March 10th, 2004

i'm ready for my close up mr demille

upgrades

Location: Jeffersonville, OH

I have a three pronged computer upgrade planned for the coming year involving new CPU/mobo, hard drive, and video, so last night I was doing some pricing (you know, cheap me).

Last night I ordered an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256MB video card... $95.99.

Wo0t.

In a few weeks I'ma snag me a 200 GB Maxtor 7200rpm w/ 8MB cache for $139.99

Wo0t, wo0t
i'm ready for my close up mr demille

i'm only human but time will tell, who's sold out and who's for sale

Location: Effingham, IL

Chances are you don't know who Fred Cole is.

In 1964, he was simply known as "Deep Soul Cole" (aka the white Stevie Wonder). He gigged around California for a few years in and out of bands, but finally had a cult hit ("You Must Be a Witch") as part of the band Lollipopp Shoppe in 1967.

And then decided he had enough of the music business and headed for Alaska. Along the way he met a young lady named Toody and they fished, hunted bears, and fell in love. But, Fred had music in 'em, and like John Lee Hooker says, when it's "in 'em, it gots to come out."

Through the 1970's Fred messed around in other bands: cover bands, a country-western band, even a hardcore punk band. He and Toody settled in Portland, Oregon and sometime in the 1980's formed the band Dead Moon with Toody on bass, Fred on guitar, and drummer Andy Loomis.

I first heard Dead Moon in the early 90's while DJ'ing college radio at the University of Kentucky. I was digging through stacks of records for anything new and interesting and came across their album Defiance.



The artwork on the jacket was all black and white: a black and white photo of the band on a black background with white lettering and artwork. I slapped the vinyl down on the turntable and cued up the first song on the second side, Walking on My Grave."

And I was blown away....

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my humble fan site

Location: Effingham, IL

Some of you may know that I created a little fan site many years ago, of which I am somewhat proud and still maintain on a semi-regular basis. I've even discussed it here. I was bored and doing some googling of my website name and found some things that make me even prouder. Here's what I found out:

1) In Google's "page rank" hierarchy, I'm ranked FIFTH out of 9 sites hand-picked to be on this list.. Wow, it's quite an honor to be on the list, much less in the Top 5 In order, they are the Official Beastie Boys website, MTV's artist site, The Beastie Boys A/V Centre (which is defunct since the webmaster now maintains the official site), the Paul's Boutique Samples and References Page (which was the inspiration for my own page and is nearly as old as the web itself), and then there's little old me. Take out the Defunct A/V club-site and I'm 4th! The other 4 sites below me were 3 other fan sites and the Rolling Stone artists site (bite me Jan Wenner!) It's truly a testament to substance over style. There are tons of flashy websites out there with shit on them, but my dinky little colorless webpage has a wealth of useful information (to someone looking for information on the Beastie Boy anyway) and gets ranked 5th by Google.

2) http://beastieboys.poptopix.com/ ranks my site 10 out of a possible.... *drum roll* 10!

3) At http://www.briefme.com/archive.php/article/11688 - A couple weeks ago, I found what I thought was a really cool Beastie Boys site that listed all the references and soundbites from the super-sampled Paul's Boutique album. Now I've found a site that leaves my previous find in the dust: Beastie Boys Lyrics Annotated has got all the beta for every major release. This sample references may not be quite as complete as the PB web page, but tons of other juicy, cryptic tidbits are decoded, and, when possible, a little blurb about the song's background prefaces the lyrics. Ad Rock, Mike D., and MCA fans, if you're going to worship at the temple of Grand Royale, this is a site you can't afford to miss. Unfortunately, it's an old article and the link they provide to it is an old site where it used to reside. I sent them a nice e-mail thanking them for the review and updating the link ;-)

4) I am one of only four links that the legendary Paul's Boutique Samples and References page lists in their "credits and links" section. Apparently, the student rises and surpasses the teacher.

5) I even made it on www.bicycling.com! http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,5073,4482_P,00.html?category_id=441 (all the way at the bottom it says: From the "Just Because I Can" department, my friend Ara forwarded me the link to this site the other day, and, if you've ever wondered where The Adams and Mike D. get their inspiration, you'll appreciate the Annotated Beastie Boys lyric site.

Who knew, for example, that "Professor Booty" draws on everything from Yoo-hoo to jazz drummer Grady Tate? It is heartening, though, to find out that the deepest philosophical level you can get to in "Girls" is White Castle hamburgers and that the teen rebel anthem "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" has absolutely no annotation-worthy undertones.
Ha!

6) On this Danish search engine I'm #3. Take THAT MTV!

7) The site is mentioned in several blogs, discussion forums, and all manner of open-directory/spider search egines. One of the blogs was a livejournal user who I don't know: nofunatparties. I left a comment pointing him here just for kicks.

Thank you for indulging me. This post was more for me than anything, to document it for myself. As you were.