Monday, January 31, 2005

Insane Show

Quite a day for concert announcements. U2 tickets are going on sale Saturday, Pearl Jam and co. are playing a benefit show, but the Coachella concert takes the cake.
Coldplay, Wilco, Chemical Brothers, Ambulance LTD, The Doves, Spoon, Raveonettes, Secret Machines, The Arcade Fire, Weezer, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, and the Futureheads (they rock) are among the acts I would Love to see live.
Pretty insane.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Built To Spill

Download this beast. 1o New songs.

Everyone might be checking this out already...

...but it is a good website to get updates on the NW music scene...

Saturday, January 29, 2005


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Postal Service

Finally a video for my favorite Postal Service song and it's directed by the director of Napoleon Dynamite. Gosh!
Very funny.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Tunes

Very poppy. Very Grandaddy on a couple.

Oscars are announced

Good list but no Paul Giamatti for Sideways? No Jim Carrey?
I havent' seen the Aviator yet, so I can't really comment on all of the nominations it received. I hear it is good though...

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Emphysema

Just a little FYI about what killed Johnny. I remember watching shows as a kid and seeing everyone smoke on the air. Can you imagine that now?

Johnny has passed away

When I was two years old I snuck out of my room late one night. My parents went in to check on me and they were very worried because I was nowhere to be found. Then they heard some giggling and went into the living room and discovered me propped up in front of the TV laughing and watching the Tonight Show.
I don't remember this of course, but that is how it was told to me. I loved the Tonight Show and distinctly remember how sas I was when Johnny retired in 1992. That was a crazy night for reasons that I can't print here.
Anyway, it's nice we have the Best Of DVD's to watch and re-watch.
Have fun golfing Johnny.

Million Dollar Baby

In my quest to see all the films nominated in the major oscar categories this year I saw Million Dollar Baby Friday night. It immediately became my favorite film from last year for many reasons. However, I don't want to reveal much except to say it's not just a boxing movie; although there are some great boxing scenes.
It's funny, touching, and emotional without being overly sentimental. I would love to talk about with anyone who gets a chance to see it.
Next up: The Aviator.


P.S. In Good Company was pretty good too.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Half Acre Day (HAD)

Half Acre Day's new, self-titled album will be released on March 1, 2005.
Advance orders are $25.00 and will be shipped out via priority mail one weekprior to the official release date. The package includes a limited edition11X17 color poster, stickers, and a signed copy of the new album.

Record Release PartyCrocodile CafeThursday March 3rd. w/ Muckner and Son's Of Gun's.21+ / 9PM / $6.00

Check out a few of the new Half Acre Day tracks currently streaming onMySpace. If you?re a member please add us to your friends list and helpspread the H.A.D. gospel.

www.myspace.com/halfacreday.com-------------------------------www.halfacreday.com

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Awesome Show!

I love how they played the second side to Abbey Road. It just happens to be my favorite album side of all time.
I need a DVD of this show...

Tivo

I would like to know on average, how many hours of tv, tivo, movies, all of you watch per day. Man alive. Now, I was completely impressed with tivo when I was last down there in August, but seeing the addiction, I'm glad we don't have it in the Great White North.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Napoleon Dynamite Quotes

Napoleon Dynamite: Grandma just called and said you're supposed to go home.
Uncle Rico: She didn't tell me anything.
Napoleon Dynamite: Too bad, she said she doesn't want you here when she gets back because you've been ruining everybody's lives and eating all our steak.

Click the link above for more.

TIVO Challengers

So from what I understand the Comcast box is not as good as TIVO. However, it is FREE up front and it converts and can record High-Definition TV (we all will have HD within three years I am told). Here's to hoping TIVO lowers their box price and monthly service charge. Otherwise, if I purchase a HD TV in the future that needs the signal converted why would I keep using TIVO? Interesting dilemma...

Interesing article. By the way, my new DVD recorder is choice. Good-bye VHS.

