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1. I am really really loving Automatic Systematic Habit a lot. That link is to the mini movie. It was a free download from iTunes last week. Might still be? Garbage performed it on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. I asked twitter this, but seriously, WTAF is Shirley Manson wearing? Did she sacrifice her grandma's sofa slipcover or drapes to make it?

I am hopeful that they will rescheduled the post-poned Houston show soooooon.

2. It's like the music gods are looking into my brain. Tim McIlrath and Brian Fallon on the same tour again? I made squeaky noises of glee yesterday when I heard the news.

3. Cleaned out my closet. Does that mean that it's okay to buy these shoes in nude/burgundy after all? Ugh. I want them, but I don't NEED more shoes. Except for black flats, because the soles of the pair I have are separating from the upper.

4. Oh, Daveeed. I was all set to watch an epic 3-hour match this morning, but he squandered at least nine break points in the first set. Rafa was sort of sloppy early on. And then once he won the tie-break, Daveeed's wheels came off. (I have the Nole/Fed match on now, and holy crap the Italian fans are vocal about their love for Nole.)

5. Live music pimp! Without A Face is playing a free show at 9pm tonight at Fitzgerald's. It's not a very convenient venue in terms of location or parking, but free music!

6. Bonnaroo tickets arrived! And the set times have been released! That means I will be off work for a WEEK soon, with nothing but music to do. :DDD

7. Um. I thought I had another thing to say, but it was probably just bitching about work, and no one needs that negativity in their life, including me.
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+ work. I love being in lab when no one else is. As I get older, I like people in my work-space less and less. Mostly I think this is because I like having things just so, and some of the folks I work with are a) messy and b) inconsiderate of common spaces and reagents. Today, I am the only person in the joint space shared by five different groups. I appreciate this. *turns on the PStump CD and cranks the volume*

+ books. Read some short stories by the same person who wrote The Memory Keeper's Daughter, thinking I'd give her a second chance. Eh. One I enjoyed, the rest didn't strike a chord. Started Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights and the Election That Saved A Nation. Thus far I am entertained, more from the excerpts DeRose chose than anything else. From a Jefferson-to-Madison letter, on the subject of the British invasion of Virginia: Should this army from Portsmouth come forth and become active (and as we have no reason to believe they came here to sleep) our affairs will assume a very disagreeable aspect. LOL, understatement. Also, funnier than I always expect a historical figure to be.

+ Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Give me allllll the Gary Oldman. ALL OF HIM. I enjoyed the way the movie was shot, to give it a feel like, yes, it was 1973/4. And the cast. Oh, Tom Hardy with long blond hair. But I must admit, I still don't get the Benedict Cumberbatch phenomenon. I don't watch BBC's Sherlock for a variety of reasons, so I was thinking maybe this movie would show me what it is that everyone loves. But sadly, no.

+ The Australian Open started. :D Yes, it is likely that I will continue to tweet with a #wishIwereinmelbourne tag for the next two weeks. Last night, Rafa and Fed laid smack-downs on their first match opponents. Fernando Verdasco melted down in the late stages of a five-setter. Maybe he just wanted to get off the court and out of the heinous, eye-searing red and yellow kit Adidas has designed. I just don't get it: why do they put such attractive people in such ugly clothing. He looked like a refugee from Ronald McDonald-land. I'm currently debating whether I will go home after work to watch Daveeed's opening match (he is my favorite right now), or head to Murder By The Book for the reading/signing that Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs are doing for their new book, Gideon's Corpse.

+ music. Rise Against's in Austin tomorrow night, but I have an 8am meeting Wednesday, so I don't think I'm going to be able to make that round-trip trek. Alternatively, the Old 97's are at the House of Blues. Totally different genres, but still. Live music. I haven't had any in my ears in a month (other than the cover band that played NYE), and I'm feeling the lack.

+ We are currently debating where to go for our 10th anniversary trip (other than our standard Bonnaroo attendance on the actual anniversary date). Originally we'd thought Italy, but A's sort of concerned that an economic meltdown in the EuroZone will make things disorganized or difficult or something (IDK, I think that might make travel cheaper, to lure tourist trade in, but whatever - I've been to Italy before, so I'm not the one missing out). So now we're kicking around: Peru, New Zealand, Australia again (likely Adelaide, Perth, and/or Darwin after a brief stop in Melbourne or Sydney to acclimate), or the UK. Suggestions?
asimplechord: (shrug)
...or that's what BUrie would have us believe.

