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January 27th, 2004

Ok, any of you who have Music Choice music channels on your digital cable, you need to turn on Sounds of the Seasons. I know, weird, right? They're playing all kinds of sweet trip-hop and ambient. Right now Chicane - Offshore is on. Today I've also heard Air, L-Fudge, Luke Vibert, Morcheeba - all kinds of good stuff. I'm totally hooked until they change the format.
It is so freaking cold here.

Yeah, I know, those of you up north are probably dealing with colder temperatures, but damn. Last night was the first night that our electric heating oil space heater couldn't keep the bedroom warm, even on 1500W. It is damn cold, and my house is insulated for sh*t. I can feel the stream of pennies flying out of my pocket.

Last night after work:



This morning:





lunarbull: I need you to hook me up on the trip-hop/ambient/chillout/downtempo tip. I've been listening to that stuff since I discovered it on TV last night and I am totally digging it.

Bands I already know:
Air
Portishead
Morcheeba
Chicane

That's about it.



Had another one of those three minute drives to work this morning. I fscking love that sh*t.
Yeah, heads up everybody. Looks like W32/Mydoom@MM is making the rounds via e-mail. If you don't have an antivirus program, turn your computer off now and never turn it back on.

Jan. 27th, 2004

An interview from worldcomrade:

1. Imagine you become unbelievably wealthy. After you've exhausted your bigger, more sweeping dreams (car, camera, bike), what would be the routine of your typical day?
At home it would go like this:
-Sleep till noon
-Cook breakfast for Tandra and I or take her out to breakfast
-Do something I passionately enjoy, like driving one of my cars through the twisties or maybe doing some photography work
-Around dusk, shoot photography and then get dinner
-during the week, I'll shoot photos at night when it's not cold
-on the weekend I'll go out and buy all my friends drinks, and then bribe my way out of a DUI

Of course all that only applies until I get bored with it. Then I start my own business where I get to deal with people, but only people I like. I'd choose a kind of business that only appealed to the sort of people I would love to deal with. Maybe a photography store or an auto parts store, or maybe a coffee shop or something like that which appealed to people I like.

And of course all that only applies when I'm at home. When I'm not at home, it would be because Tandra and I were road tripping, which we would do ALL THE GOSH DANG TIME. And yeah, I'd set Tandra up so she could do whatever she wanted with her life, because it would make me happy to make her happy like that.

2. So you went and did it. You started your own religion. What's it called and what are the major tenets?
No I didn't. I didn't start my own religion because by definition a religion is a group of people who all believe the same thing, and inevitably when you get a group of people like that, someone starts trying to convince everyone else to believe the same way. This would instantly violate the tenets of the religion and my own beliefs, thus invalidating the religion as a whole. It would immediately self-destruct, retroactive to its own beginning. So my religion cannot exist.

Besides, there's Taoism and other philosophies that people should be paying attention to. Religion blows.

3. What are your top five favorite beers and why?
Holy crap mang. Tough question.

1. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat - Although it's a good beer, it's only #1 for sentimental reasons.
2. Boulevard Wheat - Reasonably available here in Wichita, and really good stuff.
3. New Belgium Sunshine Wheat (with an orange wedge) - Had it right before the Eddie Izzard show for the first time. Good memory, good beer.
4. Pyramid Apricot Ale - My aunt said "Roses are red/Violets are blue/Fruit was not meant/To be in your brew". I disagree. PAA has a WONDERFUL apricot aftertaste, and the Ale itself is light enough to really let it go down smooth. Yumm. Also, the first time Miah and I rode our bikes to an Old Chicago patio, we both had PAA.
5. Pabst Blue Ribbon.

What?

You don't buy the lat one? Okay.

5. Cave Creek Chili. Because you only drink that one if you're on a dare. Same with McEwan's Scotch Ale.

You still don't believe me. Okay.

The real #5. Um, there's a pretty good Hefeweizen I had, might have been Paulaner. I don't know. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is good. Boulder Amber is good. Killian's is good. Corona is acceptable in a pinch. Negra Modelo is decent. I don't know, I can't settle on #5. If I had an Old Chicago beer menu in front of me I could answer it.

4. Who, what, and where are your anchors? What makes you feel safe and real?
Well, Tandra, I guess. For the most part I really don't have a problem with feeling unsafe or insecure or needing anchors, but lately when it comes to her and our relationship, I'm kinda clingy. Other than that though, I really don't need to be reminded that this is reality or anything like that.

When I'm upset and for whatever reason Tandra's not an option, I generally turn to my parents.

If it's something I have to deal with alone, I turn to music.

5. What programming language are you and why?
I am ASP, because that's the only real programming language I know. Also because it is designed as a 100% Microsoft solution, and Microsoft stuff is all I know. Yeah, it's kind of crappy and I've wanted to get over to Linux and learn PHP or something, but I just haven't had the time + motivation + opportunity. I am also ASP because it is structured and logical and dynamic, although I suppose that's true of any computer language. *shrug* It seems like I should have a better answer to that.



