Friday, September 25, 2009

PODCAST: DJ Shakes_2009-09-25 (92-96, Rock and Roll High School)

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T R A C K L IS T I N G (approx 72 min)
theme: 1992-96, My High School Song

[0:00] Intro - Me
[0:48] Pornos for Pyros - Pets
[3:38] Cracker - Low
[8:04] Pavement - Cut Your Hair
[11:00] The Toadies - Possum Kingdom
[16:02] Breeders - Cannonball
[18:59] L7 - Pretend That We're Dead
[22:32] Sonic Youth - Bull In The Heather
[25:11] Collective Soul - December
[29:47] Pearl Jam - I Got ID
[33:53] Smashing Pumpkins - Drown
[38:15] Bad Religion - Infected
[41:57] Pennywise - Bro Hymm
[44:47] Green Day - She
[47:00] Soul Asylum - Black Gold
[48:53] Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl
[53:32] Nirvana - Dumb
[55:58] Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
[58:48] James - Low Low Low
[61:31] Bush - Little Things
[64:18] Midnight Oil - Earth and Sun and Moon
[68:48] Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmmm

Well these are the songs I love in high school...which was from 1992-96. Based on that time frame you can tell that I'm now...well...older.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

When I grow up I'm going to make a new college and it will be called New Miss. And it will be the greatest college in Mississippi and it will be better than even the elder Ole Miss because it will be newer.

It will be better than all of the Misses. It will be better than Swiss Miss and her monopoly of cocoa powder. And Mrs. Zeller my 5th grade elementary school teacher who punished me once for swearing, but I didn't even swear. I just said "Jesus Christ!" when I saw a bug in the classroom and that shouldn't count as swearing when there are animals/insects/nature involved in life.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

the boys play rock and roll

U2 at Giants Stadium (Night 1, opener: Muse)

The night's biggest highlight (aside from being so close to the front): patting Matt Damon on the back while exiting. He was wearing an incognito hat to which I say "Hey Matt" and he said "Hey what's up"

I left it at that.

Honorable mention: The girl behind me who felt the need to grab my hand during Sunday Bloody Sunday and than grab my belt loop. I love rock and roll. I felt like I was in "Almost Famous" following the music of legendary group Stillwater and we were sharing a moment while they were playing "Fever Dog"...

...or something like that.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cheerios, zeros, and why India is great

When I was a kid I used to eat Cheerios. That was the cereal of choice in our homey home. I think it was because each Cheerio looked like a zero, to remind young and impressionable Indian kids that India was the inventor of the number zero until the Arabs "borrowed it."

This is a good fact to know and my parents taught me of this fact. Growing up I tended to think of how India had a history of watching its great jewels stolen by others, allow me to list a few:
  1. The Hope Diamond - the British
  2. Freddie Mercury - also the British
  3. Zero - Arabs, the founders of Arabic numerals
Now ordinarily the Zero Issue would not be one that I'd think about on a daily basis, but as of a year ago everyday at 2pm I do. As a matter of fact I think about a lot of reasons for why India is great at 2pm.

The reason: Everyday at 2pm my mom sends me 10-12 chain emails that have the following subject lines :
  • FW: INDIA NUMBER 1, forward to 10 people for GOOD LUCK!!!
And so on and so forth. Everyday. Thanks mom.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jackson Diner

Some people spell sophisticated "S-I-L-V-E-R C-H-I-N-A S-E-T", while others spell it "C-O-R-D-U-R-O-Y P-A-N-T-S & H-U-G-O B-O-S-S W-H-I-T-E S-H-I-R-T"

Well those are good attempts, but for the other 99% of the world we spell it "JACKSON DINER"
in York's 3rd best borough

Jackson Diner is in the middle of Jackson Heights and is the old stomping grounds of choice for cheap Indian eats.

Why all the hub-bub over this place? Is it the small bathroom? Is it the exhaust system on the ceiling modifed to look like a sitar and leafs? Is it the complete disregard to client service from the waiters?

The answer: Yes, Yes, and Yes.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Quotes/awkward convo from the guy sitting behind me at an outdoor cafe (picture to the right). Now this pic was taken before his blind date from Facebook arrived.

How do I know this? Well he was speaking sorta loud on his cell to one of his "boys" about this "girl he was runnin' up in"

He had a few gems, but this was my fave after the girl came:

JERK GUY trying to impress girl: Hi yes, do you have a mango lassi?
WAITER: Um, we don't have any mango lassi
JERK GUY: Wait is that orange-y drink that everyone is drinking in a tall glass that looks so refreshing
WAITER: The orange drink?
WAITER: That is orange juice.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Chile' I will club that tub of blubber like the seal she is!"
- Aisle 4, hair products

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yelp,, & Augmented Reality

So the other day I stumbled upon one of the greatest things ever. Using services like Yelp have been you say...manual. You have to input where you are and figure out how far things are from's really quite a pain since it takes more than 10 seconds for my A.D.D. brain to compute all these things.

What if you could just point your camera at the world around and have you restaurant ratings, phone numbers, etc. just appear automatically. Kinda like a Heads Up Display. Well that's exactly what the new iPhone Yelp app does.

If you get the new download and shake the phone 3 times - I'm not making this up - a hidden feature called Monocle gets unleashed.

Monocle enables you to simply point the camera around you and you can see the ratings for bars, restaurants, and stores. Pretty nifty stuff.

Now truth be told I've heard about these Augmented Reality apps before in like Europe-land but I've never seen it with my own eyes....

...then I got to thinking... this is where danger usually occurs...

Why should Augmented Reality be confined to just food and shopping places? Why can't it be matched up to people. How rad would be that be to go to a train station and just point your camera at people and you could see what their ratings are?

Life would look like this:

(How genius is that picture? How about a nice big round of applause for my Friday evening. Me, paintbrush, and the internet. The sky is the limit.)

NOW, what if they went one step further and hooked up this PeopleYelp with like Facebook or like (or J-Date or or....). That would be nutso. You could basically walk around town and tell who is single, who isn't looking, and whether their friends give them one star or five.

Pretty soon the ultimate goal of humanity could be achieved whereby we don't have to talk or directly communicate with people to know everything about them.

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