Again with the week's lag time between posts. Sorry 'bout that. I've been in mourning over the death of Barbaro. Ok, not really. I couldn't even type that with a straight face. But what was with all the media saturation of that story? Did the press beat that horse to death or what? (Heh. I might regret that one when I start getting hatemail from the PETA folks. Maybe.)
So with a week off from blogging you'd think I would have lived a more exciting kind of life. Well, you might think that if you didn't know me that well. When I wasn't arguing with Typepad re: wholly uninteresting technical matters (billing address this and server updates that), I was really living it up. More often than not that included being stretched out on the couch with a book in my hands.
But hey, at least I finally got through that Dylan bio. And I raced through Love Is A Mixed Tape in one sitting. Great books in their own ways. I also enjoyed photographer Peter Ellenby's Everyday Is Saturday. Who wouldn't include Band Photographer on their list of Top 5 Dream Jobs? As good as the photos were though, I think I'll end up sending it to Michael as a barter payment "thank you" for giving me the rockstar treatment with his own camera. But he doesn't know that yet, so let's try to keep that on the downlow. Plus it might take me a week to get it from my apartment to the post office.
Speaking of uber-talented photographers that I went to college with, my friend (and Guitar Hero II enthusiast) Amy just started a photoblog. Hopefully she won't get mad at me for pimping her site without asking permission first.
The last of my Christmas gift card money went back into the economy with a trip to Best Buy last weekend. I got an old classic (Good Will Hunting), a new classic (Little Miss Sunshine), an I-think-I'm-the-only-person-that-liked-this (Elizabethtown), a haven't-seen-it-but-it's-from-Scorsese-and-only-$10 (The Aviator), and Season Two of the best drama currently airing on TV (HBO's The Wire).
Speaking of tv dramas, are you guys watching 24 this season? I haven't seen the most recent episode yet, but so far this season is stretching my suspension of disbelief to its outermost limits. Even by 24's own standards, this year's twist-a-minute plot is getting a bit far-fetched. However, it's still very entertaining. And if you can get past some clunky dialog, the show consistently raises some great questions re: national security and civil liberties.
Lastly, here's a little mix in honor of our dear departed Barbaro:
- Another Horsedreamer's Blues by Counting Crows
- Margery Dreams of Horses by Counting Crows
- Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
- All the Wild Horses by Ray LaMontagne
- Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
- Slow Pony Home by The Weepies
- 4 White Stallions by Counting Crows
- Stable Song by Death Cab for Cutie
- anything off the 90's Wallflowers classic Bringing Down the Horse
- (and perhaps most fittingly,) Sick of Goodbyes by Sparklehorse