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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: Today at 07:14:16 AM
Still hoping for comments by the way. And I'm not trying to construct a 'gotcha moment.' I'm seriously asking.
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: Today at 07:02:50 AM
Paul's speech was interesting. As is often the case with him (and his dad), there were moments where I fully agreed...and others, not. (Like his repeated reference to the christians in Syria being of particular interest to our policy.
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: September 18, 2017, 05:47:11 PM
Haven't heard from trump supporters yet on the DACA situation (or overall Dem-dealmaking). Nobody has an opinion either for or against?
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 18, 2017, 10:22:57 AM
That article is wrong about that unless he's written and recorded two songs by the same name in recent years. It was discussed during NPP and Beck sessions.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 18, 2017, 10:15:35 AM
Don't Hurt My Little Sister
6  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: September 16, 2017, 12:33:14 PM
Spent the early part of this afternoon with Scriabin's Symphony No. 3, The Divine Poem, playing while I cooked.

And now, on to college football.

(Normal afternoon, no? Start with Scriabin and stock, and with sports and suds.*)

*I'd never say "suds" instead of beer, but the alliteration was inescapable. Wait, I have Summit "Saga" IPA. Let me rewrite that sentence! Damnit, Time, you never skip backward when I need it most. (Which implies time travel happens to me when I need it least?)

7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Never post drunk on: September 16, 2017, 04:55:06 AM
I almost exclusively post drunk. (I'm neither proud nor ashamed of this fact.)
8  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: I Hear A Symphony: A \ on: September 15, 2017, 04:02:39 PM
I consider his "Totentanz" one of my biggest musical influences and/or mind-blowers ever. I was a little obsessed with requiems in my late teens as I went to college to study music. It got a little out of hand, maybe. (What 18-year-old non-religious, non-depressed person is obsessed with masses for the dead?) But that got me in a roundabout way to this masterpiece. Sorry, jk, that you don't care for the piano!
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Politics: 2016 Lame Duck and 2017 New Administration on: September 14, 2017, 03:03:29 PM
Bumping to call attention to my stupidity (and to seek the answer to the original question ... see above post).
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 14, 2017, 03:02:38 PM
I never understood the attraction to Weezer's music.  When I used to frequent a friendly neighborhood bar on Saturday nights, once it got to be around midnight, somebody would always play their song "Say It's Not So" on the jukebox, and almost the entire bar (mostly people my age) would belt out the chorus. 

On the plus side, many guys that I went to high school with who were into Weezer were kind of in that "too cool for school" crowd, who would likely dismiss The Beach Boys.  Maybe this tribute will convince them to give the Boys another listen.

I always thought Weezer was great for writing hooks and basic songs, but there was never much in the way of texture or arrangements. Clean-tone or distorted-tone guitar, power chords, zzzzz. Catchy enough to keep me from immediately turning it off, but that's about it for me historically.

The funny thing about those fans you describe is that they obviously don't get that Rivers Cuomo was and is an uncool music nerd, not the type with any room to talk about being too cool for the Beach Boys at all.

But in the end I'm with marcella27, actually: I don't care that much whether anyone likes the Beach Boys. Ideally my friends would, so they would tolerate me more when I'm manning iTunes. And I guess if they'd actually pay for music, then I'd like the outcome of increased sales (e.g., more releases). But as far as caring what music somebody else likes, I just don't.
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: September 14, 2017, 02:58:35 PM
4 finals 07,15,16,17 and the only championship for Cleveland since 1964. He said 1 championship and he delivered it, id rather see any team but BOS, GSW, or Lakers get Lebron on their team.

something about LA especially this past summer really gets me with just these ignorant people thinking small markets arent 'good' enough for superstar athletes the same is being said for OKC and how westbrook and paul george are too good to play in Oklahoma.

I'm in a small market, so that's not it from my perspective. And frankly I don't care where Lebron plays. But I'm just saying, that franchise has basically mortgaged its future by building the team that surrounds Lebron now. Pick after pick after pick dealt away to acquire old players: Mike Miller, Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson. That's my point. The team's salary cap situation was TERRIBLE, and is better but still not great now since the Kyrie trade. Lastly, Lebron by all accounts hates--hates--the owner. I think he's going to LA or NY, personally. But we'll see.

