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October 31, 2005

Watch this Video

Trust me, this is really funny!

Posted by ian on 05:51 PM | Comments (2)

October 29, 2005

Fall Break

Today was fall break for school, so we had no classes. Laura and I went on a hike at a place about an hour from here called Holtwood Recration Area. It's the best place to go hiking within 2 hours or so of here. Really just beautiful. Anyway, we had a really great time. Here are a few pictures if you're interested.

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Really cool moss.

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A really cool girl.

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Posted by ian on 12:35 AM | Comments (3)

October 28, 2005

hmm...

Posted by shane on 02:44 PM | Comments (2)

Yoda's got a brand new dance

He's got some fancy moves. Hip Hop, he does!

Posted by jason on 01:36 AM

October 27, 2005

Serious Invasion of Privacy

As part of the Patriot Act. I thought it might be an urban legend, but I checked out my own license and viola! This is definitely scary. . .

This is upsetting, thought I should pass it along. Check your drivers license... Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was...picture and all! Thanks Homeland Security! Privacy, where Is our right to it? I definitely removed mine, I suggest you all do the same..... Go to the website and check it out. Just enter your name, City and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove". This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.*

Take a look at it now.

Posted by jason on 08:02 PM | Comments (4)

Chinese Back Street Boys

Step 1: Sign these two guys.
Step 2: Release their album.
Step 3: Get rich.

Posted by jason on 01:08 AM | Comments (13)

October 26, 2005

Boysetsfire Show This Weekend

Hey everyone,

I wanted to let you know that this Saturday, our friends, Boysetsfire, will be playing a show in Seaford, DE. They are playing at a place called the Backstage. It is sure to be a great show. They don't play in this area very often, so go see them if you can.

If you don't make it out to this show, try to catch them when they come nearby on their fall tour. Check this page for dates.

Posted by collin on 02:15 PM | Comments (1)

Emo Kids

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This is the Emo Song

. This site is worth visiting. It's just a one page site with a song that totally disses everything about emo kids. It cracked me up.
Warning: It may be slightly offending to some. sorry. I just thought that it was funny.

Posted by shane on 02:14 PM | Comments (90)

A Fine Weekend

Hello.

We went to Black Moshannon State Park lacated a few hours west in beautiful Pennsylvania. Man, was it ever a trip!
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So, we used Mapquest to get there. Bad flippin' idea. Let me tell you our new van is a lemon. The gas pedal wwas stuck, and it idled at about 50 mph. bad. So freaking mapquest got us lost.

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Lost...

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A desperate cry for help

I fell asleep on the floor. About 1:00 AM Ian woke me up and made me get in the seat and buckle up really fast. Dad had pulled this sweet u-turn move from the right shoulder of the road under a red light. The police caught us. I was in the seat in time. No tickets there. To make this long portion of a long story shorter, he was the nicest police man ever. He 'escorted' us through a convoluted detour and network of little roads that our good friend mapquest forgot to mention. So, ticket free, he let us into the park. Thanks, super nice police guy!

We had arranged to rent a cabin in this park. When we got there, the key was not in the door as agreed. In the pooring rain, for about three hours, we chased the hope of getting into this dry space to sleep. Waking up different random people at hours progressing on toward three in the morning, we came closer and closer to sleep. Eventaully we woke up the right guy from clues we gathered from other bewildered people that we aroused from their pleasant little dreams.

So, at about 3:00 AM we got into the cabin. yea! The coolest part is that MY FAMILY ROCKS! we loved every minute of this most misfortunate series of events. We laughed and had a great time.

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Me with my awesome brother Ian

The park was beautiful! The leaves were in peak in some places and just past in others.

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Colors.

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The woods as they should be.

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The woods as they were this weekend.

Ian and I split wood for the people in the other cabins. They were a bunch of city-slickers. there were 12 small dwellings there. We, being from a wood-burning family actually enjoy splitting wood. We heat our house solely with wood.

We went on some hikes and rode around on the back of the van through the woods and stuff like that.

