Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A couple new songs...

I heard a couple of new singles today--initial singles from upcoming releases--by a couple of major artists today. One of them is "Just Lose It" by Eminem from his upcoming CD Encore. It's the first actual thing of Eminem's that I've purchased (got it via iTunes) so I guess that's a big step. It's not a bad song but forgive me for saying that it draws a little too much from "Without Me" and, frankly, Em sounds a little bit bored on it. Still was worth the 99 cents from iTunes, but I hope the rest of the CD is better. I don't know that I'll buy it, because a little of Eminem goes a long way for me, but we'll see.

The second song I got via an mp3 blog that I visit. It's Gwen Stefani's new solo single "What You Waiting For." It's a great song--and even though the version I got was a radio rip, it just made me that much more eager for Gwen's solo disc. I kind of view Gwen as being a modern day combination of Madonna and Deborah Harry, so it's no big shock that I think she's pretty cool. Plus the new song is probably the only song that can get away with the line "Take a chance, you stupid ho!"--except for maybe a song by Madonna or Deborah Harry.

Check them both out. I'm off to watch the rest of The Blob + I'm trying to rearrange my body clock a little bit in preparation for working the graveyard shift on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Godfather horse head prop pillow

The Godfather horse head prop pillow

Too good not to blog. Sent it to my friend Kevin, and he told me I was a sick, sick man. Your point? ;)

(via PlanetDan)

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

An odd coincidence

I've been listening to this CD that I got from the library -- Blossom Dearie's eponymous debut from 1956. And by doing a random web search for information on her, I found out that "Rhode Island Is Famous For You" wasn't the first time I'd heard her. She was the voice behind "Unpack Your Adjectives" and "Figure 8"--both classic Schoolhouse Rock clips. How odd.

Her voice is so little, but it's so pleasant. Plus I kinda like all that lounge stuff anyway in a really bizarre sort of way. Maybe that was my last lifetime or something. The songs are just long enough (hardly any of them are more than 3 & 1/2 minutes) and they all blend together just right. It's going to totally skew my Audioscrobbler stats, but it's so much fun to listen to it.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Three years later...

...ok, plus a day. Yesterday was hell on Earth for me at work, so I didn't get a chance to blog this on the day that it was appropriate.

Matthew Yglesias has written a very elegant, heartfelt piece on what 9/11 was like and how we may have largely missed the boat in the months and years to follow. Definitely worth the read--and make sure you read the whole thing.

I can hardly believe it's been 3 years. Anna wasn't even born then, so it truly was a completely different lifetime for me. I'll still never forget the first heart-stopping images I saw on the TV after Heidi called me telling me that I had to turn on the TV because a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I thought surely it was a little twin engine plane, but when I turned on the TV and saw the billowing smoke coming out of the building, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I can't remember if I turned it on before or after the second plane hit, but I didn't have the TV on for long before they were saying it was a terrorist attack.

It was weird to go to work that day--surfing news sites (that you could get to) whenever you had a free minute, watching the TV down at the nurses' station. It was so surreal. Gas lines in small town Iowa because there were reports that gas was going to be 7 dollars a gallon. That was when it hit home for me. Something that occurred thousands of miles away could penetrate small town America was a wake-up call for me. I mean, it's not like I was nonchalant and blase about the whole thing before that, but that's the first time I remember really being scared. Because lets face it, they weren't going to fly a plane into city hall or my house in the middle of Iowa. But that scared me.

I always feel like the Pentagon gets the short end of the stick because it's the less "sexy" of the attacks. People tend to forget that a lot of people lost their lives at the Pentagon too. And many more could have potentially lost their lives had the fourth plane not crashed in Pennsylvania. It's scary to think about.

Read it. It's good stuff.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Greetings from the hinterlands

Yet another verbal gaffe from our ridiculous president. This one was uttered not 30 miles south of where I live.

Iowans bristle at Bush putting them in 'hinterlands'

Of course, it's not really getting any sort of real national coverage. (Sorry, USA Today doesn't count as serious media coverage.) If Kerry had said that, it'd probably be all over the news followed by loads of commentary about how out of touch he was with "the little guy."

I have to say that I'm losing faith in Kerry. He doesn't respond to any of the blistering attacks coming out of New York City this week. He reminds me so much of Dukakis--all he needs to do is get into a tank and look stupid. Oh wait--he's already got those NASA pictures. Strike that.

I just can't believe that we're actually going to re-elect Bush--that's not a given yet, but it's looking increasingly likely.

For an interesting look at what it might (read: will) be like, read this article from the Sierra Club magazine. Yeah, I know it's the Sierra Club, but it's pretty much spot on.