Posted by Tanner M. at 2:10 PM
move over bukkake... There's a new kid in town!
Alas, the sun also rises.
This is the preferred ear digging device, most Japanese people have dry scratchy ear wax, as opposed to most westerners who have wet sticky earwax. I too, have wet sticky earwax.
There are even Hello Kitty Ear Wax Digger-outers.
Wikipedia has a little info on Mimikaki
And for those of you who want to see Mimikaki in action... here's a video.
Posted by Tanner M. at 8:37 PM
Wikipedia to the rescue:
History of the Elderscrolls series
Posted by Tanner M. at 10:54 PM
Posted by Tanner M. at 9:01 PM
Eva Asked me the other day "Do you ever feel like the world is out to get you?"
and I thought about it for a second and said;
"No, I think the world is completely indifferent to me, I think though, that I'm definitatly out to get me."
I remember a Buddhist friend that I have great respect for, told me once that it's very important to make yourself a safe place for yourself; and frankly this self, is looking like a crime scene lately.
All that aside; I am excited to work on new music, challenge myself in some new ways, I'm looking forward to getting Reason 3.0 and Ableton Live; there's a whole world of pure unfettered sonic texture out there waiting for my ears, and I can't wait to take all these grinded headteeth and all this fixed dissonance and shit it out violently, possibly cathartically.
Tonight Todd and I were waiting with all the Drunks at KKD, and this chick says "Tonight was the best day ever." Then this kid showed us his gunshot wound.
Playing with Nest Material has been some of the best times of my life so far; I've actually been able to experience a few transcendental moments, and coming from a musician of not-so-begrudged talent and ever present over-self awareness, that is a serious statement. But Whether or not I can convince myself of this, I'm sure there will be more beauty moments, and places where I'll get to disappear for a while in it.
In the meantime, I'm taking a vacation from obligation, and time off is sounding so nice right now. I've got a bunch of books i need to read (thanks brooke, Eva.), many neglected pasttimes, spring is coming and I want to clear out all this winter and shake out the chill. This is New England, and there are so many tombstones that arn't mine to recline against.
Posted by Tanner M. at 3:33 AM
Starts at 8:00 pm
3$ Suggested Donation
Posted by Tanner M. at 1:35 PM
Hell, We even go paid, i got five bucks and two gin and tonics, for free! So Thanks everyone for coming, you know who you are... and i can list them all right now.
Eva, Margot, Abbie, Angela, Michelle, Emily, Kyle, Chris, Molly and Todd.
Thanks guys. without you all there to support us in this challenging artist endeavor, we may not have made it through the night. Cheers.
Posted by Tanner M. at 12:41 AM
Given the current events going on in our world I almost expected "V" to shy away from making any obvious references to Blair/bush etc, but instead it goes straight for the throat, making very blatant references to things like; color coded threat levels, curfews, the Reichstag fire (911 *cough*), racial profiling, suspension of civil liberties under the guise of protection, and so on.
Even more significant though, was that the protagonist of the story was, and is even more so in the Comic, an anarchist, a capital "A" Anarchist; I found this delightful and ballsy, he didn't want reform... He wanted to blow that shit up! Though of course; I wonder what effects this is going to have Anarchism's credibility... I'm always fearful when Hollywood co-opts an ideal or cultural phenomenon or lifestyle, it's castration; if ever you want to render something impotent; simply have brad pitt star in it, or play it on the 6 o'clock news.... Then suddenly it's mearly "entertainment."
"But look mommy, it's on the same pages and Jessica simpsons new titties, it can't be all that bad...."
The rest of it I'm still unclear of; I think I may have blacked out during my 10th "Proud Warrior" or was that the "Hanging Dog"... I remember at one point, I think during the "Samhadi Surprise", huffing, puffing, and shaking like a smack head asking, "What is this!? I thought I said no advanced techniques!?" and Eva saying... "Well... Actually honey this is a relaxation pose."
But I stuck it out; my groin (muscle) is killing me right now, and tomorrow I may not get out of bed. But it felt great to move my body like that it was so invigorating, no joke! And, as a bonus I thought I felt like I was high for about two hours afterwards; technically I probably was, considering the toxins all that stretching probably released into my bloodstream. Sweet! I have to say that Eva is a superb instructor; she's very supportive and makes good small talk, plus I get to pay her in kisses, bonus!
