Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Best 15 Albums Ever

I like that iTunes has an automatic album rating feature now. Of my 9300 tracks, I have rated over 7000 of them while riding buses in Asia and driving through the Outback. This has given me some fairly accurate data about my music tastes. The result surprised me and so I thought I would share it. I only considered LP albums and excluded compilations and greatest hits album. For example, I excluded Bob Marley's 'Legend' and James Brown's 'Mother Lode' since in a loose definition they're both greatest hits album.
My Top 15 Favorite Albums
  1. Hasta La Vista Baby! by U2
  2. We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions (American Land Edition) by Bruce Springsteen
  3. The Revolution Starts...Now by Steve Earle
  4. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. Listener Supported by The Dave Matthews Band
  6. Under the Table & Dreaming by The Dave Matthews Band
  7. Shake Your Money Maker by the Black Crowes
  8. Stop Making Sense by The Talking Heads
  9. Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix
  10. True Love by Toots & The Maytals
  11. MTV Unplugged by 10,000 Maniacs
  12. When I Woke by Rusted Root
  13. The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend
  14. Vintage Blood: Live! 1973 by Cold Blood
  15. Some Great Reward by Depeche Mode

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Things I don't understand

1. Bath Robes Why take your clothes off only to put on another item of clothing that you're then just going to take off again in 60 seconds when you get to the bathroom? I don't find them particularly sexy on men or women. I just don't get it. When I worked at Sears in the men's department way back in high school, there was a crazy guy who wore nothing but bathrobes and came in every night for a week to try on the same one before he finally bought it.

2. The Spork. The worst invention, ever. Especially the plastic ones that they have at Taco Bell. It's good neither as a spoon nor a fork. You go to stab something with the fork part but the big fat spoon part prevents it. You go to scoop some soup up and, one, the spoon can't fill up because there's holes at the end to create fork tines, and, two the fork tines poke you as you pull the spoon out. And why isn't it called a foon? Why a spork? How hard would it be for Taco Bell to have forks AND spoons? Why do you need a spoon at Taco Bell anyway? Wouldn't the happiness derived by having proper utensils outweigh the minuscule amount of money they save by saving on 1 utensil on the rare customer who would have grabbed both a fork AND a spoon to eat a taco? The only one that I would ever consider using is this red one that I saw at REI where there's spoon at one end and a fork at the other. But then on further inspection I see that they couldn't restrain themselves: they had to go and make the fork part a combination knife (so is it a sporife?) which means you're going to cut yourself when you eat with that fork. Fuck. Sporks just suck.

Monday, July 7, 2008


I just returned to the United States of America after 14 months abroad, mostly in Asia and Australia. While away I wrote a travel blog and sort of got addicted to having a public forum to express whatever drivel popped into my head and so I've blessed the entire world with this blog so that you can occasionally read whatever boring or cynical thought has popped into my mind lately.


Jeff Kirby