30 11 2005

I don’t know why I didn’t buy the new Death Cab album the moment it came out. I’ve been listening to stuff I downloaded a month ago but never heard. It’s amazing. I may be asking for this for x-mas. It’s funny how I get my list in later and later every year because I give less and less of a crap about presents.

The biggest and most important part of Christmas is going home. Even though it should be God, I think a lot more about reconnecting with family and enjoying time with my family. I do think of what Christmas really is about, but it doesn’t seem to take the forefront in my mind.

I was amazed last night to see the BEST light display I’ve ever seen at a concert. I think the fact that it was indoors helped, but the Dave Matthews Band set was amazing, and it had a lot of really great lighting effects. I was also very pleased that Christmas Song was not accompanied by Christmas-y colors and snowflake gels. Well done, light guys.

Crooked Teeth – DCC

It was one hundred degrees, as we sat beneath a willow tree,
Who’s tears didn’t care, they just hung in the air, and refused to fall, to fall.

And I knew I’d made horrible call,
And now the state line felt like the Berlin wall,
And there was no doubt about which side I was on.

Cause I built you a home in my heart,
With rotten wood, it decayed from the start.

Cause you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.
No you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.

I braved treacherous streets,
And kids strung out on homemade speed.
And we shared a bed in which I could not sleep,
At all, woo, hoo, woo, hooOoOo.

Cause at night the sun in retreat,
Made the skyline look like crooked teeth,
In the mouth of a man who was devouring, us both.

You’re so cute when you’re slurring your speech,
But they’re closing the bar and they want us to leave.

And you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.
No you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.

I’m a war, of head versus heart,
And it’s always this way.
My head is weak, my heart always speaks,
Before I know what it will say.

And you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.
No you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along…

DMB set List

30 11 2005

The DMB set list:

Tuesday Nov 29 2005

University of Wisconsin, Madison – Kohl Center

Pantala Naga Pampa


Dream Girl

Don’t Burn The Pig

Stand Up


Hunger For The Great Light

What Would You Say

American Baby Intro


One Sweet World

Where Are You Going

Louisiana Bayou

Linus And Lucy

Steady As We Go


Dancing Nancies

Too Much


Christmas Song

Old Dirt Hill


I have come to several conclusions tonight:

1. I need to begin wearing a helmet again. I’m lucky to have survived
my latest bike wreck with only a scuffed elbow and bruised thigh. Since
I flew over the handlebars, I probably would have (should have?) hit my

2. Kristen rocks hard. She’s a great friend, and her generosity and kindness are uncommon on this campus. Thanks!

3. If I will it, Dave Matthews will play it. Case in point: Christmas Song. I’m sorry it doesn’t work for you, too, Kristen.

4. Podcasts aren’t only for iPods! WOO!

Oh Reuters. Your odd news links from google… RAWK! (First time I’ve used that “word”… ever.)

Longer needles needed for fatter buttocks

Tue Nov 29, 2005 8:09 AM ET172CHICAGO (Reuters) – Fatter rear ends are causing many drug
injections to miss their mark, requiring longer needles to reach
buttock muscle, researchers said on Monday.

needles failed to reach the buttock muscle in 23 out of 25 women whose
rears were examined after what was supposed to be an intramuscular
injection of a drug.

Two-thirds of the 50 patients in the sdy
did not receive the full dosage of the drug, which instead lodged in
the fat tissue of their buttocks, researchers from The Adelaide and
Meath Hospital in Dublin said in a presentation to the annual meeting
of the Radiological Society of North America.

Besides patients
receiving less than the correct drug dosage, medications that remain
lodged in fat can cause infection or irritation, researchers Victoria
Chan said.

“There is no question that obesity is the underlying
cause. We have identified a new problem related, in part, to the
increasing amount of fat in patients’ buttocks,” Chan said.

“The amount of fat tissue overlying the muscles exceeds the length of the needles commonly used for these injections,” she said.

The 25 men and 25 women studied at the Irish hospital ranged in age from 21 to 87.

buttocks are a good place for intramuscular injections because there
are relatively few major blood vessels, nerves and bones that can be
damaged by a needle. Plentiful smaller blood vessels found in muscle
carry the drug to the rest of the body, while fat tissue contains
relatively few blood vessels.

Obesity affects more than 300
million people worldwide and is based on a measure of height versus
weight that produces a body mass index above 30. An estimated 65
percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.

The evil cat look…

29 11 2005

you know it…


28 11 2005

Good news on the horizon. Three weeks left of school and lots to do when I’m home again.

“Laugh hard! It’s a long way to the bank…” – Modest Mouse


27 11 2005

First: Remember the vikings scandal on Lake Minnetonka? Someone sold t-shirts, and apparently the cruise line that the Vikes were on was Al and Alma’s. I saw my godmother get married on one of their boats. It was a great cruise, so I could see why various deviant Vikings would want to get laid by hookers on them.

Next: from the SJ Mercury, my one time employer…

Believers flock to see Virgin Mary statue “crying” tears of blood

Associated Press

Some carry rosary beads, others flowers and cameras. Dozens of the faithful are coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of the city for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary that has begun “crying” a substance that looks like blood.

