Thursday, September 30, 2010

song meme: days 19 and 20

Day 19 - a song from your favourite album

my favourite album? there are several albums that rank up there...albums that have several great songs, the rest good songs, and nary a clunker to be found. that's the thing...most albums, even by bands i love, have a song or two that just aren't up to snuff.

but, if i had to pick one album...i'd probably go with "Secret Samadhi" by Live. never before and never since did Live do an album that was nearly as good as that one. it was their experiment with being harder-edged, and i'm annoyed that so many people thought it was a failed experiment, or just not up to snuff with "Throwing Copper". it was a different animal, not what people were expecting...but it was better, and almost anything i listen to by Live anymore is off this album

Day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry

for as unhappy [and even angry] as most of the music i listen to may be, i really don't get angry all that often. it's just not my personality. however, sometimes things get under my skin enough to make me truly angry. and, nowadays, when that happens...i'm most likely to play "Tears Don't Fall" by Bullet For My Valentine.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

song meme: day 18

Day 18: a song that you wish you heard on the radio

wow...i could go on all day about this one. i could go on all year about this one. between the non-album tracks by bands you do hear on the radio, and the songs by all the random local artists i listen to that have never really gotten any radio play over the years, i could answer this with something along the lines of "the vast majority of my iPod, silly!"

but, so as not to be writing this all day (or expecting you to spend the rest of the year watching thousands of videos), i'll narrow it down to one. and, today, that one is "The Nurse with Amnesia" by Shades of Fiction. they were a local band in Chicago in the mid-aughts...who i was lucky enough to see a few times in concert, and to have a few songs from in demos and compilations. in fact, the handle faceless-wonder (which i use on livejournal and dreamwidth) came from another one of their songs, "Faceless Wonder of the World". but, as much as i like that song...i like this one better. :)

the Chicago music scene really lost out when these guys broke up.

Monday, September 27, 2010

huh-huh. cool.

Beavis: "whoa, hey, check it out! i think that's that bell that they, like, taught us about in history class...where they, like, rang it, and it put a big crack in it?"
Butt-Head: "no, Beavis. you're thinking of Bible class, when they talked about how God created the butt."
Beavis: "oh yeah, yeah. and then He created poop."
Butt-Head: "yeah. that's in that Doo-doo-ronomy section."
Beavis: "the Bible kicks ass!"

song meme: days 16 and 17

Day 16: a song that you used to love but now hate

this is a toughie. there are a lot of songs that i really adore at some point and then just get bored with...and there are songs i hated at some point, but eventually grew on me. however, i don't usually really love a song only to later hate it.

however, "Oh How Happy" by Shades of Blue was my favourite song over about the first half of elementary school, and now i find it awful. disgustingly awful. i can't bring myself to believe that i ever liked this bubblegum piece of crap, and listening to it kind of makes me sick.

i was a dumb kid.

Day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio

what is this "radio" of which you speak? it has been a long time since i've listened to terrestrial radio at all. for the most part, the radio i listen to nowadays consists of my Pandora stations, since Pandora keeps me company during those long nights at work. there are quite a few songs that come on there a lot...but i'll go with "I Don't Care" by Apocalyptica (featuring Adam Gontier, the lead singer of Three Days Grace), just because the song is awesome, and catchy, and i can't get enough of it.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

i ♥ bad jokes.

i just popped open a terminal on one of the workstations in my office. this box runs Linux Mint, and it's configured to pop up a picture of an animal (this time, a penguin) saying a random quote. the one that just appeared cracked me up way more than it should have:

Q: What do you call the scratches that you get when a female sheep bites you?
A: Ewe nicks.


