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*itch* [Oct. 27th, 2007|06:53 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
  • I was surprised to realize on re-listen (and re-listen and re-listen and re-listen) that the 1992 Gin Blossoms song "Found Out About You" is actually a really good song. A well-written song. It's not, you know, some horrible "adult alternative" junk that some look-how-quirky-our-album-cover-is embarassment of a band like Train or someone would do. It's a really, really good song. In fact, perhaps the best way to explain it is to say that it would fit comfortably on, oh, say, for instance, the 1986 Smithereens album Especially for You. Not that I've, you know, been mentally conflating it with the rest of the songs on that album for, oh, say, the last fifteen years. At all. Or anything.
  • I was working on some problems called Toolbox Tutorials for a chemistry course, and the name kept cracking me up. I kept thinking about how, when meterbridge and I were roommates, we used "toolbox" as an intensifier of "tool", as in, "That guy who talked on his phone during the entire movie? What a toolbox." Although, actually, the term should be "power tool", and a "toolbox" should be a vehicle driven by, or currently populated by, tools. Oh, and a group of three or more tools in general: "toolchain".
  • "As with deconstructionism, a reconstructivist artwork is aware of its own status as a creation, an illusion or a fiction. However, unlike a deconstructionist work, a reconstructivist is not ironic, or if so, it is not merely ironic. It compels you to believe in its own deeper reality, even as it acknowledges its superficial artificiality." Are you buying that? I might be.
  • I've been meaning to mention how, months and months ago, indy1725 and I went to see the Helvetica movie, and it was awesome. Afterward, there was a Q & A with the director, Gary Hustwit, and with Illustrious American Type Designer David Carson. It turned out that, originally, Hustwit was just going to go around shooting montages of places where Helvetica showed up, and so there's a lot of set-up-a-camera-in-a-large-city-and-watch-all-the-Helvetica-go-by sort of stuff in the film. But then he started talking to type designers, and it just snowballed, and all of a sudden, boom, documentary about a font. If you ever want to see a whole bunch of people splooging themselves about fonts, see this movie. I think my favorite part is when one of the people they interviewed is explicating a Coke ad in Life magazine from the 70s. "It's the real thing. Period. Coke. Period. In. Helvetica. Any questions? Of course not." I was losing my shit. Oh, yeah, and they're coming out with a DVD because they have sixty hours of stuff they didn't use in the movie. There exist sixty hours of footage of people talking about Helvetica. Oh my God. (I'm honestly not that into David Carson's style, and I'm glad you don't see it all over the place anymore, but he's still smart and interesting.)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-28 06:02 am (UTC)

Grin Blossoms

I second that! Strange that today I was listening to that song over and over too. Put on headphones for an amazing "new" UNmiserable experience.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-28 08:28 am (UTC)
It seems like there are a few nineties bands whom it's just somehow dorky to like, even though they're genuinely good. Foo Fighters. Counting Crows. Fountains of Wayne, probably, although I don't like to admit it about them because I've adored them so much for so long.

It's a shame. Maybe in a decade it'll be different: I'll be famous and all the bands I said good things about in my blog will achieve cult status!
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2010-07-31 04:17 am (UTC)
I just recently got a bunch of Alice In Chains -- it's exactly as good as I remember it from middle school. I want to drum like their drummer.
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[User Picture]From: mattgifford
2007-10-28 04:25 am (UTC)
Not to be totally vulgar, but wouldn't toolbox be more appropriate when speaking about a loose woman? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-28 05:22 pm (UTC)
I was afraid that someone was going to go there, but I thought it would probably be leadsynth.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-10-28 11:03 pm (UTC)
Point well made. If "tool" is defined as "a man's penis," then yes, "toolbox" could come to mean that into which a tool is inserted.

To eschew any confusion, you might want to use "toolkit," which also makes you sound kind of snooty and British. (The Brits use "kit" as we Americans might use "gear" or "equipment.")

Furthermore, I hereby posit that a neighborhood where a lot of tools live, like, say, the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, may be referred to as a Tool Belt.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2007-10-28 04:56 pm (UTC)
"Found Out About You" still gives me a headache, the same way that "Don't Speak" does (although I'm pretty sure that FOAY is a much better song of the two).
or anything by the Goo Goo Dolls. my head is throbbing just thinking about it.

after Pilobus, we went to the Tugboat, and the bartender plugged in his iPod on random. Josephine, by the Wallflowers, came out. I think I could still enjoy most of that album, but it probably isn't objectively good.
José tells me he saw them play at a music festival in Texas with a list of bands that sounded like he was reading the 1997 billboard top 40 chart. (Jewel, Collective Soul, Counting Crows, [wish I could remember the rest])

last week, Soul Asylum came on the radio, and I smiled.

basically everything on this list makes me feel nostalgic.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-28 05:36 pm (UTC)
"Found Out About You" still gives me a headache

The post-grunge production frustrates me. I'm so used to bad groups sounding that way that it's easy to miss good songwriting when it's dressed up in those clothes.
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[User Picture]From: purebugbeauty
2007-10-28 09:01 pm (UTC)
okay, i'm PRETTY sure i was at that concert. mostly because you got in free with two proofs-of-purchase for fruit of the loom underwear and a whole group of us went. it was at the texas motor speedway and there were like, half a million people there and it was pretty...special (in that special late nineties way).

among others who played (you got some of them): paula cole, no doubt, and for a grand finale--bush.

mostly, i remember sleeping a lot during the day because it was hot. the people next to us building a beer-a-mid. and then sleeping in the parking lot for awhile while we waited for our ride to come in along with 300,000 other parents in mini-vans and pick us up.

good times!
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2007-10-28 04:56 pm (UTC)
also, that Helvetica poster is one of the ugliest works of art I've seen in months.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-10-28 05:37 pm (UTC)
I know, right? How do you fuck up Helvetica?
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-10-28 10:51 pm (UTC)
The problem with Gin Blossoms is that all their songs sound like the same song. Granted, it's a good song, but always the SAME. And it could use more cowbell.
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From: boojum
2007-10-30 07:46 am (UTC)
I have a book somewhere that Knuth assembled out of his obsessive-compulsive essays on the creation of TeX. It has a chapter on the letter 'S'! If I can find it, I'll lend it to you.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-11-01 02:03 am (UTC)
Swell. Thanks.

(La)TeX was the catalyst for my figuring out that good typography makes life better.
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