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:: 2008 8 July :: 12.17 am

E.B. White - Here is New York
"There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born there, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size, its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter--the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives it solidity and continuity, but settlers give it passion."

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:: 2008 14 June :: 4.49 pm

Things I Currently Fancy
Things That Rock - MI Visit Edition

- free Meijer grocery trips
- Lemonade ICEEs
- My Morning Jacket CDs
- Cinnamon Fire Twizzlers
- 80 degree temperatures
- Clementine Izzes (in a bottle!)
- Ludington/MI Adventure trips

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:: 2008 5 June :: 9.36 pm

40) the kooks - she moves in her own way
39) foo fighters - let it die
38) the white stripes - icky thump
37) rilo kiley - the moneymaker
36) eels - old shit/new shit
35) modest mouse - parting of the sensory
34) we are scientists - it's a hit
33) r.e.m. - supernatural superserious
32) arcade fire - keep the car running
31) a fine frenzy - rangers
30) spoon - don't you evah
29) the decemberists - o valencia!
28) the white stripes - rag & bone
27) grinderman - no pussy blues
26) radiohead - faust arp
25) dave matthews & tim reynolds - eh hee
24) bright eyes - hot knives
23) the shins - phantom limb
22) foo fighters - the pretender
21) david gray - you're the world to me
20) eddie vedder - hard sun
19) stars - take me to the riot
18) bruce springsteen - girls in their summer clothes
17) the shins - sea legs
16) feist - 1, 2, 3, 4
15) rilo kiley - silver lining
14) nick cave & the bad seeds - we call upon the author to explain
13) glados & jonathan coulton - still alive
12) arcade fire - (antichrist television blues)
11) a fine frenzy - almost lover
10) glen hansard & marketa irglova - falling slowly
9) peter bjorn & john - young folks
8) death cab for cutie - i will possess your heart
7) sia - breathe me
6) johnathan rice - we're all stuck out in the desert
5) nick cave & the bad seeds - dig, lazarus, dig!!!
4) eels - souljacker, pt. 1
3) the decemberists - the perfect crime #2
2) silverchair - straight lines
1) spoon - the underdog

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:: 2008 4 June :: 1.21 pm
:: Mood: amused

Goodbye, Hillary Widmore

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:: 2008 31 May :: 12.21 pm
:: Music: Radiohead - Videotape


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:: 2008 9 May :: 10.20 am
:: Music: Shins - Red Rabbits

This week's unused Facebook statuses
Jason Rockwell is amazed at how good WGRD Bootleg '98 sounds after 10 years.

Jason Rockwell thinks courage is a blind man crossing the Boulevard of Death.

Jason Rockwell loves another.

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:: 2008 1 April :: 8.55 pm

Re: Gmail's new Custom Time feature
Me (to Michelle): "Gmail seriously April pwned your ass."

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:: 2008 1 April :: 2.21 pm
:: Mood: accomplished
:: Music: Arcade Fire - (Antichrist Television Blues)

Best of 2007
This is hella late, and I still have a few flicks to pick up from Netflix, but I figured I shouldn't wait any longer.

Top Movies of 2007
1. There Will Be Blood
2. Ratatouille
3. Once (2006)
4. The Darjeeling Limited
5. Juno
6. No Country for Old Men
7. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
8. I Am Legend
9. Knocked Up
10. The Bourne Ultimatum
11. American Gangster
12. Breach
13. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
14. Zodiac
15. The Simpsons Movie

Top CDs of 2007
1. Arcade Fire :: Neon Bible
2. Modest Mouse :: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
3. A Fine Frenzy :: One Cell in the Sea
4. Radiohead :: In Rainbows
5. Johnathan Rice :: Further North
6. The Shins :: Wincing the Night Away
7. The Decemberists :: The Crane Wife (2006)
8. The White Stripes :: Icky Thump
9. Spoon :: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
10. Grinderman (2006)
11. Bright Eyes :: Cassadaga
12. Foo Fighters :: Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace
13. Once Soundtrack
14. Rilo Kiley :: Under the Blacklight
15. Silverchair :: Young Modern

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:: 2008 11 March :: 4.03 pm

To MSU fans everywhere:
Wanna help put Sparty on the cover of a video game? EA Sports is allowing fans to vote for their favorite mascot; the winner will be featured on the cover of the Wii version of NCAA Football '09. According to the site, Sparty is currently in second place behind Washington State (can't let them win... I don't even recognize theirs!). That means we need a good push to get him into first! The problem is that voting closes on Friday, so make sure to forward this to all of your MSU friends. You can vote once per day from each computer you are using. Here's the site:

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:: 2008 11 March :: 3.23 pm

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:: 2007 28 November :: 9.50 am
:: Music: Eve 6 - Open Road Song

with every turn comes a new frame of mind/if I could frame my mind/where would it hang?
I'm starting to think I treat my life like a newly minted car. Here's why:

Often, I'd rather leave it in the garage instead of taking it out for a spin.
I always to protect what I have instead of enjoying it.
I become obsessed with the slightest blemish and spend too much effort trying to buff it out instead of looking at the big picture.
While I don't mind showing people around, I'm careful about who I let in.
I'd not that I can't go on the offensive if I have no other choice, but usually I'd rather stay off to the side to avoid the risk.
I'm so concerned with running things at the most optimal level, never realizing that, in time, things will fall apart no matter I do.

