Pandora

I found a great website, www.pandora.com

At pandora, you type in the name of a band that you like and then it generates a radio station of music that sounds like that band, influenced that band, or is that band.  I’ve typed in a bunch of bands and it has worked for every one of them, it’s been great listening to music that influenced Cream.

Song of the Blog:
Golden Touch (Razorlight) – I don’t know how music critics critique songs for a living, it must get pretty difficult describing music every day of your life.  I remember working at the fish market and people would ask what does Flounder taste like, I would say, “It’s a mild and flaky fish that cannot be grilled, it’s easy to prepare, broil it with some lemon and pepper and you’re set”.  I will say the same thing about this song. 

This clip needs sound, the noise at the end is the best thing ever:

Jack-O-Lanterns

Song of the Blog:
Dry the Rain (The Beta Band) – In the movie High Fidelity, they put this record on and say it will automatically sell a bunch of their records.  If you listen to this song in it’s entirety, you’d definitely want to buy it.

The eve of Halloween Eve

I had a very relaxing weekend, watched a couple of DVDs that I’ve been meaning to watch for a couple of weeks:

  • The Gathering Storm – a movie about Winston Churchill’s rise to power before World War 2
  • Play It Again Sam – A Woody Allen movie that Woody Allen didn’t direct. 

Both movies were very good, but I wouldn’t recommend them to other people, they were just movies that I needed to see for a variety of reasons. 

We picked up some pumpkins and Jaclyn carved out some impressive Jack-O-Lanterns.  Winston tried to eat the pumpkin slop that was scooped out of the pumpkin’s inside. 

We ate at the local Mexican restaurant on Friday and brought a huge bottle of wine, Winston screamed a lot and we were only able to finish a quarter of it and finish our meal in a hurry. 

On Saturday we ate at the Lambertville Station (courtesy of the Bulldogs) and we had a tremendous lunch with Jaclyn’s parents, Winston was quiet this time because he was busy eating rolls through the entire lunch. 

For those of you that are interested, San Diego Dave is fine, his apartment is fine, and he’s back at work.

Deep Disturbance

Right now my wife is sensing a “great disturbance in the force”.   Women all over the country are seeing their men disappear into the mysterious universe of xbox live, Madden 08, and nerdy headsets.  It’s like the movie Outbreak, but only worse, seemingly normal males all over the country are suddenly contracting acute cases of geekalitis and dweebanoma.  It was not too long ago when I was the sole individual infected and quarantined in Frenchtown, but now cases have now been reported in San Diego, Willow Grove, Chalfont, Doylestown, and the list continues to grow. 

Song of the Blog:
The Promise (When In Rome) – Great song from the 80’s that we’d all would have forgotten about if it wasn’t for the famous tetherball scene at the end of Napoleon Dynamite. 

 

Ninjas

I am so jazzed up about the video feature, I have to show off two more of my favorite videos.  Don’t worry, this blog won’t turn into me slapping up a video and calling it a day.  There’s plenty of adventures coming up, deep sea fishing trip next Friday, trip to Ithaca New York, and a big vacation in the Outer Banks, it will be an action packed November. 

But for now, I just have to show off these two videos.  The first one is the Urban Ninja.  It’s basically a kid that aspires to be a ninja and he jumps off buildings, does flips in the air, he does things that would scare most of us to death.   It’s bad ass, but funny at the same time because he looks kind of absurd doing these things in shopping malls and parks.  This kid amazes me though, you will be impressed.

The second video is a parody of the Urban Ninja.  This guy’s ninja skills are used to terrify innocent bystanders and the video delves into the reclusive nature of the ninja and how difficult it is for ninjas to integrate into society. 

I imagine that my site is up to 1,000 hits right now.  I haven’t been checking because I don’t want to be the 1,000th visitor.  I am amazed that this thing has been checked so much, I am glad people like it, I want to earn a place in people’s rotation when bored and checking websites at work.  Thank you everyone for reading.  I really enjoy posting things from other people (like the smoke in San Diego).  I think it’s only getting better.

Song of the Blog:
Orange Sky (Alexi Murdoch) – Another perfect song for a Fall mix tape.   I am not sure if everyone’s already heard this song or not, I think it may have been on the OC.  If you haven’t heard it before, you’re in for a treat. 

