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Not enough interesting stuff happened

February 20, 2003 Leave a comment

Some nights it is just a chore to do this. Nothing of any interest happened today. It was one of the lamest days in recent memory. I slept very little and had weird dreams about Zelda-like puzzles with bomb rocks and trees hiding holes in the ground with flowers shooting rocks at me. Then I had one of those days at work when it seems like you don’t get anything accomplished, even though you don’t think you were slacking, but maybe you were.

What did I accomplish? I got reservations for a hotel for my brother’s wedding. And a Foo Fighters ticket. And . . . well . . . some work.

I signed up to usher yet another concert. This one is Audioslave, the band made up of members of Rage Against the Machine with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden on vocals. It might be good, it might suck, but either way I go for free. I should remember to bring earplugs for this one, however.

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Too tired to hang shirts

February 19, 2003 Leave a comment

Tonight I saw something amazing. Absolutely incredible. You can see it, too. Just point your browser here:

and watch Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock, in 1967, singing a shortened version of The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. With dancers!!! It’s so awesome. I can’t stop watching it. I think I watched it about 20 times. I think I am going to watch it again!!! Oh such joy, such joy. It comes from a short-lived (thank goodness) television show called Mailbu U that featured musical guests singing along with their dancing girls in little videos like the one seen there. Engleburt Humperdink and Buffalo Springfield were on that same episode!!

Tonight was a laundry night. Yay laundry!

I came home and got stuck in Zelda again. This time I might just quit. I find the part I am doing rather annoying, and am not sure I want to continue. My roommate said I was being an idiot and that I just like to complain about video games, but this time I might be serious. Might be. We’ll just have to see.

I should hang my shirts before I go to bed. I have no music playing right now as I have been watching that Bilbo video on and off for about 45 minutes now. Let me put something in so that my “Current Music” will not be empty!

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This CD!! It’s burning!!!

February 18, 2003 Leave a comment

I made yet another mix CD tonight. This one is a best of 2002 disc. It features a track from each of my top 10 CDs of 2002, plus three extra tracks from other excellent albums. This CD is available for the asking.

My roommate’s crazy mother just called, at midnight, with a computer “emergency” relating to Windows setup and server discs and well it would be better if she just didn’t touch a computer, ever. Point, click, that’s it. Because every other thing she does causes late night phone calls. Who the heck is using their computer at this hour, anyway? Oh yeah . . .never mind.

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Three Day Weekend!!!

February 17, 2003 Leave a comment

It has now come to an end, and I am getting ready to have a big night of sleep before the inevitable crazy day I’ll have at work tomorrow.

So what did I do this weekend?

I saw three movies, ate some food, played some video games, made a mix CD (twice), read a little, wrote a little, hooked my hacked DVD player into the living room to watch Italian Job (but then never did) . . . anything else? I got measured for a tuxedo for my brother’s wedding, paid $2 a gallon for gas, went to the bathroom a few times, actually bought movie food . . . anything else?

So about the movies:

Daredevil – it was pretty good except for the script and direction. One guy did both, and he sucks. He did Simon Birch and Jack Frost (with Michael Keaton). As Stan Lee would say, nuff said. Ben Affleck was fairly lame, but didn’t kill the movie. It was the total lack of concern for any of the characters or their relationships. Do we care about Matt and Elektra? No, we surely don’t. Only Colin Farrell as Bullseye was cool, and not enough to recommend the movie. They did play the Hulk and X2 trailers, though. Better comic book movies are in our future!!

Chicago – this one (conveniently starting 25 minutes after Daredevil finished) was great. They did a fantastic job of capturing the immediacy of a stage performance with the storytelling style of film. They successfully adapted a stage musical by making look more like a stage musical than anything else. None of the actors here are about to become superstars of musical theater, but everyone is good. Richard Gere is perfect – who would have thought that could happen? If you are not a fan of musicals in general, you may have a hard time getting into the story. But give it a few numbers and you’ll be hooked.

