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Monday, October 31

Attention shoppers 

My pro blog has received a much-needed infusion of a couple of posts, including a brief word about two ex-Gazetters moving on in the world.


I was browsing around on Comcast's On Demand service last night. I was surprised to discover they have a karaoke section where people can sing along to the same songs one might find at the local taverns.

So what's scarier -- that Comcast has such a section for its viewers or that I tried to sing along to some of those songs in the darkness of night?


Friday, October 28

'Sports. Johnson.' 

this is an audio post - click to play

After a small intro, I have an even smaller exchange with departing E-R sports editor John Johnson whose last day was Friday. Although Johnson's traditional greeting is only two seconds long, I think it was worth preserving for a lifetime. And I'm only partly kidding.

I wish I had the chance to chat with him on the phone for a little longer.


Monday, October 24

Circling the wagons 

Is it bad of me when I consider buying a minifridge for my room? I'm having some problems with some items in the common fridge being "misappropriated" by my roommates, and I'm getting tired of it.

Am I just avoiding the problem? They're not too cheap, but I think it might save me some headaches in the long-term. It might also encourage me to remain at home more often -- I would know that I have stuff to eat and drink in the apartment.

Recent releases 

I'm just dying to hear the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh!'s take on Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl." I saw a blurb that a Davis-area station was playing the song occasionally.

I liked the song's sound featuring low brass and bass drums (totally dug the live band on SNL in April). I think a marching band of the Band-uh!'s caliber could rock that song.

Now I have a big reason to go to Picnic Day next April. I know I sound like a geek, but marching bands can totally rock some songs (like the Leland Stanford Jr. University Marching Band's take on "Welcome to Paradise").

In other news, The Digital Bits has reviewed two awesome films that recently underwent "special edition" DVD releases -- Office Space and The Big Lebowski. I only need to say "TPS reports" or "The Dude" and many, many people would know what I'm talking about. Just as if I were to say that I was going "to go 'office space' on the fax machine." It's nice to see them getting new releases, but it's kind of a bummer that the extras weren't super according to the review.


Sunday, October 23

Dis 'n dat 

Just some random stuff surfing around the 'net this weekend --

- Pluming the depths of MySpace, I rediscovered "The Gleib" -- aka Ben Gleib (name seems shorter than I remember). Anyway, The Gleib is a comedian and is responsible of dispelling two beliefs that I've held for a while -- that Screech from "Saved by the Bell" is funny and that dating shows are real. Sadly, Screech (Dustin Diamond) was dreadful live a few years back and "Blind Date" seems capable of pulling fast ones over its audience.

- Saturday Night Live hasn't been super funny this season. I don't know why exactly. Interesting seeing Catherine Zeta Jones sing (and wondering how different she looks "live"), but it wasn't very funny. One positive note is Tina Fey's return to Weekend Update after becoming a mother. I got some belly laughs over some of the jokes there.

- If you're looking for some interesting stuff to watch or listen to, there's ZeD from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. It's a combination TV show/Web site featuring a mix of short films, musical performances and trippy stuff.

- While I've previously plugged CBC Radio 3's podcast, I don't know if I mentioned their magazine. It features lots of music and articles about culture and music in a solid Shockwave presentation. Hours of fun listening and browsing.


Friday, October 21

Being sociable 

It seems I'm sucked into wacky online communities to see what my family's up to. First, I signed up for a Xanga site to post comments. Now, I've plunged into the depths of MySpace.

It's nice. I found my sisters and some people from around town. I've been engrossed with my profile (esp. if it's to be used as an epitaph). It's interesting how my tastes have progressed over the years.

Now that I've got such a nice little pad over there, I'll probably use it to post TV show reviews or something. After all, my user name is "galatican" after "Battlestar Galactica."

I'm such a geek. Anywho, off to bed. Busy day tomorrow.

Late update: When I say "epitaph," I don't think I'm going to kick off anytime soon (I hope). However, if the time comes I want there to be enough information about me. Maybe I'm a little paranoid. - RTO


Thursday, October 20

Speedy snail mail 

Last Saturday, I was in quite a rush to get some VHS tapes and DVDs to my friends and family. It seems the U.S. Postal Service was in a rush too -- my sister in Berkeley and my friend in Connecticut both received their packages on Monday.

That's technically one business day after I sent the item. It's practically overnight delivery -- albeit with a Sunday in between.

I'm impressed. I'm slightly less impressed with my own response time -- two of my friends got tapes of shows that aired last spring. Oh well, my sister is able to catch up with the new season of Battlestar Galactica that aired until a few weeks ago.



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