As you all might have seen, a reader (presumably a State fan) decided to chime in by commenting on my last post. She appears to be upset with my characterization of State’s basketball program. I noted that they were “utterly obscure and depressingly mediocre.”
I should have known this would have upset some folks, and I guess the best way I could have backed up my claim would have been to put N.C. State’s record of the last few years up. Instead of jumping to conclusions without any evidence, maybe I should have let you, as readers, make up your own mind. So here we go. The first number is their overall record and in parenthesis you will see their ACC record. Needless to say, they didn’t make the tournament any of the years.
2010-2011: 15-16 (5-11)
2009-2010: 20-16 (5-11)
2008-2009: 16-14 (6-10)
2007-2008: 15-16 (4-12)
2006-2007: 20-16 (5-11)
I guess what I meant to say about N.C. State’s basketball teams over the last few years is that they were not very good. At all.
As another point of clarification about my comment that N.C. State was the last team picked to make the NCAA tournament… There is at least a possibility that this is true. It is true that every analyst and Joe Lunardi had State as either one of the “last four in” or the “last four out” the week leading up to Selection Sunday. So I will concede that it’s possible they weren’t the last team picked. But they were pretty close.
If I could at least say this — I like Mark Gottfried. I like his zeal. And I also think that N.C. State being good at basketball is good for our state and good for the ACC. And I can get behind that. The impetus of my last post was simply to swat down overzealous State fans who think that their basketball program is suddenly top tier.
So to the person who was easily offended by my last post — you shouldn’t get so frazzled. State has a good basketball team. And UNC fans are going to grow increasingly more contentious towards you because of this. In the past, it’s been very easy to not be concerned with State’s basketball team. And that, for now, doesn’t appear to be the case.
Well folks, I’m sure you all heard. The Mega Million drawing is up to $640,000,000. Which is absurd. Unfortunately for you all, I’m going to win. I just have this feeling. And because I’m going to win, I want to go ahead and tell you exactly what I’m going to do next week. In order…
(1) I’m going to call the University of North Carolina and ask how much I need to donate to receive four season tickets to UNC basketball on the row directly behind Maurice Koury. Sitting in front of him would be disrespectful. I’m also going to ask for eight tickets in the Pope Box. Because let’s not get it twisted, there are few things in this word as awesome as eating Nutty Buddies during football games.
(3) I’m going to call my closest friends and tell them to meet me at the airport on Monday. I’m going to buy every single one of them roundtrip tickets to Miami. Why Miami? Because most of my friends can’t take off too much time so I want to go somewhere close where we can spend an inordinate amount of money on stuff that doesn’t matter. And Miami fits the bill. It’ll also be warm.
(4) When I come back to school (yes, I’m going to finish my last four weeks of law school), I’m going to care even less than I already do. And I probably won’t study for my Secured Transactions exam because I’m going to staple 10 $100 bills to the exam and turn it in.
I was recently asked to chronicle the best albums of 2012 by doing a monthly top 5 list. If you remember, I posted a best albums of January and February a few weeks ago. Click here for that list. What I plan on doing is updating the list each month. That being said, albums from previous months that stand up to the test of time will remain on the list. I’ll denote how many months that album has been on the list and if it has moved up or down.
(1) Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Months on list: 2
Moves up 1 position from 2 —> 1
(2) Polica - Give You The Ghost
Months on the list: 0
Brand new on the list
(3) Lambchop - Mr. M
Months on the list: 2
Moves down 1 position from 2 —>3
(4) The Shins - Port of Morrow
Months on the list: 0
Brand new on the list
(5) Matt Elliot - The Broken Night
Months on the list: 2
Stays at the 5 position
I’d also like to note that a few friends of mine and I created a Spotify playlist to keep up with the best tunes of 2012. Click here to check it out. Feel free to subscribe.
Have you ever listened to Nada Surf? Similar sound to Band of Horses on a few of their songs for sure. I love Band of Horses and Nada Surf is one of my favorites. They've definitely had some different sounds over the years, but their "The Weight is a Gift" album is one I could listen to over and over again. if you haven't already, check them out!