Whenever I strip everything away and realize what I'm behind the wheel of, I see what a gift I have. But I have to realize that you don't buy a Beamer to sit in the slow lane. I may come out the other side with a few more blemishes, but it's a small price to pay to avoid being stuck in first gear for the rest of my life.

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:: 2007 16 October :: 6.26 pm
:: Music: Arcade Fire - Black Mirror

Johnathan Rice: Expanding your musical horizons.

Watch the music video here:
Johnathan Rice - We're All Stuck Out in the Desert"

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:: 2007 9 October :: 12.34 pm
:: Mood: nostalgic
:: Music: Radiohead - Let Down

So they are doing construction on campus, which is a major pain in the arse because it's right along the path I walk every day. Anyway, I was on my way to the Science Bldg. and I passed a construction worker sitting in the shade, relaxing and enjoying his lunch. I was immediately brought back to the summer of '01 working at Arrow Door, sitting outside with Chris, Fras, and Co. I remember jumping in line with everyone at the food cart outside, and the day Stashia and Christa brought us lunch. I hated that job, but sitting outside in the shade, cooling off from the stagnating heat in and outside the building, all the while savoring every last moment of freedom before returning to the floor, that's a fond memory.

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:: 2007 11 September :: 4.46 pm

Arcade Fire peform in a freight elevator and then in the middle of a crowd!

#41 - Arcade Fire - Neon Bible & Wake Up
Video sent by lablogotheque

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:: 2007 8 September :: 10.56 am
:: Music: Scissor Sisters - Tits on the Radio

Foo Fighters - The Pretender music video
Lead single from 'Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace' out 9/25.

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:: 2007 16 August :: 10.02 pm
:: Mood: OCD-ish
:: Music: Smashing Pumpkins - Pomp and Circumstances

For the first time in the 2+ years I've had iTunes, I have a play count for every song in my library. Currently, that's over 10,000 songs.

And my Pictures folder is clean and organized. Filling the void for another day...

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:: 2007 3 August :: 7.30 pm

Butterfly Fuck-Swing Filled With Junk Mail

The Onion

Butterfly Fuck-Swing Filled With Junk Mail

ELMHURST, IL—"The wife and I sure had some crazy times on that thing before we had the baby," said Nathan Moscone, hanging his suit jacket on the swing.

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:: 2007 25 July :: 10.55 am

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:: 2007 3 July :: 10.33 pm
:: Mood: woozy
:: Music: Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine

Vids and a Pic
Behind the cut...
Read more..

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:: 2007 25 June :: 8.20 pm

Updated Director List
1. Stanley Kubrick (+1)
2. Steven Spielberg (-1)
3. Alfred Hitchcock (+3)
4. Paul Thomas Anderson (-1)
5. Wes Anderson (-1)
6. Quentin Tarantino (-1)
7. Christopher Nolan (+8)
8. Martin Scorsese (--)
9. David Fincher (-2)
10. Michael Mann (-2)
11. Pedro Almodσvar (--)
12. Sam Mendes (-3)
13. Spike Lee (-1)
14. Terry Gilliam (--)
15. Jonathan Demme (-5)

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:: 2007 23 June :: 12.15 pm

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:: 2007 21 May :: 7.30 pm
:: Music: Stars

