mechamummy: (Our Country's Good)
Man, I am a real piece of work.
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I can whine about how much I am hating college right now and how it's making me a bitter, neurotic mess, or I can link to something that brighened a pretty lame day a bit! Let's go with the latter.

Here's #18 to #1 (if you use the sidebar) of the greatest MTV music video countdown special ever, 25 Lame. This was done way back in 1999, in which Jon Stewart, Denis Leary, Janeane Garofalo, and a shockingly funny Chris Kattan mock terrible music videos. The highlight is the Journey video, which is... I think #12? Something like that. This is the countdown that featured the infamous Vanilla Ice incident where he went nuts on the set with a baseball bat trying to prove how "edgy" he was. It's glorious stuff.
mechamummy: (2D)
Apparently the easiest way to survive the midterm day of horror is to play "Skating" by Vince Guaraldi on an endless loop. Who knew.

ALSO;



Yes yes yes yes yesssssss.
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... so I'm bored at work and I just like the idea of doing more top fives. In honor of Weezer releasing a new album today with a cringeworthy title (Raditude!!!!!!) and probably awful music, I decided I'd rather focus on what they've done that I love rather than what they have and will do that I hate.

Top Five Weezer Songs:

1. "Only in Dreams" (the best song they have ever and will ever made and in 2002 when I first heard it, the first rock song to exceed six minutes that I really loved)
2. "December" (the more I think about it, the more I love Maladroit, their last good album. There's nothing revolutionary or deep to it and the songs are mostly just straight love songs, but it works. This is my favorite track off of it because it's basically a '50s pop ballad filtered through power-pop. Simply superb.)
3. "Across the Sea" (Rivers Cuomo at his most earnest and, well, his most gloriously creepy. Even before confirming that he actually got this letter I pretty much knew he did because who makes up shit like this?)
4. "Holiday" (I still remember becoming fixated on this song in eighth grade, I think this was the first non-single song off of The Blue Album to really grab me. This was soon followed by basically every other song on that album except... really, the singles, which I like but aside from "Buddy Holly" never really loved.)
5. "Burndt Jamb" (I have never really been able to place my finger on why I love this one so much. I just do. At least it means no paragraph on this one, right?)

Ah, sweet, sweet 2002 flashbacks.
mechamummy: (Snow Monkeys)
RAGE.

A slurpee in a Domo-kun cup can only do so much.
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I'm just going to update on the past month via a series of Top Fives.

Top Five Orchestral Versions of Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five Songs:

1. "Smoke"
2. "Zak and Sara"
3. "Narcolepsy"
4. "Not the Same"
5. "Lullabye" (my favorite Ben Folds Five song but the orchestral version has too much saxophone)

Top Five Opinions Formed At the Shonen Knife Concert:

1. Shonen Knife; nearly thirty years and a couple bassists and drummers later, still an amazing live act.
2. Visqueen; possibly Seattle's best live band, especially in terms of what you hear on the album being exactly what you hear live.
3. Ballard; possesses sickeningly few cheap convenience stores near the Tractor Tavern, and so I hate it.
4. This is probably the closest I will ever come to seeing a Ramones concert in a weird, disconnected way.
5. Getting to hear "Riding on the Rocket" and "Twist Barbie" live is going to be an "oh my god they played THAT SONG" experience that nothing else will top this year.

Top Five Halloween Costumes I Didn't Use Because I Did Nothing This Year:

1. Ministry of Silly Walks member
2. Yuppie/hopelessly lost country club attendee
3. Private detective of some sort, complete with running film noir monologue all night.
4. DR. CUBE
5. ..,.. yeah, I don't have a fifth. I could do the Evil Midnight Bomber again?

Top Five Songs I'd Like Art Brut to Play Tonight That They Didn't Play Last Time:

1. "Bang Bang Rock & Roll"
2. "Good Weekend"
3. "The Replacements"
4. "Sound of Summer"
5. TIE: "Jealous Guy" and "Moving to L.A."

Looking forward to the concert, hopefully the fact that I've only got around four hours of sleep won't scew it up for me.
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Al Franken is my hero. I knew there was a reason why I always loved Daily Affirmations With Stuart Smalley as an adolescent watching SNL reruns on Comedy Central.

