Posted: 2008-05-18 09:26:00
I woke up this morning with the urge to clean. I showered, did a bunch of dishes (no, not in the shower), cleaned counters and the stove, vacuumed (which required emptying three times... that cat has so much fucking hair.) All that's left is to clean my bathroom. Which I'm putting off by writing this blog.
Steve's been gone for a week now and I gotta say... I miss him. Though sometimes I go almost a week without seeing him, since he's at Kels' or class or something. But he's done with classes for the summer (minus a blow off class he's taking) so it'll be good to have a room mate.
And yet, he won't really be my room mate in a month. He'll be my neighbor, and Nathan will be my room mate. Which I'm pretty excited about. Big house warming party the end of June... I'll keep you updated.
I went out friday night, didn't get in till 4. Let's just say, that night didn't go how I thought it would.
The Uncontrollable Few played a little outdoor show in downtown Westmont yesterday. It went pretty well, and it was gorgeous out. We play again this friday at The Fix Cafe with The American Autumn!! (Dave, Chris, Josh, and Dane's band). check the myspace for more info.
Also, starting May 19th, you can vote for The Uncontrollable Few in the Last Band Standing contest for a shot to play Lollapalooza. So tell anyone and everyone you know to vote as many times as they can. Vote here!.
Amber warned me about pursuing a girl that didn't live in the city. Maybe she was right. Granted, 20 minutes isn't that bad. We'll see how this works out.
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Posted: 2008-04-21 20:18:00
I went to see The New Pornographers with Amber Sunday night. They were amazing live. I'd wager to say I've never seen a band who sounded so good live. It was... um... kick ass.
I feel like I've really been 'living' in the city recently. What I mean by that is I'm going out to new places every week. I'm meeting new people every week. I'm venturing out and exploring and finding some pretty awesome locales and locals. And I like it.
So, the band doesn't have any shows lined up right now, so if you happen to be a killer venue and you want a band... lemme know.
I'm gonna go read my dragon book and pass out. Too many nights with not enough sleep.
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Posted: 2008-04-07 18:12:00
You'd think with all that I've done in the past month, I would have updated this a bit more. You know, share all my awesomeness with everyone. But I didn't. It's not that I didn't have time to update it... there was definitely time. But I chose to spend it doing other things, which I shall now tell you about.
Big point 1: I went to Europe. They've progressed alot since then, eh? Dave, Jeff, and I went out to Barcelona and then to Paris to visit Dave's parents. You can check out the flickr photo stream here. It was quite an experience, but really made me appreciate Chicago. Funny how that works. And then, on my blue line ride home from O'Hare, there were tourists everywhere, with their big Chicago maps out. It's weird to think of home as someplace where tourists come, but I suppose it really is, and that just makes it cooler.
Anyway, big point 2: I'm in a new band!!!! The Uncontrollable Few. I found their ad on CraigsList back before I left for Europe (I've now found a love seat, a job, and a band on that site (and maybe something else...) I love it). They had a couple shows coming up and their drummer just up and left. So I took a listen and really liked their stuff and after a few emails, we determined I was going to listen to the songs a shit ton while away, get together once or twice before the show, and see what happened.
Well here's what happened! It was awesome. The 4 other members are really cool, Charlie, Megg, Brad, and Matt. I think as far as personalities and general outlooks, we mesh really well. And musically, it clicked. A total of maybe 5 hours of practice and we played our first show at Silvie's Lounge this past Friday. We rocked the shit outta that place. And then they invited me to join the band as a full fledged member, which I gladly accepted.
We are playing another show coming up, April 16th at the Elbo Room, part of the International Pop Overthrow festival. Check out the myspace for more info.
So there's that. Two pretty sweet things going for me. I've also finished a redesign of www.bryandunk.com and coded it all up last weekend. I only have the front page now, and dummy content, and I still need to actually implement the blog rss feed... but those will come in time.
And that wraps up about all I've got for this post, take care.
