Revenant/Fossor.

Friday, October 28, 2005

you got one of those "In the Midnight Hour" bodies

Unless Carlos Silva develops a middle-finger curve or something, next year he's getting shelled. Bill James had a cut-off point for Ks per nine; anything below 4.5 or so meant the pitcher was on his way out. Carlos is at 3 point 3. His BB-per-9 IP is the very minim of wonder, no doubt, but if those baseballs aren't hitting the catcher's mitt, they have to end up somewhere.

As historic as 7 unintentional walks in a season is, and as much as I love my Twins & their devotion to control, I have to believe this history's gonna regress to the mean.

Moving on...

Plot Summary for
School Daze (1988)


In the South of the United States are taking place confrontations between two groups of students who have different ideas and are not able to accept the one of the oponent.

Summary written by Volker Boehm

It's even better than that would have you believe. No lie.

it's official: king of the town

From Sexy Results!:

You can tell that no one who's reviewed the latest Animal Collective album watches any college football, because if they did, there'd be at least one mention of the fact that two songs sound a whole lot like "Rocky Top."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

sound on sound

Well-meaning clueless liberalism on parade. Another college student who collected the outline to Rock 101 the first day and promptly walked out of class. Less we doubt her cool-credentials, thus playing into her very manifest fears of irrelevance, she calls the Clash "my defunct heroes," "the greatest band, ever" and Joe Strummer "my poor (?), dead idol".

And then there's the part where she's in awe of today's politicized 14-year-olds, what with the kah-razy color streaks and desire "to own Priuses, not Hummers" - are we projecting much? - "Fear them," she says. BORING. NEXT. NEXT NEXT NEXT.

sheryl swoopes and i are tall and we have that other thing

The more I watch the local music video channel, the more I'm determined to make a survey of Lyle Lovett's career. First I saw the "North Dakota" video, choc-a-bloc with film-grad conceits, courtesy of director Sean Penn (a thank-you to Julia?). Then there's "Penguins", with a video in which the camera follows a slim, elegant short-haired Frenchwoman into her spacious apartment, where she dons a penguin outfit and stares at the camera for two minutes. Any artist who can get men in suit jackets to croon "penguins are so sensitive" and look like they both like it and understand it is worth my attention, I'm sure. Perhaps he's made a career out of similarly weird choices.

In any event, I'm glad he got to Joshua Judges Ruth: best album title (non-metal division) ever.

Freddie Mitchell: as much as you hate the guy, you have to love his hat

I want everybody on "Stay Fly". Hov, Ghost, Lyrics Born, Eminem (in a career-saving move), Lloyd Banks, M.O.P., Rae, Big Daddy Kane - I don't care. Just sound crazy and hang the bleep on. You're riding to heaven.

... And I love Texas A&M. God bless its little heart. It's trying to diversify, and President Bowen's doing his damndest to turn us from a mech-and-ag powerhouse to a world-class American magnet school.

Then Stacey sends me a link to a survey for the Urban Squirrel Project. It's the most epic of surveys for the most picayune of subjects. And they're giving out eight iPod Shuffles. Hey, it's not my money anymore.

For my edification, the survey:

The fox squirrel is a common, large tree squirrel with reddish, rust or brown coloration and found in many urban areas. The Texas A&M University Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC) has been conducting research on the campus fox squirrel population for 4 years now. Before making a recommendation for the management of the squirrel population, the WFSC would like input from students and the campus community. In the following questionnaire we will be asking you questions about the campus squirrel population and 6 techniques for managing the squirrels.

The 6 management techniques are as follow:

1) Placing rodent poisons around campus to reduce the population.

2) Trapping squirrels, sedating and euthanasia them with an injection.

3) Live trapping a portion of the squirrels in cage traps and transferring them to the area in and around Lick Creek Park, in an effort to reduce the population.

