Friday, December 30, 2005

One hour left of "work" and I got tagged--25 Good Things About 2005

1. i survived
2. i have less debt now than when it started
3. i now have all 6 of elliott smith's studio albums
4. the plant i got at thanksgiving is still alive
5. i have a blog
6. i blog on my blog
7. my blog is pretty bloggy
8. i can see that my creativity works best when focused on the bad instead of the good
9. 3 short years left of dubya
10. i still don't have any children
11. i smoked less cigarettes this year than any year since 1990
12. though my grandfather died, it seems that my grandmother's resilient and will be fine
13. Chicago trip in April (and the visit with the grandparents when grandpa was well)
14. guess it deserves its own--the visit with the grandparents when grandpa was well
15. getting connected with family i haven't seen in years and meeting my first cousins-once removed (3.5 of them as of october)
16. turning 30, because the reality is actually better than the anticipation
17. i still have dreams, and one or two are looking really close to becoming reality
18. i've still never tried heroin, and still have no desire to
19. the broncos are the 2nd seed in the afc, and seattle are rocking the nfc--that's the superbowl i want to see
20. only 5 more to go and i can go back to being morose about the year
21. as much of a fuck-up as i think bush is, iraq did have some of those, whachoo call 'em, elections... baby-steps, ya know
22. friends, old and new
23. more healthy than not (but i am 30, so it takes a bit longer to bounce back... i'm only kidding (or am i???))
24. music... playing it and listening to it and discovering it
25. it's almost over and i'm optimistic about 2006!

either you're tagged or you aren't, but it was kinda fun so i'm recommending that you follow suit.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Gather round boys and girls, it's Stupid Internet Quiz time!!!

Here are my results--how bout you??? (I guess it's probably fairly accurate, but compared to whom?)

Greed:Medium
 
Gluttony:Medium
 
Wrath:Low
 
Sloth:High
 
Envy:Very Low
 
Lust:Very High
 
Pride:Medium
 


Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Vonnegut's always good for a quote

"I am, incidentally, Honorary President of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that totally functionless capacity. We had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, and I spoke and said at one point, 'Isaac is up in heaven now.' It was the funniest thing I could have said to an audience of humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in heaven now.' That's my favorite joke."

--Kurt Vonnegut Jr., from his new book, A Man Without a Country

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Imagine

R.I.P.

There's so much to say, that so many have already said... 25 years gone by... he was more than a musician, more than a dreamer, more than just a man. Generations will pass, but his memory will live on. Rest in Peace.

Damn, nailed it...

Paris Hilton embodies the famine horseface of the apocalypse.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Low--Alan, Mimi and Zak's replacement...

There's an interview with Alan Sparhawk of Low in this week's Onion (AV Blog thing). I've been a fan since they opened for Soul Coughing way back in the day (bout 10 years ago). It's an interesting read if you're a fan, or just curious... The Zak interview from a while back was more interesting to me, but this one has its own tidbits to share. For instance:

But if you were around me earlier this year, I think it would have been really easy to look at me and go, “Wow, that guy needs to get off drugs.” [Laughs.]

I, for one, did see him earlier this year and that's pretty much verbatum my thoughts. I talked to him for a minute after the Denver show and something wasn't quite right. He seemed very nervous, sweaty, and glassy-eyed. Glad he's doing better.

Looks like they'll be playing some Christmas shows in Duluth, focusing heavily on their Christmas Album. I like that idea since that's the only Christmas album I listen to regularly (sometimes in the middle of summer even). Apparently they're trying to flesh the songs out more, even adding a choir to some of them!?!?!?!?

...going to kind of this bigger sound. It’s kind of like a Low Kathie Lee Gifford Christmas show.

Hmm...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Man, I totally fucking hate cigarettes

I suppose the more I say it, the more I remember that I believe it.

cancer

Don't believe him, kids. I know, "but he looks so cool!" But for the reals.

Friday, December 02, 2005

by popular demand (careful what you wish for)

Ok, so my fan base has expanded beyond one and I've received at least (exactly) one angry e-mail asking me to "blog again already!" I wish I could convince you that it's been because I've been busy, but I've never been a very good liar--for the very same reason it's been so long since I last blogged--because I'm a lazy, lazy man. I think I've touched on this subject before, so in keeping with the theme, that's all I have to say on the subject of laziness.

Anyhoo, getting on with this post, I haven't just been doing nothing. I've been quite busy doing just slightly more than nothing... I'm not a big horoscope/astrology-type of person, but I enjoy reading this guy because sometimes he's thinking the same things about my sign that I'm coincidentally thinking about myself, and it's eerie and cool and it gives me more food for thought. Of course sometimes his horoscopes seem like total horseshit, but that's why I don't put much faith in astrology in general. However, the day after I started wondering why my goals weren't even theoretically fulfilling me, like in the possible foreseeable future, he felt like blowing my mind with a week to think about this:

Leo (July 23-August 22)
Of course I want to do everything I can to help you make your dreams come true. But right now there's a more pressing concern. You've got to dream bigger and hotter and wilder. You need to demand more from your imagination and conjure up more daring fantasies. Here, then, is a prescription from your soul doctor: In the coming week, spend at least ten minutes a day brainstorming at the outskirts of your understanding.
the tarot for the pharoah of the zodiac-o

So I'm not goaling myself with my full potential? I'm not dreaming as hard as I should?

Well, there's another person with a really cool blog that I stumbled upon who does monthly horoscopes, and it's kind of related to the one above:

I broke out the thesaurus just for you. I found something in your size.... Fearless: Courageous, brave, unafraid, bold, undaunted, unflinching, daring, valorous, stout-hearted, bodacious, gutsy, confident, heroic, intrepid, spunky, ballsy. Yeah, try that on and see how you like it. What? Doesn't fit? Oh, you'd rather wear afraid, frightened, spineless, mousy and cowardly? Whatever. Then hear this one: Choice: option, free-will, pick, determination and desire. This is not easy. I can't tell you that choices are going to leave you feeling particularly ballsy, but you sure will know where your spine is. And it's a very nice spine, so pretty! We likey.

Am I ballsy or mousy? And couldn't I be both?

Ah well, fuck it... there's a bit of what I've been thinking about lately.