Spread Radio Live

December 7th, 2005

Dave Navarro, who I try to listen to every week on Camp Freddy Radio (Saturday’s 6-8 PM on 103.1) has been doing a sporadic radio show from his house. It called Spread Radio Live. I’ve never been able to catch it, but he’s doing another one today at 7:30 PM, so I’m going to try to check it out.


Guess Who’s on the Cover of O Magazine Game

November 15th, 2005

When my wife and I are standing in the check out line of the grocery store, we like to play a game called, “Guess Who’s on the Cover of O Magazine This Month”. In case you don’t know, O is Oprah’s magazine. I think the rules of the game are pretty self explanatory. Amazingly enough, we both win every month.


Heirloom Tomatoes

November 12th, 2005

We buy heirloom tomatoes every now and then, especially when they are on sale. Rock n’ Roll Ralph’s usually has them on for $5.99/lb but yesterday they were only $3.39/lb, which was cheaper then the regular tomatoes, so of course we bought some. If you have never tried heirloom tomatoes before, you should. They really taste like real tomatoes instead of those mushy tasteless things that pass for tomatoes these days.

Heirloom Tomatoes

In case you are wondering, heirloom tomatoes are here is a good introduction.


Bauhaus at the Wiltern

October 30th, 2005

We went to see Bauhaus at the Wiltern on Saturday night. We were pretty happy when we found out they were playing. When we had to miss Coachella earlier this year, this was on of the bands that we were really disappointed about not seeing.

Our seats weren’t the greatest, we were in the second last row of seats. But the Wiltern is small enough that even these seats weren’t terrible. We were expecting an opening band, but there wasn’t one. Luckily our timing was perfect, the lights went down as soon as we sat down.

The band sounded good, but there were a few times I heard some feedback that was a little annoying. Peter Murphy’s voice was great as usual. The stage was pretty bare except for the usual instruments and amps. The light light show was pretty snazzy. Unfortunately the lights meant that I wasn’t able to get any pictures at all. For one song, Daniel Ash took a break from his guitar and played the sax, which was pretty cool.

For there main set, they played for about an hour, playing a variety of Bauhaus songs. They took quite a few minutes to come out for their first encore, making the crowd work for it. The first encore they only played one song and left again. After a little bit they came back out and played a Love and Rockets songSlice of Life from Burning From The Inside. Daniel Ash was singing, so Peter Murphy was just playing the tambourine and singing a little back up. They then played T-Rex’s Telegram Sam, and Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

After the second encore, they left the stage and the house lights come on in the theatre. We just looked at each other and said “What? They aren’t going to play Bela Lugosi’s Dead?” We were a little disappointed and started leaving the theatre. But then we heard the crowd starting to get a little louder and decided to go back in. The crowd was getting louder and many people were shouting “Bela”. They then turned the house lights back off and the band came back on and did play the song everyone was waiting for.


She Wants Revenge at the Troubadour

October 27th, 2005

We saw the She Wants Revenge show at the Troubadour on Tuesday night. The show was very good with Monsters in Waiting and Viva K as openers.

Indie 103.1 has been playing “Tear You Apart” by She Wants Revenge recently and I really like this song. Their album was supposed to be released that day, so I went to a few record stores to buy the CD, but no one had it. It turns out the album was not released for some reason.

Before the show we went and had dinner at Flavour of India down the street from the Troubadour. It was delicious as usual. We also saw the guys from the band walk by us on the sidewalk as we were going into the restaurant.

When we walked in the door and were showing our IDs someone walking out of the club said something like “ask about VIP badges”. We weren’t really sure what he was talking about, but the bouncer gave us VIP stickers and told us to go up the stairs when we got into the club. We went upstairs, showed our stickers to the bouncer and managed to sit in “The Loft”. It was great being able to sit and watch the show from up above instead of being stuck downstairs with the big crowd.

The opening bands were both good. We liked Monsters in Waiting a lot, and Viva K were good too. We found it interesting that both bands had female lead singers with black hair.

The place was pretty crowded by the time SWR came on. They started with a drum machine beat and then the four members of the band walked on. I was surprised to see four band members, because all the press always talked about SWR having just two members – Justin and Adam 12. I guess they added a guitarist and drummer for this tour.

The show they put on was really good. The lead singer seems to have a real good stage presence. He engaged the crowd and seemed pretty friendly and relaxed up there, although he seemed a little overwhelmed that they were playing a sold out show at the Troubadour. At one point a girl screamed “Take your shirt off!”, and he just said “Never”. He also gave a little rant against their record company, encouraging people to phone them and ask for the record to be released.

