August 31, 2006
August 29, 2006
Do I drive a large magnet?
So, I have a car which I really like. It's a black 94 volkswagen jetta. When I bought it a little over two years ago, it looked something like this:
But, hey, things change, entropy takes over, and I get hit... all the time.
Every day my car seems to look a little more like this:
Just yesterday somebody backed into my front, driverside door and crumpled it up pretty well. The good news is he was a decent guy and even though I wasn't there he was sure to leave his info.
What is it about my car? In the past two years I have been hit five times and shot once! Did you hear me? five times!!! And shot with a pellet gun.
The crazy thing about all of this: I have only even been in the car 1 of those times. That particular instance I was stopped at a stop sign and was rear ended. Every other time was either in my driveway or another parking spot.
The Trapped Telemarketer
You know what would be fun? Having a special line for telemarketers that just keeps playing loops of a person sounding interested in the offer and seeing how long the telemarketer talks to the loops.
August 28, 2006
The Wizard of Oil
The photoshop jobs in these pictures are pretty hilarious.
#1 on hometown heroes again
Hey everyone thanks so much because we had the #1 most requested song on WSTW's Hometown Heroes show, and of course that is just because you all of you.
They played Simpler then it Seems. (they called it simpler then it sounds on their website).
Request us again, we really really really appreciate it!!!
August 26, 2006
Hey, who is excited for this season?
How do you think the Eagles are looking right now?
August 22, 2006
Donation Fund for Josh
Hey all, many of you know that my brother Josh is in a pretty serious situation right now. Things haven't really gotten better for him yet either, in fact they've gotten worse. Today he started vomiting and nearly drowned in it because the nurses didn't come when he called. If he didn't have visitors at the time who physically propped him up, he really could have died. I honestly can't imagine throwing up with a broken neck, back, and hips. It hurts just to lie still for Josh. How much more so if convulsing and vomiting?
OK, the truth is that josh and his family could use some money. Things are tight and it takes a long time to get the worker's comp and it's up in air how much his health care will and won't cover. You know co-pays and all can be very high.
So – while he hasn't asked for it – I'm sure he would be very thankful if people did want to donate something to help them out. We're probably going to try to put together a benefit for him sometime in the near future too. I've first put this donation fund on the boysetsfire website and their myspace and so far the generosity of the bsf fans has been amazing and comforting to me. Thought I'd give some look machine fans a chance to join in the warmth.
This payment will be made to my email address, email@example.com, and I'll give him all the money you donate (minus the fees that paypal charges, like around 2% I think).
If you'd rather send a check (cash, euros, diamonds) or something like that. You can send it to me at
Josh Latshaw Donation Fund
c/o Artichoke Artisans
406 Suburban Dr #177
Newark Delaware 19711
Jonah Latshaw, the MySpace Guru
Today my nephew was hanging out at my house while Collin and I worked and we gave him our login to the Look Machine myspace site. At the time we had like. . 1650 friends. Which we were honestly quite proud of. We had worked hard for those friends.
As of right now, we have over 2000 friends and counting. Wow Jonah, you rock the internet. 350 friends and counting in a single day.
Don't ask me how he did it, Jonah is a wizard who's Black Arts must not be revealed to us mere mortals. I know that he isn't using any bots though, and he's not spamming people either. (I don't want our account deleted).
What can we say, Jonah is just good. Many of these people have been added by asking us (and there are many from the Hometown Heroes appearance last night too).
Thanks Jonah, you really should go into business like this. What a great job!
Also, check out who's song is being played at the Hometown Heroes myspace site. .. leave a comment and give Mark the thumbs up for his exquisite musical taste.
August 21, 2006
The Red Door Concert in West Orange, NJ
Well this show was pretty darn cool. GREAT bunch of people putting it on, and a really cool crowd, and an amazing building. It was a 175 year old Episcopal Catherdral on the top of a hill, higher then the rest of the town. Seriously this building was incredible (I say this as a person who is borderline obsessed with amazing old buildings.) We got to ring the church bell in the bell tower, and take a peek at the casket of the founding pastor who is buried in the catacombs. (Yes, that's right, catacombs).
These people were so accomodating, they made us feel like high octane, high maintenance rock stars. Seriously this is a great group of arty cool hip people. If I lived in West Orange, I would hang out with them all the time.
Darby did an excellent job starting things off for the night. She honestly sounded the best I've ever heard her. When she sings with confidence her voice is otherwordly live. She needs to play more, and then you could hear what I mean.
Then we got to play a full set and we got some great feedback from the crowd, sold some CDs, and honestly got paid a very tidy sum. . . so all in all once we add in the shed show earlier in the day this was a banner day for the look machine (yeah that's right, I'm talking about us in the third person).
