September 2009


Been getting a noticeable amount of traffic lately. Nothing overwhelming or jaw dropping,but enough of number to make me nod approvingly since I don’t really do anything to promote this blog. And enough, as you may have noticed, to make me decide to change up the look a little bit. Granted, most of that traffic is coming because of my cheap Erin Andrews name dropping, which may be due for a change since she’s done Oprah and once you do Oprah you’ve pretty much peaked. Unless another scuzzy peephole naked video hits the internet…but that’s neither here nor there.
EDITORS NOTE – Update – 10:00AM  Sept 30 – Obviously that Erin Andrews/cheap hits box has been changed since I posted this. I will now use it to recommend a particular album I’m currently listening to on perpetual repeat.

Anyway, trying to figure out exactly what direction I want to go in…or if I even want to go in any direction at all. Some things I’ve kicked around adding as occasional/random features are:

  • a monthly podcast of some sort
  • creating and uploading “mixtapes” of some of my favorite music
  • working on getting some interviews (authors, etc)

…just to name a few.

Pretty much everything and anything is a possibility at this point. I don’t know that I’ll ever get back to my 2, 3, 4 updates a day frequency of the first month or two of this blog but i’m going to try and make an effort to update more frequently than I have been. So, keep checking back. You never know at this point what might show up.

I’ve been meaning to write about “Basterds” for a couple of weeks now but, as you may have noticed, updates have been sparse and thin lately. Life gets in the way sometimes.

Anyway, long story short: I really really dig this movie. Are there things about it that irked me? Sure. If you haven’t seen the movie and want to you might want to skip the next little bit…

The thing that really aggravates me? Nowhere NEAR enough focus on the actual “Natzee” killin Basterds. I know Tarrantino plays by his own rules and it’s his M.O. to split the story and focus MORE on what you’d think would be the secondary story (even though it all ties together in the end)  but even the most fevered fan would have to admit it’s a bit of a pisser that QT’s “WW2 Guys on a Mission” DREAM project that he’s been talking about/writing/making in some form or another for damn near 15 years would actually feature more of the actual guys on an actual mission.

With that in mind it has to be said; When the Basterds are on screen it is truly great. Brad Pitt of course is the draw here and he doesn’t fall flat. His accent is WAY over the top but something about it just adds to the character, it’s as vital to him as the big ass knife he uses with vigor in the movie.

I’m not going to bore you with a full blown review, because by this point if you’re interested in the movie you’ve probably already read all the reviews you need. I just felt it necessary to talk about a movie that I really did thoroughly enjoy that as of right now ranks next to “The Hangover” as one of the two best movies I’ve seen this year.

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beatles7A video game. A re-released and remastered music catalog. Renewed interest in the most influential musicians of all time. Somebody paying $17,000+ for a custom Beatles Xbox…wait…what??

…a limited edition “The Beatles: Rock Band” Xbox 360 console. The rare Xbox 360 console featuring illustrations from the eye-popping cinematic intro to “The Beatles: Rock Band” attracted more than 110 bids from around the globe, finally raising $17,300 for the charity in its 10 day online auction.

With $17,300 raised from the auction of the first limited edition Xbox 360 console, Doctors Without Borders will be able to purchase the equipment needed to carry out 86,500 immunizations using auto-disposable syringes, or purchase enough emergency kits composed of drugs and medical supplies to meet the basic needs of more than 2,800 people for 15 days in the aftermath of a disaster. Only a small number of these numbered, Beatles-themed Xbox 360 consoles will ever be available to the public with all proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders. Information on the release of the remaining limited edition consoles in regions worldwide is coming soon to http://www.xbox.com/thebeatlesrockband.
-FULL ARTICLE HERE-

In a word; WOW.

I love the Beatles as much as the next Beatles fan…but 17 grand for a custom Xbox console that, well, only a customized case as far as I know? That’s ABSURD. At least the money was for a good cause and going 100% to charity though.

Speaking of Beatlemania 2.0; I got around to diving into the remasters today. I’ve decided to try and buy remastered albums i’ve never owned a physical copy of first. I settled on the White Album because I currently don’t own a copy of it, or at least I didn’t before earlier this afternoon. I had a copy of it at one time…but over the years i’ve somehow managed to lose it. I’m not sweating it though, the newly remastered stereo version is fantastic. Lush and full sounding a PROPER representation of what the Beatles could do. Up next on my to get list?  Rubber Soul.

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I’m not ashamed to admit i’m a borderline sneaker fiend. I grew up a sneaker fiend, which of course died out when I got older and got a family of my own which is where my money needs to go. And it does. But that doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy keeping up with things in “the sneaker game” via the power of the internet.

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