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New year, new rant.
My first rant for 2018. Enjoy.
Last year, I decided to try a little experiment. I wanted to have a custom link shortener for the blog. This is a fairly simple thing. Buy a domain, like kel.life, and then hook it up with something like bit.ly and you’re good to go. I went with GoDaddy because I’ve used them before and never really had any problems. You can usually buy a domain fairly cheap for, at least, the first year.
I used mine a ton during the year that I had it but I decided that it just wasn’t worth it. My blog doesn’t make any money and GoDaddy started sending me renewal notices that had conflicting prices in them. I logged into my account a week ago and stopped the auto renewal for everything. Well, I thought I did. Turns out, even though I got a confirmation that everything had been stopped, it wasn’t. GoDaddy adds something they call “domain protection” that stops you from easily cancelling a renewal. If you don’t turn this off first, the renewal won’t actually be stopped. Needless to say, I was surprised (furious) when I got an email informing me of a $68 renewal fee from GoDaddy.
If you’re thinking that you can just call GoDaddy and kill the domain and get your money back, you’d be wrong. They can’t kill the domain because of the protection thing. So, the only thing that customer service can do is walk you through shutting off the domain protection and put you on hold while you wait for that to kick in. Once all the systems recognize that the protection has been shut off, you can delete the domain, customer service will take you off hold and initiate a refund for the renewal you didn’t want to begin with.
Anyway, I’m done with GoDaddy and I’ll be using the generic link shortener that comes with my MeetEdgar account.
No. The Who.
Quadrophenia was dropped in October 1973. It was The Who’s sixth studio album and second rock opera. Someone I worked with, years ago, loved this album. They once told me a story about how it had blown their mind. He would arrange his speakers around him and listen to it for hours. I had never heard it before. I didn’t know that W.A.S.P.’s The Real Me was a cover of a song on this album. I kinda feel like I should have known. I don’t know why. I can identify the popular tunes from The Who when I hear them and I didn’t need to be told that the CSI’s where using them as intro music. Basically, this boils down to, yeah, I think The Who is a great band but this particular album didn’t do much for me.
It’s past that time of year where people look back on what they did last year. Now seems like a good time for me to look back. Just a little bit. Mostly, I wanna look at a new thing I started doing last year. Movies. Actually going to the movies, not just renting them. MoviePass was a big help for this. I also created a Letterboxd account (check it out here) to keep track of the movies I was watching.
I was on track to only have seen one new movie in the theatre: Wonder Woman. Then I learned that MoviePass had dropped their monthly subscription fee so I signed up. The price of going to the theatre for a movie is usually what kept me from going. While not horribly expensive in my area, movie and concessions is still over $20 for one person. From October 20th, the day I created my Letterboxd account and used my MoviePass for the first time, I’ve watched 43 movies. I watched 28 movies for the first time in that time and 11 of those were seen in the theatre. I’m typing this on the night of the Golden Globes and, oddly, I’ve seen 5 of the movies nominated for a Golden Globe. I can’t remember when, or if, this has ever happened to me. I have feelings and ideas about which films should win because I’ve seen them Weird. I’m not going to make any predictions for the Golden Globes. Mostly because this post will see the light of day a few days after the show. Maybe I’ll make some Oscar predictions later.
I have some MoviePass thoughts. The New York Times had an article about MoviePass and how the industry feels about it (read it here). I’d like to say to the theatre CEO’s. You should get behind MoviePass or some sort of subscription service. Without this subscription, I would have gone to see, maybe, two movies. I say maybe because I might not have seen Star Wars on opening day. I probably would have waited until after the new year to see it in the theatre (I do have Star Wars thoughts that I’ll share another time). Christmas weekend, I actually went to see a movie three times. Like, in one weekend. You have done nothing but raise prices of movies and concessions. I don’t like 3D movies, IMAX isn’t a thing I pay for because my local theatre only show’s 3D movies on it. I don’t like 3D movies. I’m more willing to pay $11 for a soda and Twizzlers at my theatre (real price for me) when MoviePass is picking up the tab for the ticket. Get over your dislike of it. You’re still getting paid.
Okay, that’s all for today. I think I’ll take a pass on looking back at other things and I’m not making any resolutions this year. I’m not feeling it. What about you? How are you feeling about the new year?
First, happy New Year. I hope you have a great holiday season. I’ve been doing a lot of work stuff and melding with my couch. Whatever. Let’s just get back to things and see how this goes.
Paul Simon. I like Paul Simon. I mean, I guess I like Paul Simon. I haven’t extensively listened to Paul Simon. While Rolling Stone seems to love his first post Simon and Garfunkel (released in 1972). I had high hopes for it but was disappointed. Julio is on this album. I like the Julio song. Other than that, I don’t get it.