Urban Ninja

Urban Ninja 2

I Figured Out How To Add Videos To My Blog

Okay, I figured out how to add videos to my blog, this is the coolest thing ever.  When I found out that I could add videos, I immediately thought about this clip where a little kid is running around the gym during a basketball game, a final shot is heaved across the basketball court, and everything comes together perfectly!

This is a video I took of Winston fighting the Robo Raptor, I commentate the battle

San Diego Dave in Peril

San Diego Dave took this picture of the Pacific Ocean, he hasn’t been evacuated yet, but the ominous cloak of smoke indicates that the danger isn’t too far away.  I talked with Dave yesterday and he said that he’s basically waiting for a reverse 911 call that would tell him and fellow residents to evacuate.  It’s hard to imagine raging fires reaching the ocean.  He was off from work yesterday and hopefully the fires will be contained soon so everyone can return to a normal life, but so far, Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. 

On the home front, I had a very relaxing weekend, highlights included a church fair complete with hay ride and petting zoo and hitting 3 homeruns in our final weekend of softball.  Winston has a real appreciation for funny noises and funny faces now, poor Jaclyn watches Winston and I out do each other with weird noises and faces at dinner each night.

Song of the Blog:
It’s Not You It’s Me (Coconut Records) – A friend recommended that I do this song for the song of the blog and I am glad he did.  I had never heard of Coconut Records before, but a little research yielded that it is the singer/songwriter from Phantom Planet (Califorrrrrrrnnnniiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…Here WE COME!!!!), this singer/songwriter also happens to be an actor who’s starred in Rushmore, Marie Antoinette, and the Darjeeling Limited, I’m talking about Jason Schwartzman!  You’ll recognize the catchy simplicity that worked so well for Phantom Planet, but he’s transitioned from surf rock to a autistic dance beat, it’s bare, repetitive, but it gets stuck in your head, and it works.  I found myself really getting into this song and the song song Nighttiming (which I like slightly better), but when you get these songs stuck in your head and you start singing them around the office, you definitely feel a little bit like Rainman.  It’s dance music for bad dancers, it’s probably the catchiest album I’ve heard since the Postal Service. 

Winston looking ridiculous

Winston in a moon bounce – which he loved!

Winston covered us both with food, good times

Before I Die

I was thinking today that I need to create a list of the things I want to do before I die.  Going to Alaska came to mind, but I wasn’t sure why.  I think I’d have a much better time at a tropical place with sandy beaches and rain forests like Costa Rica.  I also think I’d love to see the ancient South American ruins.  There’s a great scene in Motorcycle Diaries where Che Guevara looks at some ancient ruins and they are beautiful and spectacular all at once and he says, “How do you explain a civilization capable of building this being wiped out to build this” and the camera goes behind his shoulder and shows the city of Lima, Peru which looks like a typical congested city.  I’m not sure what I want to do before I die, I’m pretty sure I’ve done a lot of it, I wanted to catch a tarpon and was lucky enough to do that already.  I saw Bob Dylan in the front row.  I’m married and have a wonderful baby boy. 

I think a lot of the stuff I want to do now are probably stuff that will make those two people happy.  I can’t wait to do all the things that made me happy with my son. 

Some other things that I’d like to get done:
1. Spend a week on a houseboat
2.  Eat at the Rainbow Room
3.  Travel to Belgium
4.  Travel to Prague
5.  Drive across country
6.  Race a car around a test track

Song of the Blog:
Got My Mind Set On You (George Harrison) – I woke up this morning with this crazy song stuck in my head.  I was singing it to Jaclyn.   Does anyone remember this crazy video?  He was sitting in a room with all these animals mounted on the walls and as the song progressed the animals came to life and started singing?  I think this video inspired the Bugaboo Steakhouse.  This is such a fun and classic pop song, I encourage you to blast it in your car, it is impossible to be in a bad mood with this song cranked up while you remember the squirrel jamming out on the sax in the video.

Montana West is Best

My street cred is on the rise!  No, not because Mark Mitchell raps on my blog, but because I stayed up past 2AM on Friday and Saturday night.  Friday was a grueling night of Madden against my fierce rival San Diego Dave.  We split our 4 game series, 2-2.  I’ll admit it, he beat me pretty good in a couple of games and called me out, he said I need put more time in, I’m a shell of what I used to be in Madden.  Well, to my wife’s dissatisfaction, I have amped up my practice and I intend to get back to being the greatest video game player of all time. 