Anybody else wanna interview me? Ax me 5 questions. I'll interview you too, I suppose, if you ax nicely.

Jan. 27th, 2004

I'm thinking about using the money I get from selling the Oldsmobile to put a new stereo system in the Miata. Most important will be a new head unit. It will play MP3s and I will get a satellite radio subscription.

So - Sirius or XM?

Jan. 27th, 2004

An interview from unhappymeal:

1. Have you seen Crystal Method live? Give me a CM experience you've had.
Have I? Which time?

First time I saw them, they opened for Orbital in Tulsa. Summer of 98, I think. Definitely ranks among the top three concerts I've ever been to. That was still in their heyday, when Vegas was the only music they'd made, so everything they'd made was FRIGGING AWESOME. The show was unbelievably hype. Some of my first exposure to electronic music culture outside of Wichita. I was stoked that there were other people in the world who were fans of the same music I liked, since Wichita has so few.

That was also the same show when I first heard Orbital do the Dr. Who theme. That's right, I heard it LIVE, bitches. And believe I tweeked out as soon as I recognized it. SO cool.

Second time I saw them, Uberzone opened for them at the Grenada in Lawrence. Another AWESOME show. I got one of Q's drumsticks. *gloat* I still have it. This was the tour to promote Tweekend. Actually that was a great weekend all-around. Tandra and Miah and I went up, and Jess and Shea followed. J and his girlfriend went up separately. We all had hotel rooms next to each other. Miah and Kevin and I took our bikes to the bike park during the day while the girls shopped, and then later we got back together and went to the show. What a great weekend that was.

2. Do you want children?
That's a topic that's currently weighing very heavily on me. Had you asked me this about three years ago my answer would have been "no, never." But then I met Tandra and I just love her kids to death. But I didn't want any more. Had you asked me this about three months ago, my answer would have been "I love Tandra's kids, but I don't want any more."

You ask me now though. Now the honest answer is - with anyone other than Tandra - HELL NO. But with Tandra?

I don't know. I'm considering it.

3. What is your favorite thing to cook?
Anything that turns out good. New things I haven't tried before. I'm still trying to perfect my scrambled eggs and not make them green, but something in the peppers or something turns them green every time. So yeah, I've made green eggs and ham.

Um, I really love to sautee freshly chopped mushrooms, garlic, peppers and onions. That goes well with just about anything.

I made a chicken dinner once where you dump chicken breasts and a bunch of yummies including white wine and other stuff into a homemade aluminum foil bag and toss them in the oven for 20 minutes or so. All the flavors of the stuff in the bag (the wine plus garlic, peppers, all kinds of seasonings, and other stuff I don't remember) have nowhere to go, so they just saturate the chicken. MMMMmmmm.

4. What is your favorite cocktail, if any?
Does Red Bull & Vodka count?

5. Who is your most hated LJ entity?
Who do I hate on LJ, is that what you're asking? Hell, I don't know. I don't pay attention to the ones I don't like. I don't have them on my friends list. I really don't know the answer to that. Honestly, I really don't hate anyone on LJ. I know that's boring. Sorry.

Jan. 27th, 2004

Holy crap, man. Remember www.mikerowesoft.com?

It seems he and Microsoft settled for a trip to Redmond, some traffic redirection, and AN XBOX.

He could have done better. Oh well, he still got his point across. And hey, free XBOX.

Jan. 27th, 2004

An interview from zerogenius (let me know if you guys want me to lj-cut these):

1. What is your earliest childhood memory?
Well, there are a couple. They're fuzzy, so it's hard to tell which one is earliest. I'm pretty sure though that it was when I got a tricycle with a horn on it. You know, one of those horns where you squeeze the rubber ball and it goes "oo-ga". I was riding it around and ran into something and thought I'd broken the horn. That's really all I remember.

2. Do you think that your early childhood had an influence on the person you are today?
Absolutely. I think one of the biggest influencers of who I am was the fact that I always had one or both parents available to me. It's helped me to be a confident and secure adult. I can't tell you how much that affects what kind of person you are.

3. If you could pick what your primary source of income would be, what would you do? Why?
Probably photography. It seems like the most likely thing that I enjoy that I could also make money at. Since not very many people make money driving cars or playing video games.

4. Since I know you have a family and a day job to worry about, if you had the opportunity to persue some sort of professional automotive racing, even if it was in your spare time, would you?
If financial limitations were removed, I would definitely give it a try.

5. If you had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
FREAKING EVERYWHERE. You want me to LIMIT it? Ha. No. I want to see Niagra Falls, the Grand Canyon, I want to go back to San Francisco on my own terms and check the place out. I want to see L.A. just to say I've been there. I want to see Moab. I want to see the Everglades and the Bayou. New Orleans *drool*. Devil's Tower. The Appalachian Trail.

Ireland & Scotland. Florence. The Great Wall. The Acropolis. Giza. The Congo. The Amazon. Rio de Janiero. The Serengeti plain. London. The Paris catacombs. Moscow. Monte Carlo.

Yeah, you won't get me to trim that to one, or even five places.