Browsing the blog archives for January, 2005.


Ryan Cabrera – Take it all away

Music

Ryan_cabrera_take_it_all_away_1  For those of you who are reality tv addicts, you may recognize this guy from the Ashlee Simpson show. He was the love interest for a show or two. If I remember right, it ended quickly, but if she was smart she would have stayed with him because this guy is going places with his music.

I heard the first single off of his album "On the way down" and thought it might be a good listen. I was right. His album is a really good punk-pop/relationship album. It is not all about how things are great in relationships, but has songs that show things aren’t always the way you want them to be in a relationship. For those of you familiar and loving of the Goo Goo Dolls, you will notice a similarity of the two artists because lead singer and guitar player of the Goo, Johnny Rzeznik, produced the album and sang backup on a couple of songs. It shows real promise for this kid. Even though he only gets songwriting credit on about half of the songs, he is very talented and apparently knows how to pick writers. The album as a whole is great if you like the whole pop genre. I listen to it alot and have no quarrels with the album, except that it doesn’t get as much airplay as it should. I give this album 4 out of 5 stars.

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Paige Davis Axed

Television

Well, i just found out that my favorite reality show hostess just got axed from the show that I believe she made famous. Paige Davis was let loose from Trading Spaces to let the show change directions. Maybe now she can do some more acting instead of just the reality business. You can read a full article about it here. Paige, we will miss you on the original fix up your home show. It just won’t be the same. But maybe it will open up new avenues for you to do bigger and better things. And if you need a shoulder to cry on, just ask.

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Search for Video

Web/Tech

I was checking my email yesterday when i got to the Yahoo page and saw a new tab that was searchable where it searched the web and would find any mov, avi, or mpg files that had to do with whatever it was you were searching for. You can check it out here. Then i got online and checked out engadget today and found that google has just launched a video search as part of their site. Except that it searches recently broadcast video. Both very similar, but different at the same time. I love it. Not competing, but kind of the same thing. Check out the google search here. I was wondering how long it would be before searches like these were available. With the image searches becoming more and more standard, these will soon be the same way.

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Audiobooks

Web/Tech

Let me start by saying that audiobooks are soooo cool for people who just sit at their desk all day. In my job, i am pretty well confined to my cubicle. I am not there all the time, but the majority of my time is spent sitting at a computer screen so the newest thing I have started doing is listening to audiobooks. Some of the guys at work have been doing this for awhile, but I am just now getting into it. I listened to "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown Earlier this week, and am now listening to "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Da Vinci Code was a pretty good book, and had some neat things to say, I see what all the fuss was about, but if you are grounded in your faith and knowledge of your faith, then you shouldn’t have a problem reading or listening to it. Now I am listening to The Hobbit, which is really good and I am enjoying it a lot more than the Da Vinci Code. My next endeavor is going to be the Lord of the Rings books. Those will do me for the next couple of weeks I would say. If I get bored with Tolkien’s books, then I have the Harry Potter books lined up and ready to go. If you have the chance, you should try it.

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Posting

Current Affairs

Well, it has been about a week since I posted last. But, to tell you the truth, not alot has happened. Let’s see. Watched a handful of movies including Scorched, Mulholland Dr., In Good Company, and Wicker Park. Juiced for Rita a couple of times. Did loads of homework. And played a little basketball. Okay, remarks on each.

Scorched, good movie which I watched for my girl Rachael Leigh Cook who looked amazing. Mulholland Dr. was a very confusing, annoying movie which I didn’t care for, but Naomi Watts was looking nice. In Good Company was good and I enjoyed Topher Grace. One thing I found amusing was that the last name of Dennis Quaid’s family was Foreman. Anybody who watches That 70′s Show knows that is the family name of Topher Grace. So, i found that a little amusing. Wicker Park was a good movie too, and was interesting how you weren’t quite sure about the reason for the camera work and certain things that happened until the end of the movie. I was impressed with Josh Hartnett in this movie. He did a good job on it.

Dad is out of town, so I have helped Rita a couple of times with her juicing efforts and it is not a job that I want to do every other day like dad does. Better him than me I guess. Saturday and Sunday afternoon consisted of staring at a computer while I did homework for my online course. It is a terrible class, not because of the material, but because of the format. I am tired of this class and can’t wait for it to be over. And lastly, I played basketball on Sunday night and got charlie horsed hard in my right thigh and today (Tuesday) it is still extremely sore. It didn’t bruise or swell or anything, but instead it takes alot of my strength from that leg. I can’t squat down to the ground or put complete pressure on that leg because of a CHARLIE HORSE!!! That is crazy. It is wearing me out. I am ready for it to go away. Well, hopefully something will happen that is worth writing about before the week’s end.

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People’s Choice Awards

Television

Okay, so I saw some of the People’s Choice Awards and agreed and disagreed with some awards. Like with Will & Grace winning over That 70′s Show for Favorite TV comedy? Come on. Let’s get realistic. 70′s is an awesome show and has generated some serious star power. Favorite Country Group going to Brooks & Dunn over Allison Krauss? somebody had something wrong with them on that one.