Coach Wooden

On the 21st of the month, the best man I know will do what he always does on the 21st of the month. He'll sit down and pen a love letter to his best girl. He'll say how much he misses her and loves her and can't wait to see her again. Then he'll fold it once, slide it in a little envelope and walk into his bedroom. He'll go to the stack of love letters sitting there on her pillow, untie the yellow ribbon, place the new one on top and tie the ribbon again. The stack will be 180 letters high then, because the 21st will be 15 years to the day since Nellie, his beloved wife of 53 years, died. In her memory, he sleeps only on his half of the bed, only on his pillow, only on top of the sheets, never between, with just the old bedspread they shared to keep him warm. There's never been a finer man in American sports than John Wooden, or a finer coach. He won 10 NCAA basketball championships at UCLA, the last in 1975. Nobody has ever come within six of him. He won 88 straight games between January 30, 1971, and January 17, 1974. Nobody has come within 42 since.So, sometimes, when the Basketball Madness gets to be too much -- too many players trying to make Sports Center, too few players trying to make assists, too few coaches willing to be mentors, too many freshmen with out-of-wedlock kids, too few freshmen who will stay in school long enough to become men -- I like to go see Coach Wooden. I visit him in his little condo in Encino, 20 minutes northwest of Los Angeles, and hear him say things like "Gracious sakes alive!" and tell stories about teaching "Lewis" the hook shot. Lewis Alcindor, that is...who became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.There has never been another coach like Wooden, quiet as an April snow and square as a game of checkers; loyal to one woman, one school, one way; walking around campus in his sensible shoes and Jimmy Stewart morals. He'd spend a half hour the first day of practice teaching his men how to put on a sock. "Wrinkles can lead to blisters," he'd warn. These huge players would sneak looks at one another and roll their eyes. Eventually, they'd do it right. "Good," he'd say. "And now for the other foot." Of the 180 players who played for him, Wooden knows the whereabouts of 172. Of course, it's not hard when most of them call, checking on his health, secretly hoping to hear some of his simple life lessons so that they can write them on the lunch bags of their kids, who will roll their eyes. "Discipline yourself, and others won't need to," Coach would say. "Never lie, never cheat, never steal," and "Earn the right to be proud and confident." If you played for him, you played by his rules: Never score without acknowledging a teammate. One word of profanity, and you're done for the day. Treat your opponent with respect. He believed in hopelessly out-of-date stuff that never did anything but win championships. No dribbling behind the back or through the legs. "There's no need," he'd say. No UCLA basketball number was retired under his watch. "What about the fellows who wore that number before? Didn't they contribute to the team?" he'd say. No long hair, no facial hair. "They take too long to dry, and you could catch cold leaving the gym," he'd say. That one drove his players bonkers. One day, All-America center Bill Walton showed up with a full beard. "It's my right," he insisted. Wooden asked if he believed that strongly. Walton said he did. "That's good, Bill," Coach said. "I admire people who have strong beliefs and stick by them, I really do. We're going to miss you." Walton shaved it right then and there. Now Walton calls once a week to tell Coach he loves him. It's always too soon when you have to leave the condo and go back out into the real world, where the rules are so much grayer and the teams so much worse. As Wooden shows you to the door, you take one last look around. The framed report cards of his great-grandkids, the boxes of jelly beans peeking out from under the favorite wooden chair, the dozens of pictures of Nellie. He's almost 94 now. You think a little more hunched over than last time. Steps a little smaller. You hope it's not the last time you see him. He smiles. "I'm not afraid to die," he says. "Death is my only chance to be with her again." Problem is, we still need him here.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Looks Interesting

Good cast too.

Has anyone seen Million Dollar Baby Yet?

It's at the top of my list. Please comment if and when you see it.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Newest Survivor

The new Survivor starts February 17th!!!

The link to the article is here: http://tinyurl.com/4xnlp

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Rachelle wanted me to post this

Cool Article For All Sports Fans

Movie Quote

Napoleon Dynamite: You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

For all you NBA fans

A good and funny article by the Sports Guy about his 33 favorite things about the NBA right now. My favorite is the one about Bobby Jackson and Chris Webber getting hurt. You can pretty much count on it every year about this time.

iPod integration in cars to flourish in 2005

This is great news (since I have a Nissan)

Apple today announced it has struck deals with Mercedes-Benz USA, Volvo, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari to deliver iPod integration with their car stereo systems in 2005. The iPod Integration Kit for Mercedes-Benz will debut this April in the US with the newly redesigned 2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Volvo will offer two iPod connectivity options for their entire 2005 US model line. Nissan, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari will announce details of their iPod integration solutions later this year. These companies join BMW and MINI Cooper who began providing integrated iPod solutions last year

"Uuge" day for Apple

Today Apple announced the long rumored flash based iPod. It is called the "iPod shuffle"
It is smaller than a pack of gum and can store 240 songs and costs $149. Read more here.

Apple also announced a new low priced Mac computer aimed at PC users with iPods who have thought about "switching" to a Mac. It is called the "Mac mini". It is only 6" by 6" by 2" and it starts at $499. Read more here.

(They also announced that they have now sold more than 10 million iPods. They sold 500% more iPods in the 4th quarter of 2004 than they did in Q4 of 2003)

Bringing Down the House

A quick book suggestion to those of you who enjoy Vegas, gambling, and/or blackjack. It's a pretty quick read about a group of MIT guys who take Vegas for about 3-5 million bucks with their card-counting "teams". I found it fascinating and learned how to count cards, however, I know I will still never win at the tables.

