April 9, 2009 at 11:38 PM | Uncategorized | No Comments

Ever since I’ve had a copy of The Killers’ – Sam’s Town, I’ve always dug the psuedo intro/outro tracks “Enterlude” and “Exitlude”. I call them “psuedo intro/outro” tracks because they’re track number 2 and 12, respectively, on a 13 track album (have the edition with the bonus track, I guess). I mean, it’s not a bad album and The Killers are OK, but I really like those two songs–so much in fact that they’ve made their way onto mix CDs. I just now heard Exitlude, bout to head to bed, feeling pretty good.

Clark Kent Finally Flies!

March 28, 2009 at 5:50 PM | Uncategorized | No Comments

… just kidding!

Don’t be mad that I caught your attention with my lie of a title, Smallville has been teasing everyone with the idea of Clark Kent taking flight for years with their crafty trailers. Why would they do this, you ask? Why would they play with your emotions like this?

They’ve pretty much exhausted Superman’s powers since mid 2nd season, with the one big exception of flight. And the Smallville writers/producers know this. They know it’s what everyone’s been waiting for, watching all these years to catch the historic moment when he grows into the most famous superhero of all time. It’s been hinted at, no doubt, but every time I am left disappointed because it was just him jumping really high all hell, the worse one was last week’s episode when all Clark did was jump out of a plane with Tess Mercer. They didn’t even show him landing! But due to clever editing and wordplay, once again I thought that was going to be it. But no more, I’ll believe it when I see it!

No Half Tablespoon

February 20, 2009 at 9:02 AM | Uncategorized | No Comments

I have had this set of stainless steel measuring spoons that I purchased from the now dysfunctional Linen ‘N Things for quite a while now. They’re my favorite! They were so clean and smooth… and simple. They were everything that I needed to have in a set of measuring spoons. Or so I thought… I was making a batch of sushi rice last night when I came to the realization that I did not have a 1/2 Tbsp size spoon! How could I have missed this? How had I gone so long without ever needing half of a tablespoon of something?? I rifled through all of my drawers. Perhaps I had taken it off the ring and forgotten to put it back on. I checked the dishwasher. Nothing. It was a sad moment indeed.

I looked around on the internet and I found several measuring spoon sets that did not have the half tablespoon. It made me feel a little better. I might not have misplaced it after all. Either that or it’s at Albert’s house. Grrr.

Fortunately, I also have a set of these plastic white measuring spoons that happened to include the 1/2 tablespoon size. Annoying that I have to resort to that though…

The Problem with B-Dubs

February 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM | Uncategorized | No Comments

As I see it, there is one fatal flaw to Buffalo Wild Wings’ “Blazin’ Challenge”… it’s that I don’t believe the reward is nearly great enough to justify eating 12 wings covered with Blazin’ sauce in under 6 minutes. From the wikipedia article:

The rules are no drinking of any beverages, no eating other foods (such as ranch, bleu cheese, or celery), and no touching the face. Customers who complete the challenge are eligible to have their name and picture placed on the Blazin’ Challenge wall and are given the option to purchase a “Blazin’ Challenge” shirt.

The “option to purchase”? Come on! The pain that I have to endure… just so I can buy a t-shirt and have a polaroid pinned up on the wall? Is it worth it? If I do one of those giant steak challenges and succeeded, I become forever immortalized and I don’t have to pay for the steak!

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear On TV

January 23, 2009 at 9:31 AM | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I was watching Seinfeld late last night and it was the episode (“The Stranded”) where the crew goes to an out of town party and George takes the car, leaving Jerry and Elaine at the party, waiting on Kramer for a ride home. During this episode, Elaine mentions that the cashew is a legume–I think this is where I first came to this belief… a belief that years later proved to be false when I finally consulted the internet.

Church’s Chicken: Open On Sundays

January 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Lauren was telling me that Church’s Chicken was closed on Sundays, something that I only recently discovered about Hobby Lobby. Since hearing about Hobby Lobby, I have observed that their parking lots are indeed vacant on Sundays. However, I don’t pass by any Church’s Chickens very often, so I sought the internet for answers. It seems that Church’s Chicken is open on Sundays, but rather rival chicken restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A is the one that closes on Sunday. I was worried about the issue because I had feared that my days of people asking “are you going to church?” and my reply of “yeah… Church’s chicken!” were numbered. Close call, people!

“Do Not Order Bossy Bear”

January 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM | Uncategorized | No Comments

Stern warning of a vinyl toy’s baby-choking product recall or the hope of a pre-emptive order?? What the what! Very scary/exciting times.
Bossy Bear

Sweet 2-Ply Toilet Paper

January 7, 2009 at 8:59 AM | Uncategorized | No Comments

… how I miss your warm embrace!

100,000 Scrobbles

December 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM | Music | No Comments

I have been a user of Last.fm ever since its early days as “Audioscrobbler” (member since April 14, 2004). I am quickly approaching the 100,000 play mark (99,284 at the time of writing). Much like the turning over of a major odometer number in one’s car, it is a time for both reflection and anticipation. Has my participation in this music analyzing experiment provided any value for myself? Have I discovered anything about my own musical taste? I can only recall a few times that I have branched out with their algorithm generated recommendations. I think the reason that this has happened is perhaps because I don’t enjoy discovering new music when it is spoon fed to me, even if it is a statistically safe, database-driven spoon. I become frustrated when the recommendations radio delivers three or four consecutive tracks which cause a “pssh, I already know about these guys, I just choose not to listen to them” reaction.

This is very similar to the reason why I detest the radio so much… although I have found recently that the combination of 6 presets on my car stereo can somewhat reduce this aversion. But still… with the radio, it is inevitable that six stations manage to synchronize with 6 shit songs, 6 commercials, or a steaming combination from both categories.

Still, I can’t say that I haven’t found new music through the site… it’s wiki-like setup has led me upon gems that I had not heard of before. Exploring friends’ profiles have also produced good results. And hell, even the recommendations work for me sometimes.

Returning to the topic of my convergence upon the big 100,000… I doubt that my profile will change much in 700 or so tracks, but I think it will still be interesting to see the summation and evolution of most of my music listening habits ever since the later half of my undergrad studies. By this, I mean that music played in my car, on my old iPod, or any other place which wasn’t actively contributing to my profile is a big mystery to last.fm.

Update: song #100,000 is The Smashing Pumpkins – Shame (live)

It’s Official

December 28, 2008 at 12:03 AM | Music | No Comments

Weezer is dead to me.

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