And last but not least The Deadbeat club, now has an official Vlogsite, so check it out here, book mark it, read it, watch it; love it! you can even subscribe to it, cause i setup up the RSS feed!
Posted by Tanner M. at 1:45 AM
Posted by Tanner M. at 8:06 PM
'...and the wife of one man rescues her husband from his assailant by grabbing his testicles...'
Follow the above picturelink for more wisdom from the bible; Lego style.more lego action
Posted by Tanner M. at 1:55 AM
At the end of B's time with Ultima Online, he advertised his Account on Ebay, and suprisingly enough made a large sum of money for it. If I remember correctly, over 1000$, I was shocked... In the years since Ultima Online, many more competitors have come along, even more addicting and exciting, currently the MMPOG (massive multi-player Online Game) world is split between two camps, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars, Both hugely popular in the gaming world, there is even another one marketed towards a more adult crowd called Second life, where your real world money is transferred over and can buy virtual items, which can be traded and bought just as they can in the real world. Scary hu? Now check out this documentary, about Chinese "Gold Farmers", Basically, it's a business that revolves around playing these games round the clock, buffing up a character, and then turning around and selling the account for big bucks to fat rich Americans who don't have the time to actually play the game and get good themselves... I don't even know how I feel about this one. But I bet it's a way better job than working in some factory making all that other shit we buy.
Check out these articles related to World of Warcraft:
World of Warcraft community page
Gamasutra article on what WoW teaches us
C|net News: business Lessons of WoW
Posted by Tanner M. at 10:40 PM
me: "But, than what are you doing back in Burlington?"
SL "uh..... did you see my arm...."
me: "Looks like you broke it."
SL: "Yeah... Kung Foo."
SL: "It was a Kung Foo accident"
me: "Ok. whatever."
SL: "Alright bye."
On the whole "Maced for no good reason front" I got a reply email from WCAX, here it is:
I do know exactly the footage you are referring to, and I have re-watched it, it shows a girl and a young man walking with hands in pockets towards the police approaching the bonfire. One officer tries to stop the young man and unfortunately that's when the camera turns off. Our photographer turns the camera back on again when he is a lot closer to the scene where the young man is now on the ground and the girl is telling everyone that he can't breath, and that he has been maced.
Our News director has agreed to sell you a copy of this video clip at our regular dub fees. Can you remember what you were wearing that night, so I can make sure your purchasing the correct video... OR you are more then welcome to come into the station and view the footage if you want. Just call me and make an appointment.
I have attached to this email our "Copy Request" form and our "Credit Card" form (if you choose to use it): below is listed some of the information you will need to fill them out. Once we receive the form back from you with shipping information and payment, your copy should reach you within 8-10 business days.
----------------------------------------------------- VHS Dub Fee: $30.00 each DVD Dub Fee: $40.00 each PLUS: (6% VT sales tax) unless tax exempt. PLUS: $4.00 for shipping ------- VHS Total: $35.80 DVD Total: $46.40
STORY TITLE: "red sox riot"
STORY DATE: 10-21-04
Description: field tape #573 / Time code: 12:37 to 15:08 / see Diane for tape.
Posted by Tanner M. at 1:37 PM
Anyway, i'm completely inocent, i was just minding my own business, ask Sara-Paule. Here's the Email i sent to WCAX, hopefully i can get the tape and then go from there. I'll keep ya'll updated on what they say.
My name is Tanner McCuin, I've been a resident of Burlington for around 5 years now. In the fall of 2004, as you might recall, there was a riot @ the UVM Campus having something to do with a Baseball championship, i hap pend to be on campus as the time visiting my girlfriend at Slade hall; at one point during the rally/riot, we decided we'd go out and see what all the hubbub was about since neither of us were sports fans. We walked around making sure to keep a healthy distance from what was obviously becoming something more than a gathering, and we noticed that there were police standing around nervously. We walked away from the main gathering and up over behind a building, where we noticed a bonfire going on, realizing that it was something possibly set on fire we decided that things were a little out of hand so we turned around promptly and headed back to the dorms, besides we had dinner in the oven. As we turned, a group of police officers in riot gear came over the little knoll, and seemed to be showing interest in this same fire, they weren't in any kind of formation and were spaced out rather casually, as they approached me and my girlfriend kept walking, my girlfriend and i parted momentarily to pass by the officers when all of a sudden two of them closed in from either side of me pushing me quite forcefully, my immediate reaction was to keep myself upright and i brought my hands up to steady myself and grabbed onto whatever i could, i was quickly knocked hard onto the ground, and before i knew what was happening someone had ahold of my face, prying open my eyes and another person was spraying copious amounts of Mace into my eyes and mouth.