If the Cavs are smart in long-term basketball terms, they let Lebron go, let Isaiah go (rather than sign him to a massive deal), try to get picks for Love, and start over. And most importantly, they don't fire their GM and coach every other year and instead commit to a program.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: September 14, 2017, 12:38:00 PM
I'll be surprised if Lebron doesn't play for (at least) one more franchise before he retires.
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 14, 2017, 08:08:15 AM
Not especially fond of the song but it's ok.

Rivers Cuomo must be in a BBs bender, as the previous album had the (I think much better) BBs-inspired Endless Bummer.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beatles comment on Pisces Brothers? on: September 13, 2017, 11:13:43 AM
I'd guess very few Beatles fans have ever heard it. It wasn't ever really properly released, was it (whatever that means anymore)?

But upon hearing it, they'd probably consider it not that different from the uninteresting, mostly harmless stuff Ringo puts out.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 12, 2017, 05:44:36 PM
Thanks for that info.

Technically it doesn't change my actual points or arguments. But I won't belabor the point, lest I'm seen as pedantic... which, well, I learned my lesson.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: \ on: September 12, 2017, 05:01:50 PM
It's funny - "Holy Man" is nothing special yet beats many tracks in POB. Btw, could Kalinich be the least interesting BBs collaborator? I would say yes.

This post is bordering on trolldom.

As much as it pains me to say so, I mostly agree with RRA1 and disagree with you entirely. I agree that Holy Man is nothing special (though I'm not sure about the POB part), and consider Kalinich's lyrics pretty bad on the whole.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Re: Welcome thread on: September 11, 2017, 04:42:24 PM
This is what I posted at PSF about it, where there was a thread.

I have some really vivid memories from that day and a lot of bad feelings both from the event and the aftermath. And as strange as it sounds, I remember a lot of things as being really funny, too. I thought so even at the time.

That morning, I was at work. One colleague said to another, “they got one.” “What? Who got one what?” the second—a friend of mine—asked. He was answered again with “they got one.” It didn’t take but a few moments before someone else clarified. (I’m not sure how the information was even traveling at that point, since our work was in a mostly secure environment where, other than on my office PC, didn’t have internet, mobile phones weren’t permitted, and it was pre-smartphones anyway.)

I checked New York Times, which I recall had gone to a static front page with no hyperlinks to stories. It was the most basic info in gigantic font size, and that was all. It was painfully slow to load even in that form.

For the first few minutes (between planes), there was speculation that it was a mistake, just pilot error. Or even a lone wolf kind of thing. The second plane made clear the reality of the situation. Then the news kept coming in: the Pentagon, rumors of other crashes or potential crashes, the plane that went down in Pennsylvania. It was terrible, but also exhilarating in the same way the launch of the first Gulf War was. Something was happening, my young, male mind and circulatory system recognized, and I was high on adrenaline.

A key client said they were closing and we could send home anyone who was supporting their work. Our secondary location wanted to close, fearing they were going to be targets, too. (It was a ridiculous thought: there was no way on earth they’d have been targets.)

Somebody had set up a TV in the H.R. department, and I snuck in to watch whenever I could that day. It reported nations’ condolences, which included some surprises (e.g. Iran). And it was sadly obvious that we’d be going to war over this regardless of who did it and whether they had any actual state’s backing.

Around noon that day, the president of my company came in as some friends and I were eating lunch and watching the news. “They’re still covering this? Wow, this just isn’t going away, is it?” he said. We were all amazed at his tone-deafness and callousness. At that time, we were assuming there were many more thousands dead than actually ended up killed, the towers being as big as they were, and he was surprised that the media was “still” covering the story. People were jumping out of buildings, man… It was horrific.

