Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Music meme

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Saw this on Jason's blog, and couldn't resist duoing a music meme.

1.What are you listening to right now?
For the last couple of years I find music distracting while at work. I don't know why.


2.What song(s) make(s) you sad?
I don't listen music to feel sad, or listen to music that would make me sad. Maybe it's sad by itself.

3.What is the most annoying song in the world?
"Beautiful" by James Blunt. Guhd what an annoying song.

4.Your all-time favorite band?
AC/DC. Very simple, does not matter lead by Bon Scott or Brian Johnson. Their style of rock appeals to me.

5.Your newly discovered band is?
I don't have one. I rarely listen to anything new. Can't find what appeals to me. Axis of Awesome is interesting.

6.Best female voice?
Tarja Turunen of late Nightwish. That girl has a set of lungs on her.


7.Best male voice?
Tough to say. Ronnie James Dio, Freddy Mercury, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Kipelov (from a Russian metal band I like), Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield of Righteous Brothers - take your pick.

8.Music type you find yourself listening to most?
I do mostly Rock-n-Roll of old, no new Emo stuff. Heavy Metal, stylings of old Blues Masters, and house or jam bands.

9.What do you listen to, to hype you up?
"Thunderstruck", something heavy along the lines of Kamelot or Aria or Sonata Arctica.

10.What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
No why would I want to do that. If I want to calm down I don't listen to music :)


11.Last gig/concert you went to?
20 Years of Nautilus Pompilius last month.

12.Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
Still AC/DC, but I do like Rammstein recently.

13.Most hated band?
I am not sure I have one, or I haven't listened to them yet.

14.Song that makes you think?
Ain't That a Kick in the Head. Take a guess what I'm thinking?

15.Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
AC/DC, although I am pretty sure they are loved enough.

16.Coolest music video?
There was a Russian band Nol' (Zero, Null) that did a clip for their ganja smoking song Idu Kuryu (Walking, Smoking).

Here's the link if you are curious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aDRH2ic3Mw

17.Music video with the most babe watch?
I would agree with Jason about any ZZ Top video, or maybe Scorpions.

18.What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
I am afraid I'd start singing, that would certainly ruin the mood.

19.Can you play a musical instrument?
No. I did play Accordeon and drums in school bands.

20.Ever been in a mosh pit?
No. What's the point? How can one enjoy music there?

21.Are you in a band?
Nope.

22.Ever dated a musician?
No. Would I want too? No.

23.Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
Absolutely.

24.Best chick band you know of?
Ashamedly I don't know any.

25.Last song that you heard on the radio/CD/etc.?
I think it was Green Onions by Booker T and MGs when I turned off the car.

26.What do you think of classical music?
I like some. I used to listen to LaCampanella by Paganini a lot. But mostly I prefer classical music that's been transformed to Rock instruments.

27.What do you think of country music?
Nothing.

28.What do you think of death metal?
I don't like it at all. Somekind of musicality is a requirment for me of any band performer. Death Metal does not come close. BTW Ozzy is not Death Metal.

29.Last BIG band that you saw live?
Stones couple of years ago in Concert. I maybe going to see Iron Meiden this year.

30.Are you a groupie?
No. Don't have the required length legs, nor required size boobs.


31.Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
Yes. Well, Russian is not really foreign. But I have listen to Europe greats like Joe Dassin, Toto Cutugno, Adriano Chelentano (probably spelling them wrong as well). Plus, there is always Rammstein.

32.What famous musician would you like to [enjoy carnal relations with]?
Jon Bon Jovi. Oh, wait.

33.Worst concert moment?
A fight at the Nautilus concert we went to.

34.Funny concert moment?
A dude puffing a joint at Depeche Mode concert, only to be shown the badge by a dude sitting right behind him.

35.Sad concert moment?
None.

36.Best local act you can think of?
Von Freeman. I wonder if he's still alive and playing at Andy's Jazz club.

37.If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
Contrabass, love the bass in Jazz.