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We hiked up the back of an ex-skii mountain. It was quite tall. The slope was still mowed, and really freaking steep. I, IN A STUPID IMPULSE, decided to run down the slope. I sprinted down. Soon, it was all I could do to remain on my feet. It sounds dumb, but it was one ot the scarriest things I have done. It reminded me of the time when I jumped out of the bus and fell over... So yeah, running down the skii slope, I only broke my big toe nails on the front of my shoes and didn't gat all cut as in the episode of the bus...

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See, I got a tattoo too!

Ian and I fought over this gravel pile for a while. Have you heard of "king of the hill" (the game)? That's pretty much it. He gave me a mean old king wedgie ripping the elastic of my underwear almost off, and throwing me down the rocks. Don't think he's mean, it's just how brothers function.

I took up the new hobby of flipping over logs that lie on the ground over hiking trails. (don't try it at home.)

This is the longest post ever! goodnight...

Posted by shane on 11:18 AM | Comments (12)

October 25, 2005

Farmer's Almanac Predictions

So, what do you think about the Almanac?

Here is what they are predicting for November. We'll put them to the test:

November 2005 1st-3rd. Fair and cold. 4th-7th. Stormy Mid-Atlantic States, then fair and cold. Stormy New England, heavy rains, wet snow possible. 8th-11th. Fair. 12th-15th. Some rain New England, then fair. Rain also Maryland, Virginia area, followed by clearing. 16th-19th. Storm; snow and rain through New England. Increasingly cloudy Mid-Atlantic States. 20th-23rd. Rain Mid-Atlantic States, then fair, colder. More rain and wet snow, then clearing, colder New England. 24th-27th. Unsettled Thanksgiving, with light snow or flurries, then fair. Fair, then rain Mid-Atlantic States, followed by clearing. 28th-30th. Mostly fair.

Posted by ian on 12:13 AM | Comments (7)

October 24, 2005

The Green Party's Stance on Nuclear Energy

I am very interested in Nuclear Energy. I'm interested in just about any kind of energy that doesn't have to do with drilling and fighting.

I've been writing an article for Journalism on nuclear energy, and John Cannon from the Green Party of Delaware has been amazingly kind and helped me so much on this project. He wrote a statement of the Green Party's position on nuclear energy and emailed it to me. I thought you might be interested in reading it.

The Green Party calls for the early retirement of nuclear power reactors as soon as possible - in no more than 5 years. Here are some reasons why:
1. There is no such thing as nuclear waste 'disposal'. We deny there is such a thing as safe disposal of nuclear waste. All six of the nuclear waste dumps in the US have leaked. There is no technological fix on the horizon to effectively deal with nuclear waste. Thousands of generations face the consequences of radioactive toxins in our environment from the production of nuclear waste generated by the nuclear power industry.

2. Nuclear energy is NOT cost effective. If it weren't for the enormous subsidies the US government provides the nuclear power industry, few if any companies would be building or operating nuclear power plants.

3. In my view, nuclear energy directly supports the building and deployment of nuclear bombs. Without the enriched radioactive material produced in the process of making nuclear energy, nuclear bombs would be much more difficult to produce.

4. Nuclear power plants are unsafe. Many in the US have now exceeded their safe 'life span'. Low-level nuclear accidents happen frequently throughout the US. Three Mile Island and Chernobyl are reminders to us when there are major nuclear accidents - thousands of people and their lands are radioactively contaminated and hundreds have died from various forms of cancer resulting from this contamination. The Three Mile Island reactor remains unapproachable and a dangerous monument to an even more dangerous nuclear power industry.

5. Next door to us are the Artificial Island Salem I and II reactors. Tens of thousands of people live within a 10-mile radius of these aging plants that have a terrible safety record. When brave employees try to tell the public how dangerous it really is for us, they get fired and 'hushed up'. If these reactors malfunctioned and went critical, how many people would die? A 1982 report (Consequences of Reactor Accident (CRAC-2) Report) put initial deaths at 200,000 people, 145,000 injured and 80,000 'peak cancer deaths' with $285 billion in damage.