40) Bob Dylan - Thunder on the Mountain
39) Corinne Bailey Rae - Like A Star
38) Queens of the Stone Age - I Wanna Make It With Chu
37) Nellie McKay - We Had It Right
36) The Be Good Tanyas - The Littlest Birds
35) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Rock of Gibraltar
34) Grandaddy - Elevate Myself
33) Eels - Losing Streak
32) Smoosh - Find a Way
31) Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
30) Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober
29) Teddybears f/ Iggy Pop - Punkrocker
28) Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Handle with Care
27) Regina Spektor - Better
26) Badly Drawn Boy - Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind
25) TV on the Radio - A Method
24) Modest Mouse - Spitting Venom
23) Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
22) The Killers - When You Were Young
21) Pearl Jam - Love Reign O'er Me
20) Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
19) Death Cab for Cutie - Crooked Teeth
18) All Too Much - More Than a Friend
17) Nellie McKay - Beecharmer
16) Snow Patrol - Set Fire to the Third Bar
15) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow ((Hey Oh))
14) Modest Mouse - Steam Engenius
13) Mama Cass - Make Your Own Kind of Music
12) Melissa Etheridge - I Need To Wake Up
11) Mychael Danna & DeVotcha - The Winner Is
10) Jarvis Cocker - Running the World
9) Foo Fighters - Skin and Bones
8) The Mountain Goats - Cotton
7) Bright Eyes - Four Winds
6) Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins - Rise Up with Fists!!!
5) The Fratellis - Flathead
4) Regina Spektor - On the Radio
3) Dixie Chicks - Not Ready to Make Nice
2) Arcade Fire - Intervention
1) Modest Mouse - Dashboard

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:: 2007 8 May :: 6.12 pm
:: Music: Arcade Fire - Intervention

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:: 2007 19 April :: 3.24 pm


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:: 2007 19 April :: 12.05 pm
:: Music: Hole - Doll Parts

Will Ferrell & Adam McKay's "The Landlord"

Read the back story here (if you have an LA Times account)

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:: 2007 17 April :: 9.03 pm

So, breaking my rule of not writing a journal entry about something if I don't so immediately following the event, I felt compelled (as if by some external force) to write about what is now being referred to as "The David Duchovny Experience." Yes, Michelle and I went see a premeire of Jake Kasdan's "The TV Set" shortly upon returning from Spring Break, and afterwards Good Morning America's Joel Seigel interviewed David. It was a very surreal experience, the culmination of years of... X-Files I don't know what. It was nice to materialize something that has been part of my life for a very long time. I can't remember feeling so nervous, even school-girlish, about an experience in a very long time. The details are mostly already available from Michelle's entry, but I did get a chance to shake his hand and wish him luck on his upcoming Showtime series (interestingly enough, entitled "Californication"). I'm really glad we were able to go. As weird of an experience as it was, I can't even begin to imagine what it would have been like if it was Gillian instead. Very cool, indeed.

Horrible camera phone picture of David and Michelle. You can make it out, if you know what you are looking at:


Things are going really well of late. I'm proud of what I've accomplished this year, and am proud of what others are accomplishing as well.

Kurt Vonnegut died. So it goes...

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:: 2007 26 March :: 6.53 pm
:: Music: The sound of my students sighing at their multiple-choice exams

D-Town hosts NCAA Tourneys
So, it appears that Ford Field will be getting some March Maddness-related attention in the next couple of years. In 2008, they will host one of the regional finals, and the following year they will host the Final Four. Here are the particulars:

Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 28 and 30, 2008
Midwest Regional
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Host: University of Detroit Mercy

Final Four: Saturday and Monday, April 4 and 6, 2009
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
Host: University of Detroit-Mercy

So, it would appear that the city didn't totally muck up its Super Bowl hosting duties. I hear it's a very impressive facility. Don't know when I'll ever make it there, but I'd like to one of these days.

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:: 2007 27 February :: 6.41 pm
:: Music: The Wallflowers - Into the Mystic

Best of 2006 Lists
These might be a little late, but I just saw a few of the Oscar noms in the past week, so I wanted to make a complete list:

Top 10 Films
1. Children of Men
2. The Departed
3. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
4. An Inconvenient Truth
5. Little Miss Sunshine
6. The Prestige
7. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
8. Silent Hill
9. The Queen
10. United 93

Top 10 CDs
1. Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
2. Dixie Chicks – Taking the Long Way
3. Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope
4. Nellie McKay – Pretty Little Head
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Show Your Bones
6. Snow Patrol – Eyes Open
7. Bob Dylan – Modern Times
8. Foo Fighters – Skin and Bones
9. Badly Drawn Boy – Born in the U.K.
10. Eels – Live at Town Hall: With Strings

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:: 2007 11 February :: 5.12 pm

So I hit 1500 enteries on my giant movie list. That means that over the years, I've watched somewhere in the ball park of 1500 films. The milestone entry? Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston's The Break-Up that we rented yesterday. Fairly solid flick... tough to watch at times, but I can't fault a film for attempting to be realistic and anti-Hollywood for once. A pleasant surprise to say the least.

So at 2 hours a pop, that means, give or take, I've spent 3000 hours watching new films. Can I have a degree or something to show for that?

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:: 2007 9 February :: 12.22 pm
:: Mood: accomplished
:: Music: R.E.M. - Lotus

"let it be hewn into your mind."
63 hours, 12 minutes later The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is officially a thing of the past. Very impressive game.

That is all.

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