ANYWAY.

things

1. Rise Against last week. Clearly I am used to people being in line super early for Discos, because I was surprised that no one (except me) lined up until after 4:30pm. So was the Rise Against tech I chatted with while he was on a smoke-break. Still, worth it.

I was MOST amused by the dude next to me at the barrier, who had spent the morning at a Glenn Beck book signing. When asked if he didn't see any inherent conflict in his love for Rise Against and admiration of Beck, he replied that if he thought about Rise Against's lyrics, he could convince himself that they were libertarian, not liberal left-y activists. (Uh-huh.) He was NOT amused by the Flobots. At all.

2. Super-sekrit Ultimate Ears show at Momo's in Austin, with the ~~~mystery band, Panic! at the Disco: LOL, OUR KARMA. [livejournal.com profile] sunn_doyouknow, [livejournal.com profile] catchmelike, and I each won two spots each on the guest list, but [livejournal.com profile] catchmelike couldn't go, so it ended up being me, [livejournal.com profile] shutyourface, [livejournal.com profile] eckerlilas, [livejournal.com profile] fiddleyoumust (check them for pics, b/c I forgot to take a camera), E, & [livejournal.com profile] sunn_doyouknow. The set was short, but it was acoustic, which was awesome, and we were right up front, the best spot to be. :) And there was hanging out at the bar and chatting afterwards. Plus free Ultimate Ears earbuds and t-shirts, and hangtimes w/ ppl I hadn't seen since... the last Discos show, LOL. So, totally worth the drive to Austin. :D

a) They are ridiculous.
b) Did I mention they are ridiculous?
c) I've never been as close during a show, because there was literally no barrier at all. To start the show, Ian & I exchanged high-fives. NGL, I spent a few minutes thinking how pretty Brendon's and Spencer's eyelashes looked on their cheeks, b/c they looked down/closed their eyes during some songs.
d) Dallon (and his stage-banter) is the most hilarious. And best dressed, in a creepy, Dexter-type way, although his sideburns need some work. HE'S TRYING REALLY HARD TO GROW FACIAL HAIR, OK? (And in conversation, he told me that Mormons from Utah are different to Mormons from elsewhere. I was like, ".... uh... anyway..." while thinking that I would not disagree, given my experience living there, but I'm glad that I was not the person to voice that thought.)
e) I cannot decide how to feel when both Brendon and Spencer say they're glad to see us again, and that it's good when they can look out and see people that they recognize, especially at a small show where the crowd is not necessarily their fans. On one hand: \o/ GLAD TO BE THERE AND HELP. OTOH: O.o
f) Zack's judging face: still awesome.
g) Ian: needs to wash his hair and shave his scruff. Perhaps he was too busy playing with his new harmonica to do so yesterday?

crappy cell-phone pic of my view beneath the cut )

OK. Now to finish editing and write more of my YAGKYAS fic.
asimplechord: (half-faded)
+ J is going to visit in October. \o/

+ I've flailed about Rise Against before. There are no heart-eyes big enough to express my love for this band. Seriously. Tim McIlrath was on HLN's Showbiz News the other night before the MTV premiere, and he's blogged about this song and its video, which was a collaborative effort with the It Gets Better project.

+ I had something to say about songs that are popular right now (including some of Rise Against's and Lady Gaga's Born This Way) vis a vis 33 Revolutions Per Minute, but my brain is fried.

+ Also had some thoughts about Emily's Army's debut album, but haven't really collected them. Except that I am pretty amused by Asslete.

+ Wimbledon! I haven't been able to watch much (just the first few games of Serena and Venus Williams the past couple of days - they were up and down but triumphed), but the Radio Wimbledon app is working pretty well. Far better than Radio Roland Garros did, actually. Rafa made it through with no problems today, as did Deliciano, but Fernando lost to Haase in the second round. Daveeeed plays Ryan Harrison tomorrow. \o/

- Work. I'm so tired of my lab mates. As I explained to the email chain, this happened today. )

+ White Collar. This week's ep? Diana is a badass, y/y/mfy?

