Recommendations

31 08 2009

I have a few recommendations for you this fine Monday morning.

First off, a movie.  Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist.  It stars Michael Cera (who I LOVE) as a youn (straight) musician in a band of gay guys who’s just been horribly dumped by his girlfriend.  He and his band mates go out for a gig and then to find their favorite band, “Where’s Fluffy”.  It’s a very cute movie.  In my favorite part of the movie, Nick is talking to one of his band mates Thom:

Nick: I just feel like she’s messing with me.
Thom: Who are you talking about?
Nick: Right now, Norah. No, Tris. Tris.
Thom: You just haven’t figured it out yet, have you.
Nick: What?
Thom: …The big picture!
Nick: I guess not.
Thom: The Beatles.
Nick: What about them?
Thom: This.
[grabs Nick’s hand]
Thom: Look, other bands, they want to make it about sex or pain, but you know, The Beatles, they had it all figured out, okay? “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The first single. It’s effing brilliant, right?… That’s what everybody wants, Nicky. They don’t want a twenty-four-hour hump sesh, they don’t want to be married to you for a hundred years. They just want to hold your hand.
[Gay couple passes holding hands and smiles at them]
Nick: I’m gonna stop right now.

The writing is excellent and for the most part the acting is great.  I thoroughly enjoyed this movie

Next up, I have a music recommendation.  Storyville.  They’re a local band that sort of made it big.  According to Wikipedia:

Storyville was a blues-rock band formed in 1994 in Austin, Texas, USA. Drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon, former members of Arc Angels and the rhythm section for Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble, formed the band with Malford Milligan after a jam session at Antone’s. After releasing an album on November Records in 1994 , the band won a total of nine Austin Music awards; they became stalwarts on the local music scene and toured nationally. They subsequently signed to major label Atlantic Records, for whom they recorded two albums before breaking up. The single “Born Without You”, from their 1998 release Dog Years, reached #28 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart

First off, let me say that I grew up listening to this band so they hold a very special place in my heart.  If I truly had to name on band as my favorite they would probably be it.  “Blues-Rock” is probably a good description of their music.  My mom saw a little show Malford Milligan did last week and actually got to sit down and have a beer with him afterwards (she aparently also has a signed photo for me too, /swoon), and it seems the band is getting back together!  We’re going to see them Thursday night (at the Saxon Pub on S. Lamar  at 6:00 in you’re in the area), I’m so excited I can hardly wait! 

I have 2 of their albums, Bluest Eyes and Dog Years and I highly recommend both.  They are both on iTunes and Amazon.

Enjoy!





This Weekend’s Project

27 08 2009

First off I’d like to point you guys in the direction of my Finished Projects page up there.  I finished an afghan this week that I’ve been working on for a very long time, on and off for about 5 years, it’s at the top of the page.  I’m very proud of it, it’s very soft (which I credit to my yarn choice, Caron Simply Soft) and it’s very warm.  It’s not quite the proper dimensions, needs to be a bit wider but I started it before I really understood how these things work.  I love it to death.

Secondly, if you didn’t catch it from last week Ms Tami is our first winner of the Trivia game.  We are in the process of selecting her prize and I will update you guys when it’s chosen.

Now, my project for this weekend comes from a wicked cool website – Instructables.  It’s a site where people can post step-by-step instructions on doing or making just about anything.  The project I’d like to do is a cryptex.  If you’ve seen or read the DaVinci Code you know what I’m talking about (I believe that the author actually made up the term).  It’s a kind of lock box with a password made of concentric tubes that’s meant to hold a piece of paper.  The one in the story has a self-destruct feature that will destroy the contents if you try to open it with the wrong password or simply break it open.  Mine won’t have this feature, mostly because it seems like a pain in the butt and I don’t need it.  If you search for cryptex on the site there’s a couple of Instructables ranging from very complex to very simple.  Mine will probably be somewhere between the two.  I like the way the more complex one works but I have very little experience working with metal and have even fewer resources for it so mine will probably be made of all PVC piping.  I’ll post pictures when I finish!

Trivia

“What makes you think something bad is gonna happen?”

“Because! Nobody gets everything they want! Look at you, look at [her]. You’re good people and you two both got shafted. I’m so happy and… something bad is going to happen.”

“Sweetie, you sh!t your pants this year. I think you’re done.”





It’s Thursday

20 08 2009

Ok, so I know I said I’d be back to regular Thursday posting today, but I’ve found my writing ability has leaked out my ears.  I don’t know what to write about.  I thought about telling you guys about my wisdom teeth extraction experience but that’s not funny, not interesting, not anything I want to read let alone write. 

I’m planing on going back on the healthy diet wagon next week so I could write about that… I just don’t really have anything to say about it.  Going back on the wagon on Monday.  That’s all I got. 

I could tell you guys about how I love my church.  This month’s series is all about sex… yeah, sex… in church… and I quote “God INVENTED sex!  He wants it to be good, He wants it to be fun!”  Of course it goes on from there to mostly what you’d expect but not in the judgemental, condemming way most churches do (you can listen to the sermons at their website).  But again, that’s about all I’ve got to say on that topic.

I know the best way to beat the Writer’s Blahs is to keep writing… so here I am… typing random crap… 

I think I’ll cut myself short before this gets worse… here’s your weekly trivia.  But first, a question.  Should we root for Tami since she’s 1 point away or root for everyone else?  Discuss.

Trivia

“[standing before a training dummy] Hey, what you got? You got nothing because I got it right here. You picking on my friends? Get ready to feel the thunder. Come out with the crazy feet. What you goin’ to do about the crazy feet. I’m a blur! I’m a blur! You never seen *Bear* style!”





All Quiet

19 08 2009

It’s been quiet around here lately.  Sorry about the unexplained absence, I finally got my wisdom teeth out and have been out of comission.  I’m back on my feet again and should be back to my regular Thursday posting tomorrow.

In other news, I started playing WoW again last night… probably not an inteligent move but I just couldn’t help myself.  I’m not going to be raiding, that’s what has made me quit every time before.  I’m thinking about switching back to Alliance, I miss Stormwind 🙂