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Songs Not About My Cats

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Or any cats.  I don’t have cats.  But I do have an entry in need of a title.

Bobby said that he noticed that I haven’t posted any music in a while.  Well Bobby, I noticed that you don’t even have a blog.  (Your name isn’t a link!)  Get on that.

Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass

Lily Allen – Don’t Get Me Wrong

Bat For Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do

The Blakes – Two Times

Bloc Party – Hunting For Witches (Ruckus Roboticus Remix)

Familjen – Det Snurrar I Min Skalle

Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life

Earlimart – Happy Alone

Electric Six – Down At McDonnelzz

You! I wanna take you to a gay bar McDonnelzz!

Enon – Mirror on You

The Fiery Furnaces – Ex-Guru

The Gossip – Careless Whisper

Jens Lekman – Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo

Holy Fuck – Lovely Allen

Fan video.

Holy Ghost! – Hold On

Not really a video at all.

Hot Chip – Shake A Fist

Not really a video at all. Part II.

Juanes – A Dios le pido

Lethal Bizzle – Police On My Back

Los Campesinos – You! Me! Dancing!

Lupe Fiasco – Little Weapon

M.I.A. – Jimmy

This song and “Paper Planes” are all you need from Kala.

Maxi Geil! & PlayColt – Making Love in The Sunshine

I complained last March that YouTube didn’t have a video for this song. But I was just a little early. So here it is. Much later.

Kylie Minogue – Wow

Oh Kylie, stop singing about me.

A Mountain of One – Ride

Róisín Murphy – Overpowered

Pleasure – Back to You

Robert Pollard – The Killers

Olivia Ruiz – J’traîne des pieds

Sons & Daughters – Gilt Complex

Christophe Willem – Double Je

Written by Barry

January 26, 2008 at 3:32 am

Posted in Music

An Old Man

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On the connecting flight from Atlanta to Orlando, I saw a man wearing a baseball cap that celebrates the 50th anniversary of some company I’ve never heard of and hearing aides.  Dude’s old.  And I found myself wondering what it would be like when I’m at that age.

Then I thought: what’s the point in knowing what’s going to happen?

Maybe the point of living is to find out what’s going to happen.

And perhaps then, the meaning of life is its search.1

(Iz dat sum recursive meaning of life?)

So yeah, I went to Disney World.  Joe asked me if I wanted to go.  I’ve never been.  So I went.

Disney World in a word is–this is the obvious choice: fake.  Not quite Michael Jackson fake; definitely Las Vegas fake.

Here are some pictographics.

lego dragon
Lego Dragon outside the Lego store in Downtown Disney.

it's a small world entrance
I’m pretty sure “it’s a small world” was created by people on drugs for people on drugs.  And children.

tim in a small world
“OMG it’s it’s a small world!”

ball of steel
Which is better: one giant ball of steel or two?  You decide.

balance act
You lose your balance as you get older.  Not that I was able to place multiple bowls on my right leg, kick them up, and catch them with my head, while balancing myself on a unicycle with my left leg when I was at her age.

strong girls
Pffftt, so easy even kids could do it.

jump ropes
Oh kids these days with their eXtreme jump ropes.

the world
AROUND THE WORLD, AROUND THE WORLD

That globe can actually open up, revealing its delicious chocolate core.  It’s part of the fireworks show at Epcot

fireworks
The fireworks I saw at Disney World were the best I’ve seen.  Probably because I’ve never seen any truly impressive firework shows before.  (Capturing fireworks with a point-and-shoot camera and without a tripod was difficult.)

backwards jump
The car was actually jumping in reverse (left to right in the photo).  Kind of.  This was during a show about car chase stunts.

fireball
That red car is in that fireball somewhere, about to jump out.  That fire was warm.  It felt good.

Mickey Mouse
Mickey is gonna eff you up!

bald eagle
It was delicious.

tigers
HOLY SHIT TIGERS GET IN THE CAR!

dancers on stilts
The dancers on stilts were my favorite during the parade at Animal Kingdom because their movements were exaggerated.

A lot of times I wondered about the people who work at Disney World.  It’s a place where there are parades and fireworks everyday.  What is it like to watch or be in a parade everyday?

And then there’s the constant music.  You’re taking a piss.  Music.  You’re walking somewhere.  Music.  You’re wondering WTF is with the constant music everywhere.  Music.

merry-go-round
FUCK YEAH CAROUSEL

It was pretty fun.  I’m too old for some of it, but not all of it.  Some rides and shows were fun and imaginative, and some other not so much.

And of course, a big thanks to Joe for making it happen.

1 I don’t read much philosophy, so if you know which philosopher said this first, please leave a comment. [return]

Written by Barry

January 21, 2008 at 4:04 am

Posted in General

Turbo Time!

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I had a dental appointment this morning.  As I was sitting in the dental chair, waiting, and looking at my surroundings, I noticed a “ultrasonic scaler”.  And on it, a turbo button.

A freakin’ TURBO BUTTON!

Maybe I’m weird, but I expect dental and medical equipments to be little more, oh I don’t know, scientific.  Numbers and units.  Preferably in metric.

“Ok nurse, we gonna need more power!  Prepare for Turbo Mode.”

If I have the opportunity, I’d totally make medical equipments with dials that go to 11.  With Overdrive buttons.  For them blinking lights.

Written by Barry

January 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Posted in General

Cramer Wins

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As with the year 2006, I picked a list of stocks for 2007. But this time I limited it to only ten. During end of ’06 and beginning of ’07, I was visiting TheStreet.com regularly–something I’ve long since stopped–so a few stocks mentioned by Jim Cramer made it into the list. Two of those three are the top two finishers.

SVNT made huge gains in the second half of December, otherwise it would have ended fairly flat for the year. That isn’t so bad when considering six of the ten are in the negatives. Of course, this assumes buy-and-hold for the year. All the stocks have been positive at some point… you can see in the Yahoo! Finance chart below that LCUT was the top performer for a long time (and made me regret for not buying it) before it plunged. Even NYX was up initially. :-P

Giving equal weight to each, the list is up 4.57% for the year, beating the Russell 2000 and S&P 500, but lag behind the Dow and the Nasdaq, and a savings account.

Here are the numbers and colors.

Symbol Closing Price 12/29/06 Closing Price 12/31/07 % Change
SVNT $11.21 $22.97 104.91%
TMO $45.29 $57.68 27.36%
CVH $50.05 $59.25 18.38%
ANF $69.02 $79.97 15.86%
NYX $97.20 $87.77 -9.70%
MKSI $22.58 $19.14 -15.23%
KFY $22.96 $18.82 -18.03%
LCUT $16.43 $12.98 -21.00%
LMC $12.31 $9.59 -22.10%
INT $44.46 $29.03 -34.71%

stock chart

I’m not gonna bother again this year.

Disclaimer and Disclosure
I make web pages for a living, so don’t ever listen to me about investments. I currently do not hold any of the mentioned stocks.

Written by Barry

January 1, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Posted in General