+ St. Arnold's Pub Crawl, Saturday. Downtown. I know where I will be!

+ A entered a couple of his beers in a local competition. Their names? Glory Hole Golden Ale and Cock-eyed Porridge (oatmeal stout). I laughed until I cried when he told me what he named them.
asimplechord: (mikey way FLW)
1. Is TYV's hiatus officially a break-up, or just, you know, them doing other things? For a really long time. JWalk's interview made me wonder.

2. Browsing the tour dates for the Foo Fighters. How bummed am I that they aren't coming anywhere near me? Pretty bummed, especially since Rise Against are one of the openers.

But look at this list of arena names: Nationwide, Sprint, Izod, HSBC, Quicken Loan Arenas. I'm pondering the likely unvoiced opinions of Tim McIlrath on playing venues sponsored by the financial giants. I mean, they refused to play a festival where the stage was an advert for the military recruiters/reserve. But they play Stubb's on a regular basis (LOL, a bunch of vegans and vegetarians walked into a BBQ joint...). How to reconcile political & philosophical differences with earning a paycheck and being visible for fans?


How many hours before I can has fangirls and Killjoys?
asimplechord: (tell us how you really feel)
Deliberately not talking/thinking/posting about work. It'll make me too cranky. Instead, here. Have some random babbling and a few songs.

So, I've flailed all over the place (mostly twitter, but also here some, obvsly) about PStump and Discos, but I haven't really talked about Rise Against's new album, Endgame, even though it came out almost a month ago. Why oh why aren't they coming to Houston? The only TX dates on this tour - with BAD RELIGION! - are midweek dates in Austin and Corpus Christi. Which, you know, I'll go to at least one of. But anyway.

I love it. I love the music, and I love that every song hits on an issue near and dear to my heart. I was thinking about this earlier, b/c on one hand it's good that there was a compromise to keep the federal government running, but the cuts being made and the tax code that's been signed into law are just widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots in the US, not just in terms of income, but in terms of social benefits and opportunities. I feel like a lot of people of my generation and younger are disaffected: we keep trying and nothing changes. And nothing I see in mainstream media speaks to me on this issue.

But maybe other forms of media pick up the slack? IDK, I go back and forth on this, wondering if the US can have anything approaching the "facebook/twitter revolution"s of north Africa/the middle east. So many people were galvanized by the 2008 elections, but I wonder if the last couple of years have dulled their enthusiasm.

So I open the PDF/liner for the download of Endgame, & see that Rise Against suggest that their fans read Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine (I have some issues with Klein, but not with this book), and watch Capitalism: A Love Story and Collapse. They used to suggest Zinn's Peoples' History.

They close with Steinbeck's When property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away.[...]

This band could not resonate any more in my ears and brain and soul if they were aiming directly, deliberately AT ME.

Here. Their Architects, along with I Was A Teenage Anarchist by Against Me! (no, really, one is a response to the other) and RATM's cover of Ghost of Tom Joad.
asimplechord: (shrug)
Item the first: LJ username change! (ETA: irisgirl12000 -> asimplechord) I've been thinking of changing it forever. Actually, I kept hoping that the name I originally wanted (favoritemistake) would become available, because the person who has it has zero posts. But that doesn't seem to be the case, and I'm tired of waiting, so I chose another relevant phrase. DW (favoritemistake), Yahoo email (irisgirl12000), and gmail account names are not changing, FYI. Twitter is, to match.

Second. Missed the Golden Globes entirely tonight. Instead, saw the Alley/Seattle Rep production of God of Carnage. They modified it slightly, setting it in Houston rather than Brooklyn or Paris. HILARIOUSLY accurate portrayal of modern humanity.

Third. AO has started. GIMME THAT SPANISH ARMADA! Verdasco's match is at ass o'clock tonight. I'll probably fall asleep waiting for the coverage to start, but whatever. SHINY!

