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    Friday, May 03, 2002

    For My Wife: Hello, Bella Princeapessa! I got into work late today becuase I over slept a litle bit. After the garbage men came, Shep figured he did his job and he wasn't pusing me out of the bed as usual. Slacker dog! Speaking of the garbage men-- the big recycling bins that Andy Peters ordered finally arrived. Very exciting. No other exciting news. I miss you very much and am very excited to have you back here on Tuesday! Ciao, Bella!

    For You Strangers: Not too many interesting stories today, but a few worth mentioning.

    There's a Big Pun documentary coming out that apparently has footage of him pistol whipping his wife. How does one get footage of someoneone pistol whipping their wife? Why was that videotaped? I'm interested to hear how this event was recorded, but I doubt I'd actually watch the footage. The rest of Big Pun: Still Not a Player, sure, but watching a pistol whipping isn't my cup of tea.

    Ted Nugent is making a Supernatural kind-of-album where he collaborates with a lot of younger, more popualr artists. Bille Joe Armstong of Green Day turned him down, says this article.

    During the Pontiac 400 (this Saturday at the Richmond International Raceway), the race cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Park and Michael Waltrip will each have a black stripe under the left headlight. Over-the-wall pit crew members also will wear stripes under their left eyes. Why? In tribute to the late, great Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Why are these country music listeners paying tribute to Left Eye? Becuase her autopsy photos showed up on the internet and the Earnhardt family battled the media over releasing the photos of Earnhardt Sr. That's why.

    What does it mean when someone throws a bag of cement dust at Shakira during a promotional appearance at a shopping center? A pie in the face, I can understand. Cement dust is new to me. Worry not, Shakira was unharmed.

    posted by Randy on 12:54 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Thursday, May 02, 2002

    For My Wife: Hey there, monkey! Bera came this morning as scheduled. I've been taping most of your stories for-- which has been good becuase I've been watching stuff on other channels knowing I have the other stuff on tape to watch with you when you come home. No other news, sorry. Just the usual-- I miss you a gazillion times!

    For You Strangers: Lotsa interesting news stories today.

    The summer festival-concert season is shaping up to be pretty interesting. I *was* interested in going to Ozzfest before the Chris Cornell/Rage Against the Machine band dropped off the bill. Now the only band I'd really want to see on the bill is System Of A Down and maybe Rob Zombie. I will, however, be going to Moby's Area:Two festival and to Smokin' Grooves. I just bought pre-sale tickets to Area:Two, which features Moby, David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, The Avalanches and lotsa dance music DJs. Smokin' Grooves just announced their line-up: Outkast, Lauryn Hill, The Roots and Jurassic 5 with appearances by DJ Shadow, Cee-Lo, and Damien Marley and the Ghetto Youth Crew on selected dates. I'll be there!

    Silicon Pets, but the Pride Is Real, is a pretty good New York Times story about people getting very attached to their Sony Aibo robot dogs.

    In "No Bozo Operation," a TV critic for The St. Petersberg Times exposes the fact that the infamous episode of "COPS" where a cop poses as a clown trying to pick up prostitutes was-- shock of shocks-- mostly the ideas of the show's producers, not law enforcement. Guess who supplied the van with the cameras inside? Not the good citizens of St. Petersberg.

    President Bill Clinton allegedly is considering being a talk show host. Is this what it has come to? I really hope he doesn't. How does a man who as once the leader of the free world *aspire* to be a talk show host? The mind boggles.

    C-Murder is in the pokey awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge, so while he was there he allegedly thought it would be a fine idea to smuggle in a cell phone and make a few calls. Whoops, there goes that bond you wanted. Two deputies were fired as a result of the incident.

    It looks like "new traditionalist" country group BR5-49 may be calling it a day.

    Cher is saying that her next tour will be her last. Rocktober.Com's Rule Of Rock #3: Never believe an artist when they say they are retiring, be it from recording or touring. They *always* come back. Always.

    posted by Randy on 11:00 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Wednesday, May 01, 2002

    For My Wife: Tonight is steak night! MMMMMMM MMMMM! Delicous steak! I can't wait! This of course maens steak sandwhiches at work for the next few days. Life is good. Well, not that great, since you are not here, but still good.

