Adult Contemporary

SantanaLike many businesses, my office has music being piped throughout the entire building. It wouldn’t be so bad but their choice of station leaves a lot to be desired.

It’s KOST 103.5, Southern California’s Soft Rock with Less Talk, and it’s the reason I wear my iPod pretty much all the time while at work. Remember that weird girl you dated with the crazy eyes and the Thomas Kincade, Wyland, and Anne Geddes prints all over her apartment? This is the station she listened to while she read her romance novels. (And no, I’m so not speaking from experience there…)

To put it quite plainy, their playlist sucks. I mean, really sucks. There are only so many times any sane person can listen to this song before they go crazy and yell, “Blind or not, musical genius or not–fuck you, fuckin’ Stevie Wonder!” They also tend to trim the songs if they sound to “edgy” for the station’s format. Screw you, I say. I like my Journey songs with full guitar solos, not completely removed as they shamelessly did to “Lights,” making it at least 30 seconds shorter and only a shell of its former self. Might as well not even play the fucking song if you’re going to do that. I also like Santana, not Carlos Santana featuring some Top 40 Douchey McDouchenozzle, which barely even qualifies as a Santana song.

At present, I take my 8GB iPod Touch to work because I use many of its apps on a daily basis and the battery on my 30GB iPod is almost dead. And up until yesterday, I was beginning to think that the capacity was a bit on the small side–until I hit Shuffle. That makes me happy because the chances of me hearing the same song two days in a row are definitely lower than the chances of KOST torturing the office with another gem from their vast music library.

Ahem. Sorry about all that. Here’s some earwash, or at least something that will get that Celine Dion out of your head.

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Return of the Hack

After that little hiatus I think it’s time to return to whatever it is I do here, hence the “hack” moniker. So let’s get to the reason I chose to take some time off, okay? Okay.

In my last post, I had mentioned that I wanted to concentrate on doing some screenwriting. As was the case the last time I took time off from blogging, I got nothing done. But ah, I did do some research of sorts because we signed up for NetFlix and had a free preview weekend for some cable movie stations. I watched the following in part or whole:

  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a fairly amusing little movie in which two straight guys pretend to be a gay couple in order to get health benefits.
  • Baby Mama was so incredibly dreadful that it wasn’t worth watching in its entirety even for free.
  • Paul Blart, Mall Cop was everything I expected it to be–silly and cartoonish, but funny.
  • Superbad, which was just as its title implies.

Meh, it’s a start. And I realized that by not blogging, which is my main form of expression/writing these days, I definitely wasn’t helping my cause. I was itching to write stuff from the day I chose to walk away for a bit and have some posts in the works.

Speaking of writing, I think that after all these years I finally found my voice. A blogger named Harna has left a few comments on some of my posts and when I went over to read her blog, I really enjoyed the cut of her jib: it’s irreverent, in-your-face, and sometimes profane–but always entertaining. It’s earned a spot in my Google Reader for those exact reasons, and has inspired me to let loose even more. You’ll see in the next (edgier) post.

I also did some stuff behind the scenes here at ye olde blogge. For one, I added the Gamer Stuff page which contains my gamer information for Xbox and Wii. Not a big improvement but it’s something.

The second thing I did was change the template only because I needed something else. As usual, it may subject to change at any moment so don’t get too used to the new look.

I’m also growing a goatee and will blog about that later.

And I finally got an e-mail address with my domain which can be seen in the Contact section. I couldn’t do it for the longest time because Google Apps had some kind of fucked-up procedure that never worked with WordPress, but apparently that has been fixed and I’m now the proud owner of an address with my domain. And it’s about freaking time.

It’s good to be back. New posts coming soon!

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