dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
I haven't forgotten, I've just been either too busy or tired or distracted....ok, fine, I forgot.

Day 12: A song that makes you want to have sex.



I really started to hate this song for a while. When I was still in KY, when people would come over to my house, inevitably we'd start playing Rock Band. And everybody wanted to play Wonderwall. I don't know why. It's one of the least interesting songs in the game. *shrug* I guess because it's easy. And Liam Gallagher has this monotonous whine that's easy to emulate, I suppose. After playing it so many times I would end up tossing my sticks behind me and play the drums with my hands. At least pretending I was playing bongos made it slightly less boring. No one ever wanted to do Jane's Addiction. *sigh*

Anyway, back to the present. The song in and of itself is good, and Ryan Adams proved it. He took it to a whole new level. He gives it this quiet, slow burning passion. I would dare say that if you didn't get lucky while playing this song on a date, there's a serious problem, and its name is YOU. :p
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
Day 10: A song that reminds you of your father.




Day 11: A song that reminds you of your mother.




THE LIST )
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
I'm doubling up on these two since they're short.

Day 8: One band/singer whose popularity you will never understand.

Honestly, most things that play on pop radio. The Justin Beiber thing? Don't get it.

Day 9: A song that reminds you of an ex.

This was honestly the first thing I thought of, because it has never ceased to amuse me.

Some of you may recall me telling the story of going out with a guy while I had a gun in my pants the entire time. I'm not going to dig it up if you haven't, but I know I posted it on or around Valentine's Day, if you're curious. Anyway. I went out with this guy for about 3 or 4 months. What ended the relationship is that I couldn't deal with the fact that he was lacking in the intelligence department. He actually did get hit in the head way too many times (high school football, amateur boxing afterward). He was sweet and great other than that. But I couldn't deal with having to dumb myself down just to have a conversation with him.

Anyway, one of the more memorable moments with this guy was one day we were in his truck, and this song came on the radio. This was 1995, for frame of reference. Alanis was all over the place. I'm humming along with the song, and he says out of nowhere, "I don't even know what ironic means. What does that mean, anyway?"

I had to bite my lip to the point of drawing blood not to laugh in his face. He was easily startled, he was driving, and I was in no mood to die. So, very gently, I said, "Well, honey, it's very ironic that I'm here with you right now." The little evil me in the back of my head was dying laughing, but I kept it cool, hoping he'd either laugh or roll his eyes at me.

No. He took it as a compliment. "Oh, thank you, that's so sweet, Dex."

What the hell. I think I broke up with him a couple weeks later. Like I said, he was very sweet and loyal and would have done anything for me. But comments like that were way too frequent and would have resulted in me giving myself a concussion from beating my head against walls. So now, when I hear "Ironic", I can't help but think of that and giggle.



THE LIST )
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
Day 7: One band/singer you're ashamed to admit you like.

Okay, I'm not really ashamed, per se, but I do get some funny looks for this. I like Reba McEntire. Though, I haven't really listened to much country music since about 1992, so I can't make any claims on how well she's aged as a musician. I know my grandmother likes that humorless piece of shit of a show Reba has on the Hallmark channel, though.

Anyway, I did grow up in the sticks, and you can't escape there without liking at least a handful of country songs. And I love this one.



THE LIST )
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
Day 6 - Your favorite band.

This one was hard. I like a lot of bands. But I thought, if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be one where I own and listen to an entire album of theirs. And it had to be a band that's still around. I love the Beatles and The Rolling Stones (are they still touring?) and Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and AC/DC and a ton of others.

But one of the few albums that I can listen to from start to finish and not have to skip a lame track is Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik. This song isn't on that album, but I still love it.



THE LIST )
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
No, I didn't forget, I just got sidetracked. Pain will do that to you.

Day 5: Your favorite female singer.

Like with the guys, it's hard to pick just one. So here's the top ten.

Alanis Morissette



I love Alanis, always have, always will. The year Jagged Little Pill came out, I was 18 and on my own for the first time. That whole album was an anthem for my life then. Years have passed, and both Alanis and I have mellowed a bit. But we still get each other it seems. :)

MOAR )

By the way, I would like to give a big WTF to Warner Bros. Records. You don't allow embedding of videos that you yourselves post on YouTube. You could have gotten my approval and free advertisement, but instead you're going to go that route. I'm just saying. Kind of shooting yourself in the foot there.
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I can not pick one single male singer that I like more than any other. I'm making the female list as I type because that one's going to take even longer. So instead, I made a top ten list. I coudn't even narrow it down to five. I'm so indecisive. Anyway, here they are, and with videos, so just warning you before you click the cut. In alphabetical order, so as not to create an illusion of favoritism:

Chester Bennington

This guy makes screaming sound pretty. I've seen him do stuff with Camp Freddy and other bands, and I'm convinced he can do anything he puts his scream to.



