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I love my TiVo
I have ten hours of Metal Mania, five hours of South Park, four hours of Sopranos, an hour and a half of Blind Date (for petemagyar), three hours of Da Ali G Show, an hour of Family Guy, an hour of Futurama, and two hours of Iron Chef... all at my command.

Last night, unlike last year or the year before, I stayed in Jersey. Well, no, I didn't stay in Jersey. I just celebrated at midnight in Jersey. Earlier in the evening jenniever, two of her friends, and I went to Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure, where we ran into fatasspenguin. If you're near New York City or that cultural wasteland known as Los Angeles, you should definitely check it out. Comedian gets advance from publisher to write a book, finds out about googlewhacks, has a drinking problem, and ends up having quite a hilarious adventure. The show's well worth checking out. You'll laugh, you'll cry, it's better than Cats. Though furries might disagree.

Hey, there's only two people with my name in the United Kingdom.

The Rainbow in the Dark video is complete nonsense. I can't believe that I saw that guy live three times. Not to mention spending a whole day rocking out to him.

After the stand up storytelling/rant show, we walked around the city a bit, checked out a few bars in the_boke, and ended up back at my place. Popped the cork at 11:55, drank champagne out of shot glasses, and watched the ball drop. Next year she'll try my preferred method of celebrating, Times Square. We watched a few of the televised celerations, decided that Aquafina was taking over, and decided that the spanish channel was having the most fun.

Last meal of 2004: East LA (and later Bailey's flavored Hagen Daas in the city)
First meal of 2005: Rue de Jardin
Kissed right after midnight by: jenniever

Feeling: chipper chipper
Listening to: Metal Mania

Chorus of 14 demons || Preach it
idunn From: idunn Date: January 1st, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Good God, cap'n, the linkage!!

On a side note, Russ, reading your journal sometimes is the literary equivalent of that Simpsons episode where the family has epileptic seizures from all the rapidly blinking anime on the Japanese TVs.

In related news, VH1 keeps replaying their "Greatest Metal Moments" countdown. I am in heaven.

I still have a difficult time believing Zeppelin is "metal". Granted, they could be considered the beginning, but there's such a different between Zep and Man o War. At least with the former, one's eardrums stay intact.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 1st, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Good God, cap'n, the linkage!!

RE: the links. Thank you! I feel that I've been slacking off on links far too long, and need to step back up.

Regarding metal: True, but there's also a massive difference between Def Leppard and Dimmu Borgir. Metal's a pretty wide spectrum, with lots of individual colors like speed, metal, death, thrash, and the like contained within. Hell, my favorite band is part of the NWOBHM movement. How segmented is that?

Ah, Testament just came on. Man, I loved Testament.
mrfantasy From: mrfantasy Date: January 1st, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

The "Rainbow in the Dark" video

I can't believe you've never seen that before. It's one of those things that was all over early MTV. It's the thing I know the best about Dio. It's probably why I questioned your relatively positive assessment of the man.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 1st, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: The "Rainbow in the Dark" video

Somehow I'd been spared the pain. All of the times I watched Headbanger's Ball in the eighties, it wasn't on.

Oh, he put on a great show. But he's a comical figure, much like Shatner or Kid Rock. You can't take him seriously. He's singing about killing a dragon, babbling fantasy nonsense as a red light illuminates him from below, and naming all but one of the primary character classes in Dungeons and Dragons. It's hard to rock out to that without laughing at him. Not with him, as you would do with Maiden, but at him.

I still think petemagyar should attend a Dio for America meetup.
miscca From: miscca Date: January 2nd, 2005 03:23 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Once you go Tivo, you never go back.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I know. I was afraid of this. It's absolutely wonderful. For a while, I've listened to people talking about throwing off the shackles of television scheduling. Now five in the morning Star Trek is mine. I can watch Headbanger's Ball, and instead tape the Iron Chef America later showing. Ghaaaa.


I didn't know it would be this good to me.
miscca From: miscca Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
We have the two tuner Tivo ... the husband's been talking about hacking it to get the bigger drives - something like 300+ hours of Tivo goodness ... that terrifies me :)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 2nd, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Many of my friends and co-workers have two-tuner TiVos. Instead I'm using the simple TiVo with my digital cable box being triggered by a infrared beamer attached to it.