The next five or six hours was a blur, at one point i couldn't breath due to my throat swelling up, other times i was curled up w/ pain and shaking while EMTs tryed to open my eyes to dump water in to flush them out. I didn't get my vision back properly for a few days, and missed work on top of that. When i contacted the chief of police and told him about the incident, he asked me politely what he could do about it, i said, ideally, two things 1. An Apology 2. compensation of some sort for pain endured and money lost. He responded with "Well, you're not getting either."
Long story short; i gave up on the whole thing. But this is where WCAX comes in, I understand that your camera crews were on duty that night and i remember hearing from different people who said that they had seen footage of me being assaulted on the channel 3 evening news. If this is in fact the case, is there anyway that i might be able to purchase or somehow obtain a copy of this event? If there is any other information you might need from me, or if you'd like me to come down to the station to fill out some paper work, just let me know. I'd really just like to see for myself what happened. Thanks for your time,
Posted by Tanner M. at 2:16 AM
This time around we tried out a few new things, JB did a great job allowing for more space in his drumming, and for the better part of the first half, everyone was taking their time, and space - letting things come around at a more relaxed pace; Instead of playing the keys I started on the Bass, something i hadn't played in a few years - it was quite nice actually, and i felt right at home laying down a plodding accending/decending rhythm, doom and gloom being my two sign posts, i had the bass running through my Korg, and adding a bunch of reverb, slight distortion and oscilation which gave it a sort of Southwestern tremelo effect ala "once upon a time in the west" but on muscle relaxers, JB doing a great job keeping the sound both sparse and held together; Everyone else seemed to be on similar pages as well; playing loosly and with a certain restained venem. That number faded out, and another one took it's place almost instantly this one slightly more uptempo with Todd pondificating about what sounded like Gastronomical freedom, though i couldn't make it out, i don't think it really mattered much anyway, between him and ben they put on enough of a show for two nights, crawling aruond on the floor, throwing things, stomping, shaking, wearing tamborines like necklaces, and just generally making a lovely scene. And again, i was enjoying my Guitar parts, Drop D and alot of reverb, i was feeling it more than normal i think and i was enjoying myself for the first time in a while, pounding out some heavy rythms and randomly breaking in with random scree and discord.
After that number we all switched up a bit, JB took over Bass duties, and i took up the drums, in hind sight probably a bad idea, concidering that in my vast repitoire of instruments i don't know how to play for shit, the drums are probably in the top 3. That part of the show actually ended up sounding pretty cool to me alltogether, minus my extremely minimalist (that's what i'm calling it.) drumming 1/8 notes on hi-hat and kick, for 10 minutes straight, my right thigh was one giant knot, Todd did some nice psych-guitar, and everyone was following suit nicely as well. We end the night with the Pulse, which is probably my least favorite part of the evening, but it was a fitting way to end the night reguardless, a quick rocking bang. Then we headed home...
I won't get into to many details but lets just say that Todd can hold vomit in his mouth longer than anyone else i've ever known. It's amazing, his head was almost twice it's size, his cheeks ballooned out like a vomit filled puffer fish, and then he can spit it out of a moving vehicle with almost mathmatical precision right at the feet of a bunch of Bro-dudes, and in that very same breath, scream at them "Fuck you ya fucking baby Fuckers!"
Posted by Tanner M. at 11:43 PM
(hey don't I work in a dusty basement, w/ fluorescent lights, and spent all day long guzzling caffeine and generally being a douche? ....naw)
So having a five spot in my pocket and time to kill I headed up; boy was I impressed, as I walked in through the door, sporting their slick logo, I was greeted by who I can only imagine was the owner, he spoke with what I thought was an Australian accent and when I asked he said "New Zealand" I quickly apologized and he laughed and informed me that he didn't believe in flag or boarders. (quick little fun fact: When a New Zealander says the word 6 it sounds like Sex. hahahaha.. ehem.) which was cool. The next one to greet me was his Golden retriever, I can't remember the pups name but he was super cute and was all about just hanging out and watching people play games, occasionally coming over for a nudge and a hand kiss. God I want a Dog... so bad....