6. Nuclear power is a peace issue in addition to being an environmental issue. Most people, on the political right or left, believe that nuclear proliferation is a major problem and concern. Enormous effort is spent attempting to limit or prevent further proliferation (at least 10 countries currently have nuclear weapons). If the US really wants to prevent further proliferation and perhaps even eliminate these 'doomsday' weapons, shouldn't we take the lead and physically demonstrate our commitment to this goal? How can we expect other countries to honor the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty when we continue to maintain nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons? Let's follow the lead given to us by South Africa, who once had nuclear weapons then eliminated them, and be an example for the rest of the world.


So, what does the Green Party offer as an alternative to nuclear power and the weapons it makes possible?


1. First, Americans must dramatically increase their conservation of energy. With less than 5% of the world's population, the US consumes more that 25% of the world's energy resources resulting in major damage to our land, air, and water in addition to wars and human rights abuses in many countries. REDUCE is a vital part of the environmental call to Reduce - Reuse - Recycle which, unfortunately, and Delaware in particular, we have failed miserably to address adequately. At the federal government level, elected representatives have not insisted that US automakers build more fuel-efficient automobiles in over 20 years. Homes today are around 25% larger on average than homes built 20 years ago, increasing overall energy use despite energy saving technology. Back home, sprawl in Delaware has resulted in people commuting 30% further to work than they did 25 years ago. In contrast, Europeans consume less than half the electricity consumed per capita in the US. We can be similarly more energy efficient with a strong commitment by leaders to and focus on an environmentally safe and peaceful future that we all want for ourselves.

2. To replace nuclear energy, I would like to see an allocation of financial resources to clean renewable energy on the scale of the Marshal Plan that rebuilt a war-devastated Europe after WWII. Current support to make photovoltaic (solar), wind power, and hydrogen fuel-cell technology widely used are sorely inadequate. The Green Party calls for government commitment to the mass-production of cheap, non-toxic solar photovoltaic technology to enable the widespread deployment of solar power. I think environmental safe use of windpower and hydrogen fuel cells are also very feasible. With this commitment, nuclear power becomes obsolete.

3. On a personal note, my family purchased a fuel-efficient hybrid (gas-electric) car in 2001 that gets around 50 mpg yet has room to seat five comfortably and even has a spacious trunk. New hybrids get around 60 mpg. If you need a new car, consider purchasing a hybrid. In this vein, I would like to see the state and county governments of Delaware commit to replacing outgoing fleet vehicles with these fuel-efficient cars. However, we can't stop here. The Green Party calls for far more support for the rapid development, testing and production of hydrogen fuel cell cars and development of affordable, efficient, and effective mass transit systems. Hopefully, the hybrid car is just a significant, but short-lived, transition technology towards even more environmentally sustainable forms of transportation.

4. Finally, the Green Party strongly supports moving in the direction of decentralized regional electric grids by promoting energy efficient and localized clean renewable energy. Enormous amounts of electrical energy are 'wasted' in the current system of transmission over hundreds of miles. So-called 'micro-grids', where electricity is generated at the local community level, drastically reduces this type of loss and serves to prevent the huge power black and brown outs we are experiencing more and more frequently.

Individual Americans can do only so much in an effort to conserve energy and develop safe, renewable energy technologies. Government must take a lead in the effort, but whenever possible, people can help. For example, by replacing old and very inefficient home heating systems with highly efficient heaters now on the market you can save a lot of energy. Other ideas include buying a home nearby to where you work or if building a new home, face it in a Southerly (or Northerly) direction so you can take full advantage of solar power.

In my own home, when our 35-40 year old heater failed (it had a 60% efficiency in its combustion of the fuel), we replaced it with a furnace that is 93% efficient. We have (aging) triple pane windows, some of which have been replaced using so-called low-E windows that use multiple panes of glass filled with argon or other gases to increase their 'R' value. We are currently saving money to install roof mounted solar panels on our home this spring and, if financially possible, a solar hot water system.

I hope our family efforts in our home and those of the Green Party help put the nuclear power industry out-of-business.

