Friday, May 20, 2011

Ring around the Rosie



So today I got stuck in a roundabout. Oh, I also had my interview for Communications Specialist -went well I think, will know by Friday- but back to the roundabout. I felt so absolutely ridiculous. Maybe it was the fact that I cut someone off just so I could do the laps around the roundabout that made it so silly. I've been in a couple of these here contraptions in my day, but always knew "get off at 2nd exit." This time, I was looking for a street name. NOT an easy task when you're driving in a circle trying to simultaneously get out of peoples' way and not hit them. Before I got into this thing, also known as the 10th Circle of Hell, I was not a happy camper. I was tired, sick, and just wanted to be home. What made the whole experience better for me was a glance back in my right blind spot, and there's a young lady getting beeped at; this poor thing looks like she's just been shouted at by someone's housekeeper. I could read her mind. It meekly said: I don't know what to do *and then a single tear drop fell on her cheek.* But she eventually found her way, and after a few more swings 'round the bout, I did too.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Braaaaaaains

Do some peoples' laughs just really bring up your mood? Like the kind where your hamster just died, you had a bad day at work, sat in rush hour traffic for an hour, and just their laugh can bring up your spirits? For me, I LOVE this guy's laugh. Tony the DJ on Ellen. Just his laugh can make me laugh. What do you think?

In other news, I still don't have a job. Ha! Not really a laughing matter, I know. I had a bunch of leads last week and then not so much this week. I have an in person interview tomorrow, and I'm still battling a VERY bad cold (body aches, fever, sore throat, lethargy [more than normal], stuffed nose, you get the point) so I'll have to bring my AA+ game along to make up for that.

I hope you're prepared for the impending Zombie Apocalypse on Saturday!

Billy Joel - Last Play at Shea/Live at Shea Stadium- Good times :)

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an evening, you should check out Billy Joel’s Live at Shea Stadium and companion DVD, Last Play at Shea. And at just over 3 and a half hours long, with a big flat screen and surround sound (or not), you’ll think you’re actually at the concert.
The guest appearances run the gamut from Steven Tyler and Garth Brooks, to arguably one of the best, Sir Paul McCartney. The CDs cover all the songs performed on the DVD save for the tracks with these guest artists and Joel’s playful banter with the audience. However, we do hear Joel advising a couple in the audience who just got engaged in the crowd to “get a prenup” in “She’s Always a Woman.”

Yeah yeah yeahhh Keepin' the Faith

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Check out Swenlo, Generators of Evil Part I- It's pretty cool

 
The creator of Generators of Evil Part 1, Vadim Sahakian, goes by a few names, including Midav, and his project name, Swenlo. He has been making music and playing classical piano and guitar for over a decade. He wanted to express himself in both simpler and more meaningful ways, though, and that was the start of his electronic music production. Swenlo created his own music label, Spirit Charity, which fosters likeminded artists with the outlet to create freely.
This psychedelic album begins with what sounds like it could be a newscast bringing with it a feeling of foreboding while talking about “the beginning,” the backdrop being a bevy of dark, ominous sounds. Then after some talk in an Asian language, at around the two minute mark, there is a slow guitar lead-in to a segment that emulates the muffled, echo-y quality of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” 
 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

TV: What is it good for?

I don’t watch much TV. I’ve come to realize this is because of two facts: 1.I have slight (undiagnosed) ADD  2. 97% of programs are not interesting enough to hold the attention that I do give to TV. Let’s examine these things a little closer

1.       I had trouble keeping my attention on my laptop long enough to write this post. The thing is, I want to know what’s going on around me at all times. This might be a typical replay of a bit o’ my evening: Open Word to write my music review, check cellphone for new text message, check Facebook for latest and greatest useless update about Jane Doe’s child pooping on the potty for the first time, look at empty Word document, babytalk Pickles until he starts biting me, check and see if there’s anything good on TV (see below), open review template in Word, change the song on my Pandora, check cellphone to remember what  the last text I sent was,  reply to my Instant Message I just received, type the album name in my Word document, go to the bathroom, get a snack, check phone, check Facebook and Gmail, by the time I get to actually writing my music review, I’m too tired and I go to bed.


NOTE: While my ADD might look bad to all my future employers that I just know are following my blog, I’d like to point out my fine attention to detail, and blame my lack of focus on modern technology.  If you hire me, I have absolutely no problem focusing on the task at hand.  That being said, hire me. Please. I need a job.

2.       TV is bad. Let me break it down further.
a.        “Reality” TV needs to stop. I’ve seen enough.  I’m not a fan of confrontation; I’m a lover, not a fighter. I don’t like fighting in real life, and don’t want to watch it on fake reality TV. I don’t care if you’re angry your roommate’s dog pooped on your pillow, I don’t want to see your trip to the plastic surgeon to get bigger boobs that you’re going to complain about on Facebook later when they hurt, and I really don’t care to watch the exact same scenario every week of a “new” episode i.e. getting plastered and starting fights with people at bars à la Jersey Shore.


b.       Why do all these “stars” get a chance to make even more money through reality TV? It’s not fair. Give some other poor schmucks a chance to make some cash, why don’t ya. Dancing With the Stars. Why? I don’t give a hoot about watching the mother of 26 kids who’s fighting with her husband in front of the entire country stumbling around in her stupid fancy dress getting richer. I think I’m starting to sound bitter. Maybe it’s the fact that these people are getting paid to dance while I can’t even get a waitressing job. Anyway, speaking of money- Donald Trump.  Washed up actors and singers are parading around carrying out these little jobs only to get fired by him on The Apprentice. Again, if I’m not getting hired, I don’t care.

c.       TV shows with the same idea: Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI, Law & Order [previous three include all 43 of their city spin-offs- Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Allentown, Silver Spring, Hong Kong….]The Closer, Bones, Hawaii Five-0, etc. Then there are the vampire shows. Those really suck (heh heh). The Vampire Diaries, Being Human, True Blood. How about some adult cartoons?  You’ve got Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Archer, South Park, etc… Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying all of these shows are bad, necessarily, it’s just…can’t someone come up with something new?

And guess what? What I’m gonna say next will shock the pants right off of you. I didn’t even watch the Royal wedding. I know, I missed the event of the century, what ever will I do?