Sunday, September 17, 2006

And Once Again, the Reality Doesn't live Up to the Hype

So we decided to watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann. We didn't make it all the way through. The clips we saw on Crooks and Liars were awesome, but the regular show isn't the same stuff at all. Ah well, at least there's still The Daily Show and Colbert. Good stuff!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Olbermann's Latest

Damn! Olbermann is on a tear! Check it out:

It needed to be said, and I'm damn glad he said it so well. I hope the bigwigs at MSNBC don't decide to can him for disturbing the status quo. From what I've read, his ratings are doing well. MyDD has a good post about it. Check it out! Also, there is a transcript and better quality video at Crooks and Liars

Kirk/Spock Slash Video (No, not that kind. Sickos.)

I saw this oddly cool video linked off of Boing Boing. It's a weird slash fiction takeoff in video form. Slash fiction is a story typically written by a fan which involves romantic relationships with well known charcters from TV, movies or books. Oddly enough, the stories are more often than not gay stories, but are more often than not written by women. The term "slash" comes from the use of the slash between the names, e.g. Kirk/Spock or Batman/Robin. This one uses the Nine Inch Nails song Closer as the music and visual style. It's surprisingly well done. Enjoy!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Geek Humor

I have links to a few good geek humor sites, but this comic got me to laugh today:

Check out XKCD, A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. While I was making the rounds, I ran across the Nerd Test, which of course I had to take. And the results? Hah! As if there was any doubt.

I am nerdier than 80% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

No doubt I lost points for having a significant other, going out on a Friday night, and not living at home with my parents.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I Never Thought of Using a Treadmill That Way

I hadn't heard of the band OK Go until this past week. They've got some really cool quirky self made videos that are making the rounds on the YouTube. Check this one out:

I like their music as well. They've got that retro-pop vibe going on, like The Vines, The White Stripes, and The Hives. I think I'll see what they have up on iTunes - maybe I'll buy some. Gee, maybe we're seeing the future of the music industry, and it doesn't involve the major labels.

Loving Life at the Moment

I'm sitting here sipping on a fine cocktail and contemplating how much I love my hubby. He made me a Satan's Whiskers, which is mighty tasty! He's also making meat loaf with scalloped potatoes and green beans for dinner. Mmmm! Great food for a cold, wet, rainy day. We both love to cook, so dinner around here is never boring. Having herb and vegetable gardens out back helps - fresh ingredients are awesome! My sister, bro-in-law, niece and nephew are coming over for dinner tomorrow. I was going to make grill roasted leg of lamb with rice pilaf and grilled tomatoes & eggplant with strawberry pavlova for dessert, but everyone other than my sis is a snouse*, so that's out. Instead, we're going to have lasagna with a green salad, and spumoni ice cream for dessert. Still mighty tasty, and actually a little easier to make. Damn, dinner is smelling good! Did I mention how much I love my hubby?

* Snouse: a Pennsylvania Dutch term for a picky eater. The hubby is from Lancaster, PA, the heart of Amish country. I've been picking up the lingo from him.


Being witty and engaging is harder than I thought. I've got 3 different posts going right now, and I can't seem to finish any of them. Maybe I'll start by linking to Keith Olbermann's kick-ass commentary about Rumsfeld's speech at the American Legion's national convention in Salt Lake City last week. Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark.

Whaddaya know, Olbermann does it again. My sister has been telling me for a while that I should watch his show. Perhaps she's right.

Random Observations - Opening Bands

So what is it with opening acts at concerts? Sometimes they can be quite good - I own Ben Harper, The Greenhornes and Filter CDs because I saw them open for someone else, and they rocked! But mostly, opening acts seem to be the bad stuff you have to sit through to prove that you're worthy of being up front in a general admission concert. Does the headliner choose a weak opening act so that they seem better in comparison? Here are some that stand out in my mind. Northern State (3 white chicks rapping badly) opened for Cake last time we saw them. John McCrea scolded the audience afterward for dissing the girls. Bright Eyes (gawd, they were depressing) opened the Vote for Change show in Philly. Fortunately, with the number of acts playing that night, no one was on stage for all that long. However, the worst had to be Children's Hour, who opened for Billy Corgan's defunct band Zwan.
I remember noticing before the show started that Zwan's equipment on the sides of the stage was covered in black tarps and the stage had a harp in the middle, and not much else. Hmm, that's odd. So someone comes out and introduces Children's Hour as "Billy Corgan's favorite band." Gee, with an intro like that, they must rock, right? Sadly, no. They were a singer/songwriter folk/rock act - the harp, a guitar, and other assorted folksy kinda instruments. If they were in a nice small venue playing to an appreciative audience, I'm sure they would be a good act to see. However, the wispy sound drifting around in the Electric Factory was just painful. By the 2nd or 3rd song people started shouting "you suck!" By the 5th or 6th song, people started throwing stuff (OK, that explains the tarps). They soldiered on to finish their set, but it was really just getting it over with. They got off the stage to everyone's relief, Zwan's crew came out and set up, and then a miffed Billy Corgan came out and got on with the show, which was awesome! It a shame that Zwan didn't last, cause they seriously rocked the Electric Factory that night.
So here's an open note to artists and concert promoters: I know you'd like to showcase talented young bands, and perhaps help promote friends. However, we learned a long time ago that even when the opening act is actually good, like say Jimi Hendrix, you still can't reasonably expect a crowd with different tastes, like say fans of The Monkees, to warm up to something that just isn't their taste. And when the band sucks, well, they just suck. Just saying.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Well, Here Goes...

Welcome to our blog! After enjoying so many others, my hubby and I decided to try our hand at this blogging thing. We were supposed to go camping this weekend at The Woods Campground, a gay and lesbian campground near Jim Thorpe, PA, but given the shitful weather for the next couple of days, we figured it'd be better to stay dry, er, home. Both. So it seemed like a good night to set up a blog. We'll be tweaking stuff and getting used to how this Blogger thingy works, so the blog will be in flux for a bit. Stay tuned!