Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Why We Are All Screwed

According to the New York Times, 20% of Americans believe the Sun revolves around the Earth. Thank God FSM that our children will soon be learning Intelligent Design in school so that soon the other 80% of the population will see the truth.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

NY Subway Flasher

A little over a week ago, a flasher on the NYC Subway was caught in the act by a smart thinking woman with a camera phone and the picture was posted on flickr. Then the picture of the as-yet-unidentified flasher makes the front cover of the New York Daily News. Then Daily News columnist Michael Daly writes about the incident. Now the fun part... go to the last link and compare the photos of Michael Daly and the flasher whom he writes about. Or just look below. Separated at birth?


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Bullshit Protector

Don't forget to wear your Bullshit Protector when listening to President Bush..... Iraq... 9/11.... Don't believe the hype.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

An Idea Whose Time Has Come



Beer for kids! Those crazy Japanese!!!!! Sadly, it is non-alcoholic.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

On the fence....

I'm still on the fence about this one.... Maximo Park is playing Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, September 25, 2005, tickets atTicketWeb. But now I find that The Cloud Room is opening. "Apply Some Pressure" is a great track but the rest of the Maximo Park CD just isn't doing it for me. Should I go anyway?

Monday, August 15, 2005

This Could Be You


This Could Be You
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
Sign spotted in Quebec. I think the car has just mortally wonded some kid. This is why I don't live in Canada.....

Windmill Lane Studios circa 1989

Although it's probably not cool to admit, I am a big U2 fan. Since 1985 I have seen them over 20 times. To prove my bona fides, here is a picture of me in December 1989 at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland. I had had a few pints and I think I'm trying to force my way in. Sadly I don't look much different sixteen years later (only older.....).

Sunday, August 14, 2005

No Fun.....


No Fun.....
Originally uploaded by Minimalist.
I guess you're not allowed to have fun anymore at Rutgers University. So what's the minimum fine if I get caught drinking a beer while urinating behind a grease truck the whole time singing loudly and throwing empties over my head? Nothing 'cause I have a PBA card.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Free Tickets


Eisley is performing a free concert at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday, August 16, 2005. Get your free tickets here. I saw them last year . . . I think they were opening for Snow Patrol at Irving Plaza. Definitely worth seeing at this price.

(Photo taken by Base10 and snatched off flickr.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Unfortunate Ad Placement

Last night I watched an episode of "Dirty Jobs" that I had on my TIVO. "Dirty Jobs" is a show on Discovery Channel that sends host Mike Rowe out to tag along with people that have really bad and disgusting jobs. Like road kill cleaner or septic tank specialist. The episode I saw had Mike doing sewer inspections in San Francisco. Mike's down in the sewer pipe, hunched over, with rats running on, over, and around him. The light pans across the arched room of the sewer and it appears to be shimmering and moving. As the camera zooms in we see that the ceiling is covered with roaches. Big honking roaches. Then there is a break and as they go to commercial they announce "This program is brought to you by Red Lobster", followed by a Red Lobster commercial showing a lobster. And damn if that lobster doesn't remind me somehow of a roach.

Metric @ Bowery Ballroom

Tickets for Metric's show at Bowery Ballroom on October 5, 2005 are now onsale.

Other interesting shows coming up are:

8/27/05 Of Montreal @ Northsix
9/2/05 Sons and Daughters @ Mecury Lounge
9/19/05 The dB's @ Maxwell's
9/20/05 The dB's @ Maxwell's
9/30/05 The Hold Steady @ Maxwell's
10/1/05 & 10/2/05 Across the Narrows festival in Brooklyn and Staten Island
10/4/05 Athlete @ Bowery Ballroom
10/4/05 The Decemberists w/Sons and Daughters @ Webster Hall
10/5/05 Bob Mould Band @ Irving Plaza
10/12/05 New Pornographers @ Webster Hall
10/13/05 New Pornographers @ Webster Hall

I will obviously not be attending all of the above shows. I am very disappointed that Bob Mould is playing the same night as Metric. Maybe I'll see Bob in Hamburg on September 9, 2005 at Grunspan instead.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Spinning Capital Punishment

Justice John Paul Stevens gave a speech this weekend where he opined that there are "serious flaws" in the capital punishment system of the various states of the U.S. A look at the recent cases of death row inmates being exonerated gives an idea of the scope of the problem. But leave it to a death penalty supporter to spin this in a positive light: Kent Scheidegger, the legal director of the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, noting that he believes only 20 or 30 innocent people have been exonerated off death row, stated "I wouldn't say that 20 or 30 cases out of 8,000 constitutes a broken system." Yeah right. Tell that to the innocent person awaiting execution.

The Christian Paradox

The August 2005 issue of Harper's Magazine has a must-read article: "The Christian Paradox" by Bill McKibben. An excerpt is available online but I recommend reading the whole article. It tries to answer the questions that have been pissing me off for a long time..... Just where in the teachings of Jesus does it say that greed is good and wealth is better, or that war is acceptable? Why does the U.S., a self-professed "Christian Nation" trail just about all the other developed nations in foreign aid to poor countries, or caring for our own poor. Why did the Christian Coalition of America declare that their top legislative priority was making Bush's 2001 tax cuts permanent? As Mr. McKibben notes:
Taking seriously the actual message of Jesus, though, should serve at least to moderate the greed and violence that mark this culture. It's hard to imagine a con much more audacious than making Christ the front man for a program of tax cuts for the rich or war in Iraq. If some modest part of the 85 percent of us who are Christians woke up to that fact, then the world might change.
Read the article and share it with your bible-thumping neighbors and co-workers.

(Full disclosure: I was raised Catholic but now I worship my cat, Hops, who likes to snuggle with me in the morning, which is pretty much what I am looking for in a deity.)

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Good Canned Beer

Ok, I admit it. I'm a beer snob and the thought of drinking a canned beer frightens me. Well used to frighten me. But not since I tried two beers from the Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado.

Canned Beer

I tried two of their beers in cans. First was Dale's Pale Ale, which is an American Pale Ale. Big head, assertive hoppiness, no tinny aftertaste. Pretty darn good. The New York Times thought so too. But then the Times article gave Dale's 3.5 stars and gave Anchor Liberty Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale only 2 stars ... so obviously the author knows very little about good beer.

The second beer was Old Chub, a Scotch Ale. Malty, complex, and 8% ABV!

I think I might add these beers to the tailgate party rotation this football season.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Metric!


Metric has a new album, "Live It Out", coming out on October 4, 2005 and is playing two NYC shows, 10/5 at Bowery Ballroom and 10/6 at Southpaw. Southpaw tickets are already on sale (I have mine!). For other North American dates, see this Pitchfork article.

One of my favorite CDs of the last two years is "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now". I've seen Metric twice now and each time they were great. Go see them.