My Favorite Music – 2008

My year-end music list this year is different. Not necessarily in style, but in form. The era of buying full albums is more or less over for me (and I think many others). I might have bought one or two full albums this year. Now I scan through albums via song samples and just buy [...]

You Get What You Pay For

The cliche is “you get what you pay for.” This weekend as I was outside snowblowing I told myself that a) having a snowblower and b) spending a little extra for a higher quality snowblower is well worth it. You do, indeed, get what you pay for. Then, as I mindlessly went up-and-down the driveway, [...]


I dork out on all the parent magazines. If you’re a parent, you probably know them – Parents, Cookie, Wonder Time, etc. They’re so cheap that we get most of ‘em. I’ve come to realize that these magazines make a living off of basically publishing the same 12 issues every year. It’s complete genius.  In [...]

Holiday Joy

Christmas cards appear to be much more important when you have children. You finally have something personal you can splash on the front of the card. I mean, when you don’t have kids, you can’t put a picture of you and your wife/girlfriend on a card, because that’s tacky, although one year (pre-kids) I did [...]

Red Means Run, Son

There are only a few musicians whom I’ve long admired that I haven’t seen live yet. Haven’t seen R.E.M. Or Van Morrison, The Kinks/Ray Davies, Teenage Fanclub or The Left Banke. Okay, just kidding about that last one. Until Saturday night, it seemed inexplicable, but I hadn’t ever seen Neil Young, either.

Don’t Wanna Be No Uptown Fool

The legendary Van Halen tour rider from the early 1980’s is up and available in all its glory at The Smoking Gun. This is the one with the whole “no brown M&M’s” thing, among other gems. Enjoy, it’s awesome.


Last night while Christmas shopping I popped into the Verizon Wireless store and finally got to see a Blackberry Storm in action. There sure have been a lot of lukewarm reviews of this phone, as most people who use Blackberries use them because of the physical keyboard, which is gone on the Storm, replaced by [...]