubs. There. I said it. (even)

Frak. (+1)

This Week's Total: (+6)
Last Week's Total: (-1)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ninja (Tries To) Rob Store. Really.

A man dressed as a ninja with a sword tried robbing a convenience store and dry cleaners in Weymouth.

A man wearing a ski mask and carrying a sword walked into the Tedeschi convenience store at 1039 Main St. around 8 a.m. Monday, the Patriot Ledger reported.

A clerk told police the man was dressed like a ninja and was carrying a "ninja sword."

The man then left the store and went to nearby Galaxy Cleaners and demanded money, the paper reported.

The man left the cleaners without any money when the clerk could not open the cash register.

Police said they are looking for a man in his late 20s.(link)

Here's a police sketch of the Perp:

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Music Special, April 17

"Sound of Guns" - The Architects
If the dude from Rancid had a better voice, this is what he'd probably want to sound like. As it is, this tune is possibly the best self-aggrandizing thing I've heard in quite some time. Yay-yer.

"Know Your Enemy" - Green Day
New, from the guys that brought us Dookie...and then a bunch of other cal...something that doesn't suck harder than anything Metallica did post-Black Album.

"Sweet Child o' Mine" - Alex Cornish
Wow. I mean, wow. I thought I had heard every possible iteration of this song, and then this cover comes along and, well, just listen. Video linked to is a live version - if anyone can find the studio one, send it along.

"My Doorbell" - The White Stripes
Not a new song. Not too old a song, either. But a damn good one. And Jack White's hat is baller. Baller as all heck.

"Spanish Joint" - D'Angelo
What? I can't dig on something other than UK pop-topia for a minute? Damn.

"Don't Sweat The Technique" - B Eric & Rakim
I'd like you to give a listen, nod your head in slow motion, and let out a long 'Yeeeeaaaahhhhhhhhh'.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quality of Life Index, April 15

Turning tides. (+1)

Hiroshima Mon Amour. Really. You should go and see this movie right now. Especially since the WHOLE thing is on YouTube in nine 10-minute chunks. (+3)

People that still think the telephone and fax machine are better methods of office-communication than email. (-4)

The latest episode of 24. Jack. Enough with the crying. And you. For shame, Tony. (-2)

Michael Jackson's auction has been called off. (even)

Kutner killed himself?! Huh? (-2)

This guy: (+3)

This Week's Total: (-1)
Last Week's Total: (+2)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Music Special, April 10

"Tonight's Today" - Jack Penata
In the same way that driving at night with the windows down and sunroof open feels just about right when it's (supposed to be) springtime, so to does this slick beat and infectious riff. Plus the chorus is a tongue-twister and half. Or at least, I think it is.

"I'm Not Alone" - Calvin Harris
Ok, Calvin Harris. You and I need to talk. In one fell swoop, you've negated my ability to walk down the hall without hearing this song in the background, and also managed to re-affirm my unhealthy love of bedazzled glasses. Um. Thanks?

"Rubber Lover" - Marmaduke Duke
Not really a throwaway tune, but not entirely a keeper either. Like the opening credits of one of those 80's movies made during the late 90's.

"Embers" - Just Jack
Conversely, here we have a 2000's tune with a decidedly 80's video. I'm beginning to sense a thread running through the music special this week, though I'm entirely uncertain of what that thread is.

"Daniel" - Bat For Lashes
Easily my favorite track on this week's list. Something about it makes me feel fuzzy. And I like fuzzy.

Final Thought:
"Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
So help me, this is the best Friday anthem of all time. I'll inevitably change my mind at some point, but totally the 'current best Friday anthem of all time'.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A Once-Broken Blogger

It occurs to me that I should explain where the hell it is that I've been for the past several months. Among other things, I broke myself.

Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society is the image above.

After roughly three-and-a-half months, I'm finally off the crutches, and have graduated to a severe limp and fairly baller cane.

There was also a time not unlike the whole Klingon Age of Ascension Ceremony, wherein the subject is "expected to express his or her most profound feelings while under...extreme duress".

Now you can ask about that whole thing, but - not really a soup question, is it?


Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Quality of Life Index, April 8

Back in the blogging game, even though you all thought that April Fool's post was actually a gag. (+2)

Finally. Finally. FINALLY off the crutches. (+5)

Stall-Talkers. You know who you are. And you should be ashamed of yourselves. (-3)

The fact that I'm still sort-of unable to get through a day without quoting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tune mentioned in the last Friday Music Special. (even)

Lost Season 5, until last week. (-1)

Lost Season 5, after last week's episode (yes, the one that included the Back To The Future reference). (+4)

Even Numbers. (-1)

Unpaid late fees to the DMV, specifically the ones that the DMV NEVER notifies you about and that subsequently result in suspended licenses that can't be un-suspended until the following business day. (-4)

Getting pulled over on a Friday, at 5:04 pm, where Monday is the next business day. (-1)

The "Turtle Shoe Sex" video. No, really - it's SO not what you're thinking. (+1)

Sarvosh's Semantics Powered by Spice. (even)

This Week's Total: (+2)
Last Week's Total: (n/a)

Friday, April 03, 2009

Friday Music Special, April 3

"Zero" - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Thanks to this song, I'm unable to get through a single day without saying "get your leather on" at least thirteen times. Five of these are well-timed, three are only partially acceptable uses of the phrase, four are mumbled under my breath, and the last one is a bit like that kid who always starts the slow motion clap at the wrong moment in "Not Another Teen Movie".

"Skeleton Boy" - Friendly Fires
It comes in like a NES-Classic soundtrack, and goes out like a kitsch-pop version of "Freakbeat Phantom" (The Rascals). The middle is full of toe-tappy-goodness. Listen. Now.

"Revelry" - Kings of Leon
revelry |ˈrevəlrē| noun ( pl. -ries) (also revelries)
lively and noisy festivities, esp. when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol : sounds of revelry issued into the night | as if you need a reason beyond this and the fact that it's a Kings of Leon track. | Tennessee never sounded so darned good.

"We Walk" - The Ting Tings
A softer, more sensitive Ting Tings track that pushe...aww...who are we kidding. They're still the best Target Commercial band ever to not have a track featured in a Target Commercial.

"No Time For Tears" - The Enemy
This song has made me unabashedly crank the speakers at my desk more times than I can count, over the past several weeks. I hope it does the same for you, and that your co-workers are as understanding of your zaniness as mine are.

Punk In Drublic:
"Know How" - Young MC
Because it's Friday, and to paraphrase my grimiest of colleagues: one must keep dancin'

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Are You There, Blog?

Oh, hi.

It's been a while. It's been too long a while, really. In the months since we last parleyed, I've been through hell but now I'm back again. And here's the pledge: thrice weekly. I know what you're thinking. It's an April Fool's thing. But no lie, here. Just love. Three times a week, from here on out.

It's Wednesday, and methinks an update to the Quality of Life Index is long-overdue:

Circles, patterns, cycles, rhythm, breaks and beats and lastly - soul. (+)

See you in the funny papers...