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The Omnivore's Hundred is a list of foods that Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives (via [profile] madkestrel).

It's a weird list, part cuisine world tour, and part "ooh, how challenging and adventurous!" I'm not a big fan of the latter mindset, but anyway....

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I will skip the meme-ing and tagging and get straight into seven songs I've been listening to lately.

1. "Admiral Cole," Alasdair Roberts. I've been on an Alasdair Roberts kick for almost a year now. This is one of the peppier tunes, but it's still about a sea voyage that, uh, doesn't go very well. Also known as "The Bold Benjamin."

2. "Little Queenie," Jerry Lee Lewis. Yeah, it's a Chuck Berry song, but the Killer does a revved up version of it. (As do the Stones, heck, as does the Velvet Underground.)

3. "Amphetamine," Peter Laughner. The Rocket from the Tombs reunion show and CD were great, but nobody sings "take the guitar player for a ride" like the guy who wrote it back in that strange time known as the 1970s. RIP.

4. "Focus On Sanity," Ornette Coleman. The Atlantic recordings boxed set is my default writing music. I can't have lyrics being sung when I'm trying to type words. I can have harmolodic saxophone, though.

5. "Oh Yoko!" John Lennon. Watched RUSHMORE for the first time in ages a few weeks back. For all its flaws, I still love many, many moments in that movie. Including all the soundtrack stuff, before that particular Anderson move got tired (although I will give him "Search and Destroy" in THE LIFE AQUATIC, no problem).

6. 'One More Minute," Chatham County Line. Local bluegrass boys make with the yearning.

7. "Blues Run the Game," Jackson C. Frank. OK, so this list sucks, because there are only males on it. Mea culpa. But I will end with this one, because it's So True. Maybe it shouldn't be, or doesn't have to be, though.
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This article in the local paper reminds me that I need to spend more time at Western Lanes, the venerable bowling alley near NC State. In the 1990s I was on the receiving end of many a cheap canned beer slid/served by Theresa. I'm glad to hear she's still going strong.

Completely unrelated, a meme that I doubt many folks beyond McLaren will get:

bash-2.05$ history|awk '{print $2}'|sort|uniq -c|sort -rn|head
 189 pine
 121 logout
  52 trn
  52 clear
  25 ls
  21 du
  11 cd
  10 lynx
   3 less
   2 /usr/sbin/ping
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You know the drill: one word answers only.
1. Where is your mobile phone? pocket
2. Your significant other? hottie
3. Your hair? wavy
4. Your mother? tough
5. Your father? gone
6. Your favorite thing? understanding
7. Your dream last night? unmemorable
8. Your favorite drink? varies
9. Your dream/goal? understanding
10. The room you're in? ceilingless
11. Your ex? silent
12. Your fear? decrepitude
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? happyland
14. Where were you last night? salon
15. What you're not? arrogant
16. Muffins? rarely
17. One of your wish list items? architecture
18. Where you grew up? television
19. The last thing you did? coffee
20. What are you wearing? guayabera
21. Your TV? DVDs
22. Your pets? Boris
23. Your computer? frequently
24. Your life? worthwhile
25. Your mood? distracted
26. Missing someone? definitely
27. Your car? hatchback
28. Something you're not wearing? spats
29. Favorite Store? Hoboken
30. Your summer? inadequate
31. Like someone? duh
32. Your favorite color? poppy
33. When is the last time you laughed? yesterday
34. Last time you cried? driving
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Chris Nakashima-Brown posted a list of books that changed his life and tagged me to do the same. I tried to stick mostly with books I read prior to meeting Kessel and falling into the deep end of the sf pool. (Thus there are no women writers in this list, and there are problematic individuals such as Hunter Thompson, which sucks but so it goes.) So, submitted without much comment:

  1. Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones.
  2. Donald Barthelme, City Life.
  3. Alain Robbe-Grillet, The Voyeur.
  4. A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner.
  5. Franz Kafka, The Penal Colony.
  6. Damon Knight, editor, the Orbit anthologies.
  7. Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
  8. Frank Miller and Bill Sienciewicz, Elektra: Assassin.
  9. Barney Rosset, editor, The Evergreen Review Reader.
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1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

Opening Credits:
John Lee Hooker - Crawling King Snake
- Clearly our protagonist is going to learn a lesson about misogyny.

Waking Up:
Warren Zevon - Mohammed's Radio
- Much better.

Everybody's restless, and they got no place to go.

First Day At School:
Jerry Lee Lewis - What Made Milwaukee Famous
- Oops, our protagonist is a misogynist and a drunkard!

Falling In Love:
Cat Power - Schizophrenia's Weighted Me Down
- If the shoe fits...

Weighted down by possessions, weighted down by the gun,
Waited down by the river for you to come.

Fight Song:
Neil Young - Ambulance Blues
- I have many fight songs. This is but one.

It's hard to say the meaning of this song.

Breaking Up:
Junior Kimbrough - Meet Me in the City
- Yep.

Please, please don't leave me right now, girl, right now, right now, oh no, oh no.

The Lost Boys - Wake Up Sleepy Town
- Why are they having the prom in the morning? And who are those guys wearing teal kilts?

Life is Good:
Kirsty MacColl - They Don't Know
- Well, it is wildly upbeat, down to the throwback Wall of Sound production.

They don't know about us, and they've never heard of us.

Mental Breakdown:
Cat Power - Swee Dee Dee
- Chan's second and quite possibly not final appearance, now covering Michael Hurley instead of Skip Spence and SY. And of course apt.

I know everybody has a little hard luck sometimes.
I know lately I've been havin' mine.

The Beatles - She Said She Said
- Quite possibly their best song. Perfect for driving or anything else.

She said, I know what it's like to be dead.

Nick Drake - At the Chime of a City Clock
- Not my favorite of his, but good for flashbacks.

Getting Back Together:
Elvis Costello - Chemistry Class
- Not one of Elvis's better bits of wordplay.

If it wasn't for some accidents then some would never ever learn.

Porter Wagoner - I'll Fly Away
- At the wedding, our protagonist ponders death and a heavenly reward?!

Paying the Dues:
Two Dollar Guitar - Solitaire
- Back on track! Can't think of a better soundtrack to dues-paying than just about any 2$ Guitar song.

So where's the place to meet you now? I don't believe anyhow. Nothing lasts, nothing left.

The Night Before The War:
Two Dollar Guitar - Conversation with Myself
- Twenty-six seconds of electronic noises, why not?

Final Battle:
Gary Numan - Metal
- Clearly this is a robot battle.

Plug me in, and turn me on. Oh, everything is moving.

Moment of Triumph:
Cat Power - Half of You
- Further deponent sayeth not.

When you give half of you, I want all of you.

Death Scene:
Come - Submerge

I will sink so softly, and I will sink so deeply.

Funeral Song:
Come - Dead Molly
- Seriously, this is what came up!

No one can tell when you're invisible.

End Credits:
Cat Power - Evolution
- What a downer movie, huh? Can't wait for the sequel.

Better call on evolution, better way to make a revolution
Better make your mind up quick
Better make your mind up quick



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