1. WHAT COLOR PANTS ARE YOU WEARING? Brown jeans.
2. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Oingo Boingo.
3. WHAT ARE THE LAST 4 DIGITS OF YOUR PHONE NUMBER? Double-o double-six.
4. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A Reese's peanut butter cup.
5. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Tangerine.
6. WEATHER RIGHT NOW? I dunno. Can't tell from my cubicle.
7. LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Holly, who's going to pick me up, so I'm blogging from work to bridge time.
8. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT YOU THIS? Oh yeah! And I haven't even met her!
9. HOW ARE YOU TODAY? Excellent. It's Friday. Payday too. And last night was pretty darn cool.
10. FAVORITE DRINK? You want me to pick just one? Oh okay ... plain water.
11. FAVORITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK? Top Shelf margarita.
12. FAVORITE SPORT? Surfing. People-watching.
13. HAIR COLOR? Some shade of blond.
14. EYE COLOR? Between blue and green.
15. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I do indeed.
16. SIBLINGS AND THEIR AGES? Hede, Lutz, Bernd, Ina, and Silke. They'd probably torture me if I told their ages, so I won't.
17. FAVORITE FOOD? You want me to pick just one? Sheeeesh ... No. Way.
18. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Umh ... I think Donnie Darko. Has it really been that long?
19. FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR? Any day spent with friends.
20. ARE YOU TOO SHY TO ASK SOMEONE OUT? Not even.
21. SUMMER OR WINTER? Spring.
22. RELATIONSHIPS OR ONE NIGHT STANDS? Umh ... like, what. Ever. ("He said 'stand'. He. He he.)
23. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Sure! Bring it on!
24. DO YOU WANT YOUR FRIENDS TO WRITE BACK? Hell yeah!
25. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? I have no idea.
26. LEAST LIKELY? I dunno.
27. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS? Shacking up with friends.
28. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? None right now, strangely.
29. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don't have one.
30. FAVORITE BOARD GAME? Trivial Pursuit.
31. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST NIGHT? I "experienced Hendrix" at the Warfield in San Francisco.
32.WHAT ARE YOU DOING TONIGHT? I think we'll have dinner at Vin Santo. At least that's my vote.
33. CAN YOU THINK OF A FAMOUS QUOTE? "I think it would be a great idea." Mahatma Gandhi when asked what he thought of Western Civilization.
A splendid day yesterday. Started with a rainbow that I saw from the bus on the way to work. Then, after a generally fun day at work, on the shuttle to the Caltrain after work, I saw another rainbow!
Took the Caltrain up to San Francisco and met up with my friends Greg and Debbie at the Warfield for a tribute show that was called "Experience Hendrix" - the last in a series of three concerts moving south: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco.
I'd mainly wanted to see Paul Rodgers, the voice of Bad Company and Free. Or, as he seems to be called simply, The Voice. And it's really all Greg's fault, because he heard him sing last summer at the Shoreline, and told me Rodgers was in great voice. Which prompted me to spin my old Bad Company records again. And I was hooked again, just like that. So I really wanted to see him, never seen him live before. Greg was all excited about the mention of Joe Satriani. Also on the bill were Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, a couple of old Hendrix compatriots, and Buddy Guy.
About a week before the show, Satriani is off the bill. Then they announce Carlos Santana will be playing! Holy cow! How cool is that! And when we get there, Greg says Satriani will be there after all.
The first half hour of music, I found pretty disappointing because the sound was bad. Drums and bass so loud that you could barely make out what the different guys were singing. Then it's Paul Rodgers' turn. He sings against three guitars that are doing a good job of drowning him out, and I think, awww shit, never mind, I can just write this evening off, I won't even be able to hear him.
But the very next song he came across clear as crystal, and that alone was worth the price of admission for me. He sang two or three more, and then Buddy Guy ambled on stage and entirely stole the show. And Carlos Santana ... don't even get me started on him, he knows how to wield that thing. And of course they turned it into a big lovefest at the end, with everybody jamming, Paul Rodgers on lead vocals, doing Voodoo Chile.
Why is this old Mink de Ville song in my head? I dimly remember there was a reason, and it had to do with us playing pool last night. But I forget what exactly it was.
We had a lovely Saturday evening. Started off with dinner and margaritas at Fiesta del Mar Too and cut across the parking lot afterwards to stop at the pool place whose name I don't know. We played four or five games, and I even sunk three or four balls. Not bad, I think - this is only the second time I've played in ten or fifteen years. We're all agreed on making this a regular occurrence.
I said I wasn't quite a pool shark yet. Pool minnow, maybe.