Thanks to Scott and Jeff and the rest for having us and we can't wait to play again. . .
PS. Poncho where were you? :-(
Hometown Heroes on WSTW
Hey all, we just finished our in studio live show at WSTW with Mark Rogers. It was a blast, and you can listen to it sometime tomorrow here.
Mark was great to talk to, and we played two songs live (fanatic and simpler) and 2 from the album (stop the bleeding and falling behind.) I think we were funny and engaging. . . at least we thought we were. All around it was a great experience. Listen and tell us what you think. Apparently the mix was pretty bad on fanatic but it was fixed in time for simpler. After the show we got to hang out with Mark a little longer and he's a really great guy.
Hopefully it'll result in some more fans.
August 20, 2006
Hey everyone. Our 2 shows yesterday were great. Thanks so much to the wonderful people at both venues who made yesterday possible. We had a fantastic time at both shows and we would love to go back to both places.
Tonight is a very exciting night for us. We will be the featured band on 93.7 WSTW's Hometown Heros radio show. It is an awesome show on an awesome radio station and we feel very honored that we have been asked to be on the show tonight. So if you live in the greater Wilmington (DE) area, tune in tonight between 9 and 11. We will be playing some live songs, some recorded songs off of our album, and talking to the very cool-friendly host of the show, Mark Rogers.
August 19, 2006
On the way to the Red Door Concert
OK, so we got to the shed show late, but made it nonetheless, and got to play a rocking cool, SWEATY hot short show in an awesome shed. We rocked, people got hot. It was great.
Now we're unfortunately late for the Red Door. . . but will hopefully be there in the next 30 minutes.
On the way to the shed show
Mostly I'm just posting this because it's cool that I'm IN DREW'S CAR right now using his phone's data service plan and a bluetooth wireless connection. I know that's nerdy, but it's also very very cool. Yes, you can get on the internet in the car.
The sad news is that we got stuck in bad beach traffic and we're running very late for the shed show. There may even be a chance that we won't be able to do it. . .
I'll be sad if we can't do the shed show because I spent a lot of time this week working on a visual component to our show. . . we have a digital projecter and a computer and had some awesome stuff to project. . .sigh.
Pray for my brother Josh
Hi all, please pray for my older brother Josh. He fell 25 feel off a roof at work right onto his back. He had a collasped lung and broke bones in his back and his neck. It's honestly a miracle he's alive, and especially that he isn't paralyzed. But he's in immense pain and he has some surgery to get him on the right track. Prayers are greatly appreciated.
August 14, 2006
Red Door Concerts
If there was a venue like Red Door Concerts in every state, it would be a whole lot easier to tour, there would be a whole lot more good music being played, and there would be more live music lovers around. I talked to Jeffrey from Red Door Concerts earlier tonight, and let me just tell you, his attitude towards musicians is night and day compared to most venues we try to play in.
He was. . .actually nice. And acted like, we mattered. It was Amazing. I honestly can't wait to play this show because it'll be really really cool. He offered to let us crash there for the night, asked what we wanted to eat, said they would unload our gear, and wanted to know if we needed one of their people to run our merch table.
Actually, speaking of really cool venues, we're also fortunate enough to be playing a famed shed show in Tom's River NJ on Saturday too. Yes, this marks a first for us, 2 shows in one day. And then we're playing the Hometown Heroes Radio Show on Sunday Night.
That marks a first for us, 3 shows in 2 days.
2 PM at the Shed Show, and 7.30 PM in West Orange, NJ. And Darby is playing before us in West Orange. You really don't want to miss that.
All you New Yawkers come and see us. You won't regret it.
The Wilhelm Scream
Hey all, who knows about the Wilhelm Scream? Not the band, but rather the sound affect from the 50s that's been in countless movies since. That's right, a "scream" made by a character named Wilhelm in a movie from the 50s has been used in the Star Wars Trilogy, Indiana Jones movies, and many many others. Peter Jackson is a fan of the scream (which was labelled in the film archives at first as "man being eaten alive by an alligator"), and used it in King Kong and his LOTR movies.
Once you know to listen for it, it makes watching action films rather fun because it's very recognizable. And even though it sounds like an urban legend, it's true.
August 06, 2006
Thank you Jason Jaz
For showing me the dynamic HA HA image generator.
August 04, 2006
who knew treadmills could be so fun?
August 03, 2006
I don't know why I think this is so funny.
But I do.
August 02, 2006
Vacation in Washington State
Lindsay and I just got back from a fantastic vacation. We spent 3 weeks backpacking, hiking, and climbing in Washington State. We went to Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park. They must be 2 of the most beautiful places on earth. It was one of our best trips ever. Here are some pictures (click each image for a larger version).