They sounded good too. The songs I was familiar with sounded much like the recorded versions. I think they played for about 45 minutes to an hour, but I really wasn’t keeping track of time. As many of the reviewers have said, they are very reminiscent of Joy Division. I think what reminds me of them is the very “kinetic” sound they have, dark yet danceable at the same time.

After the show we went to the front room to see if we could buy a t-shirt but they were sold out. I regret not buying an EP.

I can’t wait for the CD to come out. In the meantime I can enjoy some of their songs at their MySpace site.

She Wants Revenge  She Wants Revenge

red flags long nights
out of control
these things
broken promisses for- broken hearts
spend the night
someone must get hurt
disconnect ( adam solo)
she loves me she loves – me not
tear you apart


Cheebo: Vegetarian Rating

October 10th, 2005

Cheebo has sandwiches, pizza, salad and other items available to eat at the restaurant, to go, or delivery.

Vegetarian Choices

Sandwiches Vegan Veggiewich(assorted veggies), Eggwich (egg salad), Capresewich (mozzarella, tomato, basil, avacado, olive tapenade, burrata), Garden Veggie Burger, Three Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato pressed sandwich.

Pizza They offer a large choice of veggies, herbs and other vegetarian toppings for their pizzas.

Salads Mixed Green, Mesquite Grilled Vegetable, Caesar, Greek, Artichoke and Arrugula, Living Salad, Baked Goat Cheese Salad, Gorgonzola Salad.

Other Items They always have a Vegan soup of the Day, and also have some pastas and sides to choose from.

Overall, I think Cheebo does a good job providing a good variety of vegetarian options. Even Vegans have several selection to choose from.

Vegetarian Rating: 4 out of 5

7533 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90046


Google and Sun to Promote OpenOffice

October 5th, 2005

Sun Microsystems and Google are going to be joining forces to start promoting OpenOffice, the open source office suite. This is great news because I use OpenOffice, on my laptop, and on the iMac. Anything to popularize this will make it a stronger program.

At first I was a little confused on why Google would be doing this, but as usual John Battelle gives an excellent analysis of what is going on. As part of the deal, Google’s toolbar will be downloaded with OpenOffice downloads, thus giving Google more presence on the desktop, pushing further into Microsoft’s home turf.

Watching tech giants Google and Microsoft go head-to-head is going to be great fun. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next few years. It should be an amazing time as a user of technology to watch thing get better and better as they try to win users mind share.


World Vegetarian Day

October 1st, 2005

Today, October 1st, is World Vegetarian Day (PDF document here,) which kicks of Vegetarian Awareness Month.

I will be trying to post a lot of vegetarian entries on this blog in October. I am also introducing a new category on this blog, Hollywood Restaurant Vegetarian Rating. I will be describing the vegetarian options at restaurants that I go to in Hollywood.

Make sure you have a vegetarian dinner tonight!


Roll Your Own Rollyo

September 28th, 2005

John Battelle just posted about a new site, Rollyo, that lets you “Create personal search engines using only the sources you trust.” They basically let you do Yahoo searches on just a subset of sites that you choose. “That’s a neat idea”, I thought. But then I quickly realized that its probably pretty easy to do with just using Yahoo Advanced Search. Sure enough, if you type in multiple sites into the “domain” box at Yahoo’s Advanced Search page, it lets you search those multiple sites.

So from there its just a simple step to create a little HTML form that will let you put a little search box on your page to search your own selection of sites. For example, here is a little search box that will let you search a couple of my favorite Vegas sites ;)

In fact, I think it might be a nifty little tool to allow people to create these little search boxes of their own and have it automatically generate the HTML for it. Hmmm … sounds like a good weekend project.

I’m sure Google must have the ability to search multiple domains as well, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it.

Rollyo takes this concept and extends it a little bit by making it more “social”, you can share your custom searches, combine them, etc.


The Blogging Toolkit

September 28th, 2005

Geeky Info has a post about The Blogging Toolkit, talking about what tools they use while blogging. Here is my list.

  • WordPress – A great blog publishing platform
  • Bloglines – Good web based news reader. Essential for keeping in touch with the blogosphere
  • Firefox – I wouldn’t surf with out. Tabs Rule. Nuff said.
  • Eclipse with the PHP plugin – All my PHP is written with this.
  • Paint Shop Pro – Cheaper than Photoshop but still does everything I need it to.
  • Google Toolbar for Firefox – For spell checking.

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