Monthly Archives: September 2005

Different worlds

I have a lot of difficulty describing what I see out of my bad eye, so I tried to create a representation in picture form. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get it quite right, because there are a few things that are hard to represent, such as the overexposure that results from my non-closing right pupil. There’s also the floating fuzzy things that shuffle around whenever I move my eye. I don’t know how to represent those either, but here’s what I’ve got so far. I clipped this from the ESPN writeup of the Spartans decimation of Illinois this past weekend.

This is what I see through my left eye:

[clear]

And this is what I see through my right eye:

[unclear]

There’s the general blurriness in the right eye, and a distortion in the middle that drags whatever I’m looking at down towards the bottom of my sight. In this image, I would be looking at the center, just under the “Box Score” tab. In reality the text would be harder to pick out because the whiteness would be overpowering the black. I’ll try to update the image a little more later with the floaty things and see if I can account for the overexposure as well.

Save Yourself

Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated. It just seems like I’m in one of those funks where I lose interest in a lot of things, and it would seem that posting regularly on my website is one of those things. Combine that with the fact that I have nothing to say for the most part, and you get this. There are people like dooce that can post three times a day and it’s always interesting, insightful, or humorous, but I’m not one of those people.

One thing I can say is that I’ve been listening to a few new bands as of late, and they all have made it into my “cool bands” category. Chimaira and Nevermore top that list. Chimaira’s latest album, “Chimaira,” is fucking awesome, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone that gives the horns on a regular basis. There are some total headbanger songs on it, the most of which being “Save Ourselves.” That song really gets the blood moving. Nevermore’s latest album, “This Godless Endeavor,” is also quite sweet. I missed them on Gigantour, but I won’t let that stop me. They actually benefit from a good singer, which is in short supply these days. They are a total 7-string band, but in the best way. They use the whole range of the 7-string instead of just banging on the low B like all of the crap bands of today seem to do. They also are quite masterful with leads, and their drummer is sweet as well.

I’ve also picked up a few In Flames and Lamb of God discs as well. They get a bit more of a mixed review. In Flames is pretty good musically, but they have another one of those horrid singers, somewhat along the lines of Children of Bodom. Their older stuff seems to be musically awesome though, so it looks like I’ll be learning to tolerate more crappy vocals much like I have with CoB. Lamb of God is an enigma to me… one minute I’m totally digging what they’re doing, and the next I’m like, “why am I listening to this again?” They’re growing on me though. They have a pretty talented rhythm section that does a lot of cool syncopated rhythms, but a lot of the time they sound like one of those crappy 7-string bands that I referred to earlier. Then they’ll prove me wrong and rip off a sweet riff or a cool harmonized lead part, and then I’m confused again. Their vocalist could be better classified as a “barker,” but at least barks coherently and clearly. It’s suprisingly easy to understand what he’s saying, so I guess there’s something to be said about that.

Buzzzzz

I just woke up from a dream in which I started shaving my hair off on a whim. The funny part was that, in my dreams, my hair is apparently like strands of wire, because it took me like 30 minutes to make a dent in it, and the battery on the clippers I was using ran out before I could finish, so I had like, half a head of hair and random tufts sprouting out where I had already cropped it off. Since my battery was dead, I guess I decided to go out shopping or something while the battery recharged, but I didn't think to put on a hat or anything, so I had this weird haircut going on while walking down aisles of some store. Weird.

I make note of this for two reasons…. this is the first dream I've remembered in at least 6 months, and it was pretty humorous. I don't normally remember anything about my dreams, so actually remembering one is kinda strange for me.

Day of Labor? I think not…

This past weekend found me up north with my family for the Labor Day holiday weekend. I went up thursday night with my sister. The journey went pretty quickly – only three and a half hours. My parents were already up there on their summer vacation. We did a whole lot of nothing, and it was stellar. I slept at least 10 hours a day each day except monday. I guess I needed it. On monday we partook in the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge walk. It was my first time, and it was pretty neat. The morning was beautiful and pretty much perfect. I can't say I enjoyed waking up at 5:30 to head into town, but you've gotta take your lumps every now and again. Pictures from the trip are up in the gallery.

Speaking of the gallery, I've updated my gallery installation to Gallery 2, and I have to say it is pretty sweet. It seems a tad bit slower, but there are a lot of cool features that counter that speed decrease. I set up a template that uses the general layout of my site, so the appearance shouldn't be any different than what you're used to. The RSS feed update thingy is gone for now, but I'll probably have it back up there once it's implemented in gallery2. Until then, you'll just have to make due with the cool javascript tree thingy for album navigation. Wheee!

Did I cut it wrong?

Megan sent me this picture yesterday, and I about laughed my ass of when I read the caption. I hope it’s not real, but you never can tell these days…

[Cut it wrong]