amazing

Finally, my prayers have been answered. Let’s call it a Christmas miracle. John has a blog!

Ok, this is creepy:

A new Nirvana documentary is in the making – one which will be narrated by Kurt Cobain himself. Film makers were in the singer’s home town of Aberdeen, Washington recently to start work on a documentary about Cobain.

However in a unique twist the singer himself will narrate the film, with producers using more than 25 hours of interview tapes recorded by journalist Michael Azerrad between December 1992 and March 1993.

Azerrad is most famous for his Nirvana biography ‘Come As You Are’, which is regarded as one of the most authoratitive books on the band.

“The film is based on a series of interviews that Michael Azerrad conducted with Kurt while researching the book. There are more than 25 hours of these audio interviews in all, none of which have been heard before by anyone,” director AJ Schnack told NME.COM.

“I worked with Michael to cull an approximately 95-minute audio track from these interviews. While I’m not sure that ‘narrated’ is exactly the right word, you will be listening in on conversations between Kurt and Michael, with Kurt telling his life story for that book. There are no additional interviews with other figures from Kurt’s life, just Kurt speaking, with an occasional question or comment from Michael.”

The other members of Nirvana are not involved with the currently untitled film, which is set to be screened at various film festivals next autumn.

Schnack added: “It pretty much covers his whole life leading-up to the interviews with the emphasis being more on him and his general take on things rather than on general band developments. We’re not using any archival footage at all. The music will focus on bands that influenced Kurt during the various stages of his life. It’s unclear what part, if any, Nirvana music may play in the finished film.”

And, as always, the New York Times is about 10 years behind on all things cool: The Net is a Boon For Indie labels.

More on the amazing ladies of the next season of The Bachelor. Wow, 10 points if you can tell them all apart. I’ll bet you ten bucks that the women of color do not make it past the second round.

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Going to Federal Prison? Need some advice? Get a consultant.

More on my new boyfirend, Andy Samberg.

The RIAA is stoooopid.

Comet liquors in Adams Mo closes. Lots of memories there- I think? Is that where we got our wine before band practice?

Some media predictions for 2006.

There is a reworked version of the tralier for V is For Vendetta. Natalie, shut up. Why would you make a movie in which Clive Owen hides his face most of the time?

Today’s highlights: today I went with my mother to a hige fleamarket. You would not believe the amount of booths that sold clip on hair and scrunchies. I suddenly realized I was in dire need of one of those beaded strings that you put on the end of your glasses to you don’t lose them. I’ve been in Florida too long. Then for dinner we had chickn broth with rice, because earlier we were “bad” and had frozen yogurt. Help!

The least essential albums, according to the Onion.

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new Douglas Coupland book

How sweet does the new Douglas Coupland book, JPod, look. It comes out in May 2006.

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Ethan Jarlewski and five co-workers are bureaucratically marooned in JPod, a no-escape architectural limbo on the fringes of a massive Vancouver video game design company. The six JPodders wage daily battle against the demands of a boneheaded marketing staff, who daily torture employees with idiotic changes to already idiotic games. Meanwhile, Ethan’s personal life is shaped (or twisted) by phenomena as disparate as Hollywood, marijuana grow-ops, people-smuggling, ballroom dancing, and the rise of China. JPod’s universe is amoral and shameless – and dizzyingly fast-paced. The characters are products of their era even as they’re creating it. Everybody in Ethan’s life inhabits a moral grey zone. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself. Full of word games, visual jokes, and sideways jabs, this book throws a sharp, pointed lawn dart into the heart of contemporary life.

let me lead you

So a couple of you had mentioned to me in the past week that you will be setting up a blog, or were thinking of it, so I thought I'd share some things that were helpful for me. Obvs, I'm no programmer or hacker or whatever you kids call it these days, but I'll try my best.

Obviously, I am partial to blogger. It's free, you can create multiple blogs, and it is easy to manipulate the html code to make it look however you want. If you know html code that is. If you are completely clueless, it is still easy to use and will set everything up for you, including a title and description and stuff. Xanga is good, and Typepad is good too, but I think you have to pay. If you use a myspace blog or livejournal, we will no longer be friends.

As far as pictures go, I know blogger allows you to upload stuff, but I prefer to use free image hosting services. THe one I use, imagshack, always resizes the picture to fit, and if you click on it, it will come up in another window in another size. Similar to this is tinypic and supload. You can either upload a picture from your computer or put in the url of a picture and it will transfer it.

