Xbox. I got one. Used, but a great deal. I have to give props to my wife, she’s the one who found it on craigslist. So far I like Halo 2 and Farcry, looking to get a few more games down the road. I don’t see why there’s already next-gen next gen consoles. The Xbox (For that matter the Gamecube and even possibly the PS2) still has tons of life left in it. The 360 only seems to have HD and the whole live thing going for it. Meh.

Good Music

So here’s a list of the top 10 songs I’ve been listening to. I though I would compile this little list and give you something to look for when browsing the local music store. Those still exist right? Ok, so I’ve also added links to the iTMS. -) This isn’t totally accurate as I often can only remember the most recent songs I’ve listened too. We’ll chalk that up to short-term memory loss. I’ve decided to highlight a few songs that really stand out and recommend you take a look listen to them.

One Beat by Sleater-Kinney

These chicks know how to rock. There’s something I enjoy in the visceral singing and the intelligent lyrics. It’s good to rock out to and good to study.

Calm Down by Psapp

I heard this song in a commercial. For a car. Or insurance. Or car insurance. Regardless of it’s auditory origins in my musical library I like this song. It’s different and charming. It reminds me of a music box. The kind with synths.

Where Is My Mind? by Pixies

This song is a few years old. (released in ‘89) I first heard it on the Fight Club soundtrack, forgot about it, and the rediscovered it a few months back. The album this song is off of features a topless woman on the cover. So that makes it into this list by default. I imagine this was recorded in someone’s garage, before that got trendy and popular.

Montserrat by Orquestra Del Plata

Electronica meets Jazz meets Tango. I can’t really describe it better than that. I wish the artist would release more music like this. This actually comes of an album titled Bajofondo Tango Club which features various Tango artists.

Something New by Mint Royale

Ok, I love the duet (?) in this song. The chorus is a light woman’s voice attempting to reassure the British male vocals that everything between them will be ok.

“You don’t know me now, so don’t judge me how
Can’t and never will, if you don’t listen
To the words I’ve said, your just scared cause
I’m something new”

The male vocals raps back with the following:

“This is my way, can’t you see
I live my way, let me be
Can’t judge what you don’t know
My life I’m free, so let me go
This is my way, how I’m livin’
I do it my way, you should listen
Don’t judge if your not sure
I’m just me no less no more”

They’re both contrasting musical styles and yet they seem to work well together.

One Million Miles Away by J. Ralph

Labeled as New Age on the iTMS, I find this to be somewhere more along the lines of contemporary orchestration. The artist has no formal musical training, which goes to show…something regarding talent and musical ability…

Headlock by Imogen Heap

My new favorite Imogen Heap song. I like how the first time you hear the chorus; it’s light and makes you think the whole song will sound rather calm. The second time turns into a louder, rising, version.

Last Living Souls by Gorillaz

It’s Gorillaz. Most of what they create is good. IMHO. I like how the high-pitched synth turns into a nice violin sample toward the end. Nice.

Short Stacks by The Ditty Bops

Unlike Wishful Thinking (next on this list) this sounds less like bluegrass folk and more like easy listening alternative bluegrass folk.

Wishful Thinking by The Ditty Bops

The Ditty Bops are the only band to make it on the list twice. There’s a good reason for that. I just bought their album and have been listening to it a lot. Oh, and their music is some of the most refreshing music I’ve listened to in a long time. Abby and Amanda rock the mandolin…

That’s it. I’m done. Just remember this list when you’re looking for something new.


I’m in love with a TV show. The entire cast, the crew, the sets, the music, the dialogue, the characters. Everything. It’s brilliant, for lack of a better description. The characters come from all sorts of backgrounds and are thrust into living with one another on this freaking weird ass island. Some come to hate others, some to love. There’s tons of suspense and intrigue and enough strangeness to give the show an almost X-files vibe. The first season was really awesome and the second season seems to be picking up. At least whenever ABC decides to air the rest of the episodes, in two weeks! Ok, I’m done geeking out. You should watch this show…whoever you are.


John is a cool guy. I call him “The Great Manipulator”. I think that in another life he was some hugely successufl politician who got tons of chicks and lived a life of great women, wine and song.

Blog Updates

Someone says i should update my blog more often. So here’s an update.

Two things happened yesterday. First, I took my last final and turned in the last paper for this semester. That felt great. It’s like a huge weight has been lifted….well, that was cliche. I only have one more semester of school left, and that consists of only one German class. Yay. It felt really good to be able to say, “Yeah I can do that, I have free time!”

Second, I saw my daughter move. Now, I know that in upon itself isn’t some hugely miracilous thing. For me though, it is. I’ve heard her move, I’ve felt her move, but I’ve never seen her move. It was awesome. Her little foot/arm appendage zipped across her little space and I SAW IT! Jackie thought I was freaking out, but in reality I was just amazed. It helped to solidify just a little more how we’ve created a new person. A person that has never existed before and will do great things on this planet. Listen to me, I’m already a Proud Father(TM)

Tonight I’m going to se Syriana with Tim. I’m stoked.