Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Smoke Fairies

New band- just heard on our local community radio, KDHX. Kinda rockin guitar sound with low key vocals. Pretty bitch, I thought, even if it is kind of a short song. Check it out.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ummm, this is pretty neat.

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One more thing to worry about at festivals....Drivers.

Update for 7/18: The Preston County Sheriff's Department identifies the woman killed as Nicole Paris Miller, 20 from South Carolina. The injured women are Elizabeth Rose Doran, 20, and Yen H. Ton, 21. Doran is in good condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital while Ton has been released. All three women were from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Based on evidence at the scene and interviews conducted with victims and witnesses, it appears that Clay Harlin Lewin of Cape Charles, Virginia, lost control of the 2002 GMC pickup truck he was driving and struck several vehicles and a campsite. The vehicle and campsite were situated on a hillside.

All Good Festival officials issued this statement about the tragedy:

"The All Good Festival was saddened to hear about the incident that took the life of one person this morning. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to their family and loved ones.

There also were two other individuals that suffered injuries in the incident and we wish them a speedy recovery

At this time, the Festival is working with the Preston County, West Virginia Sheriff's Department and all relevant authorities."


One person was killed and two others seriously injured in an accident Sunday at the All Good Music Festival in Preston County.

Sheriff Dallas Wolfe says the accident happened when a pick-up truck in a camping area rolled out of control into a group of people. Wolfe says one woman was killed and two other women hurt. They were life flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with serious injuries.

Wolfe says all three were trapped under the vehicle and “had to be extricated.”

Wolfe says the camping area where the accident happened has rolling hills that apparently contributed to the accident. He says there was a driver in the vehicle, but it appears the vehicle went out of control. No charges have been filed, but the case is still being investigated.

"It's just a tragedy," Wolfe told Metronews. "We've worked hard with the All Good staff to keep it as safe as we could, but things happen."

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Sunday was the final day of the music festival, which attracts over 25,000 people to Masontown. Police arrested at least 35 people as of Saturday on a variety of charges, mostly drug-related.


Wrong side of the bed.

I misread the above tag from the Wall Street Journal and thought that Murdoch may have had a recent "tear up the headlines" kind of day. Given everything that's been stressing him out lately, I can imagine that he thought that American people should hear it like it is for a change.

Specifically, I misread "Salary" to read "Slavery". (I also read "employers" as "buyers").

I think I need to adjust my cynicism.

Monday, July 18, 2011

End of Life covers "Beautiful People"



Check this movie out if you are looking for something to watch. It's on netflix instant. It's about a girl trying to tackle the Appalachian trail from Maine to Georgia. 2100 miles, 6 months. It's pretty rad.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yes, but how am I going to fit it in my car?

13,209 hours of set up, alignment, calibration, and tuning.
97% of components from farm equipment.
Not one ball hits the ground.

I wonder if it plays Journey.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What does Marsellus Wallace look like?!

Viktor Jasinski, 32, admitted to police that he had gone to the salon in Meshchovsk, Russia, with the intention of robbing it.

But the tables were turned dramatically when he found himself overcome by owner Olga Zajac, 28, who happened to be a black belt in karate. She allegedly floored the would-be robber with a single kick.

Then, in a scene reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, police say Zajac dragged the semi-conscious Jasinski to a back room of the salon and tied him up with a hair dryer cable.

She allegedly stripped him naked and, for the next three days, used him as a sex slave to 'teach him a lesson' - force feeding him Viagra to keep the lesson going.

Jeter's 3k ball owner


One good turn deserves another, and another, and another.

Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old cellphone salesman from Highland Mills, N.Y., decided to return Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit ball Saturday instead of trying to cash in. He received memorabilia and tickets from the New York Yankees but then found out he may have to pay taxes on that windfall. If he does, at least two companies said Wednesday that they are ready to strike out his debt.

But that's not all! For his generosity, Lopez will also get his own baseball card and has received a 2009 World Series ring.

According to accountants contacted by the New York Daily News and The New York Times, Lopez's tax bill on the Yankees merchandise could end up being anywhere from $5,000 to $14,000.

"Worse comes to worse, I'll have to pay the taxes," Lopez told the Daily News on Monday. "I'm not going to return the seats. I have a lot of family and friends who will help me out if need be.