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Posted: 2008-03-13 18:36:00
Well, I got a call back from that band, Junior Electric. They said they were gonna still be looking for a drummer. Which kinda sucks, cos I think I would have really liked playing with them. But if it's not to be, then it's not to be.
This just means that I'll be back to scouring Craig's List in search of an other possible band.
I'm officially done with grad school now. Gave my presentation on Monday, and it went well. I haven't gotten my grad back yet... hold on, nope not posted yet. Oh well, I'll have an A in the class anyway.
I think I'm gonna start reading that CSS book from work this weekend... maybe grab the lappy and head to a coffee shop or something for a while. It's gonna take a little dedication to really teach myself all the stuff I need to know. But the fact that I'm genuinely interested in it will make it easier.
I think Amber and I are gonna take a flash course sometime next month, which will be cool.
I'm going out to Morris tomorrow evening with Chris and Dave to see their band The American Autumn play. Should be good time. If you're around, you should come out.
Aight, I'm gonna go scour craigslist.
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Posted: 2008-03-09 13:18:00
I went home Yesterday to spend some time with my family, as Liss and Iska were back home for their spring breaks. Since my b-day is on Tuesday, this was a good time to see everyone, who I haven't really seen since new years.
I was going to go rock climbing with Katie earlier on Saturday, but she had a rough Friday night and really wasn't in the right condition to climb. It's a sad thing, because now I won't see her until she's back home from school... But at the same time, maybe that's enough time to really let all the feelings die so we can continue on with our friendship.
I had a productive Saturday though, I got my emissions tested on my car, and then an oil change. And then I finally got around to returning the crockpot I got for Christmas (already had one) and got some sweet new pans. Wooooooo pans!!!!
I played a few games of pool with my dad, played with the Chihuahuas, and had a nice relaxing day.
We went out to dinner at 1776, which is a very tasty place. I had wild boar and venison. Hellz yea.
My sister and Iska got me a full 12 pound frozen turkey for my b-day (and a nice Express gift card). They. Are. Ridiculous.
My parents got me some sweet stuff too. The new Tolkein book (finished by his son) and a graphic fantasy novel with mice. I also got a kick ass new camera which will help me document my trip to Europe all the better. I'll setup a flikr stream or something for that.
I'm going to jam/audition with this band Junior Electric this evening, and I'm pretty exciting. I really dig the music they've been making, and I think it would be a really good situation to be in. So wish me luck.
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Posted: 2008-03-03 21:42:00
I've been watching to Colbert Report this evening, and he has slurred his words about 3 times. Though he's already made fun of Hitler, John Stewart, and that North Korean leader. Kim Jung Eel? Something like that.
Last weekend was pretty cool. I partied like I was 22 again. Friday night, Steve, Doug, Kels, Nathan and I went to a club. It was dumb. People spilled drinks on my feet and drinks were really expensive. I left early, took a cab home, ate soup, and passed out. But over all it was actually a good night, due to good people.
Most of Saturday was spent playing video games with Doug and napping.
Heh, now the director of the New York Philharmonic is on. He's actually a pretty funny man. It's a nice change from the normal politcal people they've had on recently.
You know, the only way I know anything about what happens in the world is thanks to John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. So I'd like to thank them. And use their names in my blog in hopes that I get some more google search hits.
I could say things like "Fur is murder" or "I love abortion" just to see if I end up getting any google hits. That's the fun thing about being able to track that.
It's a shame meta tags don't really mean much anymore. I suppose they were too easily manipulated.
I can't wait to really be done with grad school. I have so much useful stuff I'd like to learn, but so much stupid stuff I must finish.
Isn't it weird how people who learn english in england (non-native english speakers) then have british accents. And I suppose it I were to learn spanish in spain, hispanic spanish speakers would hear the accent in me (and I suppose I in them).
Just a little random thinking, though not really profound.
Aaaaaaaand, I'm out.
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