4) Increasing the number of nest boxes on campus. There are currently 32 wooden nest boxes placed in trees around campus that squirrels use for nests. Increasing the number of nest boxes might increase the number of squirrels

5) Installing squirrel crossing signs in an attempt to reduce road mortalities of squirrels. The signs are intended to slow cars since our research has shown that most squirrel mortalities on campus are from road kills.

6) Installing official squirrel feeding stations around campus. Increasing the food available to squirrels has the potential of increasing the population.

Please answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge. There are some open ended questions where you are asked to answer the question in your own words. Thank you for your input.

Question 1) Indicate which statements best represents your feeling about size of the Texas A&M fox squirrel population.

Select One: Too many / A few too many / Just the right amount / Not quite enough, a few could be added / Too few

Question 2) Which goal do you believe would be most appropriate in the management of the Texas A&M squirrel population?

Select One: Considerable reduction / Reduction / No increase or reduction / Increase / Considerable increase

Question 3) Please RANK the management strategies from your most to least preferred option (1 most preferred, 6 least preferred).

Placing rodent poisons around campus
Trapping squirrels and sedate and euthanasia them
Trapping a portion of the squirrels and transferring them to Lick Creek Park
Increasing the number of nest boxes on campus
Installing squirrel crossing sign in an attempt to reduce road mortalities of squirrels
Installing official squirrel feeding stations around campus

Question 4) which management strategy would you least likely support?

Select One: Placing rodent poisons around campus / Trapping squirrels and sedate and euthanasia them / Trapping a portion of the squirrels and transferring them to Lick Creek Park / Increasing the number of nest boxes on campus / Installing squirrel crossing sign in an attempt to reduce road mortalities of squirrels / Installing official squirrel feeding stations around campus

Question 5) which management strategies would you oppose? (check all that apply)

Placing rodent poisons around campus
Trapping squirrels and sedate and euthanize them
Trapping a portion of the squirrels and transferring them to Lick Creek Park
Increasing the number of nest boxes on campus
Installing squirrel crossing sign in an attempt to reduce road mortalities of squirrels
Installing official squirrel feeding stations around campus
None of the above

Question 6) if the student body was informed that strategies you did not prefer or that you were opposed to were implemented in November 2005 would you respond in any way?

Select One: Yes / No (Skip to Q. 8)

Question 7) What would your response be to the implementation of strategies you opposed?

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Question 8)Imagine if you were to respond to a squirrel management strategy that you opposed. How would the people who are most important to you view your response listed in question 7?

Select One: Very positively / Generally positively / Mixed: about equal positively as negatively / Generally negatively / Very negatively

Question 9) Again imagine if you were to respond to a squirrel management strategy that you opposed. Describe the reaction to your response in question 7 from the people who are most important to you.

Select One: Strongly encourage / Encourage Neither encourages nor discourage / Discourage / Strongly discourage

Question 10) Which management strategies if any would you support? (check all that apply)

Placing rodent poisons around campus
Trapping squirrels and sedate and euthanize them
Trapping a portion of the squirrels and transferring them to Lick Creek Park
Increasing the number of nest boxes on campus
Installing squirrel crossing signs in an attempt to reduce road mortalities of squirrels
Installing official squirrel feeding stations around campus
None of the above

Question 11) if the student body was informed that strategies you preferred or supported were implemented would you in any way respond?

Select One: Yes / No (Skip to Q. 13)

Question 12) what would your response be to the implementation of strategies you support?

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Question 13)Imagine if you were to respond to a squirrel management strategy that you supported how would the people who are most important to you view your response listed in question 12?

Select One: Very positively / Generally positively / Mixed: about equal positively as negatively / Generally negatively / Very negatively

Question 14) Describe the support for your response listed in question 12 from the people who are most important to you.

Select One: Strongly encourage / Encourage / Neither encourages nor discourage / Discourage / Strongly discourage

Question 15) If you were talking to someone you did not know, what number on the following scale (0 to 10) would described your understanding and knowledge of fox squirrels.

0 (No knowledge) --------- 5 (basic knowledge) --------- 10 (Comprehensive knowledge)

Question 16) Please check all of the management strategies used to manage wildlife that you are familiar with.

