19 Aug

Well, after five years, there’s a new Elastica album coming out. That’s cool — I didn’t think they’d ever put out another one. But this article made me angry, and here’s why:

Aaron Axelson, music director at San Francisco’s KITS-FM, is a self-described “huge Elastica fan” … But when he listened to The Menace, which he said he likes, Axelson didn’t hear a song that would fit in the current modern-rock radio.

“I’m being a realist about it,” Axelson said. “I don’t think there’s a slot here in the format.”

No, God forbid a radio station should play anything that doesn’t sound exactly like everything else they play. They might actually have to, you know, take a risk or something, and we can’t have that! Sheesh!

This is a classic example of what’s wrong with radio today.

18 Aug

It’s going to get cold. Even though I maintain seattleweather.com, that doesn’t mean I necessarily have any special weather knowledge. But I have learned this — whenever the wind starts blowing in the curtains on the south wall of our house, that means a change in the weather is coming and it will be colder and likely rain some. It never fails. Seriously. I’m sitting here at my Mac and there is a wind blowing in the curtains so strongly that I finally had to close the window. Dammit, it’s August — I’m not ready for even a couple of cool days yet.

17 Aug

Lyrics I can identify with. I used to love radio, but corporate radio monopolies have destroyed what used to be a really enjoyable medium. I was in Nebraska last week, and on the Lincoln and Omaha airwaves, just like in Seattle or Portland, there’s a “Star1Ohwhatever” and a “Kiss” and a “Point” and many, many “Mix 90-somethings.” They all play the same music and sound exactly the same. Whatever happened to regional hits and local character? For that matter, what happened to playlists customized to suit local listeners’ tastes and to feature local acts? Like the song says:

Internet Radio / Playing things that don’t suck / If you don’t got Internet Radio / Brother, you’re sh*t outta luck

The day I can get Internet radio in my car is the day that I kiss AM/FM crap goodbye forever. I hope it’s soon.

16 Aug

Research shows that most people can’t tell the difference between caffeinated and caffeine-free colas. Yet cola companies claim that they add caffeine for flavoring. A scientist in this article compares cola companies’ use of caffeine to cigarette companies’ use of nicotine. Is the mild amount of caffeine in colas really that addictive? I don’t think so. Coffee has far more caffeine if you want a caffeine “jolt.” Now excuse me, I’m going to the fridge for another Coke

16 Aug

I was in Nebraska this week for the US Roller Skating championships. The results of my event are at the top of this page. I was in the JO Women’s In-line 1B Singles Final, but unfortunately I finished fifth, and they only list the top four, so my name isn’t listed on the page.?

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