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January 25, 2006 Leave a comment

let’s join the holy bandwagon. i have no interest in actually trading, i just enjoy watching the value of my blog based on highly selective links. i have to display this image so that they know this blog is mine. ok, see? it’s mine!
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Categories: blog

as if you needed another reason

January 25, 2006 Leave a comment

to justify inordinate amounts of sex…

sex keeps you calm

Categories: misc.

achy muscles

January 25, 2006 2 comments

i joined nysc (new york sports club) for the duration of my 6-mnth sojourn in ny. it’s pretty expensive (not so bad for ny, but considering austin’s prices…) but its totally justified by the fact that the gym is directly across the street from my office. office = store front; gym = store front across street. my co-workers could watch me on the treadmill, that’s the proximity we’re talking. perks are pretty good – nice gym w/ clean showers, shampoo/soap/conditioner, sauna/steamroom, free weights and machines, as well as aerobics rooms for yoga and pilates. it would be great to have a pool and jacuzzi as well as raquetball, but what it has is pretty good. the gym itself also tends to cater toward residential clients, so its not inundated w/ people like me looking for a workout before going home. nice. i also get to use the gym near my parents house (where i’m living these months) during off-peak hours, basically weekends. good.

so enough about the gym – i had my free personal training this past monday. keeping in mind that i haven’t worked out seriously since i moved to austin 3.5 yrs ago, and haven’t really had any serious exercise regimen at all since then either, i tried to make this training rather cautious. i explained my goals and my recent history, and the trainer proceeded to make me do crunches. i could barely to 14 leg throwdowns. by the second set i could barely raise my legs. that was his cue to push me and work out my legs, something i’ve never really done.

now, my hamstrings have been super tight for the last year. i sit at a desk all day and night, and in that position your hamstrings are not stretched. so my hamstrings have contracted and tightened in a bad way. i did not stretch before this workout. we worked my hamstrings, quads, and calves – my muscles were spasming by the end and i had to hold the rail to ascend the stairs. the other exercises were inconsequential – i’m kind of sore from them, but nothing i can’t handle. my hamstrings are now positively rigid and in constant pain. i had difficulty literally rising from bed this morning, couldn’t bend down to tie my shoes, and took 4 times longer to walk from the LIRR train to the subway. i shuffle like an old man. now i’m sitting at my desk and my hamstrings are in prime position to contract (sitting). every time i get up i feel like i’m breaking free from a sheet of ice covering my entire lower body. ice bondage. in about 30 minutes i’m going back across the street to sit in the steam room and hope to god that it loosens me up.

Categories: misc., NY

music performance overload

January 24, 2006 Leave a comment

i’ve decided to go see my first studio prof, john szot, perform w/ his band ezmachine at sin-e this thursday night. haven’t seen him in years, but we occassionally IM. should be an interesting scene.

but now i’ve discovered a 3 pronged attack on my music viewing ambition for that night: MF Doom is playing at MSG, the lead singer of the Decemberists is embarking on his solo tour at Town Hall, and Broken Social Scene is playing Webster Hall. what’s a guy to do? hope that the shows are sold out and too expensive so that i don’t feel guilty having missed any of them.

Categories: music, NY

funny ad for a comfy bed

January 16, 2006 2 comments

this new flash ad for the hampton inn ‘cloud nine’ bed had me laughing out loud from the first moment it graced my screen. the inspirational music, the one word descriptives, the clean white pics. so ridiculous. i don’t understand how so many ads can be so trite, and how these trite ads are paid for. better yet, how is it that people make a living making this drab shite and feel ok about themselves?

the new cloud nine bed from hampton inn

Categories: haha, misc.

NERVES ARE SHOT AS LONGHORNS WIN!

January 4, 2006 Leave a comment

nobody in my house could sleep as my screams of insane joy and excitement SHATTERED THE SILENCE as UT WINS THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE ROSE BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Categories: Austin, NY, school

YES!! NOW WE’RE TALKING!

January 4, 2006 Leave a comment

THIS IS LONGHORN FOOTBALL!! wish i was in austin…

Categories: Austin, NY, school

ROSEBOWL FIASCO

January 4, 2006 Leave a comment

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!?! LONGHORNS ARE PLAYING STUPID SLOPPY!!! i’m watching at home by myself instead of in the city w/ friends being as i returned sick from mexico and don’t want to get worse now that i’m working. BUT HOLY CRAP THIS GAME ISN’T MEANT TO BE WATCHED ALONE!! i’m yelling every other play, sure to keep my parents awake for a few more hours. wish i was in austin.

HOLY FUCKSTICKS!! TX JUST INTERCEPTED IN THE END ZONE!!! YES!!! let’s hope they can play this way for the rest of the game. i mean, 3 fumbles in the 1st half? LET’S GO LONGHORNS!!!

Categories: Austin, NY, school

paid TV content via broadband

January 1, 2006 Leave a comment

so it of course only seems logical that as tv shows and movies start gaining a foothold on computers via services like itunes video downloads and comcast we’ll start to see tv shows going straight to computer. not to dvd, but to computer. i’ve been thinking about this and talking to people about this concept for a little over a year now – its obvious that network tv is in the off, and cable is having some trouble too (w/ the exception of hbo, which figures into the following scheme nicely) as people in greater numbers want services like tivo that allow large amounts of recording and time-shifted viewing. so how do the traditional markets respond to this change? they don’t. the market is entirely changed by some pioneers, and only then do the existing giants take notice.

i think that talented writers will begin to assemble monetary backing and actors to create independent tv shows for distribution over the internet. they will be unfettered by the bullshit restrictions of modern network sitcom, w/ laugh tracks and inane humor. real creativity will flourish on the web. shows such as ‘arrested development’ would flourish in this medium, where they don’t need to meet nielson ratings. an audience on the web will only grow if the content is good – shitty websites die, and so will shitty video shows. a show will be popular b/c it is actually quality, not b/c nbc puts it on thursday night with a famous actor. i would gladly pay several dollars for a good show on a weekly basis. hbo already puts out quality programming like this – i would definitely pay for ‘rome’ every week, though i don’t want to pay upwards of $40 for a basic cable package and then additional $ for hbo and other ‘premium’ channels. i want the content, not the crap.

actor pay will surely have to decrease, but i get the feeling that actors would rather be part of something worthwhile that pays than being a sell-out as part of something huge. most actors want to act, not make billions of $ – not that they don’t want the money, it’s just that the drive to act is for the most part not about the money. so actors in these shows might not necessarily make $20mil per episode, but isn’t that kind of ridiculous anyway? if the provider (aka network) doesn’t make gazillions on the shows, the actors probably won’t push to ask for such extraordinary salaries. but pushing my ideals aside, the system can only pay out what it makes, and this is a different system.

alternative networks may appear for these new producers to rally around, allowing them to centralize content – sort of like glorified rss news sites, but as the success of this system grows, the network conglomerates will change to accomodate it. will they squelch the creativity, or will they actually transform themselves? time will tell.

Categories: misc., tech