"The IRS has a job to do, so I'm not going to hold it against them, but it would be cool if they helped me out a little on this."

Well, it looks as if he will get plenty of help. Miller High Life issued a statement Wednesday saying that the company would cover Lopez's tax bill.

"Miller High Life believes you should be rewarded for doing the right thing, not penalized," Miller High Life brand manager Brendan Noonan said in a statement. "We want to recognize Christian Lopez, and in turn everyone like him, for doing the common sense thing and help him continue to live the High Life."

The 2009 Yankees World Series ring came courtesy of Mitchell Modell, CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods, who got the ring because Modell's sponsors the Yankees. Both Modell and Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports, guaranteed Lopez at least $25,000 each toward his outstanding student loans of $150,000.

Steiner said he got a call on Wednesday from his buddy Modell, and they got the ball rolling. Steiner set up an auction of memorabilia that eventually will include baseballs signed by both Lopez and Jeter and said Modell is pledging 5 percent from the sale of Yankees-related merchandise at the Modell's chain during what will be called "Christian Lopez Week."

"That itself is a totally awesome situation right now for all parties involved," Lopez said.

What impressed the sports executives -- as well as countless fans across the country -- was the way Lopez passed on the chance to sell the ball.

"Can you believe how good a mensch this kid was?" Steiner said.

Modell called Lopez "truly a true New Yorker" and "a class act." Steiner even taught Lopez how to properly sign a baseball.

Wearing a broad smile, a personalized Yankees hat, a DJ3K shirt and a new piece of jewelry, Lopez admitted at Modell's in Times Square he was "absolutely speechless right now." Lopez has been overrun with requests since Saturday.

"It's been overwhelming to be honest with you," he said. "It's been a little crazy. But I'm handling it as best I can. I'm trying to get back to everybody I can."

That includes Topps, which said it will produce a trading card featuring Lopez that will be included in sets later this year. Company vice president for sports Mark Sapir says Topps employees were impressed by Lopez's selfless act.

"Yeah, I spoke with them a couple days ago," Lopez said. "All I know, is they kind of want to make a baseball card out of me."

Sapir says Topps also will have Lopez choose the image for its 2012 Derek Jeter card.

Lopez was an avid collector as a kid. He said he has "probably a couple thousand baseball cards."

His favorite? A Yankees card, of course. It depicts Babe Ruth and one of the Yankees' owners at the time he came over from the Red Sox in 1920.

"It's a very dear card to me. I've had it for 15 years now or so," Lopez said.

According to reports, the Yankees gave Lopez luxury box tickets for the rest of the season (including postseason), signed baseballs, bats and jerseys from Jeter. He also received front-row seats to Sunday's Yankees-Rays game.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Greg Newman and The Associated Press was used in this report.

Friday, July 8, 2011

On the History of the Word "OK" - The world's first text speak?

The word might have been lost as a newspaperman’s inside joke, but in 1840 President Martin Van Buren plied it in his campaign for a second term. Then came the telegraph, with dots and dashes that meant newfound appreciation for any two-letter word.

“OK was put to electronic use almost as soon as electronic use ... was born,” Metcalf writes. “The telegraph, the railroad and OK ... By mid-century ... the three were permanently intertwined.”

As American business hummed along wires and rails, everything was OK. Q: How’s the cotton harvest? A: OK.

IDK, maybe if your into that whole brevity thing.

Here ya go tom...trevor...and maybe even matt...

Nothing like some Friday morning bigotry.

Kentucky Tea Party Sells ‘Yup, I’m A Racist’ Fourth of July T-Shirts

OH YEEHAW THA FORF OF JULY, time for the awful racist slobs of Lexington, Kentucky to put on their best “warding off the coloreds and the Muslins” finery in honor of Jesus, Hitler and Thomas Jefferson. Do you like seeing the hate-bomb that is puking all over the American flag, on this man’s t-shirt? Does it capture your patriotic spirit? He will sell you another, to wear to the parade! This is how serious the birth control situation is in Kentucky, because broken condoms result in tragedies like this man, selling apparel to people who want to honor America’s founding dressed like hobo Klansmen. Were there even other tragic people interested in buying from him, or was his booth FOR SOME UNIMAGINABLE REASON labeled “Tea Party Fox News” on the front? SEE THE ANSWER after the jump:

Yes, the brown “INFIDEL” t-shirts read, “Everything I Need to Know About Islam I Learned on 9/11,” which is why they are calling themselves “infidels,” for irony.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


The new phishies??? These kids can jam!

