Monday, September 29, 2003

Hello Nurse!

Walking home from class today, I saw a rather attractive female and inside my head commented, "Hello Nurse!" It took me a little while to figure out where that had come from, and then it hit me:

The Animaniacs.
Its Yakko, Wakko, and Dot

What a great show. Way before Adult Swim, the Animaniacs was basically an adult show held within the confines of a afternoon cartoon. While it did have the slapstick humor that kids enjoy, it also had a hefty dose of pop culture satire tailored specifically to a more mature audience.

Today, I want to make my case that "Hello Nurse!" should be reintroduced into our lexicon.

Picture this:
- Two guys are sitting in their dorm room, watching TV. A commercial comes on for Entertainment Tonight, and for a brief second, a clip of Brittany Spears cavorting around on the beach is shown. The two guys look at each other and at the same time exclaim "HELLOOO NURSE!"


Its perfect I say.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Lite Night Musings

Its almost three in the morning, and I am still not asleep. Oh well. A couple days ago I bought Every Breath You Take: The Classics by the Police. Man, I really wish that I alive and/or cognizant of music when they were popular. Great stuff.

Out of pure boredom, and with some prodding from my friend Michelle, I started an account at Friendster It is some sort of online community builder that connects people with common interests, the more friends you have on it - the greater number of people you are connected to. Currently with one friend I am connected in some way with 25,000 people. Pretty cool.

My dilemma of the night: I really need some sort of music player. CD players will not cut the mustard anymore, I have lots of music and a CD with burned MP3s will not make a happy boy out of me. CD-based MP3 players are slow, clumsy, and they eat batteries faster than your moms pocket rocket.

The ideal:
Its so good I can almost taste it!
iPod, created by that mastermind - Steve Jobs. They can hold up to 30 gigs, are smaller than a cell phone, and the charge lasts over eight hours. The only problem is that they are expensive. The cheapest one I can find is a refurbished one from the Apple store for $229.

Me thinks its time to bite the bullet and buy the damn thing so I dont have to listen to the Hare Krishnas on the way to class.


Yesterday I went to see a concert with my friend Heather in Jacksonville. Rufio was headlining with Over It, Northstar, and Motion City Soundtrack. We got there before doors opened and already there was a hefty line wrapping around the building. We waited there for about 20 minutes when we realized that everyone in the line already had tickets. The non-ticket line was on the other side of the building, and was as long - if not longer than the one we were currently in.


We trekked our way over to the loser line, and as if our luck wasnt already running low, they capped off attendance when we were 10 people from the door.

Double shit.

The night looked like it was going to be chalked up as a loss, but then something amazing happened. Heather's friend had talked to the guys from Motion City when they had been in town before, so she flagged down the lead singer who was hanging outside of the venue with the tour manager. After telling them our sob story (we drove 2 hours blah blah blah) thier manager looked around, and said "Ok follow him inside." We were shocked and took places behind the band as they entered the venue. We got in! And for free!

This was my first time seeing any of the bands and Motion City Soundtrack was the best by far. I had only really heard of them in passing before this concert, and it was my first real exposure to thier music. I was blown away by thier stage presence, and thier Moog (synth). For some reason I have a particular affinity for the synth, and this filled me with synthy goodness. By all means check them out. Great band, nice guys, nice glasses:

Hi, I'm wearing emo glasses.

The Moog player is insane

Hi, I kill people.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I'm still here

Seeing that Neil has, after raking me over the coals for starting this little journal, decided to start one of his own, I am in a good mood. Haha.

Last night I was doing a little thinking (and you know how dangerous that can be). I realized that I really have no idea what I want to do career-wise. I came into college thinking I wanted to be a lawyer, then a political advisor, then a psychologist, and now a journalist - I cant really stay focused on one track. Well, I guess I can say that I've stayed away from the math/science based majors but that is only a small victory on my part. I know that I have plenty of time but it just seems as if I'm spinning my wheels here. Hopefully I will settle on something in the near future.

Ok now I have some recommendations for you:

- The Joe Schmo Show (Spike TV - Tuesdays @ 8pm):
Joe dont know
This is an amazing show: Only one guy on the show believes that it is a real reality show called "The Lap of Luxury". All of the other "contestants" are actors that are playing parts that have been predetermined and their object is to put him through ridiculous situations and see how he reacts. Brilliant.

- Nip/Tuck (FX - Tuesdays @ 9pm):
Heh. Heh. Alright
This is a brand new show on FX about two plastic surgeons living in South Florida. It truly is compelling. Along with a healthy dose of sex and pretty-faces, the show also confronts some pretty hard hitting issues. Great TV.

- The West Wing (NBC - Wednesdays @ 9pm):
West Wing
This is a classic. Now in its 5th season and with a new team of writers, the West Wing is poised to go into new directions. It has won the best drama Emmy for the past 4 years (every season!) and is in my opinion the greatest drama currently on television.


Monday, September 08, 2003

Ok, I admit it. I am very depressed over UF's loss to Miami. It was a game we should have won. That's all I am gong to say about that. Also, I am very depressed by the Dolphins' loss to the TEXANS, what happened there?
I'll tell you:
- Ricky Williams did not get enough carries. In order for Fielder to establish a passing game there needs to be a threat on the ground, and Ricky Williams is a very BIG threat.
- The Dolphins wanted to break my spirit.

That's all I want to talk about today.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Ok I know... its been quite some time since I've updated this. Well I was doing a lot of stuff, I was getting ready for college, going to concerts, and my internet wasn't working. Here's a recap:

Before school started I went to two concerts, one was at a skatepark and I saw Mae, Unsung Zeros, My Hotel Year, Armor For Sleep, and Glasseater. Then I saw Mae and Armor For Sleep again the next week at the Social. Mae is probably one of the best new bands to come out of the Emo scene. Armor For Sleep has grown on me, I especially love thier title track "Dream to Make Believe". After listening to the new STD more, it is actually starting to grow on me. It might be slow and depressing and boring, but I cant get it out of my head. The new Andrew WK is also somewhat like STD in that he went in a totally new direction. His new songs lack the pervasive hooks that made his last album stand out. Not that this is bad, he just is going in a new direction. This is another album that I will have to listen to for a while before I can totally wrap my head around it.

Yellowcard is slowly becoming my favorite band. I just recently downloaded their performance on Pepsi Smash Shitathon or whatever its called, and they totally blew me away. You could tell that they were excited and appreciative as hell to be there. Some bands act like it is no big deal to be on TV, feigning indifference. Every single member gave everything they had on the stage. Yellowcard is earnest and real and they deserve everything that has and will come to them.

Living in the Keys complex has been an ok decision for me. I really like my roomates, but it seems that living in apartment-style housing sort of limits opportunities to meet new people. I really liked just leaving my door open in Hume and letting anyone walk in who wanted to talk. But its ok, I'll make due.

I'll definately be updating more often now that I am settled. Until then...