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And coming in at #2, just behind Harry Potter... [Nov. 1st, 2007|01:48 pm]
Brian
[music |"Lovesick" - The Swingers - from the album "Counting The Beat"]

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My kingdom for some space and some time! [Sep. 9th, 2007|08:21 pm]
Brian
[music |"You Shouldn't Do That" - Hawkwind - from the album "In Search Of Space"]

Man, we had an awesome pizza this weekend!* Not only was it loaded with great toppings like sausage and green olives, but it was also 28" wide. Now that has "Super Bowl Party" written all over it. But we got to talking about that... everyone has Super Bowl parties. But who has World Series parties? We need more of those! I'm telling you right now - if the Cubs play in October, everyone is invited over to my place for pizza and drinks and some Cubbie lovin'. So, mark it on your calendars.

I've totally started to dig Facebook. I don't know why it's fun, but it is. But probably like every other site I've signed up for, it's destined to lose its appeal in a few weeks. But for the next 14 days, it'll be swell.

I had an interesting thing happen. Up until this summer, I'd been assigned the duty of public talk coordination at the hall. It has got to be one of the hardest assignments, and I felt so bad having to give it to someone else - but you know... more family on the way and already so strapped for time, I just couldn't continue to do it. Anyway, a few things got lost in the shuffle as I passed the torch. Including the fact I was supposed to give a talk somewhere last weekend and I had NO clue. I get this call in the middle of the afternoon during my meeting, so I didn't answer it. But I later checked the message which went something like, "We didn't see you here for your talk, just checking to see if everything was ok..." Oh man. I mean, that is SO embarrassing. Good night. How can you be graceful about leaving a congregation high and dry with no warning? Uhhhhhgggg! Worse yet, they re-scheduled me, so I'm going to be the guy who didn't show up last time. *sighhhh*

And can I just say that I have fallen in love with an older album? Man, there's an early 70s self-titled LP by Fanny Adams that is just an awesome blend of blues and rock. Totally infectious. If you get a kick out of that sort of thing, man, check it out. I'm not a huge fan of this type of music, but I really like this one. Check out "You Don't Bother Me" and try not to sing along. Maybe it's just me. I dunno. If I'm wrong, that's 40 minutes down the drain. Sorry.




*Let me put that in perspective. It does not compare to Chicago's finest. But for central Texas... not bad at all.
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Flugtag [Aug. 27th, 2007|04:45 pm]
Brian
[music |"le vol" - Underground Life - from the album "Away 7""]

This weekend we saw people jumping off bridges.

In fact, 85,000 of us did.

Flugtag 2007 - right here in Austin. What a crazy event! This thing is put on by Red Bull, which, as they say, "gives you wings." Apparently across the globe, festivals are held where teams of people build a human-powered flying craft and they push it off a bridge in hopes that it will fly.

In Austin, I'm not so sure we are about exceeding people's expectations. I'm sure our longest flight was somewhere around 25'. But our city motto is, "Keep Austin Weird" and that theme seemed to be supported pretty well.

Anyway, I'd never heard of this before, so I thought others may want to check it out...
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No wonder I never got the chicks! [Jul. 27th, 2007|09:26 pm]
Brian
[music |"Here Come The People" - New Musik - from the album "Warp"]

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Who am I, again? [Jul. 22nd, 2007|12:24 pm]
Brian
[music |"This Corrosion" - The Sisters Of Mercy - from the album "Floodland (Remastered And Expanded - 2006)]

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Thanks ChromeKitten! [Jul. 9th, 2007|12:27 pm]
Brian
[music |"Entombed Alive" - Black Boned Angel - from the album "Eternal Hunger"]

Not quite sure what to make of it, but then again... it's just a test. :)

Need to do some updates. Might do it someday.





Your Score: Pure Nerd


56 % Nerd, 26% Geek, 8% Dork




For The Record:



A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.



You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.



The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.



Congratulations!





Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:



Buffy the Vampire Slayer




Professional Wrestling






Love & Sexuality




America/Politics




Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST




Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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It was a moment of weakness [Jun. 16th, 2007|03:07 pm]
Brian
[music |"Waiting For The Train" - 22 Pistepirkko - from the album "Rally Of Love"]

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How to spend $50 for lunch at Subway. [Jun. 2nd, 2007|10:30 am]
Brian
[music |"House Of The Sun" - Krozier And The Generator - from the album "Tranceformer LP 1"]

It's very easy to get used to having things in a certain way. I suppose it's a form of mental laziness - just because things have always happened a certain way in the past does not mean that it will happen the same way next time. So, just prepare yourselves now. That's my advice to you.

