Saturday, April 19, 2008

This week's Ledger

  • Has anyone noticed the fucking sunshine outside? Yeah, that's good.
  • Amy Acker (Fred!) joins the cast of the increasingly interesting Dollhouse.
  • The comfort food of always having a Braves game on the tube.
  • Sea salt and black pepper potato chips. Good stuff.
  • Podcasts. I think I've mentioned this before, but podcasts are a great way to pass the time when you're working out, or vegging out. Don't get me wrong, I like to listen to music on the iPod, but I'm much more about the entertainment and the information. I've found some podcasts I like, such as Ron Moore's BSG podcasts, the official Lost podcast, the unofficial Lost podcast with Jay and Jack, Pop Candy's podcast and Bill Simmons BS Report. Anyone have any other favorites out there that might be of interest? About TV, pop culture or something newsy and political in the Libertarian vein?
  • Trusted mechanics. Someone at work knows a guy that services their (five!) cars, and he's a straight shooter. The Nazi dealership recommended a $2,100 brake job last time I went in, and I'm not that comfortable with their service or ethics. This dude looked at my car and gave the me the skinny. I had about 6,000 more miles, but I would need one. He used authentic Bimmer parts, and did the whole thing for $1,400. Still a huge chunk of money, but I've heard that "stopping" is an integral and underrated part of the driving experience.

  • Brake jobs.
  • Kids on TV. Please make it stop.
  • Asswipes at work.
  • Sunshine, the theatrical kind. I was eager to see this movie, and picked it up at Blockbuster last week. The first two thirds was fantastic. Exemplary special effects, a fairly realistic and intriguing premise and grounded performances. Then, the whole thing goes to shit in the end with a ridiculous slasher film mash up. Very disappointing.
  • Washer and dryer withdrawals. Here, I'm using the standard issue, come with the apartment units. Nice to have them, of course, but they just pale in comparison to my front loading Nautilus units in storage. Clothes just aren't as sparkly clean, wrinkle free and fluffy as they could be.
  • Sometimes, everything just sucks.


  1. On the podcasts, Real Time with Bill Maher is good but it is just the audio version of his shows and Overtime. The Best of YouTube is okay, I guess. I am quite addicted to Kevin Smith's podcast. I think it is called SMPodcast or something close to that.

  2. Hey, Anonymous, thanks for the tips. Maher's good in that the visuals don't really mean that much. And I used to listen to Kevin Smith's back in the pre-iPod days (I was a late adopter) over the web, but completely forgot about them. Great suggestions! If you're into Lost, both of the ones I listed in my post are good. The official one is cheeky and informative, with Damon and Carlton, and the unofficial one is just two guys talking about the show and taking calls and emails. Much better than it sounds.