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February 25, 2006

Best Of 2006

I just got the new Hot Chip album, "The Warning". It's great. Here are a few tracks:

And I Was A Boy From School
Look After Me

Hot Chip sound like all your favorite pop artists.

Posted by cory at 10:15 PM

February 22, 2006

The Fox News of the Food Industry:

The Center For Consumer Freedom
Bring In The Clowns

More and more, radical activists are using Americans' dinner plates as launching pads for their agendas. So it should surprise no one that this Thursday's annual Earth Day affair is shaping up to be quite a culinary circus. Food scare artisans, animal liberation radicals, and organic food pushers are gathering under the Earth Day big top to peddle their pet causes. Consumers beware: their antics and dire warnings should be viewed for entertainment purposes only.

The Consumers Union of the United States is affixing the Earth Day brand name to its ongoing campaign to promote organic-only eating. The group's "Eco-labels" website, designed to encourage food label-clutter, was funded in part by a grant from Ted Turner. His Turner Foundation has given generously to food fear-mongers including the Organic Consumers Association, Greenpeace, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Consumers Union also received $300,000 for its Eco-labels project from the Ford Foundation, another notorious green grant-making machine. Ford has given over $2 million (each) to Friends of the Earth and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is staking out its own ring in the Earth Day circus, with plans to distribute veggie burgers outside of Burger King restaurants. PETA's press releases claim vegetarianism can "save the Earth and all its inhabitants." Well, maybe not all inhabitants. PETA president Ingrid Newkirk has stated her disdain for human beings quite clearly: "Humans have grown like a cancer. We're the biggest blight on the face of the Earth." And fake meat isn't the only thing PETA wants flame-broiled. This is the same group that bankrolled animal rights arsonist Rodney Coronado, and whose Vegetarian Campaign Director declared: "I think it would be great if all of the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories, and the banks that fund them exploded tomorrow."

And what's an eco-celebration without a signature feast? Earlier this month, Organic Valley Farms marketing director Theresa Marquez announced the creation of "Earth Dinner" -- an attempt to turn Earth Day into a "new holiday tradition." Sponsors of Earth Dinner include the scaremongering Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as professional ambulance chaser Robert Kennedy Jr. and his Waterkeeper Alliance. Marquez claims this green quasi-Thanksgiving is meant to "emphasize community over commerce," conveniently omitting her own profit motive. As a featured speaker at the 2002 Waterkeeper "Sustainable Hog Farming Summit," Marquez confronted organic food's high-cost/low-return dilemma by declaring: "We think it's important that people pay more for food ... The question is: 'Will consumers pay more for that?' and 'How can we convince them to do that?'"

Animal liberation and overpriced food? Radicals using Earth Day to market their food utopias makes an entertaining show, but it's one worth skipping.

I'm glad they aren't trying to deceive us like all those awful organic farmers, animal activists and democrats. Although, It also looks pretty shady to have the "..." in that last quote.

Posted by cory at 8:55 PM

February 21, 2006

Company Overview

Where everything's $1.

Walk into one of our stores and it hits you immediately: this is a place where shopping is fun. We call it "Thrill of the Hunt". We have worked hard to create an environment where our customers can discover new treasures every week. Where entire families can enjoy looking for that special something.

Our stores are bright, clean, fun, and well organized. They're stocked with a wide array of gift bags, party supplies, housewares, seasonal decor, candy and food, toys, health and beauty care, gifts, stationery, books, and a variety of consumer items. And everything is priced at $1!

taken from: http://dollartree.com

Posted by cory at 11:49 PM

In the future I will....

Posted by cory at 10:26 PM

February 20, 2006

holding hands...

So, I'm in the middle of recording some new music. I thought I'd share with you what I have done so far. These are just short preview clips. We still need to add vocals and more sounds. When I say we I mean the rest of the band. S. American Agriculture will no longer just be me (at least I hope).

Well, tell me what you think of the rough sketches, i'll let you know what happens with them. You can can come hear them on March 25th when we open for Jason Forrest at UICA. I will also be playing a short set opening for Casiotone For The Painfully Alone at The Daac on March 28th. That will probably just be me with a small keyboard and two tape decks ("Acoustic" Set).

Holding Hands (Preview)

Tell me what you think! The theme for the new album is babies, buying houses, rasing kids, getting married, going on vacation, driving cars, going to school, falling in love, playing video games, bike rides, etc..

Posted by cory at 12:58 AM

February 15, 2006

Only a few more months....

til school is done for the summer! I cannot wait. I'm very excited to start my summer job again.

I wash windows in the summertime and it's the best job I have ever had. You may think it sounds hard and boring, but it's actually the opposite of both those things.
While washing windows I get to:
-meet new people everyday
-go inside their houses, look at all their weird decorations and mess
-talk to little kids who are scared of me (I am a stranger inside their house. Sometimes they wake up and I'm there.)
-listen to phone conversations of our clients
-and work outside

I miss the way the cleaning solution smells. I miss climbing a ladder and using the squegee. I had a lot of great times washing windows this past summer. The best day though, is when we washed the 3-story senior citizen apartment complex. Our Boss, Matt, had rented a lift so he could do the outside of the 2nd and 3rd Story and we (my friend Darin and I) were to wash the first story,. However, once he started using it he realized it was going to take forever and was quite pointless. So, instead, we got to go inside every apartment on the third floor and take out their windows to wash them right there in the apartment. We both laughed so much that day. Each woman (i think there was one elderly man) had her own quirk. The first few were very fun, the women asked us if we wanted a drink, or about how we washed windows and what we used. Then it got weirder and weirder. One lady had an Usher poster, which cracked us up. One woman and our guide (the head of the 3rd floor who lead us to each room) didn't get along so well. They both called each other B****es, and complained about the other in front of us. The woman who was not the guide was so funny. I felt kind of sad for her though. Most of the other apartments were well decorated and home-y. Her's has a mattress on the floor, a cheap TV, and a white deck chair in the living room. She seemed kind of bitter, but she was very friendly towards us and had me do extra work. I fixed her bird feeder. This pissed our guide off majorly and she told me only to wash windows. One more lady stuck out. She was very quiet and kind of awkward. In her apartment she had Giant posters of her husband that looked like this:

but with her husband and the american flag. They were everywhere too. In each room, in little picture frames, everywhere! After we finished washing the 3rd floor we took a lunch break.

