Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Random Ten: 25 Random Things - "City of Delusion" edition

Following on a meme that's been there and back again, saw the movie and hated the ending but then saw the movie again... I give unto you the not-annoying-at-all-not-in-the-slightest "Friday 25 Random Things About Me" list! (Clicken the linken for what the hell it all means)

Yes! List!

1. What do your friends say about you?
"No. 13 Baby" - Pixies

2. How would your coworkers describe you?
"Ribcage" - Elbow

3. How would you describe yourself?
"Cannonball" - Damien Rice

4. What do you like in a romantic partner?
"Too Long Awake" - Idlewild

5. How do you feel today?
"We Never Change" - Coldplay

6. What is your life's purpose?
"Cath..." - Death Cab for Cutie

7. What is your motto?
"Reunion" - Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator soundtrack)

8. What do you think about the most?
"Isobel" - Bjork

9. What are you going to do on your next vacation?
"One Week" - Barenaked Ladies

10. What do you think of your first love/date?
"An Echo, A Stain" - Bjork (zing!)

11. What is your life story?
"Getchoo" - Weezer

12. What did you do yesterday?
"Dead Wrong" - The Fray

13. What do you think of when you see the person you like/love?
"Brian Wilson" - Barenaked Ladies

14. What describes your wedding?
"Goodbye, Baby" - Richard Gibbs (Battlestar Galactica miniseries soundtrack)

15. What will they play at your funeral?
"I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" - Colin Hay

16. What is your obsession?
"Sentimental Guy" - Ben Folds

17. What is your biggest fear?
"Midnight Show" - The Killers

18. What is your biggest secret?
"Fix You" - Coldplay

19. What is your biggest turn-on?
"Pink Triangle" - Weezer (lesbians, FTW!)

20. How do you describe your friends?
"Futures" - Jimmy Eat World

21. What would you do with a million dollars?
"Can't Stop Now" - Keane

22. What is your opinion of sex?
"Amsterdam" - Coldplay

23. What is your biggest regret?
"Wasteland" - Augustana (actually, I think Song of Susannah was the worst of the Dark Tower books - hey, now!)

24. What would you rather be doing right now?
"Bodysnatchers" - Radiohead

25. What will you post this list as?
"City of Delusion" - Muse

Hm. That was amusing, at least. I'm particularly fond of nos. 10, 15 and 19 - ah, iTunes, you really came through for me. 

Now, let's mark the passing of my first internet meme participation with this lovely video of the fine lads of Muse performing "City of Delusion" live. Enjoy.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Annoyances in the Workplace: Part X of Eleventy-Billion and Y

Photo courtesy of

Someone in my office - someone of questionable intelligence and/or sanity - has the ring tone on their cellphone set to that of a duck's quack. I shit you not: it is, literally, the sound of a duck quacking. No music, jingle-jangle or anything else. Simply this:

quack quack quack. quack quack quack.

I just noticed it today, though I think it's been subconsciously plaguing me for a few days. And whoever this person is - if I knew who it was, likely their precious mobile would be sitting at the bottom of the river that runs by my building - gets an absurd amount of phone calls. I've counted eight since I first noticed it, shortly after lunch today.

Fucking quacking as your goddamn ring tone. Seriously.

I need to invest in some good headphones.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Random Ten: It's sooooo easy

which is why these have been the only posts of late. Oh, sure, I've wanted to post about Neal Stephenson's Anathem, which I just finished, and I've got that whole "big announcement about my writing, just wait for the new year" thing which I keep putting off... but those are all, like, hard and stuff. FRTs are like Skittles. And if you don't know what I mean, then I don't know how we ever communicated.

Anyway. Maestro, ze list!

1. "Foundations" - Kate Nash
2. "Gunshy" - Liz Phair
3. "Trouble" - Coldplay
4. "Brian Wilson" - Barenaked Ladies
5. "Stable Song" - Death Cab for Cutie
6. "Late" - Ben Folds
7. "Sunday Best" - Augustana
8. "Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine" - The Killers
9. "Volcano" - Damien Rice
10. "Wisconsin" - Bon Iver

Whoa. That's not a bad list - not a great one, mind, but as I've mentioned before, I've never been cool. And I'm okay with that. (No: really!) Anyway, let's see what's behind the mystery bonus door, shall we?

11. "No Answers" - AeonSpoke

Well, hey now. I daresay this is one of the best FRTs I've ever been a part of. Here, let's make merry with an AeonSpoke video ("Emmanuel" - I couldn't find one for "No Answers"), courtesy of the fine folks over at YouTube.

Happy Friday, folks.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Random Ten: Aaaand, we're back

Oh, my, but it's been a while since last we played the legendary FRT, hasn't it? Let's us rectify the situation, post haste!

1. "No One's Gonna Love You" - Band of Horses
2. "Work" - Jimmy Eat World
3. "Everybody's Changing" - Keane
4. "In The Garage" - Weezer
5. "Pain" - Jimmy Eat World
6. "Sulk" - Radiohead
7. "Parachutes" - Coldplay
8. "Death Of An Interior Decorator" - Death Cab for Cutie
9. "Talking Bird" - Death Cab for Cutie
10. "Welcome Home" - Idlewild

And, as ever, the infamous bonus track that almost always lets me down with its inherent lameosity:

11. "Love Will Come Through" - Travis

Hardly ever disappointed by the blandness of my music collection, am I. Alas, I am not now, nor have I ever been, cool. And I'm okay with that.

Here, let's celebrate feeling good about being lame by watching this video of bland adult alternative pap!

To be fair, this is off the album Twelve Memories (2003), which has a number of ditties highly critical of Bush's America, plus a song titled "Peace the Fuck Out". So it's not totally lame, only partially so.

Huh. Defensive much?

Monday, February 02, 2009

Gobbler's Knob? Really?

Taking a break from self-imposed blog exile (read: been too damn lazy and/or busy IRL to post) to note that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Gobbler's Knob today.

Put aside the fact that this supposedly means another 6 weeks of an already stupidly-long winter. Punxsutawney Phil resides on Gobbler's Knob? Really? No: really?

I mean... damn, the jokes just write themselves, don't they?