A couple of weeks ago, I said in my German blog that I found it very strange how Mr. Bush can get away with lies and deceptions on a humongous scale without anybody doing anything about it, but when a boob shows up on television, an investigation must be launched and heads must roll. Lance Arthur agrees:
2a. When Janet Jackson flashed her tit on national television, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell, called for an immediate investigation into the matter, calling the act a "classless, crass and deplorable stunt," further adding that he was "personally offended by the entire production." Death toll: 0. Time between the act in question and the launch of a federal investigation: 1 day.
2b. When, repeatedly, the White House was asked to provide proof of the weapons of mass destruction it claimed that the nation of Iraq was stockpiling and which it used as the reason for an invasion currently costing the United States approximately $5.5billion per month with an overall cost projected by the Pentagon to hit $100billion, and it turned out that the claims of WMD in Iraq were fabricated, the President called for an investigation into the matter. Death toll: 5,000 to 10,000 Iraqi civilians, 500 U.S. Troops. Time between the act in question and the launch of a federal investigation: 10 months and counting.
He has Ten Things to say about tits. Go on and read them - you'll learn a thing or two.
... I'm trying not to lose my head!
It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under.
It's like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder how I keep from going under.
Twenty years later, still a great rap song. Sean is right, those Rhino Records reissues are fabulous. This one is Grand Master Flash's excellent "Message from Beat Street", and the song is "The Message". I quote this line occasionally, and a couple of months ago, I did just that when I was visiting my friends korey and Patty. korey laughed and shook her head and said "What?!?!?"
I got the CD today, already ripped it and put it on my iPod, and next time I see korey, I'll try to remember to bring my iPod so I can play her the song.
[Full disclosure, lest you think I'm cool: I also bought Justin Timberlake's "Justified". There goes my street cred again ... ]
"Because the City and County of San Francisco's actions are directly contrary to state law and present an imminent risk to civil order, I hereby direct you to take immediate steps to obtain a definitive judicial resolution of this controversy."
Rebel that I am, I am of course all in favor of civil disorder. And I am also in favor of same-sex marriage. I really don't see why gay couples shouldn't be held to the same rights and responsibilities as straight folks if they choose long-time commitment.
Hey, even my mom doesn't see what the big deal is. (I guess it's even on German TV news; I just talked to her this morning, and she knew as much about it as I did.)
If you take a look at the above article, don't forget to check out the sidebar, which links to a whole list of more news items on the same topic.
I tried out this new online music store from French company Nupha. They boast that they're iTunes-compatible. Well ... sort of.
And I must say shopping at another store made me appreciate so much more how cool and wonderful and easy the iTunes Music Store is. So I'm spoiled now, I guess - I found Nupha cumbersome. All kinds of clicking required to navigate. There aren't any overviews of artists or new albums, everything is broken down by genre, and even the "all artists" listings hide behind each letter of the alpabet.
I tried it out anyway, after downloading the Nupha Daemon that enables a Mac user like to play Nupha's .nu files through iTunes. So far, so good. (Although I didn't realize when I signed up that I needed an extra tool to use it - if I'd figured that out, I probably would have skipped the whole thing, just on principle.)
Anyway, so I navigated my way through listings of mostly French artists. Looked for a few popular things that they didn't have; they seem to specialize in smaller labels. Listened to a few samples, and decided to buy an album by "Les Nouveaux Héros", "The New Heroes". The album is titled "Un trip après l'enfer", and I'm not really sure what that means. "L'enfer" is hell ... which reminded me of the song this entry is titled for, "Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell", and no, I am not talking about the Flaming Lips. I have an album by this obscure band (Australian, I think?) Tav Falco & Panther Burns that is titled "Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell", and I was quite surprised when this funky title resurfaced recently. (I don't know if it's even the same song.)
But back to Nupha. I listened to a few "Héros" samples, and decided to buy the entire album. Nupha asked me politely to confirm, which I did, and then ... I had to download each song manually. Rather than having an automatic process like at the iTunes music store. Twelve clicks for twelve songs. Sigh.
AND it screwed one up, so I had to search around the site for the support email address, and sent off my request for getting that fixed. (For comparison: I had one download quit on me in iTunes before, and it smartly completed it for me next time I logged on, without even needing a prompt. Yes, I do love the iTunes Music Store, and will happily spend money there.)
Nupha makes its own directory and xml file for its music, just like iTunes. And it is smart enough to put it in my "Music" folder. But I can't seem to add the tunes to my iTunes library. Or make a playlist and play them all without paying attention. The only thing I figured out so far is to double-click a title, and it'll open in iTunes and play. And stop when the song is done. :-(
Nupha's FAQ promises more Mac features soon. I'll wait until those are available before I visit again.