Saturday 2002.10.26 6:48 PM CST.
Better Off Dead, a new Berlin remix, and a fond farewell to the
here we are again; forgive me, but I think this one will be another
everyone is doing well out there this October. October is such
a beautiful month, with the coming of fall and all that. Plus,
I'm a big fan of Halloween. I'm still not sure what I'm going
to be for this halloween, though. Either Hannibal Lecter or a dead mime.
I think I might go for the mime idea, because (a) it's more original,
(b) it's less expensive/time-consuming, and (c) let's face it; a dead
mime has the potential to be more entertaining.
I'm sitting here alone on a Saturday evening, watching one of my favourite
movies, "Better Off Dead," on DVD in a separate window while
I type this entry. For those who aren't familiar, Better Off
Dead is a 1985 comedy which stars John Cusack as Lane Myer, a young
fellow who goes suicidal after his girlfriend dumps him. Yes,
it's a comedy, and yes, it's extremely funny. Highly recommendable,
especially during the Christmas season, but loads of goofy fun anytime.
It's the only film in movie history that features Curtis Armstrong ("Booger"
from Revenge of the Nerds) snorting a gelatin dessert PLUS a
performance by a singing, dancing claymation hamburger with the voice
of David Lee Roth.
on a side note, Lane's silent and industrious little brother (played
with sufficient silence and industriousness by obscure actor Scooter
Stevens) is named Badger Myer. No, the film is not where I got
my nickname. In any case, it's my second-favourite flick of all
time, ranking second only to Peter "Hi, I made the Lord of the
Rings flicks" Jackson's cult classic, Bad Taste.
Maybe I'll tell you more about that one someday. However, I need
to move on ahead.
GIGS/SOMETIMES MY FRIENDS AREN'T ALL THAT BAD.
guess I should follow up my last entry
by letting you all know how the infamous wedding gig went. Well,
the one friend (see the "Spinelessness" section in that last
entry) came through for me and actually made it, as did another friend.
The gig went really well, and the bride and her family were very pleased.
I also got a short-notice call to DJ the homecoming dance for my old
high school the Friday after that reception. That gig went really
well too. It improved my view of the whole DJ thing, though EKG
is still nearing the end.
OPERA/SOMETIMES WOMEN AREN'T ALL THAT BAD.
Last night, I went to see the opera La Boheme with an actual
living, breathing, female date. Nope, she was not an inflate-a-date,
a prostitute, or a she-male. The opera was great, and the date
kind of reaffirmed my faith in the concept that not all the women that
I date are pathetic and psychotic head gamers.
DJ SHOW HAS APPARENTLY BITTEN THE PROVERBIAL DUST.
got my new phone book today and I looked up "Disc Jockeys"
in my area. One of my least favourite local DJ show competitors
(I won't even bother to mention their name but it started with "L")
is no longer listed. Looks like I outlived another one. In
this case, that's excellent news.
DJ BADGER REMIX:
"BLINK OF AN EYE."
Although I was completely planning on uploading another James Ether
remix to ACIDPlanet, I ended up cranking out and uploading a remix of
Berlin's "Blink of an Eye." The remix, the "DJ
Badger Garlic + Gas Mix," is a downtempo piece (insert a big sarcastic
"gasp!" here) and runs over 11 minutes long. The remix
production was pretty complex, but I didn't take a lot of time to do
it. In fact, I began remixing the track at 10:00 PM one night
and didn't go to bed until I was done with the mix. If you want
to hear it, it's available over at ACIDPlanet... Just click HERE
to go to the song's page over there.
TO THE PODUNK JAMBOREE.
About a week ago, I was chatting with James
Ether and talking with him about placing another order for more
of his crazy Podunk Jamboree dolls. He then informed me that he
was ending the Jamboree. I won't go into the reasons for it, but
it was nothing really bad, evil, or controversial. A few hours
later, the Podunk
Jamboree homepage announced his decision to stop selling his strange
little dolls. The final tally of the number of "Podunkians"
that James sold: 95. I had really been hoping to place the
order that would take that number into the "triple digits."
am sad that I won't be able to obtain the entire collection, but I do
wish James luck with his future endeavours, and I hope to remix more
of this work in the near future. He will still be offering some
of his amazing cartoons and music (in fact, he just released his seventh
album, Siete) at his Painted
Wagon site; only the doll-making business has been shut down.
DJ-ONLY REMIXES ON THEIR WAY.
On one more good note, a fellow from the Net viewed my Web pages here
and sent me an e-mail asking if I'd like to purchase some classic DJ
remixes from around ten years ago, on their original vinyl records,
no less. This is great news! I'll keep you all informed
of anything really cool that I get from him.
MISCELLANEOUS CRAP YOU PROBABLY DON'T WANT TO KNOW.
Just a few tidbits-o-info... I
have ordered some really cool graphics tools, including the entire Macromedia
Studio MX and some massive professional sets of graphics filters, and
hopefully I'll be putting together more stuff for this site soon...
On a related note, I've been taking formal training in Macromedia
Flash, which will hopefully help... I recently purchased the Criterion
Collection DVD of Man Bites Dog, which is a pretty twisted little
French film which I highly recommend...
I have been drinking way too much Stewart's Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic
stuff, like a strong ginger ale) for my own good lately... I've
actually been cleaning my apartment, which is a bit of a miracle in
and of itself...
and there'll very likely be a massive party in February 2003
to celebrate the 15 years that I've been involved in the DJ industry.
I have no further details at this time, but if you want me to
send you a note to let you know when I have definite plans for the event,
feel free to e-mail me by clicking HERE.