Friday, November 30, 2007

Electoral College is past its prime

Another very good Half Acre Day review!

The best first dance at a wedding ever!!!

R.I.P. Evil Knievel

When I was a kid this guy, along with the Six Million Dollar Man, was a HUGE hero. Wouldn't it have been cool if whenever somebody asked what you did for a living you could just say "daredevil". That rules. I would have never thought he would have lasted this long.
Check out a photo gallery here.

Conan is growing a writer's strike beard. Click for the video.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Just watched the Republican YouTube debate.

1. I am for tougher border control. However, the guys asking the immigration questions seemed like White Supremacists. Their voices filled with rage and hate toward immigrants, and they did not even remind themselves for one second that WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS TOO. These guys with cowboy hats, beards, and a junior-high education do not reflect kindly on my ideal America. I was actually shocked I didn't see a bunch of people in white sheets throughout the audience. And the hell is everybody's obsession with guns? How can you call an event where you shoot at something that can't shoot back a "sport"?
2. Anderson Cooper needs to grow a pair and actually ask some tough follow-up questions.
3. Mitt Romney's flip-flopping makes John Kerry seem like the most bull-headed and stubborn man in history. Talk about a guy pandering to his "new" base and telling people what they want to hear.
4. Fred Thompson stutters more than Froghorn Leghorn.
5. John McCain, with the exception of his refusal to admit failure in Iraq withstanding, seems like the only sane Republican candidate. Good luck Senator.

A fantastic article about the New York Rock Scene in the early 2000's.

The Strokes, Walkmen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Secret Machines, and Radio 4 are part of a quite impressive list of awesome bands that were all playing clubs at the same time. I smell a mix tape coming on.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Kylee's first Thanksgiving Turkey!

As always, click pics for larger view.

New Indiana Jones pictures!

Mt. Baker opens Thursday!

I am heading up Saturday morning. Looks to be a bluebird day!

10-14 inches on the way Wednesday!

The Tuba Man Rules!

Tuba Man photo


In their first and only joint interview, Bruce Springsteen and Win Butler talk about the early days, the glory days and even the end of days.

Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire's Win Butler / Photo by Ben Watts

Monday, November 26, 2007

In the Air Tonight with a gorilla drummer!

The Best Music Videos of the Year

Snow is on the way!!!





Friday, November 23, 2007

Some Chuck Norris lines for no reason at all.

  • A cobra once bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
  • Chuck Norris can impregnate women with only a glance. He can also do this to men.
  • Chuck Norris only allows Jackie Chan to live because he likes Chris Tucker movies.
  • When Chuck Norris breaks wind, it stays broken.
  • Mr. T. once defeated Chuck Norris in a game of tic-tac-toe. In retaliation, Chuck Norris invented racism.
  • When he is alone at night, Chuck Norris likes to wear slippers with bunnies on them. Real live bunnies.
  • When an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger” aired in France, the French surrendered to Chuck Norris just to be on the safe side.
  • Chuck Norris once visited The Virgin Islands. Afterward, they were renamed The Islands.

Lives of Others is the best movie I have seen this year.

Lives of Others takes place in East Germany during 1984, five years before the wall came down. We follow the Stasi (secret police) as they spy, bug, and intimidate anyone who they determine is a "threat to the state". I hesitate to give much else away because I think the best way to watch the movie is without any pre-existing knowledge or expectations, but if you would like to read some insanely positive reviews you can click here.
It's unfortunate that I don't know too many people who have seen the movie because of it's limited release in the states, but it did receive the Oscar this year for Best Foreign Language Film. It should have won Best Picture.

Lives of Others Movie Trailer

Free Download of the day: Robert Plant and PJ si.nging 'Thank You'

Tolls for new 52- bridge on the way?

D.B. Cooper, where are you? Saturday is 36th anniversary of hijacker's leap into legend.

Portion of ransom
ZoomAndy Rogers / P-I
A portion of the $200,000 ransom was found in 1980 by the Columbia River near Vancouver.

LCD Live

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Chris Weinman Potluck Thanksgiving

Time to talk baseball trades with Jayson Stark.

Santana, Cabrera, and Willis. Any M's interest?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Was someone inside building when it imploded?

Creepy. Like the Three Men and a Baby ghost.

Apple Final Cut Express 4

For those of you who work with video and vocalized that the new iMovie is too basic - it sounds like Apple heard your cries:

Apple releases Final Cut Express 4 with AVCHD support and iMovie ‘08 Integration for $199

Official Site

Blender's top 100 indie rock albums of all time!

Their top 20 is filled with great albums:

20 The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
19 Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
18 Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
17 The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
16 Slint - Spiderland
15 X - Wild Gift
14 De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
13 Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
12 Dinosaur Jr - You’re Living All Over Me
11 Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime
10 The Smiths - The Smiths
09 Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
08 My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
07 The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
06 Arcade Fire - Funeral
05 Pixies - Surfer Rosa
04 R.E.M. - Murmur
03 The Replacements - Let It Be
02 Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
01 Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted

White Stripes Nab Beck for "Conquest" B-Sides

Two of my favorite artists combined together? This is like a musical Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Duran Duran Video

My guess is they aren't down with Lindsey and Britney party and rehab scene.
Listen to the whole new album here.

