keep your expectations low and i will rise to the occasion.


Friday, May 7, 2010

(mini) road trip!

rylo and i are jumping in the car and heading to the great steel city of pittsburgh for the weekend to hang with one of our roommates.

now, i havent been to pittsburgh since i was younger so of course, i did what anyone from our generation does when they are curious about something, and i googled "pittsburgh information." as i browsed, i found out some neat information including the city lost the "h" after its name for 20 years until finally, through protests and petitions, they reclaimed their beloved final letter. WOW! thats just a taste of the cool stuff i found out...

then i stumbled upon this little gem. enjoy.

could you imagine?! voting pittsburgh the best city in the country!? those must have been some pretty crazy times in the 80s...

this video is dedicated to mimi and brandon

friday's random music video vol. XV

well kiddies, number 15 is something special. this is a music video... but instead of one song, you get an entire setlist. not only that, its an incredible live show for your viewing pleasure! enjoy one of the most talented bands ever playing live in seattle, washington.

this band is so incredible in all facets of what they do and every song they release is just them showing off. why america doesnt treat these guys like royalty, i will never know...

they also kind of sound like queen which is a plus

Thursday, May 6, 2010

"im a cover band that covers other cover bands covering bands"

owl city, you know, the fireflies band (guy), who sounds just like the postal service...

what?! dont agree? or dont know who postal service is/was?

ok well take a listen and you tell me...

this is owl city:

and... this is the postal service:

sounds the same right?! so we all agree that owl city is an over-produced replica.

in fact, when i first heard this owl city song on the radio, i was so pumped because i thought the postal service was back... nope. just a watered down newer version... oh well.

but thats not the point of this... the point is that the guy from owl city, which is just one guy, named adam young, now has a side project called sky sailing, which is just one guy, named adam young. just take a listen to owl ci... eh hm, i mean sky sailing's new songs.

hmmm intriguing...

so let me get this straight. adam young, under the name owl city, makes an entire album that sounds extremely similar to the postal service... almost in a "lets make a record and get famous because everyone will think this is the old band's new album!?" kinda way. and then decides he needs a break from his band (consisting of only himself) after ONE album to explore other creative thoughts he has and he ends up with a band called sky sailing (consisting of only himself) and the only difference is there is an acoustic guitar and drums instead of a synthesizer. he even keeps the vocal auto-tune.

hey adam, hey big guy, listen, not to second guess your obvious groundbreaking musical genius and ingenuity... but sky sailing sounds like (is) an acoustic owl city... which, as it turns out, sounds like (is) a 2009 version of the postal service... dont worry though, millions of tweeners will buy both albums and you will make twice as much money, which im sure is the true reason for your duplication of the same sound... twice, by yourself.

so good luck with the apparent dissociative (musical)identity disorder! i hope you can keep them straight when youre on tour...

boy, i cant wait to hear what this guy does next!!!

cause i probably already have.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

happy cinco de mayo!

in honor of this glorious holiday, at the stroke of midnight last night, i serenaded the entire ruby tuesday of rosslyn patio (the restaurant had been closed for an hour but we were finishing up) to soul decision's classic hit "faded"

maybe you've heard of it!?

yeah, you know you got down to this track at a frat party in college.

i actually did the song twice. two of the tables were not paying attention and wanted to hear it from the top. imagine 30 people of varying levels of intoxication all getting down to me just killing it... i even did the rap in the middle (missing from the video).

my life is silly.

american idol, eat your heart out...

c'mon on truffle shuffle!

maybe im just a big nerd...

...but that was awesome.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

hell explained by a chemistry student

The following is an actual question given on a University of Arizona chemistry mid-term, and an actual answer turned in by a student.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving, which is unlikely. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct..... ....leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.'


Sunday, May 2, 2010

kris roe in a bad car accident

kris roe, the lead singer of and brains behind the ataris (one of my favorite bands for the past ten years) was in a bad car accident... thank god he is going to make a full recovery.

this was a press release from the band that was released...

"Kris was in a bad car wreck this week. His car was totaled, front end completely smashed, roof rip opened. The person in front of him slammed on their brakes unexpectedly, he swerved out of the way to avoid hitting them, causing him to slam into a massive LED construction warning sign. The sign crashed through his front window, then flew over his car ripping off a huge section of the roof.
Fortunately he was wearing his seatbelt and is expected to make a full recovery. Due to the circumstances we regret to inform you that we have no other choice but to cancel our appearance next week in San Francisco. We plan on making another trip out to California in early July with our friends Gasoline Heart and will be booking those dates shortly. Our next scheduled show is May 29th in Chicago at Subterranean. That show will still go on as planned. See you there. Thanks."