Friday, January 26, 2007

Friday Music Report

Wow, this is a first. According to my profile, I didn't listen to any particular artists more than twice last week. Maybe my music library has reached critical mass for a music report like this powered by shuffle. On second thought, that's probably not very likely since I heard two consecutive Echo & the Bunnymen songs while on shuffle yesterday.

In reality, I was too busy at work last week to listen to much music while editing proposal after proposal [Ed. note: get this boy on a project quick]. For those of you keeping track though, here are the artists I heard more than once last week:
  • Idlewild
  • Wilco
  • The Posies
I don't know if I could pick more disparate bands from my collection. Well maybe throwing Loretta Lynne in there would make it more eclectic. Now, for a preview of next week. Based on a comment from the Dilettante in Distress on my last music report, I've been listening to a lot of the Wrens. Could they turn up in the next report. Tune in next week to find out, and perhaps I'll even drop a long distance dedication on you.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Compleat Mythbusters

Now, it's probably not a huge secret that I'm a huge Mythbusters fan. I especially love it when Adam drops by Mefi to comment or related posts. With that in mind, I give you every Mythbuster myth in nifty graph form on one page. (Here's a separate, lofi compendium of Mythbusters myths.) Relieve your favorite explosions.

NP: "Stormy Weather" - Echo & the Bunnymen

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Anyone but a Bush or a Clinton in '08

James Burkee nails it in the L.A. Times. I like Hillary Clinton. Don't get me wrong. I think she's a fine Senator. Heck, I even agree with her a good bit of the time. And I liked her husband in the job just fine thank you very much. But her being president is just wrong, wrong, wrong. It smacks too much of aristocracy, and isn't that what we were getting away from about 230 years ago?

Think of Washington turning down the opportunity at a third term, please.

NP: "Strange Communication" - British Sea Power

Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Music Report

According to my profile, I listened to the following music the most last week:
  1. R.E.M.
  2. Game Theory
  3. Billie Holiday
  4. Wilco
  5. Crowded House
  6. The Connells
  7. Interpol
  8. Echo & The Bunnymen
  9. The Waterboys
  10. Swervedriver
Of course, this doesn't account for the music that I hear on the train going back and forth to work. I'm not sure how that would affect these rankings. If anyone knows how to get this information easily from an iPod, just let me know.

NP: "T.G.A.R.T.G." - Game Theory

Friday, January 12, 2007

Friday Music Report

According to my profile, I listened to the following music last week:
  1. The Pogues
  2. R.E.M.
  3. Pixies
  4. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  5. Swervedriver
  6. The Wedding Present
  7. Wilco
  8. Nada Surf
  9. Matt Pond PA
  10. Spiritualized
That's definitely an old-school, early-90s type of list there. I'm pretty surprised since I have some new Bloc Party and The Shins to evaluate. Perhaps next week.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I don't own a Mac. I don't use Cingular. I'm not messianic about all things Apple like some of my friends and colleagues. But holy crap do I want one of these.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday Music Report

According to my profile, I listened to the following music the most last week:
  1. Bloc Party
  2. Joy Division
  3. The Charlatans U.K.
  4. Lush
  5. Luna
  6. Blur
  7. Broken Social Scene
  8. Radiohead
  9. Ride
  10. Idlewild
Wow, that's pretty brit-centric.

NP: "Uniform" - Bloc Party

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The State of the Blog

With the new year, my thoughts have turned to what's going on here (i.e., what's working, what's not working, and so on), so I thought I throw it to you my readers (however few of your there actually are). This is the time of year for assessment [Ed. Note: I should stop smoking again?], so I thought I would do a little assessemtating or something. Please let me know in the comments which type of posts you liked over the last year (or the life of the blog for that matter), what kind of links you visited, and whether you even noticed the ads.

I need this feedback to further optimize the user eperience here at ye olde Flannel Enigma [Ed Note: and now to you action item man!]. Thank you for your support.

But seriously, any feedback on what I should do more of, should do less of, should avoid like the plaque would be more than welcome. So get to it!

What Gender is Your Brain?

Well, the BBC (God bless the beeb) has a way to test the sex of your brain. Go on. Try it. It's painless and kind of fun.

Just for the record, the sex of my brain is 50 points (out of 100 on the male side). I guess there goes my record for empathizing with the fairer sex.

State of the Union

Since the Democrats are taking power tomorrow in the U.S. congress, it seems like a good time to assess the state of the union (fully a month before the constitution requires W to do so). From here, things are looking up. For a historical perspective, however, you may want to check out all the State of the Union Addresses. How many "stay the courses" can you count?