Um. I am going to go read more of John LeCarre's Our Kind of Traitor and think about some American Idiot fic set to these lyrics, because you all know how I feel about Rise Against:

All because of you,
I believe in angels.
Not the kind with wings,
No, not the kind with halos,
The kind that bring you home,
When home becomes a strange place.
I'll follow your voice,
All you have to do is shout it out.
asimplechord: (science!)
1. I thought more than once about extending my visit to NYC when I got the NDP notice and then the pre-sale code for the Discos' show at the Bowery, but I seriously cannot spend that time off without consequences - the day and a half I'm taking are being made up by working MLK Jr Day and the thirteen hours I spent in lab on Tuesday. (As an aside, J is going to be in town that weekend too. Cling-time! :D :D :D)

2. New post-doc arrived. SO TIRED OF ANSWERING QUESTIONS. It would be okay if it were just her, but I have literally spent hours the last three days showing other people how to do things. It's not like I have, you know, shit of my own to do.

3. I keep thinking about writing something, anything, but by the time I get home from work, I can't be bothered to think straight.

4. Almost through S2 of The West Wing. It's funny in a sad way how a decade after these episodes aired, NONE of the issues they confront have altered significantly. (And I still love CJ like burning.) [ETA: The more I watch, the less I care for Bartlet. To me he comes off as a predictable, pompous ass who relies on a bottomless well of useless trivia, his own opinion, and the bible more than anything else.]

5. Rise Against's new album comes out the same week as GD's Awesome As Fuck? Good music week. Actually, I think that's the week of SXSW, so it'll be a FABULOUS music week. :D :D :D (Also, did I ever flail here about Another Station; Another Mile? My heart eyes over them, I can't even explain.)

6. I was earwormed today by Wisdom, Justice, and Love. First when Tavis Smiley & Amy Goodman got into it on Democracy Now this morning (and wasn't that a total lovefest?) and then when my iPod kept cycling through A Thousand Suns. [There was a thought somewhere about violent political rhetoric and the long war and the political assassinations of the 60s, but I'm too tired to connect the dots now.]

7. A reminder from J had me all excited: the new Mercy Gunderson novel is out! And Amazon said that my copy had been delivered. But there is no package on my doorstep, in my mailbox, or in my neighbor's house. The USPS is not being particularly helpful at the moment, but I suppose that's because it's after hours. *sigh* I guess I'll keep slogging through Aftermath and Learning To Eat Soup With A Knife in the meantime.

8. Fuck yes! (PLEASE, BILL WHITE, RUN FOR HER SEAT.)

9. 30Jan shows of American Idiot are/will be sold out b/c it's BJA as St. Jimmy and it's most likely Michael Esper's last show, y/n?

10. Fanta orange soda + Dripping Springs vodka = A+ supper choice
asimplechord: (glasses)
I know I'm boring you with my heart-eyes for Rise Against. But seriously. I ♥ them.

Also? Soundgarden. :D :D :D Thank you for that live version of Spoonman. Now I'm going to be selfish and say GIMME MORE. Kthnx?

What else? Without A Face (Lactose Intolerance! *cough* *gigglesnort*). I'd go, but BRMC's showcase at SXSW is that night, and they win. ETA: AND SO IS PATRICK FUCKING STUMP'S SO YEAH, SORRY, NO. NEXT TIME, BB. /ETA

Gretaaaaaa! \o/ I do not recognize the venue Gold Motel are playing in San Antonio on the 13th, but I'm willing to familiarize myself with it.



OK. I'm going to go watch some of S2 of The Wire and contemplate my BBB fic. Which really just means I'll fall asleep with the TV on, but whatever. I hope y'all had a decent Monday. ♥
asimplechord: (mikey way FLW)
# I am ridiculously excited to see Green Zone. I mean, Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, and Brendan Gleeson. Plus political/military intrigue! OK, also, there are guns involved, and I am shallow.

## I've flailed about the video for Re-Education Through Labor before. An uncensored version was released this week. ♥ Rise Against. (I cannot WAIT to see them at Bonnaroo. I'm hoping they and Gaslight Anthem will be on the same stage, same day. :D)

### I got a raise! And a promotion! UT declared no cost-of-living or merit pay-raises or bonuses last year, so I wasn't expecting one, but my boss was not happy about it because the state/university budget doesn't pay my salary, his grant does. So he wrangled with the departmental chair, who originally said no. But he got around it by promoting me, and the new title comes with a raise, effective 1March. :D

#### I loved living in Utah for a variety of reasons, and I miss the mountains a lot. But I do not miss the political climate. Keep your laws off my body.