Here is one of their own tunes...

And another.

Michael Bay Plagiarizes Michael Bay

It's a little bit like Coke suing Coke Zero for "taste infringement".

Anheuser-Busch InBev May Be Making a "314" Beer

From Stl Today:

Besides St. Louis' 314, other area codes that A-B is seeking trademarks for: 412 (Pittsburgh), 305 (Miami), 619 (San Diego), 202 (Washington, D.C.), 602 (Phoenix), 704 (Charlotte), 702 (Las Vegas), 214 (Dallas), 415 (San Francisco), 216 (Cleveland), 303 (Denver), 615 (Nashville) and 713 (Houston).

Fingers crossed.... Hopefully we may score another point for the Beer Capital of the Country.

Brian Eno Tribute

For those that will tolerate more than fifteen minutes of conversation with me, you may know that I tend to geek out on modern music history from time to time (for instance this and this and this). In furtherance of this pursuit, I came across an article this morning, titled Five Things Your Favorite Indie Band Owes to Brian Eno, which details a few of the many influences that Brian Eno has had on modern indie music. Which is cool, 'cause up until this point, I didn't have a fucking clue who Brian Eno was. Boy was my face red. Here's a bit of what I didn't know:

Eno famously developed his conception of ambient music while recuperating from a car accident. Stuck in his hospital bed, he couldn't adjust the volume of some music a friend had brought him. After struggling for a while to hear it, he realized it was better to just let it meld with all the other sounds in the room. (He may also have been on a shit-ton of morphine.)

Among other things, this confirms one of my long held but controversial beliefs that artists do drugs, and sometimes it works out pretty good. [UPDATE: It also works for Adele.]

The article also included a number of tracks to help demonstrate five influences identified, which include i) ambient soundscapes (Tracks 1 and 2), ii) theatrical flamboyance (Tracks 3 and 4), iii) songs as collages (Tracks 5 and 6), iv) the use of guitar with echo and swirl to create awesome (it's pretty scientific) (Tracks 7 and 8), and v) a methodical, intellectual approach to creativity (Tracks 9 and 10).

Coincidentally, Eno's got a new album out called Drums Between the Bells. You can check it out on Rolling Stone.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

In a year, an average elevator travels the equivalent of halfway around the Equator.

It's a slippery slope once you're added to the "Tom Hyde Racist Texts" mailing list.

"What he sends you is terrible and offensive, but deep down you know that you don't want to be removed from said mailing list. You laugh out loud as you start into your disapproving, albeit insincere, headshake. Another homerun. But then you start to wonder... Are you not as forward-thinking as you once thought? Deep down are you a closet racist? Does it mean that you'll stop voting Democrat once you get a high-paying job? Should you be making some serious changes in your life? Should you start mentoring inner city youth as pennance? Would that even be enough to shake free from the grasp of your deep-seated white guilt? I don't know, but at the end of the day, that shit is still pretty funny. It's quite the existential crisis..."

-Matthew "Musing Things" Manderfeld

They keep coming...

Installment number whatever in our whatever number-part series: Natural Selection At Work In Our Everyday Lives

Friday, July 1, 2011

This is 'Merica, drink it you asshole

The Notorious Xx

Hey Shanty Folks! It has been a while, hasn't it? Congrats to Paul, by the by. HUGE step in a funky direction. We're all very proud of you.

So this is kind of an old release. It's a mashup (ugh, again?) making use of tracks from Title by The Xx as well as acapellas from various releases by Notorious B.I.G. The mashup was put together by Wait What. Specifically, Wait What may have put together the first track to simply demonstrate how easy it is to create a catchy mashup. It became super popular (and in my opinion, remains the coolest track) and he ended up developing the project and releasing it commercial distribution. Ironic squared. Gah, whatever.

Biggy's rights holders later popped up and demanded that he cease distribution of the project. Nevertheless, it has been available on Soundcloud for some time, and now also available on the Shanty!

Happy friday everyone.