Archive for December, 2007

December 28, 2007

New solo song “Good Things”

If you choose the song “Good Things” in the above music player, that’s the solo song I just finished recording about an hour ago. It’s a rough demo, nothing professional or fancy. It’s just what I did on my computer using GarageBand and it was my first time using this program. There are some flaws that need to be fixed, but I really wanted to release something because it’s been since January 2001 when I last released a completed solo song of mine.

If the song sounds at all familiar, it’s because it’s a cover of the Sleater-Kinney song. I always liked the original song and instantly related to the lyrics but I felt it was a little sad to be in a major key. So out of boredom a few years ago, I decided to see what it would sound like changed up a bit and put in a minor key.

(And yes, each of the other tracks are some of the songs that I played keyboards on in the past).

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December 27, 2007

Holiday generators

On the twelfth day of Christmas, cherry_teresa sent to me…

Twelve cherries drumming
Eleven amadeus piping
Ten keyboards a-leaping
Nine sparks dancing
Eight pretzels a-milking
Seven bis a-swimming
Six peaches a-recording
Five gra-a-a-aphic arts
Four unsigned bands
Three korean restaurants
Two platform shoes
…and an emac in an adrien brody.
Get your own Twelve Days:

In 2008, cherry_teresa resolves to…

Tell my family about natural foods.
Drink four glasses of britpop every day.
Start a bratmobile fund.
Buy new cherries.
Go recording three times a week.
Go to the keyboards every month.
Get your own New Year’s Resolutions:
December 27, 2007

Winter break it is

I was going to take a Unix/Linux class during the winter semester but they canceled both classes they had for it during this time. I looked at it one evening and the next morning I looked at it at work and it was taken down from the website. So I’m assuming not enough people signed up for it. Oh well. I will just take it another semester but I want to graduate sooner rather than later. I guess I need to be patient because it will be a while before I’m even halfway finished. I probably need this small break so I can focus on other things anyway.

A friend of mine and I have a few tricks up our sleeves that we will be revealing in the not so distant future.

December 27, 2007

I always feel like somebody’s watching me

A couple of unrelated sources have made it come to my attention recently that I have lurkers on my MySpace profile, several from other states and time zones.  I would like to think they just love my music, css/html skills (or lack thereof), blog posts, and pictures that much. But that’s not the case. They think that I am engaging in some sort of romance with certain luminaries. And it’s not true. I guess they are looking for hidden clues that aren’t there. Are they reading the comments we make? Because I can tell you they aren’t the least bit sexual in nature.

When you have a profile on sites like MySpace, whether public or private (because there are ways around this), you have to know there is the risk that this will happen. So I’m not bothered by this. I find it more amusing than anything because I am pretty boring. Well, I think I am somewhat interesting by my own standards but based on what I’m guessing these people’s tastes are, I doubt they would think so if they knew me.

December 26, 2007

Glad to be out of the MTV loop

Apparently, there are two bands that are very big in the rock genre right now, yet I did not hear them until recently: Plain White T’s (which I only found out about because Maynard from the Ed Norris show was ranting about how horrible they were and minutes later I heard them being played on another station) and Paramore (who I heard in clubs twice in one week this month and both times people acted like they were this wonderful band I was missing out on).

Yawn. Not having MTV is a good thing.

These bands aren’t horrible (from what I’ve heard) but I just don’t care.

I miss getting really excited over new bands. It happens less and less these days. I want to love new rock bands that are on MTV, but I just don’t.
At least these bands are okay and not absolutely annoying. Maybe things are slowly moving in the right direction. I know that for whatever reason things can’t be great all the time. But it’s been happening long enough. I miss the 90s.

There are talented bands with awesome songs and great appeal that don’t ever get heard to the extent that they should and it’s sad. They end up having to eventually fix their van, pay medical bills, and eat. So they have to break up because they are living on the poverty line, even if they are playing packed shows or even touring internationally.

According to Wikipedia, “Hey There Delila” by Plain White T’s “is the first rock song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Nickelback’s ‘How You Remind Me’ in 2001 and 2002, over 5 years”. That’s just sad! The Nickelback song was also mediocre itself.

And people wonder why I’m going back to school and recording songs in my bedroom.

December 24, 2007

Korean restaurant on Christmas

Forget the ham, I don’t eat pork (or beef) anyway.