Anyways, in light of this show, i thought I would give out my own awards. Let’s call them the Aaron’s Choice Awards. Whether you like them or not, these are my decisions, and mine alone.

Best Movie Comedy – Shrek 2

Best Movie Action – Troy

Best Movie – Finding Neverland

Best Movie Children’s – Peter Pan

Best Superhero Movie – The Incredibles

Best Movie Actor – Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt

Best Movie Actress – Diane Kruger (Troy, Wicker Park, National Treasure)

Favorite TV Comedy – That 70′s Show

Favorite TV Drama – Smallville

Hottest Girl on TV – Allison Mack (Smallville)

Hottest Girl in Movies – Elisha Cuthbert (Girl Next Door)

Best Country Album – Mindy Smith (One Moment More)

Best Christian Album – Sarah Kelly (Take Me Away)

Best Pop Album – Maroon 5 (Songs About Jane)

Best Rock Album – Switchfoot (The Beautiful Letdown)

Best Album – Gavin DeGraw (Chariot)

Best Rock Song – Linkin Park (Numb)

Best Pop Song – Maroon 5 (She Will Be Loved)

Best Christian Song – Barlow Girl (Never Alone)

Best Song – Marc Broussard (Home)

Best Albums I couldn’t leave out – TobyMac (Welcome to Diverse City), Ryan Cabrera (Take It All Away), Nickelback (The Long Road), Todd Agnew (Grace Like Rain)

I know you all probably don’t agree with me, but these are my picks. Are there any you think you might change? Some you royally disagree with? Leave a comment and let me know. I would love to hear from you, even if you are wrong.

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Blockbuster Online

Movies

Okay, some of you know that I do this, and some of you don’t. But here is the deal. I am subscribed to a service provided by Blockbuster called Blockbuster Online. For those of you who don’t know, it is a service where you rent movies from your computer through their site and they send you whatever movies you want and can keep them as long as you want. But if you want to get another movie, you have to send the one you have back to them. You can have 3 movies out at a time. It is 20 bucks a month for this awesome service. I love it. I normally have 3 movies a week that come through this service simply because of the time it takes for the turnaround of the shipping time. It is an awesome service that I enjoy. And not only do you get those 3 movies a week, but you also get 2 rentals at the nearest blockbuster for free. It is great for anyone who really enjoys movies and just diversifying their movie knowledge. I have been doing it for about 5 months now and have only had one problem with it. One time, they sent me a movie I had never even heard of instead of the movie I requested. But all I had to do was email them and they sent me the new movie even before I sent back the other movie. It was great. I have become a big fan of Blockbuster and the online service as well. You should try it. Just go to Blockbuster.com and enjoy.

Oh yeah, i almost forgot the coolest part. The way it works is that you just go to the site and find the movie you want and then just hit the add to queue button next to the movie and it is added to your list of movies to rent. When you do that it goes to a list you have and you can set the priority of the movie and see how long it will be til it is available and all that cool stuff. It is really sweet and alot of fun to play with. Just thought I would let you know.

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Selling a computer

Current Affairs

Alright, so i got a new computer and now have an old one that I am trying to get rid of. If you know someone who might want to buy a new computer, just email me at alm776@yahoo.com . Here is a little something I did in photoshop about it.

Cheap_computer_1

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A few new albums

Music

I reviewed a few new albums on my review site. Just in case you are looking for something to buy at the moment. New Reviews Here is a link in case you don’t know how to get there. For the rest of you, on the left there is a link to Random Reviews. Check it out when you get the chance.

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Green Day: American Idiot

Music

Americanidiot Let me just start by saying that musically, this album is really good. Whereas lyrically, it leaves a lot to be desired.

I like Green Day. If ever there was a punk band that I enjoyed, it would be Green Day. Their catchy riffs and choruses make it hard not to sing to their music. But they haven’t done so well as of late. With punk not being the IN thing, there hasn’t been a big need for their music and many people had discredited their music after the early 90′s thinking that they could do nothing else musically. When "Time of Your Life" came out in ’97, some hoped that it was the returning of the Punk giants. Instead it was the resurgance of rock and roll ballads, followed by " I don’t wanna miss a thing" by Aerosmith, and Tonic’s "If you could only see". Not to say that those aren’t good songs, but they aren’t exactly what Green Day really wanted to start, I don’t think. This new album is a hit, and by their grammy nominations, I would say that they are being credited very well by the musical community. Once again though, the best song on the album is the ballad "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". But there are alot of times that you just want to get excited listening to the album. The old school riffs are there that make Green Day Green Day. If you don’t mind the use of the f-bomb, then give this album a listen. It is a good album that is alot of fun to listen to. Just not quite to the caliber of Dookie (the album not the other dookie).

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