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Yeah, I know. I disappeared for a bit. I’m not even sorry. Super busy at work lately and I might be applying to grad school so maybe even busier. Anyway, in at number 269 is The Jesus and Mary Chain and their 1985 debut album, Psychocandy. If you care, The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band. I also found it labeled as: noise pop and post-punk. I got one way to describe it.
Last week I spent my Sunday catching up on some yard work. I thought that I would do the yard work first then come in and work on the website. It didn’t work out. The section of the yard I was working on hadn’t been cleared for a couple years. It’s a gap between two fences and easily gets over grown. I kinda feel that the utility company that has the utility box in the corner of the gap should be maintaining it, but it seems they don’t even know that the box is there. So, every know and then, I clear it. Anyway, what I learned was that I need to leave my Sundays clear for working on my site. It just won’t happen during the work week.
Let’s get to some likes:
- Deweys Read-a-thon. Twice a year the people behind Dewey’s hold a 24 hour read-a-thon. It’s been going for 10 years now and I love it. I don’t always participate but this last time, I did. I read 4 graphic novels and listened to a large chunk of an audiobook. Next event is April 28, 2018. You can find the twitter feed here.
- New old Metallica. Metallica is releasing a huge boxed set of the awesome Master of Puppets. They dropped some audio of an early version of the title track. You can listen here.
- Shade 45 on SiriusXM. Since Emenim dropped that wonderful dis of Trump, I’ve been listening to his channel on SiriusXM. Well, at least when they are playing music. I’m not a big fan of listening to DJ talk shows so I tend to skip that but I’ve enjoyed listening to something that I don’t often listen to. I’ve learned things. One of which is at number 4.
- This new song from Wu Tang.
- A friend mentioned Sza’s album on Facebook. I listened to it. I love it. Here’s a sample.
- MoviePass update. I’ve used my moviepass card twice now and so far so good. I’ve definitely gotten my money out of it, even with going to just one movie. It’s easy to use and I haven’t had any problems with it. I know that’s not the case for everyone but I’d still recommend giving it a shot.
- It. The first movie I saw with my moviepass card. I don’t remember the TV miniseries. I mean, I remember that their was one and I remember when it was on TV but I don’t remember watching it. It’s possible that I wasn’t allowed to watch it. I’ve never been afraid of clowns and I’m still not but I enjoyed the movie. I don’t know how it relates to the book as I never finished reading the book.
- Suburbicon. My second moviepass movie. Very much not what I was expecting but entertaining. It’s not really the best of movies, kind of slow moving but still I enjoyed it.
- This video from Ahsante the Artist.
- Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King. This is one of those books that is hard to like. It’s very disturbing that this event, or other events described in the book, even happened but it’s important to learn about these things and how they still effect our society today.
There’s my list. What’s on your list?
Have the Rolling Stones ever not been around? Does Keith Richards have some kind of cockroach DNA that has allowed him to survive this long? I dunno. Anyway, Some Girls is their 14th British and 16th American studio album released in 1978. I’m not sure how that works and I don’t care to research it. It was a critical and commercial success. It was even nominated for a Grammy. This is album were Mick Jagger proclaims that he won’t burn your pizza. I enjoyed it. It reminds me that the Rolling Stones really like the blues. Although I’m not terribly sure why. I’ve read that Jagger says he was influenced by dance music. Despite this, I felt an underlying bluesy feel to it. I’m no expert and could be wrong.
Not too long ago, like within the last month, I was sitting at my desk when I got a text message from my bestie. For some reason, she had just noticed that the some “Seventeen” by Winger is a little pervy. Okay, a lot pervy. She wondered why she had never noticed this before. I replied that we were 15 when the song was released and Kip Winger was hot, why would we care? Funny how this works, right?
That little antidote has nothing to do with The Beach Boys, except that I misunderstood a lyric in one of the songs and had the thought that there are a great many songs by even the cleanest cut of musicians that are very much not clean cut. The Beach Boys Today! is the eighth studio album from The Beach Boys that was released in 1965. It’s kind of a boring album. From what I read on Wiki, this album was intended to be a departure from the beach tunes of previous albums. The only song on this album I had really heard before is “Help Me, Ronda.” Some of the others kinda made me wonder if this is when Brian Wilson’s drug use increased. I dunno, despite the lack of beach-themed tunes the album was a commercial success. Maybe one had to be around in 1964 to be appreciated.
A few Sundays ago, I sat at my computer creating all the posts for the week and scheduling them to post early on the mornings of the days I wanted them to go live. My scheduler would then suck them into an RSS feed and I could plan the distro of said content from there. I only had one hiccup. It turns out, my scheduler’s RSS feed checks for content at 3 AM UTC. My content was going live around 5 AM EST. So, the links ended up get unleashed on the world over 24 hours after they had gone live. This irritated me. It still does. If I want the RSS feed to make my life easier, content has to go live on the site the night before and then scheduled the next morning. hmmm.
