Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello from the vastness of the great beyond.

So, hey. Long time no blog.

Long story short, I lost my job in June, and I don't have a computer at home anymore, so I can't really blog. I'm sure I'll get another computer as soon as we can afford it, which should hopefully be within the next few months, at the latest, and then I may get back into blogging again.

Until then, ta-ta.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Musical State of Mind (part 1)

Recently I uncovered an old spindle of mix CDs I made somewhere back in the '01-'03 range, and have been listening to them pretty much nonstop. It's a weird kind of time travel, dredging up a wealth of nostalgia and memories of a period in my life where my chief concerns were video games, anime, manga, depressed binge eating, weed, and electronica. In many ways I miss that life, but I think that's only natural for any parent or grownish person. I also know it's a kind of "grass is greener" thinking, because I remember quite well that I was lonely, depressed, and miserable.

The only way I could ever go back to a life like that would be to leave my wife and kids, which is something I'm obviously not going to do, but I can still enjoy the music. I've been a devoted fan of electronica in general ever since I heard Prodigy's "Breathe" back in '98 or '99, and trance specifically ever since I heard Trance[]Control's "Atomic Dance Explosion" back in '01 or so. I know that most people tend to think of electronica as stupid, cliche beats that people dance to at gay clubs or raves, but somehow for me it hit an emotional nerve. It speaks to me in a way that a lot of other music doesn't.

I decided to write this note to highlight some of my favorite electronica and trance songs, and kind of explain what I like about them.

First up is the song that made me fall in love with electronica in the first place. I can remember the first time I heard this at my best friend Brett's house. For me, the pansy little white-boy nerd, there was something dangerous about this song, even more so than the Metallica and Black Sabbath I had been trying to listen to without my mom noticing (yeah, I lived in the kind of family where Metallica and Black Sabbath was the worst possible thing my mom could conceive of, and was music that nice, Church-going folk didn't listen to).

The Prodigy - Breathe

The Prodigy have a lot of really great music. I think everyone has seen the video to "Smack My Bitch Up" (queue Robot Chicken's M. Night Shyamalan: "What a twist!"), so I won't post that one. But one of their latest singles is just completely fantastic.

The Prodigy - Omen

Atomic Dance Explosion, despite having an incredibly stupid name, is the first trance song I ever heard. It really hooked me, and the more I listened to it, the more I loved it. I used to listen to it on repeat, trying to see if I could count the layered loops, or listen to only one loop the entirely of the song. Today, I understand that it's actually a pretty simple and kind of boring example of trance, but it was a perfect starting point. Ignore the visuals on this video, they are lame. Best version I could find, though.

Trance[]Control - Atomic Dance Explosion

The artist I found next completely changed my perceptions of what electronica and trance could be, and has stayed with me as one of my favorite artists of all time. He had perhaps the most impact on me in terms of why I'm such a huge fan of this whole genre. There is no one quite like Mr. André Tanneberger, better known as ATB. He had a distinct style of guitar imitation in his earlier songs that I really, really liked, and I kept on liking him as he kept on evolving. Here is a sampling of some of his works, going chronologically from his earliest to later tracks. Unfortunately I don't have his newer albums yet so I can't speak for how good they are, as I've kind of shelved my electronica stuff in recent years, mostly because my wife hates it and won't stop making fun of me for it. I'm getting back into it, though, so I'm sure I'll be getting his newer stuff soon.

ATB - Don't Stop!

ATB and The Wild Strawberries - Let You Go

ATB - Repulse (still one of my favorite songs, ever)

ATB - In Love With The DJ

ATB - Long Way Home

ATB - Ecstacy

Okay, that's it for part one. That's...a lot of music. I have a lot more I wanted to share, too. Part two maybe later today or tomorrow depending on my work load and my own inherent laziness.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


So apparently I am so out of shape that even doing two sets of sit-ups causes my abs to spasm and contract painfully like a charliehorse for a half hour or so afterwards. Exciting!

In other news, in a week and a half of my newest diet and exercise plan, I've lost enough wait to cause my boxers to literally fall off my ass if they are not secured between my belt and my body. Interesting.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Does this formspring thingy actually work? Does this count as two questions?

It does work, if I happen to catch the question in my email...whoops on the first question someone asked me. It does work, though, promise!

Ask me anything

Were your children planned or accidents?

Both of my children were accidents, actually. I wouldn't change a thing now, however.

Ask me anything

Friday, April 2, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ask Me Anything!

I haven't updated in a while, for which I apologize, but I've been fairly busy.

I decided to follow Vermillion's lead and make one of these Formspring thingies so people can ask questions if they want to. You can be anonymous if you wish, and can ask anything you'd like.

I can't get Facebook to work today or I would post links there too. Stupid Facebook. I'm a'feared that they blocked it at work, but it doesn't make much sense since MySpace and YouTube still work fine. Ho hum.