It’s back! Weekly Cool Links! And it only took 2 months for it to return. Sorry about that, I’m sure no one missed it, since no one comments on here anyway.
During the last couple weeks we’ve been doing a bunch of yard work, getting the yards in as good a shape as we can this year. Other than that, we haven’t really done much. So I guess I will just post the links…
I can’t remember if I shared this band yet on here, but Rock Sugar is an awesome band. The lead singer was the guy that did the voice of Wacko on Animaniacs.
When you are buying a home, the most overlooked requirement is Zombie Protection! Well OC Reader has you covered if you are looking for a home in Orange County.
If you are looking to buy some tickets for a game or even a concert, Seat Geek has you covered in helping you find things for the best price available. They forecast if it’s a smart time to buy of if the price will be going down and suggest you to wait if you are buying the tickets on sites like StubHub, Tickets Now, or Ticket Network. Plus they will graph out the ticket locations for you.
I didn’t include the greats (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, etc, because although I love many of their albums, they don’t hit me at the same emotional level as these I’ve done. I could easily included them and made things even more difficult, but I decided to stick with those albums that really made an emotional connection with me, which is why most the albums are from the mid ’90s to the present. I also tried not to include duplicate artists but for one particular band that was impossible. So without further ado here it is.
(The list order would probably be different if you asked me to do it again, but most of the albums would remain the same)
1 Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
2 Counting Crows – August and Everything After
3 Toad the Wet Sprocket – P.S.: a Toad Retrospective (gotta cheat with a best of, but if you make me choose an album it’s going to be Pale)
4 Jimmy Eat World – Chase Thise Light
5 The Format – Inventions and Lullabies
6 The Postal Service – Give Up
7 Jimmy Eat World – Clarity
8 Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience (although my favorite songs are on Congratulations I’m Sorry, this album really helped me through a serious time in my life)
9 Dashboard Confessional – A Mark – a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
10 All American Rejects – Move Along
11 Weezer – Blue Album
12 Plain White T’s – Stop (before they became trendy)
13 Offspring – Smash (introduced me to so many more bands that aren’t even on this list)
14 The Get Up Kids – Guilt Show (or New Amsterdams – Worse For the Wear)
15 Death Cab For Cutie – Plans (for I Will Follow You Into The Dark.)
16 Mae – Destination Beautiful
17 All – Pummel
18 Juliana Theory – Understand This is a Dream (although if you ask me tomorrow it will probably be Emotion is Dead)
19 Something Corporate – Leaving Through the Window
20 Snow Patrol – Run
21 Depeche Mode – Singles 86-98
22 Athenaeum – Radiance
23 Matchbox Twenty – Yourself or Someone Like You
24 Mxpx – Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo
25 Jellyfish – Spilt Milk (although Bellybutton kicks ass as well, Spilt Milk was the first JF album I had, these guys were amazing)
Just missed the cut. They could sneak up on the list if I did it again. And some lesser know albums that I really liked.
Dishwalla – Opaline
Copeland – Beneath Medicine Tree
Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up the Girl
Fountains of Wayne – Fountains of Wayne
Relient K – Mmhmm
Jet – Get Born
Hootie and the Blowfish – Cracked Rear View
It was hard keeping bands like the Lemonheads, Smashing Pumpkins, Bad Religion, and Matthew Sweet on this list, but none of their full albums every really hit me as great albums, just great songs.
Hey it’s that time again! The links of the world, link or rama, link a dink a ding dong. Yeah that wasn’t really funny. So the last couple weeks were pretty busy. On February 14th, my parents celebrates their 40th wedding anniversary, and impressive accomplishment in todays world. Both Kelly’s parents and mine, are great role models to have. Talking about Kelly and I, we celebrated Valentine’s day with dinner at Mr. Stox in Anaheim and then a night time trip to Disneyland. Dinner was really good, I had their blue crab cakes and Kelly had the filet of steak. This weekend we are going to our friend Sean and Amber’s for their daughters 1st birthday party, we haven’t seen them for awhile so that should be fun. So that’s the update, now on to the links! Oh wait one last thing, CONGRATS TO DREW BREES!
For Super Bowl we had a small party with our parents coming over to watch the game with us, I wanted to try and cook buffalo wings, but wasn’t at all in the mood for frying them up, I found this awesome recipe two days before the game for cooking up crunchy buffalo like wings in the oven from Serious Eats, you owe it to yourself to cook them this way! I also found this cool site that reviews all the interesting snack foods out there called Taquitos.net, they have everything from national brands to regional favorites. Lastly if you are the type of person that is interested in trying your hand at brewing your own beer check out this quick blurb on Lifehacker about two free open source programs that will help you with your goal.
