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"When New York Was New York"

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Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives


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Moment of Zen (inspired by Tim's Koans)

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    Saturday, January 31, 2004


    When you grow tired of your current desktop wallpaper, shuffle over to Veer and load up. You'll find some really fantastic designs.

    Goonies Never Say Die

    Baby Ruth!
    It took me far too long to get it right, but the grey box width misalignment (formally known as the Box Model Problem) is finally fixed. So Chris, it should be looking OK to you now. It just goes to show you that perseverance can take you somewhere.

    Hopefully the site now looks fine to all -- even those of you surfing with WebTV, Lynx or WAP-enabled phones. If you notice anything weird going on, I would appreciate a quick comment to this post. Just trying to keep the streets safe (and looking nicely aligned) for the kids.

    Friday, January 30, 2004

    Sweet Sixteen

    Happy Birthday Mom! I hope you have a wonderful day and be sure Dad waits on you all weekend!

    Version 2.0

    Nervous Music has a new shell! The blue and grey blocks were getting tiresome, so I hope you enjoy the new look. It was built from scratch without the use of any pre-existing code. So, if you see any bizarre layout problems, crooked margins*, overlapping boxes or other oddities, please let me know by commenting on this post.

    I have not taken the time to test the site using other browsers, browser versions, and platforms. I also didn't take the time to account for the annoying BlogSpot banner at the top of the page. Blogger is no longer offering new paid subscriptions, so we'll all just have to live with the advertising eyesore for now. Plus, for all you techies, the new site is valid XHTML 1.1 Strict, except for the dumb banner.

    Enjoy the new Nervous Music -- and thanks for visiting!

    * Chris discovered a weird margin problem if you're using Internet Explorer 5.x on Windows. It's called the Box Model problem, and I'm trying to fix it.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2004

    Winter storm Connor may have only nicked Boston, but we got hit hard. Looks like a good 8-9 inches out there, and still snowing. Just enough to pass out from shoveling!



    Tuesday, January 27, 2004

    Transferring my car from MA to CT cost me exactly $253.25. Now...does this include a new sound system? No? How 'bout XM radio? Ugh...The price of being a responsible citizen. Well at least I have a car, and I'm not getting around like this guy.
    Run little guy! Run!

    Friday, January 23, 2004

    A couple years ago, my friends and I were convinced that ad executives were peering in our windows at night to discover the newest music we were listening to. Countless commercials, especially the ubiquitous VW ads, included music that we love.

    Well, they haven't given up yet. Last night I saw the commercial for the new BMW X3 sporting a soundtrack from Amon Tobin, a Brazilian drum-n-bass DJ. Either we listen to music suited for commercials, or ad agencies have nothing better to do than spy on us.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2004

    It's a shame I didn't hear TV on the Radio's Young Liars before the end of 2003, otherwise it would've made my list. It's likely the most original music I've heard within the last year. A Brooklyn duo decide to release an EP that's part blues, part jazzy, part glitchy electronic, and part gospel. Part gospel? Yes, part gospel. And be sure to stick around for the extra hidden track at the end to hear a barbershop quartet rendition of a Pixies song. It's all very catchy. Yikes.

    Saturday, January 17, 2004

    Yes, it's a relaxing Saturday night. Listening to jazz, drinking peppermint tea, and telling the cat dumb jokes, but she seems to like them.


    OK. The comments are back. So all four of you reading this blog can continue to post your thoughts. You'll see that the design of the comments is a bit jazzier with a new provider, HaloScan, who took over BlogSpeak, RIP.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2004

    Unfortunately, the commenting service used here (BlogSpeak) is currently down which means you can't view previous comments, and you can't post new comments. Ho hum... Hopefully things will either be back online soon for them, or they'll work out Plan B so that we can all have a voice again.

    Saturday, January 10, 2004

    We played a very addictive game last night: Catch Phrase. It was the electronic version, and 10 of us threw that thing around the living room like a hot potato all night. It gets really interesting once you're tired and you try to come up with clues for "Orson Welles" without actually saying his name. And it's not fair when you're stuck with "Guildenstern" and the next person gets "table".

    Thursday, January 08, 2004

    This wraps up the highlights of our Hawaiian vacation. Here are a few miscellaneous photos from along the way, including when I almost walked into a monkey-jumping spider and when I accidentally parked on a coconut.

    Wednesday, January 07, 2004

    After a few days in Maui, we spent a couple nights on the nearby island of Molokai. This remote island has only 6,000 inhabitants and not a single stoplight.

    Tuesday, January 06, 2004

    One evening we went to the Old Lahaina Luau.

    Monday, January 05, 2004

    2003 is over which means it's time for the annual Top Ten list!
    Here are my thoughts on the best new CDs I heard last year.

    One morning we took a helicopter tour of Maui which included a flight over the volcanic crater and down into the rainforest to check out some great waterfalls and the small town of Hana (which we never reached the day before).