Juicy

Too tired to watch house or Alcatraz. We’ll see if I get to them before they’re erased from the DVR. But anyway, here’s a video about one of my favorite restaurants.

httpv://youtu.be/LRvEsAa_luk

That may have been the best sandwich I’ve ever had in my life, anywhere. If you don’t know, now you know.

Sorry for the shakey iPhone video. I was hungry and/so in a hurry. Also forgot to mute the last couple clips, dunno if it’s worth trying to reupload it. Like I said the other day, I’m a little rusty at all this stuff. I’ll get better.

Potential topics for tomorrow: new tosh.0, first staff meeting, thoughts about procrastination.

For later this week, anybody wanna go see a movie? I think there’s a few things out that could be good. Have a hankering to go to a theater. I’ve got vouchers for century theaters too. Let’s discus it.

What a difference a day makes

Instagram Photo

I am ready to close this window and just take a nap…

BUT NO.

Must keep at it.

So, as I expected, the first day of work was, well, work. Everybody was really nice, but it’s gonna be tough to sit through this every day. It’s harder because I like to know what I’m doing, but I haven’t been trained yet, and I don’t think I will be trained for some time yet. Enough about that, for now though. It just depresses me.

I got this in an email last night, just as I was trying to go to sleep.

WEST EDGE OPERA PRESENTS A NEW ENGLISH ADAPTATION OF MOZART’S MAGIC FLUTE
IN JAPANESE MANGA STYLE

What.

The Manga Flute
What

I really don’t know what to make of this. Corey sounded very impressed by the BWEO, and even invited them to sing at last year’s festival…but that just looks terrible. Maybe I will give them the benefit of the doubt and go anyway.

Does anyone else feel like giving this one a chance?

Have Some Faith In Magic

One of my favorite webcomics is Questionable Content, which I’m still surprised I even like at all (but I’ll get to that another day). I first started reading reading it at the end what I guess was 2004 (holy crap) and Jeph Jacques had posted his year end best albums review. Jeph Jacques is a very different person from me, but there is apparently a small overlap in our vastly separate repertoires. Back then, he recommended The Go! Team’s Thunder, Lightning, Strike, by saying ‘Imagine if Fatboy Slim and the RZA got together to record a soundtrack for a 70’s cop show directed by Quentin Tarantino, and you’d get something remarkably similar to the funky, hip-hop-inflected party music that this British band puts out.’ I don’t know about you, but I’d watch that show. And so, I bought that album. And I’ve been a The Go! Team aficionado ever since.

But since 2004, Jacques has been all dub step and metal and god knows what…So I thought maybe The Go! Team was a fluke. Then he mentions something called post-rock. I’m not an expert on modern music, I couldn’t tell you what post-rock is, but something inside me said ‘eh, wtf, go for it.’ And I did.

Have A Little Faith In Magic by Errors.

Now, like I said, I don’t know what post-rock or post-electric or Mogwai is (something about gremlins?), so I can’t rightly place this music in a genre. However, I am a large fan of nostalgia. Probably half (if not more) of my music collection found its way in there because it reminded me of better times. Jacques said it sounded like a rock band making a video game soundtrack, and that alone would probably get my attention. Video games are very nostalgic on their own. I listened to it, and it did make me nostalgic, just not for video games.

When I think video game rock, I think of chip tunes, 8bit emulations or imitations of what video game music was back then. Groups like Anamanaguchi, or YMCK. But they sound new. I like them because they sound new, while reminding me of music that’s nostalgic. But this Errors record is different.

The nostalgia it brought up in me was more in line with music from the 80s. There was a sound then that has mostly disappeared from my perspective (at least until now). I’m talking about music like Tears For Fears, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Vangelis, and Dire Straits, to name a few. Maybe I’m describing what post-rock or post-electric is, but that’s not what interests me. What interests me are these new albums coming out that come pre-baked with nostalgia. This album feels like a record I used to listen to all the time, but has lay dormant and forgotten for 20 years. It’s stunning.

Another album that hits this tone is the soundtrack for Drive. Have Some Faith In Magic is good enough to make me want to revisit that soundtrack to see how it stacks up. Is it new music, new old music, or new music that feels old. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to distinguish it, but it’s worth angry.

Another reason I like this album is because it’s very interesting without the need for lyrics. I love my instrumentals. Music can be so good when there aren’t words to cloud your judgement. This album may contain some lyrics, but they’re so chorale and distorted that I can’t tell. Which is just the way I like it.

And that’s my review. I’d like some feedback on it, specifically, did you get anything out of it? Should I include some arbitrary scale or points system or thumbs up/down or 4 or 5 stars? Are the words enough on their own? Should I say anything more, do more research, or is this anecdotal account enough?

Now it’s 9 o’clock and I find myself…tired. Gonna go to bed and do it again tomorrow, though.

Tomorrow’s potential topics: My first day at work, dread, Great American BBQ, House and/or Alcatraz, Berkeley West Edge Opera

And so it begins

Good morning, nonexistent audience!

This is the official day one of my new website. It’s also day one for my new job in San Mateo.

I left home at 6 and I made it to San Mateo in about 35 minutes. Commute was a non-issue at that hour, which is better than I expected. This also gives me an extra half hour to write this morning. The only snag is, this Starbucks I’ve stopped at doesn’t seem to have a functioning wifi connection. I’ll bug them about it in a bit, but maybe the no internet situation will force me to focus more on this writing.

So what shall I write about? It’s Monday, so let’s start with the weekend.

The big news over the weekend was of course the Superbowl. Any chance of me having real interest in the game died two weeks ago when the NY Giants knocked out the SF 49ers in the second round of the playoffs. Football really isn’t my sport anyway, but if the Niners were in it, I might have pretended for a little while. But they weren’t, so who cares who wins or loses.

Traditionally, we go watch the Superbowl with family. We went down to Morgan Hill to watch the game in HD and have a BBQ. Of my generation, cousins Erich and Brooke showed up. We played some cribbage, had some snacks, and generally decided who we were going to root for. I stated that I didn’t like either team, but I knew far fewer people from New England than New York, and Brooke agreed with me. My cousin Erich and pretty much everyone else there decided to take a ‘Screw New York’ attitude, so they were rooting for Brady and his band of losers. Not that it means anything, but when the clock ran out, Brooke and I were more satisfied than everyone else. Good game, though.

As for the commercials, I dunno. Nothing’s really jumping out at me. I had to use the bathroom so I missed the Volkswagen/Star Wars/Dog commercial, so maybe that was good or not, I don’t know. GoDaddy continues to drive away business with their boring, chauvinist commercials. Budweiser tried to class things up with a douchey light club beer (‘Platinum’), and with 2 different period piece commercials. I guess their message was, “After 7 years of prohibition, people would want a drink so bad they’d even settle for Budweiser.” My favorite low-brow commercial was the Doritos “Man’s Best Friend” or whatever it was called ad. It’s the only one that really made me chuckle.

Madona did the best that a grandmother in high heels could do, and the half-time show this year was far more entertaining than last year’s Black Eyed Peas disaster. The technology display in the foreground was interesting, seemed like they were imitating the Chinese Olympics’ opening ceremony, but the thing that made that really amazing (beyond it’s sheer scale) was that there were actually people doing all the work. I was still entertained though.

Overall, good Superbowl.

As first posts goes, this one is probably not that great, but give me some time. I’m out of practice.

Later today, I’ll post my thoughts on the new album Have Some Faith In Magic by Errors. In the mean time, I get to go to work. -_-;;