27 September 2006

A less crazed look and a top 10

So, maybe I should look a little less crazy ...

Hmm, or maybe I look more crazy. I think the key is that I need others taking candid pics of me. Ah well.

Anyway, here's my current iPod Top 10

10 Seein Thangs - DJ Shadow featuring David Banner
9 Pull Shapes - the Pipettes
8 Insistor - Tapes 'n Tapes
7 Hope There's Someone - Antony & the Johnsons
6 We Share Our Mothers' Health - the Knife
5 No Rest for the Weary - Blue Scholars
4 I Was a Lover - TV on the Radio
3 A Pillar of Salt - the Thermals
2 Love Travels Faster - the Halo Benders
1 Meeting Paris Hilton - CSS

25 September 2006

Beard is on hiatus for retooling

Ah, funny what 4 days without showering will make a person do...

20 September 2006

Field Trip and Top 10

I'm off to northern California/southern Oregon on the Geology Dept. field trip for the next 4 days. It's a good thing. I can get away from technology, the sorry end of the Red Sox season and everything else. I've been suffering from what I could term as "internet fatigue" lately that has me seriously contemplating plugging the plug on my Myspace & Friendster profiles for good. It seems somewhat of a liberating idea. I mean, can someone give me a real benefit from either of those sites? Ah well. We'll see how I feel after the weekend, but I'm getting to a weird point where I want to simplify ... maybe not getting cable when I moved here was what I needed to get that snowball rolling. Or maybe I'm just getting old, grown-up and bland. That's life, ain't it. Just been a few things in Davis that make me feel like Jarvis Cocker (from Pulp) when he sings "you are the party that makes me feel my age."

Wow. I'm a f&$king ray of sunshine today.

Here is my current iPod Top 10. Enjoy!
10 Proletariat Blues - the Blue Scholars
9 Wildcat - Ratatat
8 Hope There's Someone - Antony & the Johnsons
7 I Was a Lover - TV on the Radio
6 Pull Shapes - the Pipettes
5 Insistor - Tapes 'n Tapes
4 Love Travels Faster - Halo Benders
3 A Pillar of Salt - the Thermals
2 We Share Our Mothers' Health - the Knife
1 Meeting Paris Hilton - CSS

See you next week ...

18 September 2006

A new review and baseball

Firstly, baseball.

Sadly, the fantasy baseball season of the Golden State Daleks ended yesterday, falling in the quarterfinals. This ends my streak of third-place finishes at 2 years. Ah well. As the Red Sox go, so go the Daleks apparently.

Secondly, here is a new TIG Review: The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers

One of these days, I'll have some commentary on life in Davis, but I think that may wait until after the Geology Department field trip later this week. However, California has been nice so far.

Oddly, today, I just discovered that the Geology building is next to the law school. And that the UC-Davis law school runs on a semester system while all the rest of the university is on quarters. Funny what you find out when you work the nerve to strike up a conversation with some in the same coffee line as you.

15 September 2006

New Review

Another fine TIG review from yours truly:

The Knife - Silent Shout

14 September 2006

Still working on it ...

I'm trying to find a better time of the day to get in the habit of writing here to at least be more consistent.

It's been a busy week on many fronts. And next week is field trip time! Good geology fun.

Anyway, here's my current top 10

10 Terror! by the Rakes
9 Djuna! by Frida Hyvonen
8 Do You Remember? by Cars Can Be Blue
7 Proletariat Blues by the Blue Scholars
6 Wildcat by Ratatat
5 Pull Shapes by the Pipettes
4 A Pillar of Salt by the Thermals
3 Insistor by Tapes 'n Tapes
2 We Share Our Mothers' Health by the Knife
1 Meeting Paris Hilton by CSS

12 September 2006

Who's been a total slacker?

Yes, I've been a total slacker in terms of keeping this thing updated ... In fact, it may need a new name so I don't feel so ashamed that "Shuffle of the Day" should be more accurately portrayed as "Shuffle of the Fortnight". Ah well.

I recently returned from Massachusetts to Davis and finally feel like I'm making some headway into not feeling so transistional. Slowly meeting people here in the department (including someone who's extended family has a house on freaking Wyman Pond in Westminster...weird). I've been playing soccer (just ask my ankle) and hanging with the indie rock kids, so its getting better. I've got the Geology Department Field Trip next week - a surefire way to bond with other geologists: camping, fermented beverages and rocks. Beyond that, I'm just trying to take things with a relaxed (well, for me) attitude and let things come as they may. Which, of course, for those of you who know me well, is sometimes next to impossible.

So, for now, I need to spend my time (a) catching up on TIG reviews; (b) writing my third paper (this should actually be (a) eh?) and (c) being friendly and such. Ah yes.

Oh yeah, and watching the Red Sox fade into the twilight for 2006. Ah well.

08 September 2006

Back from Massachusetts, can't think straight, so only a Top 10

I think the title says it all. Just trying to get my head back into the PDT. Nothing like 4.5 hours on a 737-800. I had the good/bad fortune of getting X-Men: The Last Stand as the movie, which was not very good. That makes me sad considering how much I liked the other two X-Men movies. My conclusion is that Brett Ratner is what you get when you create a hybrid of all the bad things about Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay (which is most of him).


Current iPod Top 10
10 We are the Pipettes - the Pipettes
9 Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
8 Do You Remember? - Cars Can Be Blue
7 Meeting Paris Hilton - Cansei de Ser Sexy
6 Proletariat Blues - Blue Scholars
5 No Culture Icons - the Thermals
4 Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
3 Pull Shapes - the Pipettes
2 We Share Our Mothers' Health - the Knife
1 Insistor - Tapes 'n Tapes


05 September 2006

The one vacation post

This is for Big Lou:

Howard hits 64 HR