Saturday, January 29, 2005

aw mannn!!!

i guess the amazon sale is over. done. finito. the 99-cent prices on phantom releases suddenly either jumped up by $20 or have some sort of "search fee" tacked onto them. i was thinking it was the label dumping their stock, but perhaps it was just a fuckup as performed by either amazon or phantom.

i wonder if i'll get a nice email telling me my order's been cancelled? or if they'll honor the prices the items were set at when i placed my order?

only time will tell, i s'pose.

sorry for misleading anyone.

(from the previous post)

what i got:

"Good Morning Spider" - Sparklehorse; Audio CD; $0.99

"White Blood Cells" - White Stripes; Audio CD; $0.99

 "Velocity of Sound" - Apples in Stereo; Audio CD; $0.99

"Oh Inverted World" - Shins; Audio CD; $0.99

"Julie Doiron/Okkervil River" - Doiron/Okkervill River; Audio CD; $0.99

"Blueberry Boat" - Fiery Furnaces; Audio CD; $0.99

"Fakebook" - Yo La Tengo; Audio CD; $0.99

"It's a Wonderful Life" - Sparklehorse; Audio CD; $0.99

"Cover Magazine" - Giant Sand; Audio CD; $0.99

"Essential Sun Records" - Essential Sun Records; Audio CD; $0.99

"Their Organic Majesty's Request" - The Electric Eels; Audio CD

"Play It for the People" - Louis Prima; Audio CD; $0.99

"Outspaced" - Super Furry Animals; Audio CD; $0.99

"Vol. 2-Best" - Smiths; Audio CD; $0.99

"Rock Animals" - Shonen Knife; Audio CD; $0.99

"Acoustic" - Gilberto Gil; Audio CD; $0.99

"Streets of Bakersfield" - Buck Owens; Audio CD; $0.99

"Vol. 1-Best - Smiths; Audio CD; $0.99

"Turn" - Travis; Audio CD; $0.99

"Gonzalez [Reissue]" - Gonzalez; Audio CD; $0.99

"Twang! UK Guitar Instrum" - Twang! UK Guitar Instrum; Audio CD; $0.99

"Smeared" - Sloan; Audio CD; $0.99

"Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)" - Astor Piazzolla; Audio CD; $0.99

"Damned Damned Damned (2002)" - Damned; Audio CD; $0.99

"Punk-The Jubilee" - Punk-The Jubilee; Audio CD; $0.99

"Acoustic Citsuoca Ep" - My Morning Jacket; Audio CD; $0.99

now, let's hope they're all at least somewhat real, and actually show up at my doorstep. man, i can't wait! it's like christmas in january, a friend of mine said...

buy buy buy!


go to amazon.com

click on 'search music' (right under the 'welcome' tab in my amazon, anyway)

put 'phantom' into the label field

hit 'search,'

then when you get a page of results sort by lowest price to highest.

there's about a billion 99-cent cds in there, by all kinds of artists!  and if you can find 25 99 cent cds, you won't have to pay shipping!  25 discs for 25 dollars!  it takes patience, though, coz a lot of the stuff is crap, or live albums, or EPs, or singles, that sorta thing.  but i got me some good stuff, yes i did.

you can also skip through by finding the bit of the URL that says 'page=X', where X is what page you're on, and skipping around.  i suspect that everything in the first few tens of pages will be sold out by the time you read this in the morning or whenever.  skip around!  there's tons of stuff!

Friday, January 28, 2005

ricky gervais reveals that he turned down a role in the American remake...

Ricky Gervais has revealed that he was offered the lead role in the American remake of The Office.

But he says he turned it down because he didn’t wantthe US version to be a carbon-copy of the BBC original.

“ I didn’t want to be that visibly involved because I think it should be made by Americans for Americans,” he said.

The NBC network also asked if he would direct some episodes – but instead took the backseat role of executive producer.

The show – renamed The Office: An American Workplace - will air at 9.30pm on Tuesday nights from March 22, it has just been announced. It will run for six half-hour episodes, following new episodes of hospital comedy Scrubs.

It stars Steve Carrell, most recently seen in the Jim Carrey movie Bruce Almighty, as the David Brent character, renamed Michael. King Of The Hill creator Greg Daniels has masterminded the remake .

Gervais said today:  “ It’s great to be on the network that brought us Scrubs, The West Wing and ER.

“It seems such a long time since the Office was on in England. Just like the second world war, the Americans got involved three years late but have finished the job brilliantly.”

Thursday, January 27, 2005

asteroid named for douglas adams!

and i can't think of a more deserving honoree.

Douglas Adams, the late author of the classic SF Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy BBC series and subsequent novels, was honored by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center with an asteroid bearing his name, MSNBC.com reported. Asteroid Douglasadams was among the 71 newly named celestial objects announced on Jan. 25 in Cambridge, Mass., the Web site reported.

