Thursday, April 20, 2006

Zombies!

I am missing the Boston Zombie March" because of stupid teaching. I would totally get all zombied out and march through Somerville and Cambridge.

Baseball!


At the start of this baseball season I promised myself I would not do three things.
1. Engage in Fantasy Baseball
2. Post on this Blog about the Red Sox or baseball in general
3. Post a comment on a Red Sox Blog.
I have already done two of those things so I guess its all out the window. I am ridiculous for the Red Sox right now, more than I have ever been. Before 2004 it was about winning the World Series, now I want sheer, unabashed domination. Here are the things I am most excited about.

  • Jonathan Papelbon, I have been gaga over him since last season and now he is killing it as our closer.

  • Curt Schilling, I cant stand listening to him talk, but he's 4-0 and striking people out in the 6th on 95 mph heat.

  • Josh Beckett, lunatic plain and simple. I hope I see him someday in person just so he can tell me to go fuck myself.

  • David Ortiz is special in such a special way that it can only be called special, by the way I am holding back tears just typing that.

  • Depth at every position

  • Coco Crisp, Jonny Damon may have broken my heart but Coco is gonna steal it back.

  • My Father, he said he doesn't really get too into the season until June, two nights ago he told me I would have to dose his Red Sox flames because he was so excited. He also bought a Yaz jersey signed by yaz himself.

  • Everything else, especially May 1st when the Spankees come to Fenway

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Xylophones



I am looking into buying a Xylophone. I have been really into them lately, mainly because I have done some Music class subbing and in the free time I play Xylophones, the recorder seems a bit too nostalgic. I had no idea how many different kinds and how expensive Xylophones are. I'll be on the starter end for sure.

New Stooges Album

The reunion of the Stooges is cool and all but a new album seems like a bad idea, seeing as how Iggy thought Sum 41 were good collaborators for his last solo record.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Oh My Goodness.

"The Start of Something" by Voxtrot is incredible. I don't feel all that much for their other songs, good stuff for sure, but this song is impossibly catchy. YIKES!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Xiu Xiu Interview

I can't stand interviews of bands that don't ask real questions, especially when that band makes complicated and exciting music like Xiu Xiu. It was nice to read this good interview.

Arab Strap, Knitting Factory NYC, 4.8.06


This was indeed much better than the boston show. Same exact set as Boston but tighter and crisper. The sound in the Knitting Factory was leaps and bounds above that of Great Scott. the encore consisted of my two favorite songs from Monday at the Hug and Pint, "The Shy Retirer" and "Serenade". They were both played acoustically, just Aidan and Malcolm, and at first I was dissapointed because part of the reason I like those songs so much is that they are dance songs. About half way through "The Shy Retirer" I realized that I like them not because of their beats but because of their mood, the melancholy hidden behind the beats and the melodies. Their success as song writers is that the can convey those moods and textures with just acoustic guitars or enitre scores of instruments, it comes down to just the songs in the end.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Arab Strap, Great Scott Boston 4.6.06

Last night was my first ever Arab Strap show. I was tired and not as enthused as I should have been to see one of my all time favorite bands. It was very good. I will not go into too many details because I am seeing them at The Knitting Factory in New York this weekend, which promises to be a better show soundwise. I do wish I could have seen them earler in their career because the more I listen to The Last Romance I like it less and less. It is good but I cannot listen to it without skipping some songs unlike The Red Thread, Elephant Shoe, and Philophobia. They did play two of my favorite songs and the new songs sound great live. I am very excited for the NYC show and will have pictures to follow.

Ah Jeez

Here is one of the better conversations i have heard in my tenure as private school substitute extraordinaire.
Student One: You're just as rich as anyone else.
Student Two: No I'm not
Student One: Your Mom drives a Porsche
Student Two: Yeah but she leases it.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Snakes Snakes Snakes

This Snakes on a Plane is hilarious, on many levels. Check out Snakes on a Blog for the good stuff.

The Amazing Adventures of Joakim and Klay

Michael Chabon had a speaking engagement cancelled due to Florida's involvement in the NCAA finals.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Windows on Apples

And so it is. Apple has released Bootcamp which will allow Windows XP to run on Intel based Apples. Bootcamp will be included on Leopard, the next version of Apple's OS X.

What does this mean for the future of the two companies? Time will tell I suppose. I certainly hope that Microsoft does not purchase Apple in the future, as one commentator discusses.

Legos

The New York Times technology section has an article today discussing Web 2.0. It refers to the concepts of Web 2.0 as the "Lego era" referencing the interconnectivity of new software. It also does a nice job of discussing the economic impact of it all, from Goliaths like Microsofts to the bedroom programmers and developers.

Whoa!

The New York Times website has undergone a re-design. I avoided the site yesterday because the Yankees had won their first game and I knew I wouldn't be able to avoid the sports section. The Times new look is very current in terms of web design, soft blue for the links, more streamlined organization and layout. It certainly conveys a more modern web feel, in league with the conservative and boring, in my opinion, design a lot of blogs and online magazines use these days.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Boston Violence

It's hard to live in or around Boston and not be puzzled by the increasing gun violence in the city. I remember during the 90's Boston was applauded for making gun violence, which is predominantly perpetrated by young people, almost non-existent. This weekend five people were shot, all survived. It has gotten to the point where shootings are now just a part of the news. I hope that city officials and community leaders can make a difference again. I continually feel that the lauded idea of the "New Boston" is creating an ignorance to the cities real problems. It is wonderful that we have young and multi-cultural people trying to lead, but there are a few neighborhoods that are being left behind, and shooting eacother as a result.

Myspace and Money

The Guardian has a short piece that sums up social networking sites and commerece nicely, focussing specifically on Murdoch and Myspace. The final paragraph lays it out:
Nobody doubts that Murdoch wants to make money from the site. But, considering the facts on the ground, surely the question is not "is this possible" but "why does anyone think he knows how to do it".


Being a Britsih news source the author notes that Britain hasn't had any Myspace Killed My Daughter! headlines yet.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Define Objectionable

Myspace has deleted 200,000 profiles for objectionable content (more). Which apparently doesn't matter because 250,000 new accounts are created everyday. I would like to know what is objectionable. Is it actual profane content? Or is it the awful design choices people make when "customizing" their page? Is it having to listen to the Black Eyed Peas and James Blunt when I want to send someone a message? I object to those things, and that is simply the iceberg's tip. Oh well, it is a wicked thing isn't it?

New York Hack

If you are looking for some good reading, New York Hack is a nice fellow Blogger blog that was the blog of note tonight. It's done by a taxi driver from NYC taking pictures and telling stories.

sidenote: whilst listening to last.fm Sonic Youth is by far the most easily identifiable band I know of.