Archive | April 2004

Ultimate today

Ultimate (Frisbee) at 5:30 p.m. today, Community Park, Jacksonville, Illinois. Come try it out whether you know how to play or not.

Some people have called Ultimate by the name “Frisbee football” or “Ultimate Frisbee.” “Ultimate Frisbee” is not the best name because Frisbee is a trademarked name, like Kleenex, and we don’t actually use a Frisbee brand flying disc, but it is the best one I can think of when trying to explain quickly what Ultimate is. The official disc of the Ultimate Players Association was the 175-gram Discraft Ultrastar. But then again, just “Ultimate” or “Ultimate disc” don’t really give an idea of what you’re talking about, like “Ultimate Frisbee” does.

“Frisbee Football” is not the best name, because there is no contact, as the football might lead you to believe. I understand Ultimate was actually adapted from the rules of Frisbee football, so that is actually a different game.

Ultimate is played in 42 countries, with programs in Sweden, Norway, and Japan receiving government funding. It is estimated that at least 100,000 people play the sport worldwide, about half in the United States.

Project watch

I stopped by Josh’s class. They have a big public art project that is supposed to be done soon and displayed on campus. One of the groups had run into some problems getting their sculpture to come together as they had envisioned. The materials weren’t working like they had hoped — plaster was too heavy for the structure underneath — and they were trying to come up with a quick solution. I was feeling bad for them. They had put in a good deal of work.

Before I left they did come up with some ideas. I hope it works out for them. I think I’m going to stop by in a bit and see how it is going. Update: They scrapped the huge sculpture and reimagined a smaller version with a concept along the same lines. I’m glad they didn’t totally give up and do nothing.

I also stopped by Crappo’s house to see how his home-improvement stuff is going. He’s having almost the entire foundation tuckpointed and the windows and window sills replaced while they were at it. It looks like they are making a good dent. Crappo’s lawn is getting long and he has yet to get a mower. He says he’s got one scoped out and might be buying it tonight and mowing tomorrow.

Multiples of 120

I’m staying up late to look through my old tapes of “120 Minutes” to see if I can add anything to the 120 MINUTES PLAYLIST ARCHIVE. I didn’t have cable TV most of the time I lived with my parents, so I got my neighbors to record “120 Minutes” and “Liquid Television” and “Ren and Stimpy” for me. The shows I’ve found so far are:

— Sept. 20, 1992

— Sept. 27, 1992

— Oct. 04, 1992

— One other show:

Date: Sometime between 6-6-92 show and 7-23-92 show?

Host: Dave Kendall

Guest-host: Johnny Rotten

on location in Tijuana, Mexico

“120 Minutes time change. 120 Minutes now kicks off at Midnight, 11 p.m. Central” scrolls across screen a few times during this episode.

Public Image Ltd. “Disappointed”

Teenage Fanclub “The Concept”

Big Audio Dynamite II “The Globe”

Nine Inch Nails “Head Like A Hole”

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin “Kill Your Television” (World Premier video)

Lush “For Love”

Lou Reed “What’s Good”

Slow Dive “Catch Te Breeze”

They Might Be Giants “Don’t Let’s Start”

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy “Television The Drug of A Nation”

Public Image Ltd. “Public Image Ltd.”

Concrete Blonde “Ghost Of A Texas Ladies’ Man”

Afghan Whigs “Turn On The Water”

Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians “So You Think You’re In Love”

Reverend Horton Heat “Psychobilly Freakout”

Red Hot Chilli Peppers “Under The Bridge”

Blur “There’s No Other Way”

Revenge “Deadbeat”

Ministry featuring Gibby Haynes “Jesus Built My Hotrod”

My Bloody Valentine “Only Shallow”

Public Image Ltd. “Don’t Ask Me”

Glass breaks

“Shattered Glass” was good, sad and interestingly told. Christianson makes the character easy to feel sympathy for despite how he played his friends, not to mention what he did to the industry and “The New Republic’s” readers.

Peeve: An ad in the paper today has “2002 Neon’s” and “2003 Grand Caravan Se’s” listed for sale. Hrumph.

Julie bought the first two seasons of the BBC show “The Office” the other day. We started watching it today. The boss is so dispicable that I’m having trouble with it. Some good, solid funny, though.

My friends were doing it

I got to sky dive today! It was really fun, and I had a blast! I had always wanted to, and it was every bit as fun as I had imagined. My friends Scott and Jamie were going today to celebrate her birthday and invited us along. Jantina just went to watch though, she had no interest in jumping out of a perfectly good plane. It was a gorgeous day. It couldn’t have been more perfect.



Update: A lot of people are asking for some more specifics so here they are: Jumped from 13,500 ft. Free-fall was ~60 seconds, and after the canopy was deployed there was another 5-6 minutes floating down. Though I thought this was a “once-in-a-lifetime” thing originally, I am now considering the certification classes because I enjoyed it so much.

iTunes Art

I have a lot of CDs that I ripped myself to my iTunes collection. I miss out on the cool artwork that you get when purchasing from the Apple Music Store or pulling out the actual CD case from storage. That is, until I found this cool site: ART4ITUNES.COM

It allows you to upload your iTunes play list and it then retrieves album images from Amazon. Then it is as easy as dragging the images to the tracks in iTunes! The only problem is compilation disks, where it then relies on the artists’ names and gets confusing results. Still pretty functional though.

Painted into a corner

Today the apartment complex I live in is continuing its “constant beautification” process by painting our breezeway. Painting is taking place all day and takes 2-3 hours to dry. I don’t normally leave during the day, but knowing I can’t walk outside because they painted the floor makes me want to do just that.