J. Roy Cannon, Member
Green Party of Delaware

Past Chair - Green Party of Delaware Coordinating Council
2004 Green Party Candidate for New Castle County Council
Past Green Party of Delaware National Representative to the Green Party of the United States.
Former Chair - Newark Local of the Green Party of Delaware

I don't care what your politics are (I know there's about a 90% chance that if you're reading this you're republican), this guy has some great points. In the end, it is individuals who will make the changes that let this world survive. Your choices make a difference.

Posted by ian on 08:17 PM | Comments (12)

October 22, 2005

Congratulations Merry and Mike

Collin's and my sister-in-law got married today.

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Posted by jason on 03:00 PM | Comments (11)

October 21, 2005

A Fall Tribute to Fair Hill

3/5ths of the Look Machine and Joe from Elany Arts went for a brisk hike through Fair Hill yesterday, working on our photography book of the area.

Here's a special selection of some of the shots we took. By the way, many of these pictures were taken on the side of 273 where the horse park would have gone. . . so it's nice to see these beautiful things and not a parking lot or a porta potty, huh?

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Many more pictures after the link.

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Posted by jason on 04:43 PM | Comments (5)

Cats = Horrible

Proof and evidence.
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Posted by ian on 11:27 AM | Comments (6)

October 20, 2005

Another Show - University of Delaware Indian Student Association Saturday November 5th

Hey all, we're playing a short acoustic set as part of the Indian Student Associations Fall Show on Saturday, November 5th, sometime between 5:30 and 9 at Mitchell Hall in Newark.

Should be fun. And interesting. Considering it is us, and then:

Indian singing, dancing and a fashion show showcasing various fashions from throughout India.

Other campus organizations, including the Delaware Repotory Dance Company and the Delaware African-American Student Association will be performing, as well as other university’s dance troupes from NJIT, TCNJ, Temple and Villanova.

So, tickets are $7 in advance, $9 at the door if you are a student. They are $8 in advance for adult, non students and $10 at the door.

You should come, it's going to be a good time. We'll probably bust out at least one brand new song.

Posted by jason on 11:23 PM | Comments (5)

October 19, 2005

Boysetsfire Wallpaper

I made a bunch of Boysetsfire wallpapers. I think they are pretty cool. If you are interested, go here to look at them and download them.

Posted by collin on 04:38 PM | Comments (10)

U2 in Philadelphia

It's no secret that I love U2. Though I can get obsessed with other music, U2 will always be my first musical love. The more live shows I see, the more I appreciate what these guys do in concert. Their shows are equal parts human rights rallies, personal revelation, spiritual experience, policital statements and pure rock fun.

If you've not seen a U2 show, you owe it to yourself to catch the next one that comes to town. Seriously, that the fellows are doing what they're doing in their 40's (when most musicians are lucky to have a Vegas residency) is just incredible to me.

Highlights, Pictures and a short video clip following the link.

Highlights from this particular show:

- Bono singing the Pavoratti opera part in Miss Sarajevo ("I've been eating a lot of pasta lately, so I'm going to give it a try" he said). He really hit it too.

- An acoustic version of Walk On that was just gorgeous.

- Bruce Springsteen joining them for an impromptu jam version of People Get Ready.

- A spirited version of the bonus track Fast Cars (I love that song).

- I will follow every bit as energetic as it was the first time the played it (not that I was there, but you know what I mean). ("We're going to play a song we wrote when we were teenagers." Bono was how introduced it.)

- Bono told a story about how the band first met the Edge when his spaceship landed in North Dublin. When they asked him where he was from, he said, "I'm from the future." How is it there, they asked him. The Edge replied, "It's better." Nice hopeful introduction to a wonderful performance of Miracle Drug. (I song I just love but I know they probably won't play on future tours so I'm glad I heard it.)

The choral drums and vocals ending to "40" to close out the show.

The only thing that slightly bummed me out is that I read that the original set list called for them playing Original of the Species and Bad in one of their encores but they replaced it with People Get Ready and All Because of You once Bruce joined them. I really want to hear Bad in concert again, and I haven't heard Original of the Species either, and I adore that song. Oh well. Though I like it. . . I could do without hearing All Because of You.