News Crack Smokers Can Use: September 25, 2010

if one phrase deserves to be crowned the refrain for this little corner of the internet, it's this one: hide your crack. crack is illegal, and the whole secret of happy crack smoking is not getting caught by the authorities, or by anyone who will turn you in to the authorities. however, there are good places to hide your crack, and bad places to hide your crack. Since this is News Crack Smokers Can Use and not Thickly Veiled Profiles Of Successful Crack Smokers Who Have Been Smoking Crack For Twenty Years But Never Arrested, however, we know what category all of these locations fall into. if you're not a crackhead, take pleasure in the fact that you're not as stupid as these people. if you are a can add these things to the list of what not to do if you don't want to get busted for being a crack smoker.

so, without further ado, i present this installment of News Crack Smokers Can Use:
  • Kinder Eggs are awesome, or so i've heard. they're not legal here in these United States, because some silly federal law prohibits the introduction of "non-nutritive items" into dubiously nutritive candy. however, crack smoking is a global pastime, and after growing up finding toys hidden in your chocolate eggs in Merry Old England, it may make sense to you that stashing crack in the beloved yellow plastic shell from your Kinder Eggs might be a good idea. however, the constable and his trusty drug dog probably love Kinder Eggs as much as you do, and will find your hidden surprise.
  • contrary to what you may believe, placing crack rocks next to something legal does not qualify at all as hiding your crack. it will not fool people into thinking that the crack rocks are also legal, unless the people are too dumb or too inexperienced to know better. for example, it's probably not such a good idea to set your crack rocks on a plate next to your toddlers' snack food. your toddlers probably don't even know what crack is yet, and are still at an age of experimenting the bounds of what is food, and what is not. the police, however, are a few years older...and will probably not only slap you with crack charges, but also with child endangerment charges.
  • choosing a place to hide your crack requires a sophisticated balancing analysis. sure, you need to put it in a place where police are unlikely to find it, but that is not the only consideration. you also want to put it in a place where you can retrieve it later in prime smoking condition. otherwise, even though you had crack at one point, your attempts to hide it from the authorities have made it unfit to provide you with crack-smoking pleasure: and you'd be better off not having bought it in the first place. what does this mean? in short, you should probably refrain from hiding eleven pounds of crack in the gas tank of your automobile, and then actually trying to fill the tank. sure, Officer Friendly is probably not going to rifle through your gas tank, even for such a stupendous amount of crack. however...your crack might go boom. your car might go boom. you might go boom. congratulations, anonymous couple in Brazil: you have made it onto the roster of crack smokers who are too stupid to take refuge at The Last Refuge of the Persecuted Crack Smoker. i hope you're happy.
that's it for this round of News Crack Smokers Can Use! as always, if you have any strange or stupid tales of the lengths to which people will go to smoke or sell crack, send me an email, drop me a comment, or post it on the big light-up sign outside of the United Center.

song meme: day 15

Day 15 – a song that describes you

it's probably bad that the answer to this prompt has been the same song for nigh on ten years now, but there you go. no matter what other changes happen, no matter how many wrong turns i take or stupid things i do...i'm always going to be well-described by "The Way You Like it" by Adema. it's a song all about being a person who does all kinds of idiotic things, and gets frustrated by self-righteous asshats who don't remember when they did all kinds of idiotic things.

Friday, September 24, 2010

song meme: day 14

Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love

this is a tough one. most of the songs that are so unlike the other stuff i listen to that no one would expect me to like them, i've publicly expressed my love for them enough that people have figured out that i love them.

like...pretty much anything by Kelly Clarkson. Kelly Clarkson is awesome, and anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong.

or Meat Loaf. i've professed my undying love for all songs Meat Loaf on many, many occasions. in fact, i think i'll do it again right now. did i ever mention Meat Loaf is awesome? because yes. Meat Loaf is awesome.

the least-expected stuff in my playlist, by a long shot, is the smattering of Christian Rock that inevitably pops up in it. it's weird...when i listen to internet radio that i can control (a la Pandora or Launchcast), there are always a few bands that pop up, and i was shocked to find out that some of them i really, really liked...even though i'm not Christian. as long as the lyrics are not trying to shove something down my throat, it's really easy to just kick back and rock out if i liked the sound of it. thinking i couldn't do that for religiously motivated music had been a misconception i had previously held.

