Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Understanding Johnny

OK, I'll admit it. I never understood the attraction to Johnny Carson (and I know I'm chiming in late here). But I've figured out why: my parents (farm-born and reared) were long in bed by the time that the Tonight Show came on, and by extension, so was I until my early teens--and then, by that time, I was generally up to no good anyway. But here I sit at 11:30ish on a weeknight watching the only true heir to Johnny, another Jon--Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. So, I finally get what Johnny was to fully two or three generations of Americans... the last voice heard before sleep. With commentary on the day and some celebrity auto-masturbation. Looks kind of familiar doesn't it? Only now, there are many options; then, there was one.

Rest in peace Johnny. I get it now.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Wanna See What I'm Listening To?

C'mon, you know you want to share in my dubious musical tastes. With that in mind, a new site named can do that for you too. Right now, I'm sure the data is a bit light, but here's what I've been listening to on my trusty iTunes.

Now Playing:

Really bad television that's inevitably driven me to the web.

Update: On testing, nothing is showing up quite yet--even though I've probably played 5 or 6 tracks thus far (The Fall, Wilco, Son Volt, Toenut, and Bloc Party for those keeping score). Hopefully, the site will catch up since it seems like a pretty cool tool [ed. note: heh heh, he said tool].

Update the second: It seems to be working now. With that in mind, I've added a link for the one (OK, maybe two) reader(s) that will have any interest in my musical stylings. Check out the new "Now Playing" links on the right sidebar. This one's for you Vllack!

Saturday, January 22, 2005

A Step Back from the Abyss

In the there is finally some good news department, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the National team players agreed to end their labor standoff. What does this mean? Well for one, it means that soccer is learning somewhat from the NHL's abominable mistakes by getting this at least temporarily solved before World Cup qualifying recommences in Trinidad and Tobogo in a few weeks. The players have also released a statement.

Second, it means we'll see the players we're accustomed to seeing in the Hex--Reyna, Donovan, et. al.--instead of replacements from the USL and A-Leagues. Marco Ferruzzi? Who is that? I'll resist calling these guys the epithet usually reserved for replacements in labor disputes for a very good reason: if some kind of catastrophe had struck in this, and Bruce Arena called me for duty, I'd go in a heartbeat. This is an honor most of these guys will never get a chance at again, so I'll forego the name calling.

Now Playing:

Stone Roses - "Waterfall"

Elvis Costello & the Attractions - "(I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea"

Thursday, January 20, 2005

There is No Crisis

Since it's coronation day, I figured a political post was in order. W seems to want to spend his imaginary mandate dismantling social security in the name of the ownership society (where the ultra-wealthy end up owning all society that is), so this post is my shout into the abyss: There is No Crisis for Social Security.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Gray Day, Similar Feelings

In Pittsburgh, PA, for work all week this week. Work goes well thus far, weather not so much. Just knowing that it's sunny and 70 in Atlanta makes the everpresent overcast and coming rain hard to take. I know it could be worse--it is Pittsburgh in January after all--it should be freezing and snowing or something. On the off chance that someone reads this and knows of something fun to do in Pittsburgh, please let me know (This is only the second time I've been here and the first was a day trip). The involvement of alcohol would be a plus.

A side note: It's amazing how much Steelers talk I've overheard here in the less than 24 hours I've been here. Makes Atlanta football fandom seem kind of, well, weak.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Right Man, Wrong Time?

OK, so I'm watching this conversation between Cokie Roberts and Jimmy Carter, and I can't help but think he would be a fantastic president in these times. Sure, he was great after Watergate, but I think his integrity, honesty, accessibilty, and transparency would be a greate salve for these times. Sure, he bungled a few things out of inexperience, but I defy any winger to prove that his motives and aims are less than pure. He's got four more years of eligibility, so I'll be the first...

Jimmy in '08!

Take a seat Hillary, Barack (get some experience), Dick, et al. (barring an amendment allowing Bill to run again.)

Al, please come back.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

So This Is What the New Year Looks Like

Pretty much the same as the old year, only with the Christmas-time addition of an iPod to my belongings. Funny thing is, when I was a kid, I always expected some kind of big changes with the annual calendar rollover--kind of like when you first car rolls over 100,000 miles, you expect something should happen, balloons should fall from the heavens and trumpets should blare.

Well the iPod is blaring me through my second day at work, so I guess my youthful self wasn't that far off.

Now playing:

Dirty Dancehall - The Zutons.

Into You Like a Train - Jawbreaker covering The Psychedlic Furs.

Sorry no links here, since everything I see online is just depressing and I'm sure all three of my readers have already done their part donating to Tsunami relief.