March 28, 2006
Does your weblog own you?
Posted by cory at 7:32 PM
March 27, 2006
DreamLog _March 27th
For those of you who don't know (which is pretty much most of you), my parents are divorced. They got divorced when I was 3, so it wasn't too painful. Well, anyhow, I really don't see my Dad that much. Last night I saw him though...in my dreams!
THE DREAM: SILVERWARE DAD
ME:"Dad, maybe you can come over and I'll make you dinner"
DAD:"Yeah, that sounds good."
ME: "Alright, see you later. I'll call"
(THE NEXT DAY)
This part takes place at my Mom's house, a place my Dad rarely comes to. I'm in the kitchen with my stepdad and he's making dinner. The house looks like mine, but not like mine (you know what I mean, you dream).
My Brother, Nathan: Why is Dad here?
ME: What? Dad's here! Crap, I told him I'd call.
I run to the door, and go outside.
ME: Hi Dad, I told you I'd call.
DAD: Are you saying you didn't cook me dinner? Why not? (he starts yelling more random things)
At this point my stepdad runs out of the house yelling things, but I don't understand any of them. I tell him to calm down. He goes inside.
DAD: Well Son, you know what. Ever since I divorced your Mom i've need silverware. You're going to get me silverware because you messed up!
ME: How much is that?
DAD: $400 Dollars.
ME: DAD! I can;t afford that.
DAD: I don't care.
My Dad gets in his car and drives off. The next place the dream happens is my Dad's apartment/house. It's a house on the outside, but looks like an apartment where he used to live. I go inside the apartment and into his room. I dig around his room, going through drawers, his closet, the tv (weird, right). I'm looking for the silverware. My Dad walks in.
DAD: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE LOOKING FOR??!
ME: DAD! (I start crying) I'm just looking for the silverware. I don't have $400 dollars, I'm sorry.
DAD: I don't think you can be my son anymore.
DAD: That's just the way it is.
I walk out of the house, angry and sad. At that moment my alarm goes off
Weird Dream. Not sure why I wrote about it. It's just been bugging me all day for some reason. What does it mean?
Posted by cory at 4:58 PM
March 23, 2006
This Saturday (March 25th)!
Jason Forrest, The Wicker Basket, and S. American Agriculture
$10, $8 for Students and UICA Members
Posted by cory at 3:09 PM
March 20, 2006
ABBA (An MP3 Post about Swedish Music)
ABBA is pretty much the only swedish band anyone has ever heard of. Who else is there? I sure didn't know of anyone until recently.
But, the truth is there are tons of amazing Swedish bands! I start noticing them first with Mr. Jens Lekman. I have blogged about him already a few times. He's my favorite musician right now.
The Knife are another band from Sweden that is gaining some momentum. They seem to be taking the more 'mysterious' route. They don't do interviews and rarely play live. To me they sound like 90's party music, but awesome.
Jose Gonzalez makes quiet, acoustic music. It's very nice:
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names have a great name and make pop music similar to the Magnetic Fields...sort of. It seems like any band that has a deep voice and plays Bacharach-esque pop sounds like the Magnetic Fields. Check them out, they have great videos. Plus they made the theme song for all the kids using computers to make music!
Acid House Kings are apparently "Sweden’s no 1 guitar pop band". They are great. They just released a CD that comes with a DVD that contains Karaoke versions of their songs with words. That's what I'm talking about! That's going to save the music business, more media!
The Radio Dept. are a bit more rockin' then the rest of these bands.
Pelle Carlberg has a cool name. These are his musical influences, in some kind of chronological order:
Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, ABBA, The Beatles, Nationalteatern, Grease (the movie soundtrack), Gyllene tider, Magnus Uggla, Depeche Mode, Krafwerk, Simple Minds, U2, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ratata, The Smiths, Camouflage, Dileva, Jakob Hellman, Marc Almond, Imperiet, Pixies, The Go betweens, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Church, Demorgue, Sugarcubes, Ride, Teenage Fanclub, Björk, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, bob hund, Nick Drake, Eggstone, The Cardigans, Blur, Popsicle, Burt Bacharach, Doris, The Bear Quartet, Belle and Sebastian, The Velvet Underground, The Beautiful South, Nicolai Dunger, Van Morrison, Credence Clear Water Revival, The Strokes, Neil Young, Doktor Kosmos, Håkan Hellström, Jens Lekman, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, [Ingenting], Anna Ternheim and The Hidden Cameras.
Now, when you're talk about Swedish music you can talk about more than Abba.
Posted by cory at 4:53 PM
March 16, 2006
Yo Dude! Are you ready to get fueled by the Holy Spirit!?
Let me here an Amen!
Pastor Dupin (Heck Yeah, he uses K2!)
Since I moved here I have driven pass this giant, office looking building. The sign says "Daybreak...", and I noticed what appeared to be a ropes course or play structure. For 5 months I drove past it, always curious, but I would always forget to google search it. Then a week or so ago I did. "Daybreak Hudsonville MI".