That evening I went home, stopping off for a case of Leinie’s on the way. I drank with a good friend on the brick front porch of the house I was renting at the time, able to talk and be heard without the usual noise pollution of the nearby airport: all flights were grounded for about a week. While we talked about the likely consequences—war—my friend (purple in the face by now through some combination of drunkenness and frustration with me) drunkenly slurred, “why do you hate America?” (I didn’t and don’t.)

Within a few days the general public learned words like Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Bin Laden, Northern Alliance, and jihad, words that hadn’t sunk in with previous attacks and threats.

I quickly felt sick with the omnipresent jingoism, like when another coworker forwarded a chain letter-style email about how terrorists had messed with the wrong country, how we were the only country to have used atomic weapons and we’d do it again. (We’re proud about this?) I thought subsequent policy decisions supported by the vast majority of both parties were bad ones. Conspiracy theories popped up everywhere. I remember it as obvious, more or less, from the beginning what had actually happened that day. But within days or weeks, I remember people suggesting the Bush administration (or VP Cheney himself) had either allowed or carried out the attacks. I remember the televangelists preaching that it was their hateful god’s wrath against America for [insert pet hatred here; homosexuality was a big one, as I recall, though it’s not entirely clear how one thing relates to the other]. In short, I thought the aftermath of 9/11 brought out the worst in a lot of people a lot of the time.

But it also brought about the good in people. The first responders, both professional and civilian, were heroes for the risks they took and sacrifices they made. Then as the initial moment faded, a lot of people chose to join the military and defend the country. (Regardless of my thoughts about that, I won’t question those people’s motives.) Some even gave up lucrative careers and lifestyles, such as the NFL player who quit to join up, only to be killed later.

Mostly I just felt terrible. Terrible that thousands of innocent people died just because they were in the wrong place. Terrible that we live in a world where people become so twisted that they think it’s a good idea, a noble idea, to kill thousands of people. Terrible that there is some evil in some people’s minds that leads them to promote that radicalization and action. Terrible that the passengers on the fourth plane had to decide to kill themselves along with the hijackers to save more lives. Terrible about what I assumed would be the nation’s reaction, both in domestic and foreign policy. Terrible that it would inevitably be cheapened to bumper-sticker depth and slogans to sell ideas and products. Just terrible. That’s still mostly how I feel about the whole thing.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which is better: That Lucky Old Sun or That's Why God Made the Radio? on: September 11, 2017, 02:31:25 PM
I think some of those NPP vocals people like are annoying, honestly, This Beautiful Day and I'm Feeling Sad in particular. I love the Brian-Al-Matt-Blondie-Whoisthat layering and unlayering makes for a fun listening experience. It's really interesting to hear different voices coming and going even within phrases. My two cents.
19  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: NBA 2017 Topic on: September 11, 2017, 11:52:16 AM
I don't think I've played a video game since the late 90s.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Which is better: That Lucky Old Sun or That's Why God Made the Radio? on: September 11, 2017, 10:33:14 AM
Funny you mention the "smushing" technique. I have to say, I love it. I've had a great time listening to NPP in particular, enjoying as one part is suddenly joined by another, then the original is gone, replaced by something or someone else, etc. it might be a cover-up for Brian's reduced capabilities, but it's an ingenious one.
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / lostbeachboy seems very nice. on: September 11, 2017, 10:29:59 AM
What in the hell kind of world are we living in where it's a bad thing to improve someone's knowledge about something?

A terrible, terrible world. Pedants are the new pedophiles.

Jeez and I thought douche was bad...
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The captain is a douche. on: September 10, 2017, 04:23:47 PM
He may be a douche, but he's our douche. (I prefer asshole. Or sanctimonious prick, actually. That was a good one. Douche calls to mind shitheads with faux-hawks.)
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: A little irony on: September 10, 2017, 03:47:24 PM

noun: irony

- the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

- a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.

- a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
24  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: What are you watching now?/Favourite Movie of the Moment on: September 10, 2017, 02:45:39 PM
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Carl Wilson and George Harrison: things they have in common on: September 10, 2017, 12:34:53 PM
I think the intent is, wowie, the sweet-quiet-spiritual archetype ones are so similar. And up next, we'll talk about the cute ones. Then maybe the rebellious ones.
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