Also I have a mandatory audition on Wednesday where I have to do a monologue I know about half of at present, and that's without beats and actions fully determined. Ah, acting.
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On Saturday, I went to the Seattle Center with [livejournal.com profile] some_sorta_fish, Owen, Ariel, and other people Robin knows and ambushed a Zombie Walk with Nerf weapons, setting off a conflict with a small subsection of the overall zombie horde that lasted a full trip around much of the Seattle Center. It was very likely the most awesome thing I've done all year, that or the first Art Brut show.

For the C.A.Z.K. (Coalition of American Zombie Killers) mission I purchased my first Nerf products in probably thiteen years. One of which was called... I believe it was the "Ball Blast-zoo-ka," a pump-action Nerf ball launcher. It proved to be useless against the zombie onslaught both because it started malfunctioning and because I had absolutely no time to actually practice using it. Still, I think darts are most likely the preferable ammo against the walking dead. Thankfully, I also bought a Nerf... rapier swashbuckling sword thing, and that was fun. Using melee weapons against zombies carries risks (when I got got by the zombies it was both because I was getting in too close and they overwhelmed me and also because Robin totally ignored me yelling at him for help, the bastard), but the fun of hamming it up and swinging for the rafters at a zombie diligently lurching towards you is absolutely worth the risk.

There's going to be another C.A.Z.K. mission down in Portland on the 24th, and I really, really want to go but it's on the same day as the Shonen Knife concert here in Seattle so I'm going to have to have a lot of luck and good timing on my side for it to work out. Here's hoping.

Behind the cut, us being epic. )

EDIT: Also needless to say I got bored with that meme. Assume this is the Day 7 thing and for the Day 6 quote... uh... "I LIKE MY WAFFLES AND I LIKE MY EGGS BUT WHEN A ZOMBIE COMES AND EATS YOUR HEAD." ~ The Best Band Ever.
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For one week, recommend / share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy









If you are reading this and have been on my f-list for a good while, odds are you are aware of the fact that I am an avowed devotee of professional wrestling. I could go on about the amazing athleticism or the surprising amount of emotion and drama these performers who most of the time aren't really exceptional actors or anything can pull off, but I won't. Instead, here are three clips of pro wrestling at its most gloriously silly. I hereby dub this The Best of Slow Motion Pro Wrestling.





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For one week, recommend / share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy









I dunno, have more Tetris.

College is bringing out the very worst of my procrastination habits tonight. Tomorrow I will pick out some potential monologues and read some Hans Christian Andersen, for sure. No doubt. Tomorrow. Yyyyyup.
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For one week, recommend / share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy









Possibly my all-time favorite fanfic for definitely my all-time favorite video game. You wouldn't believe a Tetris fanfic could be amazing, but this was the first one for Tetris ever posted on FF.net and it's excellent. It's about waiting for the damn straight line block that never comes, and also maybe about communism, I don't know.

Since I never put it up and I kind of like what I got, here's presentbragging for my birthday as far as non-cash gifts go;

- Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins
- The Best of Django Reinhardt by Django Reinhardt
- Milestones by Miles Davis
- Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely by Frank Sinatra
- Leisure by Blur
- The remastered version of Abbey Road by The Beatles

And the cash gift from Dad is, I'm pretty sure, going towards paying for the Shonen Knife, Art Brut, and quite possibly Asobi Seksu concerts over the next month. I'm probably passing on The Pogues as I can't really splurge too much on concerts given college and all. I hate that Art Brut is 21+, though, because I was hoping to coerce Tony and/or Galen into going. HEY ROBIN YOU SHOULD COME UP TO SEATTLE ON A MONDAY FOR THIS CONCERT.
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For one week, recommend / share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy









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The Golden Age was tough on Hawkman, apparently.

First day of UW was interesting. I basically ambled around going "oh, gosh" under my breath repeatedly. Free drinks were handed to me, I ended up joining all of zero clubs (Quizbowl sounded appealing and then I got their e-mail and it was pretty much all about academic trivia and, er, pass), and my classes are solid. Acting class feels like basically a retread of the class I took at Freehold a couple years ago, but in a good way, and Scandinavian Literature seems like a solid class which will be fairly easy up until oh god term papers. The instructor seems like the sort of person who legitimately uses words like "motifs" in casual conversation, though, which is a little daunting at points. Present Goal: Finding spots to kill time on wifi on campus that isn't The Hub.
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Thanks for the birthday comments from everyone. Except for Robin Flowers who was clearly attempting to undermine my childhood memories. Shut up, Robin Flowers.

Now let's turn this meme out.