The asteroid in question was chosen because of its original name, 2001 DA42, which references the year Adams passed away, his initials and the number 42, which, as fans of the author know, is the answer to "life, the universe and everything" according to the Hitchhiker stories.

The asteroid is not the first to have a connection to Adams. In 2001, just days after the author passed away, the organization named an asteroid after Arthur Dent, the earthling protagonist of the Hitchhiker series.

Monday, January 24, 2005

the Official Site of Anything But Prettier has been updated!

you can now download the entire EP, if you want, or at least listen to it (go listen to "remember the time," "last time down," "you didn't mean it," "you miss me," and most especially, "the party's almost over!" those are my favorites!) (wait, that's all the songs. hmmm.).

also, there's a video file from our 6/18 show at the vibe. awww...aren't we cute?!

and if you are really bored or obsessive, the photos section has also been updated. awww...aren't we cute?!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

a day in the life...

so first i woke philip up to give him his meds, and he wasn't delighted...

then he hopped off the bed to have a snack...

and THEN it was time for a bath!

and then, even though he assured me he hated my guts while i was giving him his medicines, he came over and got into my lap for a bit of cuddling. awwww...

sorry about all the sick kitty blogging, but he seems to have taken over a good chunk of my mental power these last few days. turns out he probably won't lose the leg; our wonderful vet is going to try a skin graft operation (and not charge near what it actually costs!), and she's very optimistic that it will work! of course, then we'll have to call philip " patches."

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

pure bliss, baby...

the new erasure single, "breathe:"

aw yeah. the single itself is great, the andy bell/manhattan clique remix is wonderfully thumpin', the acoustic version is fucking fanTAStic, and it also comes with software to remix the single however you wanna, which i have yet to play with, but sounds like SO much fun!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

aw yeah. i'm the html queen! i just added comments AND a sitemeter to the casting couch blog! i'm a coding fool! or somethin'.

go ye forth and comment, dammit.

(you can hear select selections from our last gig, there in the casting couch blog, you know.)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

poor lil' philip managed to go and hurt himself last night. he'll be okay, but it's beginning to look likely that he'll lose his leg. send him healing kitty vibes, if you will, please.

(he's not as pitiful as he looks in that photo, really! he gets sleepy on his pain meds, but otherwise, he's hopping around quite happily, if a bit klutzily, on the other three legs (a little too happily for my nerves' sakes, but happily, all the same). hopefully, whatever medical course he ends up on, he'll heal quickly, being a young studmuffin of a cat and all.)

Friday, January 14, 2005

oooh, also, in a fit of blogging, i've added to the sidebar two political blogs that i REALLY need to read more often:

the mahablog and

the illustrious no more mister nice blog.

go read 'em. good stuff.

huygens is sending back photos!

ice blocks on titan:

"PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - The world's first glimpse of the surface of the Saturnian moon Titan revealed an unexpected mix of icy land and liquid as the Huygens space probe touched down on Friday.

The first three photos of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, beamed back on Friday afternoon, showed what appeared to be boulders of ice, drainage channels, shorelines and islands, reminding scientists of both Earth and Mars.

"I think none of us would have expected ... this kind of unveiling, but it is pretty consistent with the surprises we've seen before," said Al Diaz, NASA's associate administrator for science."


photo totally ganked from cke!

huygens made it to titan!!

sweet. the first pictures are to be released around 2:45ET, according to the article. most excellent.

more on cassini/huygens from the ESA.

so i'm listening to the casting couch - "did you know," which lynn happily put online. also from that hole in the wall show. sweet. it's the one with the handbells! AND glockenspiel! AND harmonium!

both bands i'm in have a song called "did you know." radically different songs. weird.

speaking of, tonight is the big night! anything but prettier will be playing at 9PM, at Bigsby's (just across from the vibe on 6th street), our first show in TWO months! come see us! the show is free, and we'll be featuring songs from our new 6-song EP, as well as offering copies for sale! only $3!!! or, free with t-shirt purchase!

should be a good show. we've been recording and practicing like crazy lately, just ask dutcher, who is starting to remember me only as "that bass player girl who sleeps here..."

