Saturday News ‘N Notes
So…now what am I going to write about? I was able to stretch the dating story into four entries, and now I’m back to my old routine of sitting down at the computer trying desperately to think of a blog topic. I really should put forth more effort. Maybe find time earlier in the day to come up with fresh ideas. Maybe re-start keeping a notebook on me at all times. Laziness is probably not the best way to grow my brand. Then again I shot myself in the foot by taking a month off from blogging to throw a stupid pity party, so now I’m not even back to where I was in February in regards to web traffic and advertising money. I first have to regain my audience before I consider new methods of growth.
• My boss just returned from an East Coast trip and he returned with a CD for me, B.J. Snowden’s “Life In The USA And Canada”. I started listening to it last night and quickly became transfixed. It’s kind of brilliant in an untrained “real people” way. I’m sure tomorrow’s Mix Tape will include at least one cut from the album. She’s still pretty active and selling her albums online so there’s no chance I can post it as a Treasure From The Collector’s Slum. Find it elsewhere if you can. It’s definitely worth a listen.
• It’s mid-June, which means I’m currently formulating my annual Best Albums Of The Year (So Far) list. It should be ready for publication next Friday, so if you have any recommendations of records I might not have heard yet, e-mail me or leave a comment below. I’ve got a solid five-to-seven titles I could include but I’m always looking for new, fresh music to enjoy.
• In other music related new, look what I scored this week. It’s pretty hammered, but it was free so I’m not going to complain. Hell, even if it was broken in half I couldn’t really find reason to bitch about it.
• When two of my favorite news sources pick up on the same news story I have to mention it. When the news story in question relates to hamburgers, I consider it my duty to share it with you. Emphasis on duty. Why? Because both Coast to Coast AM and A Hamburger Today reported on articles this week pertaining to a Japanese scientist who has successfully created a hamburger from — wait for it — poop. Yeah…Mitsuyuki Ikeda was tasked by a sewage company with figuring out how Tokyo can rid itself of a sewage mud problem, and the guy’s answer was apparently “Let’s eat it.” This marks an important day in my own personal history because it’s the first time in my entire life I’m interested in trying a new burger. I don’t care if it “tastes like beef” once it’s been through machines and combined with “reaction enhancers”. It’s still shit! [story]
• I’ve been having a lot of fun lately, going off at various parties, but there’s still a few substances I’ll turn down when they cross paths with me. I have no interest in mushrooms, for example, because I’m no currently in that free and easy mental space where I can allow everything to just flow through me. I’m in my late 20s, I’ve got too much shit to worry about on a day-to-day basis, and I just know it wouldn’t be a good time. But when I read about researchers at Johns Hopkins University who are studying the effects of psilocybin, it makes me wonder. Apparently they’ve found a dosage which carries little risk of negative reactions. Which is good news for losers like me who carry baggage — like a history of family mental illness which includes at least one distant relative who leaped to his death from a hospital window while under the influence of something or other — because it provides a glimmer of hope that I may again someday enjoy an earth-shattering, spiritually-transformative experience. Now I just need to find the medical journal where the study was published, because neither of the three news stories I’ve read have disclosed an exact dosage. [story]
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