Archive for March, 2009

Beautiful Day

March 7th, 2009

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

-U2

Predicting The Future

March 5th, 2009

What were you up to in 1993?  I was a junior in high school.  Clinton was president.  The world trade center was bombed.  Michael Jordan’s bulls beat the MVP Charles Barkley in the NBA finals.   Chris Webber called an unfortunate time-out.  Rodney King was beat.  Philadelphia and Schindler’s List were movies.  And of course, Leanzza Cornett was Miss America–how could we forget.

Computers existed, but I don’t remember having an email address for another 4 years approximately.  Yet here are these 1993 At&t commercial, predicting many technological advances.  And most of them are right on.  It’s amazing.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZb0avfQme8

It’s Not If I Believe In Love, If Love Believes In Me

March 4th, 2009

I added new songs to my home page under “Songs On Repeat.”  I’ve been really digging these songs lately, and continuously hitting back on my ipod or car or itunes (too bad you can’t hit repeat on Pandora).  I hope you enjoy them too.

u2_nolineonthehorizonMoment Of Surrender
No Line On The Horizon
U2
This song is on their new album which I have been listening to practically non-stop for a few weeks.  It is an album that takes a few listens before it grabs you.  Track 3 on the album is this song and I keep finding myself going back to it.  It has a pulsating bass and drum that is reminiscent of another favorite U2 track, So Cruel (Achtung Baby).  There is a passion behind the words that comes out when Bono is singing.  Moment of Surrender is a track that grooves and possesses soul. 

Begging to get back
To my heart
To the rhythm of my soul
To the rhythm of my consciousness
To the rhythm of yes
To be released from control

killers_dayandageHuman
Day & Age
The Killers
Simply put, this song rocks.  I love the buildup of the hi-hat from the 3rd second to the 8th second of the song.  I love the driving beats, and they lyrics are ones that I can not just hear and enjoy, but feel and relate to as well.  I think there have been days when all I have listened to is this song.  If you haven’t seen it on these pages already, you definitely have to check out my snide of their cool light show performance at the MTV European Video Awards. 

Pay my respects to grace and virtue
Send my condolences to good
Give my regards to soul and romance,
They always did the best they could
And so long to devotion
You taught me everything I know
Wave goodbye, Wish me well..
You’ve gotta let me go

damienrice_bsidesLonelily
B-Sides
Damien Rice
This song sounds like it should be in a movie.  I could totally hear it as a track that plays while a montage of a relationship plays itself out during a movie about boy meets girl – boy loses girl – boy looks for girl – boy finds girl.  Or it could be found in a tv show on the WB (or wait, its the CW now?).  Its a really pretty song that is a roller coaster of emotions.  It definitely packs a punch.

I gave me away
I could have knocked off the evening
But I was lonelily looking for someone to hold
In a way I lost all I believed in
And I never found myself so low


Since I didn’t put in a snide for the first set of songs that I had on repeat, I will list them here in case you ever want to check them out.

countingcrows_august
Round Here (Live At Elysee Montmartre – Paris, France – December 9th, 1994)
August And Everything After – Deluxe Edition
Counting Crows

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You Got Growing Up To Do (Demo Version)
Unclear Sky
Joshua Radin

coldplay_vivalavida
Death And All His Friends
Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends
Coldplay

Square Root Day

March 3rd, 2009

I saw this on some random website today, so don’t trust me with the validity.  But I am going with it:

Today was square root day.  Apparently it only occurs 9 times per century.  Today was 3/3/9  (3×3=9…yep, in 5th grade I was an awesome mathematician).  The last one to occur was Feb. 2, 2004 – which happen to coincide with Groundhog day that year.  The next one on schedule is April 4, 2016

New Links Under Friends

March 2nd, 2009

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I added two new links to the “friends” section of my resource page.  The first is for my mom’s new site.  I have been slowly teaching her some technology recently when she announced to me that she wanted to blog during her jaunt to Italy.

The second link is one of my good buddies from college, Mr. Joshua A. Weir.

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If I Can’t Get The Girl, Why Don’t I Just Tell Her I’m John Mayer

March 1st, 2009

I recently added a comment at Joey’s site with a couple of John Mayer videos, since he is a big fan.  But I decided I should post them here too.

Charles Barkley Golf

March 1st, 2009

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Language Lessons

March 1st, 2009

If you ever want to buy one of those programs to help you learn a language, Keith Law–who I find very credible–writes that Pimsleur is the way to go.  Check out his blog entry on the different programs.

Some minor thoughts via espn chats:

Keith: I know you’ve mentioned before that Rosetta Stone is not as good as some other language program you recommend. What is the name of the program you do recommend again? I can’t find it in your chat archives anywhere… Thanks!  
  
Keith law: Pimsleur. Audio only.

Anonymous Club Employee (Los Angeles): Keith, I just bought a set of Pimsleur discs on your recommendation from a few chats ago. Any words of advice I need to know to maximize their effectiveness?

Keith Law: Repeat each lesson until you’ve really mastered it. Might just take two listens, might take more.
 
Chris (nY,NY): Pimsleur – you recommend teh aduio only….does that mean the “Quick & Simple Starter” as opposed to the Comprehensive (which looks like it includes a book). Reading a recommendation online and they say to avoid the quick and simple

Keith law: Their courses are all audio-only. The Comprehensive is 30 lessons; the Quick and Simple is just the first ten.

Instant Message with God

March 1st, 2009

You must have a sense of humor, but this is clever.

http://www.titane.ca/concordia/dfar251/igod/main.html

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