Tuesday, April 05, 2005

 

When I damn well please!

The un-awaited, non-anticapted update has arrived. [Applause]

I wanted to mention two things. First, I am dumb. I recently went on a trip to Minneapolis. I took the spiffy light rail from MSP to the downtown area. When I got there, I arrived to a 27 degree farenheit (for my german readers, that's something like -15 centigrade or some such) ghost town. My first impression was that everyone must hate Minneapolis since the streets were deserted. I was walking down a street called Nicolette Mall, which is something like Denver's 6th St. Mall if you've ever been to Denver. There were stores, and they were open since it was noon on Sunday, but nobody was there. Also, I froze - I had only my coat and light gloves. For some reason, I forgot to pack my Gore-Tex shell jacket and Polartec pants needed for explorations in to the frozen tundra.

Anyway, after I walked the 6 blocks to the hotel, I discovered that Minneapoleanineses had moved from street level to Skyways. They constructed 5 miles of skyways that link all sorts of downtown areas together in climate controlled comfort. Even the homeless now inhabit the luxury skyways, shunning the streets inhabited only by clueless tourists from Florida. Man, I felt dopey. The skyways are cool though and it turns out that Minneapolis is a pretty neat city that I would visit again, even in the awful cold (as long as I had convenient skyway access).

XM has a channel called "BBC World Service". Basically the BBC terminated all shortwave service that covered the US and moved to XM and Sirius instead. It's not all dry shortwave morse-code shit. They have quite a bit of music and discovery-channel like documentaries. One of the music shows they had on recently covered a new band from Australia - Wolfmother. They have really captured the sound of the Doors. The BBC also made comparisons to early Black Sabbath, but I can't say I've listened to much of that, due to I'm a dork or something. It's interesting to hear what they have brought to the sound anyway.

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