The first sign of the tears came more than a week ago, when a priest at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church spotted a stain on the statue’s face and wiped it away. Before Mass on Nov. 20, people again noticed a reddish substance streaming from the eyes of the white concrete statue outside the small church, said Ky Truong, 56, a parishioner who said he was one of the witnesses.

Rich Pedroncelli, AP (photo from AOL news site)

Since then, Truong said he has been at the church day and night. He is so emotional he is unable to work at his job as a general contractor. He believes the tears are a sign.

“There’s a big event in the future – earthquake, flood, a disease,” Truong said. “We’re very sad.”

On Saturday, tables in front of the fenced-in statue were jammed with rows of potted plants, bouquets of roses and candles. People sat silently praying on fold-up chairs set up in the parking lot, while others sang Vietnamese Catholic hymns or hugged their children. An elderly woman in a wheelchair wept near the front of the crowd.

Red liquid trailed from the side of Mary’s left eye, streaming about halfway down the robe made of concrete. Many drove long distances to see the statue.

“I think that it’s incredible. It’s a miracle. Why is she doing it? Is it something bothering her?” asked Maria Vasquez, 35, who drove with her parents and three children from Stockton, about 50 miles south of Sacramento.

Thousands of such incidents are reported around the world each year, involving blood, water or oil, though many turn out to be hoaxes or natural phenomena.

The Diocese of Sacramento has so far not commented on the statue, and the two priests affiliated with the church did not return a telephone message left at their rectory from The Associated Press on Saturday.

The Rev. James Murphy, deacon of the diocese’s mother church, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, said church leaders are always skeptical at first of such incidents.

“For people individually seeing things through the eyes of faith, something like this can be meaningful. As for whether it is supernatural or a miracle, normally these incidences are not. Miracles are possible, of course,” Murphy said. “The bishop is just waiting and seeing what happens. They will be moving very slowly.”

Trinh Tong, 20, of San Jose, also was skeptical. She is not Catholic, but came to the statue Saturday with her sister, who is Catholic.

“I’m really not sure. I’m surprised,” said Tong, a chemistry major. “I’m more the chemist, the scientist.”

But seeing the statue in person left no doubt for Martin Operario, 60, who drove about 100 miles from Hayward. He took photos of it to show to family and friends.

“I don’t know how to express what I’m feeling,” Operario said. “Since religion is the mother of believing, then I believe.”

Nuns Anna Bui and Rosa Hoang, members of the Salesian Sisters of San Francisco, also made the trek to see the virgin Saturday. Whether the weeping Mary is declared a miracle or not, they said it is already doing good by awakening people to the faith and reminding people to pray.

“It’s a call for us to change ourselves, to love one another,” Hoang said.

Thoughts? Mine are not really about whether it’s a hoax or not, as AOl news asks (please don’t read AOL news.) My thoughts dwell more on what it takes for people to believe. If JC himself rose from the grave and started blessing people and performing miracles, there’d still be skeptics. Some are convinced that the holocaust NEVER HAPPENED! Can you believe that? It would be amazing if this “miracle” turned out to be a true miracle, and for all I know it is. Maybe it would convert people. I think it probably won’t except in a couple cases.
I’m saddened by the fact that people aren’t amazed by what lies before us. In my mind (and since I went to a Lutheran high school), it’s become somewhat cliche to say that nature is evidence of God, but to me, it really is. Even if you believe in the big bang or any number of non-creation theories, you’d be a fool not to be amazed at the intricacies of life all around us and the laws of the universe that helped instill it. It’s a shame that it often takes some knowledge of science to begin appreciating that.

But seriously, thoughts?

Jack Johnson

21 11 2005

the air was more than humid
and the heat was more than hungry
and the cars were square and spitting diesel fumes
the bulls were running wild
because they’re big and mean and sacred
the children were playing cricket with no shoes

the next morning we woke up, man
with a seven hour drive
there we were in stuck in port blaire
where boats break and children stare

there were so many fewer questions
when stars were still just the holes to heaven

-Holes to Heaven by Jack Johnson


16 11 2005

New Weather – Snowy and drizzly last night, shitty and cold today. I turned on the news his morning, and the newscaster said, “No school… cancellations today!” My ears perked for a sec, but we all know they don’t cancel college… at least not big ones.

New Music – I found a great new band, once again courtesy of somafm. The band is Mates of State, and the music is a pretty chill indie sound. A guy and girl plus a lot of keyboard, something you don’t hear used consistenly with most bands. They’re good. I’d recommend DLing Funeral Song or Invitation Inn for a taste of their songs.

Something to make me smile…

16 11 2005

A very shy guy goes into a bar and sees a beautiful
woman sitting at the bar. After an hour of gathering
up his courage he finally goes over to her and
asks, tentatively, “Um, would you mind if
I chatted with you for a while?”

She responds by yelling, at the top of her lungs,
“No, I won’t sleep with you tonight!”
Everyone in the bar is now staring at them. Naturally,
the guy is hopelessly and completely embarrassed
and he slinks back to his table.

After a few minutes, the woman walks over to him
and apologizes. She smiles at him and says, “I’m
sorry if I embarrassed you. You see, I’m a graduate
student in psychology and I’m studying how people
respond to embarrassing situations.” To which
he responds, at the top of his lungs, “What
do you mean $200?”

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