It turned out to be a church...possibly, the weirdest, trendiest, church I have ever seen. I mean look at this graphic for something called "Fuel":
WHAT? Look at there pastor (top image)...actually, wait. Look at the youth pastor:
I came from churches that tried once and awhile to be "hip", but never this bad. It was always such a turn-off to me. Maybe it's because I hate this lets-pretend-to-be-like-the-mainstream-but-with-jesus thing. Have you guys heard Christian Rock music? Ok, whatever was popular 6 months ago, thats what's popular in the christian market. Oh, and ska too. Christians love ska for some reason.
I understand where these guys are coming from. They want to get the kids who are uncomfortable in the traditional setting, comfortable. But, are they really doing that? Or are they scaring these kids into thinking Christians are weird wannabe hipsters. I don't know. Personally, I hate it. When I walk into a church like this I get so angry. When I walk into a christian bookstore I get even angrier. Why are they selling these?:
What is this for? Are christians only supposed to eat christian candy? Where does this candy come from? Is it Hersheys with a poorly designed wrapper?
Christianity depresses me sometimes. Check out that Daybreak site. It's weird. What's weirder is the fact that it really doesn't have anyone solid content on it. It's mostly "cool" graphics.
listen to a sermon
(G-Rad does potlucks)
Looks like they have a killer band:
This is pretty amazing too.(I think the music is by Skillet, the christian answer to Nine Inch Nails, who I was so into in 7th grade)
This was an unorganized rant.
Posted by cory at 10:32 PM
March 14, 2006
"I'm dying to tell you I'm dying"
I thought that lyric was so cool my freshman year in highschool. For those of you who have no idea who said that, it is my favorite emo band, Cap'n Jazz.
Better Propaganda had this to say:
Short-lived but highly influential, Cap'n Jazz helped transform emo from a deeply underground punk subgenre into a more widely accepted subset of indie rock. Not terribly popular or well-known outside of the Midwest, Cap'n Jazz's main contribution was stylistic - along with Pinkerton-era Weezer, they helped shift emo's always elusive musical focus from post-hardcore prog-punk to an arty but more accessible punk-pop. Their discography was as scant as it was rare, but that very obscurity helped build their underground legend through word of mouth, until a double-CD retrospective was finally issued several years after their breakup. By that time, most of the members had moved on to other, better-known emo bands, most notably Joan of Arc and the highly successful Promise Ring, which helped spread Cap'n Jazz's influence far beyond their original audience.
All I know is, they were way weirder than any other emo band I listened to. The guitarists were amazing (Victor Villareal, the "lead" guitarist actually still boggles my mind), but at the same time so sloppy. The vocals were off, and the lyrics even more so. It sounds like the soundtrack for drunk, suburban teenagers running around in their basement and eventually just falling down.
I had forgotten about them until spring break. I listened to them again, and I still love the music so much. Here are a few examples:
I understand if you don't like them. It's probably more of a nostalgia thing, give them a chance though!
Anyone else into/was into emo?
Posted by cory at 11:00 PM
March 13, 2006
"I'm Playin' It"
You guys have to check this game out! It's so good!
"Making money in a corporation like McDonald's is not simple at all! Behind every sandwich there is a complex process you must learn to manage: from the creation of pastures to the slaughter, from the restaurant management to the branding. You'll discover all the dirty secrets that made us one of the biggest company of the world."
Posted by cory at 5:11 PM
March 12, 2006
Last week I got to play stay-at-home-mom. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Waking up at 6:00am really isn't that bad! Infact, your day seems so much longer! Here is my spring break in pictures:
this jerk is annoying. i have never heard a dog bark so much.
yeah, so my youngest sister kelli...she's probably going to be sick when she gets older. she doesn't eat anything with any real nutrients. she claims it all tastes gross.
fox parts in the back part of our yard. eww.
bones in the field by my house.
hobbit holes behind my house?
i went on a few walks to the gravel pit by my house. this is my favorite picture i took of it.
i say i live in the suburbs, but i don't think others would consider this very suburban.
i hate these guys. boxelder bugs.
Posted by cory at 11:14 PM
March 9, 2006
What is this supposed to be doing?
Do you know?
Posted by cory at 11:36 PM
March 6, 2006
The Most Heartbreaking Show On MTV
description from MTV: "Thanks to MTV's new Parental Control, Mom and Dad finally have a chance to do something about that poor excuse for a loser their son or daughter calls their 'better half.' Fed-up parents will send their pride and joy on two blind dates of their choosing, in the hopes that one of them will catch his or her eye so they'll finally dump What's-Their-Name. All the while Mom and Dad will be watching every minute of every date, sitting side-by-side with their son's or daughter's current partner on the couch like one big, uncomfortable family. When the dates are over, the son or daughter has to make a choice between Mom's pick, Dad's pick and their current partner. Will the son or daughter follow parental guidance, or reject the parents' picks and stick with The-Wrong-One."
okay, imagine that you have been dating this girl for 6mo.-1 year. Suddenly, MTV comes along and gives her parents a chance to get rid of you. You sit in a living room, watching guys go out with your girlfriend. On top of that, her parents insult you the entire time. Now, imagine the end; you're standing there waiting to her her decision. The two other guys she just met, standing on opposite sides. She makes her choice. She picks the other guy!! Holy Crap, talk about the worst day of your life!