For if you ever find yourself going to Hope, Arkansas (the birthplace of a certain Bill Clinton) you may want to have lunch. And you may want to have lunch at Subway, because you want to "eat fresh," or whatever. You may order your sandwich and they may ask you, "Would you like cheese on that?"

But just because every other Subway has provolone, don't expect that this time will be the same. Because it probably won't be. You could ask for cheddar though.

But that won't really be it. Because maybe you have a family ordering their stuff and you have $20 worth of food without provolone on it. And you pull out your card to pay and...

"We only take cash and checks."

You would have been wrong to expect that just because every other franchise in America takes credit cards, that doesn't mean that a Subway restaurant in Hope, Arkansas would take them. See, you should always ask prior to purchasing anything anywhere. "Do you accept money here? Or could I trade you a donkey for a Spicy Italian on Honey Oat?"

Then you might remember that you don't actually HAVE any cash. Nor can you GET cash because you just wrote a check for rent and you are pretty much stuck with nothing until payday. But here you have 5 sandwiches and they need to be paid for. So what you could do is pray that the rent check didn't go through yet and you could take $20 out of an ATM down the street and just be willing to pay the $2 service charge on either end of that transaction and then pay the overdraft fee that will be associated with the lack of funds when the check clears. That might work for ya,

When you return, you could say something like "You really should have a sign on the door saying that you only accept cash or checks."

"Yeah, we should. A lot of people complain about it. But, you'll just have to talk to the manager about it." My advice... just let it go.

The sandwich might be good anyway. But just because it always has been in the past...
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so, I never finished my story... [May. 18th, 2007|09:25 am]
Brian
[music |"Born On the Cusp" - American Analog Set - from the album "Set Free"]

That surprises no one. Because, really, who'm I foolin'... I ain't no updater. (Remember the "geocities" days when I actually spent hours, if not DAYS on posts? like I actually did research and artwork and interviews? Sighhhh...)

Alright, so as I started to say - the four-year-old Trinity had drawn me an elephant and a monkey. Very cute, although, honestly, I could just as easily see a snowman and a lemur. And that's not a critique. It's just a statement of my distance from The LIttle Prince, I suppose. I must have been working on my airplane somewhere...

Two pictures. And I got to thinking... I wonder if young people think alike on these things. So I summoned Isabella, who is 6.

"Izzy, I have a really cool test for you. You wanna try it?"

"Yeah!"

I hold up the elephant. "What is this a drawing of?"


She kinda tilted her head to the side and squinched her eyes a bit. After a little deliberation she asks, unsure, "Is it a fly?"

SEE! I'm NOT the only one who can't tell it's an elephant! Whoo-hoo! "No, Izzy it's not a fly."

"Oh, well, it''s an elephant then."

Hahaha! What?! Are you serious? From a fly to an elephant in 3 seconds or less?! Ok, well, that's just too much. But she's no match for the monkey. So out comes the chimp drawing...


"That's a monkey."

No thinking. No second-guessing. I mean, if it's not a monkey, then what else could it possibly be?

So, Tam... ask Mykenna... cuz I'm jus' dyin' t'know... y'know?
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Elephants and monkeys [Apr. 28th, 2007|03:58 pm]
Brian
[music |"The Colour Hurts" - Curve - from the album "Radio Sessions"]

I had an interesting experience the other day. I work in other people's homes, which can be absolutely fascinating. There is never a shortage of interesting people in the world, let me tell ya.

At one home there was a young girl named Trinity. I'm usually very friendly, so I talked to everyone, including the little girl. Well, she took that as an open invitation to chat it up from here til the sunset. She was driving me absolutely batty, because I was trying to work and she wanted to talk and talk and talk. I mean, to an extent, that's fine, but 4 year olds don't know anything about "restraint."

So I had a brilliant idea.

"Trinity, can you draw?"

"Oh yes, I'm a very good artist!"

"Why don't you draw me a... uh... an elephant!" It took her longer to find paper and a pen than it did to draw up her masterpiece. It looked something like this:



Well, that was just too fast. I was hoping for more like 10 minutes of respite, but 3 minutes would have to do.

"I can draw a monkey too!" she added. To which I encouraged her to prove it. And 45 seconds later emerged this piece:



Now as interesting as all of this is... it's not the half of it. Well, no... it is half. But not much more than that. But the rest will need to wait for another post. For now, just enjoy the art.
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