Saturday night was a spectacular evening coordinated by my ridiculously gorgeous wife.  She arranged to have a birthday celebration at Montana West and invited the gang.  Montana West is one of my recommendations on the site, and it did not disappoint.  This place crams in every redneck must have activity, line dancing, check, mechanical bull, check, NASCAR car parked on the roof, check.  It’s just great, we had a ball doing shots, drinking beers, and trying to figure out how to line dance.  A couple of ladies in the group represented on the mechanical bull.  This is where I heard something incredibly fascinating.  When a woman goes to ride the mechanical bull, the mechanical bull operator asks her if she would like to participate in the bikini bull-riding competition later on in the evening, to which most women reply, “No, I didn’t think to wear a bikini to the club tonight”.  But the wise proprietor of Montana West anticipated this rebuttal and provides women with a solution to this dilemma.  The mechanical bull operator informs the women that there is a box full of bikinis over in the corner that they are welcome to use for the competition.  Upon further inspection, I noticed the box sits in a dusty corner, bikinis appear to be worn many times before. 

Song of the Blog:
Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’ (Rolling Stones) – One of the best Rolling Stones songs and you never hear it on the radio because it’s longer than the standard 3 minutes.  It’s also tough to find on greatest hits CDs, it’s an amazing song and you never get to hear it.  When you finally listen to it, you’ll recognize it from movies.

Mrs. Deem Taming the Bull


Couple of Greenhorns Line Dancing



Miss Montana West


Some hot guys getting their pictures taken, but these chicks tried to sneak in and ruin the picture

Radiohead’s In Rainbows – Review

Today’s a big day for audiophiles around the world, Radiohead is releasing the album, In Rainbows.   Radiohead is taking a new approach to the whole thing, they’ve cut out the record labels and distributors in favor of releasing solely from their website.  This morning I googled “Radiohead” and was clicked on the link to ” www.inrainbows.com ” and navigated my way through the site to purchase the music.  When it came to check out, I was asked to put in an amount that I wanted to pay for the music.  What a crazy situation to be in, I have loved 90% of Radiohead’s catalog, so I am assuming this will be a great purchase, but what is a fair amount to give to one of your favorite bands for their music? (Radiohead is in my top 5 favorite bands, 1.  Dylan  2.  Hendrix  3.  Radiohead  4.  Beck  5.  Ray Charles)

I said 5 pounds, which converts roughly into $10.  Maybe I was too generous, but it seemed fair to me, they’ve made some amazing music and I’ve always gotten my money’s worth.  To be clear, you could just put in 5 cents or a penny, it is whatever you want to pay.  There is a charge of about $1 for the processing/transaction or whatever, so you will have to shell out something, unless you just have me burn you a copy.  The songs don’t have any protections devices built into it, so you can listen to it on iPods or MusicMatch or whatever device you want. 

I paid for the music and the next thing that happened was that I was provided a link where I could download the files.  The files were downloaded right to my desktop in a zip folder, I unzipped them and placed them in a regular folder and uploaded them to iTunes.  All in all, it was real easy to download and get the music up and running.

So, enough with the nuances of acquiring the music, let’s talk turkey and review the CD!

First thing I noticed was that the first track was great.  It gets the album off to a great start and uses the sharp signature beats from past Radiohead songs like “Optimistic” and laces them with cool bass and it sounds like it would be an ideal track for a Saturday Night Fever meets Zombie/Horror flick soundtrack. 

The second thing I noticed was the this CD is noticeably void of the paranoid.  The beats aren’t as frantic as the past, the guitars aren’t screeching and zapping, it’s been flushed out and replaced with a more steady and calm approach.  The roaring climaxes and crashing conclusions are not in this album, it’s like this album was made for someone sitting in an empty parking lot crying.

The third thing I noticed is that this isn’t the best Radiohead CD I have ever heard.  It’s great, it’s Radiohead, and I am sure it will only get better with every listen, but it’s not a homerun.  I am not going to rate it in stars or with a letter grade, I will just give you the amount I would pay after hearing the album…$6.50 or 3.2 pounds.

Song of the Blog:
15 Step (Radiohead) – It’s the first song and it is awesome.  Now someone just needs to make a zombie/horror flick based off Saturday Night Fever.