Also, I wasn’t sure what to do with Friday. I thought about going back to my fun little rants like I’ve done on other sites but I’m just not feeling rants these days. There’s too much to rant about and, sometimes, it requires too much research. At least, more research then I want to do for a Friday post. How ‘bout something fun? Okay, maybe the occasional rant but this week how ‘bout some things that I’m enjoying? For this particular list of likes will go back a few weeks.
- Eminem. Wanna good rant? Eminem dropped one that vocalizes what a bunch of people are feeling. I’ve embedded it here.
- The Wire. Yeah, that old HBO show about Baltimore. I’m usually late to these types of shows because I wait for them to be streaming some place. I don’t know how long it’s been available but I just started streaming it on Amazon. It’s interesting.
- Mindhunter. I took a break from The Wire to stream this one in its entirety. It’s about the formation of the Behavioral Science Unit, or whatever it’s called, at the FBI. It’s based on a book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. The first episode was a little weak but the second episode will hook you.
- Bed Extender. I got one for my truck. Finally. I don’t know why these aren’t that popular in The South but the normal place I go to for truck accessories wouldn’t get me one. I don’t go to them anymore. I gots a new place.
- Bookstore trip. I took myself to the bookstore and bought some books. If that statement isn’t enough for you, then you will never understand any further explanation.
- The Rules of Magic. I bought a couple of books but this is what I went to the bookstore for. It’s a prequel to Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic. Yes, Practical Magic was a book first. It’s very different then the movie. This books is about the Aunts. I’m 13 pages in as I type this post and I love it.That could change.
- Coffee mug. My boss won’t let me use it at work. Whatever.
- It’s candy corn season. YAY!
- Moviepass. This is a service that I had heard about previously but refused to join because of the price. It’s, basically, Netflix but for actually going to the movies vice having them sent to your house. It used to be around $40 a month for unlimited movies. The price has dropped. Drastically. It’s now about $10. I don’t go to a lot of movies because I hat paying $16 - $20 a pop for a shitty movie. $10 a month for all the shitty movies I can tolerate seems doable. We’ll see. I haven’t gotten my card yet so I’ll let you know how it works out. More info here.
Well, that’s all I got for now. What have you been enjoying lately?
Sleater-Kinney is something I’ve never heard of before. Apparently, it was (and maybe still is) an American feminist punk band formed in Olympia, Washington around 1994. Their third album is the one that makes the list. It’s called Dig Me Out and was released in 1997. Critics seem to love it and it looks like who ever the listening audience for KEXP 90.3 (public radio in Seattle) also enjoyed it. I think we all know how much I just love punk music and this album doesn’t change my mind one bit.
Too much time had passed from the time I first listened to this and the time I sat down to write a few lines about it. This has happened before. I listen to something then I get busy and don’t have time to write about it. Usually, I remember enough of what I thought about the album to write something. Occasionally, and in this case, I remembered listening to the album but had zero memory of the music or my thoughts while listening to it. That bode well for the album, because then I have to listen to it again and remember that I didn’t like it and there isn’t really anything memorable about it. I’m sorry Smokey.
Going to a Go-Go is a 1965 album from the Miracles and the first one to call the group Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. It topped many charts and everyone seemed to love it. At least they did in 1965. I don’t. Even after listening to it a second time, it has left absolutely zero impression on me.
So, here’s something I didn’t know. “Lady Marmalade” is actually by an all-female singing group called Labelle, which Patti LaBelle happened to be a member of. I always just thought the song was by her. Anyway, it’s home is on Nightbirds, a 1974 album by the group Labelle. “Lady Marmalade” is the group’s most successful hit. It’s a decent album but hey sister, go sister, soul sister is what I like the best about it.
I was a little surprised to find that The Slim Shady LP wasn’t already in my library. I like Eminem and I like this album, violence and misogyny aside (I know, bad feminist, whatever). It was the second studio album from Eminem released in 1999. It was his first on a major label. And it brought him both commercial and critical success. Rolling Stone mentions that Eminem’s mom sued him over this album. I’m not surprised. But, still, it's catchy.
Parliament’s fourth album dropped in 1975 and was called Mothership Connection. Never heard of Parliament? Me neither, but have you heard of George Clinton and the P-Funk Band? No? Where the hell have you been? Anyway, it’s basically the same thing. George Clinton led both Parliament and Funkadelic. It was the first P-Funk album to be certified gold and platinum. It’s a weird fun album and home "Give up the Funk". I might have danced around the house with this one.