rip it up

March 27, 2002 under Computers, Internet, Music

I like to rant about music because I tend to think I’m somewhat knowledgable on the subject. GASP, I’m not just a computer geek. After what seemed like an eternity, my copy of Local H‘s Here Comes The Zoo finally arrived from CDNow a couple of days ago. As soon as it arrived, I immediatley ripped the CD using AudioCatalyst so I could listen to it at work. Man, is it nice to pick up albums like this one. I had to look at the copyright year on the CD sleeve to be certain…yup, 2002. In a time when popular music is dominated by talentless boy/girl bands, rap-metal hybrid clones, guitar bands “experimenting with loops and synths” and bands searching for the perfect pop-rock hook (read: ripping off The Beatles and R.E.M.), along comes Here Comes The Zoo. It’s a rock album, plain and simple, and not an ounce of wussiness or pretention to be found. Now I’m not bashing Radiohead or the Butthole Surfers for varying their sound in 2001; those were some of my favourite albums of that year. But Local H have satisfied something almost primal…the urge to effen rock with fists a wavin’. And at the same time, Here Comes The Zoo is still splattered with the wit and smart-ass humor that Local H is known for. With a slew of new albums due this year (Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, Foo Fighters and Oasis), Here Comes The Zoo has been a great way to kick the year off. If you’re a fan of music, keep an ear out for this album. And yes, I do manage write some code in between my music rants 🙂

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barry's now a blogger

March 19, 2002 under Life

I have nothing new to report in the world of ChrisBellini.com. However, over at Andelusia.com, Barry has redesigned his site a bit and has included a blog. What’s a “blog” you ask? According to Blogger.com (the folks that provide a free blog service):

Blogger is a free, web-based tool that helps you publish to the web instantly — whenever the urge strikes. Blogger is the leading tool in the rapidly growing area of web publishing known as weblogs, or “blogs,” as we like to say.

Barry isn’t using Blogger.com‘s services, but made up his own type of blog instead. Check it out here.

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jolly ole london towne

March 14, 2002 under Life

Where have I been? Dena and I went to London last weekend to visit Pat and Sandra. We never really recovered from the lack of sleep during the week before and the weekend in Toronto/St. Catharines. Also, at work I’ve been runnin’ non-stop due to office renovations and such. I don’t think I’ve done this many Windows 2000 Professional installs in a short time span in my life. I’ve modified the Bio section of this site a bit, but I think we’ll be relaxing this weekend. I’ll probably read up a little more on XML, play some Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and possibly work on the next version of my killer app; Mastercam Launcher. Maybe I’ll get a haircut, too. It’s March break for the kiddies…why not for us, too? 😉

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feeling like philmore jive

March 5, 2002 under Life

Yawn. I’m tired and it reminds me of my university days. Dena and I went to Toronto last Saturday. She has a seminar for PCLaw there this week and she wanted to do a “test-run” to find the place. At the same time we visited Barry for a few hours. Over an after-dinner beer, the idea of visiting Pat in St. Catharines came up. So at ~6:30PM, we hopped in Barry’s Cherokee and were off to see Pat. After an outing that culminated at 3:30AM, we went to bed. At 7:30AM then next morning, I woke up. Ever since I started working after university, my body’s been programmed to wake up between 6:30AM-7:30AM. It sux0rs 🙁 Barry, Dena and I get back into the T-Dot around 1PM and then Dena and I get back into Kitchener around 2PM. This morning, Dena and I work up early since this is day one of two for that PCLaw seminar. Day two is Thursday. Plus work is becoming tiring. Workin’ two positions and only being paid for one is quite draining and unfulfilling 😐 Runnin’ on fumes is tough and yet kinda kewl at the same time.

On the bright side, I have some more ideas for this site o’ mine. Oh, and my Flames are on a bit of a streak as of late 😉

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