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Feb. 18th, 2009 | 09:11 pm

-- I've been rock climbing pretty consistently since I came back from Asia and it's been interesting to see the challenge move from "OMFG, my forearms are destroyed" to "OMFG, I have no idea where to put my hands." I know I'm a walking stereotype by indulging in this particular hobby, but I can totally see why nerds enjoy it. The problem solving aspect is definitely appealing and the whole leveling system is perfect for a generation of people who grew up trying to level-up in RPGs and took great pleasure in finding the warp shortcuts in Super Mario.

-- The new Eno produced U2 album leaked apparently... I haven't checked it out yet, but the first track sounds promising. Nothing will beat Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and The Passengers as far as I'm concerned.

-- Been eating out way too much which is easy to do since the bay area is completely obsessed with food. It's a weird thing and I'm trying to catch myself from becoming just like all the other foodie zombies. Sure, eating great food is nice, but unlike music or other forms of art, you can't share it with others for free, so fixating on it too much is a rather masterbatory exercise. Just because one likes good food does not in and of itself make them interesting... unless they can bring an interesting angle to it like Anthony Bourdain or my friend Mariam.

-- I know very little about the producer, The Alchemist, but this XLR8R interview with him is great. I especially like what he says during the credits (paraphrasing)... if you're an artist and you see something that doesn't yet exist in the world, you're selfish if you don't do something to make it real so that others can enjoy it too.

-- Some friends and I are planning to sign up for a motorcycle class in March. I'm not running out the door to buy a motorcycle or anything, but I have a sizable number of friends lately that ride and it would be cool to have the skill at least to try it out.

-- The Until the End of the World soundtrack has held up well over time. I don't know much of Lou Reed's backcatalog, but I've always dug this song off the soundtrack...
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IN THE FACE

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from: herbaliser
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
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you never listened to the Velvet Underground?

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
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not aside from the hits ("Sweet Jane," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Femme Fatale" are the ones I know off the top of my head).

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josh

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from: joshc
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
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I don't know if I disagree, but I think it's interesting that you think that music/other art can be shared for free.

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ario

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from: interimlover
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
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can, of course... should, is a different story :)

Food can be cooked cheaply at home, but most dishes at restaurants are difficult to recreate... and even if you could, it wouldn't be the same since a lot of the dining experience is the atmosphere of the restaurant. Music is sort of untethered in that way in that it can be enjoyed anywhere.

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josh

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from: joshc
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
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Like I said, I'm far from against music file-sharing under certain conditions. But I guess that I was thinking of food as akin to music performance or in-person art experiences, which are not so easily shared at no-cost or easily reproducible digitally.

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:: regarder of the cries of the world ::

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from: xaotica
date: Feb. 21st, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
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i used to feel the same way, but lately i've been finding that a lot of it was my own selling myself short. the more i've been practicing cooking stuff at home, the more i'm finding that it isn't impossible for even a total n00b to make restaurant quality meals from a cookbook.

the main problem i have is just that it takes me *forever*. it takes me on average twice as long if not more than what the cookbook estimates. i suspect a lot of it is due to my lack of basic cooking skill/understanding how to organize it.

but one of the things i like about cooking at home is that a lot of my friends are unemployed or just trying to save money, so we do things where we have everyone throw down $5 towards the pot. with enough people, that means that we can all eat tasty & organic food, good quality wine/mixed drinks, and still be hanging out with a bunch of friends and listening to good music for a fraction of the cost. plus i don't have to leave the house and i can just crawl into bed when i'm tired. heheh


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r命

man, I'm sorry

from: animate
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
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But I really, really hope U2 dies in a fiery plane crash or at least gets dragged slowly behind a Ford filled with racist rednecks.

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ario

Re: man, I'm sorry

from: interimlover
date: Feb. 19th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
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No need to apologize, but I am curious as to the source of such hatred :)

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r命

well

from: animate
date: Feb. 20th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
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The music, for one thing, becomes very tedious and dull after a certain point in their career and even more fuel for my hatred are their shameless career moves in endorsing products and providing boring, commercial songs.

And Bono is just a fucking CHUD.

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