38.Do you listen to the radio?
Occasionaly.

39.Do you watch music TV?
I get to watch VH1's top 20 once in a while. I also enjoy their Best 100 Things of whatever.

40.Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
Not really. What are they based on anyways? Sales? I don't care about that.

41.Have you met any famous musicians?
Nope, not really.

42.Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
I have a good friend who is a sax player.

43.Song that best describes your feelings right now?
"Big Balls"

44.Song that describes your life?
I am not sure if I can pinpoint one. I usually listen to music, I try not to identify with it. But "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin comes close.

45.Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
Acutally no, most of the times I just know the leading men.

46.Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
Hardly, most of the music I listen to is made by some ugly bastards. Mick Jagger anyone?

47.What famous musician do you want to marry?
Yeah, thanks but no thanks.

48.Favorite movie soundtrack?
"Pulp Fiction" and "Swingers".

49.Any musician pet hates?
I think Bono is highly overrated.

50.What do your parents listen to?
I don't know. I rarely heard my parents listening to anything. Maybe Russian bards.

51.What are you listening to right NOW?
Dean Martin "Mambo Italiano".

52.Do you wear band T-shirts?
I have one AC/DC tea-shirt. But I prefer my shirts with Star Wars on them

53.Do you cook to music?
Sometimes, often enough we listen to music when having dinner.

54.Do you sing in the toilet?
I sing in the shower and that's all you need to know.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ten is a relative number

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This Saturday me and The Awesome Wife has celebrated our tenth anniversary. For some people 10 is a big number, for some a small number. For yours truly it may be just a number.

Some sentimental fools will spout that their love grows over the years more and more, and the years helped them realize how lucky they are, and how they become appreciative of one another, and all of that in the same avenue.

No, not me. I don't measure the love I have in years. I am a different kind of fool or ijiot (honey you'll understand and we'll see at home).

I love my wife! I really do, I love her the same way I loved her when we've first met. This kind of feeling can't grow, it's just there, pure and simple. I really do appreciate my wife tremendously and I know how lucky I am to have met The Woman who loves me and accepts me regardless of my quirks and shenanigans (I love this word and was looking for a Long time to use it).

Our friendship has never really blossomed, it was right there from the start. She is my best friend and my confidant. We've complained many a times to each other that we have good, awesome, great friends, but we've never, since our marriage, had people who could have replaced ourselves in the role of our own best friends. We have each other and that seems to be working out greatly.

We gave each other absolutely beautiful children, two wonderful girls with the looks and personalities as different as we are from each other. Still they are a complete reflection of both us (yes The Baby does sport an awesome unibrow like her dad).

When you have found The One, 10 years might be just a convenient point in time to look back and think to yourself, how did I live before that.


We've also mutually decided to keep this day to ourselves. This is our Holiday, Mine and Hers, and nobody elses. It really is about us more than anybody else. While it could have been a nice reason to get together with our friends, we've decided to keep low key, getting a room with a pool, going furniture shopping, and spending some time in Pete Miller chomping down great food and listening to great Jazz.

And that is all folks. Nothing to see here, just a couple of people who've been and will be in love for many years.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Are aesthetics that important?

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First off, i stole this from Vince as it is perfectly represents my attitude towards iPad.

Printing from iPad.



Anyways. I have decided that I need a portable computer. I have my desktop, which I use for heavy-duty stuff like gaming or video making, but it sits in the office and I don't like to spend much time there. I watch TV in the evenings, and I would like to have something sitting on my lap (BE QUIET!) that I can casually look at, or read emails, or some such.

Problem is, I would like the laptop/netbook to look and feel good. I don't want heavy15 inches and I don't want to squint and jam my fingers at a tiny keyboard. I don't care about things like that with my desktop. I've build them year-in and year out, and usually end up with a black box crammed full of computer goodness.