I haven’t had much music stuff lately, but I had to share this awesome project that Michael Deal is working on that is a graphical exploration into the Beatles and the creation of their music. This is a project and any true Beatles fan will want to check out.
For those that don’t know the Mars rover Spirit is stuck and can no longer move, so they have pretty much pulled the plug on the project, xkcd has a sad comic to show us that rovers have feelings too.
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook you might have already seen this, but if not, check out this graphic on How to Suck at Facebook. I’m proud to say I don’t do any of those things listed, so I must not suck. If you saw the Google commercial during the Super Bowl (which was my favorite ad) you saw a clever use of their auto complete feature, the site Autocomplete Me turns the auto complete feature into a interesting look at what people search for on Google.
I just found this today but I wanted to pass it on, someone has taken the initiative to educate today’s men on what they need in their wardrobe, with Newbie Fashion Tips for Grown Men. It really is a good group of tips and suggestions on how to look your best. Wardrobe Oxygen takes it a step further, but I have to disagree with some their what to remove from your wardrobe section. I’ve been wanting to get some Lego sets recently to put together for fun and I was checking out the online Lego store, they have a $499 Star Wars Millennium Falcon, a little more than I want to spend (it is 5000+ pieces though)… I’ve seen a couple places recently selling recycled bottles that have had their tops cut off so you can use them as glasses, here is someone that decided they could just make them instead. Check out this great article on the 19 Most Complex and Dangerous road in the world, I’ve seen some of these on Top Gear, the Road of Death in Bolivia looks like a bitch. If you know me you know that Kelly and I met online, so I find the research that OkCupid is doing on their dating site is extraordinary, they recently wrote an article about profile pictures, and I highly suggest anyone that is doing any sort of online dating read their articles, they will help you make a better personal ad. Example, Men: don’t make eye contact and don’t smile, Women: make eye contact and a flirty face. And the last of the cool stuff, this blog post regarding the changes to the Crayola color spectrum throughout the years.
Not Cool Sports Stuff
The Chicago Cubs have thought up an complete asshole plan, they are going to charge a 20% premium on those that purchase tickets the 1st week they are on sale, and then after that they will be the normal face value. Talk about scalping your customers. I hope we don’t see this become a trend. (edit, this is nothing new they have been doing it for 8 years.)
What better way to celebrate what we are thankful for than to watch the USC Trojans beat the UCLA Bruins?
We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at my in-laws, and then on Saturday we are going to cook our own turkey at the house. Not much else going on. We did get baseboard put in living room, dining room, and hallway a couple weeks ago, things are really coming together with the house. We will be having 2 Christmas parties at our house in December, one for my dad’s side of the family and one for my mom’s side of the family (which will include Kelly’s family at both/either of them). It’s going to be a very busy December! Work will be busy the first two weeks as well since I have to train new hires on high-speed online, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. That’s about it from here so let’s see what I have to share this week.
Have you ever been out camping in the wilderness and wished, “Boy I wish I could have a cheeseburger right now!”. Well the wait is over, with the cheeseburger in a can!
When I was a kid I loved reading the various Choose Your Own Adventure books, I found this site that someone has analyzed all the books and has a bunch of data about them, with cool graphics and color. It’s a pretty neat read if you loved those books as a kid. Some more cool stuff, but in a much different way are these Civil War pictures (warning some of them are not for the faint at heart), I’d never seen this collection so it was an interesting look into battlefield.
If you are looking for the best cheap stuff to get for Christmas, check out this site called Cheapism that has reviews on cheap things.
Another weekly cool links and another great site to see pictures of people and go, what the fuck?? This weeks pick is Why the Fuck Do You Have a Kid? You will be saying the same thing when you see this collection of pictures. I’m sure a number of UCLA alumni are pictured on that site.
Anyone that is both a sports fan and a fan of The Office will love this take on The Office done by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Everyone loves a douchebag.
Watch out for the Shiny Suds in your shower! (Loofah! Loofah! Loofah!)
The best song of 2009 Show Me Your Genitals (NOT SAFE FOR WORK and people without a sense of humor)
Don’t miss his other great hits also on Youtube! And you can purchase his songs on iTunes!