The Embarassment Continues

Anyone else notice that not only the Seahawks were embarassed in front of a national audience, but a former Husky, Roc Alexander (who couldn't cover anybody in college, so I don't know how he ever made it to the league), was burned by Reggie Wayne of the Colts all day on Sunday? Wayne's stat line looked like this: 10 catches for 221 yards and 2 TD's. Nice job Roc, way to represent.

I guess the only saving grace was that Cam Cleeland, an ex-Dawg caught the winning touchdown to seal the Seahacks fate. Although from my encounters with him, Cleeland was not a nice guy.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Lost Episode??

Does anyone have last weeks Lost on Tivo or tape? I've watched every episode and missed last week! Please let me know. Thanks.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Baker!!!!

Survivor Try-outs!!!

Okay- so rumor has it they are having tryouts for the next survivor this weekend. Thought maybe someone would be interested. I know I couldn't handle it-- but come on-- some of you could. How cool would it be!! (Julie-- I think I remember you filling out an application before....now's your chance :)


Tryouts for the 11th season of "Survivor" are being held on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Kitsap Mall, 10315 Silverdale Way N.W., in Silverdale, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Auditions, including the opportunity to record a 90-second application video, will not be guaranteed. They will be based on a first-come, first-served basis.
A list of rules and regulations and online applications are available at kirotv.com. Directions to Kitsap Mall are available on www.shopkitsapmall.com.p>

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Modest Mouse on the OC

They rocked. Now I know the world has ended.
Anyone see the Black Keys on Letterman last night? Also, rockin.

Please ignore my previous post about the high school show. I got caught up in the moment and it probably sucks.

A LAUGH FOR LEBOWSKI FANS

Walter Sobchak: OVER THE LINE!
Smokey: Huh?
Walter Sobchak: I'm sorry, Smokey. You were over the line that's a foul.
Smokey: Bullshit. Mark it 8, Dude.
Walter Sobchak: Uh, excuse me. Mark it zero. Next frame.
Smokey: Bullshit, Walter. Mark it 8, Dude.
Walter Sobchak: Smokey, this is not 'Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.
The Dude: Walter, ya know, its Smokey, so his foot slipped over the line a little, big deal.
Walter Sobchak: Dude, this is a league game, the winner of this gets to progress into the next round robin. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?
Smokey: Yeah but I wasn't over.
Walter Sobchak: [pulls out a gun] Smokey you are about to enter a world of pain.
Smokey: Yeah but...
Walter Sobchak: [shouting] A world of pain.
Smokey: Dude, could you...
The Dude: Jesus Walter, you bring a fucking gun bowling?
Walter Sobchak: [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one who pays attention to the rules any more?
Smokey: Yeah but...
Walter Sobchak: [shouting] You think i'm fucking around? I'm not fucking around! [points gun in Smokey's face]
Walter Sobchak: Mark it zero! Fucking mark it zero.
The Dude: They're calling the cops, man.
Smokey: Alright, its fucking zero. Are you happy now you crazy fuck?
Walter Sobchak: ...Its a league game Smokey...

The Music

Just saw on the End's website that The Music has a song in the top ten. Better late than never. The new album is pretty good, but there are a couple of songs that dive into Candlebox territory unfortunately. The hard stuff is as good as the last record though.

Life as we know it

Okay this post will seem pretty dorky, but I came home from the gym and hopped online to check the Dawg score (no TV tonight) and I flipped on my TV downstairs to watch the Zags and I come across Life As We Know It. I know most of you watch Joey (sorry, still think it sucks. It's like comfort food TV) and I TIVO the OC for Rachelle and I...anyway...
It's a show about high school kids and it is set in Seattle. They refrenced Snow Patrol, talked IPODS, and Kelly Osborn is in it as well as the dwarf/midget athor-guy from Elf. Talk about guilty pleasure TV. I kind of got into it. Maybe because they get high school pretty close compared to most teen-soaps.
Is there anyone else out there who has seen this show or would own up to checking it out?
I will whimper away now...

Lost Idea

I can't believe I never thought of this. It is pretty interesting to ponder...

"I think we are missing the obvious about where the polar bear came from. Couldn't it have been in the cargo hold of the plane, being shipped from one zoo to another? If it works for Vincent (the dog), it works for the polar bear. Boring solution, I know, but likely."

From EW



Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Ya'll

Hey ya'll! I hope to see you all again soon in the new year. My first trip down is January 28, 2005 to see DJ QBert at Chop Suey. QBert is the best scratcher on the planet right now, so if it's your thing, talk to Trent about coming, because I'm draggin his pale ass there. Whistler is hurtin' right now, but sunny.

If anybody cares, Canada is now the world campions in hockey, going six for six in recent international competitions. Gold for Men's and Women's Olympics (2002), Gold for Men's and Women's World Cup (2004), Gold for Men's Worlds (2004), and Gold for Men's Junior (Jan. 4, 2005). Time to put the bats and balls down. Lace'em up and take some shots.