Anyway, wonderful night. Wonderful show. Wonderful music and amazing band.

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Here's a clip of Vertigo. . . I filmed this mostly because my son loves this song. The sound isn't great, but considering I filmed it with a digital still camera, not too bad. Love the lights. . . whoever comes up with their multimedia deserves a friendly pat on the back.

Posted by jason on 12:29 PM | Comments (4)

October 18, 2005

No Explanation.

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Posted by shane on 10:59 PM | Comments (8)

Elany Arts Strikes Again

I am proud and excited to announce the launch of the new Elany Arts web site. I know that I am a little bit biased, but I think the site rocks. It has been a tremendous amount of work over the past few weeks, but I think it paid off. We really dug in deep and experimented with things that you don't see every day on the web like video backgrounds and motion overlays. It was challenging, but we learned a lot (and we have a cool site to show for our troubles).

The new site is really different than what we do for Boysetsfire, The Look Machine , or what we do for corporate clients. That is part of what I love about doing graphic design. I feel lucky to be a part of such a creative team.

Check out the new Elany Arts site.

Posted by collin on 04:23 PM | Comments (6)

October 17, 2005

Idiot Box Music likes us

Another positive word thrown our way, this one should result in some more PA shows too. From the good people at Idiot Box Music in West Chester / Philly.

Hey Ian thanks for mailing me,

I took a listen to the band, i have to tell you they
have such a nice refreshing sound, with a singer who
can actually sing. Well done. I'd love to help out in
any way i can.

Posted by jason on 12:05 AM | Comments (8)

October 16, 2005

Show Announcement in Southern Delaware

Well, we have another show to add to the growing list. Let us know if anyone wants to caravan on down there. Thanks to Josh for rustling this one up for us. Looks like November is definitely shaping up to be a busy month.

November 19, 2005
@ The Backstage
300 North Pine Street Seaford, DE 19973 (St. Johns Church)
6:30pm
$4
Capsized And Drowning, Last Winters Girl, Ascend In Red, The Look Machine, and 1 or 2 more TBA.

Posted by jason on 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2005

Shows on the Way!

As a band we are realizing that Delaware has a very crappy music scene. So we're doing two things about that. First we are going to start playing in PA and New Jersey a lot. Second, we are going to find a building we can rent sometimes and have our own shows. It's going to rock.

I sent our info out to some booking companies, veunues, and promoters today. Hopefully they will like us and book us! I'm really excited about it.

Posted by ian on 02:14 PM | Comments (7)

October 13, 2005

In honor of Ian's new tattoo

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Posted by ian on 10:18 PM | Comments (7)

My New Tattoo

In order to demonstrate my commitment to rock music I got a tattoo. This is my first one, so it was a big step for me. I love it, really.

You know, tattoos are permanent, but I'm pretty sure that I'll always be happy I got this one.

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You like it?

Posted by ian on 09:28 PM | Comments (5)

October 12, 2005

Old Noodles.

They just found the oldest noodles ever. Awesome.

Posted by xerxes on 07:47 PM | Comments (3)

Sexy Truck!!!!

"YOU'VE BeeN HIT BY THE

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ONCE YOU'VE BEEN HIT, YOU HAVE TO HIT 8 PEOPLE! IF YOU GET HIT AGAIN YOU'LL KNO YOUR REALLI sexy! IF YOU BRAKE THE cHAIN, YOULL BE CURSED WITH UN*SEXYNESS FOR 10 YEARS SO PASS IT HIT WHO EVER YOU THINK IS sexy"

Yeah, I just thought that that was cool. Someone commented and put that on my xanga page.
I know, I've seen things like that before, but this one just looked cool.

Posted by shane on 06:05 PM | Comments (35)

Is this Democracy? Fair Hill Revisited.

Alison Asti is the director of the Stadium Authority, responsible for choosing Annapolis as the site of the horse park, sparing Fair Hill this past week.

"It was a very even match overall," Asti said, "which made our decision very difficult. We made it based on the criteria laid out, not on any public opinion. It didn't even come up."