More under here! )

Amazons

Sep. 24th, 2010 11:36 am
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I finally finished something I'd been sitting on for months. I had an acquaintance on DeviantArt that is one of the most incredible artists, who had the username minarho1. I saw her crank out about 3 different versions of this sketch before I saw this one and asked if it was ok if I colored it.



She said that she'd like to see what I could do with it, so I started on it. And then I stopped. I repeated this several times. Then finally a month or two ago I actually got started. It took me a while, due to just getting busy or distracted by other things or what have you. But I spent the last few evenings getting all this DONE. In fact, I was up way too late last night and crawled into bed once I was done because I just couldn't leave anything unfinished. But it's done.



While the one in the middle should be recognizable, the ladies, from left to right, are: Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; Donna Troy; Diana, aka Wonder Woman, Cassandra Sandsmark, aka Wonder Girl; and Artemis of Bana-Mighdall. Diana, Hippolyta and Artemis have all held the title of Wonder Woman, and Donna and Cassie have been Wonder Girl. So there's the connection.

I may go back and tweak a few things, looking at it after having slept. But for now, it'll do. And if you're wondering, my favorite in this piece is Hippolyta. I love that regal stance. :)
dextra: (Gir Dance)
I'm not a very good dancer. I have no real technical skill in that department. But I can bump and grind with the best of 'em, and when I do, this is my song of choice:



THE LIST )
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
Day 2: A song that makes you cry.

There's actually a lot. I'm pretty easy to set off, given the right ammunition. Music taps into my emotions better than nearly anything else. I feel like I can express myself better when I do it with music. Shit, if I'm not careful, I'll slip into a Rachel Berry moment and start busting out "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina". :p

Anyway. This is one song that can cause tears, just because of how beautiful it is. Eva Cassidy had an amazing voice, and she took this song to a new, intensely heartbreaking level.



THE LIST )

Song Meme

Sep. 21st, 2010 10:02 am
dextra: (Keep Music Evil)
Hey, lookee here, a meme I can actually sink my teeth into. I tend to get distracted on these big long memes, but I'm going to try to stick with this one. However, I make no promises. Also, I make no promises to stick to only one song. That's like asking which one of my children I like better.

So. Day 1: Your favorite song. Well, that's a loaded question. I have close to 9000 songs in iTunes. I think I have more than a few favorites. I can narrow it down to a top five, and that took some serious thought.

In no particular order:

Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz
This was the first song I ever learned to sing. Most kids learn "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" or some shit. I learned this at age 2/3 instead. I think that might explain a lot. :p


Four more under here... )

THE LIST )
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My Sunday is the first day of the work week for me. So while the rest of the world gets a day off, I...don't. But, I have a totally clear Friday, so I'll deal. Here's how mine goes:

7:30 am - First alarm on my phone goes off. I tap the snooze.
8:00 am - Second alarm goes off. I tap the snooze yet again.
8:15 am - Third alarm goes off (this is actually the snooze from the first alarm reactivating). I turn it off.
8:30 am - Fourth alarm (second snooze) goes off. I unplug phone from the charger, turn off alarm, prepare to swing feet off of bed and sit up.
9:52 am - Phone screams with a text message and nearly makes me wet myself. My text alert sound is the Wilhelm Scream.
10:03 am - Sit bleary-eyed in front of computer with coffee and a Clif bar while taking vitamins and Claritin and reading email and Facebook. Multitasking at its finest.
More thrilling heroics under here. )
dextra: (Cafe Mocha Vodka Marijuana Latte)
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As I'm sure most other people will say, it boils down to money. It's difficult to tax the sale of something that anyone can grow on their own, and it's relatively easy to grow it nearly anywhere. I don't use it anymore, but I still think it should be legal. If you look at all the statistics and studies - look it up dammit, I've done it myself many times - it's far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. For instance, if you drink too much alcohol...you die. Alcohol poisoning happens quite a bit. To ingest a lethal level of THC would require you to smoke literally pounds of pot in a single sitting. A chunk of decently potent weed the size of a nickel is more than enough to get you toasty stoned.

There's a lot more I could say on the subject, but instead, I'll just let Bill here explain it better than I ever could:

dextra: (Egon's Twinkie)
OMG you guys....I cooked. O_O

I mean, it's not much, but I like, used the stove AND the oven. I know, I'm scared too. But I made my Fast, Cheap & Easy Chili. Why? I dunno. Just seemed like a good idea. I was at Safeway and I passed a box of cornbread mix and I remembered how to make it. *shrug* But here's how to do it if you're so inclined.