    For You Strangers: If file trading is killing the music industry, then why are sales up at AOLTimeWarner's Music Group? Could it be that we are being lied to? Check the info yourself: AOL's Music Group Sings a Happy Tune.

    I'm kinda tired today, so that's all for now.

    posted by Randy on 11:01 AM | permanent link to this entry

    Tuesday, April 30, 2002

    For My Wife: Thanks for calling today, it was thrilling to talk to you! Just a week until you're home! Woo-hoo! um, uh..that's about it. I just talked to you. Miss you, see you soon!

    For You Strangers: Jann Wenner has given Rolling Stone managing editor Robert Love his walking papers and is in the market "for someone who has strong newspaper or weekly magazine experience." I won't lie to you-- I applied for the gig. I worked doing daily music news for SonicNet for just over a year and my experience at the late, great more than qualifies me for the gig. Would I ever stop drroling at the chance to turn Rolling Stone back into something more relevant? I doubt it. If I even get a form rejection letter I'd be surprised, but stranger things have happened.

    This is, like, the Greatest Story Told: Gone In A Flash. Okay, perhaps not The Greatest, but it is up there. Please, I beg of you, read the article..

    The long and short of it is that two women came to this 52 year old guy's house late at night and asked to use his phone. To show that they weren't armed, they took off their shirts. After they left, the dumbfounded guy woke up his wife and told her about it. She told him to look for his wallet. Sure enough, it was gone. They got 56 bucks, a VISA and his ATM. You're a 52 year old coot and two good lookin' yougsters come to your door and take off their tops? A home service, two girl strip show for 52 bucks-- are you kidding me? There's no way you can beat that bargain!

    posted by Randy on 1:32 PM | permanent link to this entry

    Monday, April 29, 2002

    For My Wife: Hiya, baby! The weekend was pretty slow, I'm sure you're surprised to hear. I ended up renting the A Foreign Affair, an old Andy Kaufman show and the "bootleg" director's cut of Almost Famous. I didn't like A Foreign Affair much at all, but the rest were very good. Shep and I walked to the top of Buena Vista Park on both Sat. and Sun. I was going to take Shep to the beach on Sun., but it ended up being too cold. And today, it is raining. I miss you very much! Come home soon!

    For You Strangers: A big, big news day!

    THE AOL TW BLACK HOLE proves once again that huge monolitihic media companies lose tons of money and never make up the savings in synergy. If you don't know, now you know.

    Here's a profile of Ann Powers, one of my fave music writers and a big wig at the Experience Music Project-- which is beyond cool. Check it out if you haven't already.

    Apparently, The Weather Channel is waking up to the facts that while profitible, 24 hours of people standing in front of maps is boring as hell. Now come the focus groups and the consultants. Accoring to the article, "One big change being considered is hiring anchors with no meteorological training but lots of personality and energy."

    Oh, please, make it so! 'What's the dillyo, my little rain droplets!?!? Totally XTREME weather in Tahoe today-- so if you're gonna shred be sure to carb up and be safe! Today the hotness can be found in Death Valley-- big up to my cactus jusice drinking peeps! And in the Boogie Down Bronx, birth place of hip-hop, mad shout out to the old school, yo!-- it's cooler than Jay-Z and Big Daddy Kane getting together for a colab!" Where do I send my resume'? I think I'm ready.

    Singer, Miss America runner-up and famed homphobe Anita Bryant is bankrupt. Again. Apparently, there weren't too many parties interested checking out her show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Read the article, it is worth your time.

    But the BIG BIG BIG NEWS: Greene Out as President of Grammys. This is the guy who stood up near the end of this year's Grammys and essentially called all fans who are downloading music criminals. Yet, he walks away from the Grammys with a 8 million dollar settlement, having earned the most money *ever* as the head of a non-profit organization. Ciao, bella.

    posted by Randy on 12:23 PM | permanent link to this entry

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