Thanks for the heads up. Frankly, I haven’t listened to much Nada Surf since “Popular” came out in 1996. Per your suggestion, however, I did go back and listen to some of their stuff. You’re right, they occasionally sound like Band of Horses. On the whole, I’m still not completely sold. Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I’m always open to musical suggestions.
A couple of friends and I started a playlist on Spotify where we could all add songs from 2012 that we wanted to share with each other. Pretty solid idea. That being said, I went back yesterday and listened through some of the playlist, and I think I’ve narrowed down 10 songs from the first few months that are by far better than the others. These are in no particular order. Enjoy.
(1) Alabama Shakes - Hold On
(2) Lambchop - If Not I’ll Just Die
(3) Perfume Genius - Floating Spit
(4) The Shins - Simple Song
(5) Fun. - Some Nights
(6) Matt Elliot - Oh How We Fell
(7) Ke$ha ft. Lil’ Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Andre 3000 - Sleazy Remix 2.0
I would consider Band of Horses and My Morning Jacket to be fairly similar with some obvious differences as well. How would YOU explain to someone who hasn't heard either band how they are similar and how the two bands differ?
My Morning Jacket is much, much more rock & roll than Band of Horses. Further, MMJ produces a more southern-rock feel than does Band of Horses. This is an interesting question, and I haven’t given it much thought. I like both bands, but Band of Horses has a softer sound, which is often very poppy. This is not a bad thing. It’s just an oversimplified way of describing the band.
A few weeks ago, Loafers and I started watching Cheers. We wanted to independently watch, process, and critique a piece of iconic 1980s television comedy from our different perspectives. I started with a blank slate, having never seen a single episode of the show before. I’ve read Loafers’ post and he’s right about one particular aspect of our mutual task: it is harder than you think. Many of you probably already know that Cheers launched the careers of nearly a dozen actors and actresses during its run in primetime. By now you also know the formula for the show: “A guy walks into a bar…”
But Cheers takes situational comedy to the next level for me in a personal way.
I was born in 1984 and never watched Cheers in first run or in syndication. I do know that my dad watched it religiously while I was growing up. When Loafers and I first agreed to give this a go, and just after finishing the first episode, I called up Pastor Sr. and told him what we decided to do. He was thrilled. Pops launched into a dissertation on his favorite characters, episodes and one-liners from the decade of Cheers episodes no doubt indelibly engrained in his brain. But what makes this moment particularly special is that earlier that evening, as soon as I heard the familiar first seven notes (bum-ba-da-ba-da-bum-bum) of “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” I started thinking about my father. As sappy as that sounds, that is exactly what Cheers, and acting, are about. The simplicity of cinematography and set design, the shoestring budget, the obvious ad-libs and gaffs, all create poignant moments three decades later because these actors are masters of connectivity.
My dad is a dedicated book hound. He reads two or three books a week. Always has. Somehow though, from 1982 to 1993, he found it necessary to dedicate time to the group of regulars at Cheers. Now I know why. It could be that my dad had (still has) a penchant for flannel, and Land’s End jeans with loafers, but when I see Teddy Danson hit it out of the park in the opening scene of Ep. 1, I can’t help but think about my dad and respect the hell out of the fact that he valued this show for so much of my childhood.
In the first episode, the doe-eyed leading lady (Shelley Long’s “Diane”) is experiencing a failed engagement, toiling in a comic stage of denial as she’s being left behind by her college professor/boss/fiancé. We learn in the same few minutes that Sam wages a daily war with alcoholism. This character flaw ruined Sam’s career in major league baseball. In a typical sitcom, these issues creep up in seasons three to five when the quips and the one-liners wear out and the writers think it’s time to go socially conscious (think Jesse Spano in the caffeine pill episode of “Saved By the Bell”… “I’m soooo excited”). The writers and the actors in Cheers are far more serious with the subject matter, however. We, as viewers, recognize immediately that we are being asked to derive humor from failure every single episode. And it works. I love this show. Will I watch every episode in rapid succession? Not likely. But will I ever turn down an invitation to hang out and watch Sam, Diane, Norm, Coach and the gang? Never. Because it’s one of a kind and it’s true to the genre.