Fast, Cheap & Easy (Like your mom, hurr) Chili

1 lb. ground beef
1 14-16 oz can diced tomatoes (I got fancy this time and used diced fire roasted tomatoes. Ooooo.)
1 22 oz can of baked beans (You can use any flavor you want. I got Bush's Bourbon & Brown Sugar Grillin' Beans this time.)
Chili powder and/or other spices to taste

Brown your meat, open the cans and dump em in. Add your chili powder. I used about 3 teaspoons, which isn't much, really. I prefer chili on the milder, sweeter side. I also added some garlic salt because while the beans provide most of the flavor, there wasn't a lot of onion or garlic in them. Then I bring it to a boil and let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes while I'm making the cornbread so the flavors get all up in each other's business. The good thing about this recipe, as with most chili recipes is that it's versatile. You can start with those three basic ingredients (meat, beans, tomatoes) and go anywhere you want with it.

So I made some Jiffy cornbread muffins and sliced up an avocado (because hey, why the hell not?), and boom, done.



I accompanied this feast with an Ale-8 One because...Ale-8 goes with everything. At least in my book it does. Also, you can see how messy my desk is. Actually, that's relatively neat compared to some days.

I also found this recipe that I want to try, if only to raise my blood sugar to lethal levels: Devil's Cake Balls. Anything involving chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting, I'm all over it.

I'mma go nom my chili now. *snarf*
dextra: (Abbey Road Treadmill)
As I announced on Facebook yesterday, I am in possession of wheels once again. I'm pretty happy about it. It's a 1997 Mecury Sable. It's older, but it's in great shape. Even the engine is spanky clean. It runs great, and the AC is icy cold. And it's nice and spacious on the inside, which is good for me, because I tend to get a little car claustrophobic sometimes.

Pictures and other junk under here. )

And finally...I made an ass out of myself for lulz. And Fia helped.

dextra: (Shake the shit out of you)
As others have said and or threatened bodily harm about, I keep LJ and Facebook separate for a reason. Please do not crosspost any of my posts and/or comments over there. If I want something I've posted over there, I'll do it my damn self, thank you very much. Don't make me have to hurt you. I have a car now, and I've made unexpected asskicking trips for less.
dextra: (Shake the shit out of you)
You may think that these examples are exaggerated for the sake of humor. I assure you, THEY ARE NOT. No joke, I have heard every one of these things in the last week alone. Probably half of them just yesterday. Human beings are assholes.



I'm doing fine, by the way, I've just been bad about posting. I'll rectify this later, I assure you. :)
dextra: (Dynamic Depth of Field)
To combat my own emo-ness, I've decided to post things that have made me smile instead of being miserable. :) In this case, myself. Well, versions of me. One of the forums I frequent, Whitechapel, is full of crazy talented people. And they came up with the idea of drawing each other, hence the Draw Each Other thread. And I've participated as well, moreso as a subject than a contributor, though.

I think it's pretty cool to see what some of these folks can do. They're not all modern masters, but it's still cool to see what they can do, and it's flattering as hell to be picked, since there are hundreds of pictures to pick from. There's been eight done of me so far, and here they are, with links to the artists' sites (if available).

Wheee! )
dextra: (Transmetro  - Chairleg of Truth)
I have realized, in my brain dead stupor, what I should be doing as a career: proofreader. Or editor. Or any other career field that pays me to be an asshole to people for spelling like an idiot or using fucked up grammar.* I say this because I just did a quick skim of Facebook, LiveJournal and two forums, and in less than ten minutes I had the urge to punch fifteen people.

For a moment I thought that teaching English as a second language to Americans might be a good one. Then I got slightly depressed when I came to the conclusion that this is something that is probably necessary. Also, I wouldn't want to be a teacher. They're supposed to be somewhat supportive of even the most challenging students. And I think it's against the law to beat someone in the brain with a dictionary while screaming about homophones not being interchangable.

*I'm in no way claiming myself to be some sort of bastion of grammar, but compared to the majority of the internet, I might as well be. You'd never know it if you've ever heard me talk though. I fuck up the English language in ways that should be illegal if I'm talking. Except, however, when I'm at work and I've gotten through a few calls as a warmup. Then I can talk till my voice gives out (and sometimes it does).

But I'll never get over how many times a day I get called "sir". O_o
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Ok, so remember the music meme I posted the other day, where I posted ten of my favorite songs starting with the letter B? Well, I decided that I'm going to do that with the rest of the alphabet too. Yes, I am insane. But I love music, and I love to share my love of music. That's a lotta love. ;)

So I'm backtracking by one letter, and found ten songs starting with the letter A that you are most likely to find me jamming to.

Here we go here we go here we go )

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