Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Bar None

Well, it's official. The NAVbar is gone for good; from Blogger Support:

Hi there,

We've just added a fix that allows previously ad-free blogs to remove the Navbar. If you log in to your blog and go to the Template tab, you should see a new "off" option for the Navbar.

Sincerely,
Blogger Support


... and that is that!

Erik and I spent a nice evening home. He made an incredible steak dinner and we settled down to watch the Dashboard Confessional DVD that I got him for his birthday. It was very nice.

I think I'm going to go to work tomorrow to get a lay of the land. I need to figure out what I need to take care of before the school year starts. I'm not looking forward to going in but ... all good things must come to an end.

Up To Bat

Kyle, the Boy Wonder, totally has his fingers on the comics pulse of what's hot. He has the scoop on the new animated series called The Batman. THIS article has more information about the concept for the series:

This series picks up Batman’s story in year three: in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Accentuating the original take on the series, The Edge from multi-Grammy Award-winning sensation U2 will perform the series’ theme song.

The promos I've seen look really effing cool. It just seems like yesterday that Batman: The Animated Series debuted. It's actually been 12 years! God, I'm getting old. Anyways, check out the new series when it debuts September 11th on Kid's WB.

Surprise, Surprise

Boo! I got a letter from ULS (work) today (yes, I know, the school year is ever-approaching) from the Head of the Upper School. Along with the pithy letter about lessons learned this summer was my teaching schedule. My American Government class will meet C period. BUT ... I also found out that I will have a study hall!!! Boo! I am *not* pleased!

I did encounter a GREAT surprise though. I was snooping around the official Veruca Salt website (which is really Veruca Salt 2.0, made up of just Louise Post and some new band members) and I found some GREAT "new" Demos and live tracks for download! There are 3 old demos from 1993 (the golden years): Throw, A Piece of You and No Sunday Best. There are 3 old live tracks recorded at First Avenue in Minneapolis: Forsythia, Victrola and 25. And finally, there are 2 new Veruca Salt demos that I don't already have: Tragic and Level 7.

Technically it's not "new" VS music but it's new to me and I'm totally geeked.

UPDATE: Woo hoo!!! After I posted the above I paid a visit to the official Nina Gordon messageboard and found a few live MP3s (Volcano Girls, With David Bowie, Number One Camera) and the lost b-sides from Tonight and the Rest of my Life (Black and Blonde [the original version], Alone With You, Like It Happens Everyday and Unsafe At Any Speed). OMG ... how cool!

Uh-oh, I just realized that this is Day #2 of me listening to Veruca Salt stuff ... I might be getting carried away again ... their stuff is just so good! Let's see if I can control myself.

You Drive Me Crazy

Britney is ready to make a comeback of sorts. She seems anxious to use the first single from her greatest hits album to make as much of a splash as she can. MTV is reporting that her new video for My Prerogative will be a pretty wild one.

The singer ignores streetlights and traffic laws as her sports car speeds up a dark road in the Hollywood Hills toward a hillside manor, which has an air of old Hollywood about it, according to a copy of the video treatment obtained by MTV News. A party is in progress, which the singer gladly disrupts, jumping the curb in her car, crashing through a fence and splashing into the pool ... That sort of thing might put a damper on most people's party plans, but Spears just crawls atop the car as it sinks and starts singing, "Everybody's talking/ All this stuff about me/ Why can't they just let me live?"

Interesting video concept. I hope it doesn't come off as trying-too-hard. If Kevin is in the video dancing around, then I'm afraid that it will come off just like that. There haven't been any other reports about Britney's supposed performance at this year's VMAs which is in 2 weeks so it looks like the focus is going to be on this music video. Let's hope she doesn't have any mishaps on the set of this video like the one she had on the set of her last video. She cannot afford any more time off.

Do These Foot Shackles Make Me Look Fat?

So, Erik and I subscribe to like 49 magazines and we tend to shop for the ones that we don't get delivered to our house. We have so many that it's hard to keep track of them, even harder to read all of them from cover to cover. When the Entertainment Weekly comes I make time to read it as fast as I can because Erik likes to recycle. Magazines that sit around for a while (i.e. 24 hours) get moved to the recycle bin.

Anyways, my point -- The new issue of Rolling Stone arrived and the cover story on Tom Cruise was accompanied by some pretty cool photos. I really like this one but for the life of me I can't figure out what the hell he is doing. I've already talked about the article and how he rants about Scientology to anyone that will listen, so I'll not go into it again. I kind of just wanted a reason to post this picture. Click it and it gets bigger. And, damn, I'll admit it -- he looks pretty good for 42.

In today's round-up:
That's all folks ... I'll be back with more Britney news.