Thursday, September 30, 2004

all fixed up!

man, not having internet or TV is pretty crazy! I can totally live without television, though not being able to watch movies or play video games can be a little challenging at times. and then having no internet had left me feeling cut off from the world.

so, "yay!", for having over-priced cox high-speed internet back and working!

Monday, September 27, 2004

all play and no work

yeah, that's the plan for tomorrow! yay, for no work and a solid night of sleep! this last weekend (though awesome) totally wiped me out. the staff retreat was the bomb diggity, and more fun than a barrell of chihuahuas (though I'm doubting the actual fun-ness of a barrel of those). there were a few times that I thought it would just be more fun to have all the staff live together in one big house and never return to our real lives! but that's not the plan, and so now we're all 'refreshed' and ready to go for the year ahead for Excel!

Anyways, don't get me wrong. I really do enjoy work (more so when there are actual customers to talk to) and am kinda bummed to be off for three days. yeah, its weird. nobody working for best buy should be bummed to have days off, but, hey, I guess its a good thing in my case, considering I've finally got a decent job that I actually enjoy showing up for!

no fun links this time. haven't really had all that much time to spend on bumming around the internet lately. but hopefully something soon. that's what days off are good for!

so here's to all of you with real jobs that require 9-5, m-f. peace.

Friday, September 24, 2004

woo hoo!

up in pinetop/lakeside with the excel staff! woo hoo!!! be back sunday.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

a dizzy feelin' inside my head

tonight wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. band practice was a bust since Jesse our drummer (who wanted to practice tonight instead of tuesday) bailed on us. we still don't know where he's at. somewhere between the gym and Denver, that's all we know! went to Abblepees instead and got a quesadilla (yay for two meals in one! now I've got lunch for tomorrow too!!). but now I feel really dizzy, like somebody slipped a little something in my pepsi (just proves that PepsiCo is almost as evil as Microsoft!). anyways, at least today contained a nice, long nap! three cheers for naps!

so I've pretty much decided NAU and Flagstaff are gonna be my home next semester! I'm so psyched about getting back into school full time AND hanging out up there! phoenix is SO passe. just kiddin'! I'm gonna miss a lot of people if I do leave...and I mean miss 'em a lot. but there's plenty of cool peeps up in the great non-white (as in no snow) north of Arizona, too, so that'll be cool. anyways...

found a pretty cool site for the Neistat Brothers of NY. They're a couple of crazy dudes who make videos, often for the purpose of criticizing products and policies, i.e. *iPod's crazy unreplaceable battery and its life-span of 18 months (which is conveniently 6 months more than their warranty!), or *a video of one of the brothers riding his bike through the Holland tunnel in NY (which is illegal to do!) to prove that its faster to just ride your bike than drive a car in NY city. cool stuff. have a looksee!

here's a way cool media site, magnetmix.com, that features a bunch of downloadable songs, videos and other cool stuff to check out. I believe you may need to install limewire to download some of the songs, but I may be wrong. have fun!



*sorry, I realized after the fact that these two videos are not actually accessible through neistat.com. You can still view them from the links I put up, but if you go to the brothers' site, you won't be able to find them from there. sorry for the mix-up!

camera, anyone?

anybody wanna get me a new digital camera? I've got an employee discount @ Best Buy!!! c'mon, you know you wanna support your local poor college kid!

boys will be boys

yeah, so I found this great little essay on men and christian brotherhood at relevantmagazine.com. what's funny is that not less than an hour before reading it, my girlfriend and I were having a very similar discussion (though it was mostly me doing the discussing, cause my big mouth won't shut up! - sorry Adrienne!). this bit of writing pretty much lays out perfectly what I was trying to get out of my head, so give it a read if you want!

tired, and ready for bed, I now journey into the land of pillows and blankets. yay for my favorite pastime!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

artsy fartsy!

so you think you're an artist? or at least on your way down that road? here's a couple interesting foray's into digital art:

1. Greg Martin is a digital illustrator who uses digital art software (such as Adobe Photoshop) to create some amazing artwork. primarily his art focuses on the subject of space, the universe, stars, planets, comets and the such. his stuff is so amazing due to the detail with which he adds to his illustrations, using only digital means! check out his two sites: his portfolio and his personal gallery site. both are worth the look!

