Monday, November 26, 2001
despite all the insanely hilarious jokes, flash movies, .gifs, .jpegs, and other assorted and sundry crap i get sent to me via email each day, i just don't find that much funny. so, out, over and up. here's mud in your eyes, kids.
get your filth on.
get your job on.
get your war on.
Tuesday, November 13, 2001
i was driving into work today listening to U2's Achtung Baby album and thinking about one of those stupid sophomoric arguments you have with friends over which album is the greatest or which album influenced other albums. like, if you came up with the original album that influenced all other albums, that would mean anything. besides, most albums stink. at any rate, we were arguing the relative "alternative" merits of U2 vs. Nirvana. my buddy thought Nirvana kicked down the proverbial door with Nevermind and ushered in the true alternative wave. i couldn't really disagree, but i felt like Achtung Baby, despite all of it's influences, really was something special. maybe just to me. there's all sorts of stuff wrapped up in there. nostalgia for a time and place (osaka, japan 1991). driving rhythms mixed w/psycho-spiritual arias. a truly existentialist lead singer w/lyrics to match. i mean, c'mon, Nirvana brought us nihilism at it's core. it's about nothing. a shotgun to the head maybe. U2 came up with this hard kick in the pants, that essentially said, "yes, love is blindness, but hold on." and "you want to know yourself? follow me." i know a lot of people hate them. sincerity is an easy target. but jesus christ, with lyrics like...
It's no secret that a conscience can sometimes be a pest
It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief
All kill their inspiration and sing about their grief
from the fly, where bono's character is calling from a payphone in hell, trying to tell someone what he finally realizes...
It's no secret that the stars are falling from the sky
The universe exploded 'cause of one man's lie
Look, I gotta go, yeah I'm running outta change
There's a lot of things, if I could I'd rearrange
everything about that song still holds up. you can pick an argument any time w/me about these guys.
Thursday, November 01, 2001
i don't have anything to say really. i felt more alive today. then not so much. i turned 31 last week. i feel 50. i've always felt about 50.
halloween was fun. thomas dressed up like a fireman. william was tigger. we all ate candy. my mother-in-law gave me a bird feeder. i thought this had to have had some sort of subliminal message. but she just smiled and said she thought i needed a bird feeder. and who doesn't? i'm now wondering. who doesn't?