The words "we" and "our" are used around this site, but in reality, this is a one-man project. As that one man, I will use this space to document various aspects of my life, and it may often take the form of random lists of thoughts and events.
Thursday, May 22, 2003
10:50 p.m. mountain time, USA
I read where Eminem doesn't have the balls to let Weird Al Yankovic make a video for "Couch Potato", which is a parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself".
"Eminem was fine with me having the parody on my album but said he was afraid that a Weird Al video might detract from his legacy, that it would somehow make people take him less seriously as an important hip-hop artist," Yankovic told Launch.com.
The word out of Eminem's camp conveys what many have already suspected, that the rapper, who loves making fun of others in the music industry, apparently takes himself too damn seriously.
"It's an important personal piece of music for him, a piece of art," Interscope Records spokesman Dennis Dennehy told the Associated Press. "He doesn't mind him doing the song, but he didn't want to change kids' visual perception on what that image was. He wanted to make sure the image would remain intact."
All I can say to that is: bullshit. Lighten up and have a sense of humor.
OK, enough time and space wasted on that jackass.
On a more serious musical note, I just got back from a nice walk on a beautiful spring evening. I had my trusty portable CD player with me and listened to the classic Queensryche album, "The Warning". It's an awesome listen, though I still consider "Operation: Mindcrime" to be the band's best work.
I love sports of all kind and as a huge sports fan, I had to check out Annika Sorenstam making her debut in a PGA event. She finished one over par and did much better than many expected. I don't know what it all means, but I wish we could find out just how well she'd do if she had several tournaments to get used to the environment and the courses on the men's tour.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
1:38 a.m. mountain time, USA
Holy shit, it's been too long since I've updated this page. I have put in a few hours updating the rest of the site, though.
In the past few weeks, I've put up the first two featured band pages (I didn't intend on featuring two Portland, Ore., bands to start things off, but it worked out that way and both bands are awesome).
I've put up a few new links recently. Up next, if all goes well, is a news update in the next week or two, along with some new album reviews.
The last time I updated this journal, I was in the middle of my first experience on a jury. It was quite an experience. I ended up being elected jury foreman and signing the not-guilty verdict. It's awesome seeing the system in action up close, but it sucks knowing that you'll never know for sure if the guy was guilty or not. However, I can rest peacefully knowing he wasn't proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and a juror can only act on the evidence presented in court.
Lakers lost. Finally. No four-peat this year, fellas. Now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the playoffs in peace.
On a sad note, as a wrestling fan, I will comment on the tragic passing of Miss Elizabeth. I have no idea what she was like as a person, but she brought a touch of class to professional wrestling and proved that a woman could be beautiful and sexy without dressing like a stripper. Rest in peace.
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
11:01 p.m. mountain time, USA
I served my first day ever of jury duty today. It's an interesting process. My trial should wrap up tomorrow and I may have more to say in the coming days.
Gonna watch the rest of the Red Wings-Mighty Ducks playoff hockey game before going to bed, unless it goes three or four overtimes.
Thursday, April 10, 2003
12:32 a.m. mountain time, USA
Syracuse, national basketball champions. I like the sound of that. My dad, may he rest in peace, must be so proud of his home town wherever he is.
The statue fell in Baghdad on Wednesday. Freedom is an awesome thing that every human should have. We may not all agree whether the invasion of Iraq was right or not, but nobody should be sad to see the crumbling of a brutal dictatorship. I only hope for the best for the innocent people of Iraq, and for the world as a whole.
OK, enough of that. Let's talk brutal death metal. I just got home from a casual midnight stroll around the neighborhood, with my portable CD player in hand and the beautiful sounds of Cannibal Corpse's "Live Cannibalism" violating my ears. Many metal fans dismiss Cannibal Corpse because of the band's success, but these guys have written a lot of good death metal songs and consistently deliver new music and live performances year after year. I won't say Cannibal Corpse is underrated, but I think they may be underappreciated by some in the metal community.
I hope to pump out a few new reviews in the next week or so, including the new God Dethroned album. I need to listen to it some more, but my first impression was simply, "wow". I love that band, and the bonus disc is a worthy item in its own right.
Saturday, April 5, 2003
1:25 p.m. mountain time, USA
I'm getting ready to settle down and watch the college basketball Final Four, which is one of my favorite annual sporting events. Go Syracuse!
Just listened to Converge's "Jane Doe". I know it's probably more hardcore than metal, but it's still quite awesome. I wish I could understand more than just a stray word here and there, but it's still quite impressive. Maybe I need to hunt down the lyrics.
I wish all the best for everybody involved in the war in Iraq, not just Americans and their allies, but also the innocent citizens of Iraq and all those who are good people trapped in a terrible time and place.
I see where Sebastian Bach was fired from Jesus Christ Superstar. What a shock (full sarcasm mode). As a child of 80s metal, I am actually looking forward to new Skid Row music, without Bach.
Well, it's time to settle in for a day of sports action.