A friend in the future: "Hey, remember when you were falling in love with that girl, and then you went on MTV and she picked that guy who was ripped and had a nice smile? That must have sucked dude!"
Tonight the girl didn't pick her boyfriend. I seriously wanted to cry. He went in a room and closed the door. Then, the girlfriend goes on camera with the new guy, laughs about it and kisses him. WTF? WTF?
Posted by cory at 6:31 PM
March 5, 2006
Have you guys ever heard of Matthew Herbert?
Matthew Herbert makes rules for himself to follow, known as the PCCOM. These rules are very strict about what sounds he can use and what he samples. The results are pretty impressive. Herbert spends more time and puts in more work into an album then I have ever heard of. He spent three years making his last record, Plat Du Jour. A protest record without a single word. I know you're thinking, how is that possible? Believe me, Herbert did it. Plat Du Jour is a protest record about the food we eat; whether it be about the dangers to the environment, the disrespect of others, or the absolute crap we put in our bodies. What Herbert does is sample food, and related products to the issue. For example here is what went into making the track, THE TRUNCATED LIFE OF A MODERN INDUSTRIALISED CHICKEN :
30,000 broiler chickens in one barn
24,000 one minute old chicks in one room of a commercial hatchery
40 free-range chickens in a coop
one of those chickens being killed for a local farmers' market and its
feathers washed and plucked
a dozen organic eggs from tescos
a 2.0l 21cm pyrex classic bowl made in the uk
the average age of a british broiler chicken is between 36 and 41 days
all melodies and chords are samples of eggs on pyrex bowls and played by phil parnell, dave o'higgins, pete wraight and matthew herbert
all live percussion is made from a dozen organic free-range eggs, egg boxes and egg cups and played with chopsticks by leo taylor
the bassline is a 'cheep' from a minute-old chick pitched down
All of that to protest the way we treat today's chickens. To read more visit the website for Plat Du Jour. The website is full of information, resources, and samples of tracks. Here are a few track though:
One of the more interesting facts I saw on the site was this, the ultimate modern compromise: brown bread is nutritionally better for you but contains 5 times more pesticide residues (due to the milling process) than white bread.
His new album Scale comes out in a few months. It's a lot different than Plat Du Jour, just check out this track:
Posted by cory at 4:51 PM
March 3, 2006
Oh, Chuck E. Cheese...
I used to work at Chuck E. Cheese. Worst job I have had so far. When I got the job I was curious about the history, so I did some google searching and found a hilarious fan site. The site is dedicated to the history of the company, shows, characters and crap they sell/sold. On one page you can view all the characters (or pizzatime players) that have been a part of the Showtime Pizza (the name before it was renamed, "Chuck E. Cheese's"). Anyhow, Munch, who used to be my favorite character, has a soundclip from 1983. This is what he said:
Munch in 1983.
WHAT THE HECK?
What do you guys think, how where they able to get away with that in 1983? Who was the complete idiot who wrote that?
Oh how I hated these "Ticket Munchers"
FYI: those skytubes at the top...I had to clean them every Monday at 7am for months. This was right after the tour with David Sampson. It sucked so bad. Every Monday I had to be there at 6 to count tokens then clean the tubes. I don't miss that.
Posted by cory at 12:44 PM
March 2, 2006
You Can Call Me Al
Posted by cory at 1:27 PM
March 1, 2006
Windows is too hard for people...
I work for GVSU at the Digital Studio. My job mostly consist of sitting and looking at websites, but sometimes we get work. That usually consists of digitizing VHS/DV tapes or scanning documents to put on Blackboard. It's an okay job, and I can usually get my homework done.
Today, the phone rang. I hate when the phone rings; i'm so terrible at communicating with them. I can't see the person, I can't see what they're talking about and when they call they're always on a PC. I don't know Windows anymore. Once I got a Mac, i never went back (sorry). The caller today was trying to burn a simple data disc. I could tell he was very frustrated by his tone and speed. "Hi, I'm trying to burn a freakin' data disc, and i'm about to give up and do it the old fashion way." All I could say was, "okay." He didn't say anything. I then asked, "Well, what software are you using?" (pause), "Windows! Why is this so hard?" This is where I realized Windows is too hard for people. Everyone wants a computer to do everything for them. They want to sit back, put in a disc and have it copied in two seconds. Windows does not have any default software that allows you to simply burn a Data CD (unless I am mistaken. then in that case this post is some crap). You need Roxio or that Adaptec or whatever it's called. What a bunch of crap.
Pop a CD-R into a Mac. The first thing it asks is what you'd like to do with it. So easy! Old people just need to spend the extra money and buy a mac. You don't have to worry about all the antivirus software, all the defrags, the extra software, the error messages, DOS, etc. None of that crap.
Buy a Mac. Unless you like doing extra work, and an ugly OS.
(such a geeky post this has turned into. i feel like i should have a linux penguin somewhere.)
Posted by cory at 4:51 PM
The WisDells: American to the bone
Posted by cory at 1:09 PM