The Recruit – Surprisingly good. Total fluff piece, but the actors mixed well. Al Pacino was defnitely doing “Al Pacino,” but they gave him a good role. He even gets a bizarre psycho monologue at the end! Colin Farrell is quickly becoming the coolest guy out there, and Kat “Bridget” Moynahan, Longmeadow High School Class of ’89 (same as me), was really good. She and Colin Farrell actually had a LOT of scenes together before the sex scene. I was expecting it in the first act and it didn’t happen until the end of the second act. Completely formulaic – a lot of surprised and surprises about the surprises – but fun.

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I’m at work now

February 14, 2003 Leave a comment

Sorry about the lack of updates the past couple of days. Two nights ago I was too tired, and last night I got home very late from a Neil Finn concert at the Warfield. He played more Crowded House songs than Split Enz songs, in case you were planning on keeping score.

At the 24 hour Carl’s Jr. after the show, I gave a guy 40 cents to get some fries, and then he went across the street and bought a 40!!!!

(not really – he bought fries)

More later!

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February 12, 2003 Leave a comment


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I’m so Straight, I’m a Weirdo

February 11, 2003 Leave a comment

No no no. Not making comments on living near San Francisco, and I haven’t been watching Smallville too much.

I’m listening to Rick Wakeman’s Rock N’ Roll Prophet Plus! He recorded this album in 1979, released it in 1982 and added 4 extra tracks to it in 1991 for the CD release (the plus). This is, without a doubt, the kookiest music he made in his entire career. And he has put out a lot of albums. Wanna see how many? Go to and look at the discography. It’s astounding, really.

Anyway, this song here is called I’m so Straight I’m a Weirdo, and he sings on it. Badly. And the background singers also sing. Badly. It’s purposely awful (I hope), but was actually a UK pop hit upon its release in 1979 (the single made it out only on the other side of the Atlantic – we here in the US were spared the pain!)

I have no major news to report today, so I’m going to talk a little more about this album. I am now listening to a song called “Maybe ’80,” in which Rick sings about how he hopes the 80s will be a groovy decade. He sings badly, but not quite as badly as in the previous song.

This may be the worst album ever recorded. I love it. Here’s a synth doowop number called Spy of ’55. Like the stuff you’d hear on your Nintendo, except worse.

No rant about Rock N’ Roll Prophet Plus would be complete without a mention of the essential track “Do You Believe in Faeries?” Spinal Tap has nothing on this song. When Dave Barry wrote his book about bad pop songs, he missed this one. But thankfully for the music industry as a whole, everybody missed this one! It could have spelled doom for the entire record industry.

So tonight’s addition to Gordon Elgart’s Book of Lists will be:

The Top 5 AWFULly good songs of all time. These are the songs that are so truly awful in their performance, that I can’t help but love them.

Rick Wakeman – I’m So Straight I’m a Weirdo. Nuff said?

Leonard Nimoy – Here We Go Round Again. A sample lyric, if I could. “If you love somebody, then that somebody is gonna love you.” On what planet? Vulcan? Yeesh! This is the best awfully good song in the Leonard Nimoy catalog, although others were considered.

Stumpus Maximus and the Good Old Boys – Release Me. The B side of Def Leppard’s Armageddon It. Probably performed by them, alhtough I have never proven it one way or the other. Someone played this by mistake once night on the jukebox at the cafe at Emory University. My friend and I laughed our butts off. Other people ran in horror. From then on, of course, we played it every time we went there. And it never left the jukebox because it kept getting played! We would watch people leave the cafe or the workers turn down the volume for the complaining patrons. Beautiful stuff. The worst rendition of any standard . . . ever.

William Shatner – Henry V soliloquy. I’m cheating because this is not a song, but there is music playing. When Kenneth Branagh or Lawrence Olivier due the big “Once more unto the breech, dear friends” speech, I want to go to war. When Shatner does it, I want to go to the bathroom! Horrendous stuff. A must listen!

Richard Harris – MacArthur Park. Named the worst song of all time by Dave Barry and his readers, the Richard Harris version can only be appreciated if you know about Richard Harris and his gang back in the 60s and 70s. Apparently (ok not apparently, but admittedly) he was one drunk wildman back then. His talk show appearances rocked. So to hear him croon “someone left the cake out in the rain” is just pure adulterated bad song bliss. Check this out and you’ll miss RIchard Harris, too.

Until tomorrow!

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