Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Amps ripped off New Model Army

I was listening to my music library randomly today and heard a song from a band called “The Amps” that I’ve never listened to and it sounded so familiar I thought it was a cover version.

In 1989, New Model Army released “Inheritance” and it starts like this:

10 years later, in 1999, The Amps (formed by Kim Deal of the Pixies and The Breeders) released “Hoverin” and it starts like this:

That’s a blatant rip-off, in my opinion.

All you need is dumb lyrics

That -MasterCard- Blackberry commercial that runs every 10 minutes during football games contains these thought-provoking lyrics written by Paul McCartney:

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can make that can’t be made.

There’s also no obvious statement that can’t be obvious. Did I need another reason to lower my opinion of The Beatles?

Hudson Baby

I first found out that a bourbon named after Hudson exists in April last year and read good things about it. I’ve been waiting patiently for it to make its way to Seattle. But it still hasn’t. We saw it in San Francisco last week at a BevMo! but couldn’t take it on the plane so we could only look at it through glass. Thankfully, my wife is smart and she called the Vashon liquor store and asked if they could special-order it. They could and did and and she surprised me with it today.

Baby Hudson & Hudson Baby

We got bottle 331 of batch 5 from 2008. It is much smoother but lacks the sweetness and cinnamon spiciness of Maker’s Mark, which isn’t surprising since it’s not aged very long (hence the name “baby”) and it’s made with 100% corn (and 100% from New York). According to this, Maker’s Mark is made with 70% corn, 16% red winter wheat (whatever that is) and 14% malted barley (just like beer!).

The Republican Brain

Spying on American citizens: perfectly ok.

Making healthcare affordable for American citizens: evil.

San Francisco

We took a mid-week weekend trip to San Francisco, thanks to cheap Virgin airfare and Kelly willing to take care of the kids for two nights. Since we were without kids, we rented a Mini Cooper and toured Marin County, an area of San Francisco we’ve never explored.

Mini Cooper S

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Airplane internet + craft beer = gratuitous blog post

I’m posting this from an airplane. This is the first time I’ve had Internet access on an airplane (and free, thanks to Google). Better still, Virgin America serves 21st Amendment’s delicious IPA:

Architecture Meeting #5

We met with Tom and Dan at their office for the first time in a while. There were some minor changes to the kitchen, garage and master bedroom and they scaled the main part of the house down to save on square footage. We saw the first elevations (side view, not just a floor plan) but, frankly, we weren’t wow-ed by it and we want to be. Granted, it’s hard to imagine what it would look like in 3D looking at a 2D drawing. It would be a good-looking house and probably look weird to someone used to more traditional designs, but we want something that amazes us and we aren’t there yet.
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2009 in Review

Here are my highlights of the year…

January: Havana started potty-training. Obama became President. Havana’s probably had more success than Obama has, but Obama’s job is much more difficult and he, along with Bernanke, saved the world from an economic meltdown. So far, anyway. Good start to the year.

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Favorite Albums of 2009

For the last few years, we’ve given our favorite albums to friends as Christmas gifts. We’re sharing what we like and hopefully helping others to find a song or two that they like, or if they already have it or find out what they don’t like it they can gift the CDs to someone else.

I realized while writing this up that four of these CDs are very light and almost ambient music. I mostly listen to music these days while at my desk as background music so maybe this is why I like these albums. Or I’ve just gotten older.
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