Sigue Sigue Sputnik

These satellite recordings are so cool! I am currently using one as my ring-tone, which probably drives everyone crazy.

Update A lot of people are coming here looking for the band Sigue Sigue Sputnik (but everyone spells it Zig Zig Sputnik), so I thought I would give you some info on them.

Try clicking on these links to find more links and info and maybe music on Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Ex-Generation X guitarist Tony James formed futuristic glam band Sigue Sigue Sputnik (named after a Russian street gang) as a kind of latter-day Monkees with cheekbones, coloured-hair and space outfits. James poached from cyberpunk novels and films (especially Blade Runner) for the band’s image and the group were showered with publicity and record deals before they had even played a note.

In February 1986 they released their debut single Love Missile F1-11 (produced by Giorgio Moroder) which sailed on a sea of hype to Number 2 in the UK charts.

Although 21st Century Boy also made the Top 20 (and their debut album actually sold advertising space between the tracks!) James’ moneymaking ruse soon ended. Despite an avalanche of intentionally lurid press, the band dissolved and James subsequently joined the Sisters Of Mercy in 1991. Kavanagh would go on to Big Audio Dynamite, though James would make an attempt at resurrecting Sigue Sigue Sputnik later in the 90s.

Degville recorded the dreadful solo set World War Four in 1991. He reunited with James and Whitmore in the late 90s, buoyed by Sigue Sigue Sputnik’s continued popularity on the internet. The trio recorded a new album, Piratespace, and toured during 2001. http://www.nostalgiacentral.com/music/siguesigue.htm

Handy Man

We are in the house.

Most everything is still in boxes, but we are slowly getting situated. We still don’t have the phone set up, but of course we already have high-speed internet.

So far I have managed to break my toenail off on a box, cut my thumb on a bed frame, and bash my head on a cabinet leaving a cut and a bump. At this rate I am guessing that I will lose 3 fingers and my left leg before we are done fixing things.

The neighborhood seems really nice. My next door neighbor and his little boys helped me unload the truck for about half an hour, several others have introduced themselves, and one brought a plate of cookies.

The Old Man Across The Street (I have a feeling he will make more appearances on the site) introduced himself and made sure to note, “The people that lived here before sure took good care of that house”. I wish I had said, “Yeah, but look at that manicured lawn! I am against abusing plants like that. It may take a couple of years, but if I leave it alone I think it will heal.”

This pink house

Well, we bought a house. We picked up the keys last night.

Adrienne and I jokingly call it “The House that Logic Bought”. It for sure isn’t our dream house, but it would be ridiculous not be overjoyed to be buying a house at all.

We really wanted to buy a Craftsman bungalow (of which there are tons around here) but we couldn’t find one that was big enough, or in a nice enough neighborhood, or that wouldn’t require every minute of every day to make livable.

So instead, we fled to the suburbs. Consider this a “before” gallery. I am going to take some more pictures and create a “before and after” page. The “after” I most look forward to is the resurfacing of the pink bathtub and tile to a nice non-vomit-inducing white.

So, we are going to be very busy for the next little while, but we are very excited!

I took the gallery down, it was boring anyway.

)( Amish Radio

I returned the first wireless hub after a couple days of trying to make it work. I bought a second hub (netgear model MR314) and attempted to get it working. After 2 hours of swearing under my breath and one plea from Adrienne that I not throw it through the window, the powebook was online!

My network, Amish Radio, is now broadcasting. I can sit on the couch with my powerbook or use the PC in the den and enjoy a 1.5 MB connection. If you are ever in Provo with a wireless card feel free to use my connection as you drive by my house.

The Wu-tang Frontier

Last night Adrienne and I watched a re-run of the first episode of Frontier House. I am afraid I am totally addicted.

It is great to watch the Clune Family living some sort of reverse Beverly Hillbillies existence. They had just built a mansion in Malibu before signing up to live like they were on the frontier in 1880.

They act just like you would expect. The 15 year old daughter sneaks makeup with her, and whines, “It’s not fair!” if she is uncomfortable in any way. Her mom broke down in tears the first day because she didn’t like the way she looked in her frontier haircut.

Oh, and Karen Glenn is insane, this is great TV!

The last thing I heard before I drifted off to sleep last night was Adrienne whispering to me, “Do you think they got to name the animals? ‘Cause if they did, I would have named my cow Ghostface Killa”.

A plea to web developers

Man, I wish my site got more traffic because everyone web developer alive needs to read How to Create Pop-Up Windows by aaron boodman of youngpup.net.

Aaron wrote this about a month ago, but now I am as annoyed as he is. I constantly open links in a new window. This is a reasonable thing to do. My habit is shift-clicking them, but there are a lot of ways to do it. Idiot web developers can foil them all leaving you with a nice blank page with an ugly url (do you hear me yahoo?!).

Please web developers of the world, listen to Aaron. Don’t make him hurt you.

MIT and OpenCourseWare

“MIT and the OpenCourseWare team are excited to share with you a first sampling of course materials from MIT’s Faculty. We invite educators around the world to draw upon the materials for their own curricula, and we encourage all learners to use the materials for self-study.”

This is incredible! Why isn’t this all over the news? MIT is GIVING AWAY its courses online. This is what I hoped would happen with the internet. Instead of just being full of porn and plans to make bombs–they are giving away incredible knowledge to anyone that can walk into a public library. This could open the floodgate. I wonder which university will be next.

You’re not punk and I’m telling everyone.

I went for a walk and was blasting music on my mp3 player. I was totally feeling the music. You know when you can just feel the songs in your bones– and I was feeling so PUNK when I suddenly thought, “I should turn this down so I don’t hurt my hearing.”

I am suprised I didn’t run home when it started to sprinkle. Don’t want to catch a cold!

This is the way the world ends

In honor of our fallen heroes, FREE MEDIUM FRIES

The coupon has been taken off line, but Burger King was giving Medium fries “in honor of firefighters killed Sept. 11

Cant let those tragedy and food cross-marketing opportunities slip past!

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Not with a bang but a Whopper.

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Operation You May Want to Stand Back From Our Republican Administration

Since a war with Iraq seems inevitable I took the liberty of using the Ftrain American Military Operation Name Generating Device to come up with some suggested code names.

Operation Don’t Piss off the Gunship

Operation Ready-for-CNN Sunset

Operation World-destroying Vengeance

Operation Oil-lusting Assassination

Operation Nuclear-tipped Marsupial

and my favorite

Operation You May Want to Stand Back From Our Republican Administration.