Why is it that important that my portable computing device looks good?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An explanation of sorts

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I think I have a need to explain myself. Not sure where it will lead to, but organizing my jumbled feelings into something resembling a cohesive thought may actually help me understand myself. (After writing this sentence I understand why I will never become a writer, no patience for word organization)

Trying to pressure me into something with preaching is possibly the worst way to get me to do anything.

Let me give you an example.

A teacher at our 5 Year Old's Russian school has asked me recently why I didn't enroll said child into her Jewish History class. The teacher also has her for a Russian speaking class, which the kid enjoys, and they have a good relationship. I guess the reason for the question was when asked last week about the Holiday last week (Passover) The 5 Year Old happily said that it was Easter. This answer truly shocked the teacher. Since then (or maybe even before that), said teacher has been pestering me to no end (last Sunday I was at a loss for words and was pissed for the better half of the day) about my child's apparent lack of knowledge. I beleieve the teacher had actually made me even less wanting to do as she asked. Spite? maybe, but I rarely do things out of spite. It rubs me the wrong way.

Allow me explain something about my Jewishness. I know that I am a Jew. I know about the suffering and all the nastiness that comes with anti-semitism. I know why my parents took my brother and I to the USA (bless them for that). Maybe for these reasons, I am reluctant to expose my own children to that. I am not a religious person, more than that I am fairly anti-religious person. I have enough rules and regulations in my life without having a sleuth of additional rules imposed on me. I am a moral person, I follow the ten commandments even without acknowledging them as rules for life. Some people would consider me without a moral core, a godless wonder, or lacking soul. Well screw that. My parents are some of the moral people I know in my life, and they instilled that in me. Anyway, that is off the point, if I am still keeping to it.

Others have mentioned that you don't have to follow religion but you can learn about history and what makes the Jewish people what they are. Here is what I think. These teaching come from Torah, Old Testament and other RELIGUIOUS texts. I have never heard of anybody picking up a non-biased history book to teach history (do these books even exist)? In my mind Jews have been spread all over the world for so long, that motives have changed and adopted to the cultures they lived in, and you can not use a single text to teach the history of people. The only lesson that can be taught about Jews, IMHO, is that adaptability is the KING, and Darwin should have concentrated on humans rather than birds. Sticking to thousand year old text is a sure-fire way to decline, isolation, and eventual demise.

That was completely unreleated to topic as well. As I said, I have more feelings about it than rational thought.

I think my point is this. Let 5 Year Old be a kid. Don't burden them with religion. If she wants to have a christmas tree, why not, it's a beautiful tradition. If she wants to run around looking for chocolate eggs, why the hell not?

Religion and history mean accountability. The only thing kids should be accountable for at that age is properly wiping their behinds, washing their hands, brishing their teeth, and once in a while saying "I love you daddy/mommy."

Did that make any sense at all?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Scrambled thoughts.

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I must be getting old. Yesterday evening after the final Marketing presentation we went to a pub and I had a single pint of Kilkenny (awesome ale from the Guiness people). Overslept today, after a single pint. Sad.


As I watched an episode of Chuck online the final shot was that of Eiffel Tower in the window, showing that the characters must be in Paris. Here's my beef with it(why do I have beef with it?). The shot was shown as if the floor the heroes were on is above Eiffel Tower. The shot contained New Paris in the background of the tower. There is nothing on the other other side Elysian Fields avenue that is that tall. Anyways if I am wrong let me know.

We have two books for the next class: Jim Collin's From Good To great, which is supposed to a staple for businesses, like Jack Welch's book, and a book called Survival Guide in Corporate Culture.

We'll see.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April fools day

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Forgive the spaces but The Baby decided to join in on the creative wr iting process. This is unedited :) Spacebar is a BIG BUTTON!

One of the offices at work was filled with shredded paper, lots of it. It took them 8 big bags to clear out that stuff. I had no idea we were shredding so much. This is a company that is supposed to bring paperless healthcare to the patients.

My phone was smeared with some hand lotion. I discovered that about 11 o'clock when deciding to pick up my phone for the first time during the day.

All I can say now is that I don't have dry skin on my left earlobe.