Monday, March 28, 2011

Blog Post 9

Successfully fixed a toilet this weekend. The overflow tube had broken and needed replaced. The seat also needed replaced after I managed to break it. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being hardest, I rank it as about a 3 on the difficulty scale. It would be higher if a person couldn't lift the toilet tank.

Started playing Lego Star Wars III. Unlike the other two games, this game is based on the animated television series instead of the movies. The story is less linear than any of the other Lego games. Each section of the story line is represented by a planet where episodes of the TV show took place. I haven't gotten very far yet but it I like it so far. Still to many games and not enough time.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blog Post 8

I made it back from my annual retreat with my friends. Everything went well except for the earthquake in Japan which put a mild damper on things and the absence of Alex which put a bigger damper on things. I won more games than normal and had a very good time.

Tried to fix my toilet this weekend and failed. The overflow tub is what is leaking not the flush mechanism.  I get to tear the whole thing apart again. I am over whelmed with joy. At least I get to put the tank on straight this time.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

American Idol, The Cave Singers and All Songs Considered - Music Post 1

I have been sucked into watching American Idol yet again and last night was the first night of the men singing in the main contest. Twelve guys sang and the top 5 vote getters go through. Luckily only 5 of them were any good. Another good thing was that only one was really bad and that was caused more by song choice than any thing else. Everyone else was just a big pile of meh.

My favorite was Casey Abrams doing I Put a Spell on You. Does not have the vocal ability of most of the other contestants but seems to know what his strengths are and plays within them. And he looks like someone I would be friends with.

Only other person I will talk about is James Durbin. You Got Another Think Coming was his song choice.  Before this performance he has been relying on the ability to hit a very high finishing note. His performance still had some of that but he was very much in control. And it was great to hear Priest on American Idol.

KCRW's Song of the day is Swim Club by The Cave Singers. It's mid-tempo county/folk sounding acoustic song.  This only sound seems to be the new thing which is okay by me. Listened to it twice and it was very nice. It didn't feel overly precious which this style of music seems to drift into more often and not.

All songs considered recently talked about the music of the 90s. Most everything they talked about was good but everything they played was very mid-tempo and unoffensive. The songs they picked were good but it really bothers me that there seems to be a bias against anything with a harder edge.