Monthly Archives: May 2007

three years ago

Hey, I’ve been here for almost three years now!

Here’s an entry for the day before I left:

stupid work

I was here at 7:30 this morning & will be here until well after 8. I am pushing to go on vacation WITHOUT having to take a laptop, but damn, it sucks.

I plan to ditch by 9 at the latest though. I have to get to the gym, because with all the hours I spend here, I think my ass is expanding to fit my office chair.

I wanted to work this weekend, but I never got around to it. Saturday just disappeared – between some light housework, shopping online, a half-assed attempt at going to the gym, errands, all those fun things, it was just gone. Sunday, yesterday, I was at Disneyland all day. Disneyland is awesome. Star Tours will never get old. Pirates is still fun. I love reverting to childlike glee.

– 2 days to Victoria
– 5 days to Vancouver
– 90 days until Bats Day
– 410 days until the wedding

Back to reports. Sigh.

this week in dark culture

I just posted on about Vine Bar closing. Bother.

I’ve got nothing else to say except – NOW where am I supposed to go to mope on Tuesdays???

goth cover songs

So the fiance and I were having a discussion about goth cover songs a while ago, and this is my list. These are all goth or new wave or post-punk tracks covered by same. I know I’m probably missing a slew, but I think I did pretty well coming up with 12…and not repeating
myself, OR resorting to considering New Order covering Joy Division.

1. snake river conspiracy – lovesong (original by the cure)
2. cure – world in my eyes (original by depeche mode)
3. apoptygma bezerk – coma white (original by metallica, correct?)
4. NIN – dead souls (original by joy division)
5. voltaire – caught a lite sneeze (original by tori amos)
6. last dance – dead man’s party (original by oingo boingo)
7. placebo – running up that hill (original by faith & the muse)
8. mesh – document (original by assemblage 23)
9. siouxsie – passenger (original by iggy pop)
10. devo – head like a hole (original by nine inch nails)
11. gary jules – mad world (original by tears for fears)
12. cruxshadows – here comes the rain again (original by the eurythmics)

13. regenerator – love my way (original by the psychedelic furs)
14. heaven 17 – don’t fear the reaper (original by blue oyster cult – and I have actually heard that played at the Mercury in Seattle)

I’m burning CD sets with the original followed by the re-interpretation. My favorite covers are those where the song is totally re-interpreted. That’s something I think is present in each of the above songs, that it was re-interpreted in a unique style.

Now, here’s the fun part. The four people to send me the best cover songs I HADN’T thought of (MUST meet the goth association) get copies of said CD sets. Submit your songs & I’ll mail you the CDs. I need to round this out a little more – and no, dream_king, I am
NOT including that Erasure cover of “Lay All Your Love On Me” (even though I love it). Submit your song suggestions in the comments!

more random coincidences

I was talking to Steve “Captain Canoe” Price on MSN this morning. He was in Belgium, travelling around Europe with his lovely fiancee (and another AUS friend of mine) Christina. He’d said a couple things I registered as weird – like knowing I had a nice apartment, or knowing I was on Couchsurfing – but I didn’t really figure out why. Then he told me that he’d run into a friend of mine in Madrid.

“WHO?!?!” I typed. Turns out, it was Deena. Who left for Europe about five weeks ago. She’s over there on a round-the-world trip, making a documentary and experiencing her lifetime dream. And just the other day, I was wondering where she was, and if she was OK. Turns out she’s just fine. And she was staying at the same host as Steve and Christina. How random is THAT?

My connection came up when they all went out for dinner together, and Steve told Deena he was a recruiter for UBC. “Oh,” Deena said. “Do you know about the big concert they have there every year?” Given that Steve is in the ACF Video LYING ON A PILE OF GEOTEK, I think that yes, he is familiar with it. So the connection was made, that all of them, these three random couchsurfers in the middle of Madrid, were friends of me, Jillian, ex-Vancouverite, back in L.A.

Apparently, my reach is worldwide. I should work more on developing myself as a brand.

jumping on another bandwagon

In 2003, my friend Farshad informed us all about Friendster. We were all so horribly interconnected at UBC that it was necessary. Now, we could track those associations! It was great! Yay, FOAF data architecture!

Then I moved to L.A., and everyone was on the MySpace. So I jumped on that bandwagon instead. My friends and I all added each other. And I’m so glad I WAS on the MySpace, because when Paul and I started dating, he tracked down my profile for extra information before calling me – which is how he knew I was even someone he wanted to date. But over the past year, I’ve really only used MySpace for tracking down new music, as lots of bands add me as a friend when one of their influences/spinoffs/labelmates is on my friends list.

Today, I finally signed up for Facebook, because I was a) bored and b) curious. And holy shit there’s a LOT OF PEOPLE ON THERE. There’s people on there I wouldn’t have expected to see. There’s more of my high school classmates. And, while my college buddies never transitioned from Friendster to MySpace, you people all seem to have happily trapised over to Facebook. And I can see why, because the system actually works – it’s like Twitter and Friendster had a baby! Unlike MySpace, which is totally held together with chewing gum, crappy bands, porn stars, and hamsters in the servers.

I kind of feel like I’m drinking Kool-Aid even typing the site into my Firefox, but I see the appeal, and I see how it works. So I’m on there now. With a network of 38 friends, inside of 24 hours. And in case anyone else is looking for me, run a search.