Now why would she need to make a point of ignoring the public opinion? I can't for the life of me understand why, in a democracy these elected officials would emphasize that they dismissed the opinions of those they represent. "It didn't even come up"? Well, don't you think they should have at least discussed it? If that's true, that is ridiculous.

"I was very, very surprised and very, very disappointed," Cecil County Commissioners' President Nelson K. Bolender said. "I still think Fair Hill is the best location."


Another elected official just disregarding the will of the people of Cecil County here. I understand that they may feel this way behind closed doors, believing there are more pros than cons (of which public opinion is one), but why would they parade this in the press and to the public? He's "very, very disappointed" that his County didn't get something that virtually no one in the County wanted?

I'm telling you, this man should be voted out of office. In a democracy, a person who ignores those he is meant to represent for solely economic reasons is dangerous.

Is there just too much pride to admit that maybe, as you should in a democracy, the commitee members took public opinion into account as one of the many cons involved in the Fair Hill proposal?

What harm is there in saying, "Local residents brought up some very good points about the Fair Hill sport and we took those into consideration along with all the other factors." Because I'm telling you, I believe that public outcry did have a large effect on the final outcome. They just don't want to admit defeat.

But no, now they've done the most foolish thing a politician could do - not get their way but still tick off their constituency.

Posted by jason on 09:12 AM | Comments (4)

October 11, 2005

change. it's worth less than a dollar.

Okay.
It's time.
For a change.
?
maybe?
?

My hair is pretty freaking long. So I wanted to ask all the look machiners...

What should I do about it?

So far, the opinion is that I should cut it some, but not too much.

So yah, what?

Posted by shane on 06:07 PM | Comments (28)

October 10, 2005

Fair Hill SAVED

Hallelujah!

Md. Naval Academy to Get Horse Park Park Will Host National, International Equestrian Events

By ALEX DOMINGUEZ
Associated Press
Monday, October 10, 2005; 1:39 PM

A Naval Academy dairy farm has been selected as the site for a proposed horse park designed to attract national and international equestrian events, the Maryland Stadium Authority announced Monday.

The proposal calls for a 5,000-seat arena, 1,000 stalls, eight to 10 show rings and other horse amenities. The 800-plus acre dairy farm site was one of two finalists, along with a site in Fair Hill in Cecil County near the Delaware and Pennsylvania borders.

The Anne Arundel County site, which was supported unanimously by the selection committee, is in close proximity to major highways, almost 9,000 hotel rooms, numerous restaurants and other tourist
attractions, the stadium authority said.

Cecil County, in contrast, has 1,090 hotel rooms and the surrounding area has less tourism infrastructure, said Alison L. Asti, executive director of the stadium authority.

The selection committee was also concerned that visitors would leave the state seeking hotel rooms, dining and other services if the Fair Hill site was selected, Asti said.

"We felt the economic impact to the state would be much greater in central Maryland and we didn't want to lose the business to out-of-state hotels and restaurants," Asti said. "Since this is an economic
development initiative, it's important to have those revenues stay in the state of Maryland."

The site is also more centrally located in relation to the state's horse industry.
"If you look at a map of all the horses in Maryland, the site in Anne Arundel County is smack in the center of the most populated horse areas in the state," Asti said.

Organizers hope the horse park, to be modeled after one in Kentucky, will become a tourist destination as well as attracting large national and international equestrian events.

Rob Burk, executive director of the Maryland Horse Industry Board, said the park will also promote agriculture and encourage the preservation of open space.

Six sites were nominated for the horse park, and the selection committee narrowed the list to Annapolis and Fair Hill on Aug. 23. The selection will be followed by a feasibility study of the winning
site, with the results forwarded to the General Assembly. Lawmakers will have to authorize a bond bill before the park can be built.

Architects working on the proposed park have also discussed the possibility of a working farm museum at the site, which would incorporate the Naval heritage of the property.

Posted by jason on 04:02 PM | Comments (17)

Online Press Kit

We're making a real effort to get shows, get recognition, etc. Essential in this goal is a nice press kit. So we've put together our first pass at one. According to our research, good press kits have a cover letter, a fact sheet, a bio, and some pictures. (And of course a demo).

