Thursday, August 29, 2002
You Are Far and Away My Most Imaginary Friend:
The latest blogger to get linked to a lot is Tony Pierce. He seems to know a lot of so-called A-list bloggers and I guess dating Anna Kournikova will always get you some attention.
If you're anything like me you thoroughly enjoyed reading Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris and therefore you'll be happy to learn that a truckload of his articles are available in the humor section at the Esquire website. And if you haven't read any of Sedaris' books the articles are a pretty good way of getting introduced to Sedaris' take on life in France and the life of The Rooster.
- John Fogde 11:51 PM [+]
I'm Doing Alright For Country Trash:
The last couple of days have been spent working and doing nothing, but this weekend is crammed with appointments. Friday night marks the opening of the annual festival week, which means there'll be free concerts, movies, and a lot more for the next ten days. So I'll go check out the opening and a couple of other things tomorrow.
Saturday I'm invited to a movie reception and I'm going out to lunch with my friend, who has returned from the US. There are several parties lined up Saturday night, but it probably won't get too crazy as the units and siblings are arriving Sunday afternoon for my birthday party. Monday afternoon I'll probably go see the legendary Country Stig perform downtown, and then things should get somewhat back to normal.
The only interesting thing I did this week was attend the second meeting in the local blogger's club. There were four repeat offenders and a handful newcomers including my buddy Jan, who I actually spent most of the evening talking to. We didn't actually talk about blogging that much, but we did touch on the subject on comments features. And as it turns out Jan was so inspired that he has started working on creating an improved comments solution. I wish I could help out, but I'm such a 'tard when it comes to programming and the technical side of computers, so the best I can do is come with design suggestions. But I'll definitely do that when it comes time to decide what goes where.
Over at Kottke.org there's a link to a guy who has been sending emails with viruses to himself. I've been doing that lately as well, but I usually don't send a reply.
- John Fogde 8:30 PM [+]
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
What If Something's On TV and It's Never Shown Again?
I've spent today listening to the amazing Songs for the Deaf record by Queens of the Stone Age and messing about with my weblog. I have over the last couple of years made a lot of interviews with famous and not so famous musicians and since some of those were recorded on video I thought I'd get them together and add them to my site. I've only added four so far, but if you want to check them out you can find them to your left and downwards. I need to get a hold of some thumbnails for the rest of the interviews and them add them to the site, but I'll probably do it later this week.
I'm actually on my way to a meeting with a group of local blogger's, but I just thought I'd mentioned that the best news in a while is that a friend of mine is getting back from the US this weekend and he's bringing me some CDs I ordered through Amazon and a stack of video tapes with shows like Dinner For Five, The Daily Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, a lot of stand up, and maybe even some Six Feet Under. It's going to be awesome to check all those shows out. None of them air here, so this is the only way I'll be able to see them. To you getting excited about this might be lame. But it isn't. And that's just the way it is.
- John Fogde 6:25 PM [+]
I Lied About Being the Outdoor Type:
Have you ever decided to go exploring in your own city only to find places you’ve never seen before and then get completely lost? Well, Saturday I decided to go to the beach, because I felt restless and didn’t really know what else to do. I’m not in any way shape or form a beach person, so I had never actually been to the part of the beach closest to the city called The Permanent Beach. It’s called that because as opposed to a regular beach (which is basically just sand next to water) this beach has an enclosed area with bathrooms, changing rooms, a boardwalk and a nudie area. So, I walk down to where I know the path to the beach is and just walk straight ahead and while walking it dawned on me that this was a part of my city that I’d never seen. There were buildings I recognized, but it was odd seeing them from a different angle. I saw a part of the harbour I hadn’t seen before and eventually I just walked with a forest on one side and the water on the other until I reached The Permanent Beach.
On one side of the enclosed area was a little sandy area, where a guy had set up a DJ booth and was playing house music and on the other side was another sandy area, where a few people had chosen to hang out. But inside the enclosed area it was packed with people. I met a few people I know, but for most of the time I just sat on the boardwalk reading and glancing at topless hotties. There were so many gorgeous people there it was just ridiculous, but that’s what Danish beaches are like.
So I read for a while and when it was time to go home I realized I wasn't completely sure how to get home from this place. Obviously, I could go back the way I came, but that seemed like a detour, so I decided to cut through the forest. The walk to the beach must have been longer than I remembered, because after following a couple of paths that I was sure would bring me back to the city I ended up in a weird residential area and suddenly I found myself standing next to the local mental hospital, which I know for a fact is located conveniently outside of the city. More specifically in the next town over several miles from my house. And since I have absolutely no sense of direction I had no idea how to get home from there.
But thankfully after a walking around for a bit I found a bus stop, so I could just follow the stops towards the city. I checked the map, when I got home, and as it turns out The Permanent Beach is not at all located, where I thought it was, so if I ever go out there again I think I can find a smarter way to go.
I’ve sent hours this weekend on my other website setting up an online store. I get a lot of emails with questions about where you can buy certain Warhol posters and movies, so I finally got around to setting up a special section. I’d forgotten how much time it takes to set up something like that, so I never got around to set up the stuff for this site that I wanted to add this weekend. Maybe I’ll get around to it tomorrow.
I went shopping today to get those plastic things you use for hanging up posters and to get the new Queens of the Stone Age album. They didn’t have the poster things and unsurprisingly they didn’t have the QOTSA record, either. It’s like the Danish labels don’t give a shit about release dates unless it’s Janet Jackson or someone they’ve spent billions promoting. I’ve left records store empty handed so many times, because the labels don’t inform people about the Danish release dates, so you go to the store on the day of the American or British release date and the clerk just looks at you like you’re an idiot. Fair enough if it’s a band on Matador or Vagrant or something, but this happens just as often with major label bands. So that really rubs me the wrong way. But thankfully a guy I know at the local indie record store promised he’d have the QOTSA record tomorroq, so I’ll have to run down and get it then. While I was there I found a used copy of Phantom Planet’s The Guest, which is surprisingly good. California is a brilliant pop song, but I feared that they might be one-hit-wunderkinds, who’d just gotten a record deal because of Jason Schwartzman, but that’s not the case at all. A friend of mine described the record as unimpressed meaning they weren’t inhibited by the fact that they were recording their first record and could be on the way to becoming stars. It’s a playful record reminiscent of Ben Folds Five and Fountains of Wayne (which is backed by the fact that Adam Schlesinger co-wrote a track) and there are a couple of really great pop songs on it. It’s nice to find a record, which surprises you once in a while and this one is a really pleasant surprise.
- John Fogde 1:01 AM [+]