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 Review: Murder By Death - In Bocca al Lupo Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, August 14 2006 @ 10:24 AM PDT
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MusicI picked up Murder By Death's new album a couple weeks ago, and I've been listening to it constantly since I got home that night.

Overall, the tone of the album is dark and moody. Each song tells a story, and each story illuminates a dark alley in a seedy neighborhood, somehow without adding any light.

 I'll take two Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, July 11 2006 @ 05:38 PM PDT
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TechnologyThis thing is just badass. (PopSci via Gizmodo)

 Scott Palmer: 1968-2006 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, June 07 2006 @ 03:34 PM PDT
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LifeScott Palmer was a friend of mine. He was an amazing bass player, a huge fan of Dolemite, and one of the funniest bastards I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

We lost touch with each other for a long time after we no longer worked together, but when I saw him a little over a year ago, it was as if not a day had gone by.

He was diagnosed with cancer this past January.

I really thought we'd have more time.

 Music Shuffle Meme Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, May 11 2006 @ 07:12 PM PDT
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Kitsch(wrenched tenderly from the maw of Dan4th)

I don't usually participate in meme-type thingies, but this one made me laugh.

1.) Put your music player on shuffle
2.) Press forward for each question
3.) Use the song title as the answer
4.) NO CHEATING!!! What you get is what you get!

 Incidentally... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, May 05 2006 @ 08:49 AM PDT
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Kitsch... I realize it's been five months since I posted here. I don't have a great excuse. Maybe my editor took a leave of absence.

Yeah, we'll go with that.

Just so we're all on the same page, here's the last five months in five seconds:

I worked too many and oddly arranged hours. My hair is longer. I don't think I've got any gray yet. The weather has sucked variously if not vigorously.

Most Recent Post: 05/05 10:07AM by Dan4th

 Han shoots first Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, May 05 2006 @ 08:47 AM PDT
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...and on my birthday, to boot.

Most Recent Post: 05/05 10:06AM by Dan4th

 Early Christmas Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, December 10 2005 @ 06:59 AM PST
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LifeOkay, I'm wildly overtired right now, so I'm not going to be able to give this subject matter its due attention.

Just saying.

So, Christmas came early this year. My company has received a round of funding, and, without going into specifics, instead of my monthly budget netting around -100, it'll be netting an actual positive number. Furthermore, we took a pay cut months and months ago, and we got the difference in a lump sum via direct deposit, so we already had the money by the time they told us about it.

This leads me, inevitably, to the discussion of what kind of fun toys I bought, since I'm such a fucking consumer that I make myself sick.

 Today's Headlines Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, November 09 2005 @ 01:34 AM PST
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KitschThe Kansas Board of Education, in an incredible display of ego, decided that if they're too stupid to figure out how the universe works, no human could possibly be capable of deciphering it.

They say only two things come out of Texas: steers and queers. Now none of them will be able to get married.

And of course, France surrenders.

Overall, I'm reminded of that scene in Good Morning Vietnam where explosions, fire and death are set to the soundtrack of Louis Armstrong's version of "What A Wonderful World." My perception of our species has fallen to a point somewhere between irony and schadenfreude.

 Credibility Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, October 11 2005 @ 09:31 PM PDT
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LifeTonight I was in a local computer parts store buying, well, computer parts, and when I went to pay the nice kid behind the counter, my AMEX was turned down, so I ended up paying for the stuff with my debit card. I figured it was probably some anti-fraud thing on their end, since my spending habits this week with that card have been out of the ordinary ($300 in DVDs, a nice dinner out and a couple of CDs, where normally I just use it to buy gas.)

When I got back to the office, I checked out my account on their website, and it showed the last thing that I expected: that I was over my credit limit. The reason that I didn't expect it was that the last time I'd checked, I had about $7000 in available credit, and even these days gas isn't that expensive. What I didn't take into account, however, is that they had reduced my credit limit to about a hundred dollars over what I had been carrying for a balance.

The idea of them reducing my credit limit without notifying me puzzled me enough that I gave them a call. The nice guy at the call center told me that they had, in fact, sent me a letter a couple weeks ago, which I believe when I visualize the pile of unopened mail at home. When I asked him about the reason for the reduction, he said that it was based on a seriously deliquent account balance that showed up on a credit report, and a seriously deliquent balance on one of my accounts with them.

I thought to myself, "One of my accounts? I only have one AMEX card." When I brought this up with him, he told me that there was the card that I had sitting on my desk during the call, and then there was also my AMEX Gold card.

 2 and 1 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, September 28 2005 @ 02:24 PM PDT
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