Book of Matt, Chapter 1 to come soon.

Kicked It In The Sun: The Cabin Fever Blog Site

Canada is here.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Nokia commercial ripped off PJ?

I just saw a commercial on tv for a new nokia phone that either purchased Pearl Jam's Yellow Ledbetter or ripped it off. The commercial is simple and only has a guitar playing, it's not exactly the same but it was enough to turn my head from my computer because I thought Pearl Jam was on. I was kind of upset b/c I thought Pearl Jam joined the Who and Zepplin in selling songs for commerials. This must be a rip off or VERY VERY SIMILAR. Let me know if you see this commercial. It was on at the end of the Orange Bowl.

More Alexander

TiVoToGo

I'm not so sure that this is as cool as I once thought it sounded. But nonetheless, TiVoToGo is finally here:

CES 2005: TiVo Takes Its DVR Service Mobile
by Paul Thurrott (WinInfo Daily UPDATE)

Following in the footsteps of Microsoft's Media Center software,which first offered this functionality more than 2 years ago, digital video recording (DVR) pioneer TiVo this week announced that it will augment its service with the ability to copy certain recorded TV shows to PC notebook computers. The feature, which lets subscribers access their recorded TV shows away from home, has been a long time coming. TiVo first announced its TiVoToGo service a year ago at the ConsumerElectronics Show (CES) 2004.
"Consumers don't want to be tied to their living room to watch their favorite entertainment," TiVo Chief Marketing Officer Matt Wisk said. "With TiVoToGo, subscribers can take their favorite shows with them to enjoy on business trips or family vacations." Unlike a similar feature that Microsoft first introduced with Windows XP Media Center Edition (XP MCE) in October 2002, TiVo's recorded TV shows are heavily protected and require special software before users can access them on notebook computers. And unlike Media Center, TiVo subscribers must enter a username and password to access their recorded content.
TiVo defended the security requirements, noting that they mollifyHollywood companies that are concerned about piracy. But the service is limited in other ways. TV programming such as Pay Per View movies, On Demand content, and everything on HBO and Cinemax services can't be copied to portable devices. And TiVoToGo isn't available to DirecTiVo customers, who use the DirecTV satellite system. Those customers represent nearly half of TiVo's installed base.
One benefit of TiVo and TiVoToGo is cost. Although the TiVo service typically costs subscribers $12.95 a month, TiVo devices cost as little as $99, which is a far cry from the $1000 or more that a typical Media Center PC costs.

Monday, January 03, 2005

ARE THE SUPES INSANE?

Anyone else see the insane performance tonight by Ray Allen? I can't believe this guy. He is without a doubt the best shooter in the NBA. He was stroking from everywhere. How fun is it to watch the Supes right now? We just strolled into Miami and snapped their 14 game winning streak on their home floor. I'm not sure I've ever had this much fun watching a basketball team before. Who is Danny Fortson and where did he come from? A year ago he was sitting on the bench on a soft high scoring team. Are you kidding? Calvin Booth for Danny Fortson? Is Nellie old and senile or smoking crack? This TEAM fucking rules!

Music on TV

Tonight: Drive By Truckers, Conan
Wednesday: Black Keys, Letterman
Friday: Wilco, Letterman

Great win!

Shaun "Sorry"

Arcade Fire, Funeral

Just want to put in a plug for Arcade Fire's new album. As you can see from Trent's KEXP list, it made #1 this year and well deserved it! I just downloaded it from iTunes and highly recommend getting it. I first discovered this band unknowing one night, as I was driving home they came on the radio and I heard the DJ say their name. Immediately I called my music guru, Trent, and asked "who are these guys, they sounded great!", upon which Trent said, "oh yeah, Arcade Fire" and gave a two thumbs up.
This was a two listen album for me, first listen was the intro and I fell in love the second listen. Very deep, quality, music that successfully experiments with voice, sound, and instruments. This album will stay in my rotation for a long while.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Very Disappointed

While I'm very happy for the Hawks winning a division championship today, I'm extremely disappointed in Alexander not receiving a rushing title. I'm having trouble comprehending Holmgren?s decision to run a quarterback sneak from the 1 yard line on 1st or 2nd down with only 5 odd minutes left when you have someone like Alexander in the game who only needs 1 YARD to share a rushing title. This is one of the toughest accomplishments not only for the running back but for the o line, the coaches, and the team in general. To waste an opportunity like that is despicable. It seems petty to worry about that after winning a division title, but I believe that poor decision to not run Alexander who would have also scored a touchdown and achieved the rushing title will create some bad blood and bite Holmgren in the ass.

Hawks Today...wanna go?

I had a ticket open up for the hawks game today. If you see this, and want to commit a Sunday to the Hawks, call my cell at 206-550-8872. First come...