October 19, 2002

This Sucks

owieThis morning was my no-good very-bad Saturday "morning" shower accident. Ow ow ow. It actually hurt when it happened, which never happens. And we couldn't find our camping first-aid kit, so I had to use four small band-aids. yuk.

In other news, last weekend I went to a really great farm party in the west-wisconsin countryside. There were three bands booked, a huge tent, and a wedding-amount of guests (it seemed like 150 or something). Hippogriff & I camped out in a tent as the temperatures dropped to 20 degrees F. When I woke up, the sky was bright blue, all the leaves were in color, the farmhouse was in shambles, and my face was red from exposure.

And back to my owie, to think that I have to accompany my boss to the the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State Annual Affordable Housing Conference Gala Reception, Dinner, & Dance on Monday night at the Roosevelt Hotel!

October 18, 2002

Shame of Minnesota

I know some Minnesotans post and read this blog. So I thought I'd let them know that their beloved Kirby Puckett is deep down a dirty dirty dog of [an alleged] felon.

The Real World, It's Real.

I have been watching MTV's The Real World since the very beginning, and I have to say that this season's cast is the most heinous, despicable, ridiculous, bunch of trash to be exploited on the air yet. It's great.

Two nights ago, I sat down for my weekly dose of group sex, slang, and drinking that is this season's MTV's The Real World. Oh, did I mention that it is in Las Vegas. Well yea, it is. And, it is as awful as you might imagine. Probably worse. So anyway, I sat down to take it all in, and this week, there was a lot to take in. The episode centered around a conflict between cast members Brynn and Steven. It was amazing. These two people are garbage. Pure trash. No joke. They are unreal. At one point, Brynn was on the verge of getting kicked off the show, and she said something like, "I can't believe I have to go home. This was my one chance to do something with my life, now I have to go home and get pregnant." By the way, no one in the cast thought this was really that strange or pathetic. It was both, but they just took it in stride.

Oh yeah, did I mention that the reason that she was going to get kicked off the show was because she threw a fork at Steven? Well, yeah that's why. She got pissed because he is sleeping with Trishelle. Umm, yeah, you read that right, Trishelle. So, anyway Brynn got out of control when Steven "degraded" her by sleeping with Trishelle, and lost it. So, she dealt with it by throwing a fork at him. It was "the only way she knew how to deal." Later in the episode, they battled again, and as other cast members held them back they hurled insults back and forth. After a while, Steven was just yelling "WHUT?!" like and raising his arms like he was in the Wu Tang or something. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen.

In the end it all worked out, Brynn and Steven hugged and made up. Aww.

October 17, 2002

1980s NYC

Here's a screwed up story from the NY Times that I had heard about the other day. It's about a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant in East New York, Brooklyn who was shot and killed in a setup robbery attempt. The teenagers who tried to rob him would have got $12 for their troubles. For those of you not in the know, East New York is probably right up there with the worst neighborhoods in NYC, if not the worst.

Although I understand the goodwill intended by the comment, the last line in the story quotes a local resident, a deacon, who said:

I would have given those guys $40 just not to kill that guy.

$40.

Americans Speaking Out Against America....Abroad

You know, I'm all for dissent...really.

Especially if it's well thought out. If it isn't, well my support wanes a bit. But I don't really get ruffled by much of anything anymore. I can tell you what's starting to annoy me though.

American celebrities abroad trashing America. Case in point: Woody Harrelson.

Why the hell does he get an op/ed piece in the British paper The Guardian?

Is this because of White Men Can't Jump? Oh no...I know. It has to be his stirring performance in Money Train or Edtv.

I mean seriously. Get on the Concorde, Woody. Grow some balls and write this piece in the U.S. And don't give me any crap about how it wouldn't get printed. Well, maybe it wouldn't get printed, because you're WOODY FUCKING HARRELSON. I'm instead thinking that you stand a chance of people disagreeing with your viewpoints in the United States. It's really difficult to attack America in Britain. What, you don't speak French?

Woody, you're just like these celebrities that are too much of artists to do something so cheap like TV ads in the US. But they'll do these Japanese ones!!

I agree with a lot, if not most, of what Harrelson says. It's a bit too glib and resembles too much of a pamphlet for my taste but...this is Woody Harrelson we're talking about. Between some tokes, he picked up a copy of The Nation. But that's not my point at all. This isn't about politics. It's about Hollywood.

Woody Harrelson is just another celebrity in a long line of plastic celebrities who like to use England as way to speak out (or in some ways just kiss ass) without taking a hit at the box office or album chart. Like Robert Altman and Tom Cruise.

Say what you're going to say...but do it in the United States you wusses. My man Harry Belafonte doesn't need to go to England.

Tiresome Talentless Hack

Here's another reason why someone needs to kick the shit out of Ryan Adams.

October 16, 2002

Kick 'em in The Shins

Today it rained buckets in Gotham. It was cold as well. Not a good day. Should have stayed in bed. Got nothing much to add today.

So I thought I'd take some time to talk about the best song in the world right now. The song is New Slang by The Shins. The album from which it comes, Oh, Inverted World is one of the few great albums I have purchased in the past few years. I've had it since it came out and it never gets old. New Slang sounds like an unearthed classic from some legendary rock band. I know of few people who haven't been blown away by it upon first listen. The video for it is on the Sub Pop site. For those punk rock snobs who care, the video recreates several "famous" punk rock record covers such as Double Nickels on the Dime by the Minutemen, Husker Du's Zen Arcade and the Replacements' Let It Be.

