Friday, October 28, 2005

The Great Disappointment

Meri and I just watched a documentary called "The Devil's Playground" about the Amish rumspringa, when Amish children leave the Amish way of life at 16 to decide whether they want to commit their lives to Christ or not. This prompted us to read entry after entry on Wikipedia about various sects (on a Friday night). This, no doubt, was the greatest entry we came across:

Great Disappointment

The Great Disappointment was an event in the early history of certain Christian denominations, when Jesus failed to re-appear on the appointed day of October 22, 1844 as some Christians expected.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

L.A. People?

These pictures freaked the hell out of my family because it still doesn't register with them that a goodfball like me does what I does, so I thought I'd share them with you all.

My last night in L.A. before I move back to the South is this Friday night. I'm havin a little shin dig at my brother's place in Venice. If you're in L.A. and can come, give me a call. 850-293-6240.

And I'm doin well. I'm done with my training down here, got PRK surgery, and am going to a squadron not going anywhere, let alone Iraq, anytime soon.

All of the instruments

Making Music is a OS X app that lets you listen to the sound of all kinds of exotic instruments. It's tied to an online database so it updates with new entries and includes links to online resources. For example, do you know what a Bonangbarung is? I do.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Lord of the Flies (1955)

Author: William Golding

“I am obsessed with Survivor, so I thought it would be fun. WRONG!!! It is incredibly boring and disgusting. I was very much disturbed when I found young children killing each other. I think that anyone with a conscience would agree with me.”

(via Morning News)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Menomena's first music video is online.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Banana Nutrament

The Esso Trinidad Steel band plays I Want You Back.

Linked on Banana Nutrament, a great mp3 blog I just found on Hype-Machine. BN just finished a really good three part series on Noise Fest, the seminal early 80s No Wave festival curated by Thurston Moore including mp3s of live recording from the 9 day festival and a long introduction by Thurston (part 1, part 2, part 3).

The Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals

The Museum of Safety Gear for Small Animals

Friday, October 14, 2005

The New Bond

Daniel Craig Unveiled As New James Bond
Friday October 14 8:54 AM ET

Blond. James Blond.

Daniel Craig, a 37-year-old, sandy-haired Englishman was introduced Friday as the new James Bond, ending months of speculation.

His selection was revealed as he was whisked down the Thames River aboard a military Rigid Raider boat to a news conference.


Craig replaces Pierce Brosnan in the role of the suave spy in "Casino Royale," due in theaters next year.

"It is a huge iconic figure in movie history, and those things don't come along very often," the star said, after posing for photos with producer Barbara Broccoli and director Martin Campbell.

Craig revealed he only discovered on Monday that he had definitely been given the role and had to consider the offer.

"It was difficult, but I tried to think about it like any other job. We have got an incredible script, and that is my first line of attack. Once I had read it, I knew I did not have any choice," he said. "It is a huge challenge, and I think life is about challenges."

The film's producers tried to keep their decision secret, but Craig's mother told the tabloid Sun newspaper she was "thrilled to bits."

Craig is the first blond actor and only the second Englishman to star as Agent 007 in the movie series. (Roger Moore played Bond in seven films from 1973-85.)

Relatively unknown outside Britain, Craig appeared in the landmark 1990s British TV drama "Our Friends in the North" and in films including "The Mother," "Enduring Love" and "Layer Cake."

He played Paul Newman's sinister son in "Road to Perdition," was poet Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow's Sylvia Plath in "Sylvia" and starred in this year's thriller "The Jacket" with Adrien Brody.

Craig is also the tabloids' dream Bond. He once dated headline-grabbing model Kate Moss and has been linked to Sienna Miller, his "Layer Cake" co-star and on-off fiancee of Jude Law.

Producers announced last year that a replacement was being sought for Brosnan, who played Bond in the last four films.

"Daniel is a superb actor who has all the qualities needed to bring a contemporary edge to the role," Broccoli and Campbell said in a statement.

Ian Fleming's first Bond novel, originally published in 1953, "Casino Royale" is one of the few Bond adventures not to feature the MI6 gadget-maker Q. It was previously filmed as a 1967 spoof starring Peter Sellers.

Before Friday, speculation about the new Bond also included British actors Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor, Irishman Colin Farrell and Australians Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana.

"I am looking most forward to actually starting getting on with it, and feeling intimidated about pretty much everything," Craig said. "It is a sort of responsibility, but it is also a huge adventure. I want to get as much out of it as I can."

Campbell said the movie would be "tougher and grittier" with "more character and less gadgets." He said the story would begin with Bond first becoming a "00" agent.

"It is really the arc in which he becomes Bond," Campbell said. "He starts out just having earned his double-0 stripes and comes out at the end the Bond we know and love."

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Pixies Album May Never Happen

Influential indie band The Pixies are stalling over the recording of a new album, for fears of ruining the bands impressive legacy.

The band reformed in 2004 to play live festival shows, which included headlining this years Carling Weekend, and there was talk earlier this year of a new album from the band, the first new studio release since 1991's 'Trompe Le Monde'.

(from Stereoboard)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Cows vs. Dogs

It came from this LiveJournal page, which seems to tell a somewhat disturbing story (well, funny then disturbing then sad). One of you speakers out there want to take a stab at the Russian?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Dolphins Sing the Batman Theme

Gotta love pointless science that sounds like a news report from the Simpsons. . .

Scientists have taught dolphins to combine both rhythm and vocalisations to produce music, resulting in an extremely high-pitched, short version of the Batman theme song.


Starfox ship hidden in Ocarina of Time

Ok, who's still got their old Nintendo 64 and a copy of Ocaring of Time?

Monday, October 03, 2005

This is a long way from newsworthy, but the Clippers just signed somebody named Boniface N'Dong. That is all.

Indietits is a web comic where birds say funny things about music and have snooty indie opinions.