Friday, December 31, 2004

Tragedy in Buenos Aires - almost 200 died in rock show

I know that compared to the thousands that died in the tsunami seem to be a minor number but last night almost 200 kids died in a disco when some moron used fireworks and plastic caught fire. There were almost 5000 people at the place and around 200 were reported death, but there are hundred more hospitalized so the number of deceased increases every hour.

I must say that wood is never used in buildings arround here, always bricks and concrete so fire alarms and smoke detectors are not very common here. For whet I've read there was an emergency door that was closed because kids were trying to sneak into the concert. The band, Callejeros, was a typical teenage garage/ punk band with three chords songs and many of their followers are very young kids. Most of them are low class. inner city kids. Theband played close to my place a month ago and the neighbourhood looked invaded by so many strange looking kids that many shops closed fearing trubles. Now many of these kids are dead. It's a sad day for music.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Friday, December 24, 2004

I'm in a horrible mood

Just like that. Everyone is posting their "Happy Xmas" posts but I'm feeling very pissed off to do it. I'm a Cancer when I feel down I'm REALLY down. And angry. I'm sorry, come back next season.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Another of those LONG lists....

Taken from here - items in bold are things that I've done

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Driven a car worth more than $100,000
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby’s diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music (he)
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently (si boludo sino cómo corno voy a llenar esto)
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. …more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived.
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone’s heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair
197: Been a DJ
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Strange slogan...

There's a brand of whisky here (I think it's a local one, I don't know too much about whiskies) called Blender's Choice or something like that and the slogan (and the whole campain of the brand is based on this idea) is in Spanish "entre tus verdades y vos" wich means "between your thruths and you".

I think that the idea they want to give is of a manly man that drinks a good old scotch in his den after a busy day, an appropiate time for a busy man to relax and make wise statemets about life. But it also has another (rather obvious) meaning: the idea that you can drink in order to evade the unpleasent truths in your life. That is, between those awful truths that you don't want to face (you are a loser, you have no den and you are so poor that can't afford a decent brand of whisky) and your consciousness put our alcoholic beverage and get so drunk that you won't have to deal with reality anymore.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Synthpop page

For all synthpop and electropop fans out there

mainteined by my old time friend Dave from Lexicon Magazine (well he released a of Plastic Orgasm People song on CD in USA).

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Finished "Don't Bring Me Down"

"Don't Bring Me Down" is finished. Now I like the way it sounds. Of course I added no voices yet but the rest of the instruments are ready.

It was somehow difficult to mix, lots of tracks and the original version has two strange bars before the first chorus that play the drums distorted or processed by what seems to be some kind of filter with some heavy resonance (quite difficult to do in 1979, and original). So I had to run some plug ins to process two bars of the drums mixed and it was hard to make them sound like I wanted to.

Now I feel that I should have taken away the kick drum (on those two bars) because since the drums are heavy filtered they lost the high frequencies and it feels like the song stops there, only to start again at the chorus. (It's an old trick to take elements of the rithm track before the chorus and add them again when that part cames). I'll decide later if I keep it this way (the chorus is catchy anyway. Well, no, the song is so catchy that the chorus is just a change in the pace of the song. The verses themselves feel like they are chorus (I'll tell you what's wrong before I get off the floor...)

My version is ultra catchy. Hope you can hear it sometime.

My brother left the country

I just came from the airport. My brother and his girlfriend must be taking off to Canada (well the plane must be taking off, they're inside the plane). I have my car back. My father stays some days more here.