in that vein, i'm going with "Analogue" by Spirit Creek for this one. i first heard it years ago, probably around 2003 or 2004, when it started popping up on the best radio station on the entire intertubes. i had no inkling that it was a Christian song, or a religious song at all...the lyrics could just as well be applied to any kind of self-discovery, i feel. finding out that they were a Christian band is what made me face and change that idea that there was no way i could listen to Christian music at all...because some of it was just too darn good to reject for such a stupid reason.

there's no youtube video for it, but there is a download link on the radio.wazee website, or you can stream it from their band page on radio.wazee.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

song meme: day 13

Day 13: a song you think is a guilty pleasure

there are few songs i think are guilty pleasures. but, there are a few. there are a few songs i feel truly awful about liking, but i like them anyway. this is a song that i feel so awful about liking that i almost put it up yesterday, as a song by a band i hate. because...this is a band i hate. this is a band who falls into the same category as Puddle of Mudd, as a band who gives the rest of nineties/early-aughts alt-rock/nu-metal/post-grunge/whateverthefuckyouwanttocallthatawesomemusic a really bad name. most of this band's music is terrible.

but, unlike Puddle of Mudd, they put out a few tunes that are just so catchy and fun to listen to that i have to crank them every so often.

what's really sad is that i had to actually pick which one to post among four Limp Bizkit songs, since there are actually four of their songs that i like. i went with "Nookie", but i could have just as well picked "Rollin'", "My Way", or "Break Stuff". i am truly an awful person.

...i just went with "Nookie" because of the several conversations with friends of mine that have turned into lengthy discourses about the ramifications of taking "that cookie" and sticking it up one's "yeah".

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

song meme: days 11 and 12

again, playing catch-up.

soon i'll have more reliable internet access. all my tubes since i moved have been either tethered to my phone, at work, or at coffeehouses. we should have DSL at home come October 4, though... *crosses fingers*

Day 11 — A song from your favourite band

i have two favourite i won't discriminate. i'll post one from each.

first..."she said" by cold. seriously, if i had to pick a favourite song of all time, it would probably be this one. cold has a lot of amazing songs, but none quite so well woven together as this one.

and, second..."costume for a gutterball" by finger eleven. it was rather difficult to pick just one of their songs. all i know is, it's a shame that everyone knows them for "one thing" and "paralyzer", because they've been putting out great music since the mid-nineties. i almost put "stay in shadow" since it's my favourite song on the self-titled album as well as the antithesis of what they're known for...but there's just something about "costume for a gutterball" that does a little more to speak to my life at this point.

Day 12 — A song from a band you hate

puddle of mudd sucks. this song sucks. seriously, it's bands like puddle of mudd that give good, rocking nineties alt-rock bands a bad name.

really, i only posted this because it encapuslates the spirit of the item of the meme, posting a song by a band you hate. if you respect your ears at all, you're not going to press play. why?

because puddle of mudd really, really sucks.

Monday, September 20, 2010

song meme: days 9 and 10

Day 09: A Song That You Can Dance To
no song makes me want to dance like "Ark of the Envious" makes me want to dance. this is Brian Vander Ark singing it solo, although it was originally on The Verve Pipe's 1992 album I've Suffered A Head Injury. still, this version captures the MUST GET UP AND DANCE NOW feeling of the original...fortunately, he's performing the song as i know it, and didn't hack it to pieces like he did "1229 Sheffield".

(and...the realisation that I've Suffered A Head Injury is eighteen years old makes me feel positively ancient. sure, i know, i didn't even hear the album until 1997, but still...file that away with the fact that i moved to college 10 years ago this weekend, and that my 10 year high school reunion was this weekend1, and i'm in a major state of Get Off My Lawn.)

Day 10: A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

i can't say there's a song that makes me fall asleep per se, but i find listening to anything off of Snake River Conspiracy's album Sonic Jihad around bedtime to be extremely soothing. it's great winding-down music.


