Friday, February 27, 2004 at 15:11:09 (EST)

New head
Just for the record this is more or less what I look like with my new hair "style". I still look my best in extremely low-light situations, when there is minimal glare from my forehead.

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Friday, February 27, 2004 at 14:41:43 (EST)

We're a-movin' on up
The chair hath arrived! And now respectability is only a stone's throw away, I'm just sure of it. I was especially pleased that the chair arrived without its wooden feet attached, so there was no problem fitting it through my tiny door. Now I've got a big-ass chair in my room, and suddenly all the rest of my belongings look like garbage. I'm gonna have to do a lot of work to dress up the rest of my space to justify this doozie. Here are more pictures!

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Friday, February 27, 2004 at 10:17:48 (EST)


Chief Sitting Duck
I finally updated my Blogroll, something I've been meaning to do for a long time. I mostly just added a bunch of sites that I read all the time but for whatever reason, didn't get listed previously. I also removed a couple links, mostly because certain blogs had become dormant (or nonexistent) of late. I am hoping they return at some point, so i'm keeping them in my bookmarks file.

UPDATE: I just updated my band links sidebar as well. It used to be just local bands, but I am now branching out. Again I lament that not every single thing in the world has a website, as there are many other bands I'd like to link to but they for some unknowable reason do not have a website.

In furniture news: today is the day I receive my new armchair! At long last, it's being delivered this afternoon. Check back for copius photographs. Now I need a coffee table, an end table, and an area rug. Also I need more art for my walls and possibly an ottoman of some sort. Then I throwing out this ugly futon and replacing it with a hot tub. Oh yeah!

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Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 09:09:34 (EST)

Your funeral, my trial
Some Honor-Roll Eagle Scout from Wisconsin murdered a substitute teacher just to see if he could get away with it (allegedly). Talk about overachieving, this sounds right out of Crime & Punishment. I suppose it's a natural extension of the logic, as Mayor Quimby (yep, it's his real name) inadvertently lauded the slayer by saying, "He can do anything he sets his mind to."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 18:04:01 (EST)

Someone was in my room last night
Just when you thought it was safe to open a can of cat food ...

 

You want to turn away ...

... but you can't.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 16:20:32 (EST)

Time is a thief, when you're undecided
Holy cow! Urban Outfitters swiped my brilliant t-shirt idea by producing their hipstered-up version of my incisive political statements. I shoulda known, add a trucker hat to anything and suddenly you're all the rage. [via Gawker]

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 12:54:58 (EST)

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King
Word is spreading. My t-shirts with their potent political affirmations are catching on. An intrepid photographer caught this newlywed couple "livin' la vida loca" at Walt Disney World. Here's to you kids! I'm sure you'll have several years of happiness ahead of you.

But most of all, here's to our President, always willing to take time out of his busy day to "enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America."

Give us hell, George!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 10:52:31 (EST)

Everybody know it's spring again
Okay, who else got their settlement check from the class-action lawsuit over high CD prices? I got my check for $13.86 the other day, which means enough people signed on for this that they couldn't send out checks for the maximum amount possible, which was $20. While I'm happy to get some money back, it is amusing to note that $13.86 is barely enough to buy a retail CD these days. And are CDs actually cheaper these days than a few years ago? This settlement should have been the herald of change in the music industry, but honestly I still don't buy enough big-company CDs. My most recent purchases have been Electric Turn to Me's new EP and Oneida's Come On Everybody Let's Rock. Both were less than $13 of course. I still think CDs should never be more than $10. People like nice round numbers.

Hey! I just looked out the window and saw the First Robin of Spring! Finally. Let's all go to the beach.



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Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 01:31:54 (EST)


I'll bury you face down in America
We're all worried about the next presidential election. Even people who support Bush are vaguely concerned that he might win the election. No matter what your political persuasion is, things are tense. We're in need of direction, and I'm proud to say that I will be doing my part to help guide the all-important undecided voter in their journey from ignorance to butterfly ballot. Understanding the major formats through which people make important political decisions, I will be producing a line of t-shirts emblazoned with brilliantly concise declarations related to our current electoral crisis. Here's my first product. Finally, some clarity in this stormy sea!

UPDATE: Even more astute political commentary here.

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Monday, February 23, 2004 at 12:22:12 (EST)

Land Speed Record
I'd just like to mention that last night I caught an train at Prince Street, heading down to Pacific Street. The train stopped at Canal Street, and then it went over the bridge, and then it stopped at Pacific Street. Wow. Two stops from Soho to Freddy's!

And to think I momentarily thought about waiting for the train!

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Monday, February 23, 2004 at 11:56:40 (EST)

I'll haunt you when you laugh
The ending of Sex and the City must have been a bigger deal than I thought. Everywhere I went yesterday, regardless of the time, people gave thanks that not everybody was glued to their TVs. Was this like the Superbowl, an all-day affair with a lame half-time show? Oh well, now it belongs to the Ages.

The Newsonic show was again great. Seth Misterka, the guy who does most of the organizing, said the next show wouldn't be until May. This really sucks since they've whet our appetites by scheduling 2 shows so close together. Now we gotta wait until May? Say it ain't so. The real surprise of Saturday's show for me was Big Bear, who despite their name, turned out to be a progressive hardcore band with a chick lead singer. I'm not sure I've ever seen that configuration before, but they wailed. Is that screamo vocals thing bad for your voice? The entire show, performers and audience, all appeared to be Wesleyan alumni. I'm not even sure I know where Wesleyan is.

Sunday some grad school friends showed up out of the blue to force me into Poet Intervention. Their methods were harsh: they walked me all over Manhattan, took me to paper stores, and took me to a reading at Zinc Bar. We'll have to see if it takes. The weird thing is, Tom Devaney was one of the readers, a poet I saw at Tillie's when I first moved to Clinton Hill.

After the reading I headed back to Brooklyn to catch the tail end of the all-day Anti-Arena benefit at Freddy's. As usual, I should have publicized this event more, but alas, I'm only one man. I didn't get there until 10 (the show had been going on since 3) but I still saw several good acts: Volcano (a little like Elvis Costello and the Attractions and the Stones), The Minors (if Stevie Wonder sang lead for an indie rock band; these guys kick total ass), and Afroskull (afrobeat, Zappaesque stuff; the first band I have ever seen at Freddy's who were asked to turn the volume down). There were also some solo acts, a guy from Boston named Naseem and a guy who goes by the moniker MC Enemy, who did a very cool rap about the arena issue and the neighborhood. There's no way anybody could watch this show and still think the neighborhood would be better off with a big ugly complex where Freddy's used to be.

Develop Don't Destroy, the group putting on the show, raised nearly $2000 for the cause, and it looks like they will have more benefits in the near future. Not only will I keep you blogfolk apprised of this, I bet I could get Motico a gig as well.

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