##### A judge's life experience informs his/her rulings? Shocking.



I believe I am going to go make brownies, watch some Olympics sports, and maybe write a little, either my BBB fic or more frat boy Kyle/Brendon comment fic.

asimplechord: (*face/palm*)
On the negative side: I totally forgot we had lab meeting at 9am today. We used to always have it at 9am on Fridays, but we alternate lab meetings with different groups now, every other Thursday at 9am with one set, every other Tuesday with another. And we changed the time we have it - it started out at 9:30am, but then we had to move it to an earlier time when the dept was doing candidate seminars at 10am, and one of the profs liked it at the earlier time. Either way, I have no excuse. I completely forgot about it, and didn't know where everyone was when I arrived at 9:45am.




On the plus side: had breakfast at the 59 Diner with a friend visiting for the day from Michigan. Hadn't seen him in over a year.

Also positive:

BONNAROO TIX PURCHASED.

And. AND. Weezer, Flaming Lips (doing Dark Side of the Moon), Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, John Fogerty, Bassnectar, Phoenix, and Jay-Z have been announced. Bonnaroo's dribbling out participating acts every five minutes on their twitter and myspace, so I turned their tweets on for my phone. Me, over Weezer -> :DDD

ETA: Also? Dropkick Murphys, Jeff Beck, Manchester Orchestra, Thievery Corporation, and DMB. THE NATIONAL. :DDD

ETA2: RISE AGAINST :DDDDDDD
asimplechord: (wtf lj)
Day 01 → My favorite song
Day 02 → My favorite movie
Day 03 → My favorite television program
Day 04 → My favorite book
Day 05 → My favorite quote
Day 06 → Whatever strikes my fancy

And that is... )

In other news, I am DONE with my holiday shopping! \o/

And I've got an alarm set to listen to Q101 at 9pm central for my favorite Chicago boys. &EMPIRES;
asimplechord: (you people get it)
Aaron bailed on me tonight. As in, COMPLETELY STOOD ME UP, "OH, SORRY, GOLF RAN LATE" via a txt and declined phone call. So I saw the Warped 15h Anniversary Movie/Concert by myself. Except that I txted and Tweeted [livejournal.com profile] shutyourface and [livejournal.com profile] vic_ramsey, who were seeing it elsewhere, so I wasn't really by myself.

Mostly? I was there to see how faily the Decaydance All Stars were, and to see Rise Against on the big screen.

Spencer Smith looked like he had a REALLY good time pounding the drums on their blink-182 cover. Tyson Ritter is single-handledly bringing glitter back. And didn't anyone ever tell him that white pants were a fashion faux pas after Labor Day?

But anyway.

My heart-eyes for Tim McIlrath & Rise Against, let me show you them. I felt like they were rushing The Good Left Undone, and that the vibe of their live show doesn't translate well to the screen. But still. ♥

For [livejournal.com profile] shutyourface, who didn't really know them, some music:

These are two of their more popular albums. The third and fourth full studio albums.

Siren Song of the Apocalypse. Swing Life Away is one of their more popular songs, and you might recognize it; I'm not really fond of it. I love Give It All a lot.

The Sufferer and The Witness. You probably recognize Good Left Undone from the Warped movie (meter changes, how I love you). I really really like this entire album. Prayer of the Refugee is my absolute favorite song by Rise Against, although I prefer the live version to the studio version. The Approaching Curve is the kind of spoken word that Pete Wentz wishes he wrote, and makes me very curious to speculate about what would have happened if he and McIlrath hadn't parted ways with the end of Arma Angelus.

I have their newest album (the first song they did for the Warped show, Savior, is on it) and their two older ones (less melodic, more hardcore), and I'll upload them tomorrow/this weekend.
asimplechord: (incest/rps)
So, mostly these are the things I've been thinking about in order not to completely lose my temper today. Which, IDK, maybe it's PMS? I am really cranky over stupid little shit (and some bigger shit).


