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June 30, 2007

Happy 22nd Birthday, Michael Phelps




The 2008 Olympics are just a summer away, and I can't wait. I'm a huuuuuuuge Olympics freak, and swimming is probably my favorite event (odd, considering I'm an awful swimmer). And I've been a little obsessed with Michael Phelps since his 2000 debut at Sydney when he was a 15-year-old geek.


Here's Phelps's official site.


Below: a little YouTube interview showing off his lisp.

(Deeper sigh.)


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June 29, 2007

(Video Intermission) pt. 6: New Wave Extravaganza

Tonight's '80s theme: chilly & electronic.

(1) John Foxx, "Underpass"

(2) B-Movie, "Nowhere Girl"

(3) O.M.D., "Electricity"

(4) Gary Numan, "I Die You Die"

(5) Simple Minds, "Sweat In Bullet"

(6) Ultravox, "Vienna"

(7) Icehouse, "We Can Get Together"

(8) Spoons, "Nova Heart"

(9) Visage, "The Damned Don't Cry"

(10) Images In Vogue, "Lust For Love"

(11) Classix Nouveaux, "Guilty"

(12) Real Life, "Send Me an Angel"

(13) A Flock of Seagulls, "Nightmares"

(14) The Fixx, "Stand Or Fall"

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June 15, 2007

Just Listed on Amazon...

Eight months away....


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June 14, 2007

15 Time-Wasting Websites


(1) Flash Face

(2) Sheep Tranquilizer

(3) Their Circular Life

(4) Which Photo Do You Like Better?

(5) Tell 'Em What To Say

(6) Zombie Apocalypse!

(7) Geek?

(8) Where Did the Time Go?

(9) Paint Names

(10) Cassette Labels

(11) Which Is Better?

(12) Misspelled Signs

(13) Don't Hit the Boundary!

(14) What Should I Read Next?

(15) Typing Test Extravaganza

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June 04, 2007

(Video Intermission) pt. 5: MOGWAI

Mogwai, from Scotland, are one of my most favorite, favorite, favorite bands. I often listen to them softly when I'm writing and very loudly when I'm driving. Once upon a time there were whispers that they might contribute to the soundtrack of, or even score, the Mysterious Skin film (while it's disappointing that they didn't, it's ultimately wondrous that Robin and Harold did). One of my coolest memories is seeing an early cut of a scene from the film--the character Neil running through the dark streets of NYC after a bad hustling pickup--that Gregg had synched with the most raucous moments of "Ratts of the Capital" (my favorite Mogwai song). Anyway... the band makes really great videos, too. Today I'm saluting them.

Friend of the Night (director: Woof Wan-Bau):

Hunted By a Freak (director: Plates Animation):

Stanley Kubrick (director: Brian Griffin):

Travel Is Dangerous (director: Monkmus):

Dial: Revenge:

Summer (live):

Tracy (beautifully directed by a fan from Mexico and posted on YouTube):

the trailer for Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (for which Mogwai composed the music):

and, a fantastic tiny segment from a live video of their classic Mogwai Fear Satan, where, about 40 seconds in, you can get an idea of the ear-exploding dynamics of the band's concerts:

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