Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tough loss

The Buckeyes just lost a heartbreaker to USC.

Brad and I won 10 consecutive games of euchre.

All in all, it was a pretty good night.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hey, remember the 90's?

I took Jack for a walk this afternoon. He fell asleep instantly, and I got some much-needed iPod headphones time. Music just sounds the best when it's pumping directly through your cochlea. Anyway, I was listening to a 90's music collection that I just got (including Jewel, Chumbawamba, and Wreckx-N-Effect). Almost every song reminded me of something, usually an obscure situation or person.

Social Distortion - "Ball and Chain"
Ryan Moore; Nick Waers' garage; listening to music in my bed every night at 9:00 in high school.

Kris Kross - "Jump"
Adam Fernell; rolling around on an exercise ball and shooting pool in Adam's basement.

The Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly"
Tony, my dad asking me, "who listens to this crap?"

Crash Test Dummies - "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"
Dumb and Dumber

Spin Doctors - "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and Goo Goo Dolls - "Slide"
Singlestone; my red Pontiac

Tonic - "If You Could Only See"
Camelot Music in Belden Village Mall; Kate Raymond

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get"
My parent's basement; Icthus; my first bass guitar

Counting Crows - "A Long December"
Tony's beige Tempo

Sixpence None The Richer - "Kiss Me"
"Can I get a little more me in the monitor?"

I'm sure that more songs will bring up more memories (it was a 7-disc set). It was just great to reminisce for a while. It's hard to believe that in less than 18 months we'll be in a new decade, and the big box set of "One-hit Wonders of the New Millennium" will send us all down memory lane again.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It's Been A While

Wow. I didn't realize it's been over a year since I last posted. I was inspired by Tim and Bryan's Greatest Hits, so I thought I'd do the same...kind of. I'll post one of those lists soon (within a year).

Here is a list of my top 100 songs. I've been working on this for a while. There may be a few things that surprise you (i.e. Zeppelin excluded, Fall Out Boy and Eve 6 included; 30 Beatles tunes). I don't think I need to justify any of my choices, but I'll just say that these songs evoke some kind of emotion for me. Many of them just make me feel good, either because it reminds me of something special or I feel connected to the song. Some others are aggressive and relieve stress for me. Some are weird, and they are meant to be weird. I just love all these songs.

It is also worth noting that these songs are arranged alphabetically by artist (or something close to it), not in order of awesomeness. It was just too difficult to compare "Little Deuce Coupe" to "Bulls On Parade." I can tell you that "Soulshine," "Let It Be," "Back In The USSR," "Subterranean Homesick Blues," and "Like A Rollin' Stone" would be my top 5, but I can't put them in order.

I would like to hear what songs you agree with and disagree with, and which songs you think I may have omitted. Seriously, you won't hurt my feelings. Anyway, here it is:

One Week - Barenaked Ladies
Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys
Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
Back In The USSR - The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Yesterday - The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Penny Lane - The Beatles
I Am The Walrus - The Beatles
Hello Goodbye - The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
Drive My Car - The Beatles
One After 909 - The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles
With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Revolution - The Beatles
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles
I Me Mine - The Beatles
Lady Madonna - The Beatles
Blackbird - The Beatles
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles
Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey - The Beatles
Day Tripper - The Beatles
Let It Be - The Beatles
She Loves You - The Beatles
Eight Days A Week - The Beatles
I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
Got To Get You Into My Life - The Beatles
What Goes On - The Beatles
Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man -Bob Dylan
Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
Old Time Rock And Roll - Bob Seger
I Did It - Dave Matthews
Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews
Touch, Peel, And Stand - Days Of The New
I'll Be - Edwin McCain
Easy Money - Electric Light Orchestra
Fond Farewell - Elliott Smith
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
Layla - Eric Clapton
Inside Out - Eve 6
Sunflowers - Everclear
Amphetamine - Everclear
Dead On Arrival - Fall Out Boy
Hum Hallelujah - Fall Out Boy
7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halen) - Fall Out Boy
Bright Future In Sales - Fountains Of Wayne
Hey Julie - Fountains Of Wayne
Soulshine - Gov't Mule
These Days - Jackson Browne
Crawling In The Dark - Hoobastank
I Miss You - Incubus
Circles - Incubus
Vitamin - Incubus
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Do You Remember - Jack Johnson
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix
Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King
You Really Got Me - The Kinks
Papercut - Linkin Park
Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer - Linkin Park & Jay-Z
Heaven - Los Lonely Boys
Jerusalem (Out Of Darkness Comes Light) - Matisyahu
Kick Out The Jams - MC5
Hero Of The Day - Metallica
32 Things - Moe.
Under My Skin - Mudvayne
Born In Chicago - Nick Gravenites
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Hey Girl - O.A.R.
That Was A Crazy Game Of Poker - O.A.R.
One Tin Soldier - The Original Caste
Live And Let Die - Paul McCartney
Character Zero - Phish
Farmhouse - Phish
Chalk Dust Torture - Phish
Reba - Phish
Crowd Control - Phish
Money - Pink Floyd
Bulls On Parade - Rage Against The Machine
Stop Breakin' Down Blues - Robert Johnson
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Water's Edge - Seven Mary Three
Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
What I Got - Sublime
April 29, 1992 (Miami) - Sublime
Graduate - Third Eye Blind
My Name Is Jonas - Weezer
The World Has Turned And Left Me Here - Weezer
Say It Ain't So - Weezer
My Generation - The Who

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Certain Records

I bought a bunch of studio equipment, and it's pretty. I mean, it's pretty awesome, but it's also just pretty to look at. Go to to see pics of the new gear, or to listen to some of my work.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Garbage Teeth

Every Thursday I gather the trash from each waste basket in our apartment. This usually amounts to 1 1/2 large trash bags (we use the ones with the yellow handles/ties). Without fail, I'll empty each waste basket, find a couple of odd boxes to throw out, and tie up the bags. EVERY WEEK when I carry the bags to the door, I find one or two more things to throw out. Since I have 1/2 a bag of empty space, my compulsive side wants to fill it up. But I already tied the bags shut, and those straps are hard to get unknotted. I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't bite the knot to get it open. It's a garbage bag, and that's like eating garbage. And I've been brushing my teeth ever since.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Other than a pickle jar

Here’s some more stuff you might be interested in purchasing on E-bay:

Crap – 174
Poop – 264
Feces – 9
Retard – 49
Worthless – 15
Dead person – 5
Dead dog – 40
Faulty – 107
Very expensive – 13 (highest bid $95)
Cheap – 9699 (up to $125,000)
Loaded gun – 37
Chewed gum - 3
Half-Eaten – 1 (banana)
Lunch meat – 4

If anyone is tracking what I search on my computer…

Thursday, January 18, 2007

It's time for change

I ate an amazing orange this morning. It was very sweet, was easy to peal, and had no seeds. This made me realize that I love seedless fruit. When was the last time you ate grapes with seeds in them? Isn’t watermelon much better without the black seeds? In fact, let’s get rid of the white seeds, too.

From this I deduced a large-scale plan for fruit engineers: eliminate seeds, stems, and cores from all fruit. All skins should also be edible. Imagine a supermarket with shelves of fruit that can be eaten whole, with no waste. Bryan would never again miss while trying to throw an apple core out of a car window while driving. When you were done eating your peach, there’s no pit or sticky hands. You’ll have no internal debate over whether or not to take one more bite into the core of an apple (“Will I look like a pig?” “Am I going to get a splinter?”). With a knife and fork, you could eat a watermelon like a steak, which would undoubtedly become Kurt’s favorite meal. If you want an orange, you could just bite into one, and enjoy the explosion of Vitamin C in your mouth (not the techno singer from the ‘90’s).

So join me in my rebellion of wasteful and disappointing fruit experiences. Write letters, call congressmen, and have a chat with your local farmers and whole foods suppliers. Let’s use science to create more efficient fruit for us, and our children, and our children’s children, and so on…

Similarly, let’s also create a pig made out of only tenderloin. They entire pig would be juicy and delicious, like the aforementioned fruit.