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:: Saturday, September 20, 2003 ::


Never too early to think about Christmas, or Christmas music, right? Our friends at Lost Highway records has cooked us up a down-home, acoustic CD.

A Very Special Acoustic Christmas - 10/21/03
1. "Silent Night" - Reba McEntire
2. "Frosty The Snowman" - Dan Tyminski
3. "Please Come Home For Christmas" - Willie Nelson
4. "Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair" - Alan Jackson
5. "Only You Can Bring Me Cheer" - Alison Krauss
6. "Even Santa Gets The Blues" - Marty Stuart
7. "Jingle Bells" - Earl Scruggs
8. "Christmas Time Is Near" - Ralph Stanley
9. "O' Come All Ye Faithful" - Patty Loveless
10. "O Holy Night" - Wynonna
11. "Walking In A Winter Wonderland" - Pat Green
12. "Let It Snow" - Sam Bush
13. "Away In A Manger" - Ricky Skaggs
14. "Christmas Time At Home" - Rhonda Vincent
15. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - Tift Merritt
16. "Peace" - Norah Jones

:: Jeff 11:21 AM [+] ::
:: Friday, September 19, 2003 ::

Want to use a great line from one of your favorite movies but can't remember the exact words? Lose yourself for hours on imdb.com looking up your favorite movie quotes. How extensive are they? Just check out their page on Heathers, one of the most quotable movies of all time.

:: Jeff 7:45 PM [+] ::

Here's a link to a story on Howard's Pub from Reuters.

:: Jeff 9:04 AM [+] ::

This makes me so happy. Here's an excerpt of a hurricane Isabel story from the Associated Press:

On isolated Ocracoke Island along the Outer Banks, about 15 people gathered at Howard's Pub to ride out the storm.

"Isabel's eye passed right over us," said Buffy Warner, the pub's owner. "It was so dramatic. The rain was actually driving horizontally with these incredibly dark skies and no visibility. Then, within about 60 seconds, the sky became bright white."

Hope all my friends in Hampton Roads are safe. Talked to Thomas last night (I can't believe they still had cell phones!) and things were okay with him.

:: Jeff 8:53 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 ::

The return of the NFL season also marks the return of Tuesday Morning Quarterback. Gregg Easterbrook is a man after my own heart. He's a solid writer, intelligent, witty, a sports nut and has a keen eye for "cheerbabes." He's critical of the logic behind Ten Commandments monument supporters in Alabama, he's skeptical of "Democrat" General Wesley Clark's potential run for the White House, and he almost never refers to teams by their trademarked nickname (the best being Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons instead of the overtly offensive Redskins). Gregg's insights are usually spot-on, and when they're not, they're at least a fun, thoughtful read. The only problem is that his articles are so thorough, I usually don't have time to read it all.

:: Jeff 9:34 PM [+] ::

So Clear Channel says they aren't the big, bad corporate monster that everyone thinks they are. Check out their Know The Facts page to see their side of the argument. Here's my analysis: there are 13,418 radio stations in America. CC says they "only" own 9%, and that the top ten media conglomerates "only" own 43% of radio stations nationwide, compared to the 60%+ market share of conglomerates in cable, film and recording industries. If you take 9% of 13,418 you get over 1,200 stations! Now divide that by the top 150 markets, which must reach at least 90% of the population, and you've got an average of 8 stations per market. And I'd bet on average, those stations all rank in the top 20 Arbitron ratings. So, if all my realistic assumptions are anywhere near correct, the actual audience share by Clear Channel is well, well, WELL over 9%. Probably somewhere between 60%-80%. That's dominance. That's power. That's darn near a monopoly. Call me a skeptic or cynic. That's fine. How much choice do you feel with your local radio?

:: Jeff 9:16 PM [+] ::
:: Monday, September 08, 2003 ::

So the track listing for the Guided by Voices "Best-Of" (titled Human Amusements at Hourly Rates) has been released, or at least posted at Pitchfork. It goes:

01 A Salty Salute
02 Things I Will Keep
03 Everywhere With Helicopter
04 I Am a Tree
05 My Kind of Soldier
06 14 Cheerleader Coldfront
07 Twilight Campfighter
08 Echos Myron
09 Learning To Hunt
10 Bulldog Skin
11 Captain's Dead
12 Tractor Rape Chain
13 Game of Pricks
14 To Remake the Young Flyer
15 Hit
16 Glad Girls
17 Drinker's Peace
18 Surgical Focus
19 Cut-Out Witch
20 The Best of Jill Hives
21 Hot Freaks
22 Shocker in Gloomtown
23 Chasing Heather Crazy
24 My Valuable Hunting Knife
25 The Official Ironmen Rally Song
26 Non-Absorbing
27 Motor Away
28 Teenage FBI
29 Watch Me Jumpstart
30 Exit Flagger
31 Back to the Lake
32 I Am a Scientist

Not a bad collection. I'd obviously make some substitutions. Don't really understand "Twilight Campfighter"s inclusion. My list of suggestions could go on forever. Not a bad effort by Bob, really.

:: Jeff 9:05 PM [+] ::

On a better note, the NFL season kicked off with my two favorite teams winning. My all-time favorite Steelers picked up a huge win over division rival Baltimore, while my hometown Colts survived another sub-par performance by Peyton Manning in their narrow victory at Cleveland. The Colts will have their hands full against the Titans at the Dome next week. Pittsburgh's defense should give them an edge against Mr. Everything, Priest Holmes and the Kansas City Chiefs. I belong to a football fantasy league and joined a Yahoo! Pick'em group to keep things interesting. This week resulted in a push. I lost my fantasy game because I have no running backs (of any quality), and I won my Pick'em group. Next week I'll go for the sweep.

:: Jeff 8:58 PM [+] ::

I'm sad that our governor, Frank O'Bannon, had what appears to be a stroke-enduced cerebral hemorrhage this morning. He hasn't been nearly as visible and popular as (now senator) Evan Bayh, but he's always seemed like a wise, friendly statesman. I can't really put my feelings into better words right now, but my thoughts and prayers are with the O'Bannon family.

:: Jeff 8:45 PM [+] ::

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