Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You Are NOT what you CONSUME!

I was shopping at Amazon and they have a word cloud style thing describing my interests by way of what I've looked at and bought. Larger words mean I have a larger interest. I find this interesting because, although in one way it's accurate in that I AM interested in these things the relative levels of interest are totally skewed. Also, it defines me incredibly narrowly. Here's who they say I am:
Alternative Metal Animation Arena Rock Blues Rock Boating Britain Comedy Contemporary Blues Grunge Guitar Hard Bop Instruction & Study International Metal Modern Blues Modern Postbebop Music Video & Concerts New Wave Punk R&B Rap & Hip-Hop Rock Guitarists Science Fiction & Fantasy Singer-Songwriters Songbooks
I notice they left out languages entirely though I bought several books on learning Chinese and martial art. Perhaps that's considered "international"? These guys need me on their payroll. So? What does yours say?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Silent in the morning

Cool speaker cab grill dyes by Hard Truckers. I found these by searching for 'Silent in the morning' which is a song by Phish which I had in my head because it was a quiet morning.
LOTS AND LOTS OF RAIN and roads closed, etc... My studio session got cancelled because the engineer didn't want to have to swim there. Big pansy! And of course I had to point them out to our dear friend Lime who I've been giving online guitar lessons to. She made me some tie dyed shirts in exchange for CDs I haven't yet sent her. Bad AndyT13! No puddy! I finally got around to putting up a MySpace page for The Gearjammers because the audio plays so much faster from there. I dunno why but anyway... Lots more shows booked. I'm playing very well for some reason. Certainly not from practicing! I've been watching some great players lately though and getting inspired. Everything is a competition with me so I start thinking "I can be that good! Hell, I can do BETTER than that!" and the next thing you know I'm playing with my teeth and behind my back and over my head. I've yet to light a guitar on fire and smash it to bits but before I die you can bet I'ma do dat shit in spades!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Another day, another meme

Another day, another meme stolen from Lime and Myutopia.
Regarding books:
Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?
Yes please.
Amazon or brick and mortar?
Either. I'll book shop anywhere.
Barnes & Noble or Borders?
Bookmark or dog ear?
Lime's gonna hurt me but I dog ear.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?
Hahaha! Alphabewhatnow? Grouped by genre if at all.
Keep, throw away, or sell?
Keep but mostly loan out never to be seen again.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Keep by default
Read with dust jacket or remove it?
With by default
Short story or novel?
Yes please.
Collection or anthology?
No preference.
Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?
Niether but Lemony Snicket if pushed
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
When tired. I dog ear so who cares?
"It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
Yes please
Buy or Borrow?
Steal, I mean borrow but I buy A LOT.
New or used?
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?
Recommendation or browse. Reviewers and critics have a special room in hell.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?
Gah! Tidy ending please.
Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?
Anytime is good but I tend to read at night when everyone is asleep.
Stand-alone or series?
Either. Has to be a good series to hold my interest.
Favorite series?
This is more about author. Tolkien, Anne Rice, Anne McCaffery to name a few.
Favorite children's books?
Seuss & Silverstein
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
My own of course. 'Dangerous Dreams' available through
Favorite books read last year?
I can't remember yesterday so who knows?
Favorite books of all time?
Too many to list
Least favorite book you finished last year?
I can't remember yesterday so who knows?
What are you reading right now?
Just finished 'Whores' about Jane's Addicition and 'Underneath it all' Traci Lords autobiography.
What are you reading next?
Who knows? Whatever I beg, borrow or buy next.
Plus there's always a pile of "I'm in the middle of these" I may or may not finish.
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