Eventually we're going to add a music video to this offering, but we have to make it first.

Anyway, we're posting it online so you can all take a look at it .

We're going to buy some fancy folders, slap our stickers on it and start sending these around. We'll likely get 99% rejections, but it's the 1% that we're interested in.

Posted by jason on 12:52 PM | Comments (6)

My new job.

So I was a music major in college. I then worked construction for a year. Then I was a secretary for a year and a half.

Now, I watch people sleep. And I get paid for it.


On Thursday and Friday nights, I'm a polysomnographic technologist.

This is what I do at night. During the day, on Monday and Tuesday, I am a electroneurodiagnostic technologist.

So, when I'm not a rock star this is what I do. Just thought you all should know something about me.

Posted by xerxes on 01:24 AM | Comments (8)

October 08, 2005

Rain.

Ian and I just went swimming in the flooded river.
I thikn that I will write more now. (the next day)
It was more like white water rafting except without a raft and the water was brown. can you see the similarity? Yeah, it was fun. We just let the current wash us a ways down the Elk river, then we hiked back up.
The water was up a fwe feet higher than normal. I love Fair Hill, and think that we should save it.

Okay, that's all. You thought that there was a lot more, bot I don't want to waste your life...

Posted by shane on 03:51 PM | Comments (14)

October 07, 2005

A Vote of Confidence

In trying to get us shows, our manager Josh is contacting people around. He sent our information and music to Ceasura Productions in New Jersey.

This is their response:

I happen to think they're freakin amazing.

Score. Hopefully we'll be playing there soon. I love the sound of the bands they have playing at their shows.

Posted by jason on 03:46 PM | Comments (6)

October 06, 2005

The new Look Machine song

Drew took the time to notate our newest song. As you can see, it's pretty complex because we're musical geniuses.

Take a look at it after the link.

awesome sheet music Posted by jason on 11:43 PM | Comments (5)

Quotes about Art and Rejection and Needing to Keep Trying

We're working on redesigning the website at Elany Arts in our big push to get more clients (that's a design agency where Collin and I work to pay some bills here and then when the rockstar thing get tiresome.)

Anyway, I wanted to rotate through different inspiration quotations about design and art and stuff like that on the site, and in the search for some, I found some great quotes that apply to the neverending grind of rejection that any artist faces.

I thought I should share them with you.

"There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite." Paul Gauguin


"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced."
Vincent van Gogh

"Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness."
Aaron Copland

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail."
Dr Edwin Land

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up."
Pablo Picasso

"I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time."
Orson Welles

"Ah good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
Pablo Picasso

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
Howard Aiken

Posted by jason on 03:45 PM | Comments (12)

Playing at the Gathering in King of Prussia, PA

The Gathering
King of Prussia, PA

Hey all, we're happy to be playing at the Gathering on November 11th, late at night. We'll have a chance to rock through most of our songs, and it's always a very good time with people who appreciate good music.

See you there, if we're lucky.

Directions:
From Northeast: Take the NJ turnpike South to Exit 6. Follow the exit to the PA turnpike West to Exit 326. After toll plaza, take the third right (Exit 328B), Route 202 North (King of Prussia). The Hilton is one mile on Rt. 202 on the right.

From South: Take 95 N to Rt. 476 N. Take Exit 162 (76 West/Valley Forge) off 476 North. Then take Exit 328 A (202 N). The Hilton is one mile on Rt. 202 on the right

Posted by jason on 03:41 PM | Comments (0)

October 05, 2005

Cancel that Date

Yeah, the bitter taste of rejection strikes again. We got turned down for the battle of the bands at UD. I really don't understand what's going on. It seems like we're hitting dead ends everywhere.

I really want to be playing shows right now! We've been practicing and writing new music, and I think we're better than we've ever been before. Does anybody have suggestions of places to play or shows to set up?

Posted by ian on 03:31 PM | Comments (39)

October 04, 2005

Sometimes Y. .. and sometimes W?