The Shins "Sleeping Lessons" live.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A fantastic eidtorial in today's Seattle Times from an infantry brigade staff officer in Iraq who formerly served in Olympia.

This seven year-old drummer is nuts.

Steve Ballmer going crazy

I never get tired of this.

Snow is here...finally!

Stevens Today
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Have you ever wondered which way you lean politically in an issue-by-issue way? Take this quiz to find out.

I took this quiz to find out if I was anywhere close to a Libertarian. On personal issues I am very close because I am a big advocate of adults being free to make adult decisions. However, on economic issues I am not even close to a Libertarian. Where do you lie?

Teacher salaries are not funded equally within each district in our state.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Chris Cornell explains why Audioslave broke up.

He does not, however, explain why his new solo music sucks.

Joe Biden is killing me with these jokes at Guiliani's expense.

A sample from the link above:

"I should start with an apology to Rudy Giuliani," he said at the start of his remarks. "I said every sentence Rudy utters has a noun, a verb, and 9/11 in it. I was wrong. He called me to tell me after Pat Robertson's endorsement, there's an Amen in every sentence he says too."

ll jokes aside however, Biden wishes he had Guiliani's poll numbers. Still damn funny. The most socailly liberal Repuplican candidate in bed with Pat Robertson? Hilarious. I'll always remember when he and Jerry Falwell told the world that Homosexuals and the ACLU were partially to blame for 9/11.

A really cool transcription from Univeristy of Montana guest speaker Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam.

My favorite line: "Somebody asked him who he listens to and he said Kings of Leon, The Strokes and My Morning Jacket and lots of others. He says people often complain to him that there’s no good music coming out anymore and he responds that that’s crazy. He said there’s lots of great stuff out there and technology has made it more accessible."

Jeff has great taste in music it turns out.

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Michael Clayton...Damnit!

There is a joke in the title for anyone that listens to sports radio.

Rachelle and I hired a former student to watch Kylee last night so we could escape to some appetizers, drinks, and the taking in of a very good movie in downtown Seattle. Michael Clayton has been receiving some excellent reviews and I can confirm that the reviews are well deserved. Although the movie's pace is a tad slow and a bit talky in the first 20-30 minutes, the energy picks up and for the final two-thirds of the movie and the audience is on the edge of their seats, playing detective along with Michael.
Rather than summarize the plot for you, I will give you this link to Roger Ebert's four-star review. He does a nice job describing the premise without spoiling the movie.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

ATO Records frontrunner label for Radiohead

According to the New York Times, ATO (According To Our) Records, the record label that is co-owned by Dave Matthews and Coran Capshaw (DMB Manager), is the frontrunner label for U.K. world rockers Radiohead. This is quite the jump from the record labels current roster of David Gray, JEM, Gov't Mule, Ben Kweller, Mike Doughty, My Morning Jacket, etc. ATO and Red Light (both Capshaw companies) apparently will create a subsidiary called Side One that will release Radiohead’s latest album In Rainbows in American record stores. The proposed deal will license the album to the label just for a specified time period with the band ultimately keeping ownership of the recordings. The British label XL Records, which released The Eraser - Thom Yorke (singer of Radiohead), would sell the album internationally. The new Radiohead album, In Rainbows has already been released uniquely by the band on an album site where it can be downloaded for whatever price of your choosing (including zero). The band's lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood said "It's fun to make people stop for a few seconds and think about what music is worth, and that's just an interesting question to ask people." (ref) Artists have been coming to ATO for its independent nature, but all this time it has had Sony BMG-owned RCA as a sudo parent company. According to Billboard, ATO is trying to break its ties from Sony BMG and plans to release the new Greatest Hits by David Gray fully independent. Using the new Side One label may just be an easier way to skirt the ties ATO may still have. If the deal does go through it will showcase ATO, previously a niche jam-band label, as one of the prime labels for bands to consider. Check out the NY Times article for more details.

Ashley Timm! The New Stone Ave Baby!!!

Welcome to the neighborhood Ashley! Congratulations to Emily and Brian!

Baseball GMs recommend instant replay

(Former?) Mariner Jose Guillen bought steroids.

Indie Rock Universe: Basically this is a guide to my favorite bands. Great idea!


Click picture for the Indie Rock Universe guide.

Click for a gallery of Pearl Jam Posters

Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 30, 1998. Photo

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Daft Hands

Check this video out, give it a minute or two and you will be impressed...

The New NBC Nightly News open with Brian Williams

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

Half Acre Day CD Release Party

Click pics for larger view.

Hundreds of Balloons
Over 100 People
A Fantastic New Mustache
A great two level venue in Fremont
A band that unleashed some great new songs