Pointless article about Sully

So, there is a television show coming up about the event that has been called "The Miracle on the Hudson," so, naturally, Chesley Sullenberger III is back in the news. Personally, I love the guy, but they're really scraping the bottom of the barrel for things to say about him in this latest NY Times article. I don't mean to be a media watchdog, but, seriously, what gives? Most of the article is about the media attention he received. Dear NY Times: You are the media. You gave the attention.

Anyway, whenever I hear the word "Sully", I think of this guy:

And, to tell you the truth, I like the idea of that guy flying a plane.

For what it's worth, I like the real Sully, too. He seems like a solid guy, and a real professional. When you listen to the air traffic control tape, you know that this dude is the guy you want on your team when everything is going to shit. He is cool as a cucumber. He's telling the guy in no uncertain terms that he's about to crash land an airplane, and he's doing it with the kind of nonchalance I can't even muster when I'm trying to order a sandwich. Honestly, I worry that they're going to eff up my sandwich. No Tomatoes, Dammit!

I can't remember where I was going with this, but, I'd like to point out what is great about Sully. Is he a hero? Nah, not really. A hero is a guy who rushes into danger to save someone else. Sully is better than a hero: he's a professional. He's a guy who did the same job over and over, day in, day out, for decades, and when the time came to take the practical exam, he nailed it.

Careers and possible lifesaving skills learned

Career Skill
Fast food Handling boiling grease was once a key defense technique in defending a castle or keep.
Newspaper Delivery Accuracy in throwing could be applied to ninja stars or throwing knives
Mowing Lawns Access to and proficiency with a variety of cutting tools could mean the difference between life and death in the Mad Max future.
Commercial Printing No applicable skills.
Writing Probably negatively effective.

Clearly, I was more sully (sully is an adjective now, meaning "able" or "fit") when I was a teenager doing yard work.

Another song

Just so happy to have Ableton working correctly. I feel like playing the guitar all night.

Of Montreal News

Big ups to The Booty Patrol and especially to StereoGum for this awesome article about the upcoming release from one of my favorite bands, Of Montreal.

Of Montreal - Progress Report

Seems that the walking spectacle that is Kevin Barnes will be in town for a while, finishing up the new record, tentatively called "The False Priest," with local sensation Jon Brion.

Please do some secret shows, or something.

There's the girl that left me bitter.
Want to pay some other girl to
just walk up to her and hit her
But I can't, I can't I can't I can't I can't!

New test song - Notice there is high-end

Now that the interface is working, my terrible songs are now recorded in high fidelity. I liked it better when it was harder to hear how much I suck. ;)

Eureka! I have found it!

Okay, I figured out my Line 6 problem. The only real problem now is that I have to fix it every single time I restart. Anyway, let me break it down, because I'm sure someone out there will need help.

The problem:
Using OSX, PodFarm says "No authorized device connected. POD Farm cannot process audio" at the bottom of the screen. Audio sounds okay in POD Farm, and lousy in all other recording apps.

What's happening:
Everything sounds fine when you're playing through POD farm, because it's happily processing audio through it's own hardware output. But, it's not processing when it creates audio for the internal audio channels in your MAC. So, what you end up recording is just mushy, unrefined crap. Essentially the same as plugging your guitar directly into your computer's mic input

The reason it's doing this is because it thinks your hardware is not legal, or not registered, so it only works in some kind of demo-ish mode.

How to fix it:
You can try a few things.

  1. Unplug your device and then plug it back in.
    Sometimes this actually works.
  2. Launch Line 6 Monkey
    Once it is launched, choose the device that should be working, but isn't:

    This will bring up the next screen of frustration:

    Yes, even though you just told it what device to connect to, it has opted not to connect you. So, hit the "Connect to Device" button, and you should be fine.
  3. Refreshing your device
    If all that doesn't work, you'll have to refresh the device. Luckily, it's easy and only takes a minute. From Line 6 Monkey, choose "Optional add-ons" and then click the button that says "Activate Purchase".

    From there, you'll be asked for a password. Just type "refresh" and it will do the rest.