1 no, i didn't go to my 10-year reunion this weekend. i didn't see the point. i don't generally keep in touch with people from high school, and i really didn't want to blow all that money and time going to a place i can't stand, and trying to remember and relive days i'd rather forget. it was tempting, as a matter of car-crash fascination, but i think i did the right thing staying in Chicago this weekend and spending what would have been reunion night singing karaoke with my friends here in Chicago.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

News (Possible) Crack Smokers Can Use

this week in Metro Detroit, there has been the invasion of the stupid criminals.

Confidential to my friend in Ferndale: i get the allure of the party store1. really, i do. it's a magic emporium in which you can purchase all sorts of delicious beer, liquor, and related paraphernalia. however, in order to leave the party store with libations instead of another line on your rap sheet, it is generally recommended that you bring money to exchange for the goods. failing that, you are most likely to avoid that line on your rap sheet if you hide your identity before entering the store. yes...this means you should have put on that Darth Vader mask *before* walking into the store and having your moment under the lenses of the security camera. otherwise, you just make it far too easy for Officer Friendly to find you

Confidential to my friend in Royal Oak: we're all human beings here. when you've got to go, you've got to go. sometimes it's hard to hold it. and, if you're a guy, you have the advantage of being able to find a secluded corner, whip it out, and relieve yourself with a minimum of fuss. however, the key words there are "secluded corner." the side of the police station is not a secluded corner. and, even if you've gone that far, your next course of action after peeing on the side of the police station should be getting as far away from the police station as possible, as quickly as possible. it should not be wandering into the police station to report something.

i don't know if either of these guys were on crack, but i wouldn't be surprised if they were. if they weren't, though...they can consider themselves honourary crack smokers, for going above and beyond the call of duty for non-crack-addled stupid people.

1 what i don't quite get, however, is why Michiganders uniformly call liquor stores "party stores".

song meme: day 8

Day 08: A Song You Know All The Words To

wow...this is a large category. i know all the words to a lot of songs...and to pick just one of them? le sigh...

i'll pick "iron flower" by k's choice. why? because i've loved it since i first heard it back in '97, and to this day i'm really, really sad that there's no karaoke track for it. there are few things i want more than a vocals-less track for this and someone to sing Gert's part while i do Sarah's.

(and yes, i know Gert's part as well, but Sarah's is more fun. and, since singing this song is my idea, i call dibs on Sarah's part!)

Friday, September 17, 2010

song meme: day 7

Day 07: A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

in May of 2008, i went on my first of [so far...] 3 ScavHunt roadtrips. this one was all over rural Kansas, and most of the terrestrial radio stations sucked. fortunately, there was satellite radio in the car. the station played the same few songs over and over again. one of the songs it overplayed was some song by some terrible indie darling of the month; fortunately, i have blocked it out of my memory rather effectively. the other, however, was "handlebars" by flobots.

i heart this song.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

song meme: day 6

Day 06 - A song that reminds you of somewhere
this reminds me of sitting at my desk at my summer job in 2002. kind of lame, i know, but it's a really good song...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

song meme: days 4 and 5

okay, we're playing a bit of catch-up here...

Day 04 - A song that makes you sad
"1229 Sheffield" is one of the saddest songs ever...and still, one of my favourites. i could only find a version of Brian Vander Ark doing it solo, but if you can get your hands on The Verve Pipe's version from the Clay Pigeons soundtrack, i suggest you do, because it's even better. (hint: if you see me IRL, i have it on my iPod.)

Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
the first song that popped in my head was "dizzy" by orgy, but apparently there isn't a video of that song anywhere. again, find me and my iPod, and i'll gladly play it for you.'s another one that reminds me of someone, someone different than the previous song: "in the dark" by tiesto, featuring christian burns.

