Thursday, March 26, 2009

i love Huntington Beach


Every 23 hour red-eye special visit home should include a walk down the pier. By law.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Q&A

Question (from a friend): "Do Australians think American accents are as cute as Americans think Australian accents are?"

Answer: The answer after many years of gaining data is no. Sadly our American accent doesn't give an instant air of authority that a British accent does, a certifiable aura of cool that an Aussie accent brings, nor does it bring the disarming charm of an Irish accent.

Instead our accent sadly is one that is mocked in London tubes when people ask up to pronounce Leicester and we say "Lay-says-ter" causing random punters to giggle uncontrollably.


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

notes from around NY

New and notes from my adventures around the city today:

- While getting my haircut my barber came up with these two gems:
  • "I went to the police station in the Pocanos after I was having an argument with this guy who pulled out a gun on me. I told the cops and they asked "Was it real?" I was like muthah-fucker, I sees him pulls it out, it was black and metal, it looked like a gun. I ain't sticking around for it to go pop. Muthah-fucker"
  • "When you is somewhere you're not supposed to be, and bad things are a-happening, you run. I'm from a 3rd World country man, one thing I know is how to run. Run first, ask questions later"
- This afternoon I went bowling in Brooklyn at "The Gutter Bar." The place was cool and just as important, I had to ride the L-train for the first time in my life

- Drank at a place called Milk & Honey. It seems quiiite exclusive and the lack of a menu is quite intriguing . Basically you ask the waitress for a drink or some general characteristics in a drink that you're looking for and she comes back with magic. I think in the same vein as an old Groucho Marx saying (not to be confused with Karl Marx, like I did when I was younger) once an exclusive lounge lets me in, that meanst it ain't so exclusive.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Springtime for Hitler

The first day of Spring in Nueva York...and we get snow. Son of a B....

Downtown Manhattan

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Monday, March 16, 2009

PODCAST: DJ Shakes - Lost in Translation 2

http://hbshakes.blogspot.com
theme: Lost in Translation 2

From the first moment I first saw "Lost in Translation" I wanted to be involved in making the soundtrack of any potential sequel. Thankfully there hasn't been some ill attempt at recreating a movie that more about the table setting than the main dish, about the drive than the destination, more atmosphere than planets.

If that makes sense.

It was one of those movies where you were sorta happy to live inside the character and not have some jarring movie event (e.g. murder!, car crash!, suspense!, intrigue!). Instead characters were just allowed to be. And with that, this is my stab at the soundtrack done by me

T R A C K L IS T I N G (approx 65 minutes)

[0:00] Intro - Me
[1:15] U2 - Zooropa
[6:24] Animal Collective - My Girls
[11:45] Manitoba - Crayon
[13:57] Explosions In The Sky - Your Hand In Mine (with Strings)
[16:04] Radiohead - In Limbo
[18:20] Knife - Heartbeats (Rex The Dog Mix)
[24:06] Sigur Ros - Saeglopur
[30:05] Talvin Singh - Sonic
[34:27] Orbital - Sad But New
[41:00] Pizzicato Five - Sweet Thursday
[44:37] Sufjan Stevens - All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands
[48:07] Stereolab - Space Moment
[49:32] Boards of Canada - Triangles and Rhombuses
[50:08] U2/Passengers - Always Forever Now
[54:01] Manitoba - Hendrix With Ko
[57:10] Boards of Canada - Eagle In Your Mind
[59:18] Kings Of Convenience - Parallel Lines
[61:47] Radiohead - Meeting In The Aisle

My goal was to keep the songs in the same spirit as the original, moody but not sad, atmospheric at times, droning electronic music, layers of guitars and a littly bit of whimsy (for the karaoke part)


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

meeting people is easy (with apologies to radiohead)

In the 1996 movie "Basquiat" about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat the view Jean-Michel was actually happiest before he was popular was conveyed through the rather unsubtle visual device of a surfer. While he is struggling we literally are shown a surfer riding high on a wave....and when he's popular but an emotional wreck we see a surfer at the bottom of the wave about to wipe out.

This is a similar theme for this week. In a terrific work week I couldn't help but find myself consumed in more worry than I could imagine.

Which brings me to dinner. There's nothing quite like having dinner with people you don't know. But to be fair, strangers are okay. But even better, there's nothing quite like having dinner with people you don't know AND they all seem to know you. I walked into dinner tonight and my dinner with 4 strangers (and 1 person I knew) turned into a lovely reunion of people who knew me, where I lived, and things we've all spoken about. The only problem is that I had no fucking idea who these people were.

Even weirder was the fact that everyone else seemed to be more interested in my life than I was. I have dinner for the purpose of not re-living the day I just lived through. These people apparently had been living in a dark cave of hope, awaiting the next time for us to meet, however long ago it was that we all met....if that ever had even happened.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

when in Japan...


Epic pic, from the beloved Gizmodo...


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Friday, March 6, 2009

poor Steve Liesman

Sitting at work all day with CNBC airing continuously from several TV's on the floor (we never put on Bloomberg TV...never!!!) one gets to know the anchors pretty well. It's sorta like weird characters on a bad soap opera. The shows from the informative but loopy Squawk Box to the grumpy Morning Call through to the painfully ignorant Power Lunch and down the list to Closing Bell and Fast Money.

All throughout the day the special analyst around from one show to another giving an odd sense of continuity. Now for every few zeroes (e.g. Charlie Gasparino, Dennis Kneale) there's an occasional hero (e.g. at times Rick Santelli...and sometimes he's off his rocker). But the true martyr is economist Steve Liesman

Steve Liesman must feel like slapping his co-anchors at least 4 times a day.

Steve has the task of trying to break down the impact of economic releases, new policy initiatives, and general breaking news. The problem is that it often places him in the uneviable position of trying to explain things to the other anchors who would rather yell loudly.

This phenomenon is clearest when CNBC pulls out their "market all-stars"....a medley of 5+ people who are placed in little boxes on the screen and then duke out the issue of the day. Each yelling barrage includes Steve trying to patiently wait and get a moment to actually articulate a point before invariably getting yelled over.

Eventually the mini-segment ends with Steve finally getting the last word but getting cut off because a commercial break is needed.

It's TV at it's worst.

I really feel for Steve. Over the past year he's grown more visibly frustrated. I'm just waiting for him to get up and start beating someone with a bat


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Thursday, March 5, 2009

where have all the Virgins gone?

In one of the most heartbreaking commercial developments the worst thing imaginable will be occurring....Virgin Records Stores across the US will be closing by this summer.

The Time Square location is set to be the first to go followed shortly by Union Square and 4 others. The Union Square store is particularly painful because that used to be my favorite store in the city.

If you needed to kill some times before a move at Regal Cinema, go to Virgin

If you need a central location to meet up with friends on a Friday night, go to Virgin.

If you need to pee and you don't want to buy a drink at Coffee Shop across the square, go to Virgin.

No more. And so with that maybe this heralds the renaissance of local smaller music shops that used to dot the city until cheaper and bigger chain stores pushed them out. I mean I guess you could go to the numerous Best Buy locations which could satisfy those who enjoy nurturing their non-discerning musical tastes of top 40 music and exclusive Nickelback CD collections

Not that I would judge you or anything.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

desis, monkeys, & the lottery



The sound of an Indian man saying "Monkey" is stuck in my brain now forever. A sound which is only barely beaten by "Orangutan"

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