Using poisons
Trapping, sedation and euthanasia
Trapping, transferring animals to a new location
Increasing nest boxes or shelters
Crossing signs across roadways
Introducing feeding stations
None of the above

Question 17) Please check all of the management strategies used to manage wildlife that you have personally been involved with.

Using poisons
Trapping, sedation and euthanasia
Trapping, transferring animals to a new location
Increasing nest boxes or shelters
Crossing signs across roadways
Introducing feeding stations
None of the above

Question 18) Within the last 12 months about how many times have you talked about squirrels?

Select One: More than 15 / 10 to 15 / 5 to 10 / 1 to 5 / None (SKIP to Q. 21)

Question 19) Within the last 12 months about how many times have you talked about the squirrels on the Texas A&M campus?

Select One: More than 15 / 10 to 15 / 5 to 10 / 1 to 5 / None

If you answered “None” on both questions 18 and 19 skip to question 21

Question 20) Briefly summarize your most recent conversation about squirrels

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Question 21) Please select any of the following civic behaviors you have undertaken in the last 12 months for any reason.

Letter to editor
Attend a protest
Organize a public event
Letter to an official (elected or appointed)
Signed a letter of protest
Criticized Texas A&M University administration
Voted in the United States presidential election of 2004
Attended meetings of nationally sanctioned organization
None of the above
Other public behaviors aimed at influencing policies

Question 22) Please select any of the following civic behaviors you have undertaken in relation to wildlife or natural resources over the last 12 months.

Letter to editor
Attend a protest
Organize a public event
Letter to an official (elected or appointed)
Signed a letter of protest
Criticized Texas A&M University administration
Attended meetings of nationally sanctioned organization
None of the above

Other (please specify)

Question 23) Please check any of the following organizations you are involved with

Society for conservation biology
Wildlife society
Environmental Issues Committee
Aggies Cleaning the Environment
Texas Environmental Action Coalition
Aggie Feral Cat Alliance of Texas
Soil and Water Conservation Society
Young Conservatives
National Association of Environmental Professionals

Others (please specify any addition organizations active on Campus or in the Bryan/College Station community that you are a member)

Questions 24) Last week how many hours did you spend on activities related to the organization listed in question 23?

Select One: None / 1 to 2 / 2 to 4 / Greater than 4

Question 25) Using the scale provided evaluate the following behaviors

1-Very positively
2-Generally positively
3-Mixed: about equal positively as negatively
4-Generally negatively
5-Very negatively

Writing a Letter to the editor
Attending a protest
Organizing a public event
Writing a letter to an official (elected or appointed) to express your opinion
Calling an official (elected or appointed) to express your opinion
Signed a letter of petition
Verbally criticized administrators or official
Attended meetings of organization attempting to change decisions, laws, or Regulation they disagree with
Expressing your opion about public decision to friends or family

Question 26) Are you Male or Female?

Select One: Male / Female

Question 27) What was your age on your last birthday?

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Question 28) What is you current occupation?

Select One: Undergraduate student / Graduate student / Faculty Administration / Facilities management / Other (Please Specify)

Please add any additional comment here

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did you forget the magic?

It's so weird to see Faith and Timmy get the Sophie Muller, spotlight, slow-zoom-with-five-facial-changes treatment. She works them well, casting them as countrypolitan ex-lovers rehearsing for a variety show. Interesting note, just because I've been wondering for a while now: it's the hat that makes McGraw look dumb. Take it off, and it's just some dude returned from the buffet. The more I soak in Muller's impenetrable-glam aesthetic, the more I'm impressed.

top ten for now:

10. Funkadelic, "Uncle Jam"
9. Future Sound of London, "Vit Drowning"
8. Orbital, "The Girl With the Sun in Her Head"
7. Rikk Agnew, "O.C. Life"
6. Vetiver, "Belles (Live at WMBR)"
5. Joe Cocker, "The Letter"
4. the Embarrassment, "Sex Drive"
3. Three 6 Mafia with Project Pat, Slim Thug, Trick Daddy, "Stay Fly (remix)"
2. Happy Mondays, "WFL (Think About the Future mix)"
1. Devendra Banhart, "I Feel Just Like a Child"

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Kudos to Chris Milk and the art of music video

Bartlett's finally plugging the Kelley Stoltz EP. He's particularly thrilled because he tipped us all to the man in the first place.