+ Legs crossed toward each other is ABSOLUTELY an Unequivocal Sex Invite, as has been pointed out by numerous people. This just means I spent half the morning casting Clueless AU in my head and via text.

+ IDEK, Nick Scimeca.

+ Matt Kiser's comparison of New Perspective and Change; I am particularly amused by the "what did these guys keep in the divorce" part for P!ATD: The exclamation point, the arm garters, the band member who can actually sing.

+ J texting me that her Twitter moment of the day was a convo about why Wincest is good but not HPtwincest. Me: LOL, ppl have to draw the line somewhere - it's okay for hot boys who are brothers to kiss as long as they're not twins, apparently? (Y'all can guess my opinion on that one.)

Fic that I want to read, but no one is writing for me:

+ fic wherein the switch between singer and bassist that was made by Tim McIlrath and Pete Wentz is discussed, along with their appreciation for spoken-word additions to songs. Or, you know, entire songs based on spoken-word poetry rather than singing, and the success vs. failure of some such. (compare fan bases, compare political content of their lyrics, compare commercial success and explore their continuing friendship/acquaintance)

+ domestic fic! Spencer buying Brendon's socks and underwear (he likes the bright colors, and wants to expand to patterns)! Brendon sneaking a pair of boy-jeans into Spencer's closet! (they are totally easier to get on and off when they are loose. shut up, he's not the one who has to take his own off)

+ Spencer/Brendon Cyrano fic. Spencer has body issues and is too shy to woo Brendon himself so he helps Ryan do so! Brendon falls in love with the writer of his letters, never realizing that it was Spencer! (OK, maybe I don't really want this fic. Maybe what I want is Ryan being Cyrano. Yes? Yes? MFYes? Except that Spencer can't die like Christian does.)

+ gen fic involving Mikeyway learning Japanese. (mostly b/c I love that his MFW shirt has now been translated)

(Me, demanding? No!)

Cabbabies tomorrow, yes? :D
asimplechord: (no words for his hotness)
We saw HP & the HBP the other night! I thought it was going to be a regular date night, but it turned out that [livejournal.com profile] vic_ramsey and [livejournal.com profile] eckerlilas and [livejournal.com profile] shutyourface came to the show, too! Cut for HP rambling )

Ugh. I am so stiff and sore, it's ridiculous. My ribs hurt, and I've bruises on my hips and arms and knees where the crowd surge (and the dude next to me, who thought I was going to give up my spot front and center at the barrier to him just 'cause he overshadowed me by 8 inches and 100 lbs) pushed me against the grated part of the barrier. Screw that. My elbows are pointy and I don't mind using them. Rancid and Rise Against were worth it.


I recorded the AAR performance on Friday's Today show and watched yesterday. Dear Tyson, thanks for giving me all kinds of happy thoughts about you and Nick holed up in a cabin in the woods, maxed out on coffee and wine, to write When the World Comes Down, and for being so ridiculous as to say you have a band logo tattoo in the "chesticle area".

As Tabby has said, I do not understand why there aren't volumes more slash fic on those two.


Who's excited about the new video for Swim? Seriously, I think that song could be the song that describes my life. Also, I'm trying to decide if I want to go to the Pavilion next week to see Jack's Mannequin, even though they're not the headliners and I don't even like The Fray, the headliners.



On that note. Tell me: if you could describe yourself with one song, what would it be?
asimplechord: (science!)
+ Ugh, budget crap. I hate that the granting cycle for our NIH budget doesn't overlap with the state's fiscal year. HATE. Because money gets encumbered but some companies (like Invitrogen, which I am convinced will someday be one of three remaining biochemical suppliers in the world) don't bill in a timely manner, so that money is lost and the bill has to be paid from the new cycle's acct balance, fucking up my record keeping and budgeting, and then it happens again when accts payable is clearing open orders at the end of the fiscal year.

Plus, we've spent a fuckton more money this year than we normally would, partly because we've started a new project that's really antibody intensive (seriously, $6k in new antibodies in the last six months; that's normally more than a year's worth of antibody budget) and partly because we've had more people in the lab than we really had funding for. (Because The Chief does things like agreeing to house a student from a lab whose PI left the institution, who takes up space and resources without contributing publications or knowledge to the grant that's paying for things.)