Monday, September 13, 2010

North Carolina, born and raised up...

dumb: trying to bring a gun on your airplane carry-on luggage.
dumber: trying to bring a gun on your airplane carry-on luggage if you are a convicted felon.
even dumber: trying to bring a stolen gun on your airplane carry-on luggage if you are a convicted felon.

then again, i guess we learned about ten years ago that old Petey Pablo isn't the brightest crayon in the box.

song meme: day 3

Day 03 - A song that makes you happy

heh-heh. they say butt.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

song meme: day 2

Day 02 - Your least favourite song

there are more songs i dislike than like...but fortunately, there is one clear-cut choice for Worst Song Ever. any song in which Chad Kroeger sings about screwing around with jailbait must win worst song ever.

...and yes, i say this as someone who actually enjoys a handful of Nickelback songs. for example..."Leader of Men" is the ultimate paean to apathy, and a damned fun karaoke song. but this? this song sucks.

Friday, September 10, 2010

song meme: day 1

okay...itswhatiam has been doing a music meme in his livejournal for a few days. i'm...blatantly stealing it. ^.^

Day 01 - Your favourite song at the moment

these days, i keep cranking "Reclusion" by Anberlin...over, and over, and over again.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

a governor and some hackers walk into a bar...

last Saturday night, i went out to Chief O'Neill's with my roommate Christina and another friend Robert, just for a drink and some conversation. for those of you who don't know the Chief's, it's an irish pub on the north side, the place where i used to run trivia. it's a couple blocks from the hackerspace, and it's usually pretty quiet and low-key.

i say usually, because last Saturday things got a little interesting.

maybe half an hour after we had gotten to the bar, our friend said we should turn around and take a look behind us, toward the bar. the first thing i saw was a little kid, and i wondered what was so interesting about that. (yes, Chicago bars are 21-and-over, but this place does enough business in food that it must fall under some kind of restaurant provision instead.) he told us to look up.

looking up, i laid eyes on the most perfect helmet of politician hair on earth: it was the one, the only...Rod Blagojevich.

we immediately cracked up; what were the odds that our former governor would be hanging out at the same bar where we were? part of me just wanted to leave him alone. he's a person, too, and he was there just hanging out with some people, having a drink, talking...basically, there for the same reason i was there that night. but, on the other hand, he is the former governor of our state and a rather interesting character, and he had already given at least one person a photo-op...meeting him or having a picture of him would be awesome.

i can't remember if it was Christina or Robert who came up with the idea, but one of theme suggested the greatest idea ever. this bar is about two blocks from pumping station: one. over a year ago, someone at ps:one had been looking for something else, but brought back a strange find from somewhere in the neighbourhood: a very large Blagojevich campaign sign from the 2006 election. even earlier that night, Christina had noted that it was there, and wondered why the space still had something so useless. the suggestion to make it not useless involved carrying the sign from the space to the bar, and doing a few pictures with it...and the ex-governor, of course.

then things got crazy. first, Geoffrey, the only person at the space whose phone number we had, wasn't picking up. so, Christina and Robert left to go to the space to fetch the sign themselves. about halfway there, Geoffrey finally did call back, so Robert and Christina came back to Chief's. after they got back but before the sign arrived, Rod Blagojevich and his party got up to leave.

we decided that even if we didn't get the sign, we wanted a picture with them anyway. so, we came down, and asked for a picture. he was nice to us...said hello, asked us if we lived nearby, shook our hands, smiled. he bore with me as my cruddy cell phone camera was trying to start up.

as my cell phone camera started up, the ps:one contingent rolled in with the enormous Blagojevich sign.

he asked us where we had the sign, or why. once people realised what was going on, it turned from a few people taking pictures to...craziness. lots of people in the bar came over with cameras, cell phones, anything; even some people from the wedding reception in the next room over came in for pictures. it became strangely like...a rally for a politician who will never again hold office.

he was a great sport about it; he posed for pictures, and even signed our sign. soon after, he was on his way.

...and it was a wonderfully absurd night.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


i just had one of the best weekends i've had in a long, long time.

my only complaint about it is that it was way too short.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


i've finally gotten a dreamwidth account. if you're on there, feel free to come say hi.

i haven't quite decided what to do with it yet. maybe it'll be a crosspost with this and my livejournal; i'm pretty sure that's what it will be at least starting out. as time goes on, we'll see.