Feb 2, 2010

Don't Multilate My Mop Top

In the winter of 2002 at a high school party a six-foot tall, three-foot wide hardbody tried to pound me and my friend for looking like the Beatles (the Beatles at that time and for that age group wear still described as a "this is gay" and "my dad listens to that music"). I recall what I was wearing pretty well: a ribbed moss-green turtleneck sweater. I had the typical ratty high school shag. My buddy was most likely wearing a t-shirt with the sleeves rolled, also sporting a mop top. Thankfully before my friend and I were mauled, my brother being friends with the hardbody, interceded on our behalf and thwarted our first beating (one of many future near-misses).

I have no hard feelings against the guy. Not only was it eight years ago, but we were less cool looking than we thought. And, I don't doubt we held some air of pretentiousness. But, I am happy to see this picture of him.

Feb 1, 2010

Rock Band

My wife and I along with a handful of friends went to see the Fiery Furnaces over the weekend. And, while I don't often like to razz bands publicly it was a major disappointment. My friend explains it best below in an email that he copied me in on.

"I brought 9 friends to see the Fiery Furnaces at The Old Rock House in St. Louis, MO.  We all paid $15. We didn't get to see the Fiery Furnaces. We saw a three-piece rock and roll band play bass, drums and  guitar. Such a performance I can see anywhere in St. Louis, on any night, for around $5/person.  I would like $10 of reimbursement for the people I brought who expected to see the Fiery Furnaces,  who instead saw stripped, rock and roll demo versions of songs we love.

Had the show been touted as "The Fiery Furnaces playing a stripped down, White Stripes version of their songs", I'd be ok.  But it wasn't advertised as such.

My paypal address is |\|0t/-\|?3/-\|_3/\/\4||_@gmail.com.  Due to the jauntiness of a classic Friedberg melody standing out from an ordinary rock cover band, I'd be happy with $70, instead of $90.  That accounts for the improvement in melody and song structure that were brought to the table despite the generic nature of the rock and roll instrumentation.

The only thing I disagree with is that he uses two spaces to start a new sentence. I prefer to use just one space."

Nov 19, 2009


I have a weird embarrassment of eating at work. Mostly because I'm embarrassed to bring food in from home. I'm not sure why. It shouldn't be embarrassing, but it just really irks me. I've recently forced myself to bring food from home to work. The best I can do is bring frozen food, because, for some reason, that seems less embarrassing.

Today, I microwaved pizza bread (an embarrassing high school cafeteria choice) that is not meant for the microwave. You can't cut this pizza you have to saw it into pieces. After rushing back to my desk to eat (didn't want to be caught eating that) I realized that eating at my desk is also embarrassing if you consider the awful smell I'm sharing with the rest of the office.

I ended up dropping the pizza on my shirt and then on the floor. Both very embarrassing. Now I have a sloppy pizza stain on my shirt for the remaining of the day.

Thankfully, God provided and multiplied the remaining pepperoni dices into leftover Chevy's from a meeting. That wasn't embarrassing to eat because I didn't bring it in.

Nov 5, 2009

Music Review Over Goolge Voice

Update Nov 6: After listening to the album more than once, I've changed my opinion. Here's the transcription:
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Just finished up listening to the newest Jumbling Towers* album, The Kanetown City Rips, on the commute this morning to work. I decided to narrate the review over Google Voice.

Here's the transcript:
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*So I don't get an $11,000 fine from the FTC here's my material relationship with this endorsement: I went to school with them. And here's my disclaimer: Promotional copy of The Kanetown City Rips for review was granted gratis by Money Buckets, LLC to the reviewer.

Oct 16, 2009


About to partake in a BarCamp so I decided to do a litte research on them. I eventually ended up reading "RFC 3092: Etymology of 'Foo'".

Page 2, paragraph 3 reads (emphases and misspelling mine),

In 1944-45, the term 'foo fighters' [FF] was in use by radar operators for the kind of mysterious or spurious trace that would later be called a UFO (the older term resurfaced in popular American usage in 1995 via the name of one of teh better grunge-rock bands [BFF]).

Oct 8, 2009

Father of Invention

I saw this in an article (that a misrepresented 10% of my Facebook friends will balk at) about energy and the environment:
Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, but a human creator is the father.
This is what I got out of it: An Inventor impregnates Necessity, therefore, bears Invention.

I see two interpretations (these are not mine): The first reinforces the original adage: "Necessity is the mother of invention"; The second comes from the movie Unbreakable.