Monday, April 21, 2008


I'd like to take back some of the unkind things I may have said about Rilo Kiley's most recent album, Under the Blacklight. I still don't think it's as good as More Adventurous, but it also isn't really as bad as I thought to begin with. Actually, some of the songs on it are pretty darn good. There have been very few records coming out that I feel like recommending lately. Visiter by The Dodos is pretty awesome. Also, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) put out a live solo CD that isn't half bad. The newest Raconteurs album is also highly recommended. Other than those, I haven't heard anything really exciting in a while.
I've got an interview with the Amity corporation on Thursday, so wish me luck. If I get this job, I could very well be going back to Japan. That's exciting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Going Nowhere

I got my Zune and I'm happy with it....but the software is just atrocious. Honestly, if anybody has any suggestions for how to circumvent the Zune software or subjugate it to my will, please let me know.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A tad uneasy...

Well, after three weeks or so, Blogger has FINALLY decided to unlock this blog. After my first post, I was flagged as a possible spam blog and locked out of making any changes to it. I sent a request for an unlock three times and posted requests on their forums before something was eventually done about it. Oh well, at least it got unlocked.

There actually isn't all that much to update you on. I'm going to be traveling to Oaxaca in a little under two months, so preparations for that are underway. Applications for work in Japan are being received and reviewed. Hopefully something will come of it.

In other news, I had my car broken into on Saturday night and various things stolen, among them my cell phone. If I haven't emailed you about getting your phone number, feel free to send it to me in whatever secure fashion you prefer. Other than that, I'm just trying to replace some items. Looks like I'll be switching to the Zune, so if any of you use those, let me know and we can share music.

Speaking of music, I'd like to recommend a couple of records. "Consolers of the Lonely" by the Raconteurs is really good. Also try to find the new Dodos album. It's good. If you haven't seen Sweeney Todd, go check it out, it came out on DVD last week. I know Barnes & Noble (plug) is having a sale if you buy the DVD and the soundtrack together.

Book recommendations: After Dark by Haruki Murakami is excellent (as are all of his books). Right now, I'm reading the Nobel prize-winning A Quiet Life by Kenzaburo Oe and enjoying it very much. I'm also in the middle of 1776 by David McCullough. All recommended highly.