Matt told me to bring his truck around the building and pick him up. I don't know where I got this, but I thought he wanted me to get right next to him. I pulled the truck around to the side parking lot.

Me: "Darin, do you think he wants me to go right up to him and drive in the grass?"

Darin: "I don't know, you can."

Me: "Alright, I'll just drive through this gap between the pine trees. I can fit, right?"

Darin: "Yeah, go for it."

I started driving through, but quickly saw Matt waving his arms and shaking his head.

Me: "Oh, I guess he doesn't want me too."

I back up and we get out. We realize why he didn't want us to keep driving. I had pushed a big 300lb manhole cover at least 6 feet away from the hole. Immediatly, Darin and I burst into laughter. Matt didn't find it so amusing. He went home (which was 3 minutes away) to get some chains and a crowbar. Darin and I laughed sitting next to the hole talking about how weird the day had been. Matt quickly came back and some how we managed to move it back. Matt wasn't to mad, he just jokingly (or maybe not) said I couldn't ever drive his truck again.

I want the summer to get hear quick. Before I forget how to wash without leaving streaks.

Posted by cory at 5:01 PM

February 14, 2006

Shoot the Duck and....

...Win three free Jens Lekman releases!

Posted by cory at 2:43 PM

February 12, 2006

more like a "crapple"....

I should have done some research before buying. I just ate a grapple. I was excited at first, an apple that tastes like a GRAPE! Lindsay and I discussed it wondering how they genetically altered and apple to taste like a grape. There was no genetics involved. A Grapple is a Fuji apple soaked in grape juice for a few days. Not too amazing, especially not a $1.00 each amazing.

Grapple = A Waste of $4.00

Posted by cory at 2:57 PM

February 11, 2006

This is all we are:

that just boggles my mind sometimes.

Posted by cory at 2:27 PM

February 8, 2006

Uh....

I think I generally do this at least once a week. The last time was two days ago. Usually I just smile, this time I laughed out loud. The other guy didn't think it was as funny. Oh well.

Posted by cory at 10:48 PM

February 5, 2006

Would You Like A Cup Of Tea?

Karen and I found this picture over winterbreak at her house.

Posted by cory at 3:25 PM

February 2, 2006

R.L. Stine Gives Me Goosebumps

The first "Goosebumps" I ever read I didn't actually read; my Mom read it to me. I was in the first grade, and it was called, "The Ghost Next Door". I don't remember being scared, but I remember just liking the imagery, the characters and, of course, the book cover. The raised "Goosebumps" on the cover is probably one of the wisest things a book company ever did for a series. It immediatley set them apart and it just grabs your attention. I don't think I ever got, or will ever get into again, a book series so deeply. The first step after getting a goosebump was just looking at the cover. The bright colors (mostly neons) and "spooky" picture told you, "this books is going to be good!" I would sit in my room and lose myself in the books, something I haven't done since then. The following is a list of the goosebump books that had the most profound impact or lasting impression on me:

The Haunted Mask: This was the second goosebumps book I read (all by myself too!). Compared to other books it isn't the best. But, It was a scary idea to me; a mask that attaches itself to your face and takes over your body! Good book, you should read it. It was also the first one they made into a movie (which I owned).

Say Cheese and Die: Such a good one. Kids find a camera in the basement where a creepy guy name spidey (i spent a day trying to remember his name) lives. The camera has magical powers and can predict the future...sort of. It tells you how you're going to die! Whoa!

Monster Blood II: They made three of these, all of which I read, but the sequel was the best. In this book a class hamster is exposed to the slime, known as monster blood, and becomes gigantic and terrorizes the town. Not scary, but good read.

Attack Of The Mutant: This is a really strange one. I remember the kid goes into a comic book like world and must defeat a "Mutant"?...I don't really remember. But, the descriptions of the buildings got me very excited.

The Horror Of Camp Jellyjam: aka the lost, unfinished book. I was really getting into this book in the 3rd grade, then suddenly it disappeared. I'm almost postive somone in my class stole it. It was in my desk. I still want to finish it.

Escape From Horrorland: I seriously have had over 25 dreams about weird, scary amusement parks. Maybe this book is why?

How I Got My Head Shrunken: One of my favorites for sure. I don't remember the story at all though! But, I remember wanting a shrunken head after I read it.

I could go on, but I'll stop. I'd like to thank Mr. R.L. Stine for writing these incredible books. Us third graders thought you were a genius. I would however like to tell you that you should have never started the "Give Yourself Goosebumps" series. It had already been done with Choose Your Own Adventure, it wasn't needed. But, Thank You!

What are some of your favorite books or memories?! Leave me some comments!

Posted by cory at 12:41 PM

February 1, 2006

Hazards

Posted by cory at 12:25 AM