My family and I are going out to a Korean restaurant for Christmas! Yay for potstickers, kim chee, and sticky rice! Being Korean-American rules!

Well, okay it’s not like you have to be Asian to go to an Asian restaurant. But still, who else does that on Xmas besides the Jews? (Plus, Jewish people mostly go to Chinese restaurants on Xmas, not Korean. Right? Or am I wrong?)

December 23, 2007

Good friends are back

A good friend of mine has moved back into town and we hung out this weekend. He seems really happy again and sure of what he is doing with himself and I’m really glad for him.
And one of my closest friends from high school found me on myspace today. He had moved out of state about a year after high school, but we kept in touch. But then he moved a few times in the past several years after that and we unfortunately lost touch. We talked for a couple hours on the phone today and it was great to catch up a bit. I thought about him a lot since I’d seen him last and there were moments and events that happened that I wished he could have been around for. I always wondered how he was doing.
It’s kind of a coincidence because they both sort of always reminded me of each other anyway. But I met them at different times in my life and I don’t think they even knew each other.
There are a lot of people that I know who turn out to be shady people, so when I have some close friends who are actually cool, it sucks when I don’t get to see them as much. So I’m thankful when they are back in my life.

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December 19, 2007

Considering database certification

I finished my fall semester last week. I was going to take a class over the winter but I think I need some time to figure some stuff out. I want to change my major to something more computer related. I’m a little bit of a geek. I’m not a computer software expert by any means but I like learning about them. And I took a couple classes on graphic design and webpages back when I first when to college. I taught myself a lot of stuff as well such as more html beyond what I learned in school and some CSS. And that takes patience. At first when I learned html in school, I thought I would never want to do it after the class was over because of how tedious it was. But after a while, I got used to it and wanted to learn more and didn’t find it painful to do.

So I’m thinking that if I learn stuff on my own as a hobby anyway, maybe I should learn other computer related things. I need to challenge myself. Oh yeah, and then why not do it as a career and make money from it?

I’m thinking about getting a degree in something in the Information Technology program. I think I want to do database. But I’m not 100% sure. So I’ve been taking a lot of my free time into learning as much as I can now about database to make sure this is something I want to do. I think it is. But I just need to get over the tedious/this sucks part of it to have fun with it – the same way when I was first learning how to make a basic webpage. And I get all paranoid when I’m about to make a decision so I always have to over-investigate it to convince myself I’m doing the right thing – even when it’s something as stupid as just buying a $50 cell phone.

I thought that when the semester was over I’d have all this time to do whatever I wanted and spend more time on music but now I feel like I have even less time. Because I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing and figure it out soon so I can sign up for Spring classes.

And yes, I am aware of the fact that if I do database for a corporation, this means I’m probably not going to do it on the mac operating system. It’s not the end of the world, people. I can handle it. Plus, a lot of the government positions use Linux anyway. 😛 I can still use my mac at home and I do have XP installed on it as well as Leopard so yes, I can also learn those programs at home as well as in school. I use Windoze at my job now anyway. Every office job I’ve had was on a PC except one (which was working tech support for Apple, haha). So I’m not going to fall in a hole by learning this. Some people have been acting like I couldn’t handle that and that it’d be like working for a company that only speaks French or something. People are so overdramatic sometimes!

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December 17, 2007

What difference does THAT make?

December 14, 2007

Hair metal is not real metal

Most cock rock still sucks. Hair bands were never real metal. People seem to forget that just because the 80s are back in style for now.

I’m not a purist or anything. I believe in mixing different styles when it works. But I think a lot of people forgot or never realized that Metallica fans used to hate the Bon Jovi fans. Nowadays, a lot of people categorize them into the same thing and it’s not accurate nor fair.

And yes, I am an 80s fan. But I think if I were a teenager back then, I’d hate the pop metal (a.k.a hair metal) scene.  I think I would be way more into the “alt-pop” scene since I love that music today. (Depeche Mode, The Cure, Duran Duran, etc).

I see a lot of similarities between emo and hair metal. I know it isn’t obvious but think about it. Both have ridiculous hair and fashion that “real” rock people hate. Emo is going to get looked back upon and laughed at in a couple years the same way hair metal was ridiculed in the 90s.