I set out from Reno, I was trailed by twenty hounds

February 22nd, 2004 § Comments off § permalink

I listened to a Grateful Dead bootleg this afternoon. Voluntarily. And enjoyed it. What’s become of me?

Brand new, you’re retro

January 6th, 2004 § Two comments § permalink

Retrocrush is a huge collection of links to information about advertising, fashion, music, photography, design, and all sorts of other stuff from the past. I didn’t spend much time there, since five minutes at that site could easily turn into three hours; of the links I tried, though, by far the best was the collection of 1920s advertisements for the Chicago Rapid Transit Company. Sadly, there are no reproductions available of my favorites, but you’re welcome to buy this original for me.

“This is Japan: everything plays music”

February 22nd, 2003 § Comments off § permalink

In Japan, heating oil trucks solicit customers the same way that ice cream trucks do in the United States: They play music as they drive past people’s houses.

Some of the songs they play are melancholy. Other companies prefer a more cheerful approach.

Kitsch alert

October 18th, 2002 § Comments off § permalink

Halloween is coming soon, so I’ll post the scariest thing I’ve seen all week: William Shatner performing the Elton John classic “Rocketman.” Is there any public humiliation that Shatner will not endure?

Remind Me

October 14th, 2002 § One comment § permalink

Apparently I’m a bit late to catch on to this, but the video for the Röyksopp song “Remind Me” is brilliant. I’m looking forward to the United States release of their CD.

Hey, it’s being released tomorrow! Woo-hoo!

Do something nice for somebody else

February 13th, 2002 § Two comments § permalink

My new personal theme song is “Do You Want to Feel Happy?” by Janeen Brady, from the album I’m a Mormon.

Janeen Brady – Do You Want To Feel Happy

If you do, in fact, want to feel happy, the song advises you to do the following:

Do something nice for somebody else
That’s what Jesus did
Don’t be afraid, it won’t hurt you to try it

As my brother astutely pointed out, “Didn’t it hurt Jesus a lot?”

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