You know, I'm almost certain that if better pre-construction investigation had been done, they could have found a better spot to build a hotel, a botique, and a swinging hotspot. A brownfield, or an area needing redevelopment. Both of which would have had better infrastructure and transit, which could have allowed for a smaller parking lot, or completely removed the need to put it up in the first place.

(ref: Counting Crows (cover) and Joni Mitchell (original))
They Might Be Giants' album Flood came out 20 years ago Tuesday.

I realized this when I re-listened to the album today and the intro was talking about "a brand new record for 1990.

Everybody who feels old now raise your hand.
What's the word for something that is ridiculous, yet awesome, amd too busy being awesome to be worried about ridiculous? And it's not ironic, or it's so ironic it's gone through to the other side and is sincere, because sincerity when people are expecting irony is as ironic as you can get.

Like Meat Loaf's music, which is ridiculously epic, but completely sincere in being awesome. I suspect some other bands, like Dragonforce may count, it depends on how ironic you credit them as being, I guess.
Fire in the Sky. Every. Single. Time.

But I don't feel at all bad about that. Buzz Aldrin did too when he heard it. On national TV.

A downloadable version, and some of the rest of the songs, which were commissioned by the National Space Society, can be found here.

100 Years

Nov. 23rd, 2009 04:54 pm
While there's lots of times that looking at something that happened and saying "It won't mean a thing in a hundred years" is helpful, since it lends perspective, I'd really like to do something in my life that would mean something in a hundred years.
A music video, remixed from COSMOS, History Channel's Universe, interviews with Richard Feynman, and many others. It's awesome. Really awesome.

Here's another, with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking
Apparently, I can make myself more more productive (or at least feel that way) by putting on a Pandora station full of ridiculously epic fantasy metal by Dragonforce and their ilk.

I'm not sure what that means, if anything.
So, Dr. Steel? Total Son of Aether. Especially the video interview parts, where I find I agree with more than a little of his justification of world domination. Mostly the part where he's the one in charge, not me. :)
Today is obviously power music day. Dinosaur Comics and Slacktivist are both about power music and/or the power of music today.

Personally, I'm a huge sucker for big epic power music, be it ballands, metal, or whatever. Including Journey. There's just something about big epic musical awesome things. Probably that they're big epic and awesome.
Okay, getting back into the swing of things here, something cool I found on the Internets.

The Clockwork Cabaret, "Music of Gears for Steampunk Ears" A radio show on a little community station out of North Carolina at midnight once a week, consisting of the darling Davenport Sisters, Klaude and Emmet, who play music, fight an international conspiracy, and talk about Nikola Telsa's laser eyes. Seriously, it's awesome. And there's 50+ encephalopodcasts so you can catch up or just have something to listen to at work.

And they host events in their hometown, which make me wish I lived closer and had the money to make a proper costume. Soon, perhaps.

They also have a myspace page and other stuff, all linked off that page. Enjoy!
So today there was a song with part of the chorus, "someday we'll find out why the sky is blue."

Totally threw me off. Because, dude, seriously? We KNOW why the sky is blue. We've known for years. It's one of the basic facts explained in kids encyclopedias. So why's it still getting thrown around like that?


Mar. 7th, 2008 11:22 am
I'm as old as Paul McCartney was when the Beatles put out their last album.
I give you, Trans Siberian Orchestra and choreographed lights.

The same guy also did Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) the year before.

I should never have gotten curious and created a Pandora station for DragonForce.

I've been rocking out to gloriously ridiculous metal for hours now.
I just got back from seeing Jonathan Coulton (his site was down during the show, but seems to be up now) with Paul and Storm at the Birchmere in Arlington.

It was fucking AWESOME. Paul & Storm, it turns out, are two of the dudes who used to be in Da Vinci's Notebook, which I didn't know. They were funny and awesome, and Jonathan Coulton was fucking awesome, and also funny. They packed the place, which was over 400 people, and there were two standing ovations and an encore of two songs.

Some highlights.
- The Birchmere is a really cool venue, and decorated all sorts of interestingly.
- Meeting up with [ profile] kjatar, and his friend and friend's girlfriend, whose names I have shamefully forgotten. [ profile] kjatar looks a little like Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2. Not how I expected for someone I've known online for an absurd amount of time. Also, they helped by saving us good seats.
- Paul and Storm singing their song "Opening Band" and getting to the line of not having panties thrown at them. Three sets were subsequently thrown on stage.
- One of which was a pair of men's briefs.
- One of the others of which was a minuscule thong, which Paul called an eyepatch, and said he'd have worn as an eyepatch, but his wife wouldn't have approved.
- Paul and Storm's audience participation pirate song, and the varieties of "ARRR!"s involved from the audience.
- A wiseass in the audience (not me) called out "Freebird!" and Paul and Storm played it, with a few modifications, and the audience waved their cell phones since only like two guys had lighters.
- Apparently many people in the front had coordinated to bring plush octopi and monkeys (and a jellyfish and a toucan?) to which they'd pinned $1 bills, or notes.
- One of the notes was a guy asking him to play a bachelor party in Vegas, in exchange for a room and travel fare and such.
- This led to a comment about Neil Diamond already turning the bachelor party down, which led to a really awesome singalong of "Sweet Caroline" with no preparation.
- The audience response part of "Re: Your Brains".
- Getting my CDs signed by Jonathan Coulton, who seems to be a really nice dude, and was willing to talk to a big line of fans and sign all sorts of things even though it meant he didn't get out till midnight, and overall seems a really cool dude.
- The Awesome.

More details later. Sleep now. Also later, picture.
You ever have one of those moments where you're sitting and listening to music at almost two in the morning, and then a song comes on and there's just something about that song and that moment that just hits you right there? Something about the music and the lyrics and the whole of the moment that just coalesces into a little nugget of truth and beauty you can't deny?

So, Music

Jan. 9th, 2007 02:30 pm
Anybody have any good suggestions for music like from Firefly? Because the music in Firefly was awesome. The music in Serenity wasn't bad, but it wasn't the same kind of awesome mix of cowboy/asian/middle eastern/etc music that Firefly had. There's the soundtrack, but that's only one disc. And it's not nearly enough if for background music if I end up running a Firefly/Serenity RPG, really. I have a little bit of international music that might suffice, but I need more. Suggestions, anyone?

Also, Steven Brust is apparently writing/has written a licensed book set in the Firefly universe. I'm excited!
I think "Gotta kick at the darkness 'till it bleeds daylight." has got to be one of the best lines in a song, ever.
I totally need to name my chapters after rock songs.

In no particular order and off the top of my head, It's the End of the World as We Know It and Rock and Roll Dreams Come True have to be used. I guess naming chapters might come easier after I write them. But I'm open to suggestions for good names!




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