Honestly, I'm not too worried about missing something because it's on two channels at once. Just about everything that I watch (Iron Chef, South Park, HBO programming) gets re-broadcast half a dozen times over the course of the week.
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:26 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I, too, love my TiVo, though occasionally it's polluted with America's Next Top Model and The Bachelor... the fault of my dear wife.

that cultural wasteland known as Los Angeles

Oh look, another East Coaster who's so convinced that LA could not possibly have any culture that they never spend any time here discovering the culture. Uh oh, we don't have Broadway, therefore we suck, never mind the classical music venues, the small-theatre plays, the massive quantities of public art, the free music and theatre performances in parks, the thousands of museums, the outdoor festivals, great restaurants in every neighbourhood, the various ethnic enclaves, the salsa-merengue-cumbia clubs, etc.!

We don't have Broadway, we don't have Lutèce, and we don't have the Village, therefore we have no culture at all.

Whatever. Stay in New Jersey, then.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC) (Hard link)
My roomie's also a big fan of America's Next Top Model. That, Blind Date, and even the *shudder* O'Reilly Factor will end up gracing my fair TiVo.

Heh, relax. Touched on a nerve, did I?

I've tried to enjoy LA. I have many friends from LA who moved east, and many local friends that moved to LA. This isn't an opinion based on a weekend spent in LA. This is an off-handed comment based on the opinions of those I care about, including successful artists, writers, movie people, and musicians.

LA isn't a cultural wasteland. It's not for me. Therefore I make shallow dismissive comments about it, like any easterner does about things that aren't his cup of tea. Have you been out of the area for so long that you forget your close-minded heritage?

Now San Francisco, there's a wonderful city. *ducks*
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: January 2nd, 2005 04:57 am (UTC) (Hard link)
You happen to be the fourth or fifth person in a row who's done it, so you got the rant. Sorry bout that.

The Industry sucks. It's hard to get a toehold when you're competing with Bjorn the Talented Blond Norse God from Minnesota and a thousand other people who flocked to LA thinking they'd trip the light fantastic. I don't know very many people in the Industry.

You wanna see my Eastern heritage? I got your fuckin' heritage right here, ya jerk-awff.

And SF is a wonderful city. Of course, my take on SF is a lot different than most people's... but it is a wonderful city.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: January 2nd, 2005 06:31 am (UTC) (Hard link)
A couple of them did quite well down there, just hated the culture of the area. One of them even has his name on a few blockbuster movies and television shows from the past couple of years, but wanted to work from SF instead of LA.


So what's your take on SF?
dasubergeek From: dasubergeek Date: January 3rd, 2005 05:48 am (UTC) (Hard link)

I like SF, and I pretty much lived there for two and a half years (and a half-year in Sacramento, which I'm not even going to dignify with a post). It's insanely expensive, but there's a great restaurant on every block, the people (while mostly bleeding-heart liberals who never saw a gov't handout they didn't like) are usually pretty caring, and other than June, which is absofuckinglutely freezing, the weather's not bad.

The tourist traps are pretty bad, though. Ghirardelli Square is a total non-plus for me, ditto Pier 39. Chinatown is cool but only if you know where to eat, and the so-vaunted SoMa district used to be kind of happening but then all of a sudden all the tech folks moved out.

I have a whole rant on Silicon Valley, though, another region with which I have wi-i-ide experience. (Just a sample: "Let's go find someplace to eat," say I. "We'll cruise the main roads." We ended up at a Coco's (IHOP clone).
From: thesteamer Date: January 3rd, 2005 01:23 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Wow, you turned into Dave.

I have resisted Tivo for now, even after hearing Hewitt and Delimon sing its praises last Christmas (I was too busy making Jason Bateman jokes to the Arrested Development kid). I'm the kind of guy who would let it rule my life. Plus, I have too many fucking DVDs to watch anyway.

And can you tell me what you do in Times Square for New Years? According to Doug, its quite lame. I'm interested in another take.
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