Or did he? Geezer. Anyway, I've got the EP on order, so maybe I'll get to plug it in the Rubber Room.

Southall's got a nice piece about personal-event soundtracking, solipsism and allthat. My latest exercise in milemixing came this weekend; reductively ludicrous (day = upbeat, night = downcast), but I like it better if we call it archetypal. Or reptilian. I've got my shot at the start of November, and I know we could talk about love, but I'd rather blurt a vague narrative of Betrayal.

Hey, Houston gave up The Best of Sam & Dave and a U.A.-years collection from Amon Duul II. And a Mountain Goats 7" plus the 1989 Peel session for the Happy Mondays. I looked at a lot of screw discs, but I failed to enter the shops with research and was too scared to throw my money away or look like Thee Whiteboy. So I got Whiteboy-type records.

I've been reading two magazines a lot this week: last month's Wire (my first Wire ever, actually), and a fawning NME special edish on Britpop. I'm still sorting out my thoughts on each. But I don't need pauses for this garbage. You take the time to nurture your child, gift her with reggae records, mp3s from NYC collectives, festivals of the mind, and she grows up with a subscription to Spin. Embarrassing. My old radio station is now a haven for the same 10 bands and a host of crappy lil' emotive rock combos, and the women who love them.

How about this piece, in which poor little Brandon Henderson is brought to our attention, only to be taken to task for his website, production, and mastering. And then you read this student's reviews, where you discover that her oddly pre-emptive reactionary stance on "indie" stems not from an informed survey of the history of independent music, but from her love of a bland, formulaic four-piece rock band that happens to share her religious views.

I'm sorry, this ought not to bother me, but someone I cared about started that zine, and now he's in France, and it's (the 'zine, not France) being run into the ground by the same willfully ignorant pseudo-indies that clogged up half the playlists during my tenure. Just because you're a skinny boy, or a short girl, and you like old clothes, that doesn't mean you've hit the summit of aesthetic discernment. I would never attempt to destroy one of these people in conversation; if they don't give a crap about the potentialities of music beyond making them friends in intramurals, that's their right. Music need not be everyone's affair. Just don't pretend it's yours, and we can talk about everything else. Like, for instance, the least necessary website ever.

It appears I never got out of high school alive, let alone university, so we close here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

once a cheater

If any song most capably endorsed the icy crush of cocaine, it would be D4L's "Laffy Taffy". I can't believe the Beat still isn't editing that first verse.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

ah-ha

NEW YORK (AP) - At a news conference today, members of the group Black Eyed Peas confessed that much of their career has been a Dadaist parody of chart pop.

"Well, y'know, after Bridging the Gap, we decided to phone it in, ride all the cliches, nawutimean?" said group spokesman will.i.am. "We just thought we could have some fun, writing the most banal protest song, party jam, booty rhyme of all time, you feel me?"

He added that much of Bridging the Gap's backpacker rhymes were phoned in as a test run.

"I mean, honestly, what the hell are 'humps,' anyway?" chided apl.de.ap, the stringy-haired writer of the Peas' pre-choruses. "I don't know. You tell me. 'Pretty round thing?' 'Apple'? I'm pretty proud for taking the metaphor as far as it could go."

"And farther," he added.

Token hook-singing female Fergie then unzipped her skin to reveal Jimi Cauty of the KLF.

"Suprise, fuckers!" Cauty said in a thick Scots brogue. "I finally got what I wanted - a number one on Black radio! It took the worst song in the history of recorded popular music, but we did it!"

The group then plugged their upcoming Asian tour, with special guests Leela James and the Click Five.