When Cheers ended, I remember my dad in a mild, appropriate state of mourning. He watched the Frasier spin-off faithfully in between books, and always talked about “how good Frasier was on Cheers.”
Last week, I was asked to come up with my favorite albums since Y2K. At first, I breathed a sigh of relief because the question posed had the word “favorite” in it rather than the word “best” in it. I’m not an art critic; I’m not a music critic. I listen to music because I enjoy it. And I don’t listen to music I don’t enjoy. So I figured — well let me just think of the five albums I really, really enjoyed listening to over the last 12 years. Easy. Right?
Hell no. I’ve spent the weekend talking with friends about this question. At first, my friend Britt posed an interesting point. He said that I needed to figure out how to measure this. Is it, on one hand, the album that at the time I enjoyed listening to the most. So for instance, an album that came out sophomore year of college that I had an insatiable appetite for and then discarded six months later? Or, on the other hand, does “favorite” encompass some sort of staying-power attribute?
The answers to these questions are “no” and “no”. There is no exclusive attribute for which I use to appreciate and enjoy music. These aren’t mutually exclusive attributes; rather, listening to and enjoying music is so utterly subjective that I found that I didn’t need an explanation as to why certain albums made it on this list. Frankly, all five of these albums are awesome in weirdly different ways.
Starting tomorrow I’m going to do two things. First, I’m going to list one of my five favorite albums from the last 12 years. Second, I’m going to also post an album that didn’t make the list, but was strongly in consideration. I found that there were four absolute locks on my list. Then there were about six albums that could have, on the right day, filled the fifth spot. As I sit here writing this on Sunday afternoon, I still don’t have a clue which of those six I’ll post tomorrow as my fifth favorite album of the last 12 years.
In the words of so many of my friends — It’ll be a game-time decision.
First off - big fan. My bro graduated from law school in D.C. and now works as a lawyer, so naturally he followed the blog and passed it along to me last year. I’m a straight girl who fully appreciates BL Monday as much as the next guy.
A friend sent me this blog post about guys using Pinterest (the digital land of manicure art and fantasy webdding obsession), and I think you should pioneer the movement: http://sushimakingrobots.com/work/3-reasons-every-guy-needs-to-be-on-pinterest/ . If you aren’t already “Pinning,” who better to lead the masses of classy Loafer-types in creating Pin boards about sockless feet, BL and living a baller lifestyle?
Riddle me that.
I’m going to go ahead and be blunt with you — I’m not getting on Pinterest. Ever. Don’t take it personally, but it’s not for me. The reasons that the blog post you attached gives for why a guy should get on Pinterest are as follows: (1) Learn to dress like a boss; (2) Learn to cook a meal like a grown up; (3) Learn to buy her things she won’t throw away.
All of these are good things to “learn”; however, I don’t think Pinterest is where I want to learn them. I really like Tumblr. I like the format. And I like the people I follow. And I also tend to “learn” about the three things above on Tumblr. There are really, really good blogs that discuss men’s fashion on Tumblr. As a matter of fact, there’s kind of this weird cult of young bloggers who now have a following and dish out pretty good photos and wardrobe ideas. I like cooking, too. I, however, don’t want to learn that from Pinterest. As noted in my 2012 resolutions list, I really like cookbooks. It’s a great way to sit down, relax, and really think about what you want to cook. The third point is actually the best. Basically, Pinterest is a place where girls click a button on everything they like and it goes on a magical board. This really is a great place to look to see what girls want. I, however, am fortunate that Reckner just e-mails when she wants stuff. And so that’s taken care of.
I think Pinterest is a great idea, but it’s not for me. It seems like a less organized and less thoughtful version of Tumblr. Regardless, thanks for your question. I’m glad you enjoy the blog and please feel free to pass it along to friends.