Sunday, November 28, 2010

Over It?

For some reason, I've completely lost interest in taking photographs over the last year or two.  I have no idea where my digital camera is, and whenever I find it, I'll be surprised by whatever the last photo is on there.  Birthdays, gatherings, holidays and so much more comes and goes and I have zero interest in taking a photograph of anything.  I doubt this has anything to do with having a camera that's 7 years old.  I think it's some kind of subconscious psychological decision my brain made to rebel against...something?  I don't mind posing for photos but just don't expect me to take or upload photos of anything that happened in the last two years.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Camp Freddy

I bought tickets for two Camp Freddy shows next month and I am beyond excited.  Who the hell is Camp Freddy, you ask?  Well, I came across some YouTube videos a couple of years ago and kind of forgot about them.  I was interested but they don't do that many shows.  Then I found out they do a weekly residency in December at the Roxy but we couldn't make it last year.  So, I've been waiting patiently and started checking their website until they announced the show dates for next month so The Wife and I will be going to see them on 12/10 and 12/17.

Still, who the hell is Camp Freddy?  Camp Freddy is a core group of musicians that get together and play cover songs - the band features Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Chili Peppers), Billy Morrison (The Cult, Circus Diablo), Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette) and Donovan Leitch, Jr. (son of Donovan and singer in his own right).

So, the band gets together once in a while, plays a bunch of fun cover songs but the best part about their shows is they have guest singers and musicians that join them onstage.  According to their list of past shows on their website, past guest performers include Steven Tyler, Slash, Gavin Rossdale, Courtney Love, Nikki Sixx, Ozzy Osbourne, Chester Bennington, Tom Morello, Paul Stanley and oh so many more.

Of course, it's also possible that one of the guest performers will be Fred Durst.  Still, I am beyond excited to see these guys and probably have my hopes up way too high.  At the very least, I'll get to see them do some fun cover songs and at the most, I might see something bizarre like Courtney Love singing "Sympathy for the Devil."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Midget vs. Chimpanzee

I was reading up on Penn & Teller a little bit and came across the Wikipedia article for Penn's old radio show.  I was just kind of browsing it, when the story of a regular segment called Monkey Tuesday caught my eye.  If I may steal and condense from Wikipedia --

"Monkey Tuesday originated when Penn told a story of a party...where he had invited Tarzan, a performing chimpanzee and Arturo, a dwarf, forgetting that chimpanzees fight for dominance with people of small stature. Penn worked out a compromise: Tarzan and Arturo could both be at the party as long as they were in separate rooms. As an added measure of security, Penn and a posse of attendees armed themselves with knives.
However, Tarzan and Arturo met poolside and predictably, Tarzan charged Arturo. Rather than jump into the swimming pool as planned as chimps hate water (Chimps, lacking buoyant body fat, sink like rocks in water), Arturo hauled ass into Penn's house. Tarzan pursued Arturo but got distracted by the other guests. The guests shuttled the chimp into various rooms to allow Arturo to move around, and later found Arturo a tall bar stool to stand on. Tarzan, confused, decided not to challenge."

Are. You. Kidding. Me.

I had NO idea about this but think this is kind of awesome!  It's like when you invite a couple to your party, and then you realize they just broke up 2 weeks ago.  You want them both to be there and you hope there won't be problems but you know there will be.  I was relating this story to The Wife and before I got too far into it, she said to me, "We are not having a party at our house where you invite both a chimpanzee and a midget."

Dammit.  She knows me way too well.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Reason #22

Presenting Reason #22 why I love* my company...

We recently moved locations to a "brand new" office building which mysteriously, has very used furniture in it.  But that's not reason #22.

Reason #22 is that my company decided to "go green" and give everyone in the office a brand new coffee mug and water bottle with our logo on them.  The problem is that the coffee mug does not fit under the brand new coffee makers that we got.  So people have to either use a paper cup outright, or use a paper cup to dump their coffee into their logo-emblazoned coffee mug.

* - still sarcastic

(PS - We've been in the office for 2 days and I already have about 5 more Reasons added to my list.  Stay tuned.)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I think I just might hate YouTube.  No wait, I take that back.  I hate the world of Internet phenomena and hyperbole.  Every week on The Kevin & Bean show, they do a feature called the Internet Roundup where they discuss all of these popular YouTube videos and inevitably they comment that each one of them is "the best video EVER" and that "you HAVE to see this video."

These guys (and several thousand million others on the Internet and in my real life) are the same ones who raved about the Big Booty Bitches video a while back.  Does anyone give a shit about that video now?  Will anyone care about Antoine Dodson in 3 weeks?  Does anyone remember the Leave Britney Alone video guy?  The answer to all of the above is no.

The Internet, and especially Internet fame, is so fleeting and I'm so tired of everyone telling me how awesome these viral videos are.