Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big news!

I was at the New Orleans Public Library the other day, and there are many things afoot at that fine institution!!!!

Actually, not really, it's basically the same as the last time I was there a couple months ago. There was, however, one GIANT change -


Yep, you read that right. I know!! These are exciting times in New Orleans!!!!

Also, Cory's flight couldn't land last night at Louis Armstrong International Airport because the runway lights were out.

Le sigh, I live in a second world country.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dear My Neighbor With The Goth Band

Hi. How are you? I've seen you lurking around your half of the house a few times. You look to be about my age - maybe a little older. It sounds like you're learning to play guitar. That's awesome! The guitar is a wonderful instrument, and you'll be better off for having learned how to play. As a self-taught guitarist myself, I thought I could offer some constructive criticism based on what I hear through the wall of my house -

  • Amplifiers provide tremendous flexibility and versatility for your sound, and give you many ways to manipulate effects. Learning to play guitar with the volume at 8 doesn't necessarily mean you're getting better, though!

  • Practice does indeed make perfect. However, playing the same three notes in a row that don't sound good the first time aren't going to sound good if you play them for 20 minutes straight!

  • Although it's a useful tuning sometimes, Drop D doesn't sound as cool as you think! It mostly just sounds like Limp Bizkit and Korn. Maybe the Deftones. So: use it sparingly, not on every song!

  • Late night sessions are great, and being in a band often means late nights. Contrary to what you believe, though, starting practice at 10:30 pm every Sunday night and playing until 1:00 am doesn't constitute a late night rocking out (or whatever the crap you goths do)!

Okay, great! I'm glad we had this talk. I trust that you will start wearing earphones when you play on your amp, and you guys will start practice before 10:30 pm now. Best of luck on the road to fame, fortune, and snarky t-shirts at Hot Topic!

Your next-door neighbor Drew

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hurray for living in one of four states that voted MORE REPUBLICAN than last time!


So that guy Obama won, weeeoooo. Or something. Hope, change, blah blah - as always, The Onion nails it more than anyone.

Another interesting story is about how gun sales have skyrocketed in the past two months, especially since the election. Much of the story focuses on Texas, which actually voted more Democratic than the last election.

"People are terrified of losing their right to protect themselves," said DeWayne Irwin, owner of Cheaper Than Dirt, a large gun store in Fort Worth. "The volume is 10 times what we ever expected. It started with assault rifles, but at this point, people are buying ammunition, high capacity magazines, Glocks -- it's all flying off the shelf.

Uhhhh yea. The article also notes that most people are stocking up because they think Obama will take away their second amendment rights, but "A few say they are preparing to protect themselves in the event of a race war."

Oh! And remember when Barry said that there were a bunch of folks out there who were clinging to their guns and religion - the "bitters" as Wonkette soon affectionately dubbed them? Who knew you could cling to both under the same roof.

At the Memorial Shooting Center in Houston, a popular gun store and firing range that shares a building with a church, managers said they sold out their stock of assault weapons a day after the election and are now adding orders, at more than $1,000 each, to a monthlong waiting list.

Mm hmm! Gotta defend my home from the Moolims that Barr Ack Oh Bama is gonna be lettin' in!

In other news, this:

Happy Not A Father's Day!