Weekly Rochester Events #261: Dude, You Look Like Two Bucks!
Thursday, January 8, 2004
Ever since Microsoft started their "It's Better with the Butterfly" advertising campaign, I didn't like it. The gist is that the four-color Microsoft logo has been personified as people in plump butterfly costumes who follow you around and perform supposedly useful tasks like throwing out junk mail/e-mail, or warning you when your kids try to download porn from the Internet.
I want to see the following ads (among others):
The butterfly guy interrupts the dad to say that his son is searching for information on being gay to make sure he should allow it.
The butterfly guy is looking over the shoulder of some guy on the Internet, and makes suggestions on finding better hentai pornography.
The butterfly guy is on the phone letting John Ashcroft know that someone in the house is getting information on America from a foreign news source.
The butterfly guy finds a bunch of credit cards and sends the information to Microsoft.
The butterfly guy scans through the computer in the middle of the night and finds a couple MP3 files with "Metallica" in the filenames, so he calls the RIAA who arrests the homeowner and takes all the computer equipment away.
Those would be more true-to-form.
While I'm on the topic of things that annoy me, what's the deal with poor audio synchronization on TV these days? I'm the kind of freak that notices these things in general, and in the past they've been off by a couple frames ... maybe a tenth of a second or so. However, recently, I've seen stuff where they're off by nearly a second. I mean, come on—that much of an error can be fixed even without a clap board. Nothing like quality in America.
Anyway, I had a New Year's Eve party at my house this year. I had been disappointed in past years, so I decided I'd try to fix all the problems. My idea was that there's no point to the holiday, so you should just all sit around and talk about stuff ... possibly touching on some deeper philosophical issues you wouldn't ordinarily talk about. Well, I think I pulled it off mostly.
I had about eight people show up who were in three groups who hadn't met before. I think it's amusing that I've become more consistent and don't really change my behavior when I'm with one group or another, so I don't mind bringing different groups together. Well, I guess some people wouldn't mix right, but mostly it works out.
I think the party went pretty well ... we hung out and had cheese and various kinds of alcohol. We watched the ball drop and had champagne. We talked about a variety of topics, and it seemed like everyone was getting along and had fun.
I remember everything up until about 3 or so.
I had a few drinks and thought things were going well, but one big glass of Bombay Sapphire on the rocks, and all of a sudden I'm rip-roaring drunk. I guess the three remaining friends weren't overly offended, and we ended up watching movies and such until about 5. I didn't remember anything, really.
However, I do have a pocket voice recorder that I use to take notes of ideas and such. Well, it took me several days to realize that I had recorded something that night. It's pretty self-explanatory except that it took 40 seconds to say, so pace yourself while reading it:
All right, so it's 2004. I'm—fucking—wrecked. It's 4:56 a.m. It's New Year's. I'm wrecked. I'm locking ... well, attempting to find my keys. Hey, look at that: sets that I made. Lock the door ... on the side of the house. Keys go in ... lock goes in ... lock is locked on 2003 ... 2004 is on its way. Good night. Thanks for playing.
See, you just can't make up incoherent drivel like that.
- What should be a good movie by Tim Burton got panned by the now undead
so it must not be worth seeing.
- The president's daughter and the secret service agent assigned to protect her knock boots, but for some reason there's no scandal.
My Baby's Daddy
- Horrible idea about some chauvinistic men who get babies and end up trying really hard instead of beating their women to do it—you know, like what happens in the real world. I guess that's why it's supposed to be funny.
Early in the morning from 5 to 7 a.m.,
will be at
(875 Monroe Ave.)
as part of the
WOKR Channel 13
morning news show with their "man about town"
Monty's Krown calendar]
Starting at 7 tonight at
Verb Café at Writers and Books
(740 University Ave.)
is a discussion from
The Bertrand Russell Society
who, as the Writers and Books calendar points out, isn't just for people who know who Bertrand Russell is. It's supposedly more about intellectual stuff like good writing and political and social envolvement.
Writers and Books calendar]
Hooray ... the
series has returned to the
The Rochester Public Library
(115 South Ave.)
tonight starting at 5:15. The topic today:
Can The Talk On Talk Radio Be Responsible Talk?
The answer, of course, is no, but it will be fun to see what they have to say.
The Bug Jar
(219 Monroe Ave.)
will be hosting
and some very good ambient/droning experimental stuff with three electric guitars from
starting around 10:45 p.m.
Bug Jar calendar]
(875 Monroe Ave.)
Elvis Presley Tribute Show
featuring rockabilly from
and soulless bluegrass/country/honky-tonk cover band
starting around 10:30 p.m. I should probably see Dang again to see if they've improved ... nah.
Whole Lotta Shakin' calendar]
Dang ... I almost missed this:
(21 Richmond St.)
will be hosting the tight modern rock from
and power rock from
starting around 10:30 p.m.
the proverbial grapevine]
I guess they're not Studio 46 anymore, but
The Cellar Door
(146 W Commercial St., East Rochester; formerly Studio 46)
apparently has something they're calling
Open Mic Comedy Improv
presumably starting around 8 or 9.
Tonight from 8 to 10 is an
Open-Mic Comedy Night
(389 Gregory St.)
While once it was a workshop type of environment, it's now more-or-less a regular open mic ... by default it's still a place to try out new stuff.
Daily Perks calendar]