After each of these steps, you will need to quit POD Farm and restart to test it out. It probably wouldn't hurt to disconnect the device so that it will reset itself, too. In most cases, step 2 is all you will need to do.

With luck, one of these things will give you the following positive result:

Seriously pissed off at music equipment

Tried to record some songs today, but I just can't get anything to record decently. I really don't understand how it is that things will play beautifully through the speakers, but once you record it and play it back through those same speakers, it really sounds like shit.

A total fucking mystery.

It has something to do with the connection that the KB37 makes with Ableton. Somewhere in the middle everything turns to marshmallows.

Girl in a Coma End of Year Message

Just got the end-of-year wrap-up from the chicks in Girl in a Coma, a band that I would never have discovered if not for the awesome Moz-loving chick in my life.

It made me laugh because who knew they were the type to get in bar fights with cops? Well, I guess you can just look at them and see they're the type to get in bar fights with cops. I give them five gold stars for that.

Also, I know there are people who would pay Nina money to beat them up, which I assume is how they avoided doing two to five in state. Anyway, here is a video somebody shot at the Troubadour show where we saw them.

Another PETA thing for fun

Learned about this silly site from the goons at SomethingAwful.

PETA have a way of making me like the things that they want me to hate, or to completely miss the point of what they're trying to say. In this case, the expression on the Colonel's face is so funny that I just want to play with the generator program all day.

Please have fun making your own KFC art. Here's mine.

I expect my comments section to get filled with pictures of half-naked PETA girls protesting, I dunno, clothing.

And, yes, I already know about the other PETA.

Dengue Fever make it to Jeopardy

I'm a big fan of a local band called Dengue Fever. Not one of those crazy fans who learns their songs phonetically and sings along. (Truth be told, I can do that with more than a couple songs by Dead Can Dance and maybe a little with the Cocteau Twins, who actually write songs in gibberish.) I'm also not one of those weird dudes who stalks Nimol with a camera during the shows.

Anyway, if you don't know them, you should, since they are cool as heck. They play a sort of surfin' 60s, psychedelic Asian freakout music. It's hard to describe, so just listen to it.

The point of this post is that for reasons few may understand, they were part of a question on Jeopardy yesterday. How cool is that? I wish I made it on Jeopardy for something I did. That's serious business.

Well, like I said, I don't really take pictures of bands anymore, no matter how cute their lead singers are, so, if you want to see the Dengues in action, check this cool YouTube video.

No, I have absolutely no idea what the song is about, and yes, the only English part is "Hold me close to you tonight."

I hate Kanye and Taylor, still

My rental copies of True Blood were two weeks late, so I went to the video store to return them before I was forced to keep them. Asshole Blockbuster already charged my credit card the replacement value, but I could return them and only be charged two bucks and change for "restocking." I guess that's fair.

But this is all beside the point. The point of the story is that while the cashier lady was checking in the videos, that stupid Taylor Swift song started playing, and she started singing it while verifying my videos were in their proper containers.

She's a grown-ass woman, probably in her late 20s, and she's singing me teeny-pop songs while she should be doing her job. Don't get me wrong, I believe in listening to bad music at work, but IRONICALLY, people. Don't sing the really bad stuff to customers!

There are just so many things that I hate about that song, and I wouldn't have known anything about it if not for Kanye West. Despite being a freakin' boring artist and the worst rapper since Mase, he interrupted a pretty white girl and catapulted her into a stardom that her screechy, practically non-existent singing voice did not deserve.

My lady-friend has a litany of hate-speech for Taylor, most of which centers on the fact that the song is clearly a lie. I mean, really, she's wearing sneakers and sitting on the bleachers? Realsies? She is pretty obviously the head cheerleader type.

As for Kanye's comments, he's right from a certain perspective. I mean, yes, Beyonce's video was one of the best of all time. But, only if your single criteria for quality was "Which video most fulfills my need to masturbate to smokin' hot black women while my internet connection is down?"

I know I'm late to this hate-party, but the fact that I still have to live in this pop-country hell is testament to the fact that there is still more to say. I'm just glad I got the videos in on time, that they don't belong to me, as it were.