13 Above the Night – And Away from This World

Posted by Andrew
March 4th, 2014

13 Above the Night was released in 1993 by the industrial/disco/sleazy/shock band My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. It was the album released after Sexplosion!, which features their best known song: Sex On Wheelz.  The follow-up album might have caught a number of new fans unaware.

Two asides about Sexplosion! First, it was the last Thrill Kill Kult album I bought to fill my collection somewhere around 1997 / 1998. A Crome for All Seasons was their new release at the time. Second, if you enjoyed Sexplosion! then you should try to listen to The Filthiest Show in Town. The two albums are almost companions

So, why has 13 Above the Night been so enduring and appealing to me for eighteen years? One possibility is a muted theme: the wish to be where we belong.

From the start, this is plainly a darker album than Sexplosion. The title is a clue. The album cover, a nebula, a pentacle, and the number 13, is a slap in the face. Of all the symbols, the nebula is the most interesting to me today.

Beneath the sex, sin, sadness and darkness this entire album strives to find that other place. Where silly midnight flowers bloom

Get A Blog, Pundit!

Posted by Andrew
February 24th, 2014

Right now it seems you can’t go to any community online without this combination of things happening.

A community exists for a common cause, typically recreational.  A segment of partisans on any issue, related or not, link from the relaxed community to highly focused blogs with a political cause in mind.  Suddenly, anyone who disagrees with the blogger and similar pundits is labeled with certain negative traits.  Even if the person disagrees on accident.  Buzzwords and catchphrases and, honestly, “memes” in their true sense instead of the LOLCats sense get shouted on one angry blog to the next to the next.  Then, these bitter memes end up crammed into the entire community of people. who were maybe just there to talk about how long that bottle of nutmeg stays good on a spice rack.  Maybe it’s time to buy fresh nutmeg.  MAYBE YOU’RE BUYING NUTMEG AT A STORE THAT SUPPORTS A PUNDIT BLOGGER’S NEMESIS, YOU INHUMAN ROTTEN SCUM!

Are you really as political as you think?

Here’s a short version of knowing which side of the argument you may REALLY stand on. Are you a political activist or an unpaid advertisement for a professional instigator?

The Matthew Lillard Paradox

Posted by Andrew
February 23rd, 2014

I have always loved watching Matthew Lillard act. Even before I knew anything about the acting side of acting, I latched onto just how honest he was. He wasn’t acting for a screen or for camera, but acting with something a lot of people don’t let us see. His characters react to sadness and horror with an honest manner. His face contorts. He is genuinely ugly. He reacts to happiness with honest silliness that is difficult for most people to admit they feel.

He is emotional instead of pretty. It’s amazing.

That is why I have a Matthew Lillard Paradox. I love watching Lillard act so much that any movie he is in runs the risk of not being good enough for him. He brought depth and charm to a Uwe Boll movie.

And a Numb New Year!

Posted by Andrew
February 19th, 2014

The stretch between New Year’s Day, my birthday in mid-Junary, and Valentine’s Day is always rough on me. Weather is gray and cold, even in Austin. Loneliness sets in. Unwarranted self-pity is too easy to come by.

Loneliness, too. That’s a different issue. Yes, I call this “numb.”

Gaming Like I’m Seventeen

Posted by Andrew
February 6th, 2014

My birthday in January brought a shameful new wealth of video games with it. I didn’t just receive a Playstation 3. I received about a year and a half backlog of Playstation Plus games. Playstation Plus also decided to be more valuable than ever by offering Brothers and Bioshock Infinite to their subscribers. Between Christmas, the Steam Winter Sale, and my birthday, my pile of games to play grew to include:  More video games than a grown man should own.

Right Ear: Red, Left Ear: Blue.

Posted by Andrew
January 31st, 2014

I wear a sapphire stud earring in my left ear. There is a matching garnet stud earring in my right.  There are a few reasons for this.

I was performing magic in the Hell and Back Cabaret. I had already been wanting to pierce my right ear.  My left had been pierced for just over twenty years, and a test with an old zirconium stud let me know it had not grown over.  So, I pierced the right ear and wore matching silver starter studs to perform for the cabaret.

Incidentally, I have performed with a cabaret show.

So, why one red and one blue?
Why, indeed?

Why I’m Not Saving the Earth

Posted by Andrew
January 23rd, 2014

I remembered to bring my reusable fabric bag into the H.E.B. Grocery Store on Monday. It turned out, I needed two of them. I only brought one. One dollar at a time adds up.
Austin no longer allows the use of plastic bags to carry groceries to the car. That does not even remotely mean plastic bags are illegal. Only the kind of plastic bag that helps you carry your other plastic bags is been outlawed.

This represents my breakfast, lunch, and assorted needs in the office for the next 5 work days, if not more.

My dietary habits and plastic addiction

Weight Loss Confession

Posted by Andrew
January 14th, 2014

Sunday night was the last show of the third “season” of Thinning the Herd. I have been to all but their very first show. In the very first season. (I WAS outside the theater, waiting for the first Rubber Room to start.)

The cast asked me to play a brief game with them. The theater owner, Tom Booker, asked me how much I’ve lost playing at home. Tom was the “winner” of the first season. He has been in Thinning the Herd all three seasons. I was on stage with an audience watching. You don’t really get to say “no” or clam up when doing this kind of thing.

“About sixty eight pounds.”
Coming to terms with the number 68

I Am Now More Comfortable Face to Face, By Far

Posted by Andrew
January 10th, 2014

It was somewhere around 1987 when my dad plugged our Commodore 128 into the phone line. He had just paid an outrageous sum for a phone modem, and we were about to start using Quantum Link.

It was 1992 when we went back online using America Online.

In 1995, we subscribed to our first unlimited Internet service.

From 1998 to probably 2012, I lived far too much of my life over the Internet.
A Shut-In’s Life Is No Fun

Connecting a Nintendo 3DS to a Verizon MiFi Device

Posted by Andrew
January 7th, 2014

That was easy.

My family went on a shared cell phone plan, which worked out to getting more service for around the same price. We also wanted to add two more gigabytes of bandwidth.  The cheapest way to do that was apparently to add a third device.  The MiFi was our best, cheapest answer.

Naturally, the first thing I tried to connect with was my 3DS.  Nothing worked except for the web browser. Thankfully, I refused to give up…