The Room was spacious, clean and extremely professional looking; after a quick account setup which was simply giving my real name and a screen name I was free to go find myself a spot wherever; I could even take my latte with me; the desks were setup in pods, circular style, at the far end of the coolly lit room were two leather couches and a big screen TV; a man was relaxing and working on his laptop while watching some prime geek cinema, I could tell what it was but I swear I heard someone scream "Protect the Shire!" The Computers were amazing, Alienware setups, and though I couldn't tell what there configurations were do to very nicely implemented propriety software, after running Call of Duty 2 I figured they must all be super high end with very nice video cards. Everything I tried (and they have ALOT of games.) ran as good or way better than my PC. The Chairs were Comfy and the desk clean and the monitors large. I couldn't have asked for a better setup, I was in geek heaven.
Being in a room with other geeks, geeking out is a strange thing, I come from a background where I was for the most part the only computer geek I knew, growing up all my geeky activity ended up being a private affair, late nights after everyone was asleep surfing around on the new fangled interweb, staying after school to mess around in the new computer lab (that was purchased, believe it or not, by the Grateful Dead.) or Even getting my dad to let me and some friend rummage around in his hardware store afterhours, where we tried and succeeded in getting Quake_test (geeks will understand that one.) installed on the barely adequate network.
So sitting in this hip, friendly, geek environment was a little disorienting for a few minutes, I have to admit I felt a little uncomfortable gaming in front of complete strangers. It's like I was in my middle school gym class locker room all over again, and it's shower time...
Even though no one really spoke to anyone else, there was a sense of socialization, community perhaps, that was shared. I rather liked it. After a while I settled in, started playing "Battlefield 2", the current "it" game in the FPS genre, (i'm a COD fan myself.) and once when I got sniped last minute trying to capture someone's final checkpoint I let out a nice healthy "WTF!", a bit startled at myself I looked around to see if anyone noticed, all i recieved were either knowing smiles or total indifference, most of them were to busy with whatever they were doing, headphones on, lost in their fantasies. Smiling sheepishly i turned back to the action, Sweet i thought, I could get used to this.
Posted by Tanner M. at 5:01 PM
Posted by Tanner M. at 6:44 PM
This week's Episode is their two year aniversary and features include Episode #2 of The Offasty; Stollen Yogurt! and a super secret, late night @ the Narthex. stoned out jam session between members of Nest Material and The Cush, don't miss it!
Update: Emy Lou was there too.
Posted by Tanner M. at 4:31 PM
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
By Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Ultra-Condensed by David J. Parker
The Illuminati are a secret society that (DRUGS SEX DRUGS) control everything in the world (SEX DRUGS SEX) including all governments, financial institutions, and (DRUGS SEX DRUGS) intelligence agencies. No, they're not. Well, yes they are but not really. (SEX DRUGS SEX) They originated in Bavaria in 1776 (DRUGS SEX DRUGS). No, actually they go all the way back to Atlantis. No, (SEX DRUGS SEX) Atlantis never really existed. Yes it did. It's not just one society (DRUGS SEX DRUGS), it's a whole bunch of them (SEX DRUGS SEX) together. No, it's just one, and they go all the way back to Atlantis, which never (DRUGS SEX DRUGS) existed, oh yes it did. They've had an uninterrupted existe nce since 30,000 years ago (SEX DRUGS SEX) -- no they actually only go back as far as the 1800s (DRUGS SEX DRUGS). Fnord.
Posted by Tanner M. at 12:47 AM
I was BLOWN away. Seriously, i can't even begin to describe the style of humor, other than this: If Wes Anderson was British, and 14 years old; tripping on some bad acid that Jim Henson mixed up for him, there's no way he'd be able to come up with something, nearly as self aware and self referentially absurd as this series.
you follow? no... well, here are some clips of some of the musical numbers they break into at a moments notice; as well as the first episode in it's entirety; if you have more than 20 minutes i seriously recommend viewing these; it's some of the most original comedy i've seen since, well Peep Show. The Horn Swaggling was nice too.
Posted by Tanner M. at 11:47 PM