I love to use blogrolling for all my links on the right side of the blog. THis is good if you have a lot of links you want to put up. It will give you one piece of code to put on your blog, and then you can manage the actual links from your account on the site. I actually use this because these are all sites I visit regularly and I can just come to my own blog instead of putting it in my favorites.

I use Sitemeter to track how how many people and who visits my site. THere are more detailed ones out there, but Sitemeter is free and easy to manage. Again, it generates a small piece of code to put on your blog and you can manage stuff from your account.

To upload music, that gets a little more complicated. I take the album and compress it using WinRar or Winzip, and then use a filehosting service. All of these have their pros and cons, but I won't get into that now. Mostly I use yousendit, Easy Share, Turbo Upload, Quick Dump.

Here are my DOs and DONTs of blogging.

1. Please update regularly. THe point of a blog to to update it frequently. Or else you can have a fucking Geocities site. If you think what you will post is uninteresting. You are wrong. Blogs were created on the very notion that people need to share the mundane aspects of their life to validate themselves. What, you think your life is so important and busy you don't have time to post? Please.

2. For pete's sake, don't start a pop culture blog. This is overdone and unecessary. Of course, mention pop culture stuff that is of interest to you, but no need to blog about Nick and Jessica or shit like that.

3. When linking to somewhere, please make sure it pops up in another browser. This is just etiquette. If it just goes to that site, I will forget about your site and probably find it a pain to keep hitting the back button. You can do this by inserting target="_blank" into the code. Just before the > in url.

4. Don't get fired from your job because of a blog you have. That is plain stupid. Try to keep your blog anonymous by not explicitly mentioning your name so when someone googles you, they won't find your blog.

I feel like these are the Fight Club rules of blogging. I hoped this helped, at least a lil bit.

how many points are in annoying

I juust recently read I'm Not the New Me by Wendy McClure. She is a contributing writer to one of my favorite sites, Television Without Pity. A while a go, she started a weight loss website called Pound. I guess it was pretty popular and inspired a lot of other women. Now it has become more of a self-promotion and self-absorbed blog. (unlike this self-absorbed blog)She is obviously a funny person and a talented writer, but this memoir could have been so much better.

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To get sucked into that whole weight loss community is like a cult. She takes her whole fame and progress in stride, like she writes about it and is known for it, but shrugs it off as dumb for people who compliment her about it. That's annoying. Clearly she maintains a website about it and wrote a book about it, so own it. Jeez. Although she does follow the weight watchers plan, and there is nothing wrong with that. Except when people become obsessed with it, constantly going on the message boards and constantly talking about point values and shit. Which she does.

Also, if you want to see the saddest/funniest thing, go to a WW meeting in central Connecticut. People think asking things like "Does an Appletini count as a fruit?" and then laughing hysterically makes them fucking hilarious.

Speaking of fucked up eating issues, today my parents decided that we wouldn't have dinner. Because we ate out for lunch. Yes, that's the reason. Eating out for a meal means "being bad". I had a fucking salad. Man, I don't need to pay a therapist to dtermine the source of my issues.

i want a beachside condo

Deerfield Beach, Florida

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I really, really need to move out of New England. I can't seem to grasp the concept of not living either in a major city or in the suburbs. I am not a beach person, but today I was salivating over all the condos along and near the coastline. I know this sounds like stating the obvious, but I have never lived in a place where it is warm all year. The concept that one can completely avoid snow, sub-zero temperatures, seasonal depression, avoiding icy roads, getting dark at 4:30, freezing your ears and dry air from heating systems is so fucking amazing I can't even deal. I think it just hit me today. I gotta move. (Not necessarily Florida. That would be redic).

Plus, I have seen very few Christmas decorations here. Either it is the abundance of Jews, or the fact that Xmas stuff looks dumb without snow.

tunes

Here is the Arctic Monkeys album, Whatever People Say What I Am, That is Wat I'm Not. This is the new "it" band. They are this year's Franz Ferdinand, and this month's Clap Your Hands Say Yea. I find them to be mediocre. Anyway, enjoy.

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skittles

So, I woke up this morning to a Comedy Central promo for a movie or something called Grandma’s Boy. Anyway, I realized that Nick Swardson is hosting some Comedy Central thing. For those of you not in the know, he plays Terry, the rolling skating hustler in Reno 911. Seriously, they could make a spin-off show about Terry and his (mis)adventures at Tacos!Tacos!Tacos!Tacos! anytime, and I would die a happy person.

I’m still in Florida, obvs, and survived a day at the mall with my Grandmother. Today I am off to Ft. Lauderdale with my parents. We are trying out for MTV’s spring break, I guess.

In the meantime, check out Kitten War! – may the cutest kitten win.