Dave Barry (or at least the makers of his desk calendar) shot up about 100% in my estimation today when I saw that his desk calendar observes St. David's Day. In flipping through the calendar I see that it also acknowledges International Women's Day (next Tuesday) and Canberra Day. It also refers to Ireland as "Eire" -- is this one of those Istanbul/Constantinople things that I haven't been alerted to?
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How badly do U.S. radio stations suck that the BBC has enough of an audience to tour the United States?
Even when we try to get things right it turns out poorly. Every time I attempt to listen to the Current it's little more than twangy rock from the 90s. Here's a random sample of the Current's play list, taken from the noon to 1 p.m. hour today:
-Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven -- The hell? My girlfriend when I was a sophomore in high school liked this band.
-The Hangups - Jump Start -- The hell? This is from a CD that was released 12 years ago!.
-Soul Asylum - Somebody To Shove -- The hell? Another song that was worn out before I graduated high school. Granted, Soul Asylum is local, but why play one of their most commercially recognizable songs?
-Del Counts - Let the Good Times Roll -- OK, 50s doo-wop. I'll accept that. Why not?
-Wilco - I'm a Wheel OK. More twangy rock that I can't stand. But at least it's new twangy rock that I can't stand (assuming you stretch your definition of "new" to include music released within the last year).
-Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby OK. Again, it's not really new, but you can't go wrong with a group that was once voted Best Scottish Act Ever.
-Lemonheads - Rockin Stroll -- The hell? My girlfriend when I was a sophomore in high school liked this band.
-Electrelane - Enter Laughing -- OK. Newish rock released just a little more than a year ago.
-Madvillain - Curls -- Good. Intelligent hip-hop that's only a year old.
-Styrofoam - Anything (feat. Bent Van Looy + Miki) -- Ugh. But it is "new" -- released in December.
-The Divine Comedy - The Happy Goth -- Good. Who knows how old this is, but how can you argue against the Divine Comedy?
-The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom -- OK. Music that's almost as old as me, and again they choose to go with one of the most commercially recognizable songs from a band.
-The Concretes - You Can't Hurry Love -- Ugh. Newish (more than a year old) but already worn-out twangy rock with whiny chick lead singer.
-Richard Buckner - Her -- OK. Just stop. I can't take anymore of this crap.
So, out of 14 tracks, you've got only two songs that are really worth listening to and only two that aren't at least a year old. And they want me to pledge $10 a month for that? Rubbish. From what I understand, the Current is struggling to meet its membership goals, and I'm not at all surprised. Who is this station for? It seems to be directed at people who say they want to listen to "new and different" type music but aren't actually comfortable with the idea: "You know, I'd rather wait until a song gets a little airplay in Starbucks and Chipotle before I start listening to it."
Here's what I was wondering today: Is it illegal to simply be a member of al-Qaida? I was thinking about this in terms of the fact that in Oceanside, Calif., it is illegal for certain gang members to associate with one another, but to my knowledge it's not really illegal for them to profess to be members of said gangs. You can walk around all day long and say, "I am a member of the West-Northeast-Lower-Central-Near-The-Dumpster-But-Not-Quite-All-The-Way-To-The-Door-Of-The-Perkins-Side Crips," but as long as you never actually congregate with other members of the WNLCNTDBNQATWTTDOTP-Side Crips, you'll stay out of trouble. I get the sense that if someone were to simply utter the words "I am a member of al-Qaida" they would be locked up for at least some period of time.