+ Did someone rec my Potter-verse drabbles somewhere? I've gotten more reviews from OWL for them in the last week than I got before... ever. Seriously.

+ Tomorrow morning I have a dentist appt @ 7:30am to have a tooth filled. Yay. Except for how that messes up my caffeine intake for the day.

+ How sad is it that it's only Monday and I'm already looking forward to the weekend?

Friday: date night: me and MrIris at the Alamo to see HP & the HBP

Saturday: RISE AGAINST :DDDD (I'm going to the Hard Rock for lunch, then hanging out at the venue so I can get a good spot for Tim McIlrath et al.)

Sunday: shop for a dress for SIL's wedding (Eh, not a 'yay' activity, but must be done.)


+ Oh, HEY. Did I mention that this is The Idiot's LAST WEEK IN THIS LAB? :DDD
asimplechord: (i believe i can fly (and want to give Za)
+ Does anyone else feel like the Northern Downpour t-shirt is way bigger than it should be, even though the tag says it's the right size? Also, the magnet set does not include enough articles. :( Need to get another poetry kit to go with it.

+ Yesterday was our 7th anniversary. I'm not sure what it says about us that in lieu of exchanging gifts, MrIris and I had tapas and wine at Mi Luna, and we're really celebrating by camping and rocking out this weekend @ Bonnaroo. (ELVIS COSTELLOOOOOOOO. *cough* Wot?)

+ Dude. That Nerf Herder album rocks. It's got Mr. Spock on it. Star Wars and Star Trek on the same album FTW.

+ Have I asked this before? Am I the only person who thinks that the opening of Hey Monday's Homecoming is ripped directly from The Bangles' cover of Hazy Shade of Winter?

+ Rise Against's Hero of War is the iTunes video of the week. ♥ ♥ ♥ That means it is free, so go download it. And then buy the album because Tim McIlrath et al. are awesome. (How many days until they are HEEEEEERRRRRE?)

+ I am still traumatized by trying to get the bird who flew down the chimney out of the house before the cats could eat it. They, on the other hand, have refused to budge from the fireplace, clearly in hopes that another feathered meal will fall from the heavens.
asimplechord: (cash dollar)
DDD: <- me earlier, b/c I wanted to be in Lubbock or Corpus Christi right now

:DDDD <- me now, because Rise Against/Rancid tour dates were finally announced, and they're in Austin and Houston on a Friday and Saturday - and b/c Billy Talent are opening for the July dates

Now I'd just like AAR and the PWTs to announce the rest of their summer tours, so I can see which dates overlap and where I'm going to waste my vacation days.



Also, do I need a "Blame Tabby" icon? Or an "I surrender; bandom wins" icon?
asimplechord: (ian)
IP begun.

Fridge delivered. Installed.

Seminar attended.

Procrastinating - I've got an hour or so of work to do in the cold room. DNW. But it's required.

So in the meantime, here, have some cooing over the TAI/Cab cover of Santeria )


ETA: Also, when are the Rancid/Rise Against tour dates going to be announced? And the official HCT announcement? *whines*
asimplechord: (Default)
+ ♥_♥: Tim McIlrath cites Howard Zinn and Ayn Rand when discussing Appeal To Reason.

But thumbs down to punknews.org not having a copy editor educated enough to recognize the mistake in this sentence: In terms of the fact that you’re career in Rise Against feeds your family is there something about that that’s brought the music to a new level.


+ I wore my ferrous wheel shirt today, and people at work didn't get it. And then hung out at the bar with a group of chemists, biochemists, and engineers, and there were still people who didn't get it. *facepalm*


+ Apparently buying pre-sale tickets to see Metallica entitled me to a download of mp3s of their show here in Houston. And I'm always willing to share, so have them doing One, live at the Toyota Center.


+ It amuses me that iTunes automatically added the exclamation mark to Panic(!) At The Disco's name when I loaded Live In Chicago, as it did not for Pretty.Odd. THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DECIDE THEIR OWN PUNCTUATION!

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