Otherwise the song just kicks ass. I've seen The Shins live twice. Once at a small show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. and this past summer at the Siren Festival at Coney Island. The day of the Siren Festival was hot as ballz. All I remember is a huge bunch of pasty malnourished white hipster kids dressed like white trash gettin' down to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. White trash is really big in NYC these days. So are frosted jeans. One of the aforementioned pasty white kids approached The Huffer to borrow some suntan lotion, because she "knew I'd understand." Man, I don't know what she's talking about. This sunburn wasn't so bad.

Anyway, I cut out early that day...cause I'd seen a lot of it all before and the weather was really quite nasty. I noticed the other day that the NYC band Liars has a video for Mr. your on fire Mr. that was shot at the Siren Festival. I was watching the band while they were playing that song...so I suppose I may be in the video. I didn't see me, though. Which is fine. I'll deal. Here's an uneventful picture below of that glorious day. Yeah. It rocks.
Siren Festival 2002
Forgive me, I rarely read newspapers and don't watch TV, so I understand only 1/5 of what is being referred to here. Of the 4/5 of fogginess, I'm really curious about: what's that about polls and Hillary Clinton running for president?

The nitrogen picture is BEW-tiful, I think I might print that puppy and hang 'er up.

As a final thought, giving away stuff on city buses is really fun. It's happened twice now, and both times were exceedingly rewarding. Highly recommended.

October 15, 2002

Apple Switch Update

Apparently there is another minor Apple switch ad campaign celebrity. Janie Porche. She also seems quite nice in the commercial. Maybe that's why this guy dug up some internet info on her.

My question is: Where are the people stalking Gianni Jacklone?

Damnit. I demand some stalking of Gianni Jacklone.

I'll be the first to start. He apparently works here in NYC at this group called Earth Pledge as an IT director. So now you know.

And knowing is half the battle.

Right Snake Eyes?

All of this cements the point why I am The Huffer. Anonymity is advantageous.

Discouragement, Courage and Stoned Apple Girls

The following stories are so interesting, you gotta take a bite.

After this past week's vote on the resolution authorizing Bush to take military action in Iraq, I might have to agree with the results of this poll. Apparently, people really really don't want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president.

As if we didn't know this was going to happen (or is already happening), Republican hacks are already beginning to attack Democratic senators for disagreeing with President Bush. Including accusing Sen. Max Cleland, who lost three limbs in Vietnam, of lacking courage.

Finally, Microsoft, in an attempt to counter the intriguing Switch to an Apple ads on television, touted the "conversion" to Windows of a Mac person (who actually was an employee of a PR firm hired by Microsoft) in this ad, which has since been pulled amid investigation of the facts. The photo on the page was not the convert herself, but rather a stock photo.

Oh Microsoft, you funny monopoly.

New to us...probably old to other people (read: Web or computer geeks)...but this is real funny. Apparently there has been tons and tons of discussion over whether Ellen Feiss, one of the Mac converts, is a stoner. It's quite funny. I always liked her ad as one of the best...kind of a cute hipster girl with a total Mac attitude. Now Ms. Feiss is the topic of a bunch of fan sites and is discussed in the New York Times. On the bottom right hand corner of this fan page, there are a bunch of Apple Switch spoofs, including this one by Will Ferrell of Saturday Night Live.

October 14, 2002

The Monday Morning Rundown

So I'm liking this new layout. Light and airy. More will change (as I get the proper equipment and learn more).

Some thoughts:

No Doubt. It amazes me at times how this band can write a hit. Kind of an unheralded band in a way. They really can write some good songs. By the time radio gets through with some of them...you want to rip their heads off, No Doubt. However, I don't think there is a better song out there right now than No Doubt's Underneath It All. It's kind a nice mellow old-school reggae beat, a simple melody, and a nice toast in the middle. It really should have been released earlier in the summer. It's too bad there isn't more quality mainstream radio like this. I might hate it later...but it's great now.

Nirvana's You Know You're Right. So I'm reading Heavier Than Heaven right now, a biography of Kurt Cobain written by Charles Cross. It's a nice read. Cross strips away a lot of the manufactured mythology about Cobain by delving into the real truths of his past. However, by doing so, a new almost more interesting mythology emerges. Interesting tidbit is Cobain's first rock show: Sammy Hagar and Quarterflash, not Black Flag as Kurt always told people. Anyways, I digress. This morning I saw a video for the song, You Know You're Right, the "lost" Nirvana tune. I was shocked because I didn't even know there was a video. It was a montage of Kurt moments. Thrashing, crawling, jumping, screaming, brooding...just like it was 1992. It was actually quite emotional. I was 17 when Kurt committed suicide. I felt like I was 17 again when I saw this video. Kurt was 27 when he killed himself. I turn 27 next year.

October 13, 2002

Ch-ch-ch-changes...

So I put in some new drapes and window accessories in this joint. I expect there to be a bit of a bumpy beginning to this thing...(for instance, I know I did this ass-backwards. I am going to try to fix it later...but for now...it stays.)

So let me know what you think.

I Got Two Tanks O' Nitrogen.

street nitrogen

Have you ever wanted a tank of nitrogen? For some reason tanks of nitrogen are always available on New York City streets. These two bad boys were found somewhere in the western part of Chinatown near SoHo.

They were hangin' out...kickin' it. They were kickin' it like Kickin' would kick it.

When I walked past them, they were rather quiet. If you listened closely though...you heard a quiet roar...it was hissing and spewing nitro.

Once I got their attention I asked. "Dudes!! What happened to your hair?? It used to be a lot more...extreme." They told me that they were in fact not members of the band Nitro.

Damn. How disappointing.