For one week, recommend / share:
Day 1: a song
Day 2: a picture
Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
Day 4: a site
Day 5: a youtube clip
Day 6: a quote
Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy








"Happy Sad" by Pizzicato Five

P5 are my new musical crush. They kind of have been for a while now but getting The Sound of Music the other day really clinched it, and it was pretty much because of this song. I love songs that inevitably make you want to dance like a moron no matter how public a place you're in, and this certainly fits the bill.
mechamummy: (2D)
So are there any random perks to being twenty-two whatsoever or is this the first in a series of birthdays of lesser importance? Inquiring minds want to know.
mechamummy: (Our Country's Good)
Okay, either I could talk about my first college experience or I could transcribe a Short Story writing exercise from over four years ago. Guess which option I'm going with. Robin Flowers might find this funny, I highly doubt anyone else will.

Portrait of the Artist During His Incredible Hulk Period. This cut is for your protection. Seriously. )
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In 2003 I used the "-sama" suffix. Why.

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


1. "Kate" by Ben Folds Five
2. "Ko-ko" by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
3. "Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxsie & the Banshees
4. "Killing Floor" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. "Kick, Push" by Lupe Fiasco

Also, sunny weather in September is one of the best Seattle atmospheres possible. I love it.
mechamummy: (I HAVE THEIR SOCKS)
I survived a four-hour tech support death march and came out three hundred dollars poorer for it. But my laptop had gotten truly the Lord God King of horrible viruses that my kung-fu was entirely too weak for, so it was sort of necessary. By the end of it, the on-call tech support guy and myself were talking about college and sports. He might be in my top five tech support reps, but not higher than the woman who opted for Dennis as her I'm So American You Guys name or the Zune customer rep who worked out how to fix my Zune and make sure the warranty still covered it when it looked like it had expired. The combination of that and watching Groundhog Day for the first time ever made the whole day feel surreal, like it didn't count. I think I'm owed another September 18th, 2009, really.

Elsewhere, I'm now in the process of figuring out which concerts in the series I posted about earlier this week I'm actually going to go to. I purchased Ben Folds tickets so I'm definitely going to that, and next week I'm probably going to buy tickets for Shonen Knife and Art Brut. Pixies are out, though, because they're just playing Doolittle in its entirety and I'm not spending seventy dollars to watch them play an album that I only like about half of. Still haven't decided on Asobi Seksu or The Pogues, though I definitely think I'm going to the former because I've missed out on seeing them two times in the past year so three would be entirely too much.

And finally, it's old news by now but Batman: Arkham Asylum is fantastic. I've finished up the story mode (the final boss battle is really a huge letdown, though, given that the two boss battles prior were infinitely harder) and now I'm just wandering around working my way to 100%. More for the fun of listening to The Riddler whine and posture over the comm than anything else. I like how I was planning on doing something this month before UW and apparently it's ended up just being video games. Dammit.
mechamummy: (Kamiyama)
Possible concert schedule from October through November;

10/4 - Asobi Seksu
10/10 - The Pogues
10/20 - Ben Folds with the Seattle Symphony (!?!)
10/24 - Shonen Knife and Visqueen
11/2 - Art Brut (AGAIN)
11/11 or 11/12 or 11/13 - Pixies

Um. So. Just... yeah. Holy shit. I'm going to have to figure out if I could even afford all of those shows but if I can I will have an amazing fall concert series on my hands. Fuck yeah, Seattle.
mechamummy: (2D)
... okay, this merits its own post. So Guitar Hero 5, much like its predecessor, Guitar Hero: World Tour, features celebrity guest avatars who come out and play with you and in some cases become playable characters. This already had sort of bizarre overtones; the boss battles against established guitarists for songs they penned specifically for the game is a decent idea but on the other hand I don't particularly see why anyone should be clamoring to play as an avatar of Hayley Williams.

They also included Jimi Hendrix in World Tour but opted to not make him a playable character, which would perhaps be disappointing to some but strikes me as kind of a classy move. And I didn't really come to that conclusion until today, when I learned that Kurt Cobain is in Guitar Hero 5 and is a playable character. This, of course, means you can play him in any game you want, and that... gets hilariously awkward to watch at points. If only "Gimme Some Money" by Spinal Tap were on Guitar Hero's DLC like it is on Rock Band's, because I can't think of a better song for the Cybertronic Ghost of Kurt Cobain of the Future to sing than that.

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