Sunday, November 28, 2010

...*I* Could be Scared of Jeffrey...

Diddy's acting skills are improving. He's actually changing his facial expression every now and again. That look on his face when he runs up to the furry wall is priceless.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...I Am Thankful...

Because these are still the best holiday specials around!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Have a safe and happy holiday!

I am thankful for...
36. birthday well wishes (thank you all so much- it's nice to feel special)
37. birthdays in general (it's like getting "new year's day" twice!)
38. autumn leaves
39. new furniture
40. senses
41. sensibilities
42. cinnamon flavored candy canes
43. fruit flavored candy canes
44. my savings account
45. hooded coats
46. free express delivery (Come on, "Decoded" I'm waiting--)
47. extra long hair pins
48. over-the-knee socks
49. "old-fashioned" pencils
50. pencil sharpeners
51. the lightbulb
52. fish

Sunday, November 21, 2010

...These Get Bonus Points for Creativity...

I first saw this video a couple months ago.  (3Oh!3 "Double Vision)
It's not the first video I've seen using an overhead shot with players on the floor looking up, but it's definitely one of the best executed. I love details, and the small details in this- from the sidebar and header ads (Mile High Airlines??) to the "rainbow pizza" --are amazing. It's nice to see something different.

The creative use of angles kind of made me think of another outstanding video. (Audiobullys "Only Man")

audiobullys - only man from EL NINO on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

...November is NOT Nitwit Month...

Little odd things have popped up more within the last few weeks that made me think there had been some kind of national declaration to act a fool this month. Let me assure that is not true. November is not Nitwit Month, nor is December, or January, and if you really like to plan ahead, February through October are out of the question as well.

George Bush

You cheated your way into office- twice, sucked an entire country’s economy into the gutter, and started a second Vietnam but “one of the most disgusting” moment of your presidency was when Kanye West said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”? Really? That was on your list?


What he must have been thinking: “Ha, ha. From all the way up here they look just like little black ants drowning. Hee hee hee.”

Sunday, November 14, 2010

...Oh Yeah...It was Worth the Wait...

The best thing about N*E*R*D is that every single song on every single album is different, and every song is your favorite for as long as it plays.

Happily, "Nothing" might reflect this best of all.

It works well because one of the things I’ve always liked about Pharrell’s voice is that it’s the perfect blend and fluctuation of 60s soul, 70s funk, 80s punk, 90s smooth and 21st century pop. It sounds like everything and still completely unique and like nothing you’ve ever heard.

Musically, the Neptunes didn’t fail to recreate the magic we all love and expect. I hear it and I'm still lovely, someplace wonderful, feeling amazing. Even the hard stuff makes you feel something good. Who needs drugs or alcohol when you can get high and buzzed off the Neptunes?

So this isn’t really a review as much as it’s a ticker tape of initial reactions. It's impossible to "review" NERD, you just feel one variation of good or another about it.

And when you see the Chad Head, please know there is Chaz-ama-phone* involved and you are likely to love it automatically as a result. Oh, and I don’t know who Jason Carder is yet, but he rocks, too.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

...I Know What Boys Like...

A guy friend read my marriage post and had the nerve to ask me “Well what do you bring to the table?” I mean, really, the audacity.

The answer is, uh, well, nothing.  Or at least nothing that a guy actually wants.

Oh sure, they say they want a smart girl, or someone with class and independence, but as soon as a ditzy skank that lives at home with her mom and survives off of child support payments walks by, you guys will run over that smart chick to jump in line with all the other knuckleheads for your trip on the hoe train. Yeah, I said it.

I have actually been knocked to the floor by a guy running to grab the attention of some girl in a restaurant. A fat with no booty and a sideways hairweave-wearing chick. It wasn’t even human hair. It was like, Family Dollar bag o’hair. And she just giggled at me being picked up off the floor by the manager while she rattled off her phone number to plow-boy.

I can only take comfort in assuming that one of them has given the other one an STD by now, so score one for the funny looking nerdy girl.

So what do you boys really like?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

...Pharrell, Chad, and Shae, I want to Squeeze Your...

Photos: James Sutton
…Upper bodies in the best hugs ever. (What did you think I was going to say?)

Not just because you’re all so physically cute and who wouldn’t want to climb all over you- which reminds me of a dream I once had about the four of us in a kiddie pool filled with jell-o… wait, what was I saying?

Oh yeah, I’d like to hug you as a sincere sign of my appreciation for the years of phenomenal music you’ve given to music lovers everywhere. Extra squeezes for Neptunes productions.

So if you ever read this - and you probably won’t but it’s my blog and I’ll fantasize if I want to- use your imagination and feel the love and the warmth I’m sending you. We’ll call them spirit hugs.

I'd like to think that’s a good name for them, since music is a spirit. It can move you do think and feel things. It can move you to decision and action. It can move you to just sit still and be calm, and sometimes we really need that.

