April 8th, 2005

flavored with age

Oh, boy, another disjointed "what I did" post! Everybody loves those.

- I had a dream last night (yes, even worse, it's a DREAM post! God, I suck) that my gal ninafarina and I had just moved into a new house, and we threw a big housewarming party to which a bunch of our friends showed up. It was a pretty banal dream, but at the culmination, Shauna took Annie out on the back porch to play, goingferal turned in early because she had to drive home in the morning, and manningkrull and I sat in the kitchen drinking beer and looking at his Paris pictures. He showed me this one of a little antique-looking stone building and said it was his local post office. "This is where I go to pick up my flying dinosaur toys," he said. The thing is, I can very easily picture Manning saying that.

- The good-news-and-bad-news rollercoaster that is the life of a bottom-shelf freelancer continues, as last night I got good news (more work, and thus more money) and bad news (more work, and thus more deadlines). My editors are coming and going lately, and on top of it all, I'm pitching to a couple of national magazines in hopes that something will stick. Despite all this, I'm making a bit of headway on some personal writing projects as well, and someday, I actually hope to sleep for several hours in a row.

- Of course, I'm never too busy to get high and play video games. Last night's used games from GameSpot were WWE Smackdown!: Here Comes the Pain and Call of Duty: Their Finest Hour. The latter taught me that if I were a soldier in a war, I would be a marginally retarded one who wanders aimlessly around the battlefield dangling a clip of ammunition in front of me and staring at the ground until I was ripped to shreds by enemy machinegun fire. The former, as is often the case with used games, didn't come with an instruction booklet, so I spent three seconds getting demolished until I decided to just play Def Jam Vendetta some more. Nothing satisfies the soul like beating the shit out of Noreaga.
flavored with age

Unexpected whorin'

I am one of the featured writers, along with talented ragmops like calamityjon, rjwhite, and clockworkmonkey, in this week's update of famed internet humor depository Cap'n Wacky. I participate in a round-robin listmaking experiment in which the writers theorize ways in which skittish A-Team strongman B.A. Baracus could be tricked into boarding an airplane. Fine work by all, I must say.

You can tell which ones are mine because of the BIG OBVIOUS PUNCHLINE AT THE END! Or from the fact that I continue my attempts at being America's most obscure humorist by using gags that pair Mr. T and avant-garde composer Harry Partch. Anyway, enjoy.
flavored with age

I Got the Music In Me, and I Need a Jaws of Life

Knowing how much I love memes, and how much I love boring my friends with lists of music, I really want to do that "list your 20 favorite bands and make your friends guess what song of each band you like best" meme. Unfortunately, I am genetically incapable of picking out my 20 favorite bands, let alone pick out just one song by each that I think is their best. So instead, I'll just post this morning's random iTunes shuffle, because I know how much rum_holiday loves that.

"Ambulance", TV on the Radio (Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes)
"What Kind of Man Reads Playboy?", Bongwater (The Power of Pussy)
"Mescalina", His Name Is Alive (Home is in Your Head)
"Wait Up", Uncle Tupelo (Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes)
"Immature", Björk (Homogenic)
"Paintwork", the Fall (This Nations Saving Grace)
"Rats", the Kinks (Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround)
"The Enemy", Roc Raida feat. D.I.T.C. (Crossfaderz)
"Remedy Unknown", Time In Malta (A Second Engine)
"Guitar was the Case", Mono Puff (Unsupervised)
"Down in the Desert", Thin White Rope (When Worlds Collide)
"Bad Businessman", the Squirrel Nut Zippers (Hot)
"Earthcrusher", Mr. Lif (I Phantom)
"Mount of Olives", Muslimgauze (Dome of the Rock)
"Come Close", Macha (See It Another Way)
"The Way of It", Negativland (Escape from Noise)
"It Wasn't Me", Lou Reed & John Cale (Songs for Drella)
"People Who Died", the Jim Carroll Band (Sedated in the Eighties)
"Vexed", Dizzee Rascal (Boy in da Corner)
"Big Bad Wolf", the Handsome Family (Odessa)

Also, I came up with a really great mp3 mixdisc/collaboration idea specially for comic book geeks, but it's so completely geeky that I don't think I can bring myself to do it. Oh well.