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busy, busy, busy

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I have the facts, and I'm voting no.

I imagine I'm going to catch some hell for what I'm about to say, but...

...the new Death Cab for Cutie album (Plans) is--with the exception of maybe three songs--pretty much a shit sandwich. Dull. Boring. Blah. If you've heard the album's single, "Soul Meets Body", don't bother buying the whole thing because none of the other songs come even close to being as good. Fortunately, some other bands have recently put some very good records; The New Pornographers' Twin Cinema, Sigur Rós' Takk..., and Wolf Parade's EP are all completely righteous. And not boring. Get one of them instead.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

I am so cool.

I saw Built to Spill last night. They were great, needless to say. I'm going to see The Decemberists tonight. I'm hoping against hope that one them will be dressed up as a tree.

12:30AMThat was the most fun I think I've ever had, at least since the two times I saw "Weird Al" Yankovic last year. Sadly, no one dressed up as a tree, but there was a pretty nice set of paper-and-wire whale jaws that were used to pretty nice effect during the closer.

Since you couldn't be there (I'm assuming) here's a nice video.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

I've been working way too much the past few weeks.

Rice tells UN it must embrace challenges
The UN must make itself more relevant to tackle 21st-century problems and should condemn as terrorists those who target civilians whatever their cause, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.

Apparently, genocide is a twentieth-century problem and doesn't rate as terrorism:
President Bush doesn't often find common cause with Cuba, Zimbabwe, Iran, Syria and Venezuela. But this month the Bush administration joined with those countries and others to eviscerate a forthright U.N. statement that nations have an obligation to respond to genocide...

Mr. Bush's position in the U.N. negotiations got little attention. But in effect the United States successfully blocked language in the declaration saying that countries have an "obligation" to respond to genocide. In the end the declaration was diluted to say that "We are prepared to take collective action ... on a case by case basis" to prevent genocide.