Friday, September 29, 2006

WHOA-OH!

So, after seeing Dragonforce and working on my AFI/NKOTB mashup, I have decided that I should make a band whose lyrics are all "whoa-oh"s. This band will have the best live shows on earth because everyone will be able to sing along after hearing one "verse" even if they've never heard the band before. I might include one verse in every song. It will be something very simple with lights of rhymes like "they", "far away" and "day".

Who's in?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

DRAGONFORCE!!!!

What I love about metal is the ridiculous theatricality of it all. It was a good show (except for the second opener "All That Remains") and the first I'd ever seen from the balcony of a venue. My ears are still ringing.

I though I had work at 9 am today, but apparently I work at 1 pm, so I'm going to go take a nap.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Beat Poetry

I don't get much spam at my gmail address, but the stuff I do get is really quite weird. It's almost comprehensible.. yet not. I can see myself with a goatee and a beret reading this at some beat poetry club:

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design problems real OO design principles challenging. Something the embarrassment of thinking texts. If you've read a

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I really hope that this is the first step in some online artificial intelligence. Why? Because, in 20 years when the Interbrain is our sovereign overlord, I can whip this gibberish out and blackmail it with its own retarded past.

Inter-Music-nets

I've had a lot of time during the day to fuck around on the internets. The previous three days has been about downloading roleplaying books from the internets. That's not really very post-worthy (although I was thinking about writing a long post about why the new versions of the White Wolf games suck ass). Is 10 gigs of dorkiness enough? I'm not sure.

Today has been about music. As we all know from the amount of band friend requests we get on myspace, the internets is the place to find music we haven't heard before (and in the process become a snobby music bastard).

NOTE: Right now my littlest brother is playing his baritone horn. It's really very cute. I must kill him. I am the only cute one allowed in the house.

One new place that I stumbled across (probably on boingboing or MeFi) is SonicLiving, which is a site that takes your artists list (either manually or from iTunes) and tells you about upcoming shows in your "region". Though I have barely begun to explore the site, the first thing I did once I had my free account was send a suggestion that they add Philadelphia as a regioin (I usually don't want to travel to New York for shows). The amazing thing was that I received a personal reply from a real human just a few minutes after I sent my e-mail. If they can maintain that sort of personal touch when the site blows up big, then I'm in.
Link to my SonicLiving page.

SonicLiving can also automagically take artists from two other great music sharing and recommendation sites: Pandora and last.fm.

Pandora is a great site based on the Music Genome Project that recommends music by extrapolating variables such as genre, bpm, tonality and a bunch of other musical things that I don't understand. And, like Tivo, Pandora learns. If it recommends something stupid, you can give it a thumbs down (or thumbs up, if it rocks your testes).
Link to my Pandora page.

Last.fm is like Pandora in that you can get music recommendations automagically, but there's a whole community of last.fm'ers who can also recommend shit to you and vicey versy. Basically, it's a great site to find hot girls who like MSI. Last.fm requires that you download their program that monitors your music player and uploads it to the site. It's fairly unobtrusive. Also, you can copy and paste some code from their site that lets you put things like your recently played tracks on your blog, just like the one over there on the right. Only problem I can see with it so far is that if you want to subscribe to another users "stations" you have to pay a fee. It's only $3 a month, but for someone who hasn't paid for music since 1998, that's kind of a big deal.
Link to my last.fm page.

Update: Oops... I forgot to include the Hype Machine which gathers music from across the fag-0-sphere and posts it as RSS feeds and a handy standalone player for your listening pleasure.

I also forgot to ask any faggots who read this to send me music that I need to hear. Do it.

Shackin' Up



So I offically start work at the Radio Shack in Rio Grande, NJ tomorrow. Don't be afeared dear readers. I promise that you won't find me wandering the streets of the Villas in khakis and blue dress shirts muttering about "spiffs" and describing the cell phone buying habits of different minority groups. No, I will not join the cult of the Shack and huddle together with other Shack employees at parties discussing the best way to reshelve car lighter plug in adapters. It's just a job. And I plan on turning my employedness into drugs and booze.

Side Note: While I was looking for an image to put on this post I found this post about how the former CEO of the Shack, Dave Edmondson, lied on his resume. Shit, I guess I'm in good company then.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tub Thumper

Hello kiddies.

I was listening to my ipod nano in the tub last night. I know what you're thinking. "Chris, what if you drop it in the tub?". Yes, dear reader, I thought of that. I do it on a pretty regular basis and I'm really very careful about not getting it wet. Maybe it was the fact that I haven't taken a bath here at my mom's house in a few years, but I underestimated the length of the cord on my ear buds and pull the nano right into the tub with me. I got it out real quick and dried it out as best I could, but now the stupid menu and play buttons don't work.

Now, I could send it in for repair, but I'm a little afraid to see what the price is. Also, I don't know where the nearest apple store is (probably at the Hamilton mall). I think this was my subconscious reasoning behind buying the cheapest ipod with a screen. If I do ever start working at Radio Shack, then I'm sure I'll be buying all kinds of stupid expensive electronics.

That's it. I'm going to go build some things out back.

Update: Thanks to an e-mail from John Reha who told me that I can get my shit fixed for (almost) free as long as it has been less than a year. $29.95 and I get whole new nano, which I can find new ways to destroy. Actually, I'm thinking of encasing the nano and my mini in some sort of hard acrylic shell to keep them safe.

Monday, September 18, 2006

A-Team Stands for Anarcho-Capitalism

that's right... i'm just going to link to someone elses essay. suck on it.
http://blog.mises.org/archives/005325.asp
"The A-team" supports the idea of natural law, rejects the nominalist tradition, rejects relativism both on ethical and epistemological grounds, supports entrepreneurship and free market, praises division of labor and monetary economy, builds its morality on the nonaggression axiom, rejects the necessity for economic regulation, undermines the government itself by demonstration of its failures, and shows how society is shaped by human action.

The "A" in the praised TV series probably stands for anarcho-capitalist.

Death and Taxes

I'm sure you folks have seen this on the interweb already, but it's cool enough that I think I'll repost it as well.

Ferromagnetic Fluid

I must have me some of this. yes.

Future Feeder � Archive � More Ferrofluid

Monday, September 11, 2006

I case you didn't know....

I'm back in the jerZ (aka the land that time forgot) for permanent.

Real quick, here are some things that rule:

- wawa classic meatball hoagies with fucking provolone and parm.
- honey bbq frito twists
- wawa peach iced tea
- yuengling
- the oral b pulsar toothbrush (aka the mouth raper)
- sleeping all day
- swimming naked in the ocean at midnight
- smacking around my little brothers
- making $37.50 an hour painting a "quilt hill"
- making $25 an hour babysitting chairs
- making $20 an hour putting a coat of white paint on a house
- making $0 an hour jacking off at my mom's computer
- working at radio shack with my friends and getting a discount on kewl electronics
- cool ocean breezes in the afternoon

that's it for now.