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Some Things to Do In 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010 2 comments

I came up with a list of things I want to do in 2011. I hate to use the term “resolution”. I reserve the right to change my mind of any of these without feeling guilty. I didn’t do this last year, so I can’t whether I was successful this year or not.

  • Move. I want to move either to a better place in Starkville or out of Starkville. One or the other is going to happen. The time is right now.
  • Go to my first convention. I want to go to San Diego Comic-con, but if that doesn’t work out I’ll go to Dragon Con in Atlanta.
  • Keep exercising. I’ve lost 45 pounds so far. I just need to keep it up, even if my gym becomes unusable because of all the new people in January. I also want to start strength training.
  • Buy new clothes. I need new clothes, especially new underwear. I hate shopping. The only clothes I get are the ones I get for Christmas presents. I need to change that.
  • Learn something new. I want to learn something new and cool tech-related.  Unfortunately, my job doesn’t provide me with many opportunities to learn new things.
  • Meet new people. Most of the time I’m happy to sit at home, hang out with Reese, and catch up on TV. I just don’t feel like going out. I don’t know how to meet people around here since there’s nothing to do and I’m not a student anymore. It may be that I don’t meet any new people until after I move.
  • Listen to music more often. I listen to too many podcast and neglect the music collection that I’ve spent so much time on.
  • Blog more. I’ve done well this week, but normally I blog only once a month. I want to do better without setting an arbitrary frequency that I might struggle to stick to.

I think these are pretty simple and very doable. Hopefully, I won’t forget to look back at these throughout the year and at the end of the year.

Happy New Year!

Update, 1/5/2011
The title originally said 2001 instead of 2011.  Thanks to Morning Toast for pointing that out.

Summer Time

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 2 comments

As of yesterday, it’s officially summer. Summer used to be my favorite time of the year. I’m sure most of that had to do with being on vacation from school. Summer isn’t as big of a deal now, probably because I haven’t had a summer off from everything since 1997. The thing I associate with summer the most now is the heat. Damn, it’s been hot. But still, summers working for a university in a college town are a little more laid back than the rest of the year.

I don’t have anything excited going on this summer. I didn’t renew my lease on my current place, so I’ll be moving in about a month.

In 2006, I made a Summer Mix CD. I’ve included the track list. I usually bring it out at the beginning of summer and listen to it throughout the season. It’s on my iPod now, so I’ll probably be listening to it even more than normal.

  1. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
  2. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  3. “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
  4. “Whoops Now” by Janet Jackson
  5. “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash
  6. “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
  7. “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow
  8. “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams
  9. “Summer” by War
  10. “Summer Nights” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  11. “Summertime (featuring P Diddy)” by Beyonce
  12. “Girls of Summer” by Aerosmith
  13. “Sex in the Summer” by Prince
  14. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & the Family Stone
  15. “If You Steal My Sunshine” by Len
  16. “Cruel Summer” by Ace of Base
  17. “The Boys of Summer” by The Ataris
  18. “And On And On” by Janet Jackson

Update, 2/23
Oops! I had messed up the name of Sheryl Crow’s song. It’s corrected now.

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The Fixer

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 No comments

Pearl Jam is releasing their new album called Backspacer on September 20 (a Sunday), which is less than 2 weeks away. Of course I’m excited!!! The video for the first single, “The Fixer”, has been on iTunes and Youtube for a couple of weeks now and I can’t stop listening to it.

Earlier this year they were saying this album could end up sounding a lot different than their other ones. Judging by the few songs I’ve heard so far, that could be true. Eddie’s experience with making the Into the Wild soundtrack may have had a little influence on the way it sounds. They made it sound like the lyrics on this album were more straightforward, without all the multiple meanings. I like that. Simplicity can be good.

Take a look at the video. They’re getting so old now :).

The Best Laid Schemes

Monday, July 20th, 2009 1 comment

It looks like that trip to Austin is probably not going to happen. There’s other stuff that’s going to be going on around then. If Austin City Limits was just a couple of weeks later, everything would be fine. It sucks when family and work get in the way of a good time :). It’s okay though. I will go to Texas sooner or later.

