Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC

September 15, 2007

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This is very exciting for me!

Venomentality is one of the bands I’ve come across on MySpace. And I love their music. They have a song called Black Butterfly that I think will be a monster Number One Hit.

For months I’ve bugged them whenever they’ve sent me a Bulletin announcing their latest gig — in upstate New York! I kept telling them they were traveling the wrong direction and had to go south for New York City.

Well, tomorrow they’ll finally be in New York City!

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They’ll be in Union Square Park (across the street from where I recently saw Juliette and the Licks).

Venomentality in NY City!
Opening for MINK
www.myspace.com/mink
Sunday September 16,2007 12:00-4:00pm
Union Square Park
Virgin Megastore Mashup!
Address: 14th-17th Street NY City
Cost: FREE / All Ages
Description: Official NYU “Back to School” party sponsored by Virgin Megastore

Get to Union Square Park to hear some great music!!

Venomentality MySpace Page
Union Square Park (it has free WiFi!)
Virgin Megastore Battle of the Bands

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Yeah, That’s It. Cue The Vigilantes!

September 15, 2007

Police tell woman who had bag snatched ‘sorry, that’s not a crime’

I’m not going to quote this at all. You have to go read it and get the full jaw-dropping effect.

Remember: Things originate in England. Then spread to over here.


Pink Power

September 15, 2007

‘I’ve stood around too long’ [update: dead link]

CAMBRIDGE — Two students at Central Kings Rural High School fought back against bullying recently, unleashing a sea of pink after a new student was harassed and threatened when he showed up wearing a pink shirt.

The Grade 9 student arrived for the first day of school last Wednesday and was set upon by a group of six to 10 older students who mocked him, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.

The next day, Grade 12 students David Shepherd and Travis Price decided something had to be done about bullying.


Brain, Mind, Consciouness, Quantumness, Spookiness

September 15, 2007

Czech crash victim wakes up speaking English

— linkswipe via reddit


The iPod Touch: Don’t Touch It?

September 15, 2007

There seem to be problems with sound quality compared to past iPods. Even worse, the screen is shit. Look at this photo and see how poorly blacks are displayed.

Another photo showing Touch above and iPhone below. The full article. Something is wrong with that Touch screen! And something is wrong with the DAC chip too.

You see? This is why I am glad not to be able to be one of the first to buy something. I’d be so pissed at having this happen to me.

A few days ago I did a light fondle of the iPod Touch and the new iPod nano. I didn’t fondle long enough to notice screen problems of the Touch. As for the nano, even with my far-less-than-audiophile ears, I felt a lack of depth with the track I always play — R.E.M.’s Losing My Religion. It sounded flat. It sounded less bright than the times I listened to it on past iPods.

As for the nano, that metallic finish will be a problem. I noticed it was already chipping off at the bottoms of all demo units near where the connector touches it. I can forsee that baby being a scratch magnet in my pocket. Also, my hair stood on end when I saw most of the nanos have misaligned screens! The screens aren’t parallel to the top of the fascia. They are mostly all off by a fraction of a millimeter. It’s very noticeable when viewing video. If Steve Jobs saw that personally, I’d think it’d upset him too.

I’d really like to get that new nano, despite the less-deep/bright sound, but I wonder if the Apple Store would laugh at me if I got one with that misaligned screen and wanted to exchange it?


Fight Club By Chuck Palahniuk

September 15, 2007

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Blame Richard Perez, author of the excellent novel The Losers’ Club, for upsetting my Endless Book Queue. He sent out a MySpace Bulletin asking if he was the last person to find out that Palahniuk was gay and then wrote a bit about Palahniuk’s Fight Club.

Intrigued, I got the book. I’d never seen the movie (I am further behind on movies than books…).

This is a hypnotic, amazing novel, unlike any other I’ve ever read.

I don’t know how to go about describing it without ruining any of it. It’s almost like one of those You Had To Be There things.

The unnamed narrator and a guy named Tyler Durden become entwined in a bizarre friendship between one another and a flipped-out young woman named Marla. The narrator’s insomnia and Durden’s daring ultimately lead to the establishment of Fight Clubs, where men can step into a ring hidden in the basements of bars to beat the living shit out of one another. The Fight Clubs in turn lead to the deification of Durden who then goes on to establish a series of Committees: Arson, Assault, Mischief, and Misinformation. It all turns into a cult manned with shaved-head ‘space monkeys” who have wound up, by dint of their low-level positions of employment, infiltrating almost every part of society. Think of a cult as powerful as Scientology but without the outer space bullshit.

The narrator, without ever admitting it, seems to be a closeted gay man whose self-loathing ultimately rears its head (no pun intended) to avenge itself on a society that will not accept him. There’s some stuff about anti-materialism thrown in, but I think that’s a red herring for the real point: self-determination, self-respect, self-acceptance, and Fuck All to a society that wants, above all, homogeneity (again, no pun intended).

Palahniuk’s writing is a revelation. It twists upon itself, plays with time and space, and has a rhythm that just entrances the reader and pulls him into the story.

From the first page I should have understood what was really happening. I didn’t for two reasons: 1) I don’t read books to figure them out while I’m reading them; I read to enter a different world and point of view, and 2) Palahniuk is like an expert magician, using words to pull off a sleight-of-hand.

I’ve never seen the movie. I don’t know if I want to. Movies from books are usually disappointing at best or utter shit (there are exceptions, but they are very rare). If you’ve seen the movie, forget it. Just go and get the book to read. It’s bound to be better. And it’s a reading experience you’ll never, ever forget.


Girls Don’t Cry Has New Songs Up On MySpace!

September 15, 2007

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Girls Don’t Cry at the Knitting Factory July 22, 2007

The fantastic band Girls Don’t Cry has put up two new songs on their MySpace page.

Jen and Franky is new to MySpace.

American Boy is brand new, period — they just finished recording it in the past two weeks!

Head over to the Girls Don’t Cry MySpace page and rock!

Previously in this blog:
Girls Don’t Cry category