When you spend 4 hours in a basement with 4 other guys, inevitably interesting conversations will arise. Many of them probably can't be repeated without risking certain things being taken out of context. But one of the conversations we had last night I thought I should mention here.

So we were talking about. . . vowels. Of course, don't all rock bands talk about vowels? As in, "A, E, I, O, U, sometimes Y." And I mentioned, "And sometimes W."

That's what I had heard. Ever since elementary school, it had been ground into me, "sometimes W."

Now I've tried to think of one word that used W as it's vowel. We embarked on this mystery again last night. I've kind of always thought that maybe the word "WHY" was what that rule applied to - like take your choice whether the vowel in that word is W or Y. But really I knew that wasn't the answer.

Ian thought the whole "W is a vowel" sentiment was worthy of ridicule. Collin concurred. Drew couldn't quite understand what we were even talking about. (He just learned what a consonant is).

Actually, to be fair, Drew tried to say the Halo-inspired word "Pwn" was an example of a word that used W as it's vowel. If you don't understand, ask him. I still don't understand it myself, but Drew has a bracelet with the word on it. I suspect it's dirty.

Shane was too busy fielding female applicants from his Xanga site.

Well today, I found the answer. There are, basically, 2 words in the English language the originated in Welsh, that use W as their vowel. And they are both pretty cool words too.

"Cwm" -- a mountaineering term, pronounced like "room" but with a "k." It's basically a basin like edge of a valley, much like a cirque. I shall start using this word as appropriate.

And "Crwth" - which means, roughly, "crowd"

So, there you go. . .sometimes W means, basically, for "Cwm" and "Crwth" (BTW - to truly cap off the nerdiness of this post, I hasten to point out that both of those words would be sweet Scrabble plays).

Posted by jason on 11:02 PM | Comments (28)

Favorite Fan of the Day - PONCHO

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Fans, take a cue from Poncho. . . she's the best fan of the week, the month. . . She put this poster up in her school. Just for that, we would totally love to play at her school's battle of the bands. (and probably lose, but whatever it's worth it.)

Thanks Poncho.

Posted by jason on 10:52 PM | Comments (7)

October 03, 2005

Best Practice Ever

We just had our best practice ever. No lie. It was incredible. Things are really fun these days because we've pulled together 3 new songs to add to our reportoire that are, in my opinion, very deep meaningful songs. And then, getting ready for the show next week, we just rocked through another bunch of songs like we meant it.

Fun being part of something bigger then yourself, you know?

Posted by jason on 11:48 PM | Comments (5)

Rehearsal

Right now we are practicing.
Quick break to eat some cold pizza, of which Jason does not approve, watch some football, and drink some stuff.
okay,
goodnight.
back to practicing untill about midnight...

Show coming soon!!!!!!!!


Posted by shane on 10:24 PM | Comments (4)

Frankenface

Recently I've been getting into playing basketball regularly. I love getting healthy, and I love the game. But man, last week was brutal. Collin twisted his ankle badly. Joe broke his finger. And I had to go to the ER because Mr. Christian Dunn treated me to the blunt side of his elbow at 50 mpg. Good thing though, I did still come down with the rebound.

So now I have a gash glued together and I look like Halloween has come early. Like I should raise my arms straight in front of me and moan unintelligibly at little children to scare them. Oh well. I have to sit out the games for a little while so it doesn't open up again. . . sigh. I hate things like that. It itches too.

Because I've been thinking how incredible it is that it will heal at all, over time. Think about that. You scratch your car, and it stays scratched. You break just about anything you own, and you have to get it replaced or repaired. Yet I had my head broken open, blood pouring out on the court. . . and I know it's only a matter of time before you can't even really tell that ever happened.

It's like miracles happen all the time and we all just yawn in response. We want the instant healing. We want to win the lottery instead of having a steady job. But honestly, the slow steady money is quite preferable. Because people who win the lottery often lose all the money and end up destitute. So maybe an instant healing would be easy to forget. Or something.

But anyway, it really is amazing that we know things get better.

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October 02, 2005

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October 01, 2005

Coolness...

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