2. second is a slightly different take on digital art. primarily a foray into flash animation, this eCard, made for the band Kings of Convenience and their album entitled 'Riot on and Empty Street,' delves into some cool animations that can be done using a single photograph. very cool, along with some cool, mellow, acoustic guitar-driven music! each song brings up a different flash animation. "ch-check it out!"

so tonight finds me on Adrienne's computer, located in Raymond Hall, Northern Arizona University! Flagstaff rocks, and so far the weekend's been a good one. all of you Greater Phoenix Area peeps - I highly reccommend gettin' somewhere cool before school gets too crazy and while its still worth ditchin' the horrendous heat; perhaps Flag or the beach??? do it! you won't regret it!

catch you's all late. peace.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

tasty tidbits

late, as usual, I only today finally downloaded the new Firefox 1.0 preview version. I highly reccommend it as an alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer (I'm just about a anti-fan of Microsoft, despite the fact my machine runs XP). If you haven't heard yet, Mozilla (another great web-browser, and maker of Firefox) provides some great products (like Firefox!) for free. In this case, Firefox is much more secure than IE, provides a built-in pop-up blocker, and a great assortment of plug-ins (such as a google search bar and a whole ton of others). You can completely customize the program with as little or as much stuff as you want depending on your interests and degree of web-saavy-ness (some people really don't need even a quarter of the plug-ins they offer). best thing about Firefox? FREE! yeah, completely free! which is awesome considering what you're getting for nothing! feel free to download it here.

so I happened to be filling out some of those dorky sweepstakes that Guitar Center has every once in a while (cause I really want free music stuff!) and I ran across this crazy video. its the video of the winner of this year's Guitarmageddon contest that Guitar Center puts on. its an annual guitar contest to honor the best unsigned guitar player in the USofA. this guy is just plain nuts! you'll just have to check it out! I've never seen anybody do so much junk on an acoustic. just go watch it and you'll know what I'm talking about.

I'm suprised I haven't posted a link to this guy yet! Isaac Rentz. I went to college with him back a couple years ago, when I was up at Northern Arizona U. and I've been keepin' up on his site ever since. this guy's goin' places and does more stuff than anybody I know. amateur song writer, film maker, graphic designer, as well as holding down a job and going to school full time: this guy blows my socks off! check out his site - great posts, good links, awesome stuff to check out. oh, and if you got the dough, buy a Taking Back Sunday shirt, if you get the chance, and support Mr. Rentz (he's designed several shirts for them). you'll have to check his site for which ones are his, but I've linked this one right to the TBS merch store.

there ya go, some tasy tidbits for ya to savor. have fun.

Monday, September 13, 2004

let the good times roll

yeah, so today ended much better than yesterday, despite puking all of Leslie Savage's fine salmon dinner all over Kiwanis Park, in Tempe! first off, I made it to church for the first time in a couple weeks, which was awesome cause church today was awesome! second off, I got two free meals thanks to the awesome Delnoces (or Delni, as we on Excel staff affectionately use for the plural of Delnoce) and Savages (you guys rock!) along with some awesome conversations with them, as well! Thirdly, got to hang with one cool HS junior, Johns! He's the man! fourthly, I got a call back from Best Buy about orientation tomorrow! Hooray for job! fifthly, I got to play soccer with a bunch of crazy kids from ASU, and ran into my old friend from HS, Justin! its been an awesome day!

found this crazy web page with all these tattoos of cool game and tech stuff! its pretty interesting (except for the way crazy lizard-man guy at the end of the list. I'm not a fan of his lifestyle.).

Sunday, September 12, 2004

black and blue

some days just leave you beat up... feeling black and blue.
this would be one.

Friday, September 10, 2004

its a doozy!

alrighty kids! its time for conspiracy theories 101! yeah, so my friend, chiko, found this crazy video regarding the 'plane' that crashed into the pentagon on 9/11. this one will definitely have you scratchin' your head! was it a 737, a missile, or even a rogue fighter jet??? watch and not find out! anyways, I think its worth the watch, despite all the loud, crunching guitar music. so check it out.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

the staples

so tomorrow is grocery day. gotta pick up some of the essentials (or staples, as you will), i.e. bread, water and milk. not having a job the last couple weeks has really got me on a tight budget, so food is limited to only the necessities, or whatever I can bum off my wonderfully giving parents (thanks again mom!). though the budget crisis should be over in a couple weeks. managed to get offered a job at best buy (woo hoo.) so if you happen to be over in scottsdale, feel free to drop on by the best buy at Indian Bend and the 101 and say hi (and maybe buy a digital camera!). yeah, I'll be workin' the 'digital imaging' deptartment, as they call it. hopefully it'll be a fun place! nothin' new on the music front, other than all my cd's got jacked out of my car. good thing I have 'em all backed up on my computer! I am totally all for backin' that stuff up! I saw this thing on the screen savers (best tv show ever) on this guy who back's up people's music collections digitally, for them, and gets paid to do it! that'd be the bomb-diggity job! I'd be all over that like a hobo on a ham sandwich! so... until next time, keep it nifty!

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A Tale of Two Africas

so, just finished reading one of the better novels I've read in a long time - The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay. Its an awesome story of a white, English-speaking boy growing up in the mid 20th century in South Africa. While it focuses primarily on his experiences and his growth as an individual it gives a rare glimpse into the history of prejudice in that racially torn country. This is a definite must if you are a reader. 5 out of 5 stars, for sure!

on another note, if you happen to read this, and know of any job opportunities in the greater Phoenix area, I'd really appreciate it! So far haven't had much luck in the occupation of person seeking occupation and would appreciate all the help I can get!