I posted this picture on my other blog because astonishingly, it was almost the literal depiction of what I feel when I hear the Neptunes: I’m somewhere pretty, looking at something beautiful, feeling something wonderful.

I can’t think of any other artists that have managed to do this for me consistently over the years. When I think of how many areas of my life are better than they could be thanks to wonderful music, why shouldn’t I be grateful?

We have family, we have friends, loved ones and lovers, but not all of those people really get into your soul. They don’t all lift you, or warm you from the inside, or give you chills in all the right places. And if they do, I’m willing to bet they don’t do it all the time.

But music has always done that for me. It touches me all over and stimulates every part of me. On my worst days when I felt like I had nothing, I still had music. And when I thought I was being called and did some serious consideration in joining a convent, do you know what stopped me? I would have had to give up music. I was willing to give up everything else, but there was no way I was giving up music.

It’s not just N*E*R*D/Neptunes, but I mention them specifically here because of a recent conversation I had with someone. An idiot. Since I listen to pretty much every genre, and the guys have musically gifted us in just about every genre, I have a special kind of love for them.

If there is something that you especially love, and someone is kind enough to give it to you often and just as you like, then you should say “thank you.” It’s not (as it was so aptly put to me) d---ridin. It’s called appreciation, respect, good manners. That idiot doesn’t know how lucky he is that I have such good manners.

Anyway, Pharrell, Chad, and Shae, bless you, and thank you.

And thanks to IdantotheK for compiling these

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

...I'll Hold My Breath and Wade Through It...

It went from weeks going by, to days, and now it seems like only hours or minutes go by before I slide just a little bit further.

In semi-significant news, I voted.

And as I write this it’s looking like none of my players won. I should have known something was up based on all the people that showed up at my job in blackface for Halloween.We spent eight years being dragged down into the sewer, and now people expected us to climb out in two years.

Never mind that we went from having a perfectly fine economy and budget surplus in 2001 to falling into the gutter and having a budget deficit in the trillions by 2009. Someone's got to hang today, it might as well be that guy.  And if they think they can do a better job and in a shorter time, then I will expect my next paycheck to reflect that.

I signed up for the vote tracker through a couple years back and if you knew what your representatives voted, you would definitely have had your butt at the polls. I also use a lot of sources to do my research before I vote including Some of those candidates were just scary. But they won. How? I voted a little after 1 in the afternoon and I was only number 103. Six hours into election day, and only 103 voters in my precinct. I would ask you how that could possibly be, but if you were too lazy to vote, I doubt you have enough energy to answer my question.

In less-significant news, but still darn important to me, when the numbers come out next week and they say Taylor Swift has the number one record, they will be lying. Or else basing their results on shipped CDs rather than actual sales. I hit seven different stores today looking for the new N*E*R*D, and found nearly nothing. (No, not punny.)

Monday, November 1, 2010

...You Must Remember This...

Just two things- -

First, Vote. --  Tomorrow, November 2, is an election day.

If you go to almost any forum, newspaper website, or just read online articles in general, you’ve probably noticed that some of the most sharp shooting (right or left) shooters are always the people making the most noise. They comment repeatedly, answer all the other commenters, and have an aura of excitement about being full of rage.

I promise you those people will be at the polls tomorrow, but will you?

I know sometimes it feels like your vote doesn’t count. We’ve watched a couple of people cheat their way into office over the years. And the point of the electoral college? Still not sure. But sometimes voting is less about making sure you get what you want, and more about making sure you don’t get what you don’t want. Just ask those Tea Party people. Or anyone that votes religiously for Dancing with the “Stars.”

Second, tomorrow, at last, is the day I’ve been waiting for all spring and summer:

N*E*R*D’s “Nothing” CD will finally be in stores.

Now did one of my music leak friends send me a zipped version of the whole CD at the end of last week? Yep.

Did I download it?

Darn right I did.

I thought of waiting so I could be “surprised” but I figured I could be surprised tomorrow or I could be surprised right away. And since the one of the earlier tentative titles of this CD was “Instant Gratification” I told myself that the boys in the band would have wanted it this way.

I’m still buying tomorrow, and I hope you pick up a copy, too.

I still have the belief that if I keep buying the stuff I enjoy, then record companies will eventually figure it out and give me more of it. Everyone swears they can’t stand Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne or Justin Bieber, but guess what? According to their record sales, a lot of those people are liars.

I have the day off and a late morning doctor’s appointment so I’ll have plenty of time in the morning to go vote, and pick up “Nothing” and Bilal’s “Airtight’s Revenge”

I don’t want to give you a full review (yet) but please, please, when you buy- and this is important- please buy the Deluxe Edition. Those bonus tracks are astounding, and you don't want to miss out.

If you tell me that you didn’t like “Sacred Temple” the minute it got started, then I don’t know if we can be friends anymore. I mean, really, it’s that good.