I’m Going to Austin City Limits 2009

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 No comments

I’ve been thinking about going to one of the music festivals this summer. All the ones that I saw near here were happening either a little too early (May/June) or a little too late (October). Plus, the lineups were pretty good, but there were only one or two artists that I really wanted to see at each event.

A week or two ago I found out that Pearl Jam was well on their way to finishing a new album and were rumored to be going on tour and also headlining Austin City Limits Music Festival this year. The ACL people didn’t want to confirm that Pearl Jam would be there, but they said it was the worst kept secret around. I went to the website and saw the bands they had confirmed so far. I put that with Pearl Jam and I decided that I need to book a hotel room right away, which I did. The official lineup came out around midnight this morning. It is great!

  • Pearl Jam
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Beastie Boys
  • Ben Harper and Relentless7
  • John Legend
  • Mos Def
  • The B-52s
  • Sonic Youth
  • Coheed and Cambria (don’t know much about them, interested in hearing them)
  • The Virgins (a band I recently discovered)
  • Lily Allen (I keep hearing her name, don’t know any songs)

You can check out the complete lineup here.

The festival takes place Oct. 2-4. Austin, here I come!

Things Change

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 No comments

When I was in college I downloaded a lot of stuff from the Internet using file sharing programs. I hope that saying this here isn’t going to get me in any trouble 🙂 . I downloaded music that way if I wanted to get only one song instead of the full album. I downloaded movies and TV shows. I even downloaded games where you had to get 30-something zip files, unzip them all, and then run a program that would combine the pieces into 1 game.

Now that I have a full-time job and I’m making decent money, I don’t do that anymore. I don’t really have the time or patience. I don’t leave my computer running all the time. Even when I tried to leave it running more so that stuff could download, it would take days or even weeks for it to finish. Why wait hours for a TV show when I can pay $2 and download in less than half an hour or instantly if I’m streaming? Also, when I’m at work and a song pops into my head I’m not going to start up a file sharing program and look for it. I go to Amazon MP3 or iTunes and get it there. The only time I might make an exception is when I check all my legit sources (Amazon MP3, iTunes, Hulu, Netflix Watch Instantly, Xbox Live, DirecTV on Demand, etc) and still can’t find it. That’s pretty rare these days and if it’s a TV show I’ll delete as soon as I’m finished. I have reformed.

Christmas Season 2008

Sunday, December 28th, 2008 No comments

Christmas wasn’t as great this year as the past few years. People just didn’t have money to buy gifts and I just wasn’t feeling the spirit of the season. What did I get?

  • Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
  • Calvin Klein cologne and body wash
  • a nice shirt
  • another gift should be coming

I didn’t realize that people who I thought would be used to animals would react so badly to having a dog around. I guess they like the idea of me having a dog as long as they don’t have to deal with him in person. He had to stay cooped up in 1 room most of the time and he kept whining to get out. This might make going home difficult. It got better, but still. Maybe next year I’ll celebrate in my own home.

Anyway, it’s good to have 2 weeks off from work. I’ve been getting caught up on TV shows that I recorded, movies, and gaming. I’ve still got another week to go.

Amazon MP3

Monday, May 19th, 2008 No comments

I buy songs from iTunes every once in a while. Sometimes a band that I like will release songs exclusively on iTunes. Sometimes I’m at work and I get an urge to hear a song right away and iTunes seemed like the best option in that situation. Now I think I’m going to start using Amazon MP3 when I want to download a song if it’s available there. Why? Because it has no DRM. With iTunes I can only listen to it on one of the 5 computers that are authorized on my account. I don’t even have an iPod. If I get it from Amazon MP3, I can listen to it on any device I want to that plays MP3s. Also, I don’t really like the iTunes software. I REALLY don’t like it.

Amazon just came out with a new widget that you can put on your website that allows people to preview songs. The owner of the website gets a small percentage of each sale. I decided to try it out.