Internet Radio Experiment, Part 1: Last.fm & Pandora

A couple of months ago, my hard drive crashed. Fortunately, I’d backed up all of my documents and pictures to an offsite service (Amazon S3, if you’re wondering) but I didn’t back up my music. There was just way too much of it. So the end result is that I kept the important stuff, but lost a lot of music I probably didn’t listen to very much anyway. I reloaded what music I had on a few MP3 CDs, and I still have some old backup DVDs full of stuff,. . . Read More!

No Dukes of Hazard in the Classroom

I’m listening to the live Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound of Thunder as I’m doing some work on updating the Basic Instructions site. A hell of a good album. As for the BI site — we’ve put in a lot of work this holiday weekend. Not only are we moving the whole site to a host whose come-on includes the fact that they’re ready to handle big traffic surges, but we’re also moving the whole operation from Blogger to WordPress. About time — WordPress has a system specifically for Web. . . Read More!

Various Media

Today we finally were able to go out together and see Wall•E. As expected, I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed the crap out of it. I also checked out the first act of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. I didn’t know what to expect from it, and so was pleasantly surprised. Scott and I discussed the fact that in the last couple of years, the bad-guy-as-good-guy has really taken off. Especially recently, with misunderstood evil genius types like in Skullcrusher Mountain or Soon I Will Be Invincible. It reminds me of. . . Read More!

Several line items

1. Today’s our 10th wedding anniversary. Bring on the tin and aluminum! 2. Reality TV has been really good to me so far this summer season. My chosen favorites have won both Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance, and my first-episode favorite is still doing well on Rock Star: Supernova. I don’t have a favorite for Project Runway yet, but the guy I really disliked already got the boot. Haven’t watched this week’s yet. 3. I was going through my MP3s this morning, to make changes to. . . Read More!

Media du Jour

TV: I tried to get into the new show Windfall, but it’s an ensemble piece, and I don’t give a crap about most of the characters. Oh well, at least I have Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance and the not-too-awful Treasure Hunters to get me through the summer. And the new season of The Venture Brothers Read More!

Duran Duran Concert: 2005

I’m importing some old posts from an old blog. Even though I’m giving them their original dates, they may still feed out now. This post is from March 10, 2005. The Duran Duran concert last night was just awesome. Do newspapers still do concert reviews in the arts & entertainment section? I never understood why, since the concert is already over and done. It’s not like people are going to be able to read the review and say, “Let’s go see that concert!” My friend Amanda and I started out. . . Read More!

In the Inbox

From today’s Performer’s Callboard: Casting Call: Mark Burnett Seeks Next Great Rock Star (Nationwide) Mark Burnett Productions is looking for the Next Great Rock Star and is holding auditions is several major cities in the upcoming weeks. Ultimately he or she who wins the competition, will become the new lead singer for the rock group INXS and accompany the band on a worldwide concert tour and become part of the group’s next album. For city/venue locations, dates and times, go to http://www.cbs.com/ and click on The Next Great Rock Star.. . . Read More!

Open up your mind…

Dragged Scott off today to see The Phantom of the Opera. We were going to see The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou afterward, but the 2:40 showing was sold out, and I didn’t want to hang out downtown for two hours. We’ll see it soon. Anyhoo, back to Phantom. I’m a fan of the musical, so my expectations were pretty high. How did it disappoint me? Let me count the ways: The girl playing Christine was the worst . . . lip-syncher . . . EVER. You sing in the. . . Read More!

Duran Duran Duran (Duran)

The new album by the reunited Duran Duran, Astronaut, came out today. I’ve previewed the tracks (dang I love the internets!) and I’ll definitely be buying this sucker. I can get it for $9.99 at iTunes, but it looks like there’s also a limited edition which includes a bonus DVD. So I may have to go hit an actual record store. TiVo is recording Good Morning America right now, and there are some 4 or 5 other show appearances this week where D2 will be performing. Read More!