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

okay, i have no idea why this hasn't been sidebarred before (did i just make up a verb? why, i think i did!). fafblog. say it aloud: "fafblog." fafblog is truly wondrous, and yea, will make thine sides split with laughter. here ya go: Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog.

thanks to chris dove for pointing out the error of my ways in not including this before. yes, i need to read this EVERY day.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

in case you wanted to donate to help with tsunami victim relief, i've made it easy for you! just look over to your right to see an easy clickable link to amazon.com's efforts to help the red cross.

also, if you're a blogger yourself, and i know you are, you can click on the ad to get the code to put a link on YOUR site. every little bit helps, i'm sure. click, go, now.

amazon's wording and helpful information:

Details from American Red Cross Tsunami Disaster Relief

American Red Cross Tsunami Disaster Relief

At least 150,000 people have lost their lives in East Africa and South Asia in the aftermath of the earthquake and resulting tsunamis on December 26. Thousands of people in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, and Indonesia are still missing; many others have lost their homes and livelihoods. Sri Lanka and Indonesia suffered the highest number of deaths, but India, East Africa, Seychelles, Maldives, and Thailand were all affected by the tsunami waves, which reached as high as 20 feet. Aid workers and volunteers are focused on stopping the spread of disease and delivering food and drinking water to survivors. The American Red Cross reports that emergency assessment and first-aid teams were on the ground quickly and are already working with local groups to support relief efforts. Your financial donation will help provide medicine, clothing, food, and shelter for victims of the East Africa and South Asia earthquake and tsunami disaster. One hundred percent of your donation will go to the American Red Cross. Thanks in advance for your participation during this critical time. The American Red Cross name is used with its permission. For more information about the American Red Cross, please call 1‑800 HELP NOW or e-mail info@usa.redcross.org.

Monday, January 10, 2005

yay, liberal media!

a simple explanation of why the bush social security "reform" will fail. or at least is a very, very bad idea.

...and yet another simple, yet compelling, argument:

melissa's latest domestic disturbance is out! go ye forth, and read it now.

from marvin's blog...

first and foremost, alan rickman has been slated to play the part of Marvin the Paranoid Android in the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy movie (due in theaters 05/06/05!!!)!!!

sweet. can't think of a better man for the job. that voice could melt a brick wall, and it could also whine a hole in a titanium monolith 80 feet thick. most excellent.


Your EQ is


50 or less: Thanks for answering honestly. Now get yourself a shrink, quick!

51-70: When it comes to understanding human emotions, you'd have better luck understanding Chinese.

71-90: You've got more emotional intelligence than the average frat boy. Barely.

91-110: You're average. It's easy to predict how you'll react to things. But anyone could have guessed that.

111-130: You usually have it going on emotionally, but roadblocks tend to land you on your butt.

131-150: You are remarkable when it comes to relating with others. Only the biggest losers get under your skin.

150+: Two possibilities - you've either out "Dr. Phil-ed" Dr. Phil... or you're a dirty liar.

What's Your EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)?

Saturday, January 08, 2005

interesting, thought-provoking, and very cool: a new group of texans calling themselves Practice What You Preach is calling upon state lawmakers to, in fact, practice what they preach, and combat what they perceive to be the ACTUAL threats against marriage: the epidemics of divorce and domestic violence. with the tagline "marriage is not a wedge issue," PWYP says they aren't gay-rights advocates, but declares the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to be a "hypocritical charade" that won't possibly do anything to help marriage.

wow, what a novel idea. focus on the actual problem, rather than on making cheap political points by pandering to the right wing? simply common sense. this is going into the sidebar.

link from skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, January 07, 2005

wha the fu...???

Virginia Lege Delegate John Cosgrove (R) has introduced a bill requiring that "when a fetal death occurs without medical attendance, it shall be the woman's responsibility to report the death to the proper law-enforcement agency within 12 hours of the delivery." meaning, you have a miscarriage, no matter how early in the pregnancy, you'd better call the cops and let 'em know. and if you don't? "Violation of this section shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor."

what if you don't even know you're pregnant? for that matter, what if you don't even know you have had a miscarriage? does that somehow mean you've violated some weird ethical rule?

and the point of this entire exercise? i'm not sure. maura at democracy for virginia put this question to a number of knowledgeable sources, and none of them could think of good, beneficial-to-society reason behind this bit of utter sexism. she even went so far as to contact the Hon. Mr. Cosgrove, and has yet to receive an answer. her conclusion is that it's part of the right-wing's efforts at "personizing" the fetus, just another way of keeping tabs on women, to make sure they're good and punished when they go out and have sex with men.

really, you've gotta read what maura's got to say. plenty of good links and resources that she's got there, too. forward that link to every woman you know, PARTICULARLY if they're in VA...but even if they're not. spread the word.

from andante

baby, it's been a long, long week

start the week off with a routine dog-to-the-vet-visit gone bad, center the week with little to no sleep for a couple of days, and you've got the makings of a bad time, not to mention all the evil crap going down out there in the rest of the world.

happily, the week is ending with a lot less pain, a little less whimpering, and a few good cold tecates. nora and i are doing much better, thank you very much.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

paul krugman is back from vacation!!

the first of his promised series on the Bush Administration's planned gutting of Social Security.

(requires NYT login: use salon/tabletalk or www.bugmenot.com or email me, and i'll cut and paste the article to ya. it's a must-read.)

Monday, January 03, 2005

it's funny because it's true

FOX news coverage of the tsunami.

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